|Please Pray for Little NatalieDear friends, family, fellow ministers, and customers,
(this email has been written in child-safe language – we have lots of children on our email list…)
Our 2 ½-year-old daughter Natalie was admitted to “CHOC” (a Children’s Hospital in Orange, California) a few days ago because her skin looked and felt very different than it usually does. The doctors at CHOC did lots of tests, and found out that Natalie is very sick. She doesn’t look really sick right now, and she doesn’t sound really sick, but her body has a very bad sickness growing in it. Little Natalie needs to stay in the hospital for almost 2 weeks and the doctors need to use some very powerful medicines to make her better. Then they need to have us bring her back to the hospital for special medicine lots and lots of times over the next 2 years (not to stay in the hospital then, just to get the medicine). Then we need to make sure the sickness doesn’t come back for years and years after that. The doctors tell us that Nat is responding well to the medicines so far, and that they are very confident that one day she will be cured, healthy, and READY TO GET BACK ONSTAGE DANCING with us!
Of course we were scared and sad when we heard the news, but we are remembering that God is MUCH bigger than any ol’ sickness, and He is wise… (Isaiah 28:29) In fact, we think that everyone in the world is going to see a miracle of God through Natalie Biagi’s sickness for the glory of His name! (Psalm 103: 1-5)
We would like it very much if all of you would pray for Natalie and us (Rob, Kathleen, Matt, and Juli too!). (James 5:16) Kathleen has stayed every day and night with Natalie in the hospital (so she needs good rest, good food, and good health), and I (Rob) have been spending time with Juli and Matt and going back and forth to the hospital. My back is still hurting, so please pray for my healing, too.
We have had many, many offers for “help,” meals and childcare from our friends and neighbors. There is much to be done, and we are so grateful for your love and prayers as we go through this difficult time together.
We love you all so much, and we are so glad to have been able to sing and dance and worship the Lord with you over the past 4 years, and we are going to keep doing our ministry as God leads us! Hopefully we will see you at a concert soon!
We know that some of you have had great sickness and/or sadness in your families, too. “God answers prayer three ways: ‘yes,’ ‘no,’ or ‘not today,’ right?! Sometimes bad things happen, and we don’t know why. But God does. He is in command, He is the LORD, and we are trusting in him! (“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding,” right?!)
The next 30 days are very, very important for little Natalie. We will do our best to email you information about how Natalie’s treatments are going, what to pray for, and how you might be able to help us if you want to. We are at the beginning of a very long, difficult road, but we are so glad to have tens-of-thousands of YOU alongside us in our God-given family!
Rob, Kathleen, Matt, Juli and Natalie Biagi
October 2, 2007