Update on my sister

Bekah Fries

Thank you so much for praying for my sister, Rebekah. The West Africa regional leadership has been very cautious in their dealing with her situation and they have concluded that she must return home to recuperate from her illness. As she is in a short term job (2 year Journeyman), this will end her term. Bekah will arrive in the states tomorrow evening. Bekah has been very concerned with honoring God in this whole process and she is now at peace with this new decision. The positive aspect of this process, however, is that Randy Arnett (West Africa Regional Leader) has cleared her to return to West Africa with the IMB after she recuperates from this illness and the medical department has done the same.

So, please continue to pray for Bekah as she tries to decide what to do next. Pray for her as she determines whether or not to return to West Africa or to move on to a different venture.

In closing I want to say a big thank you to West Africa regional leadership. I have, at times, been critical on this blog of some of their decisions. It’s important to emphasize that I value and appreciate them and their sacrificial ministry, although I am not always in lock-step with their decisions. During this process they have been very persistent in helping do what would honor God and be best for Bekah. Randy Arnett in particular has been very encouraging to Bekah.

Thanks again for your prayers.

Micah is a husband to Tracy & a daddy to Grace, Kessed & Haddon. He’s Senior Pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Most of all, he’s a debtor to grace.

7 thoughts on “Update on my sister

  1. I am so glad to hear that she will be going back! That is great news. Meanwhile, get that girl well! Have a great time of celebration with her. Take her out to El Chico’s or somewhere like that. Remember, Wal-Mart can be overwhelming when just arriving from WA. Help her through that, too! 😉

  2. Count your blessings.

    My only sibling, a brother, converted to Judaism when in his 40’s (from being an inactive Unitarian) and married a Jewish lady. I purposefully have no idea where he went, when he died in 2000.

    Count your blessings.

  3. I will be praying for her. I just hugged the neck of one of my “kids” (students) who is about to head to Asia as a journeyman, and filled out a reference for another one in our college as well. Your sister is part of a special breed. Let her know that her labor is vital.

  4. Nomad-

    Thanks for the reminder. You may or may not remember that I went through almost the exact same scenario that she’s experiencing when I was in WA. It’s been frustrating for two of us now to have to return home because of illness.

    I remember my first Wal-Mart trip, though. The cereal is what got me. It was overwhelming.


    Thanks for the prayers.


    I am counting.

    Dr. Reid-

    She will very much appreciate your prayers, as I do too.

  5. My first STAS home, my wife sent me to get some cereal the very first morning. I came back an hour later with some donuts. I stood in the cereal aisle for about 45 minutes. I finally decided to just get some Bran Flakes, the cereal I grew up on. Do we really need 785,000 varieties of bran flakes? At least I was able to get a gallon of milk without much ado.

    Yes, I remember your health problems. Almost seems like a life-time away, doesn’t it?

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