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Frank Giraldo was born in Guatemala on September 11, 1955. He, along with his wife Liz, has been serving the Christian community worldwide for over 25 years. He is the father of two daughters and two sons. In 2000, he was diagnosed with Focal Sclerosis (scarring of the kidney) and was told that he would be on dialysis within a year. By 2014, his illness had progressed to end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Frank was told he needed a lifesaving kidney transplant. The news was devastating to Frank, his family, and everyone around him.
August 31, 2015
Dear Friends and Family,
I would like to express my profound thanks for the many expressions of love and support that I have received from you during this season of hope! I can sincerely say that I have been humbled by how many of you have rallied around us during this challenging and trying season of life. You have impacted my life, that of my family, and have made a marked difference in my rehabilitation process.
It has been a little bit over two weeks since the transplant (Aug.14), and I am happy to report that both my son Nathan and I are progressing nicely. Both of us are nursing some soreness over our incision areas but overall, things are moving in the right direction. I continue seeing the doctors and clinicians who are monitoring my progress. I am, with the help of my loving wife Liz, following their instructions concerning medications and diet, and so far, things seem to be pointing in the right direction and unto a positive prognosis.
Your tangible financial support has helped immensely, by lifting a burden that would otherwise be hovering and weighing over us, making things a bit harder to manage during my rehabilitation process. You have stepped in, graciously responded, and consequently eased this burden significantly.
My family and I are grateful for this show of love, and sincerely pray that our gracious God, meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:19 (NIV).
August 26, 2015
Hi Everyone! ☺
I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to post till today, but I do have GREAT NEWS to report!!!
Since this past Friday my dads’ creatinine level (the ability the kidney has to eliminate toxins) has continued to go down and is now at a 1.1 which is considered NORMAL!!!! Praise God! Because of this he was able to return home and will continue his recovery from there.
In regards to Nathan, he was actually able to return home on Sunday evening and is recovering as expected. He’s continuing to gain his strength and faces each day with determination drawing his focus from the fact that our dad is now well.
I would like to take a moment to explain what I’ve been privileged to see throughout this whole process and hope that I can portray it in a way that will bring it justice. I have seen love in ways I’ve only heard about till now as I watched my mom come alongside her husband in his toughest most vulnerable state and push through exhaustion, hunger, fears, uncertainty, and discomforts. I saw how my dads’ love for the Lord was not based on his circumstances as he literally praised and blessed Gods name through the struggle and pain that he faced. I saw such a beautiful example of sacrificial love as my brother faced not 1, but 2 surgeries with absolutely no complaint or regret, and put aside his own needs without hesitation to meet those of my father. All this, and SO MUCH MORE has reminded me that life isn’t about me, what I can gain, how I can benefit, or how much I am able to achieve in my lifetime. It’s about living a life that reflects love, humility, sacrifice, and gratitude no matter what the circumstances may be, reflecting Jesus in all that I do, and at the end of the day giving people a glimpse of what it’s like to be loved by Him.
I am in awe of what has taken place over these past couple of weeks and am so happy to have had SO MANY people surrounding us throughout this journey. GREAT is thy faithfulness oh God! You will always be capable of so much more than we can ever dream or imagine!
September 5, 2015
Hi Lizzie, I am praying for you as well. I am sure this has been a stressful time for you as well. You have always been such a beautiful and loving person. Sooo happy to know you!
Darlene Tolle Hopkins
September 5, 2015
I have been sitting here reading every word about you and your son. I am so happy we have touched bases just in time for us to pray.
Darlene Tolle Hopkins
September 1, 2015
Bendiciones Pastor Frank & Nathan, continuamos orando para que su recuperacion continue a paso firme en el nombre de nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Por favor cuenten con nuestro apoyo incondicional. Que nuestro Dios les bendiga y guarde.
Pastores Edwin & Zuleika Roman, The City Church Español - Ventura CA
August 22, 2015
Dear cousin: Your family in Miami are thinking about you, you and your family always will be an inspiration for us, we love you and we hope to see you soon. God bless you.
Oscar and Patricia Mazariegos