It was a lovely, sunny Thursday 26 August 2021. Liz went to Pacific Radiology Rolleston for what we thought was going to be a routine 12-week scan, during Lockdown, for our fourth pregnancy. Little did we know, there would be no baby seen. What we discovered during the scan was a complete molar pregnancy.

Fast forward a few hours, Liz found herself at Christchurch Women’s Hospital and after an MRI, chest xray and blood tests, we were told that the probable best course of action for Liz’ health would be a hysterectomy, done the very next day.

Throughout the entire pregnancy, even from conception, Liz really felt God telling her to trust Him. Why could this be, with this heart-breaking outcome?

Despite the unfortunate circumstances, the timing of it could not have been better. The sonographer at Rolleston was an old colleague of Liz’ and the doctor who informed us of the results happened to be a Christian and a good friend of Liz’ eldest sister – they both provided comfort. It was Lockdown, so it was easier for Nigel to take time off work with a quieter workplace.

Josephine, our youngest, had been weaned the night before all of this began (imagine Nigel trying to breastfeed her!). Church was not meeting physically so the Lifestreams band was not affected by Liz’ unexpected absence. Mainly music, with Liz as the upfront leader, did not meet during lockdown, nor for the rest of the term because of Level 2. Liz had a 6-8 week recovery period and mainly music happened to begin again at 8 weeks post-op to the day!

Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God and I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” God had seemingly placed the right people around us at the right time. He strengthened Liz, He held her hand and carried us through what was a shocking, surreal ordeal. We felt God’s peace about it much sooner than if we had not been trusting in Him.

Nigel and Liz Yeoh