Friday, August 08, 2014
I send out a periodic prayer letter to my prayer partners. Here is an edited edition of what I sent out today but without photos.... so you can catch up with what is happening with me during my SparkBreak. I'll try to post photos when I get back off break.
Dear Family and Friends,
Thanks for praying for me these past weeks. All is going well and I know it is because people are praying.
My big garage sale last Saturday, Aug. 2nd, went well. I wanted to be sure I had enough "stuff" for everyone to purchase something. I told people that clothes were not limited but everything else was limited to ten things. People seemed satisfied with that and everyone seemed to leave my home (not my garage) with what they wanted. Christine and Marguerite (hospital cashiers) were the cashiers at the sale. All went smoothly. Someone described garage sales here like shopping on "Black Friday" but it was not the case Saturday so I know people were praying. Since I do not leave Africa until the end of November I still have other things to sell but I will not have another announced public garage sale. I will sell the rest of the things little by little to whomever wants to look at the table that I will keep set up for that.
We have a new Missionary Nurse from France. Wendy joins Terry and me as professors in the Nursing School. She has been with us only one week but already has been active at the hospital. On Monday morning we had our first Teacher's Meeting.
Each Monday through Friday I walk upstairs to the "RADIO ROOM" to start the programming for our Hospital Radio FM station. I then stop by the office of Francois to let him know that the radio is running so that he will turn it off mid afternoon before he leaves work. It does not run on the porches during the night because it might disturb someone's sleep. I then stop by the Recovery Room where paralyzed Eric almost has his second home. He is in the hospital this time because he had bedsores but they are healing. Each day I turn on the radio and lay it next to Eric's head so he can listen to the Christian programs. Praise God for the growth in the Lord that Eric has had since his 2012 accident that paralyzed him.
Cheryl as well as Nurse visitor Abby have been helping me sort uniforms in the Hospital Supply building. Above see a photo of Cheryl and me. See also a photo of the Hospital maintenance crew in their new ALEGENT HEALTH uniforms!! These men are not usually given uniforms but I found some nice uniforms that had come from Omaha, NE and gave them each one. They were glad to get them. I was in an Alegent Health hospital when I had my knee and wrist break in 2012!!
Monday August 11th we start our annual Team Forum conference in another city. Forum is like FAMILY CAMP. Our special speaker will be Pastor Mark, brother in law of our own missionary Terry. He is coming with his wife Dianne (Terry's sister) and also a couple to lead worship, John and Judith. Pray that the Lord will speak through these who come to minister to us and that we will listen! It is about a 4 1/2 hour drive to "Camp", mostly paved but still dusty dirt on one stretch. Please pray for safety in travel to and from Camp. Various cars are traveling Saturday, Sunday and then on Monday two cars (mine included) will finish up the trips. All of us will return home on Saturday August 16th.
Speaking of August 16th.... MY BIRTHDAY. Not just any Birthday but my 65th Birthday. This week I tried two different days to sign up for Medicare (something to do before my Birthday) and was unable to because my Internet browser kept saying something about a Proxy. Then yesterday I tried to call the Omaha Social Security office to sign up and when I finally got it to ring, it would ring three times, go to music for a little and then say that everyone was busy and to call back! I had expected to have to wait on-line but that was not an option. I tried to call several times. I then tried again to sign up for Medicare on-line and was finally able to do so without getting blocked. WooHoo!! I needed to get that done before leaving for Team Forum (Camp) on Monday as there will be no Internet services at the hotel where we will be staying.
The Nursing School will start it's fall trimester with a September 5-7 Spiritual Retreat and then classes begin September 8th. More about the retreat and classes in a future letter. Pray for the preparation that we must do before those two events though. Thanks.
Thank again for your prayers.
Warmly in Christ,
P.S. I'm still on SparkBreak but I'll be back!