Not so sure where to start with this letter. So much happened since the last time we wrote. Lots of up and downs but thanks to our God, we are still here to tell the story. We went through a time of lots of celebrations. We first celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary. Wow cannot believe how times can fly away. Just the other day we were these young kids, standing in front of the church and proclaimed our love for each other. Toinette said that she always said to her mum that she do not want to marry a boring man, well now she talks another story……hahahaha. We had a real adventure together already and we are definitely up for another one. Toinette is proudly showing off her gray hair with having 3 boys in the house.
Next was Anton to be introduced to the double digit age. He reached 10 years old. Can you believe this little boy so old already. Together with Gideon they definitely rule this household. Anton is going through a dry spill of not having friends at school. He is the only 10 year old. Pray that he will get a friend. Gideon is just himself. We are proud of him that we can have a boy that can communicate and show affection to all around him. He definitely provide a lots of fun to this family. Never a dull moment in this house hold at all.
And off course then Mordegai’s 50th. How did I make it so long???Reflecting on God’s goodness over this period in my life, I can just stand back and say:””WOW”” God is good. Just in these last couple of years He saved me from certain death, not once but a few times and still He is protecting me. Just this last week I was trying to recite Psalm 23, while under severe fevers and just miserable. God pulled me through once more.
I came down with a headache a week ago and that turned into bad fevers and chills for 4 days. I thought I had Dengue fever, as I had it 2 times already. My right leg, the good one, started to feel funny and got swollen and red in the bottom. We went to the doctor and he reckons I have Cellulitis, but after 2 days I was back. Now they say that I have Thrombosis and need to go to Phnom Pehn. Great advice. Jump in the car and went straight down. Saw a specialist that confirm that I have a bad case of Erysipelas.( Erysipelas is an infection of the upper layers of the skin (superficial). The most common cause is group A streptococcal bacteria, especially Streptococcus pyogenes.
Erysipelas results in a fiery red rash with raised edges that can easily be distinguished from the skin around it. The affected skin may be warm to the touch.)Can become serious if untreated and then they need to operate. Well now I drink a lot of antibiotics and on the bed with the leg up high. I am feeling much better already, thanks to the Lord that help me, AGAIN……
Toinette is very busy with homeschooling Gideon and also teaching in the village. She enjoys her days with the children in Ampil Piam. FGC started a new church and call it River of Life Fellowship. Now the students can come and learn more about God. They will shift the school from the village to the church, this week. After 3 years in the village, the land owner wants his land back. Some parents are not happy that their children are Christians. Hear stories from children that tell their parents that they go to some friends and then attend church. Pray for the young people as they face opposition and pressure from family not to be Christian. We just experience the benefit of being in a team that cares for their members. In times of sickness these guys come and pray and are always willing to help. We need to stand together in time like this. Just love these young guys/girls for their love to each other.
This year we also celebrate 20 years on the mission field. Ministry in the remote areas was on a real high with roads just better than before, I mean full of mud and water, just what the doctor ordered. Had the privilege to visit a small village, deep in the jungle, with me good friend John. Was on my way there when I made the bad accident. The people was very happy to see me and I felt so loved by them. They said that they heard about my accident and was wondering if they will ever see me again. Nobody ever come in here and give medicines, especially this time of the year. It was good to be back on the bike. I think this was the highlight of this year’s work. Being able to help people in the far remote areas that are plaque with malaria and just common sicknesses, but people has no way of getting out for help.
With the help of my good friend Gordon and Bee in Banlung, I was able to connect to the Local Dept.of Health in Ratatanakiri province. Was supposed to do 2 outreaches with them but due to being ill, will not be able to do it. Someone tries his best to keep me away from doing good work, but my God is bigger than that. He will restore my body again. The Superintendent of the Provincial Health office was very happy that I want to help them with the very remote villages. God is opening doors. Pray for my health to improve so we can go and spread His word.
One of the saddest parts of this time was when we had to say goodbye to our best friends The Dyer family. Grahame and Katy were good friends of ours and Grahame and I had countless adventures together. Will definitely miss that a lot. Hope that one day we can see each other again. We are glad for them to be back in New Zealand and that the kids can go to school and they can continue with their new adventure. Will be hard to fill their place.
Thank you Lord for protecting us as a family and always help us along the way. Without You we are nothing.