Friday, September 11, 2015

“Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” — 2 Corinthians

Being sued by the Methodist Church of Kenya four times, winning every time, but then being brought before the High Court of Tanzania has been upsetting to say the least and has drained us both emotionally and financially.   Yesterday, on the 10th of September, 2015, the decision in our case was officially handed down today at the Tanzanian High Court in Mwanza and, well, we WON big time.  We won on every single issue and can never be sued again by the Kenyan Church.  On December 3rd, the Court will issue us the finalized written copy of the decision.  The court is allowing the time before the final, written decree so that the representatives of the Kenyan church can apologize to our church, our pastors, our bishops, and our members and ask our forgiveness for their bad behavior.  Should they fail to do that, the court will begin proceedings against all those individuals in Tanzania who sued us to recover our court costs and reparations.  WE WON!!!—did I mention that?   Thank God, and thank all of you for supporting us with your prayers and with the financial help to pay our advocate (attorney) who is now paid in full.  God is good, all the time.  I don't know exactly how you see this, but I see it as "Thank You" note for God, confirming that we are about His business here and need to continue.  Thank you again for all you have done and are doing.  I leave next Thursday to fly to New York to see the specialist to see if I can have ten to fifteen years left to live instead of the three to five if the current diagnosis is confirmed.  I met with my doctor here today, and he is sending a letter with me to the specialist.  He was very upbeat and thinks that since my condition has been staying static since the first diagnosis that is a good sign, and he is very hopeful that I will be getting good news.  I am always ready to go home to God when He calls, but I suspect there is still too much work to be done here to get early retirement.  God bless each of you, each and every one of you mean so very much to me, to Karen, to John and to our mission.  We are merely humble workers in a distant vineyard, but still God is watching over us.

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