In the past three weeks, I made an unexpected trip to Tennessee to see my mother who was not doing well. I praise God that she largely recovered and my sisters and all my children except Sean were able to see her the following week. Her scans show that the tumor is progressing and her workup is continuing. She is presently on antibiotics and on a hiatus from her chemotherapy. Pain is constant.
The schedule has been crazy in addition to those difficulties. I once again went this year to teach in the U. of West Virginia course. I went to California to host a PAACS exhibit at the North American Christian Conference in Anaheim. It was a very slow time with only a few good contacts, but I was pleasantly surprised to see my wife’s cousin, Joni Gott, there. It was good to talk to her after a dozen or more years.
The lightning damage has not yet been repaired but we are making slow progress. These are all stones that come in the way of the one who is already limping.
There was also been some real positives as well. I had some time with little Auggie in Sherman Oaks. It was a balm to the soul of a grandfather who misses that little guy. Sean has had a good week of driver’s education but won’t begin driving until early August. He is enjoying it.
This past week has continued to be crazy but a real blessing. Keir Thelander and I met with two surgeons in the LA region on Sunday and then went Monday to introduce him to the team at Loma Linda University. We flew east on a red-eye that evening and then the next afternoon, drove to Boone, NC. The next morning, we met with the World Medical Mission team (Samaritan’s Purse) and then that afternoon, drove to Bristol, TN, where we met with the administration of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations. The real blessing was meeting with 28 new medical missionaries and their spouses. We participated in a three-day conference for the next batch of Post-Residency Fellows that SP is sending out. That was a real blessing to my heart. It was such an encouragement to see these young physicians and to help address their concerns and worries about this life-changing step. It was a great encouragement to me. I also had the chance to spend more time with the four who are surgeons and who are going to help with PAACS residents at various places. In the picture below, the first person on the left is Dr. Will Copeland. He is a neurosurgeon from the Mayo Clinic Training Program and will be going to Tenwek in September of this year. The second is Dr. Brian Hodges. He is an orthopedic surgeon who will be joining Soddo Christian Hospital in Ethiopia sometime in 2017. Next shown is Bruce Steffes and then Dr. Jonathan Shaw, an OB-GYN with specialty training in urogynecology. He is going to Tenwek Hospital in Kenya in October. On the far right is Keir Thelander, the new CMO.
Despite the stones in the path, we will rest in the truth of Isaiah 26:7, “The path of the righteous is level; you, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth.”