Life sometimes flies by like the slats on a picket fence… then times when there’s not enough scenery to gauge distance or time. I remember a highway sign in the Oregon desert warning, “next gas 79 miles”!
Since August our life has alternated between the two. Where does life drag any slower than in a hospital waiting room? Or blaze at the speed of an EMT crew on an ambulance?
And we have known both of them.
Harriet’s valley has included 3 weeks of hospitalization, out-patient “procedures”, treatments, surgery without sedatives or anesthesia, and home health care. But there has been a mountain of encouragement from phone calls, text messages, cards and emails. Missionary John O’Brien even sent a copy of their church prayer list from the Ukraine. We couldn’t read Russian but he pointed out the name of “Harriet Gordy”. We are convinced that she continues to be a blessing to so many and a testimony to all due to God’s answering the prayers of so many of His people.
En route from her latest hospital “visit”, I asked Harriet what I was to tell folks when they asked about her. Without hesitation she said, “I’m just living in amazement. Amazed at the grace of God to endure this and amazed at the grace of God in giving us so many good friends who support, encourage and sustain and love us.”
We have had the privilege of sharing the Gospel with several nurses, doctors and other hospital workers. And we shared the challenge of tribal missions to one of her nurses who was very interested.
Daughter Kristie and her family are back in Papua New Guinea serving in the supply and office ministries. Our GRANDkids seem to be adjusting well and enjoying their new home. Please pray that they will be a blessing and an asset to the work of reaching the tribes with the Good News of the Gospel.
We are amazed that God led us to the Chapel at the Beach. Great Bible preaching, sweet, loving fellowship- and good cooks. They have loved us and cared for us and have been supplying meals 3 or 4 times a week since Harriet had surgery in August. I have the privilege of serving as Mission Elder. We recently sent a team of 12 folks to minister for a week in the Dominican Republic and have also taken the support of two new missionary families this year. 42% of our income goes to our missionary program and our goal for 2011 is 45%.
What a privilege to serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!