Dear Friends and Family:
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.
Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.
Psalm 100 NASB)
My sister Sally and her husband Tim have moved to Wake Forest, a dozen miles north of Raleigh. This is the first time I have lived within a reasonable holiday drive of my sisters or parents since 1976 and so we really enjoyed spending today (Thanksgiving) with my mother, my sister and brother-in-law, my niece and my son and his fiancée (they arrived after the picture).
Thank you for the continued prayers for my mother. She has had some mild movement of her lab work in the wrong direction but is doing pretty well overall. She has not required either transfusion or chemotherapy for the myelofibrosis. At 81, she is soon driving by herself to my sister Cindy who lives near Nashville and then will drive home for the Christmas holidays. We plan to spend the week after Christmas with both her and Micky’s folks back in our hometown of Lapeer, Michigan. Thank you also for the prayers for Micky’s father. At 77, he was on the roof shingling and fell, causing a small subdural hematoma, breaking some ribs and his pelvis. God protected him from more serious injury and he is almost back to normal, nearly ready to give up the cane he uses for support. He has promised not to get back on the roof again.
Also, I flew to Connecticut to meet with the board of MedSend, one of the supporting agencies for PAACS. I also flew to Chicago to meet with the PAACS Commission and the next week, Micky and I joined my PAACS administrative assistant, Terry McLamb, at the Global Health Missions Conference in Louisville. I had a lot of meetings when we were not at the booth and we tried a new format for the PAACS reception. That conference is usually our best fishing hold for new contacts, but the attendees seemed to be a younger group and any contacts we made will be years to decades to come to fruition. It is all in the Lord’s hands.
At the PA program, both the students and I are counting down the days until finals and the end of the semester.
Tomorrow morning, we leave at 3:00 AM for the Raleigh airport. Micky and Sean will drop me off. I then fly to Zimbabwe via New York City and Johannesburg, South Africa. I will meet with the rest of the examiners for the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa on Sunday. On Monday, December 2, fourteen junior PAACS trainees will sit for the MCS level oral exam on Monday. On Tuesday, three PAACS chief residents and several Consultants will undergo the oral examination for the MCS level (Member of the College of Surgery) and the FCS (Fellow of the College of Surgery) exams given by the College of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA). Three residents and one attending (missionary from the US) will sit the FCS level in general surgery. Two attending surgeons in orthopedics and two PAACS fellows in pediatric surgery will sit their respective FCS exams. Over half of the examinees this year are from PAACS (Praise God!) but I will have to recuse myself from examining that group. I will attend part of the college meeting and then come back next Friday. It will be 10 days of jet-lag!
Praise and Prayer:
- Pray for PAACS and multiple spiritual attacks upon it. Pray especially for the program in Ethiopia and the two new ones opening in January.
- Please pray for my Mom and my daughter Bethany
- Pray for God’s guidance for the future involvement in ministry.
- Pray for Micky and Sean as they transition into home schooling next semester.
Thank you for all you do to help, to encourage, to support and to pray for us,
Bruce for Micky and Sean