Although Michigan winters can be brutal, thus far the Lord has spared us from mounds of snow and bitter cold until the last few weeks. Recently we have had some sub-zero-degree temperature days and a couple of significant snowfalls, but all in all, it has not been unbearable.
Although we again lost our temporary opportunity to preach at Michigan Intake in Jackson, Michigan, last August, we did get back our baptism slot at Gus Harrison Correctional Facility on the first Sunday of each month, starting last month. Thus far this year, we have been able to baptize 7 offenders. An additional praise is that we are in the process of getting another female volunteer approved to assist Carol in ministering to female offenders at both the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio and Huron Valley Women’s Correctional Facility. Please pray that her process goes forward without any hitches.
My medical condition has developed into somewhat of a medical mystery. In addition to the chronic pain in my left foot, my calf and foot have begun to swell, discolor, and be cold to the touch. Since I have Type 2 Diabetes, this has been a serious concern of mine and of my primary care physician. Testing has been done to check the circulation in both the veins and the arteries of my leg. Then a test was completed to check for “floppy valves” in my leg, but all of the tests came back normal. Now the next possible diagnosis is lymphedema or a blockage of the lymphatic system in my leg. Walking from the reception desk to the chapel, as well as standing to preach when I get there, is an issue for which I covet your prayers.
Although my medical condition has presented some additional challenges, I have performed some quick math calculations. Since my cardiovascular surgeon told Carol that subsequent to my double bypass surgery, which involved four applications of the “paddles of life” on June 15, 2017, I probably would not live until the next morning, the Lord has graciously seen fit to allow me personally to see 313 offenders come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.” (Mark 8:35)
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In His service,