Eric Murphy Update June 2016
—Can’t Go to Europe This Summer
—Camp Monty 2016
—Camp MIA Cranks Up Next Week
—LIFE Costa Rica Announces Camp Dates For 2017
—One Year Anniversary
CAN’T GO TO EUROPE THIS SUMMER
Remember my ankle problems? More than 11 weeks battling pain, swelling, getting treatment from an expert Orthopedic Doctor. Well, it has not improved enough for me to be able to go to Romania to the youth camp this summer. Trusting God with this in the spirit of Romans 8:28. Stephanie is disappointed, but she wants the best for me. She really misses hanging out with the livewire Romanian young people. Me too!
Closely following the doctor’s orders to give my ankle rest, soak it in ice water for seven minutes at a time [not an easy task to do], getting some physical therapy, losing weight to take some of the stress off of the ankle [about 15.5 pounds loss at this point]. God willing, I will visit the doctor again on June 27. He may have to give me a steroid injection on the 27th. He warned me that if my ankle does not improve that he may have to consider ankle replacement surgery or ankle fusion at some point in the future. Neither of these options are appealing to me, so I am giving him my fullest cooperation. Pray that my metabolism will kick in so that I can lose at least 20 more pounds. I struggle with Metabolic Resistance. Serious dietary changes were enacted on May 2and I am working very hard to be faithful in this area. Actually, I had a setback at physical therapy this week as one of the therapists was too strong in his approach. I have had to step back from PT because of swelling and pain that this caused. I will do some of the exercises at a slow, easy pace on my own after this calms down.
Romans 8:28 is foremost in my mind right now as I trust the Lord that He knows what is best. So, we will not go to the youth camps this summer. We had planned to be there for almost eight weeks. Meanwhile, I am writing a book sharing what God has taught me as a leader. The main purpose is to help train, disciple and mentor our young missionaries. A couple of years ago, Iulian, our director in Romania, asked me to consider doing this. It is one thing to speak to the staff in leadership meetings, but it is also important to have something in print that they can refer to again and again. It may be that God will use this in a greater way with anyone who is in leadership whether it be Christian or secular. I have 86 articles written so far as I have been working on this for a few months. Now I have more time to concentrate on this. Pray for me as I seek to find a way to self publish this for the best price.
CAMP MONTY 2016
Rick DeYoung and Jim Compton are making plans for Camp Monty 2016 set for July 25-30. Pray for a great harvest at this special sports camp. We also teach English at this camp. Pray for the speakers and for many campers to come to the meetings. You cannot imagine the excitement among the young people in Niksic, Montenegro when our team comes to town for Camp Monty! It is a very special week!
CAMP MIA 2016 CRANKS UP NEXT WEEK
Iulian Avramesu and his team are gathering together this weekend for Counselor Training with camp opening next Monday, June 27. So exciting even if we cannot go this summer. I am thrilled for them because I know how hard they work and how much they love the youth of Romania. It should be an incredible experience this summer both at Camp MIA and at Camp Monty. Don’t forget to pray for both of these youth camps in Romania and in Montenegro.
LIFE COSTA RICA ANNOUNCES CAMP DATES FOR 2017
As you know the youth camp season in Costa Rica is mainly in Janaury which is their “summer” school break. Why? Because the rainy season starts in March and lasts until late October or so. So, Cris Vidaechea, is announcing the new dates for the next LIFE Costa Rica youth camp … January 31-February 4, 2017. We will have a need to raise funds to pay for the deposit to secure this camp facility about one hour outside of San Jose. Please help if you can.
ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Wow! Can you believe it? Stephanie and I have been married for one year as of June 7. Our marriage is growing and both of us are very happy. Certainly, the Lord has restored what the locusts have eaten as mentioned in the Old Testament. We both lost our precious mates to death, but God put Stephanie and me together. It is good that both of us pressed into God trusting Him rather than becoming bitter or resentful. So, we give praise to God. Rejoice with us!
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