Schaller Family News
"I tell you the truth, anyone who welcomes my messenger is welcoming me, and anyone who welcomes me is welcoming the Father who sent me." John 13:20
In early August, Milo was put on hospice care. His body is failing. We are all incredibly sad. However, we are grateful that he’s still the same joking, positive, engaging, serene Milo.
Tara and the girls rang their bell one day. We know that the children can’t go inside or touch Milo for risk of infection, so we stayed in the hallway as Mauricette and Milo both came to the door. It was a real treat to see him! He stood and chatted for almost ten minutes. Mauricette followed Tessa up some stairs, and Tara asked how he’s been feeling now that the chemotherapy is over. Milo sighed and said, “I’m not worried about me. I’ll be fine.” He widened his eyes and tipped his head toward Mauricette, as if to say, “I’m worried about her.” They had just found out that she has intestinal cancer. Tara said firmly, “We’re here for her. You guys are family to us.”
Just then, Trent came up the stairs on his way home from work. Milo stuck out his hand and said, “Hello, young man. Who are you?” Trent replied, “Jacques Chirac,” and they chuckled. It had been a long time since we’d seen Milo. He sleeps most of the time, and he certainly can’t come to our apartment anymore. Tara told him that we and our church are praying for them. They had met a few people from our congregation. Milo thanked us. Tara asked, “How else can we help you during this time? Would you like visitors? Meals? We’d like to do whatever your preference is.” He chuckled and said, “Well I don’t eat more than a few bites per day. And visitors, well sure, but I couldn’t do more than 15 minutes. Maybe less depending on the day. Check with Mauricette in case I’m sleeping.” That sounds like a plan to us.
Mauricette is working a lot this month, so we don’t see her much. She had, however, come to our apartment twice this summer to meet with ladies from our church and swap testimonies. She got to hear some incredible stories about God’s unconditional love through a heroine addiction, running away, family lies, abuse, suicide attempts, and more. God has freed these women from incredible things, and most recently from shame and hiding their stories. Mauricette also got to share her life story. Each time, Tara got to know a lot more about her. It’s clear that Milo has been her rock and her savoir (she says that). At the end of their conversation, our friend Nathalie asked gently, “Do you think maybe your view of Milo as your savoir is what’s keeping you from accepting Jesus as Savoir?” Mauricette’s eyebrows lifted; “Hmm...I’ll have to think about that.”
Months later, after Milo and “Jacques Chirac” left the hallway, Tara asked her, “Have you and Milo talked about God lately?” She shook her head. “Well, he knows that I read my Bible every night. I’m in the book of Luke. But Milo is a rock. He’s not afraid of death. I don’t think he really needs…” She trailed off. Tara gently said, “Well, even if he thinks he doesn’t need the Lord, God knows his true needs. I’m praying Milo’s heart will soften and seek God alongside you.”
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Love, Trent, Tara, Lydia, Rachel and Tessa