19 June 2011

Recovering and Preparing

Exams are finished and returned. Papers are graded. The break has begun. Just before the students left we had one last works-of-God chapel. It was exciting to see how God has been working among us and to pray for ministry struggles some of the men are working through. We serve a living, active God.

The Saturday before I left for South Africa, I was able to attend my first Bible study with the CBU students. We had some fruitful discussion relating to wisely apply the Scriptures to the issue of music. We shared some testimonies and prayer requests. I am looking forward to getting more involved here.

Early Monday afternoon I took off for my whirlwind trip to South Africa. I met my doctor Tuesday morning, and he was performing surgery on me by that afternoon. This was my first time ever having surgery, and I am glad it went well. The rest of Tuesday was pretty painful. I was so glad for the help of the Brunks and the Marshes who saw to my needs while I was there. Robert Marsh even brought me a double cheeseburger and fries from a nearby McDonald's while I was stuck in the hospital bed. Wednesday, I was able to get out of bed with help and slowly—really slowly—get ready to leave the hospital. By the end of that day, I was amazed at how quickly moving around just a bit had eased the pain and helped the recovery process.

The doctor said I would be up and around in 24–48 hours, and that I would be fully recovered after 3–4 weeks. I appear to be on track. I flew home on Thursday after the doctor's final approval.

Now I am trying to use the obligatory downtime to prepare for my classes. I am signed up to teach Research and Writing and OT Poetic books. I may also be introducing Hebrew to the curriculum here as a single-semester, beginner's elective. I hope also to make good progress during this break in scheduling meetings for next year. If you know of any church in the Southwest or in the Great Lakes Region that might like us to visit to present our ministry to Kenya, please feel free to send me info.

We are also preparing for a few arrivals over the next month. First, our friends, the Shermans, are arriving from the Detroit area. We have been looking forward to their arrival and help in the ministry here at CABC. Second, Pastor Doran, my sending church pastor, will be teaching the college's block course this summer. I am looking forward to seeing him and sitting in on some of his classes. Third, the new addition to our family is scheduled to arrive in about one month!


I'm so thankful for a successful surgery; please pray that I can recover quickly and fully. Please also mention the following as you come before the Lord Jesus:

  • Fruitful outreach at CBU, the local secular university
  • Fruitful ministry training at CABC, both for the block class and for next semester
  • Safe and healthy delivery of Baby #3
  • A schedule for next year full of divine appointments to get us into ministry in Kenya quickly
Thank you for your faithful prayers!

05 June 2011

Breakthroughs

The last couple of weeks have seen major progress on issues that we have been praying about since before we left for Zambia.


Around the middle of last month, we received great news regarding the tax situation in Kenya. My mission president (who is also my home church pastor, David Doran) approved of our team’s plan to continue missions in Kenya in accordance with current tax laws. A good deal of hard work and research went into finding options that would allow this plan to be feasible for us. This prayerfully considered solution will be costly, and budgets will need to be adjusted, but we know that God’s resources and zeal for his name among the nations go far beyond our imagination. Praise the Lord that the team was able to work out a solution, and pray that we are able to quickly raise the necessary support to live and work in Kenya.

Allowed to Work
Next we were finally able to acquire my work permit. Up until now we had been having difficulty getting all the proper documents for our stay here in Zambia. We had so many visitor visa renewals that a friend here was wondering if we would have enough passport pages to last the year! A number of fruitless trips to the immigration office had determined that the work permit was missing. But finally, in a huge answer to prayer on Tuesday, the official who is in charge of getting travel documents from the capital, Lusaka, to our regional political center, Ndola, was able to point out a previous oversight and uncovered our missing work permit. These documents are especially important considering that without all the proper documents we will not be able to get baby #3 out of the country when that time comes. Praise the Lord for progress, and please pray that further delays are minimized in that process.

Two Fridays ago some minor muscle discomfort I had been experiencing pushed me to consult a local doctor. He diagnosed a minor and common genetic muscle defect that was waiting, evidently until a particularly active time in my life, to become a problem. It is nothing serious, but I will need to go to South Africa to have the outpatient surgery done to prevent it from becoming serious. Please pray for a quick, safe trip and surgery.

The soreness has reduced some of my activity recently, but I was still very glad when I had the opportunity this morning to meet the university student who will be my contact for serving the students at Copperbelt University as the year rolls on. Saturday will be my first time to attend their Bible study meeting.

Jenny and the baby appear to be completely healthy. She is making preparations for the baby’s arrival, and Josiah and Jonas are looking forward to their new brother. If you would like to help out with a few items that we are having some friends bring our way, feel free to contact us directly. We can put you in touch with the right people. We appreciate your help.

Thank you for continuing to pray for us!