What a way to start 2011!God definitely has a differentyear in mind for us than what we’d ever imagined, and we are still sorting through what all that means. He hasshown Himself ever faithful, ever powerful, ever present. We’ve grown to appreciate Him more and moreevery day, and to lean on Him for protection and provision more than ever before. This edition of our newsletterhighlights the latest happenings and major changes we’re going through. Feel free to copy this and pass it tothose you know who may be interested, or to forward this if you received it as an email.
Ken’s Heart Surgery
The month of January was focused on Ken’s recuperation from his open
heart surgery, which took place here in Paraguay onDecember 14. We spent several weeks in the home of our friends and fellow missionaries, the Morton family. They live in atown much closer to the capital, which is where all Ken’s follow
up appointments have been, so their opening their home to us wasquite a blessing for our family.
It was a time when we refilled our tanks, so to speak, and enjoyed their hospitality while relishing the fellowship. Camille andCaroline had the opportunity during this time to participate in the Morton’s local church, which is larger than what we’re u
sed toand has a great
youth group. They even got
to take part in the youth camp, where they learned a lot and made tons of newfriends.
We enjoyed the
time in “Morton’s Rehab Home” but were also glad to get back to our own four walls and touch basewithin our neighborhood.
Our neighbors really rallied around us, offering help and encouragement, and paying visits to lift Ken’s spirits. We had so manyopportunities to share of the miracles God performed before, during, and after the surgery. Many of them were totallysurprised at the strength Ken has
shown, up and walking around and looking good. He’s been a living testimony to God’s healingtouch. He still has a little ways to go, with his endurance not quite back to normal, and his blood levels not
stabilized. We’retold this is normal and will work itself out with time, and until then it is manageable. We really appreciate all the prayers andencouragement we’ve received from y’all. God is good.
Abuela’s Special Night
Do you remember the story of the little grandma (“abuela”) whose yard and home wecleaned when Amber was here with us? Well, a couple of weeks ago she had abirthday. She thought she was turning 15, and she insisted her granddaughters give hera manicure and a “hairdo” and that her daughter cook her a cake. So at about 9:30 PM,the daughter came knocking on my door to invite me to an impromtu birthday party. Oneof the grandaughters happens to be the teacher at the little school in Loma Clavel,where we have been having Bible classes each week. So during the party she told methat the students, who come around each day she’s out there cleaning and prepping forthe start date, keep asking if we’ll be coming back. We assured her that was definitelypart of our plan for this year, and that we look forward to being even more a part of the lives of these students.