—“The Ankle Bone’s Connected to the Leg Bone”
—We Have a Need Because They Have a Need
“THE ANKLE BONE’S CONNECTED TO THE LEG BONE”
There is an old spiritual, a fun song, telling that the bones are connected to each other. I’m trying to think of something to get my mind off of my pain. So, this old song came to my mind. Truth is, I’m tired of the pain. Oh me, it’s been a battle for over five weeks. Stephanie has been a wonderful caregiver, yet, this is not easy for her either. She does not like to see me suffer so much pain. Thank you for your prayers.
After visiting a Christian Orthopedic doctor in Jacksonville, Florida, we are encouraged that God directed us to a brilliant man who “really knows his stuff.” Stay tuned as I go through this new treatment to correct what he labeled a “mess” after viewing the MRI. There are four different problems with my ankle right now. It seems like when I do it, I really, really do it, as they say.
He listened to what I did in Romania [jumping up and down during an illustration during a dynamic, active message]. “No ankle turned? Sprained?” “No, I just jumped up and down.” “Wonderful, let’s get you well so you can get back to your young people to minister to them again.” All right! Let’s do it! It seems that I traumatized some old injuries to my ankle, then gout started in my ankle [too many mixed grill plates]. Stephanie checked online to see what I should eat and which food I should not eat because of gout. So far I’ve dropped 12 pounds and the gout is out after treatment. I’ll update you later as to how things are progressing.
WE HAVE A NEED BECAUSE THEY HAVE A NEED
Underprivileged kids in Costa Rica need us. This year Stephanie and I were on hand for the inaugural LIFE Costa Rica youth camp in January. The results were incredible … decisions for Christ. We are making plans for next January which means that we have to put down a deposit to hold a facility for next year’s camp. Thinking that you would like to know about this we need $5000 right away to reserve a week for needy young Costa Ricans. We will need more than this eventually, but, this is the need right now.
Can we count on you to help? Would you partner with us to put smiles on young faces in Costa Rica? These teens simply cannot pay what camp costs. Here is a great opportunity to make an impact and change lives.
Send your contribution to Life Impact For Eternity, 3984 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton FL 34208 earmarking it for LIFE Costa Rica.
In advance I thank you in behalf of these wonderful young people.
—Pray for my ankle that it will respond to this treatment protocol.
—Pray that I will be well enough so that we will be able to make our next trip to Romania departing June 21
—Pray for Stephanie’s grandson, Gage, to continue to make progress in his battle with Autism. He is high functioning, but he struggles to put together sentences. Sweet, precious 8 year old.
—Pray for a minimum of $5000 to be donated to secure a youth camp facility in Costa Rica. We have to make this payment soon to reserve a week for our camp.
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Life Impact For Eternity
3984 Manatee Avenue East
Bradenton FL 34208
—Romanians Are Live Wires!
—Six Senior High Students Make Decisions For Christ
—Ankle Problems Again
—Total of 20 Decisions For Christ Plus More
ROMANIANS ARE LIVE WIRES!
Romanian young adults are full of life. So glad they are part of LIFE, Life Impact For Eternity. So much energy as well as a great heart for God. The recent Camp Counselor Training in Sinaia, Romania was very exciting. I spoke to the group three times and Iulian and his staff spoke several times as well. Great response!
Stephanie had a session with the girls and they ate it up. They enjoyed her so much. This makes me very happy as I see Stephanie finding her place in our mission. Of course, she is a big encouragement for me because of her desire to serve the Lord.
SIX SENIOR HIGH STUDENTS MAKE DECISIONS FOR CHRIST
Iulian organized for me to speak in a high school in Arad, Romania which was a long drive across the country after the counselor training. Speaking to 9th and 10th graders I found them to really be plugged in listening to my message. It was exciting. Iulian is a gifted translator and we form a great team. I spoke on the theme of friendship teaching them to be wise in their choice of friends.
The next day I spoke to the 11th and 12th graders giving an invitation to receive Christ. Six responded to the Gospel. Pray for their follow-up.
ANKLE PROBLEMS AGAIN
My left ankle has problems from time to time. 30 some years ago I strained my Achilles tendon in a youth event. Recently I was battling Plantar Fasciitis in my left foot and was fitted for custom made inserts. So, two problems with the same foot. Then, speaking to the high school students I must have been a bit too ramped up, too active, aggravating my ankle and tore a ligament. So, now I have three problems with my ankle.
Well, I could not go to the Sports Tournament on Friday evening and on Saturday. Stephanie attended taking pictures. Her heart was touched in the outreach on Friday to an orphanage. She told me that they enjoyed the games with much laughter and gobbled up the treats that Iulian and his team had purchased for them to eat. Iulian spoke that evening as well as on Saturday. He is a gifted evangelist and saw 14 come to Christ. Stephanie was thrilled as she watched praying for their response. Meanwhile I was back at the youth camp lying down recuperating as I prayed for the team.
We finished our ministry in Romania and traveled to Rome, Italy for the rest of our schedule. I was hobbling as I could barely walk. Little did I know that I should not have been walking at all. The hotel staff in Rome helped us make contact with a doctor that they have on call. He came to our room to evaluate my condition making arrangements for an X-ray and consultation with an orthopedic specialist. The good news is that there is no fracture and the other news is that I have a ligament tear as I mentioned earlier. Two doctors attended to me wrapping my ankle and put what they called a “cast” over the wrapping. It is a strap on brace or splint, but, it really helps. The hotel helped by securing some forearm crutches. I have never used these before which calls for a steep learning curve. Yet, they help very much. The doctors said I would be much better in two weeks although I usually take longer to heal. Stephanie and I are counting on your prayers. She has been so good to look after me and care for me. She feels so much better that I had quality medical attention. Grateful to God for this help!
TOTAL OF 20 DECISIONS FOR CHRIST PLUS MORE
It was a great harvest in Romania with Iulian Avramescu and two of his key team members, Adrian Dinu and David Neagu. Plus, there was a meeting with youth pastors that we attended. They seem to be very interested in the youth camps as well as the Sports tournaments and discipleship. They responded to Iulian’s request to organize people in their churches to do follow-up with the young converts who come to Camp MIA, our youth camp ministry in Romania.
Then, Iulian met with a key pastor in Timisoara, Romania, while I remained at the youth camp to rest. This pastor put him on the phone with other key leaders to get him connected. This is no small thing as it opens doors for future ministry. Iulian has a passion to reach the young people of his country. Not only to bring them to Christ, but to disciple them so that they can reach others. Worthy goals!
Thank you for your friendship and your love for us. Stephanie and I are grateful. Pray that I will have a good recovery. Wishing God’s best for you! God bless you!
Life Impact For Eternity
3984 Manatee Avenue East
Bradenton FL 34208