HERNIA SURGERY REPORT
What a title for a report, but, this has been my situation for the last 4+ weeks, change that to 12 weeks. You may recall that I had not one, but two groin strains from my exploits at our summer youth camps … one in Montenegro and the other in Romania which was much worse. On August 24 I had a MRI which didn’t really help solve the problem and the pain was much worse. Finally, my primary care doctor sent me to an urologist, a sharp young lady, who diagnosed the hernia. She immediately dialed the surgeon on her cell phone to set up an appointment. Within a few days the young surgeon, age 35, told me that I needed hernia surgery. All of these young doctors were very attentive and proactive ready to help me. Finally, after a couple of delays I had the surgery on October 15. I cannot believe that it was done as an outpatient surgery … I felt like death warmed over … pain on the Richter scale in my opinion. But, the Lord helped me although the first two weeks were really tough. Now after four weeks? I’m still moving slowly and doing some walking outside for 10 minutes at a time, but, I’m doing much better.
After visiting my surgeon a couple of days ago I can share that I have about another four weeks of recovery, but, he thinks I will be in good shape to go to Costa Rica to speak in youth camps there in January. He released me from his care telling me that the surgery is holding very well after I passed the “cough test”. He was so pleased explaining that he could not feel any pressure at all in the area of my surgery. He said that I will have more pain, but, that it will slowly improve. God sent me to an excellent young surgeon. I love hanging out with young people. Sharp, talented, proactive … what a blessing for me!
BEHIND THE SCENES WORK
This slow down in my life as I recover from my surgery has been very productive especially the last 10 days. I was not very productive the first 15 to 18 days after the surgery because I was so miserable suffering from pain. What a help for me that I could finally sleep on my right side on the 25th day after my surgery. Sleeping in only one position, on my left side, for 25 days became very tedious. Basically, I only took naps. Much better now! This helped me become more productive with behind the scenes work such as calendar planning for 2015, working on the ministry budget to submit to our Board of Directors for approval, organizing teams to come to our camps in Romania and Montenegro, mentoring by Skype phone calls and emails, digging into the Word and spending quality time in prayer. Some incredible things are happening because of the slow down and I am quite excited about this. Suffice to say that preparation time for all public ministry is vital and crucial.
COSTA RICA: SOMEBODY HAS TO ENDURE THE NICE WEATHER
God willing, I will be in Costa Rica in January speaking to teenagers in youth camps and connecting with church planters speaking in their churches. Hey, somebody has to endure the nice weather down there! January is their peak “summer” season and young people are on break from school. They return to school in February. So, January is prime time to hang out with teenagers in Costa Rica. Pray for these meetings. I will be speaking to Costa Rican Indians in the mountains during one week. After meeting a couple of top notch young Indians in January 2014 I can hardly wait to meet their friends. They are short in stature with orangish olive skin and jet black hair. I’m told that they are very attentive for the most part. I will be speaking to them during the first full week in January 2015. Can’t wait!!
Our director for LIFE Costa Rica, Cris Vidaechea, was in the States for three weeks recently renewing friendships and asking churches and individuals to kindly consider supporting him, his family an his ministry. All I can tell you is that I really believe in this young man in his mid 30s … to the extent that I write a check for his mission support. I kindly ask others to join me supporting this fine young man. See, I told you that I love to hang out with young people … so much potential! Your investment will make a difference as we make plans to have groups come from the States to do evangelism and as we hope to launch our first LIFE Costa Rica youth camp in January 2016. Pray much for this!
SASHA IN MONTENEGRO IS COMING ON STRONG
Speaking of young adults loaded with potential I highly recommend Sasha Olah who is representing our work at LIFE Montenegro. He is in his early 20s [Oh, how I remember my 20s … what a special time in my life] and he is really sharp. Well, I’m going to tell you that I write another check to support this young man and we need some more people to follow my example and the example of 3 or 4 other wonderful people who support him. Great soccer player … smooth as silk on the soccer field and can burst with speed at just the right moment to overwhelm his defender. Sasha uses his sports skills to build relationships so he can do evangelism and discipleship. He is doing follow up work on our campers who attend Camp Monty. Why don’t you consider writing a check every month with support designated for Cris in Costa Rica and a portion for Sasha in Montenegro? They are worthy of your help and you can make a difference in two sections of the world. You could do this through your online banking site to set it up in bill pay to do this automatically each month or go to our website to use Pay Pal. Pray about this if you would be so kind. Thank you for praying about this.
Wrapping up this Update thinking about you, dear friend, and giving a prayer of thanksgiving to God for our friendship. So thankful for you. I just prayed for you. May the Lord bless you!
Executive Director, Life Impact For Eternity
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