Three years ago we were in the middle of a difficult time as our youngest daughter, Kaylee, was in a battle with stage three ovarian cancer. The messages that came out of that season can be found at:
The Cancer Update portion of this message is that Kaylee continues to be cancer free and is growing into a wonderful young woman of God. She is very active and this last month we ran a half marathon together. This was quite an emotional experience for me as it seems like yesterday that she was struggling to walk a quarter of a mile with me while fighting the effects of chemotherapy. We have many reasons to praise God!
The Africa Trip portion of this message is quite interesting and requires an explanation. During Kaylee’s cancer treatment, we became involved with Make-A-Wish, an organization that grants wishes to kids who have experienced life threatening cancer. As Kaylee thought about her “one true wish,” she concluded that she wanted to use the opportunity to somehow make a difference in the lives of others. Through what I believe was a God-directed connection, I was contacted by a doctor who worked in a pediatric cancer hospital unit in Blantyre Malawi. Kaylee thought it would be useful to serve other kids with cancer and at the same time bring awareness of the cancer treatment needs in other countries. This became her wish.
It took some time to be approved and organized but Make-A-Wish has granted Kaylee’s wish and is sending our family to Malawi. We will leave on May 21st and be in Malawi for a full week. During this time we will be working at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital. We will serve in the pediatric cancer area. Our focus will be to share the love of Christ and, at the same time, gather information which can be used to bring awareness to doctors around the world. Kaylee was fortunate in that her cancer was able to be diagnosed and treated quickly. Many people around the world do not have access to the same medical resources.
Please keep us in prayer during this time. My wife is excited but has some anxiety as this is her first trip of this kind; there are many, many unknowns. Kaylee feels some pressure in developing a meaningful message that could impact lives. Our 19 year old daughter, Sarah, will be joining us. We would also like to leave room for God to move in unexpected ways. I would love to meet people in the local area. Please feel free to contact me if you are close to Blantyre. We will have a flexible schedule and may be able to set up a visit.
This is now a journey of over three years. We are all excited to see what God has planned.
Have a Christ Centered Day!
God’s Daily Word Ministries
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May 9 1 Samuel 5:1-7:17; John 6:1-21; Psalm 106:13-31; Proverbs 14:32-33