Dear Family and Friends,
Greetings in the blessed name of the Lord. We are praying this letter finds you in the best of health. Psalm 31:14-15 says, “I trust in you, Lord; I say, “you are my God.” My times are in your hand.”
Update on Betty: I told you in the last letter that she has been falling a lot—12 times since January. One time she struck her head on the floor and knocked herself out. She believes when she fell in July she fractured her 3rd vertebrae. She has pain if she stands for too long and she must sit down to get some relief. I take her to therapy twice a week and that seems to help. She has also had three injections in her back that have helped. The doctor told the therapist to go easy on her back. She won’t drive because she is afraid of getting dizzy. She currently walks with a cane or a walker. Even though she is not well physically, she stays in good spirits.
I have been sent to another doctor to see if he can determine where the pain is coming from in my neck. It still bothers me every day so I take medication for pain every four hours and put ice and heat packs on it throughout the day.
Our daughter and granddaughter come by a couple of times a week. They mow the lawn and weed and do other things for us. We get to see our two great grandchildren as well. Brendon is 5 and Gabby is 2. They lighten up our day! They’re such a blessing.
Throughout all the years we traveled, we would purchase hand painted pictures. Now, I am learning to paint. When I served on the fire department I worked with a fellow fireman who painted and that got me started. I enjoy watching the painting classes on TV. Although it takes me a long time to put something on canvas, I like to paint older pictures as it helps me relax. I have painted an old barn with the sign on the roof, “See Rock City.”
November 11 is our 64th wedding anniversary. Betty and I have had a blessed life together with our Lord, family and friends.
We want to thank all of you for your prayers. It means a lot. As you pray could you remember me as I will need to have surgery on my neck again in a few months in order to heal properly after my auto accident last year. We have more time to pray for you and our country. Our prayers are for Ben Carson. We have read his life story and it is inspiring to us to see what God can do with a person’s life.
This past summer Teen Missions sent out more than 700 team members and leaders to serve the Lord in over 30 countries around the world. These young people were trained during Boot Camp to share the Gospel using songs, puppets and dramas. Some of the teams sent out were work teams that did various projects such as renovating churches, building school desks, painting classrooms, constructing buildings and drilling wells so the villagers could have fresh water.
Some evangelistic teams went out on motorcycles (preteens went out on mini-bikes) to share the Good News. One team went to county fairs in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky to talk with people about Jesus. Another team was blessed to be able to hand out new shoes and socks to orphans after they washed their feet. The love of Jesus was also shown by a team who helped individuals be fitted with proper reading glasses. It was a great summer and thousands of people were reached with the love and good news of Jesus Christ.
Pray for our healing. God bless! Jesus is the only way to heaven! We look forward to seeing you there!
Love in Jesus,
Bob and Betty Lane