“Please continue to pray for my continued contact and teaching of English with my Palestinian friend. Pray also for the Yazidi family that I continue to teach English. With these people I normally also read a passage of scripture, sometimes in Arabic and sometimes in English. The Bible study at the mall with a Canadian friend continues. Pray for it as well.”
In a touching reflection about life lessons, "All I Ever Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten" the author wrote:
"and it is true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world,
it's best to hold hands and stick together"
When Don and I first met, and we would hold hands, he would often give "two gentle squeezes" as a silent gesture of affection.
...or two beeps of his car horn when driving past my university residence; beep, beep!
Last night, he proudly greeted me upon arrival for our daily dinner date visit, " Look what I can do?"
He gingerly stretched out his opened left hand, as I placed mine in his....and squeezed!
Quite an accomplishment in under a week!
He has been undergoing a number of tests, requested by the cardiologist.
Most recent imaging tests on his heart have discovered a whole in the wall between two chambers. Apparently, we all are born with this, and a certain percentage of the population
mysteriously never fully close.
Tomorrow, they hope to administer a TEE test to collect further images that will provide clearer angles to analyze.
We are deeply indebted to the remarkable care and courtesy the medical team has provided throughout this past week.
Don receives physiotherapy daily for his "new knee" in order not to loose the gains he made prior to his stroke.
He has a delightful and professional occupational therapist, who goes above and beyond to help with his hand rehab, and has provided me helpful guidance to prepare for his ongoing needs once he is released from their care and into mine and outpatient services.
Gratefully, (after five hours of phone call searches and automated voice answering machines) a "real voice" answered my call to graciously provide Don occupational therapy with a stroke specialty (a rare breed outside of hospital settings)
....and she just moved her office from the city of Toronto to a clinic 10 minutes from our home!!
Don is recognizably and easily tired. Yet, his spirits are incredibly high and he is deeply grateful.
We, and our family thank you deeply, for "holding our hands" this past week, as the Father holds us all in His arms"
We are in Mexico right now, enjoying the 35 ºC, after a long time and cold winter in T, we left the field close to two months ago and we are planning to return in December 06th, 2022.
We came to spend time with our family and support churches in the jungle in Chiapas, Mexico; also we are planning to come to Canada to visit our Knox Family, and KWM. Talk to you the Amazing work of God doing on the field, during the last six years (from 2016). With many new believers come to Faith.
I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and prayers in mom's passing last Friday. It’s been so good to be with family this week. Mom, PAULINE CHOW, was a wonderful, and spunky lady who will be deeply missed.
Saying "Yes" to Jesus
We’re excited to share how the Lord has been working in our lives in some big ways this past month!
At the beginning of April we heard that the teacher Rachel is covering for will not be returning in July as originally planned. This wasn’t a huge surprise to anyone in our unit as this lovely lady is needing to be at home to support her family right now. Soon after we heard this news, Rachel leaned over to Colin and said “Well, technically we have a one year visa to stay in Chad”, meaning, did we want to consider staying longer in Chad? Colin’s eyes lit up right away! We took some time to pray about it, but it didn’t take us long to say “yes” to this idea as we felt the Lord was in it. We soon shared with the other teachers and the AIM Unit leader, all who had said they had been considering asking us to stay longer as well! The missionary life is full of changes and goodbyes, and having people stay longer in one ministry is often a blessing to those serving.
Our six month in Chad is now being extended to twelve as we will stay here until December. We thought we were saying “Yes” to six months, but God’s plans are so much better than ours! We have really been enjoying our time here and feeling very blessed to be part of these ministries. This doesn’t mean it’s always been easy, but we are continuing to say “Yes” to Jesus and serve Him faithfully every day.
Will you join us in saying “Yes”? Will you continue to pray for us and encourage us as we serve here in Chad? An extra six months here obviously has an impact on our original budget. We would love for you to prayerfully consider supporting us financially as you are able. Please follow the links below to support on a monthly basis or give a one-time gift. If you could also email us or AIM Canada’s finance department to confirm your on-going monthly support, that would be a great help!
Please remember Norine. Following a routine cataract surgery she developed double vision. "The judgement...is that I probably have decompensated strabismus."
Someone asked me to write a report on all the kids I have had over the years. T thought that as many of you have supported my kids it might also be enjoyable for you to receive this. It was a bit of a job to find the picture and put it together in short form but here it is
I look forward to connecting with you on my home-assignment starting this month.
Click below for my Annual burden of disease in Nakaale, Karamoja: A descriptive, cross-sectional study
I took Faraja to school yesterday. Today I took Baraka, Kiri Jacky with Daniel and Naomi to the Orion hotel. Food was so and the service very slow...as usual. They have few guests and it is looking a bit rundown. We had a nice time, but Baraka seemed quite down and ate little. I asked him but he said he is okay. On Thursday I am taking him to school. That is always difficult for him. Faraja handles it better even though he also rather stay home.
Here is Naomi with Daniel.