February proved to be a down time for me, having been diagnosed with spinal stenosis. The pain in my lower back and into my legs had increased over the previous few months, making it difficult to stand or walk for any length of time. I discussed the situation with three different doctors and chose surgery on my back as the best option.
On February 8, Dr. Elian Shepherd performed the surgery at the Methodist Hospital in Merrillville, Indiana. Within two hours after surgery, I was walking in the hallways without pain. Amen! I remained in the hospital for three days until my body was functioning on “all eight cylinders” and then remained at home for recovery. I was released from the doctor’s care on February 23.
It burdened me to have to cancel several meetings during this time, including the National BEAMS Conference in Gulfport, Mississippi. I was very thankful that pastors were very understanding. My wife and I were able to start traveling again to raise support for Bibles as soon as I had the doctor’s release.
We had a wonderful meeting at Fundamental Baptist Church in Livingston, Louisiana. I was able to preach 3 times on Sunday for Pastor Rusty Silvertooth. His folks were a blessing, and they gave over $300 to our Bible Fund for printing Bibles in Thailand.
I celebrated my 68th birthday the same day my mother-in-law turned 100. We were able to spend the day with her at the Nursing Home, and celebrated the occasion with 5 generations of relatives. Thank you for your prayers for Mom. She is doing well.
I can’t say that I want to live to be 100, but I would like to have a few more years to give the devil another black eye. Praise God, and shame on the devil!
Thank you for your prayers. I am back to 100% again. Praise the Lord!
We love you. Thank you for your faithful support and for your prayers.
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