One of my favorite scriptures throughout my Christian walk is Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. And lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
In Jeremiah 10:23 we are told: “O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.”
I am a planner by nature and can spend a lot of time considering what I should or should not do. This summer was very different for me and did not proceed as I planned.
Gary Woody and I drove to North Dakota where I planned to spend the summer working with the family business. In only a few days after arriving, I was hospitalized for heart problems. After seeing a few doctors in various cities, I ended up in July at the Mayo clinic in Rochester Minnesota having open heart surgery. Praise God, the operation was successful and I am now recovering in Fairbanks, Alaska. I am thankful for the many people that prayed for me during this time.
Lorrie and Amy spent most of their summer caring for Lorrie’s parents. Lorrie’s mom had a stroke and her father has been experiencing some of the effects of aging at 90 years old. Both spent time in the hospital in Wasilla and needed full time care when they were out. They are presently in an assisted living home and will be moving shortly to another one in Oregon.
Lorrie is in Manila now and will be there for a little over one month. Amy will be going next week and plans to stay until early spring. She will teach at the school. The doctor allowed me to go for about two weeks in October so I can attend the annual Pastor’s Conference. Lorrie and I plan to return to the Philippines in January to host this year’s guests and to teach at the school as well.
As always, please continue to pray for the school, staff, and for us as well as we travel and teach these young people!
Sincerely in Christ,
Nels, Lorrie, Amy and family