CHERYL'S SURGERY is sceduled for Thursday morning, August 11. We are very confident in the Lord that the reports and treatment path her medical team has recommended is the best. We are believing the carcus of the 'snake' will be removed and she will cancer free. We are trusting that post-surgery treatment will prevent any further occurence.
THIS HAS BEEN A JOURNEY that we would not have chosen, but one in which God has been and is very present. Many of you have walked the same journey, so you know. For those who have not our prayer is that you never do. All of you have been faithful to pray and we are grateful to all. You do not have to have had the disease to care for one who does. Your caring, praying, and other acts of kindness are helpful and we pray God multiplies blessings to you.
WE WERE AT THE RESPONSE this past Saturday. I had the privilege to be one leading in prayer during the segment regarding the Church. It was an incredible experience to be among 35,000 plus who were calling on the name of Jesus on behalf of this nation.
AS PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS we were either sitting next to the stage or had access to backstage and the Green Room. This was helpful and allowed Cheryl the opportunity of refreshment when necessary. A great PLUS was the intercession for her. Many wonderful people - some we knew, others we knew of, and some we did not know - would come to her and ask to pray for her. Cheryl got to visit extensively with Carol Garlow, wife of Jim Garlow, who is also being treated at M.D. Anderson for a different type of cancer. Pray for Carol and Jim.
I met a gentlemen with whom I had had a disagreement back in the '80's. We had both moved on and I am sure neither of us thought very much about it. But we came face to face quite 'by chance'. We were able to put anything right that might have been between us and during the time Jim Garlow led in prayer for pastors, this wonderful friend came to Cheryl and me and prayed for us. Coincidence? Hardly. This was the hand of God.
GOVERNOR RICK PERRY MADE GOOD on his pledge that this would be a prayer meeting and not a political rally. He himself, along with Gov. Brownback of Kansas and Gov. Stone (by video) of Florida shared their commitment to Jesus Christ and dependence upon God for wisdom. This was not a preaching marathon nor a meeting that accentuated personalities and ministries. Many great men and women of God who were there had no public role. It was a prayer meeting and Jesus was honored. I am grateful that a sitting governor had the courage to call the Church to prayer and in so doing, to stand with them in prayer.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
First priority is Cheryl's health. I continue to do two part-time roles with the SBTC - field ministry strategist and prayer strategist. I am grateful beyond measure for those and look forward to what God will do with our Baptist family.
Since I am part-time, I am asking God to open opportunities for me to teach prayer in churches. I am driven from within (and above) to call our Baptist family to pray with understanding.
In addition to prayer, I am converting my D.Min. dissertation to seminar format. That is a seminar on parenting which uses the "I AM" passages of John's gospel to aid parents in teaching their 6-12 year olds about Jesus. Part of this seminar is about the stages of development and what can and should be taught in each stage.
The other concerns church revitalization. We all talk about revival. But how do we place oursevles in position for God to move unhindered? There are structural and spiritual realities that are faced in this study.
PLEASE CONTACT ME if I can assist you or your church. Thank you for praying for us and especially for Cheryl as she faces surgery Thursday. I'll give a report when we know more.