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Giving thanks and looking forward

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Over the last few months, because of the faithful support of so many people, we have been able to help people all around the world. We were able to give three brand new ultrasound machines to missionaries working in three different countries.  From my personal experience, I can assure you that an ultrasound is an invaluable tool in remote parts of the world.  Often the only diagnostic tool available in these areas is simple x-ray. An ultrasound greatly expands the ability to diagnose and better treat patients.  The ultrasound is especially invaluable in the obstetrics setting–allowing assessment of the baby and allowing doctors to better care for the mother and child. One will go to a new Christian mission hospital in Burundi, Africa.  Dr. Jason Fader is a great friend and he and other doctors are establishing a teaching hospital in Burundi.  Another ultrasound will go to Dr....

At our door

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“I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.  More than by  fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door  people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us, “Give them something to eat”.” Pope Francis Evangeilli Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel)  

Thankfulness

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“To protect your thankfulness, you must remember that you reside in a fallen world, where blessings and sorrows intermingle freely.” ~ Jesus Calling

Living with no regrets

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We took care of a lot of trauma patients in my busy surgical practice in Little Rock. Whether by helicopter or ambulance, patients who had been seriously injured were quickly transported to our hospital. Very often I would spend hours resuscitating and operating on these patients. Most did well. Sadly though, despite rapid transport to the hospital, despite a well-trained staff intervening quickly, sometimes the injuries were too severe, the blood loss too great, the head injury too devastating and the patient would not survive. I can remember so many times going out to the emergency department waiting area, to a small room to one side and speaking to the anxious family members awaiting news. The conversation would always start with “I am so sorry. We did everything we could possibly do.” And the conversation would end with silent embraces and shared tears. And for the next...

Down to the most intricate detail

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When I was six years old, I remember vividly opening the lower drawer of the china cabinet in our dining room and finding my mom’s bandage scissors she used while in nursing school.  For some reason, when I placed those scissors in the palm of my hand and felt their weight and the way they balanced in my hand, something happened deep down inside my little six-year-old heart.  I didn’t understand what it meant, but over the years, each and every time I would go into the dining room and pull out those scissors and place them in my hand, the feeling was always the same.  Over time that feeling began to have words attached to it, ‘one day you will use these to help people’. When I was twelve years old, my dad took me on a mission trip with him to South Africa.  I can still feel the excitement of landing in London and thinking that it was almost like a dream to actually able be in such a...

Henceforth I call you not servants…but I have called you friends…

— Jesus - John 15:15 KJV

Kakamega Dental Clinic

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Thirty years ago Pastor Paul Ligono first saw my dad on television while in the Greyhound bus station in downtown Houston one day after arriving from his home in Kenya.  Over the next few years Paul was able to complete his education, all the while sitting for years under my dad’s teaching ministry at Lakewood.  It would have been very easy for Paul and his family to remain in the United States.  But he had a burden for his people back in Kenya.  So he obeyed what God was speaking to his heart and went back to his home and his people in Kakamega and Sabatia, Kenya.  He opened a small school, started a church and remained faithful to what God had called him to do through the years.  And God has blessed his efforts and his faithfulness.  Now many years later, he oversees a thriving ministry that includes a very respected school for hundreds of young people and a network of...

“Just help me”

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Dr. David Thompson is a missionary surgeon who spent over 30 years in Gabon, Africa.  Last Saturday night, I had the privilege of listening as Dr. Thompson talked about his call to missions.  He was raised in Cambodia where his parents were missionaries who focused mostly on evangelism among people who had never heard the Gospel.  When he was fourteen years old, he and his family came upon the scene of a terrible automobile accident.  Several people were injured, one man more seriously than the others.  He had been pulled from the wreckage and set upright against a nearby tree.  His father asked for David’s assistance, grabbed a thermos full of water, and went to the aid of the injured man.  One side of his chest had been crushed, he was bleeding and was only semi-conscious.  When they offered him a sip of water, he was not coherent enough to swallow.  Since they had no medical...

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