Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Special prayer request:
I woke up this morning pretty sick.
(Or, actually, the opposite of pretty)
Stomach sick.
I hate it.
You know that moment, when your brain has woken up, and now your body wakes up? You think "man, I am cold" or "man, I'm really hungry".
The instant I had that moment this morning, I knew:
it was going to be a terrible, horrible,
no good, very bad day.
In the stomach-y way.
It's very common.
Everybody told me it would happen before too long.
But really?
The first day back to school, God?
I kept down some juice after lunch.
There are 150 docs sleeping here.
I'm sure I'll be fine.
But for now
I'm sick, sick, sick.

Taught my two hours of class (7-8 English, 9-11 English).
Had more kids than I thought:
13 in junior high, 14 in 9th-11th.
Got them started on a writing assignment
("The Last Two Weeks: A Journal")
Tried to learn a whole new bunch of names.
One of the classes met in my apartment living room:
hard to focus with 5 classrooms in one chapel.
I had two of the three sisters who lost their father.
One was wearing a man's gold wedding ring
on a chain around her neck.
I didn't ask.
I almost lost it when I saw it.

Back to bed.

Sickie Katie


  1. Hope you feel better, love. I am thinking about you and praying for y'all every night. We miss our friends, but know how blessed Haiti is to have you. Keep looking up :)

  2. Katie, I am praying that you will feel much better, oh so quickly!!! Know that the Gillum house is full of prayers for you and Ben and the wonderful work you are doing. Thank you for being God's hands, feet, a world in extreme need! Much love to both of you!

  3. James 5:14 "Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up."

    I may not be an elder of the church, and maybe none of those who read this blog are, and we might not be able to be there in person to anoint your head, BUT we can all pray in faith in the name of the Lord that he will heal you of your stomach ailments!

    Father, in the name of Jesus Christ I anoint Katie with oil (in spirit, from Richardson, TX to Port au Prince, Haiti) and pray your healing power over her to make her well! Please heal her quick, Father, so she may be up to your tasks for her soon. And above all, may You be glorified in her weakness and in her strength that comes from you. Amen.

  4. You're so right Kim. Know that you have literally thousands praying for just you two. We posted your website at our mult-site churches in Vancouver WA area. God's blessing on your lives and your commitment to doing His work.

  5. Oh Katie! Know that there are so many praying! Hope you are feeling a bit better. No, I hope and pray that you are feeling totally better.

  6. Isaiah 41:9-10
    I took you from the ends of the earth; from its farthest corners I called you.
    I said, 'You are my servant'; I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
    So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

  7. I am praying for your your health Katie. I pray that you will have strength. ... 2 Corinthians 12 9-10 But he said to me "My grace is suffucuent for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why for Christ's skae, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. FOR WHEN I AM WEAK, THEN I AM STRONG.

    I have been telling everyone to read your blog. When I tell them about you I just say ... the words I would have used to describe katie in college is intentional, relational , intellectual, knowlegeable

    I would have never used the words survivor , EXTREME, outdoorsy ...But look how the Lord has changed you ... you are the most extreme person I know ;)



  8. Katie,

    What you are going through makes us hurt for you in times of sickness. But the fact you still taught is just another example of how as long as the Holy Spirit is always there to comfort you there is nothing you can't accomplish with the power of God, in the Trinity. I think after all of the sickness and suffering subsides, you will be able to look back and see how even hardship and sickness is such a small part of the overall blessings you and Ben will feel from what was sent to you by God. You both are truly heroes for what you are doing, and I wish I was there, but will continue to follow your efforts.

    Love from us both,

    Bill and Betsy

  9. Sweet Katie,
    So sorry you are sick! We are praying for you and your health specifically today.
    I'm wondering if you are having sympathy pains across the miles for your friend Jill. Today is the day!
    Will keep you updated.
    Love and miss you,

  10. Praying God strengthens and restores your body as you rest.



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