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Patty is on travel this week.
Ryan Hopkins celebrated his 21st birthday 14 July 2011.
Bucky Starlin celebrated his 63rd birthday 8 July 2011.
Sara Simmons celebrated her birthday 9 July 2011.
In need of a miracle or understanding of God’s Plan
Todd and Kenny have both been fighting osteocarcinoma for over five years and have been told their time here on earth is nearing its end, absent a miracle from God. Both are ready to go home and leave the pain, but would like to stay. Please pray for them and their families.
Tibo passed away in the Philippines. Please see the note from Archdeacon Anthony Pangsiw of the Philippines:
Greeting you in the name of our Lord Jesus. Just now I arrived from Ducot, Tublay for a prayer request by an old man who is known to be a popular pagan religious leader. According to his sister, when he felt that he was getting weak, he instructed his sisters and children not to allow pagan services to be conducted when he died. Instead, he requested them for a Christian service and denounce in front of them all the ritual activities and belief he performed during wake when he was strong including the putting of traditional blanket and clothes for pagan religious leader requesting them for plain white instead.
Today is my second time to go for prayer upon his request. When I arrived at 11:00am, he extended his to me and asked for a prayer with a clear and loud enough voice. Before we started our service, I instructed him to denounce all his pagan faith and belief, repent them and accepting Jesus as his Lord and Savior in which all he positively responded. 30 minutes after we concluded our prayer service, he blow his last breath and gave up his spirit. The name of the old pagan religious leader is Tibo, the elder brother of our member Ella Kellasi at ST. Paul Mission at Ducot, Tublay. The power of the Holy Spirit.
In Christ Jesus;
Mahmud (age 6) died on 7 June 2011, after heart surgery in the Philippines. Mahmud was born with a hole in one of his heart valves and was nearing the end of his time here on earth when Michael Harrington came across him on vacation. Michael funded the needed surgery. The surgery was apparently successful, but Mahmud died shortly thereafter. Please pray for Mahmud, an only child, and his family and give thanks for the action by Michael.
Dotty Valkenaar has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The surgeon is working with her and her husband Lew to determine a course of treatment. Please pray for the surgeon to pay attention and come to the correct recommendation, pray also for peace of mind for Dotty and Lew.
Baby Thomas Ellis born the afternoon of 12 July 2011 to Katie and Andrew in the UK with complications, he is out of intensive care, but still in the hospital as Thomas is doing fine - he is still in hospital as he needs a little oxygen from time to time but he should be able to go home perhaps the week-end of 30-31 July 2011 or early next week at the latest. Fortunately, they seem to think by looking at the scans that he will be perfectly okay. His family have asked that you please pray for guidance for the medical team treating him, for physical and spiritual strength, trust in our Lord and comfort for Baby Thomas and for his family, in particular his parents Katie and Andrew. Please give thanks for the good result so far and pray for his continued progress.
Loretta Walker underwent gall bladder surgery on Friday, 1 July 2011. The surgery was expected to go fairly smoothly, but there was more to it than expected. She required a second surgical attempt, which did not solve the problem. She is home recovering and gaining strength. Please pray for her to keep a good attitude, trust in the Lord, as well as eat and drink when she goes home. Pray for her family, in particular her daughters Patty and Jenny and granddaughters Whitney and Cayenne who are taking care of her. Please give thanks for her successful surgery and pray for a complete return to health. Please pray for peace of mind for Loretta and his family, in particular her daughters who are there to help her. Pray for her trust in our Lord and for both her and her family to let God carry their worries while she recovers.
Morris Martin, 91, was hospitalized with pneumonia, he in rehab now and doing well, he has been irritated by having a feeding tube in until his throat can heal and be retrained, but he has responded with renewed effort when he failed the swallow test on 21 July 2011. Give thanks for his great attitude and trust in God. Pray for strength and peace of mind for Morris and his family, in particular his son Paul. Pray for his trust in our Lord and for both him and his family to let God carry their worries while he recovers.
Steve Sundberg had a heart attack after Easter. After some time, the medical team treating him decided he was not a candidate for stents and a five-way heart by-pass was performed the week of 6 June 2011. Please give thanks for an apparently very successful surgery and also pray for his complete recovery and for his three children and family who are very worried about him, pray also for his trust in our Lord and for both him and his family to let God carry their worries while he recovers.
Matt Alcantara, age 15, has Osteosarcoma (bone cancer), a very rare and often lethal form of cancer with limited treatment options. This is a disease that is about 90 percent fatal in a couple of years. He has no hip joint on one side, but he walks and swims! Courage? Guts? You bet! Matt’s scans on 20 June 2011, were CLEAN! Thanks be to God for the way things have gone. Thanks also for the great faith of Matt and his entire family. Their faith and trust is a wonderful example for each and every one of us. But, now is not the time to stop praying. Actually, it never is the time to stop praying!
Andrew Scally was hospitalized with pneumonia, he is home now and doing very well, spending more and more time off the supplemental oxygen. Please give thanks for his recovery and pray for a complete return to health. Please pray for peace of mind for Andrew and his family, in particular his son Keith who has been there to help him. Pray for his trust in our Lord and for both him and his family to let God carry their worries while he recovers.
Won King underwent surgery the week after Memorial Day. She is now home, but doctors had difficulty stabilizing her blood thinning medication levels; but all seems fine now. Please give thanks for the successful surgery and medication setting.
Bill Aitken had a full knee replacement on 18 April 2011. He had an infection which now seems under control and he seemed to be healing and gaining strength. The weekend of the Fourth of July, he ended up in the hospital with a hiatal hernia, some unknown virus, H. Pylori bacterial infection, etc. He is in line for an endoscopy to decide to where we go from here. Please give thanks for the progress and pray for guidance for the team treating Bill and for his recovery. Pray also for guidance for him and his wife Sara.
Melanie Zimmers has what appears to be a badly bulged disc at C5-C-6 which is causing radiating pain down her right arm and numbness in her thumb and forefinger. She has been in physical therapy and is set to undergo epidural injections in July 2011. Please pray for resolution of her problem and a good attitude while a means to solve the problem is found.
Hal Campbell underwent apparently successful surgery for a cancerous lesion on the inside of his cheek and the associated lymph node on 7 March 2011, at the VA hospital in Seattle. Friday, 17 June 2011, his 62nd birthday, he started his first food by mouth since he finished six weeks of follow up Chemo and Radiation treatment to hopefully eradicate and cancerous cells that might have remained. Please pray for him to be able to eat so that he can have the feeding tube removed, for remission of the cancer and most of all for his acceptance of Christ.
Kyle Thompson, CPL USMC was injured was seriously wounded while on foot patrol in Helmand Province of Afghanistan on 25 October 2010. He has been released to Camp Pendleton on casual status until his medical condition is clear. Likely he will be medically discharged.
You can reach out to him by emailing his father, Mike Thompson, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We may have a new address soon.
Todd Love, CPL USMC was seriously wounded while on foot patrol in Helmand Province of Afghanistan on 25 October 2010. Todd and his squad leader, Kyle Thompson, were hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) during a routine patrol. The IED took both of Todd’s legs and part of his left arm. Pray for peace of mind, courage and healing for Todd. Pray for the medical teams treating him.
Send Todd a note or log on to http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/toddlove.
Shamim Gray underwent a lumpectomy on Saturday 6 November 2010 at Bethesda Naval Hospital, with apparent great result. Please pray for a complete remission of the cancer. Pray also Shamim will maintain her great attitude and trust in God.
Judith Clingwall, afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), suffered a major setback in her coping with the disease. She is currently in a extended care facility. Please pray for her strength, peace of mind, trust in God and remission of the disease so she might return home to her family. Pray also for strength for her husband Martin as he deals with all the problems and stress of Judith’s situation.
Becky Madden is paralyzed from the neck down as the result of a tragic shooting accident. She has made it home and to church in a new donated magic wheelchair. Please pray for further recovery for Becky, as well as strength and guidance for each of those involved.
Betty Macauley, Tim’s mom, is currently in a state of failing health. Please pray she will gain interest in life around her and actively pursue life here on earth. Please pray for her family, in particular her son Tim, as they try to help her.
Lauralee underwent a lumpectomy on Friday after Thanksgiving. A further anomaly has been discovered and she had additional preventative radiation treatment. Please pray for a complete remission of the cancer. Pray also Lauralee will maintain her great attitude and trust in God.
Luca, 5 years old, from our church family in Perth, Western Australia, who has just been diagnosed with leukemia. And for his Mum and Dad and extended family.
Jere Wolfe, Melanie Zimmers’ dad, has cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart muscle. The pacemaker installation helped a lot, but he lost ¼ of his weight, so he has to fight his way back. He is getting stronger, but not gaining weight. He now has a bladder infection and is concerned because of the significantly adverse reaction he had to the antibiotics last time. Keep praying for his continued recovery and for him Jere to maintain his trust in the Lord.
Doreen Wolf, mother of Melanie Zimmers, is recovering from Bell’s Palsy and still has a bit of difficulty with her foot, but she is mobile, for which she gives thanks.
Greg Chase asks that you pray for his family:
Diane, Greg’s wife, has a positive attitude dealing with the ongoing treatment of her ulcerative colitis. They are grateful for a positive attitude and would be pleased to see physical progress.
Phyllis, Greg’s mom, has stabilized as the result of the good home care she is receiving and looks forward to her 89th birthday in a couple of weeks.
Wilma is at home after three weeks in the hospital and is working on building strength for a planned hip replacement in early August 2011.
Vince (age 13), reoccurrence of cancer, recent testing found a nickel sized tumor in his lungs. The doctors are consulting with a specialist in Houston. Please pray for guidance for the medical team and for peace of mind for Vince and his family.
Obra Gray continues to take day by day. Please continue to keep Obra in your prayers, and give him the strength of knowing the Lord is with him and will never forsake him. Obra needs security of what lies ahead of him, and only the Lord can grant the solace to answer his prayer.
Bashir Ahmed, father of Shamim Gray, has been blessed with the Lord's breath of life to stay on this earth for the time being. But, things are hard for him and his loving wife, who cares for him. They have two young nieces living with them who see no real need to help, pray for God to enter their hearts. Above all, pray for his entire family to open their hearts to accept all God’s love will bring them.
Kay Denton (Mrs. Kay) is still home and doing pretty well considering the bones in her neck and hands are degenerating as a side effect of her kidney failure. Her thumbs are not particularly useful any more. Mrs. Kay asks everyone who is praying for her know how grateful she is for their prayers. As always, she retains her trust in the Lord and her positive attitude.
Steve asks that you pray for difficulties he is having with his family. Please pray that the Holy Ghost will enter into his heart and provide him with the heaven sent inspiration that he needs to see clearly and deal with problems and the courage to do what needs to be done in the manner it should be done.
Jacquie to open her heart to God and accept His Love and Grace.
Hap asks you to pray that he might be able to trust God will help him make the right decisions at the right time and not to worry uselessly and that he will open his heart to the Holy Ghost.
Armed Forces & Contractors
Airman Donny Patton (RAF Mildenhall, UK), Jordan (USMC – AIT), Neal (USN-Afghanistan), Trevor (USAF - KC-10 Boom Operator), Trevor (USN – Pilot Training),
Around the world, Christians are under attack, not only in the Muslim world, but from Hindus and others in India. Also, they are under continual attack in the name of “Separation of Church and State” in the western world, as it becomes actively atheist or pro-devil buddy. Please pray for God’s guidance and protection for all persecuted Christians and those around them.
Please see the following from the AOC Bishop of South Asia Joshua Raj sent on 29 July 2011:
Friends, please pray for those who are genuine followers of Christ in India, as they face difficulty form many quarters. With leaders like the one below, it is a short and slippery step to restricting school and campus activities for Christian organizations.
A row has broken out in southern India over whether schoolchildren should be obliged to learn a Hindu religious text in the classroom, with the state's education minister further fanning the flames by saying those who objected to the plan should leave India.
In a dispute that has raised questions about secularism in a country where religion is a part of everyday life for hundreds of millions of people, opposition parties and minority groups have said children should not be forced to study the Bhagavad Gita. They say the move infringes their constitutional rights and could trigger disharmony between religious communities.
The move to teach the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu scripture that forms part of the epic Mahabharata, was first promoted in part of Karnataka state four years ago by a religious institution, the Sondha Swarnavalli Mutt. But earlier this year, the state government, which is controlled by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), issued a directive that ordered schools to teach the book for three hours a week.
Various organisations of students, social activists and religious minorities protested about the decision, saying it could be detrimental. But the education minister, Vishweshwar Kageri, disagreed and told a public meeting that if someone opposed the teaching of the religious book, they should leave the country.
"This country believes in the Gita," he said. "Those who oppose it and believe in philosophies that are not of this country can go there and propagate them. The Bhagavad Gita is accepted as one of the greatest epics of all times. No light can challenge sunlight, no other religious epic can compete with [it]. Ethical values preached in the Gita have been accepted by many foreign countries, so there's no fun discussing the merits and demerits of the Gita."
Opponents insist the Indian constitution prohibits such teaching in schools. "India is a secular country, this is not permitted," said N S Bisse Gowda, a local leader of the Congress Party. "We are not against the Gita – we love the Gita, we are Hindus. But if you teach that in schools, the Muslims will want to teach the Koran and the Christians will want to teach the Bible."
Article 14 of the Indian constitution prohibits discrimination on grounds of "religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth". It also stresses that India is secular nation, despite the religious inclination of so many of its citizens. Ashis Nandy, a sociologist, said India had tended to redefine the meaning of secularism. "What this means is that it is equal sentiment to all faiths. This is something that is possible in India," he said.
The move by the BJP government in Karnataka and the comments of the minister came as the local party was under intense political pressure. There have been demands for the resignation of the chief minister, B S Yeddyurappa, amid allegations of corruption relating to the mining industry.
A filing by the State Minorities Educational Institutions Managements Federation has urged the Karnataka High Court to dismiss the government's edict on the Hindu religious text. The matter has been adjourned for two weeks.
Last night, Professor Mumtaz Ali Khan, a Muslim member of the BJP and the state government's minorities' minister, repeated the claim that the move had not originally come from the government. However, he said he believed that various religious texts should be taught in schools.
"In my opinion the Bhagavad Gita is a religious text that contains benefits for everyone," he said. "But we need to bring elements from all religious texts, from the Bible and the Koran."
Dr Joshua Raj MD FRCS, DTh
www.southasiamission.com Bishop, AOC South Asian Ministries
Tuck, Robi and Ali are grateful for return from safe travel to the UK.
Shamim, Zachary, Aaron and Nadia are grateful for return from safe travel to the UK and for safe travel to Pensacola with Obra on their return and finally home to Virginia!
Don, Sandy and Nick are grateful for return from safe travel to the UK.
Bill who has battled a drinking problem which has adversely impacted his life and the lives of those around him has not had a drink in several weeks. For that he and his family give particular thanks.
Various Special Requests
We ask that you pray, please ask God that the Holy Ghost might give you insight into how you might make the lives of your friends and family better. Remember helping others is not just those who you don’t know!
Please join us in praying that the Free Teen Guitar Class will be continue to be an opportunity for God to work in the lives of the kids and their families. Please ask God to guide the class to new opportunities to make Him known to others. Help us to let the love of our Lord shine through us into their lives, putting Him first, so that He might enter in to their hearts and lives.