Giving of myself to the lady I dearly love takes time, energy, and fortitude. Being able to put Melvine first is a challenge I face every day and moment by moment. Her needs are more important to me than what I would like to do, or even need to do.
I am learning to lay things down. I am realizing that I am coming to the end of my life's journey. God has been good to me. He gave me the best bride I could have ever had. Her faith in God and in the Pentecostal faith is like mine, and we have grown together in serving God and the church all of our lives. I realize that Melvine has given to me far more than I have given to her. Could it be that God is giving me some space, some time, a window of opportunity to give to the love of my life my very best? We thank God for the ministry He has given to us. We spent three years in Wilmore, KY during my seminary days at Asbury Theological Seminary with our summers off. We pastored two years in South Alabama at the Brownville Pentecostal Holiness Church near Evergreen. It was there at the Brownville Church that the Holy Spirit was poured out in that church and community in 1907. People traveled there from almost everywhere to get in on the blessings God was giving.
We spent 11 years on active duty in the Air Force Chaplaincy until the church called me to become the third president of Southwestern College, now Southwestern Christian University today. My tenure was for only two years, although I had planned to stay for the duration. I resigned not knowing where we would go. In the meantime, my home church, Good Shepherd Pentecostal Holiness Church in Birmingham, AL, needed a pastor and the church board called me to be their pastor which was ratified by the congregation and conference superintendent and board. We enjoyed nine years there. Then, I was called to Tarkenton Memorial Pentecostal Holiness Church in Athens, GA, to succeed Dr. Paul Hopkins, my close friend since college days at Emanuel. We were blessed to serve the congregation at Tarkenton Memorial for nine years with a live radio broadcast every Sunday night until the radio station was sold to a company that did not want religious broadcasting.
In the meantime, the Richmond First Pentecostal Holiness Church called us and we left to pastor in Richmond. Once again, we ministering to some of the finest people on earth. I all the experiences of ministry, Melvine has taught Sunday school classes and served as the president of Women's Ministries for the Georgia Conference. She is known as a Gospel singer and is the best singer in our family. She is a female Perry Como, who sings with a natural voice that is melodious and easy to hear and understand. She knows every song by heart. Therefore, her singing touches the hearts of the people.
We have to see so many doctors. Each one has a different approach. Melvine's kidney doctor discovered that she has a high level of potassium in her body. He has prescribed a new high blood pressure medication and has removed the one she had been taking. The medication, he said, caused the high level of potassium. In addition, he prescribed a liquid medication to be taken for four days. He did not tell us of the side effects that we quickly learned from this liquid medication. It causes diarrhea. It is something you have to deal with. I asked Melvine how it tasted. She responded by saying, "It tastes like shoe polish smells." I haven't tasted of it yet. She has two more days to endure this side effect. The medication is fast acting and flushing the excessive potassium out of Melvine's system.
Friday, which is today, Melvine will have another chemotherapy. It is to be a short day. However, we have to be there at the Cancer Clinic at 8 a. m. Jeanette Herndon will meet us there at the Clinic and be with her. Jeanette is like a daughter to us. Her father and I were born the same year, 1932 and the same month. I am just a few days older than Malcolm Herndon. He is a prince of a man, and a close friend of mine.
Greg is coming home today, and that is something we look forward to every week. We are blessed to have a son who loves God and the church. He is committed to World Missions and promoting and giving to support our missionaries. He was a tent-maker missionary to Budapest, Hungary for two years where he taught English as a second language in a Hungarian high school. He went there to help plant a church. Unfortunately, the missionaries that were to be the leaders never came. However, he got involved in a Charismatic church where he used his musical talents by playing a keyboard for street evangelism and leading an ensemble of singers. Melvine, Stephanie and I visited him one Christmas and we made a trip to Vienna and Salzburg, Austria by train. We took the Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg in the dead of winter. The lake at the Von Trapp family home was iced over. It was an awesome experience for our family.
Thank you all for your prayers and concern for us. Melvine enjoys all the cards and letters and gifts you have sent.
Melvine and I will have birthdays in a few days. My birthday is December 15, and I will be 86. Melvine's birthday is the next day, the 16th of December. She will be 84.
Our mailing address is:
Hugh & Melvine Morgan
17 Sweet Apple Lane
Winder, GA 30680
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