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Jeanie’s Battle with Cancer

Five years ago my wife found a lump in her breast and began a series of tests. It was determined to be invasive lobular carcinoma; breast cancer. She was hurried through surgery, then had two rounds of chemo, and finally a lengthy series of radiation therapy in an effort to eliminate the cancer. She had negative boundaries in her surgery and with the chemo and radiation everything looked positive. Her physicians were all confident that she was on the road to full recovery.

Jeanie’s Battle with Cancer

Five years ago my wife found a lump in her breast and began a series of tests. It was determined to be invasive lobular carcinoma; breast cancer. She was hurried through surgery, then had two rounds of chemo, and finally a lengthy series of radiation therapy in an effort to eliminate the cancer. She had negative boundaries in her surgery and with the chemo and radiation everything looked positive. Her physicians were all confident that she was on the road to full recovery.

Meeting Pavilion

When we first began the camp expansion project, we had a desperate need for additional housing. In the front part there were 24 bunk beds in very cramped quarters. It was OK for children and teens, but adults didn’t like staying there. We worked furiously to develop the back portion of the property with a special focus on the needs of adults. For the first five years, we focused on building comfortable sleeping quarters.

In Memory of Winston Zastrow

It was 1989 and I picked a phone number out of the directory of the ministry for a preacher in the Chicago area and simply called him up. "Can I sleep on a pew in your church building." I asked. "Who are you?" Winston Zastrow asked. "A missionary traveling through" was my answer. He would not let me sleep in the church but invited me to stay with him and his wife Bernice. From that strange beginning developed a very close friendship that would last for more than a quarter of a century. I stayed often in their home when traveled through or when studying in the Chicago area.

Send a Kid to Camp

Down here we use the Villa Peniel Christian Service Camp in many ways. We do traditional camps throughout the year and have age specific groups of young people in. We have Sunday School Teacher's training sessions. We hold elders and deacons clinics as well as ladies retreats and so on. But one special way in which we use the camp is for concentrated work with our school kids in the area of meaningful spiritual growth.

Another Successful Group

The first ten days in August are always special, because, along with the first full week in February, that is one of the times we plan a work crew each year. This year we again had a great group down for our work crew. On August 1st, I picked them up at 6:00AM. We went to the apartment in Bogotá for a couple of hours rest then made our trip up to Monserrate Mountain to visit a Catholic shrine and explain how Colombian folk religion functions. This helps the crew see why there is such a need for preaching Christ here.

Mission Update

Since arriving back from my teaching trip to Thailand in mid-January, I have been busy at work here in Colombia. My time is divided between work here at the camp, with the churches here in the prairie region, and the Christian School we run. Here at the camp we applied stucco to most of the new dorm building and a work crew wired it for us. While a long way from being finished, we are at least able to use the building for some things as we wait for funding to again work on moving it along.

Le Maisón Pinzon

Upon return to Colombia, I began work on our dorm building. Now, one month later, we have stopped work as we have run out of funds. We got almost all of the interior stucco on and the lights are installed and working. We got one coat of paint on most of the stucco that is in place. Then, as funds ran out, we brought the work to a close.

Back to Work in Colombia

After teaching last fall at KCU, and keeping a full speaking schedule as well, I traveled to Thailand to teach to first two weeks of the new year. After a grueling, yet great trip to a part of the world I had never worked in, I returned to the States and spent five short days with my wife, recovering from the jet lag and two thirty hour trips. With that short recovery time, I boarded another plane for Colombia, as there was pressing work I needed to get to down here in Colombia.

Trip to Thailand

For some years now Dewayne Liebrandt has been encouraging me to go to Thailand to teach. He had heard some of my teaching on the nature of mankind (created male and female in the image of God) and felt that would be very beneficial un Buddhist Thailand. The thought of a 30 hour trip was not appealing, so I had suggested an internet teaching session, which we did and tried to find other ways to avoid the killer flight to get there. But Dewayne was insistent and even raised the funds to pay for my plane ticket, so he convinced me to make the journey.

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