the other day i posted about darian kovacs, the director of canadafire, and our partner on the canadian youth workers conference. darian has been the banner-boy for this event for two years or more, dreaming of the event with us, giving us confidence that he was the right partner, and doing so much of the legwork (especially the relational legwork) to make this thing a reality.
last evening, just after i got here, darian was complaining of stomach pain. we all chalked it up to nerves and stress (and i tried to convince him it was gas, due to my experience last weekend). as the evening progressed, the pain was worse, and eventually darian and his amazing wife walked across the street to the hospital.
it wasn’t gas! darian had an appendectomy this morning. during the surgery, he got a bit of fluid on or in his lungs, and had to be put on a respirator for a bit. but the surgery is done, and he’s recovering well in the hospital i can see out my window as i type this.
bummer is: darian will miss the opening day of the convention tomorrow (darian, tic long and i are mc’ing, along with a sharp woman from toronto named melinda). and there are so many other aspects of the event that are darian’s head (like, what certain elements of the general session are supposed to be!). we expect him to be back here, released from the hospital, tomorrow. he and i are sharing a suite at the hotel, so he’ll be “home” here in the hotel; but it’s unclear when he’ll be able to engage back into some of his roles at the conference. weird, really.
we’ll be ok without him in the general sessions. but i’m heartbroken that he’ll miss at least some of the conference he has poured his life and time and vision into for the last year. please pray for his speedy recovery!