Dear Family and Friends,
Greetings from hot, sunny Brussels! We are having a heat wave comparable to that of 2003 when lawns everywhere were so “crisp” & brown from the intense heat and the three-month drought. People in this part of Europe depend on frequent rain to water their lawns and gardens, not like that in California. The heat is hard to bear here as only grocery stores and modern office buildings have air conditioning. It cooled off for a couple of days last week, then the temperatures are climbing again.
We’ve already begun praying for the May 2019 elections for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). We’re praying for the Lord to raise up people with godly values who will represent the people of Europe. I want to see key people positioned at the top of the list in each political party, people who will seek and have the Lord’s favor and grace. I’m also praying that those who are obstacles in what the Lord wants to do in the European Parliament (EP) would resign or be moved out. It is time for the “unknowns” to come forward. When I pray for the European Parliament or European Union, I’m not praying for the system of the EU, but for it’s functioning and the people working in the institutions, and of course for God’s Kingdom to come in the institutions and in Europe.
As intercessors, we need to be prepared in our hearts before we go into a place like the EP each week, walking in humility and having a clean heart. Sometimes we have visitors who draw attention to themselves, not walking in humility, and are a distraction. So, it’s even more important for those of us who are regular participants at the EP prayer meetings to walk in humility and work together. The EP is currently on it’s summer break, to resume the end of August.
I went on a week’s vacation to Samos, Greece in May and had a couple of small mishaps there. Then when on my way back home, I fell backwards down an escalator in a London train station. I apparently was knocked unconscious for a bit. They sent me to a nearby hospital for a head scan and x-rays. I was cleared and allowed to go home after being there for nine hours; since it was late, I stayed the night in a London hotel and took the Eurostar (train) hom e the next morning.
The third week of June, while still recovering from the falls, I flew to Poland with the International prayer team for five days. I did fine, but did ask for assistance at the airports. With the addition of three new people to this prayer team, we accomplished what we believe the Lord wanted for us. Mission complete!
This week I saw a chiropractor to see if he could help me with the headaches, and problems with my knees and left hand from falling down the escalator. He found all the right spots and made the adjustments and/or rubbed out the soreness where needed. Of course, then I felt exhausted for a couple of days. So June has been a month of recuperating. I’m sure I’ll be feeling better soon. I still have a small problem with the pointer finger on my left hand. I am just not sure what to do about it as my doctor says nothing.
May God’s Kingdom come here on earth as it is in Heaven!
Good news – My doctor had wanted my glucose level to increase enough to qualify for my health insurance paying for a new diabetes medicine to take along with my regular medicine. After about six months of eating extra sweets and carbohydrates, my glucose level was still not high enough, and my doctor was afraid it could take another six months. So we decided that I would return to taking my regular diabetes medicine and sugar-free diet. I am happy since eating so much sugar and carbohydrates made me feel bad physically and gain weight.
Not so good news – Changing my diet had been hard for me emotionally, mentally, physically and psychologically. I wasn’t sure what was right anymore after I’d learned over the past three years that a Mediterranean type diet was healthier for me and that I liked it. Plus I gained weight. So, I really need a change of mind and emotions to get back to eating right. I’ve already lost 2kgs (4.5lbs) in those few weeks and am enjoying eating a more balanced diet with something sweet once a week.
I saw my GP a week ago to have a spot surgically removed from my neck, but when I saw him, surgery was not necessary as the top of the spot had fallen off a few days before. I believe that was an answer to prayer as well. My GP applied some nitrous oxygen to freeze the roots of that spot as well as a couple of other spots on my neck. So no surgery was necessary! Praise God for His care and healing!
Will you pray that I can continue to be disciplined enough to eat right, exercise, and
be healed of Diabetes?
Will you continue to pray for continued healing of my respiratory system and heart, with NO
long-term problems? Finances:
Thank you so much for all who give, either monthly or occasionally!
My financial support is coming in more normally again. It’s normal that someone forgets for a month, but when it happens for several months, things can get tough.
My health insurance company here issued me a bill with an increase starting October 1st for 61 Euros ($72) quarterly. It was based on my income from April 2018, which is not the norm. They usually calculate insurance fees based on our yearly income from three years ago. Since my yearly income is always different, I usually have to prove it by scanning Belgian bank statements showing gifts and providing a copy of my W-2 form each year.
If I want to fight this, I will have to go to court with a lawyer and it could take a long time. But I don’t think it’s worth the effort.
So, will you pray along with me:
• for enough finances to come in to cover these new insurance fees?
• and that I wouldn’t have this kind of struggle with the health insurance company each year.
Please pray that all that’s supposed to come in each month, does.
Thank you so much for praying and supporting me financially.
Please pray that I would have “more than enough” monthly support.
Thank you so much for your prayers, friendship and support. Your partnership is so important to me. I love and appreciate each of you so much.
Love in Christ,