At that very moment our pastor, Lizelle called and asked how we are, I just couldn’t hold it together any longer and broke down on the phone at the news we had just received, she prayed with us right then on the phone. I had also just been chatting to my boss’s wife, Arlene and they, along with so many friends and family all over, had been praying continuously for Craig. Right after getting off the phone with Pastor Lizelle, Arlene sent a message asking what was going on, I was shaking so much I couldn’t type out a text, and instead I called her. I started explaining what the doctor had said and just couldn’t help but break down on the phone with her too, I had it on speaker so Jonathan could speak too she handed the phone over to her husband, and Errol prayed with us too, I was still crying at this point in-between trying to speak. We felt better after talking to them, not because of anything specific they had said but just because in those moments we just couldn’t think straight, our world was spinning out of control, and all we needed was for someone to pray with us right there and then. For a while after, Jonathan and I just stood holding one another in the foyer for a while, before going back to the waiting room.
We had been talking to our parents and family groups all day and some of them were on route to meet us at the hospital right then, but just in that very moment God put it on Arlene and Lizelle’s hearts to reach out just then when we needed it.
Jonathan and I are very blessed to be able to work for such great companies and even more amazing people in it, bosses who are more like family than mere employers. They have all been extremely supportive during this whole process and both Jonathan and I have been able to be away from work when needed, whether it was days or weeks at a time. I have a very good relationship with my bosses, Errol and Arlene, so turning to them in our time of need was not something unusual to do. We’re all like family in the organisation, we’re more than employer and employee or even colleagues, they all count as part of my family. We are able to confide in one other, share our troubles, celebrate, rejoice, laugh and even cry together and support one another always. Family is not just what we say the organisation stands for but it is who we are, which is why working for Family Policy Institute is not just a job, it’s a calling. It’s where God has placed me. Above I also mentioned that the first person we spoke to after hearing from the doctor was our pastor, Lizelle, as a member of a spiritual family (our church) it was rather apt that the person we first spoke to was Pastor Lizelle, and then Errol and Arlene (who were also pastors at our church before establishing Family Policy Institute). The four of them along with our head pastors, Pastor Wayne and Karen, we’ve known and have looked up to since we were teenagers, all of them at some point have played an integral part in our lives, they’ve counselled us, Pastor Wayne married us, they’ve prayed for our babies at their dedications and watched us grow into the people we are today. Our family too has been so so amazing and have been with us through it all, we don’t know what we would’ve done without them, they have done so much for us, our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and close family friends, all of them, but just then in that moment God knew exactly what we needed and who we needed to speak to, and just then in that time he used Arlene and Lizelle, and we are so grateful for the part they played.