Family letter by Debra
It has been a long time since I have written. This year has been filled with many unexpected difficulties and trials, but we continue to move forward doing the Lord's work. Our weather this autumn has also added a bit of abnormalities to life. Just like the consistent hand of the Lord Jesus Christ in our life, so are the autumn habits of the Czech people as we see them stopping along the road picking apples or picking up walnuts for the long winter days ahead. We are having one of the warmest autumns - not that it is a problem - since we moved here.
The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace. Psalms 29:11. Daily we praise the Lord for His direction, provision, strength, and peace in our life as we continue to share the good news of Jesus Christ with the Czech people.
Unfortunately, autumn has brought much sickness to our church members and it has not returned to services those that said they were not able to travel during the hot season of summer. Autumn did bring warm, rainy weather for our family camp in Slovakia. We had to move some games indoors, but the sun was bright for our treasure hunt and the big pot of goulash was safely cooked under the covered porch.
School has been another exciting addition to our year of adventures and challenges. Studying Geometry, physics, algebra and trigonometry all at the same time has my head going in circles; but James and David seem to being handling it, along with piano lessons and the many other activities they have going on at any given moment in time.
Word and photos from our daughters show us that autumn is being enjoyed in Colorado also. Our grandchildren are growing up so fast and we just do not get to communicate or see them as much as we would like. We are so grateful for Skype, email, and the many other means of social media. We think about them often - Lydia, our pretty, young lady; Lilibeth, our princess; Eliana, our blondie; and Elijah, our superman.
I would like to say "Thank you" to all who have prayed for me. I have been to the dermatologist several times now, had a biopsy for skin cancer, and several other skin and blood tests. All this testing has been done just so the doctor could tell me that the data does not add up clinically. The itching, burning open blisters are still with me. We have been able to keep them at a minimal, but we have not been able to stop the out brakes - so what's next? I have an appointment with the allergist on Friday, October 31st.
None the less, the peace of God dwells in our home. Please pray that God gives us strength to witness and bring the Czech people to Christ. I hope that you all have a wonderful fall season.
Love and prayers,