It’s been over a month since our last post, so it’s about time for a String("g"));var post! It seems like the last few weeks have just flown by.
- On May 18th, we were excited to welcome the OC campaign group led by Kent and Nancy Hartman. Their first week here they passed out flyers for a Finance Seminar, helped with Breky Club and Scripture Class, visited folks at Harmony House with us, went to a community lunch, helped serve sausages at Rosemeadow Primary School, and were pretty much willing to do whatever we asked of them! Some stayed in the homes of members from the church whereas others stayed with family of a member. The second week they did more of the same and helped us prepare for the annual Southwest Youth and Young Adult Retreat. They were really such a great group. They got right in and started building friendships from the moment their feet hit the ground. We couldn’t have asked for a group with better attitudes and servant hearts.
I (Terry) was kind of out of it when they were here being sick, so I’m kinda bummed I didn’t get to participate in a lot of the activities. But regardless, I still had a great time with the group and I know Darc loved getting to hang out with the girls. It was great having Kent and Nancy around for a few weeks as well. They were such an encouragement to us! Kent helped me put my health in perspective one Friday when I really wanted to go to the Sydney-wide singing at the Maitland Gaol (jail), so I stayed home and rested.
You might be wondering how my health has been lately, so here’s an update:
This week I’m seeing a Lung Specialist in order to get to the bottom of why my lungs haven’t healed completely from the pneumonia. About 10 days ago I had a C/T scan of my sinuses and lungs and both were in pretty bad shape. The lower lobe of my left lung was still filled with fluid and my sinuses were just as the ENT had said they were, “dis is not good!” I saw the ENT Dr. a week and a half ago and he suggested that I have tubes put in my ears to drain the fluid which has built up b/c of the ongoing upper respiratory infection (I haven’t been able to hear very well for over a month and a half). He also wants to clear out my sinuses, so this will be my third sinus surgery…They say third times a charm right? The ENT Dr. was pretty funny in the examination. He said, “I don’t know what the doctors in Oklahoma did to you, but it did Not work!” He also suggested that I see an immunologist to try and get to the bottom of why I get so many infections. I’m excited about that b/c I’ve wondered for a long time if I’ve had some kind of immune deficiency that has been causing all my problems, so now I’ll be able to know one way or the other! I see her next week.
I’m pretty excited to finally be seeing doctors that will be able to help me. Thanks to everyone for all your prayers and well-wishes. It means a lot to me that I’ve got people praying for me all over the world. I also think it gives me an advantage with God, maybe he can hear better with prayers coming at him from all angles. Just kidding. But I think God really has been working in my life to keep my hopes and spirits up when it could be so easy to be depressed about things. I am by no means facing the kinds of difficulties Paul faced with his life on the line when he wrote Philippians, but hopefully I’m coming to know little by little these sentiments of Paul in Philippians 4:
10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you reString("g"));vared your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.