Tennessee/Michigan/Pennsylvania trip update

We arrived back home yesterday after an amazing 2 weeks of travel and ministry.  Our time in Michigan was wonderful.  It is always special to spend time with my sisters, plus Joe had a chance to get to know that part of the family.  Joe gave his testimony at my brother-in-law Robby’s church last Sunday. In the afternoon we did a Q&A/seminar on addiction at their sister church, with about 40 people in attendance.  We had a great opportunity to share the message of Christ as the bondage breaker with many who are struggling with the pain of addiction as well as many family members who are torn up watching their loved one destroy themselves.  We left MI for York, PA, on Tuesday;  Joe gave his testimony at Bible Baptist Church on Wednesday night. This was a homecoming for Joe, as he attended the church in 2002 during one period of sobriety and has stayed friends with many people there, including the pastor.  We were very blessed by their warmth and hospitality.  We will provide more specific details as to some of the victories that took place and additional ministry opportunities around the country that came out of this trip.  Unfortunately, we have some tough news to share.

Joe is continuing to experience increasing abdominal pain.  We saw his primary care doctor as well as his gastroenterologist today and are awaiting approval from the insurance company for an MRI.  The areas of concern that showed up on the CT scan done in TN were not evident on a prior CT done in April of this year.  We are not sure what all this means at this point; however, it is likely that Joe will need to go back to the same GI specialist at Cooper who did the original procedure on his pancreas last year. More than likely he will do the same procedure, looking for blockage or any other problems. He will also do a biopsy at that time.  There is also a problem with obstruction in Joe’s right kidney that will need to be addressed.  We have an appointment with his urologist next Friday.  As you can imagine, this is not easy for us at all.  Joe has lost 7 lbs in the past week and started vomiting tonight when he tried to eat anything.  This is all too familiar to us and is very difficult emotionally to handle.  You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to read between the lines.  As frustrated and scared as we are, our eyes are fixed on our Savior, Jesus Christ, and we will not be deterred from the ministry God has called us to.  Just another opportunity to meet more people at Cooper Hospital and share the Good News of Jesus Christ.  We need your prayers as we go through this next week.

So sorry to drop this bomb on you, but we have been down this road before and understand how important it is to share with our family.  Your prayers have sustained us before and we count on them to carry us now.  We love you all and will update you as we get information.

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