There just continues to be a stream of ministry needs lately. I am still working full-time with the Census, and it seems that the needs are poured out in great measure during these days. One lady in the church is still having smal seizures at home, was taken to ER and they sent her home after running tests. She continues to have anywhere from 20-25 small seizures during a 24-hour period. It is heart-wrenching. I was at the house a few days ago when one happened. All we can do is sit and wait for it to pass. Pray for her.
Another lady had her 8-year daughter taken to Emergency. She has been diagnosed with meningitis and is unable to keep food down. It has been an exhausting four days so far for the mom. Pray for this young girl.
An older woman in the church is in declining health. She is weak, has no appetite and has no energy most days to get out of bed. One leg is so swollen and painful. She is as positive as one can be in that situation. We are taping the services and will give her the Sunday sermons on a flash drive (memory stick) to use on her laptop computer. She is such a sweet lady. Pray for her.
I just got a call the other day about a truck driver who attends our church. He just had a benign mass removed from one of his lungs. He is recovering but having some difficulty with some of the healing. Pray for him.
In our church life, we have had a void in the Praise and Worship area. We have needed someone to come and help in the music ministry. This past week, a lady in the church who is on parole has a friend who plays guitar, writes songs and has led music in church in the past. He just was released from prison two weeks ago. This past Sunday, after some conversation and discussion, he led us in praise choruses and also sang some songs he has written. We had a wonderful service and we saw God at work again. It is an amazing journey we are on as we continue to serve and minister.
Yesterday, after work I went to the San Manuel Indian Clinic in the San Bernardino area for an eye check-up. I was told that my vision is 20/50 with need for corrective lenses to see in both near and far distances. With the prescription in hand there, I ordered some transition glasses (no line for the bifocal issue) that turn dark in bright sunlight. I have never worn glasses previous so this is a new step for me. I have known that I need them, but I just didn't want to take that step. But, I'm ready so I don't have to keep squinting when I am faced with small print!