Dear Family and Friends,
What a beautiful day to praise the Lord and to enjoy His creation.
Betty and I pray this letter will find you in the best of health. We pray each day for you all. We all need Jesus’ care.
Betty’s health took a new turn. The latest test she had revealed she has a hiatal hernia–her stomach protrudes through her diaphragm into the upper part of her chest. What a believe-it-or-not shock to both of us when the doctor told us. She has had three more tests, and she has one more May 9th before surgery. She still has some falls, but not as many. She holds onto me when she leaves the house. She has her cane and walker. She is in good spirits as Betty has always been. She is my Proverbs 31 wife; she is my sweetheart. She keeps me going. I haven’t changed much—still waiting for my surgery in July.
The Teen Missions family suffered a shock when Director Bob Bland’s wife Bernie had a bad stroke to her right side, leaving her unable to walk or speak. That happened back in April. Bernie went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 12th. Bob needs our prayers to help him with wisdom in leadership and grace after the loss of his wife. Bob recently said, “Bernie and I have served the Lord with Teen Missions for 45 years. I am 85 and she is 87. The Bible tells us to keep our house in order. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Make sure you know Jesus as your Saviour. Jesus cares for us.”
Recently Teen Missions Headquarters, in Merritt Island, FL, just held the 2nd AIDS Orphans Mud Run on May 7. There were over 600 racers, which is double the runners from last year. For the Mud Run we have many obstacles, both old and new. Last year some of the money raised from the Run went to Malawi.
There was a village in a Muslim area that was out of food. When our Malawi base coordinator found out, he asked permission to use Mud Run money to buy food for the village. The sacks of maize that were purchased saved lives and opened the door to share the Gospel. We received the following letter thanking us:
We thank God and you too. You remembered us in time of trouble when we were going through hunger season. We did not dream about this gift, but we know the Lord knew someone will help us, He is worthy to be praised. The whole reason of writing this letter is to give appreciation because you have been the people that the Lord has used to help, therefore we need to give thanksgiving to you because of willing to be the good people of listening to the Lord. May God continue using you to wipe out tears in time of trouble—you have displayed your love in good times, you are teaching us God’s Word and at the same time you share with us physically things that are important in life. Thank you.
Desiree our granddaughter recently gave us our 9th great grandson.
Bonnie lives in Portland and Amy in Richmond. They will have their babies in August and September. That will be 11 great grandchildren.
Brennan, Desiree’s 5-year-old son, we get to see quite often. We have a fun time together. I taught him how to use a hand saw to cut wood, to drill holes with my cordless drill, to drive a nail and to use a wrench. What he thinks is cool is how to start a paper on fire with a magnifying glass. He likes being outside with me. He likes fishing as well. He won best tee ball player and won a new bat. That made him happy. He is my pal. I love them all, but he lives near by.
Thanks for your prayers and love; it means a lot.
-for us to be like Jesus