Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. II Corinthians 4:16-18
Cycle One, Done!
You may remember that on January 4th Cindy's collarbone surgery led to some unexpected crazy close calls with death; as a result, the chemo treatment was delayed. It is not surprising that the active Multiple Myeloma cancer number elevated during the delay.
We praise God that at this time the chemotherapy seems to be reducing the cancer levels! Most Mondays we travel to Nashville for treatment. Tuesdays and Wednesdays Cindy feels puny, mostly with fatigue and "brain fog." So far the side effects are managed well with meds. By week's end God renews her strength for grandkids and RefugeeMemphis ministry. We're so grateful for your prayers:
Please pray that, if God wills, Cindy will be back in remission by May when Mark hopes to have knee surgery. "I'm so ready to care for Mark like he has cared for me!!"
Sick Widows and Kids
Speaking of care-taking, please pray for some of our refugee ladies who have lost their husbands through war and tragedy. They are raising their children in a new land and they need lots of support. One has many health issues. Thank you for praying.
Shout-Out to Great Sisters
Do you know Jan and Sherrie, my amazing siblings? Jan sometimes takes me to Vanderbilt and God used Sherrie's healthy stem cells to restore my health from 2011 through 2016. We stay in close touch and I treasure them. Certainly God uses trials, big and small, to draw us nearer to our Maker and to dear ones, too!
College Team Coming March 18-25
We are excited that God has prompted a group of eleven students from Arkansas to spend their Spring Break serving with us! We enjoyed a meaningful training retreat with them, along with 40 others going elsewhere on mission projects. Please ask the Lord for great wisdom to put together appropriate plans. We hope to involve the students with English camps in multiple locations, kids' tutoring, picnics with purpose, home visits, story telling and training. Pray for all of the logistics, for flexibility and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit's guidance for the week.
The work is deliberate and slow, totally dependent on the movement of the Spirit. May we draw nearer to Jesus daily, as we each face opportunities to add weight to His witness among the refugee community in this small corner of the world.
Overwhelmed by His Mercy....
Mark and Cindy