I think I said we would send out a newsletter quarterly…well, maybe not. It’s been 7 months since the last one (first one) but I assure you that we have not been idle.
Since our last newsletter, Stephen has had several procedures done on his heart. He was in afib, which is not good. He walked around all stooped over like an old man. No energy at all. It was scary. But now he is back to normal and aside from various aging type aches and pains, he is doing very well. Here he is in the backyard, working on his favorite hobby – bonsai. Aren’t those trees beautiful!? He’s really very good at this live and growing art form.
I also had surgery. I was diagnosed with a condition called trigeminal neuralgia. The trigeminal nerve, up inside my head, was misfiring, causing extreme pain in my face. No fun at all! After suffering with this, on and off, for ~9 years, it was getting worse. By God’s grace, we found a neurosurgeon who knew all about it and does the surgery to fix it! I had a craniotomy (yikes!) on Jan 30 and have been amazingly pain-free ever since! What a relief! I feel like a normal person again!
Also on the home front, it’s coming on 5 years that Marissa and her girls, Channah and Aliyah, have been living with us. We love having them here and we get along amazingly well. Marissa is starting a new job with a chiropractor where she is being sent to school to learn to do x-rays and that sort of thing. She’s very happy about that because it will give her a career, not just a job. Channah is graduating high school and will be going to UNC Chapel Hill in the fall! We are so proud of her! And the Lord amazingly has provided, through various grants and scholarships, so that she has a free ride. Omigosh! We are all so relieved, especially her mom! Aliyah is in the middle of her sophomore year at Cabarrus Tech which is an early college high school. So, she is doing high school and college at the same time! And managing it very well – first in her class last year! We are so very proud of all of them!
In the midst of all this, our travel plans have changed a good bit. China is not a good idea for now. Things are pretty dangerous there. They would just send us home but the folks that live there could be sent to prison.
Australia has fallen through the cracks, at least for now. The church there changed leadership and they are busy adjusting to that. Hopefully, we will be in contact with them soon and look forward to going again sometime in the future.
BUT!! The Philippines is clamoring for us to come! After some research, it looks like we can go for approximately $2000 each. We would like to go toward the end of this year, maybe early November. That works out fine because much of the training is done online, ahead of time. Then we come along and they minister to each other, with us providing correction, suggestions and encouragement.
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- Since I wrote this letter, I broke my arm. Long story but suffice it to say that I fought the dog and the dog won! The doctors threatened me with plates and screws, etc, etc. Final visit to the surgeon to set the date for surgery, they took one more x-ray. The PA came into the room and said that I do not needsurgery!! Keep the sling on, do as much as I am able, and it will heal itself!! What a Great God we serve! Hallelujah!!
PPS. Last 2 paragraphs typed one-handed!
About Stephen & Francine Heiks
God always comes through! With four adult children and six grandchildren, we have had our fair share of ups and downs and are grateful to the Lord for keeping us and healing us. Married for 40 years, we can say that we have learned a few things!
In 2005, during our second stint on the mission field, we were introduced to Restoring the Foundations. “This is what we need to be doing!” was our response to our own time of receiving ministry. Over the next several years, step by step, we learned RTF methods and ministry, becoming Healing House Network members in 2009. During that time, we returned from the mission field to settle in Concord NC, where we are now based.