Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Many have heard by now, but last week the doctors found a low-grade tumor in my submandibular gland.

What was supposed to be a quick doctor's visit, turned into 5 hours of different tests and waiting rooms!

Praise God, they don't think it is cancerous, but surgery to remove the gland is necessary.  Between phone calls to different missionaries, regional administrator and the ABWE physician, a decision was made to have the surgery done in Cape Town by a surgeon that comes highly recommended through another surgeon contact.

We've already seen God work in so many ways!  Within 48 hours of realizing that I needed surgery, the desired surgeon had agreed to do the surgery and we had been offered a cottage by the sea to stay in.  Within the next 48 hours, a missionary in Cape Town organized a car for us to use for the two weeks we are down there and is picking us up from the airport, Kyle is preaching in their church on Sunday (and presenting the Care Home)  AND another missionary is taking care of the girls the day I have surgery.  God is so good!

So, we will fly down there the 26th, pre-op appointment is the 29th, surgery is the 31st.  We will fly back June 10th.

As it all comes together as only God can do, I wonder why I'm still so frustrated, frustrated about having to take these two weeks out of my life, frustrated with having to shut down the Care Home- yet again, frustrated with the fluctuations with my health!  I'm still learning to rest in God's plans- not my own.  This seems to be a lesson that I'm having a hard time learning :)

Monday, May 7, 2012


I wanted to mention a few needs that we have for the Care Home, in case anybody wants a way to get involved :)

10 water-proof pillow covers (standard size)
       example at
       just one or all 10 could be purchased

Peppermint tea- can be removed from box and packaged in a ziplock bag

A team of college students is coming over the end of June and would be able to carry these items over in a suitcase.  If you would like to purchase either of these items, please contact me and I will give you a US address to ship them to.

Thanks for considering this!

Thursday, May 3, 2012


Change is what I've been praying for.  Change in my heart and change in one of our patient's hearts (previous post).
God provided opportunity for me to serve and then the change began . . . . in both of us I think :)

Sunday morning I always check in on the Care Home and make the grocery list before heading to music practice.  This time, I walked in to find her throwing up her morning breakfast and medications.  I rushed into the middle of things to help the staff, holding the cup of water, helping clean things up, and rubbing her back until all had settled.  Then quietly went on with the rest of my business.

Monday and Tuesday Kyle went in as normal to do the Bible studies.  She was alert and pleasant.  Wednesday, she was all smiles and even complimented him.

I came in Wednesday afternoon to do my normal routine.  She was sitting up in bed watching me very closely.  Then she started rattling off something that was too fast for me to understand, but looking directly at me.  I asked one of the staff what she said.  Thuli laughed a little then said, "She says she likes you . . . you aren't harsh.  She says you are friends."

I almost couldn't hold back the tears (and maybe I shouldn't have).  My heart was ready to explode.

My prayer is that the gospel that she hears everyday would speak even louder, now that "we are friends".