Dear Family and Friends,
Hello from Brussels! I had a wonderful two months in the USA. Some of my fun highlights were attending a NY Yankees baseball game, experiencing the peace at St. Paul’s chapel at Ground Zero in NYC, eating a hot dog at Coney Island, enjoying seafood in Pismo Beach, having dinner with a former classmate in San Luis Obispo where I went to college, touring Pt. San Luis Light House, hanging out in Santa Cruz with my sister…
The weekend of my 50 year High School Reunion was wonderful! I think I had a smile on my face the whole time. We started off with a Friday evening rehearsal for the Worship & Remembrance Service, then a Pizza Party. Saturday morning we had the Worship & Remembrance Service and Saturday evening the main dinner, followed by a picnic the next day. It was so good seeing so many friends that I’d not seen for 50 years. One friend told me I had written something strangely funny in her husband’s year book our Senior year. So, I couldn’t wait to see what I’d written. It’s funny looking back 50 years and finding out what my sense of humor was back then. We certainly laughed about that. Being at the registration table, I was able to see most everyone as they came in to the evening dinner.
I was one of the speakers at the Worship & Remembrance Service. As the other speaker said she was a no-name in high school and all she did was study, I realized I was about the same except that I played girls sports after school as well as studied. We realized that four from our class are now in full-time ministry. Cool. I shared the award for traveling the furthest distance to the Reunion with a fellow-missionary who lives near Amsterdam, just two hours north of me.
Before and after the reunion, I met up with friends, supporters, spoke in a church, participated in prayer meetings, and met with church friends… itinerating. After the reunion, I flew to Concord, North Carolina and participated in the yearly FIRE International Missions Conference. I had a wonderful time connecting with more locals as well as other missionaries.
I prayed that I would have quality time with my sister on this trip, and she and I had great times of talking heart to heart, having fun, just hanging out together, traveling together. One day we were planning to take her 15-year old granddaughter to Santa Cruz on the Central California coast for the day, but her granddaughter couldn’t go. My sister and I had a wonderfully relaxing time there, soaking up some sunshine, sitting on the beach, walking on a pier, watching sea lions and dolphins, eating clam chowder, laughing… It’s where we used to go often as children, so we had our favorite places.
It’s good being back in Brussels, even though getting here had its challenges. My flights into Brussels were canceled left and right, delaying my flights by one, two and three days. I ended up spending two days near Madrid, Spain, and seven hours at the Lyon, France airport, all due to one of the baggage handler companies at Brussels Airport being on strike for six plus days.
While in the States, I noticed I had some breathing problems. I thought it was due to allergies. But when I arrived home in Brussels, the shortness of breath issues continued. So, Monday, Nov 5th, I went to ER at my local hospital to be checked out. I was sent upstairs to have an ultrasound of my heart from my own cardiologist. He was not thrilled to see me having problems, but said I would need to be admitted to the hospital for about a week to get my heart in order. My heart had been beating too fast and my blood too thick which caused my shortness of breath.
During the four days I was in the hospital, my cardiologist changed my heart medication and added another one I’d taken before. I was on a high dose of diuretics and have lost 5+ kgs (11+ lbs) and am still losing.
My respiratory doctor said this week that I may have even had fluid in my lungs.
Even though I spent this time in the hospital, I feel that it’s been important to get to the root cause of some things and helped me get back on track. My glucose level was perfect while in the hospital, so am hoping it will continue to be on track as well. 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, respiratory problems and heart weakness with no long-term problems?
Thank you so much for all who give, either monthly or occasionally!
My annual water bill and apartment charges came in, but my landlord owed me money this time rather than me owing him more. Over the past year I paid extra each month to cover the water and other charges.
Will you pray along with me that I wouldn’t have a struggle with my health insurance company each
year about my income and how much I should be paying them?.
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.
May God’s Kingdom come here on earth as it is in Heaven!
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,