tapé (tah PAY), n.

a way or path

October, 2011 It’s hard to believe we’re already beginning October—this year seems to have flown by. We’ve moved into a very warm spring here already. I’m hoping it’s not a sign of a scorcher summer, but we’ll see soon enough. We are preparing for quite an October. In a few weeks, I (Christie) will have another surgery on my leg, from the accident that broke my left femur back in February. This time the doctor will, with the help of the Lord, correct the bad position of the bone by cutting it almost in two, taking out a wedge, and resetting it. He’ll put in a larger metal plate this time, and about twice as many screws. The good news is that the first plate and screws, which have been causing a lot of pain, will be removed at the same time, rather than having two separate surgeries and recoveries. So there’s a bit of a silver lining in the cloud. The surgeon feels very hopeful about this procedure and we are praying that the damage can all be corrected in this one surgery. I shared on our blog that part of the difficulty in this period of rehab is that we’ve had to put several crucial parts of our ministry on pause in order to focus on my learning to walk again. After this surgery, the doctor said we can expect a similar recovery, starting back over at ground zero. However, this time around there should be much better results and I’ll be able to get back to “normal” in 2012. Thank God that He’s been with us every step of the way and still puts His hand in our daily lives.

Many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD... He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." Isaiah 2:3

As I mentioned, the original plan was to only remove the plate and screws, go through therapy again, and then reset the bone in a later operation. While I’m thrilled to “get this over with” all at once, we’re having to scramble now with this change in plans. The pricetag on this surgery is much higher, and we’re arranging our home and schedule to accommodate this more involved recovery. The young lady who was borrowing my wheelchair and walker is walking on her own again now, so we at least have a head start on that sort of thing. Thankfully, both sets of our parents are planning a visit to coincide with the hospital stay. So Camille and Caroline are REALLY looking forward to my surgery  and Ken and I are definitely excited that our parents will be visiting soon. Please pray for safe travel for them, for God’s presence during and after the surgery, and for financial provision to cover this next step.

A few times in September, we were able to visit the town we lived and worked in until the accident. The Loma Clavel school is doing well and the students all look quite handsome in their new tennis shoes. The trips to Carapeguá are always a little bittersweet, since we enjoy seeing the people and encouraging them, but not without a twinge of sadness for the way we had to leave so quickly. We were able to touch base with some of the young people who were part of the core group in our ministry there, and we were excited to find they’d been continuing in their walk with the Lord and in developing their talents for His use.

We are continuing with the weekly Bible study with 7th and 8th graders of the school here on the grounds of the Hogar Ganar children’s home. This month we dealt with some really pertinent topics in the lives of teenagers, and they really opened up more than normal. Seems like somebody’s praying!  We also began Bible classes in a public elementary school in town this month, sharing the story of the Gospel with the preschool-6th graders every Wednesday morning and afternoon. The school year will end in a couple of months, so it was a surprise that they opened the doors to us to begin a new class this close to summer break. After class this past week, one of the teachers invited me to a ladies dinner that evening, where several women from the community get together and share what God’s doing in their lives. These women are from all denominations, but they come together to pray for each other and share their testimonies. I really enjoyed the meeting, and they’ve invited me to be a regular participant.

Thank you once again for your encouragement, your support, and most importantly, your prayers for our family and for the people of this country. You share in the ministry that takes part here, and we don’t take it lightly to be your partners in the mission work. May God bless you as you have blessed us!!

Phone: 595-985-782-928 Skype: 864-343-1731 Email: hagerman100@yahoo.com Blog: www.hagermans.blogspot.com Mail: Ken and Christie Hagerman Casilla de Correo 13134 Shopping del Sol Asuncion, Paraguay, South America
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--Ken, Christie, Camille, and Caroline

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