Dear Partners, Family, and Friends,
In this update we would like to share Sean’s health journey and upcoming needs for college.
Sean was diagnosed with Celiac disease at the age of seven. However, it wasn’t until Grade 8 that we realized its severity. Even though he was on a gluten free diet his body was not growing. In 2009, we left our overseas assignment to seek medical attention for his health needs. After moving to Michigan to work in recruitment for Wycliffe, we began our journey of finding those who could help Sean. His high school years were difficult. At the age of 18 his bone age was only 13. Because of his size he had to drop out of the sports he loved, basketball and soccer. Fortunately, Sean is a go-getter and found an outlet for his athletic drive. He is now passionate about parkour, free running, and Ninja Warrior training.
It has taken six years, several doctors, an incredible naturopath, amazing dentist, and other dental specialists to get Sean where he is today. We are beyond grateful for these professionals and all of you who have given emotional support to him and us. Without you, waiting for him to grow would have been unbearable.
Sean is now 23. Healthy, focused, and ready to tackle life. His love for the Lord and spiritual strength is beyond his years. We often prayed for smooth roads, but the trials of life has given all of us strength and a deeper walk with God.
This fall Sean is transferring from Grand Rapids Community College to Cornerstone University. He will be studying Exercise Science and Nutrition, with a minor in business. His career goals are to train others in nutrition, exercise, and parkour. He also hopes to own his own gym someday.
Sean has received some financial assistance through grants, academic scholarships and a scholarship for cross-cultural experience. He has also been working hard this summer to save money. However, he is still $8000 short of fulfilling his financial obligations at Cornerstone. We have been encouraged by several partners to make his need known. To that end, we are asking you to consider helping Sean. If you would like to donate to Sean’s financial needs please contact us. At that time we will inform you how this can be done.
Pressing on for His glory,
Robert and Molly