September 21, 2017
Dear Prayer Partners,
When we wrote last week, plans for Jim’s surgery were scheduled for Saturday the 23rd. We were gone over the weekend as Jim was the speaker for a Missionary Conference at a church 5 hours south of our home. When we returned on Monday we learned that the operating room was not available on that day. There were several calls back and forth to the surgeon and his office, as we tried to find another date that would work for the surgeon, the operating room, and for us.
Jim just made two demands: that it be as soon as possible and that the doctor be well rested. We finally got a confirmation this morning from the surgeon’s office, that the surgery has been set for Tuesday, September 26th, at 2:00 in the afternoon. He is making a special exception for Jim, as he usually does surgeries only on Thursday and Saturdays.
It’s a relief to know that we’re on the schedule! God’s peace has truly been indescribable. We will cancel our plane tickets for this Friday, and drive out to Fortaleza on Sunday. By taking the car, we will be able to take sufficient clothing and food supplies that we already have at home, that will help Julie with meal preparation. This will also help us save a little by eliminating excess luggage fees on the airplane and having to pay the higher prices for food in the capital city.
Some other praises: We are able to teach our classes this week and have a couple more days to get organized for the weeks we will miss. Tomorrow we’ll meet with a “techie” student to see if an internet connection will be possible to teach classes from a distance. We are scheduled for a pre-operation visit to the hospital, as well as an appointment with Dr. Alexandre, the surgeon, on Monday afternoon. He needs to see the exams that he asked Jim to do and also answer some of the many questions that Julie has about post-op care.
Thank you SO MUCH for your prayers and concern for us during this challenging time. The Lord has given us strength and is working out every detail for our trip and for Jim’s surgery. We appreciate you!