—Major Developments in Montenegro
Earlier I wrote to you that I suffered a serious groin strain, actually two of them, one in Montenegro and the other in Romania. The pain has been horrific the last seven weeks, but, a solution has been found. A couple of days ago I met with a specialist who told me that I have two hernias needing surgery. She immediately called her surgeon friend who allowed me to come for an examination later that day. The surgeon asked me to cough deeply, then, make a groaning sound as though I was lifting something heavy. He confirmed the diagnosis and talked to me about scheduling a double hernia surgery agreeing on October 8.
What a relief! Finally, I know what my problem is and that there is a solution. Recovery time may take up to six weeks or so due to this being a double hernia surgery. This means that my next trip to Romania and Montenegro has been postponed. Everyone there needs me to get healthy again, so, I will do what is necessary to prepare for the long term. Looking forward to 2015 being an extraordinary year!
God really used me in both doctor offices with both of the doctors and their nurses. They listened with great interest when I told them what I do with disadvantaged young people, about the loss of Lynne and how God has helped me. One nurse with tears in her eyes listened to my story then, she shared her story of loss. The first doctor told me that she had never met anyone like me and that she is so impressed. She gave me top quality service. The surgeon came in and sat down without saying a word … his nurse standing nearby. Finally, he said, “Your story is all over my office.” I glanced at the nurse who looked away with a little smile on her face. “I don’t know quite what to do with a real, bonafide missionary who has a story like yours.” After he asked me various medical questions … what I eat, drink, do or don’t do … he turned away from his laptop and said, “How long have you been a missionary?” “I’m in my 37th year” He was quiet as he shook his head [I guess he is about 36 years old]. “Can I be like you when I grow up?” I said, “You sure can. Let’s plan your first mission trip.” Big smiles. He gave me first class service. I’m in good hands … he is really sharp. Pray for successful surgery on October 8.
He thinks that I have a lot of damage, so, he described three surgical methods with each method being more invasive. Recovery time will depend upon which method he ultimately uses. This is outpatient surgery and he expects this to be successful. It’s in God’s hands so, thank you for your prayers.
MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS IN MONTENEGRO
Camp Monty has been a huge success since its inception in 2007 because God led us to this needy country and He has blessed this work. Many have come to Christ, but, follow-up is always an issue for any mission in any country. It’s true for a church in the United States. Simply put, discipleship is hard work. But, it is a necessary work.
We have had a dream of having a coffee house or youth club that would be open for young people to come together for fellowship or simply hanging out together with some of our staff. Bible studies, special speakers, evangelistic events and informal get togethers would be part of the focus. Dear friend, this is close to becoming a reality. Rick DeYoung and Jim Compton were over there last week and they were delighted to see God open doors very quickly.
Danijel Petkovski has played a key role in Camp Monty in recent years. He leads a ministry to university students in Niksic, Montenegro. He loves teens and has helped us with some of the follow up work for our campers. He also has a vision for a youth center, so, we are partnering together so that we can reach out to university students, teenagers and children. Our staff member, Sasha Olah, in his early 20s is quite excited about this. It is good for him to work Danijel who is around 30. A couple of the men involved in the local church with whom we partner are very interested in being involved so, things are coming together very quickly.
Rick DeYoung, Director of Camp Monty, phoned that a new building that all of us, including me, looked at this summer, is nearing competition so they called the phone number posted on the window. Would you believe that the owner’s son attends Camp Monty? He was there in five minutes! Things usually are not moving this quickly in Eastern Europe. God is at work!
Within minutes I was viewing a video made by Jim Compton listening to the negotiation. This summer my hands and face were next to the window as I looked in. Now, I was “inside” via the video watching the owner agree to the reasonable terms! My heart was soaring!!
A family who has helped us at Camp Monty have made an investment in helping to fund this new ministry. But, we need more partners, supporters to help us with this opportunity. $800 per month would be help us cover the rent, utilities, refreshments, coffee and tea, supplies and helping with Sasha’s support. Your $25 per month would help to make a difference. $10 per month or $50 per month will help. Can we count on your involvement?
Designate your check “Montenegro” and mail it today to Life Impact For Eternity, 3984 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton FL 34208 or donate onlinewww.lifeimpactforeternity.org via Pay Pal.
Let’s make a difference in Montenegro …
ADDRESS FOR DONATIONS:
Life Impact For Eternity
3984 Manatee Avenue East
Bradenton FL 34208