Prayer Requests on Repeat

I’m asking for prayers for the Trotter family once again. It has been a difficult month. After Jonathan recovered from meningitis, we gradually eased back into our normal work and study schedules. Then we (excitedly!) welcomed my parents for a visit to Cambodia (and thoroughly enjoyed them).

But as strange as this may sound, Jonathan is fighting a massive ear infection. What started in the outer ear has progressed to something else. He’s got unrelenting ear pain and pressure, plus a fever, aches and chills, and occasionally that pain-induced nausea that he’s all-too-familiar with by now. He’s not sleeping much because of the pain. He’s on oral antibiotics, antibiotic ear drops, and over-the-counter and Rx pain meds, but he’s still not getting better. Is it good news that he’s not worsening?? (Oh, and our doctor friends tell us he will need to go to a clinic tomorrow if he hasn’t improved.)

This is discouraging for him, as he wants to work but is stuck in bed with intense pain. Much of the time I find him covering his ear with his hand. It is discouraging for me, as I watch my husband battle the most debilitating pain he’s ever experienced twice in the same month. When I signed up for this missionary gig, I always assumed that if anyone would get sick, it would be me. After all, I’m the one prone to migraine headaches and intermittent stomach pain, plus I’d heard so many stories of missionary wives having chronic illness/fatigue. I did not expect him to get sick.

Both our girls have fevers now and have not slept much the past 2 nights (which means that mommy hasn’t been sleeping much either). The kids are all complaining of ear pain to a certain degree, and everyone is sad that we had to say goodbye to the grandparents last night. This morning I told Jonathan that I never want to swim in the ocean again! (He would tell you it was the best break he’d had in a LONG time, though.)

We have been repeatedly told by long-term missionaries that we are in the middle of the hardest time of year, starting in October with Pchum Ben (Hungry Ghost Festival) and continuing all the way through the end of November with the Water Festival. These are big pagan celebrations, and as much as I prefer not to focus on this reality, dark spiritual forces do exist in this world.

We were told that there is more illness and more discouragement during these months. I have been vigilant in guarding my mind and warring for a good attitude since learning about this difficult season. (It’s a bummer that it corresponds to my favorite season in the U.S.) I have the hope that this difficult season will end this year, as it does every year.  I struggle against the sins that are crouching at my door; however, I have very little control over physical sickness, despite our best attempts at frequent hand sanitizing (ahem, ER nurse and germophobe wife). So please pray for us, both for our family’s health and for our spirits.

We are generally happy and healthy people, and I feel very needy to be requesting your prayers so soon after our last crisis. Yet we know we need them. I am confident in the prayers of the believers. On the last night of Pchum Ben, Hannah woke up 3 times, crying over her bad dreams. By the 3rd time, I finally got the hint, and prayed with her that her bad dreams would go away. After that she slept soundly till morning.

So here we are, once again, being quite honest with you, our friends and our family, about our need for prayer. We trust that you will answer our requests for prayer. But more importantly, we trust that God will answer the prayers themselves.

7 thoughts on “Prayer Requests on Repeat

  1. Praying, praying, praying!!! As a chronic pain patient (11 yrs and counting now) I understand all too well this treacherous path as for the past 11yrs I havent spent one day w/out pain. ;(. I take 15 pills a day and this is just to b able to function w/the day to day. Nothing helps the constant, raging, PAIN. :(. I’m sorry to read that Jonathan’s suffering!! I will pray for you ALL!! Please know that we LOVE you and will not stop praying 4 u!!

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  2. Elizabeth,
    I am praying for healing for your girls and Jonathon. Also praying a hedge of protection around your entire family from those spirits who war against you! I love and admire your adventurous spirit and courage in the face such evil….. We love you and pray for you always! 🙂

  3. Spiritual warfare is nothing to apologize for prayer for, Elizabeth. I stand with you believing you are not fighting against flesh and blood but against the unseen wrealm. You must be full of hope, knowing that there is purpose behind the battle. Let your faith in Gods almighty protection be your comfort and let the Gospels that focus on Jesus as our savior be your peace. I love you all so much, and we will be praying every day for you and Jonathan. (Have the Dr ruled out mumps? Darens family had it when they were on the mission field.)

  4. sorry to hear of your on-going health battles. Wow, ear pain is the worst. Praying for relief and a deeper trust in God, i.e. even if you cannot do anything, His love does not change.

  5. Elizabeth,
    We are praying for you all. I know that God will protect you and you family. I’ve always been told that satan works overtime on those who are doing the most for God’s Kingdom. We love you.

    Romans 8:38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord

  6. Somehow I missed the meningitis trial! But I am praying now, for God’s kingdom to come in your household as it is in heaven, for health for all and Jonathan’s quick recovery, for the light of the gospel to shine and advance in this time of heightened cultural darkness. You guys are not alone! We are happy to know your needs and agree with you in prayer.

    “…I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail.” Matthew 16:18 God’s kingdom is advancing, and the enemy is on defense. He’s a liar because its all he has left. We have the victory in Christ. Jesus WILL reign as King of kings over all the earth and over Cambodia!

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