This Friday we will be pulling out and heading south! Jon and I have been looking forward to this trip for several weeks now. Many times he has turned to me and said, “Let’s go right now!”. God took Jon out of Texas, but He never took the Texas out of Jon. It will be a very bitter sweet trip.
If you are not on Facebook or did not receive a FB invite, there will be a reception for Jon at Family Fellowship in Greenville from 4pm – 7pm on Thursday, May 30th. This is a chance to see Jon and have an opportunity to visit and share your heart and prayers with him as we travel this very difficult road. Come and go as you can.
The last couple of weeks Jon has gotten much weaker. He is sleepy most of the time; likely due to his inability to not breathe fully because his respiratory muscles are getting weak. This week he has begun feeling weakness in his arms and his legs are growing weaker. When we return home to Wisconsin, we will be moving our bedroom downstairs so that he does not have to do the flight of stairs anymore. Please be in prayer as we have submitted an application to an organization called “Rebuilding Together” to see if they will help with the conversion of a bedroom and bath on the first floor, as well as a handicap ramp into our home. We will also begin looking for a handicap van as the probability of needing the electric wheelchair seems to be in our very near future.
Some of you may wonder why things seem to be moving so quickly for Jon as he was just diagnosed in January. It is due to the type of ALS that he has. Bulbar onset ALS is the most progressive, devastating, and shortest survival of all ALS types. We don’t know why God has allowed this particular type to enter Jon’s life, but we are still trusting Him and are confident God still has a perfect plan for our lives.
I encourage you to love on Jon as much as you can. He’s a very special man and I love him dearly.
In the past two weeks I have had the opportunity to share the gospel, and as a result, witnessed three souls come to Christ for salvation. Being allowed to tell the story of God’s plan for salvation is such a humbling privilege. One of the three who saw their need for Christ took place over the internet. In the years I have shared the gospel, this was a first for me. I can’t tell you how happy I was to use this platform to share Christ. It was immediately apparent to me that even though I am told my voice will fade to nothing, I will still be able to tell others about God’s saving grace.
It is by God’s grace I am still able to preach and for that I am so very grateful. Preaching is one of the events that brings me much joy. I will deeply miss it, if and when the times comes. (Cindy keeps reminding me that the Lord is returning soon and I will not have to endure all this disease offers)
This week I was asked by the athlete director of our high school to speak to the baseball program. He and I have been meeting weekly for coffee and through the course of our conversations he asked if I would like to share with the boys. I jumped at the opportunity! He told me I could speak on whatever I felt led to share. What a privileged opportunity to share the love of Christ with a group of young men from a public school. At the conclusion of our time every young man who attended walked up and shook my hand, introduced themselves and thanked me for speaking to them. I was totally humbled when one said to me, “The varsity team has been praying for you and we will continue.”
Through all the storms, God is still providing opportunities to do His good work.
23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. 24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.