8 He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?
In December I will be 85 years old. Each day I am grateful that I am still alive and able to communicate with Melvine and Greg, and you my readers all across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and some 22 countries.
These days I am having difficulty walking. My right hip has no cartilage and my right leg hurts constantly. Sometimes I feel as though my hip will break into. My left knee has no cartilage. My right knee has been replaced. Now, it is popping and that disturbs me greatly. I have had all these things checked out by the medical assistant of my orthopedic surgeon in Athens, the best in the known world. I am scheduled to have a total hip replacement on Monday, August 28, at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens, GA. I have been praying for a creative miracle and I haven't given up on that belief that God the Creator of all there is, and the Creator of all of us can still do the impossible.
In the meantime, many people are coming to help me wherever I am. Young and old alike. American people are kind, compassionate and merciful. I am amazed and grateful all at the same time. Even small children see my walking cane and have compassion for me. They sense that something is wrong.
I need your prayers. I am endeavoring to kill or destroy a yeast infection in my groin. I am doing what the doctors tell me to do. One of my doctors is a dermatologist, and I am following her instructions. I know that God can heal this yeast infection so I can have the total hip replacement. My surgery was scheduled several months ago, but was cancelled as the tech was preparing me for surgery discovered the yeast infection, called the surgeon to inform him of it. My surgeon cancelled my surgery because of the yeast infection in my groin.
God has given Greg a full-time teaching position at Moore Middle School in Gwinnett County teaching Autistic Children. This will be a new class they have created. Greg has an earned degree in Music Education from Oral Roberts University. He plays the piano well, and is a gifted singer, piano, voice and choral teacher. Since he could not get a job teaching choral music, he has taken classes and passed exams to teach Special Education, as well as served in Special Education for three years as a para pro. He will have to be back in Atlanta for new teacher orientation and other teaching requirements Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday when we have General Conference.
Greg is flying today from Budapest, Hungary to Istanbul, Turkey, and from there to Atlanta on Turkish Airlines. He is to arrive in Atlanta at the new International Terminal around 8 o'clock this evening. Melvine and I plan to be there to welcome him home. He has been gone 3 1/2 weeks. That's a long time, and we have greatly missed him. We long to see him again, hug him and hold him tight.
While he has been gone he celebrated his 53rd birthday in Budapest with his teacher colleagues from the technical high school where he taught English for two years in the '90's. Greg has a deep love for missions and loves the Hungarian people. I am sure he will have many stories to tell, and he has taken a lot of photos.
I ask that throughout today that you mention Greg in prayer as you go about your work and play. Prayer makes a difference. We all need God in our lives every minute of the day. I am endeavoring to make room each day for the presence of God in my life. I believe when we do that, we position ourselves for the promises of God. I call it a preferred position to receive God's promises for my life and my family.]