Life is a journey. It often takes twists and turns that we don’t anticipate. Last week we were on a plane over the Pacific Ocean, on our way back to Kelowna. We had just spent 5 days closing out our house in Costa Rica – another emotional transition begins.
This turn in the journey still has numerous uncertainties, but we know the One who goes before us! As you may remember, 12 years ago Michelle had a brain tumor. After surgery the levels that are used to determine the tumor’s activity never went back to normal; so all these years she has, along with her specialist, been monitoring those levels. In February this year, after normal blood work, we discovered that her levels had risen significantly. She saw her specialist in April and it was decided that she would need to begin life long drug therapy to control the tumor growth. It will take too long to figure out all the details of that to be able to move back to Latin America this summer, so we will continue to do our job from Canada for now. Last Thursday Michelle had her second treatment. We are praying that it will do what it needs to and that her body and this medicine will become really good friends.
The day before her first treatment, she read a verse from Matthew that says; “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” It has been a good reminder to stay in the now, because God promises to supply all we need in the now of this journey.
Here are a few highlights of the last few weeks:
From Panama we went down to Venezuela and had a great retreat with our growing Caracas team. This also is a great group of people committed to seeing transformation happen in the capital city.
After a couple weeks at home (when Michelle had her first treatment) we headed to Mexico for the national church Assembly. We then had a 4 day Strategic Team Review of the work in Mexico City. Pictured above is the review team that did a great job interviewing people for those 4 days. We got some great direction from our time together.
As mentioned above we then spent almost a week in Costa Rica closing things out. We don’t have pics because our heads were in boxes and suitcases the whole time :0)
The weekend we got home was Father’s Day and these are some fun pics in the foyer of Vernon Alliance Church with two of the most special young ladies on the PLANET!
Thanks for taking time to follow our journey.
Murray & Michelle