What a great and busy week. I spoke 7 times in 2 days this past weekend in Panama City Beach Florida. Caught a flight home on Sunday and took off early Monday morning to take Allyson off to Ohio Christian University to start her freshman year in college. Allyson is going to be an Early Childhood major and has plans to end up on the mission field someday. We got Allyson all moved in to her new room and left early Tuesday morning to make it back to Wilmore for a meeting at Asbury University for the Cross Cultural Experience committee. Spent the day trying to catch up on things while I was gone and then leave today for Greenwood, Indiana. I will be speaking in Chapel Thursday morning at OMS headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana. (One Mission Society) I will be speaking in chapel at 9:00a.m. Thursday morning and then meeting with some of the Senior Leadership there at the mission. Will be coming home on Friday night and preaching this Sunday at the Wilmore Community Missionary Church. Looking forward to being back in the Pulpit here in Wilmore. Someone told me the other day “wow— your schedule is pretty full.” I said– “They don’t call it GO for nothing”. Thanks for your prayers and financial support to help us keep Going. We are blessed by your interest and support for the ministries of GO InterNational.
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It had been a long journey and I began to wonder what God had in store for us after all the effort to reach a small river village of 190 people called Alfonso. We had spent the first day in travel flying from Cincinnati to Houston to Lima. After a night there, we flew on to Tarapoto then took a curvy road over the mountains to Alianza, a small town no more than a wide spot in the road. Then this morning had brought a two-hour ride in a small boat called a picky-picky up the Shanusi river. The water was low and we were stuck on sand bars several times and broke at least one propeller blade along the way. We finally reached the village and made our way to a small government health outpost where we would set up our clinic for the day.
My first patient gave an immediate answer to the question of why we were there. Percy was a one year-old baby who only weighed 12 pounds. He had been doing well until about 3-4 months before when his mother became sick. She was no longer able to nurse the baby. Eventually she recovered from her illness, but she had stopped producing milk. She didn’t know how else to feed him and he began to lose weight. He was now malnourished and failing to thrive. We examined him, found no other apparent significant illness and began to talk with the mother about ways she could feed him with the foods available to her with her very limited resources. We came up with a plan that she could follow to increase the baby’s intake and hopefully help him begin to grow and thrive again. The encounter left me feeling very inadequate. It would be so much better if we could admit him to a hospital, test him further and supervise his feedings to be sure he improved. However, we were left with doing what we could to encourage the mother, give some instructions for supervision to the local health technician at the clinic, and praying to the Lord for his survival. Although I felt very limited medically, it reminded me of our dependence on the Lord and also left me with a clear answer to the question of why the Lord had taken us all this way to serve Him.
July has not been a good month for me for two years in a row! My sixty-five year old body just does not want to go along with my twenty year old mind.
I was scheduled to lead a ministry team to Colombia July 23-30 and just like last year a health crisis prevented me from going. This year a heart pain issue flared up and after a stress test my doctor announced I had some “abnormalities”. That means a stress test on August 13.
I just finished a seven-day camp meeting in El Dorado, Illinois and was thrilled to see the Lord blessing His Word. It was a joy to be with my good friend Mark Nysewander and Max Borah. Several of the Senior Highs and college students answered a call to ministry, and I want to see where the Lord will be leading them in the days to come.
God is good even in all of our trials and I am learning again, be patient and “wait on the Lord.” Thank you for your faithfulness and prayers, and thank you for your generosity.
Jenny and I took our four oldest grandchildren to “Grandparents Camp” July 16-18, and we had a grand time. They are so precious and a joy to be around.
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