Dear Friends and Family:
Almost tax time! Are you grateful? Actually, we are. Not for the “paying” part but for the reckoning part. Micky has spent time this week getting things around for the S3 ministries report and we have finished up our personal taxes. It has given us the opportunity to be thankful for all of you who have partnered with us and for God’s provision in our own personal lives. It has been over 15 years since I walked away from my practice trusting in God to take care of things. He has! It turns out that he means all that stuff in the Bible about providing for us. Whoda thunk?
Thursday, we celebrated our anniversary. It was 15 years ago that Micky and I got married. We have been blessed with Sean and I am still not quite sure that she ever expected the wild ride that our marriage has been. As has become our norm, we were once again apart on our anniversary. Thank you to all who remembered and wrote a note. Micky in particular appreciated the expressions of sympathy!
The last two weeks have been full of meetings. On Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, I met with 28 others in a Comfort Inn hotel near the O’Hare airport in Chicago. It was the twice-yearly PAACS Commission meeting. A lot of business was transacted but the most meaningful thing to me was again the wonderful devotions by Rev. Stan Key and the group prayer. We had several visitors who were exploring their interest in becoming involved with PAACS – that was a great encouragement. Several important decisions were made (I won’t bore you here, but they will be listed in the April PAACS Bulletin – let me know if you would like to get that newsletter) and generated what will be some work for the remainder of the month.
Dr. Harold Adolph (third from the right, front row) is one of my missionary surgeon heroes. He announced in Chicago that he would no longer be able to attend the meetings. We recognized his service with warm words and standing applause. He was the very first surgeon in PAACS (training at Galmi for several months before eye problems forced his temporary retirement), was very instrumental in getting Soddo Christian Hospital built and going and has been a great encouragement serving on the Advisory Council of PAACS. He will be missed.
Getting home on Saturday evening, I was gone again early Monday morning. Micky and Sean delivered me to the RDU airport (leaving our home at 4:30 in the morning) where I flew to Kalamazoo, Michigan. We are very grateful for all the support and work that Worldwide Lab Improvement has put into the development of the software and ongoing maintenance and installation of the systems. I met with the president, Ed Bos, and continued to tweak the software to make it work more effectively. I then spent the afternoon rewriting the user manual to reflect the changes.
I was very grateful for the opportunity to spend Monday evening through Thursday morning with my mother in Lapeer. Thank you all for the prayers and concern for her – she is doing remarkably well.. It was a good time of talking and relaxation – and performing the occasional chore.
It rained for three days straight and the rivers of southeastern Michigan were overflowing their banks. When I drove back to Kalamazoo on Thursday (in the rain still), I was not surprised to get a text message saying my plane was cancelled. That was actually a blessing since they wouldn’t cooperate with me in changing my tickets at no cost. I had to fly from Kalamazoo to Chicago to Raleigh – and then get right back on the very same plane to fly back to Chicago. Failing to do that would lead to losing my return flight reservation and an expensive fee to change the ticket. I had more time than money, so I was going to go along – but hated the idea. When they canceled the flight, Ed Bos went with me to the airport to turn in the car and he talked to his friend who was in charge of the American Airlines desk. To make a long story short, it worked out exactly the way we wanted. Well, sort of. I had been given an afternoon flight but when it got delayed at least six times (no joke), Carol Bos and I drove to Chicago. We got there well before the plane finally did (if it ever did fly).
We didn’t waste the unexpected day in Kalamazoo. We spent a couple of hours in discussion and then I wrote a rough draft of a Memorandum of Understanding between PAACS and WWL about the software and hardware. I began working on one between PAACS and the Programs as well.
Praise and Prayer:
- Pray as we prepare for the Basic Science Conference in May in Kenya
- Pray as we establish oral examinations in Cameroon in July.
- Pray for all of us as we prepare for my daughter’s wedding in LA in June. Michelle will be getting married to Joey Aucoin June 8 in Beverly Hills.
Yours and His,
Bruce with Micky and Sean