Monday, April 23, 2012

Back on Radar

We are back on the blogging wagon again after quite a long writing break.  The last month has been very busy and productive for us and we have a lot to share about the ministry. Besides getting my computer stolen during a house break-in, we had been too busy to let our creative juices flow enough for blogging!  But, thankfully we are settled back in to some semblance of routine again.
Spring Break
It seems like the Spring Break season came and went in a flash, bringing with it two great teams from Harding University and Lipscomb University.  We were able to get all of our ABC kids' check ups done for the semester, which is a great accomplishment.  The students also did a great deal of painting, cleaning and organizing after our recent clinic expansion.  So we are grateful for all of the help we received. 
Vision Seminar
Also we were able to host a meeting of clinic volunteers and elders from participating churches to discuss the clinic ministry and use of contacts for evangelistic outreach.  Many of the participants had encouraging words and ideas for improving the work.  Our Bible lesson was focused on the parable of the Sower and about how we have the opportunity to prepare the soil we are about plant the seed in and how the clinic ministry allows us to get involved in people's lives in a compassionate way, preparing their hearts to hear the gospel. We are blessed to work with so many brothers and sisters who are interested in sharing the good news.
Kemmel's Surgery
At the end of March we flew to Little Rock, AR so Kemmel could have surgery on his torn rotator cuff.  It was successful and he is recoving very well--just itching to be able to use his arm more.  This week he has been weening off the arm splint and gaining some freedom!   He has a long way to go with physical therapy but we are optomistic that he will be strong again by the end of the year.  We are thankful to the doctors and nurses and physical therapists who took such good care of Kemmel.  While we were in the States we got to stay with my sister Aimee and her family and see my parents and other sister Anna.  That was a great treat to spend time with them and be treated like royalty.  God has been so good to us!
Marriage Seminars
This month we hosted three Marriage and Family Therapy specialists to come and give seminars in the churches.  The team consisted of Clay Bartee and two of his students in the master's program at Harding University.  Allison and Raul did a great job and we have heard nothing but wonderful comments about the classes.  Hopefully we will forge a long-term relationship with them for future work.
Health Talents Board Meeting
This last weekend we were invited to be a part of the Board of Director's meeting in Antigua.  It was a great blessing to present information about our work here and get to share ideas and listen to the goals and plans they have for the future of the ministry.  We are grateful for the time we got to spend with them.

That's it for now.  We have a day at home today to rest!  We are planning on kicking back and taking in some Kindle time (we are enjoying the Hunger Games books).

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