DEAR FRIENDS AND BLOG FOLLOWERS,
We are going to be painfully honest with you without entertaining any self-pity.
We’ve had our share of hardships in life and ministry like everyone else, but never like we’ve had in the past year. Not in Bible school, not on the mission field, not in marriage or family, and not in the traveling ministry. It’s been treacherous. We believe that with Jesus we can live on the mountain top, but it would be grossly misrepresentative of the Christian life to believe that there are no valleys.
Since March of 2020 Carolyn and I have been in a long hard valley.
You see, we are not used to the kind of long and seemingly unending health challenges we’ve recently had, especially me (Bert). I am never sick, and have had a difficult time accepting and understanding this season. There is no known sin or disobedience in our lives, yet our faith doesn’t seem to be producing the quicker results that we’ve sought for. I’ve had to learn to let go of the “why” and concentrate on the “Who”.
“… looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.”
Jesus is faithful and true, and He has brought us through so much already, but we are still in the process of full restoration.
At this writing, we are considering another treatment for Bert that we believe would greatly help in regenerating brain cells and complete the healing process in what was damaged by the stroke. Here is the treatment and it’s description:
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT):is a specialized form of medical treatment administered by delivering 100% pure oxygen to the body through increased atmospheric pressure. At pressures greater than normal, the body can incorporate more oxygen into one’s tissues. The increased oxygen absorption experienced during Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy significantly enhances the body’s ability to aid in its healing, especially for stroke victims or anyone who has had a traumatic brain injury.
Unfortunately, our medical insurance won’t cover the treatments (a total of 40 treatments is what is recommended), but because of the outstanding and even spectacular success patients have experienced with HBOT we are seriously considering it.
CAROLYN’S UPCOMING SURGERY
Now for Carolyn’s update. She has already had 4 surgeries, and is due for what we hope will be her last one on Monday April 12th. By the time some of you read this newsletter she may have already had it.
For those of you that don’t know her full story, she was diagnosed with a cancerous sarcoma growth on her left calf. It started out as a low grade sarcoma, but higher grade cancer cells were found after the first surgery, and thus the reason for more surgeries including reconstructive plastic surgery to fill in the hole left from the removal of the tumor. This required a skin graft from both of her upper thigh areas, in addition to 6 weeks of radiation. I’m feeling her pain just writing this.
The complications of this entire ordeal were significantly heightened because although the radiation killed any remaining cancer cells, it also damaged her wounds and has caused her great pain for the last several months. The upcoming surgery is to cut out the dead remains of her wound and administer liposuction to the new flap that is still enlarged. Ouch!
Please be in faith and agreement with us for the full restoration of our physical and mental conditions as we continue to declare God’s goodness and mercy. This has been a vicious demonic attack to steal, kill, and destroy us, and permanently end or cripple our lives and ministry.
We wish this newsletter was actually news about the fruit of our grace in ministry and what the Lord is actually doing through us, but we wanted to be brutally honest and fully transparent concerning our own condition and health.
We know some people support us for what we do in ministry and at the expense of possibly losing supporters we share this, but we’ve made the Lord our Source (although we know He uses people, and we are very appreciative of your giving and partnership). Years ago, one partner and dear friend consoled us by telling us that their support was based on who we are more than what we do and accomplish in ministry. We were so touched and honored by that statement and are grateful for those that have this perspective.
We pray and thank God for each of you and all the love, prayers, and support many of you have given us in our journey through this long hard valley. In the end, with Jesus, we know we always win.
Much love in Christ,
Bert and Carolyn
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