Pray for patience, comfort, and full healing.
I (Craig) am having surgery tomorrow morning on my shoulder (Oct. 6). It didn't heal well and has continued to be a painful nuisance.
Pray for patience, comfort, and full healing.
This coming Monday will be the 6th annual Celebration Banquet...while it is the ministries largest opportunity for people to come alongside it financially, there is a very important reason why we call it a Celebration Banquet...we want that evening to glorify God and be a celebration of what He has done and continues to do...rescue people from themselves, redeem them, restore them and then release them to tell others of His wondrous deeds. So our one request is this: Would you please join with us in prayer this week for the banquet? Our desire and our prayer is that the entire evening of the banquet will be one in which God receives all of the attention and all of the glory. The ministry of Seeds of Hope and the evening of the banquet are all His--we are just along for the ride. If you will be joining us we will see you there. If you cannot make it this year, please pray for the banquet that evening as well should the Lord put it on your heart.
Remodeling Projects at Camp:
God answered our ministry prayers to be able to start with the remodeling projects (very necessary) in the dining hall & kitchen area at camp. We are thankful to the Lord for the lives of people who have been part of this by praying, giving and traveling also to come and help out the ministry with this big project.
Bible Clubs Every weekend we keep visiting and serving the Bible Clubs that we are responsible for. We are thankful for the progress and the new challenges they have set (specially the leaders), and that fulfill us with joy because that means that they include us in the planning and give us the chance to share and serve with them.
- Dining Hall & Kitchen camp project.
- We sign in Grace (daughter) for next year school.
- Bible Club growth.
- The Lord´s provision for our ministry.
- Be able to finish dining hall & kitchen project.
- Grace´s school 2017 monthly payments.
- Car fixing issues. (Some car repair issues)
It is with a heavy heart that I write this, but I would like to ask you to pray for my amazing sister, Debbie. As many of you are aware, last summer my sister was diagnosed with Renal Cell (Kidney) cancer. She had her kidney removed and they doctors said that there was no evidence that the cancer has spread outside the kidney. We rejoiced that she seemed cancer free.
However, in July my sister had a follow up scan that revealed spots on her lung and adrenal gland. Last week the doctors removed her adrenal gland and a biopsy of the gland revealed metastatic renal cell cancer. Kidney cancer is not usually responsive to chemotherapy or radiation, so treatment options are somewhat limited. There are new treatments that may prolong her life, but we know we are ultimately trusting in God to heal her or at least extend her days.
This has been a difficult few days for my kids and I. We are very close to my sister and are devastated at the thought of losing her right now. I know God will accomplish His plans for her and for us. I still trust in Him and know He is good, but this is another hard road to walk.
The morning after her surgery, while we were waiting for the pathology results, God gave me Joshua 1:9 to share with my sister. At first I thought it was a strange verse to give her, but I realized that we do not need to fear or be discouraged because He was already in this, no matter what the results were. While we were hoping for a clear result, we knew we could rest in the fact that He was already there in stage IV metastatic cancer.
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
So although our hearts are heavy, we lift our eyes up to the Lord who made heaven and earth... He is the one who preserves us... (Psalm 121).
Would you please join us in praying for Debbie that God would accomplish His perfect plan for her? We are asking for complete healing knowing that God is ABLE to do beyond what we ask or think. Pray for wisdom for the doctors treating her. Pray that Debbie, her husband Brian, son Matt (wife Chrissy) and granddaughter Madison will be at perfect peace know that God is in control of her life. Pray for myself and my kids that we too would rest in God's sovereignty and goodness. Pray that God would be glorified through it all.
Thank you for standing with us in this personal prayer request. We are so grateful.
Cassandra was intestinally ill about two weeks ago but nothing crazy or alarming. Last week she was very weak and short of breath. Last night Sept. 27) we got her into the hospital. Her primary issue was anemia. She has received 3 units of blood and a GI scope but no source of bleeding was found. Doctor Longworth is a good man and good missionary doctor. We are thankful to feel well cared for here at Clínica Bíblica, a highly rated Christian hospital in San José.
Pray that the blood she received will not stir up trouble with her transplanted kidney.
Pray that she wouldn't get any infections that are a normal risk of hospitals stays and procedures.
And hunger. By the time after her procedure tomorrow, it will be 48 hours without solid food.
Pray for the boys to rally together to take care of themselves and to be cared for by others.
Pray for wisdom for me as I need to be here and there for Cassandra and for the boys.
Her kidney is fine. She has now had an ultrasound specifically of her kidney and also of her organs in general. The ultrasounds were all perfect. She was very anemic, with the low energy and shortness of breath that goes along with anemia. That was her primary symptom. We need to find where her blood is going. Before her transplant (coming up on 8 years), she had a similar situation with a mysterious bleed leading to anemia. She received a transfusion then also, but they never found the source of bleeding.
She has been tested, scoped, and imaged from top to bottom and no injury or source of blood loss has been found.
Her hemoglobin is back into a range that will sustain life. We hope she will be released tomorrow after a final blood test and a course of performance enhancing drugs. That is, her hemoglobin is back to around 9.5. The docs will prescribe a course of Epogen shots which helps the growth of red blood cells. They want her hemoglobin around 11. (She was at 4.9 on Tuesday night).
Thank you all for your prayers. Continue praying for strengthening. And then watch out at Language School. A full strength Cassandra Fisher is a wonder to behold.
Please pray for Shane Walker and his need for a visa by 22 September. His application is being held up at the embassy without explanation. I leave on Thursday (15 Sept.), and will teach for a week in Punjab. Shane is supposed to arrive on the 23rd, then teach with me in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. There will be a number of ramifications if he is not able to come, not the least of which is teaching his classes as well as mine.
The 31st annual International Prayer Breakfast will be held Tuesday, September
13th at the UN. This week our Christian Embassy team has been taking care of
details, calling the missions to obtain RSVPs, and preparing for the follow-up
and weekly ministry that will start in October.
However, we know that the real work of the event is done in the heavenly places
as we bring our requests before the Father. Please join us praying:
•Pray for God to fill the room with 250-300 guests! There will be ambassadors
and diplomats from most of the 193 countries represented at the UN.
• Pray! This year, for the first time in the 31 year history of this event, the
Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, will attend and will deliver brief remarks. In
addition, both the President of the 70th General Assembly, Mr. Mogens
Lykketoftof Denmark, and the President-elect of the 71st General Assembly, Mr.
Peter Thomson of Fiji, will be attending. This is a first, and we are looking
forward to having these three gentlemen and their wives present with us.
• Pray that God prepares the hearts of those who come. Pray that they will
experience God’s presence and will hear His message for them as they honor
him in prayer. Pray that those who do not yet know him will respond to the
message and desire follow-up.
• Pray for Dr. Billy Kim of Korea as he delivers his message. Pray that God would
speak through him to the hearts of the diplomats.
•Pray for the others on the program: For the Secretary-General as he delivers his
remarks, the ambassador who will chair the event, other ambassadors who will
either deliver a prayer or read Scripture; for the vocalist, Nathaniel Hackmann.
•Pray over every aspect of the morning – that there will be no last-minute meetings
pulling diplomats away; for weather, traffic, sound and other logistics to go
•Pray that Jesus Christ will be glorified at this event! Pray, as this event, designed
to acknowledge the sovereignty of God over all peoples and nations and
invoke His wisdom and blessing on those involved in the work of the
United Nations, that indeed courses of history will be changed.
•Pray that our team will have many diplomats to follow-up as a result of this
Lord willing, we leave this Sunday, August 14, for Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, for ABWE's East Africa Regional Conference. I (Bruce) will be speaking 6 times to our missionaries, and Bev will have the joy speaking once to the ladies. We'll also be available for encouragement and counseling during the conference. This will be our new East Africa's Regional Director's first Regional Conference, and the first for our East Africa missionaries. These dear servants serve Christ in a challenging part of the world, and we are blessed and honored to be there with them.
We seriously covet your prayers, knowing apart from God's grace and your prayers, our efforts would be in vain.
1. Prayer for safe travels and health for the journey. Our 5 combined flights of 26 hours and 5 airports. Pray that we'll be able to sleep some, and that Bev and I will not have problems with blood clots on such long flights (because of past knee replacements). Pray for connecting flights and luggage traveling with us.
2. Prayer for freshness and anointing for Bev and Bruce. That Christ will receive glory, and hearts and bodies will be encouraged and helped.
3. Prayer for safety while in Dar Es Salaam and Zanzibar.
4. Prayer for Kyle and Heather Farran (Regional Director), that they will be encouraged, and pray for those who will lead worship and work with the youth.
5. Above all, pray for God's will to be done, more than numbers 1 & 2
Bruce & Bev McDonald
A hallmark of Cru is our commitment to win, build and send...Here are a few stories of this being played out at Christian Embassy this year...
“M” is a Northern European diplomat wife invited to my Personal Development class by one of her friends. While meeting with her to set her goals, she pushed her paper aside and asked if we could talk about her marriage. Through tears she shared the struggles she and her husband were having. We began to meet regularly. We talked at length about marriage,
communication, forgiveness. I shared with M that we are all broken people needing to experience God’s unconditional love, acceptance and forgiveness so that we can fully love, accept and forgive our spouses. After several meetings, M prayed to invite Jesus to be her Savior. It has been encouraging to see her grow in her faith and trust God in her marriage.
•PRAY for M’s continued growth and for God’s healing in her marriage.
I have had no greater joy this year than to see “H”, a young Asian diplomat wife, walk in truth and grow in her faith. Since H came to Christ with me it has been so encouraging to see her eagerness to grow in her faith. She never misses a follow up appointment and it was not unusual for us to meet for at least 3 hours going through lessons on how to study the Bible, the character of God, prayer, the Holy Spirit and how to share her faith. Towards the end of the year, H spontaneously shared with a roomful of non-believing diplomat wives about her goal to grow in her relationship with Jesus. It was fascinating watch the women ask questions about how she “became” a Christian. She clearly explained the Gospel and her desire to learn the Bible and grow in her faith.
•PRAY that H would grow in her faith and love of God.
One of the difficulties of this ministry is that we are always saying goodbye to these dear diplomats. This summer three of the lovely, believing Ambassador wives in my Bible study were either sent back to their countries or onto another posting. Each of these three women have been built up in their faith through the ministry of Christian Embassy during their time in New York. As each one of these leaves, we meet with them individually to encourage them to take what they have learned and go teach others. We share resources with them and pray with them. It truly is a time of sending out to go teach the nations...
•PRAY that God will use “A” in Africa, “L” in Southeast Asia and “G” in South America. Pray that they will rely on God and trust Him to speak through them to those they seek to minister to.
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