Monday, November 21, 2016
“Never pity missionaries; envy them. They are where the real action is -- where life and death, sin and grace, Heaven and Hell converge.” ― Robert C. Shannon
The good news is I can have surgery to correct my current problems with my prostate. The bad news is the only urologist in Tanzania (a very good, Christian man) is out doing surgery with people who can’t afford to go to the hospital in rural Tanzania until next Thursday, but he will be back. He did the surgery I had in February of 2013 and is a very good doctor. His father was also a urologist and he owns his own surgical equipment so he can operate on those with no money with no interference from the hospital. The only downside to all this is that the bill for all he is going to do for me will be about $4,000.00 USD. Here, as in other very poor countries, the hospital wants full payment before they will even admit you as few have insurance and many cannot pay. We have no insurance and are running our mission on our Social Security and retirement. I would rather have a root canal than ask for money for myself, especially since so many helped me just last January. Still, if you do want to contribute, you can do so through the One Book Foundation at 1910 Old Wire Road, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 72703. They will give you a tax deduction number for your contribution, but please note that the money is for medical expenses. If you want, and for small donations that don’t need tax write-off, you can donate through PayPal. Please no donations through PayPal of $500 or more as they become convinced I am running a scam if you do and will freeze the funds. You go to PayPal, then to contributions, and then, when they ask for an email address, you put in firstname.lastname@example.org which is an account my son set up. If no one donates anything, we will still go through with this as we have no other options if I am to have another Christmas. God has always provided and we are confident that this is no exception. Surgery will be as soon as this Friday or maybe next Monday, but it will be soon. My doctor here assures me he will make sure I live to keep my appointment in Mwanza, and he, too, is a good Christian man who serves the poor as well. If, and it’s a big “if,” we get more money than we need, all the excess will go to buying mosquito nets, Bibles in Swahili, breeding goats for widows, food and clothes for orphans, or any of the other projects we currently have underway. You have been so wonderful to us for the past eleven years, we really can’t expect any more from you. Of course, prayers every day for the next couple of weeks are really needed, probably more than money. Yes, I know this is right before Christmas but the timing was God’s, not mine. Whatever support you can give from prayers, messages of encouragement, or any financial assistance you can afford—whatever, we are grateful. We love you and could never have done anything here without you. You are God’s children and are blessed. There probably won’t be any blogs for several days from next Friday on, but Karen will post updates on Facebook, so check there. Again, God bless each and every one of you for we could have never answered God’s call without you.