You know you are getting old when the acquisition of new appliances makes
you giddy. Never did I think that a new refrigerator could fill my
heart with such joy. Thanks to the generosity of so many of you, our
work account at Cadence had enough money to buy a new one. It’s double
the size of our current one and I’m skipping around like I just won the lottery.
To top off God’s delight in mine, our dear friends today announced that they
were going to buy us a washer. In a period of 24 hours, I will have
something that holds more than one meal of food and get to wash my clothes
in my home…a first since we’ve been married! (That’s 7 years, folks!
J) Though God’s goodness doesn’t change from one day to the next, today
I feel especially grateful.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how different we become as life takes
us down different roads. As I talked with two of our summer interns
today, they silently smirked when I ASTONISHED them with the fact that I
was a social butterfly in college. I told them how my good friend,
Julie Volstad (whom I still consider a great friend, actually, though I have
failed miserably at keeping in touch with her), said she wouldn’t sit with
me at dinner in college because “in 10 minutes, you’ll be up and sitting
at another table”. These two frolic-y college sophomores cannot imagine
this mother of two munchkins being anything of the sort. Now my world
is filled with primary colors, veggie tales, teaching letters, shapes, grace
Change is all over our world right now. Our teammates have left after
7 years of faithful service to the Lord here. Our new co-workers are
due to arrive August 7th and in the between time, we’re running pretty hard.
Our three interns have been a delight and I know will continue to bless us
and our students while they labor here for the summer. The summer is
when most families “PCS” which means move to their next change of station
and we have lost more beloved friends. This year was the first that
we saw people leave who had arrived here after us. We are the “old
The rest of our summer looks like this:
Next week (July 7-11): we are running a soccer camp as a fund raiser for
the youth group. Please pray for students to be diligent and to work
hard, and for outreach to happen.
July 14-18: We are working with Teen Mania to do a missions trip here
on the island. Please pray for effective outreach and God to move in
July 26-August 7: Buddy takes off with 9 students to a leadership conference
in Tokyo. This is the beginning of Jen holding down the fort…please
July 31: Jen takes off to USA with Adrianne and Jack…not too worried
about A, but Jack does not like confinement. Please pray!
August 1-24: Jen is stateside with her family until the 11th, and then
goes to Buddy’s folks in NY where he joins us on the 14th. Buddy’s
brother gets married on the 16th.
We are really beginning to look forward to our time in the states with our
family. We have even managed to squeeze a few friends in there and
we are grateful for the chance to be with everyone.
Please continue to pray for our friends, Mark and Jennifer. The most
recent update reveals that Jennifer’s cancer has doubled in size despite
some pretty severe, experimental chemotherapy. We are really hoping
that Buddy can fly/drive out to see them while in the US. Please pray
for wisdom in that situation. Even as I sit gleefully and stare at
the refrigerator, I am reminded how we are built for eternity. That
no refrigerator or washer will ever meet our needs for a disease-free, appliance-free
home in heaven. I will attach Mark’s most recent update regarding Jennifer
at the end of this e-mail. I hope you are encouraged by it.
Please let us know how you are all doing. For those of you that have
left, we miss you terribly, for those we have the chance to see, we wait
with excited hearts, and for those who continue to love and trust us despite
not seeing us for these 3 ½ years, we thank you.
Till the day we don’t need refrigerators and dine together eternally,
Jen for Buddy, A & J
Wanted to pass along on update on our journey. Jennifer finished her
round of chemotherapy a few weeks ago, and on Monday had the first CT Scans
since beginning treatment. We received the results of those scans on
Wednesday. The scans showed that the cancer has doubled in size, and
spread further in a very aggressive way. Because of this, Jennifer
be continuing her current form of treatment. The doctor also did not
her to continue eating any longer, because of the damage it could cause to
her digestive system. So yesterday, Jennifer was admitted to the hospital
to begin receiving TPN, which is nutrition that is fed through the central
line in her chest. After this weekend, she will be able to receive
home, at night, while she is sleeping. The TPN will provide her body
all of the nutrition that it needs. We now need to decide together
direction we will take concerning further treatment of the cancer.
The news we received was obviously dissappointing. But Jennifer and
continually reminded each other in the days leading up to the test that no
matter what the results were, it didn't change who God was, or what He
wanted to do for her. God still is who He is. His will is still
Jennifer to be completely whole and healthy and disease free (that is His
will for all of His children.) It doesn't change the fact that the
and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth 2,000 years ago provided for not only
our spiritual healing, but for our physical as well. It doesn't change
fact that the Kingdom has come among us in the person of that same Jesus,
although not yet in it's fullness...
And so it doesn't change what our responsibility is; to lay hands on the
sick, and to pray that they will be healed, and to believe that God desires
that same thing very much. And do please continue to pray for Jennifers
healing, joining us in believing that her good Father desires it even more
than we do.
Be encouraged. Don't lose heart. The battle is not over.
blesses you as you fight this battle with us. "Father in Heaven, holy
Your name. Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, here on earth, just
is in Heaven."
Mark, Jennifer and Micah