Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Trip "Home" and A Couple of Prayer Requests

This past weekend we had the opportunity to return to a church that still feels like "home" to us, Immanuel Baptist Church in El Dorado. We lived in El Dorado for 4 1/2 years, from 1999 to 2003, and we have some wonderful memories of our time there. We made some of our best friends there, who remain dear friends to this day. Our girls were 4 and 8 when we first moved there...here's a picture of them during our time there:
The most important thing that happened in our girls' lives while we lived there is that they both made the decision to receive Christ as their Savior. Here's a picture of Hannah being baptized:

We are so thankful for these decisions...that's how we can know that Hannah is walking with Jesus in Heaven right now, and that someday, we and Bethany will join her!

I wanted to mention a couple of people who are in need of prayer...both of these are young adults who have been battling cancer for many years now. One is Lauren Crook, who I've mentioned in some of my emails. She is really struggling with some issues related to multiple sclerosis, which she now has as a result of her cancer treatments. She is in need of MRI scans, but is unable to stay still enough, due to her MS. Her scans have been rescheduled for July 17th, and we are praying for clear scans and relief of her bothersome symptoms.

The other prayer request is for a young man, Jamie Morris. He has been a patient at St. Jude for 13 years, and has had osteosarcoma nine times. He has had a recurrence, and is currently receiving his seventh series of chemotherapy treatments. He is receiving some new, experimental chemo drugs...we are praying that the chemo will be effective against his cancer, and that the side effects will be minimal.

Both Lauren and Jamie and their families were a great encouragement to us during Hannah's battle with cancer, and we are praying that God's perfect will would be done in their lives! Thank you for joining us!

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