Dear Friends and Family:
Always good to give thanks to the Lord for His bountiful blessings! We have so much for which to be thankful.
We are thankful that for the fact that my father Carl is out of pain and in the presence of his loved ones and His Lord. We are thankful that we do not grieve as those without hope but rather we have the assured hope that we will spend eternity with him. We are thankful that our entire nuclear family believes in Christ and what He has accomplished for us.
We are thankful for the marvels of modern medicine and that Mom is being released tomorrow from the Cleveland Clinic after undergoing so much surgery – an aortic valve replacement, a mitral valve repair, three bypasses, pulmonary vein isolation and a permanent pacemaker. We praise God that she was preserved when her heart stopped twice after surgery. We are thankful that she can go home to Lapeer and that Cindy, my sister, can stay with her until she gets back on her feet, both figuratively and literally. We are very thankful that both sisters could be with Mom during her long hospitalization.
We are thankful that Sean and I are back on schedule after returning to our respective schools. We are thankful that God has given me a job that has the flexibility it has to both teach and to serve PAACS and the Lord.
We are thankful that the three of us once again had the opportunity to share our blessings with those less fortunate. Last Saturday, we joined our SS class in packing over a 1,000 shoeboxes for children in need. The gifts will be distributed by Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Child program. We were thankful that some young African-American students joined us in the effort and that we got to see the good that exists in so many of our younger citizens.
We are thankful that God has provided for us over the past year. He has provided all our needs and perhaps too many of our wants. He has provided, through you, all we have needed to serve Him. Too, we are thankful that our health has been preserved.
We are thankful that despite great concerns about the finances of our own ministry (S3 Ministries) and PAACS, God remains faithful and things are being accomplished for His glory and honor. He remains Jehovah-Jireh, the God who provides, and he is on the throne for eternity. We are thankful for all those who support PAACS (and us) through their sacrificial giving.
We are thankful that a husband-wife team has volunteered to take over the accounting tasks for PAACS (freeing up Micky to travel with me in 2013) and for our dear webmaster who has rewritten the entire PAACS website so we can update it more easily. We are thankful that an Egyptian-Canadian 64 year old surgeon has answered the call of God on his life to help open the new PAACS program in Egypt. We are thankful that another young surgeon has retired from the military and will soon be going to Ethiopia to reinforce Paul Gray at Soddo Christian Hospital. We are thankful for all the men and women who serve as PAACS faculty and for those who are trainees within the system. We are thankful for the three PAACS trainees who have persevered and who will graduate in December and early January. We are thankful that each is eager to continue serving Christ in the next phase of their lives.
We are thankful for each one of you – for your recent outpouring of compassion, for your partnership with our ministry, for your generosity, your friendship and for your prayers on our behalf.
Most of all, we are thankful for God’s loving provision of Jesus Christ in payment for our sins and for His gift of eternal life. Beside that, all else pales.
Praise and Prayer:
- Please pray for me as I write my general surgery recertification exam to be taken Monday, November 26. Pray for mercy and not justice – since my study time was compromised more than I would have hoped, I need mercy.
- Please pray for Mom and my sister as they drive back from Ohio to Michigan tomorrow. Mom’s atrial fibrillation is still not well controlled. Please pray that she will regain normal cardiac function or at least become well-adapted to it. One of her pacemaker leads is malfunctioning – pray that it will not be a problem and that she will get along fine without it (that is pretty likely). Please pray that the Spirit will comfort her as she becomes used to life without my father.
- Pray that God will use those thousand shoeboxes – and the millions just like them – to bring glory to His name and little children to the Savior.
Hoping that you will have a blessed holiday,
Bruce for Micky and Sean