Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Just like Jesus....

Now, here's a new twist from one of my favorite cartoonists:


Latest update on Glenn's health

Here's the latest update from Denita sent out to our friends and family:

Hi!  It's been quite a while since I sent an update, so here goes....  About a month ago we met with the doctor and Glenn's platelets and lymphocytes were low so the doctor told Glenn to quit the chemo to see if that would help his blood counts.  Glenn was happy to comply as the chemo drug was making him feel awful in the morning.  After that doctor's visit we went away for 2 1/2 weeks for vacation and we had a wonderful, relaxing and fun time.  Both of us got lots of rest.  We returned from our vacation last Thursday and on Monday we saw the doctor again.  Glenn's platelet count has come up a bit, but his lymphocytes are still below normal so the doctor suggested he stay off the chemo for now and we don't have to go back until the end of November (YEAH!!!).  All in all, Glenn is feeling quite good.  He continues to put in a full week of work.  He does feel like he is coming down with a cold/flu right now, though.  I think our biggest challenge will be getting him past the flu season without getting really sick. 

Besides that, life goes on.  It is nice to settle into a more normal routine right now.  We can almost pretend nothing is wrong.  Thank you for your love and concern.

Till next time...


Friday, October 24, 2008

As the birdies fly away

emptynest My wife and I are starting to experience the "empty nest" syndrome.  Well, more accurately, my wife is.  I, being a typically male, am pumping my arm going, "Yes!  Now I can finally get that office I have been wanting.  And no more having to see if the car is still in the driveway!  Freedom!  Finances! Go kid go!  Best of luck and good flying!"

Denita, however, is less enthusiastic.  David (our youngest) moved into his own place while we were on vacation.  I know it's hard for her.  Denita loved being being a mom.  She still does.  Early in the New Year, our oldest two will be moving out. Then it will only be the two of us.  A new stage for both of us, I expect, but more so for my beloved wife.

Now, to scope out David's room to see where my desk will best fit....

As we face the coming storm

As the worldwide economic storm seems to grow ever darker, it seems to me that there are two, equally wrong, options that I could take as the CEO of The Voice of the Martyrs.

First, is to panic and act as if God does not exist.  Yes, we may have to face some cost-cutting measures.  Yes, we will need to expand our supporter base.  But decisions will be made carefully and with considerable prayer and deliberation.  We will not violate our values of integrity and faithfulness to God in the face of economic hardships and uncertainty.

The second danger would be to act as if it were "business as usual"  or crying "full steam ahead" and calling it faith. As I mentioned, keeping costs down and finding ways of increasing the number of those who receive our monthly newsletter will need to be priorities in the coming months or longer.  The way of wisdom is to know the times and act accordingly.  Acting in faith, yes.  But faith does not mean claiming promises that God has not made. 

One approach you will not see me take is the one exemplified in this cartoon.


As we look ahead, what can you do to stand with us? The needs of the persecuted will not stop and we will need to continue to stand with them in their time of need.  First, you can pray that we will have the wisdom to know God's priorities for us and how He wants to direct us in the days to come.  Second, if you have friends and neighbours whom you think might be interested in our ministry, let us know or encourage them to sign up for our free monthly newsletter.  Let them know that we will never pressure them to give to our mission, telephone them or send fundraising letters to them.  We simply let people know what is going on around the world with God's persecuted church.  We then show how Canadians are already getting involved in showing their love for their suffering family and their passion to see the world won for Christ regardless of the cost.  We leave it to God to do the rest.  God has honoured this approach in the past and as we all face an uncertain future, I am confident that He will continue to honour it.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Off on vacation

Starting tomorrow, I am heading off on vacation until October 24th. Most importantly (to my wife I'm sure) I will not be taking my laptop with us (which is really the only way to get me to really relax).  Hence, I will not be blogging or checking emails until I get back. 

So, take care and see you in a few weeks.



Today I voted in an advance poll as I am not going to be home on election day.  As I was waiting to cast my vote, I was reminded of something I read in a recent biography of John A. MacDonald how voting by secret ballot was not always how Canadian elections were held.  I am not sure when it changed, but in the 19th century, the "manly" way to vote was to stand and shout out the name of your preferred candidate.

Of course, this led to some rather heated and less than civil elections. 

Friday, October 3, 2008

Some weeks

There have been some days lately when I have certainly felt like this:


I need a break

It took a while, but I am finally looking forward to my vacation that starts next week.  I will be away for just shy of three weeks and really feel the need for a break. The last few weeks have been quite taxing at the mission; many quite difficult decisions and it has taken its toll.  I am so thankful that my colleagues talked me into it.