Vesti od Milenkovica – januar 2013.

 

 

13.1.2013.

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Dragi naši prijatelji,

Veliki pozdrav od porodice Milenković.

Posle duže vremena javljamo vam se sa vestima o tome šta se dešava kod nas. Sara i ja smo se vratili kući pre nekoliko dana. Bogu smo zahvlani što smo posle duže vremena porodično na okupu, zajedno sa našim novim članom Sofijom Lenom.

Prošla su naša 2 meseca boravka u Americi. I kako je bilo? Bilo je i dobro i teško i  tužno i srećno. Prolazili smo kroz mnogo situacija u kojima smo samo mogli moliti Boga da nam da snage da izdržimo, dok smo u isto vreme zahvaljivali Bogu što nas je doveo na mesto kakvo je St Jude bolnica.  Sara je tamo imala odličnu negu, uslove za život, mogućnost da i dalje uživa u onim stvarima koje čine detetov život. Zahvalni smo braću i sestrama tamo koji su se trudili, posećivali i brinuli oko nas i učinili da se tamo što više osećamo kao kod kuće.

Zbog sporednih efekata zračenja Sara je nekada bila jako slaba i iscrpljena, slabo je jela, gubila na težini, ali ono što nije uopšte izgubila je njen vedar duh i hrabrost da se sa svime nosi. Za ovih nekoliko meseci postala je tako zrelija osoba. Čak i gubitak kose joj je, čini mi se, lakše pao njoj nego nama. Pored svega trudili smo se da vodimo živote što je moguće normalno. Redovno smo išli u crkvu, upoznali mnoge divne ljude, Sara je uživala na časovima u nedeljnoj školi, išli bi u zoo vrt, kupovinu, gledali crtaće i svaki dan skajpovali sa našima kod kuće.

Kući ostajemo 4 nedelje, tj. do 3. februara, kada se vraćamo ponovo u St.Jude gde će Sara početi sa hemoterapijama, koje bi trebale trajati narednih 5 meseci. Sara spada u kategoriju visokorizičnih pacijenata zbog čega je primala visoke doze radijacija, a tako će biti i sa hemoterapijama.

Naša borba sa rakom je tek na početku. Verujemo Bogu da je On može već danas okončati, ali tom istom Bogu verujemo koji zna sve naše dane i naše sutra i znamo da nekada patnje koje nama izgledaju tako bolne, donose neku svrhu koja je mnogo veća i izvrsnija. Kako je Bog gledao na bol i patnju svog sopstvenog sina? Da li ga je mogao spasiti krsta i smrti? Ko može da sluša vapaj deteta i ne odgovori, gleda smrt svog deteta, a može da je spreči, a ipak to ne učini? To je bio Bog, jer je znao da će upravo ona doneti blagoslove čovečanstvu kroz milenijume.

Svaki dan se molimo da nam Bog daje snage da mu verujemo i ako smo nekada savladani osećanjem bespomoćnosti i željom za instant rešenjem. Mi ćemo činiti  sve što je u našoj moći da Sara ima najbolju negu, ali znamo da je sve u Božijoj vlasti i Njegovim rukama.

Danas je Sarin 9. rođendan. Radujemo se što nam je dao Saru da je imamo svih ovih godina i što je i dalje sa nama. Sara je mami kupila za Božić narukvicu na kojoj su urezane reči: „Svaki dan je poklon od Boga.“ Ovo je istina i za nju i za mene i za sve nas. Ako imamo još koji dan ispred nas da živimo, to je dar od Boga, a ako nemamo, opet, sve je od Njega.

Želeli bi da nam se Jaroslava sa Lenom i Janom, krajem februara ili početkom marta, pridruže. Puno stvari treba rešiti oko viza, putovanja, smeštaja tamo,… Molite se da ovo bude izvodljivo i da možemo biti svi zajedno tokom ovog dužeg i verovatno težeg perioda za Saru.

U HUB-u stvari idu odlično. Prošli semestar je završen i 5 studenata je završilo svoje jednogodišnje školovanje. Ostali nastavljaju već za nekoliko dana i njima se priključuju još nekolicina novih studenata. Juče je u HUB-u završen jedan omladinski kamp, gde smo mogli da budemo njihovi domaćini. Kakva privilegija da služimo drugima! Hvala mnogo što se i dalje molite i podržavate službu HUB-a i Biblijske škole.

Hvala što se verno molite za nas kao porodicu i što nas pitate za vesti. Hvala za sve vas koji ste slali mejlove, pisma, poklone, čestitke, itd. Toliko brige i pažnje, čak i od onih ljudi koje nikada nismo ni upoznali.  Uglavnom nismo uspeli da odgovorimo i lično zahvalimo na tome, ali iz celog srca vam sada zahvaljujemo.

Neka svima nama Gospod pomogne da nam u Novoj godini On bude bliži i draži više nego ikad.

Vaši,

Slađan i Jaroslava, sa Sarom, Janom i Lenom

Milenković

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milenkovic family news. Sofia Lena has arrived! News from Memphis

Dear friends, brothers and sisters, our faithful prayer supporters,

We are happy that we can greet you with some wonderful news. Yesterday, on Nov 22, 2012, Jaroslava gave birth to our third daughter, who weighs 2850 g and is 50 cm long. Her name is Sofia Lena.

Yesterday, here in America, it was Thanksgiving. It is a big holiday with a lot of feasting. We spent it with a wonderful family of our friend Richard Hall. As the name of the holidays says, it is a day when people give thanks for all the wellbeing that they’ve had during the year. As Christians, even in the greatest storms of life, we always have reason to be thankful and no life circumstances can take that away from us. What contributed to mine and Sara’s joy was this wonderful news that we got the fifth member of the Milenkovic family. We are thankful to God that everything went well, and that He gave us another precious gift.Image

It’s been almost two weeks since Sara and I arrived here to Memphis. I have to say that everything is far above what we had expected. Sara has a fantastic care here. The doctors and all the staff, the quality of care, accommodation, the conditions of life etc. are truly extraordinary. This is a place of miracles. Children from all over the world come here for treatment. There is a huge campus with hospital buildings, which looks like a big village. Everybody says “hello” to each other, everything is in peace and in great, even cheerful atmosphere, even though all of us who are here with our children are going through the most difficult times of our lives. We could say that Sara’s at the best place possible in the world.

The days behind us have been pretty tiring because Sara was going through many diagnostic procedures and preparations for the further therapy. A few days ago her radiotherapy started and it is going to last the next 6 weeks. The good news is that there is no cancer in the bones and the spine, which often happens with this type of tumor. After this therapy and a few weeks break, she will undergo the chemotherapy which will last 4-5 months. Sara’s been handling all this really well and she’s really happy to have such good care here. One of our fears was how she was going to emotionally handle going so far away from home. But she is so thankful to be here and is saying that we’re at the best place possible. She trusts the people around her even though she often doesn’t understand them.Image

Sara has started school that she has here in the hospital. For now, she only has individual classes of English language, before she starts attending other subjects as well. We have been put us into a beautiful building, where all the families with the children who are treated in the hospital are accommodated. We have a comfortable apartment here.

We have such wonderful friends here in Memphis who are wholeheartedly open to help us and serve us while we are here. We are thankful for them from the bottom of our hearts. Life with them here, far away from home, will be much easier.

Thank you all from across the world and Serbia who are praying for us and helping us, our family back home and the ministry of the Bible school. Thank you for being with us and for the fact that we can see the wonderful and mighty hand of God in all this. Please keep praying for us, for Sara and her recovery. We do not know the future and it’s not in our hands. Even though we are often scared of thinking about what might be out there and what all may happen, we trust the Lord and pray that He would give us strength and faith in Him, day after day and that is it. Today’s lifestyle somehow teaches us to live and behave as independent people who can do anything, but in circumstances such as this one we learn that we are actually not the gods of our lives, but that we always need the One who loves us immensely and who gave us to live our lives, who gave us our families and everything, and upon whom everything depends. Such is our God.

May the peace of the Lord dwell in your and our hearts as we begin or continue to trust Him.

We love you.

Yours,

Sladjan, Jaroslava, Sara, Jana and Lena

 

Sara’s update 3/11/12

3/11/12

Dear friends, prayer supporters, brothers and sisters,

It’s been a while, but we’re writing to let you know about our daughter Sara’s situation.

We are thankful to God that Sara’s been recovering well after the surgery and a long time spent in the hospital. Other than the occasional vomiting and tiredness, mostly everything is fine. Sara and I are now back home after a full month and we are finally all together as a family. We find the usual things, that we’ve had all this years, so precious now: lying on the bed all together, talking, laughing, enjoying every moment… Thank God for these moments, for which we only now can see how meaningful they are.

Unfortunately, this all is not the end. The tumor which has been removed is malignant, which means that we need to continue with the further radiation and chemotherapy. We have a great battle in front of us, with an uncertain outcome for us, but not for God. We trust God who has been leading us in these tough moments. He knows and is in control of everything.

We prayed that God would open the door of the St. Jude hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, and that Sara’s treatment would continue there. Although the chances were not great, we have just received the news that she’s been admitted. Praise God for this news! Let us pray that God would keep leading our steps about visa and all the practical steps which are necessary to take so that we could go there as soon as possible.
We also contacted another hospital, in Munich, Germany, which is doing a different kind of treatment and we’re waiting t see what they think.

Please pray for our further steps. It is hard, because it seems that Jaroslava, whose 9th month of pregnancy has started today, will give birth to our third daughter without Sara and me around. It’s going to  be hard to be separated, especially in these moments when we all should be together. The best thing would be if we could all go and be with Sara and each other, but that’s not possible for now.

Thank you for continually praying for us. Please keep having us in your prayers and encourage others to do it too. Pray for Sara’s doctors and her further treatment and curing, and above all, pray that God’s will would be done in everything.

We have to say that every email of yours, every letter and encouragement that we’ve received are such a precious gift for us. Even though we couldn’t answer to them, we read those precious words that you wrote withe joyful hearts and often with tears in our eyes. Thank you so much for it.

We love you and thank God that we can go through all this with you, our friends, brothers and sisters, as with a big family.

May God bless you.

Yours,

Sladjan and Jaroslava, Elizabeta Sara and  Aleksandra Jana Milenkovic

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Sara’s surgery went well. Praise God!

Dear friends,

Thank you for your persistant prayers. Praise God, the operation went well. It lasted 5 hours, it was hard, but successful. The tumor has been removed.

Sara’s receiving the intensive care, she has woken up and can talk. She keeps vomiting, but they say that it’s normal after such a long anaesthesia. I’ve had a chance to see her briefly. Her words were: “You have finally come.” To my question, “How was it?”, she answered, “I’ve survived.”

I won’t spend this night with her, which is the first time after 21 days. Please keep praying and thank you for your endurance in all this.

May God bless you.

Yours in Christ,

Sladjan, Jaroslava, Sara and Jana Milenkovic 

Sarа’s surgery on Monday 22th October / Sarina operacija u ponedeljak 22. oktobra

Dear friends,

Thank you for praying for us still. It is so encouraging to see God’s grace, goodness and compassion trough you.

I would like to let you know that Sara will be operated on tomorrow morning, on Monday, Oct 22, 2012. Please pray that God would lead the hands of the doctors and bring peace to Sara and all of us.

Pray for Jaroslava, too. She didn’t feel well on Friday, when some complications with her pregnancy occurred, so since then she has been in a hospital 100 meters away from where Sara is. Everything is all right now, the baby is fine and we are praying that she would endure until her 9th month. 

This morning, Sara and I were encouraged by the words from Isaiah 40:31 “…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Yours,

Sladjan, Jaroslava, Sara and Jana Milenkovic

 

Dragi prijatelji,

Hvala vam sto se i dalje molite za nas. Kako je samo ohrabrujuce u ovim danima da vidimo Boziju milost, dobrotu i saosecajnost kroz vas.

Zelim da javim da ce Sara definitivno imati operaciju sutra prepodne, u ponedeljak 22.10.2012. Molite se da Bog vodi ruke lekara i donese mir Sari i svima nama.

Molite se i za Jaroslavu. Njoj nije bilo dobro u petak, kada je imala neke komlikacije, tako da je od tada u klinici na 100 metara od mesta gde je Sara. Sada je sve u redu, beba je u redu i molimo se da izdrzi jos malo dok ne udje u 9. mesec.

Jutros su Saru i mene ohrabrile reči iz Isaije 40:31 “Ali koji se nadaju Gospodu, dobijaju novu snagu, podižu se na krilima kao orlovi, trče i ne posustaju, hode i ne more se.”

Vaši,

Sladjan, Jaroslava, Sara i Jana Milenković

Sara’s prayer update 4 – 16.10.2012 – Serbian

Dragi molitveni podržavaoci,

Hvala vam na istrajnosti u molitvi za našu Saru i nas. Ovim želimo samo kratko da vam se javimo i podelimo sa vama trenutnu situaciju.

Svih ovih dana Sara se postepeno, ali dobro, oporavlja posle prošlonedeljne operacije. Imali smo svakog dana snimanja i razna dodatna ispitivanja. Danas nam je saopšteno da se glavna operacija odlaže za ponedeljak ujutru 22.10.2012. Razlog nam nije nešto mnogo jasan, ali verujemo da Bog svaki detalj dobro vodi.

Molimo vas da se i dalje molite za nas.

Ps.46:1 „Bog nam je utočište i sila, pomoćnik koji se u nevoljama brzo nalazi“

Neka vas dobri Bog blagoslovi.

Vaši,

Slađan, Jaroslava, Sara i Jana Milenković

Sara’s prayer update 4 – 16.10.2012

16th October 2012

Dear prayer supporters,

Thank you for your persistence in prayer for our Sara and us. With this, we would like to check in briefly and share with you our current situation.

All these days Sara has been gradually but surely recovering from her last week’s surgery. We have had scanning and many other examinations. We were told today that the main surgery will be postponed until Monday morning, Oct 22, 2012. We don’t find the reason they gave us very clear, but we believe that God is leading every detail well.

Please keep praying for us.

Ps.46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

May our good God bless you.

Yours,

Sladjan, Jaroslava, Sara and Jana Milenković