March 23, 2020

Charlene and I want to share the journey we have been on since our last communications with you. 

The schedule of meetings was full in 2019 but we left a block of time from mid-November through December to have my hip replacement surgery, including time for recovery and therapy. The hip surgery was done on November 20, 2019, and on November 21 another unexpected scenario developed.

Charlene was driving me home from the hip surgery since restrictions were placed on me driving after such a procedure. When we were halfway home, she suddenly said, “my head feels weird, something is wrong.” That “weird” feeling led to a subsequent ER trip involving scans and tests, followed by other medical appointments. Her heart rate soared to the 140s and blood pressure went in the 160/109 range. Atrial fibrillation was one of the issues. The cardiologist scheduled two procedures which were done at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The cardio version was successful, but on the following morning, breathing was a struggle for her which resulted in an ambulance trip and three more days in the hospital. The heart beat is in proper rhythm now; however, there is still an issue with the low heart rates. Prayers are centered on asking the Great Physician to allow that rate to normalize; the goal: heart mending to full recovery as the Lord allows.

No one knows the consequence of the pandemic spread of the Corona Virus and its effect on our nation, but we are determined by God’s grace to stay faithful as reflectors to the world of what our God is like. Obviously, meeting schedules are affected but Charlene and I are confident that God sovereignly controls every detail of our lives as well as the affairs of our country and all nations. Fear and anxiety are not factors that have entered the picture.

You will find the 2019 meeting schedule in a following post where we have been in ministry last year as well as other scheduled dates for 2020-21, which of course may not materialize because of the virus and its effect on the national and international scene. We will soon be posting other helpful encouragements from the Word of God for you. Being “home bound” is not all negative. 

Ps. 46:10-11 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.”