Good day everyone! Thanks for stopping by. I apologize for our recent radio silence. We’ve had a bit of a hiccup recently, and I wanted to share what is going on with our progression into the mission field.
Many of you know that my Dad passed away on August 4th after a battle with brain cancer. He is more of a hero to me now than I’d ever considered before. Even though relatively young, he took the diagnosis and prognosis in stride and fought with the most positive, graceful attitude I believe I’ve ever borne witness to, with the exception of Jesus Himself. His constant profession throughout his last five months was “I’m a winner either way.” He got his affairs in order to be sure my Mom was taken care of, and spent his last days loving his family and attempting to proselytize every doctor, nurse and technician in the greater East Tennessee area. That’s about as good as it gets folks. The inspiration I get from his last days is not to wait. Live that way today. We’re not promised tomorrow, and as Cootie Stark said “I never saw no U-Haul behind no hearse.”
However, that’s not the hiccup.
Barely 8 weeks after my Dad’s passing, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor myself. Thankfully, mine is expected to be benign. In fact, it’s extremely rare for the location of the one in me to be otherwise. However, it is wreaking havoc with my body’s chemistry. It is completely treatable, with surgery and/or medication. I have met with a couple of doctors already, and will be returning to Moffitt Cancer Center next week to consult with a few more and make a plan for treatment. My prognosis is very good.
Longterm the tumor itself should not cause further issue post-treatment. However, it will likely delay our move to the Dominican Republic by at least a couple of months. That’s the hiccup. While I am puzzled, it isn’t for me to know why God has chosen this timing, mere weeks before we had planned on moving. I’m sure his timing is perfect. I’m positive the call is very real. Apparently, there’s something here I’m supposed to do before we go….I don’t know. All I know is I should be living like my Dad; loving those around me and reaching out to the world – wherever I am at the moment. With that in mind, we are proceeding with support-raising and preparations to move**. We continue to sell our “stuff” and get the house ready to be sold as well. Just on a slightly different timeframe. Again, I apologize for the amount of time gone by since our last update. I just wanted to let everyone know what was going on, and what our new timeframe looked like. We invite you still to partner with us as we make this transition. All the details on how you can support the work we will be doing are on our Support Page. Thanks for checking in and we look forward to hearing from you!