Evelyn’s “Accident”

Accidents happen. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines it as “an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance.

At about 7:30 pm on February 1 (Thursday), Evelyn had one of these “unplanned events” – she stood on a chair and fell from it in our upstairs bedroom, fracturing her left femur bone very high up on her thigh. She was in extreme pain until they put her leg in traction in the ER of St. Luke’s Hospital here in Metro Manila, Philippines. Adding to her agony, the doctors told her that the surgery to insert a metal implant in her leg wouldn’t take place until the following Monday.

The doctor, one of the most prominent orthopedic surgeons in the Philippines, was concerned that falling from a chair wasn’t all that serious to break a leg, so he checked Evelyn’s bone for osteoporosis or tumor, but the tests turned out negative. In fact, he said that Evelyn has good bones. The surgery was successful, and Evelyn stayed in the hospital until Thursday afternoon.

Just over a week after surgery, she feels good moving around in crutches. Since the metal implant is not for weight-bearing, she has to wait 4-6 weeks before she could partially use her left leg, and another 4-6 weeks before she could walk without the aid of crutches or a cane. The bone is expected to fuse and heal again within these 8-12 weeks.

So we pray for a complete recovery, and for patience for Evelyn, our children, and myself in this long process.

We can only wonder and speculate why such things happen. I can blame myself (or God) for what happened till I suffer depression, but it won’t help her recovery one bit. One thing is sure: God allowed this to happen for his own purposes and for our own good. Is breaking a leg for one’s own good? Right now, from my human point of view, it sure doesn’t look like it. But Scriptures affirm that from God’s vantage point, there is no such thing as an “unforeseen and unplanned event“: “I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,'” (Isaiah 46:9-10).

A few days after surgery, our thoughts began to turn to our medical/hospital expenses. Here in the Philippines, the hospital won’t release the patient until all the bills are paid. Thankfully, since our mission has a credit line with the hospital, we got released with a letter of guaranty. Our total out-of-pocket expenses is $2,660 which includes our insurance deductible. We’re thankful that we have received about a third of that amount from family and friends who have generously given us financial help.

So we praise God for comfort, peace and help in this time of great need. And we also praise Him for the outpouring of prayers, love and encouragement from family, friends and co-laborers all over the world.

About Nollie

Associate Pastor of Trinity United Reformed Church in Walnut Creek, CA. Assigned as missionary to the Philippines. Lives just outside Metro Manila with wife and daughter. Three older boys live and work in CA.
David & Irma says:

We thank the Lord for His sustaining grace and healing power upon you. We pray that as you praise Him for strengthening more your trust and faith in Him through this happening, you may also enjoy the rest and quiet moments of fellowship with our heavenly Father. Remember that many are praying and caring for you, for Nollie and for Rachel too.

Dave M. says:

Get well soon, Auntie. We’ll be praying for you too.

cj [carole cipres] says:


Lem says:

We are so thankful that you, Rachel, and (especially) Mom were able to get through this. I will continue to pray for you in this area. Love you, family.