Missionary Update: Sheridan and Anita

Hello once again,

I saw the doctor on Friday and he told me the tumor counts are up so we are going to do bone and CET scans again just to be sure they did not miss something on the first scans.  I will have those done on June 17 and then see him again on June 20. 

I had the fourth chemo treatment on Friday.  Thus far, it appears to be a bit easier than number 3, although this Monday – Wednesday will be the real test.  It seems harder to be patient with the treatments.  With the extreme fatigue and lack of desire to do anything, I find boredom sets in quickly.  However, I am listening to my body and resting even when I would certainly rather be doing something else. 

Sheridan has built us a nice deck out back and I am enjoying the fruits of his labor!  The cool mornings and evenings are relaxing. 

Pray with us about the upcoming scans and strength to complete the chemo treatments.  As is stands now, surgery will be around the end of August.  Pray about this also, because some decisions must be made about that also. 

Thank you for your prayers, calls, cards and emails.  It is encouraging to know that SO many people remember us and are praying for us.

Love,
Anita

Added by Sarah: If you would like to provide a meal, let Sarah know.  If you can only do a dish or two, that would help, too.  Call Sarah if you are interested.  We do meals for them Mondays and Thursdays following her chemo. 

Mission Update: Odali and Kathy of Alpha and Omega Home

An Update from Odali and Kathy of the Alpha and Omega Children’s Home [Brazil]
          These last few months at Alpha and Omega have been a whirlwind of changes and surprises.  We have gone from 92 kids, to the 6 that still linger behind.  It has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions. As this 5 months of tug-of-war draws to an end, and the last children leave the home, we have set our eyes forward.  We are ready to begin this new phase that God has set before us. 

            The judging process is expected to last several months, but by the grace of God, we are setting our goals to reopen Alpha and Omega Children’s Home early next year.    When we do, we want the building and the staff, to be replenished, revived, and just like new.  The groups that have come down in these last few months have been a great help in jumpstarting all the of the many work projects that need to be completed.  However, there are still many things that need to be done before we can reopen.  One in particular, is to update the home to meet fire safety standards (fire extinguishers, hoses, etc.)  We still do not know the exact costs for this, but it is a pricy task. 

            Financially, our goal is to keep the bills paid, and yet still have available funds  to continue the necessary improvements.  However, that is not an easy task.  All of the support that we received from social departments in Brazil has been cut off since the children were removed.  It also seems as though many of our faithful American supporters have become confused by our situation here, and have put their donations on hold.  In two weeks time, we received only $200.00 of support.  Needless to say, that just doesn’t cut it. 

            We have decided to hold a huge yard sale and a dinner, here in Brazil, to raise money to sustain our ministry.  I am writing to you, CHALLENGING you, to do the same.  Here is your challenge:  SPRING CLEAN!  It’s that time of year, and everyone has things in their homes, that they no longer need or use.  We are asking that you consider having a yard sale on behalf of Alpha and Omega Children’s Home.  Include your family, friends, church, and neighbors.  Advertise the yard sale, and the cause.  If your subdivision does not allow yard sales, consider joining up with someone else, or doing it at your church.  EBay is also an option to sell things.  If a yard sale isn’t an option, some other ideas are: car washes, bake sales, love offering, etc.  If you need other creative ideas, just send us an email, and we would be glad to help you brainstorm.  We are sending this challenge to everyone we can.  If you know someone who may be interested, and is not on our mailing list, please pass this on.  Share the information with your friends, family, and churches.  Even though the Devil has managed to put a pause on the Alpha and Omega Children’s Home, we know that God is in control.  We have full faith that He has not finished His work through our ministry.  Help us make Alpha and Omega better than ever before! 

         As an example of the impact made on the lives who come to Alpha and Omega, here is a letter that Katie received last week during her visit to Manaus, written by one of the girls who lived here for several years. 

             Mom,

            I want you to know that I am going to miss you a lot…

These days that you spent here were really meant a lot to us.  I also want you to know that it doesn’t matter what happens, I am always going to love you, because you are the best mom I have ever had…

I am really sorry about the things that have happened to Alpha, they can take the kids away, but what they have learned there, no one can take from them.  And above everything, God knows what to do, and you know that…

Even though we were often ungrateful, we cannot deny that the future of many was changed for the better after coming to Alpha and Omega.  Even though, some of them don’t have the capacity to put into practice what they have learned, because they are cowards and are scared to live a different way of life.  I ask God that I may not be one of those, but if it is God’s will, I will be ok…

Thank you for being this wonderful mother in my life…because through God, you gave me a reason to look at life in a loving way even though I had such a difficult childhood. 

Forgive me for the many times that I still make a lot of mistakes.  Not that it is necessary, but sometimes we have to learn the most difficult way before we really open our eyes…

Thank you for everything, from the bottom of my heart.  I love you all very much. 

           Just to give you an idea of the ministry that is still taking place here at Alpha and Omega, here are a few pictures from the kite festival held a couple of weeks ago by the group from Georgetown College.  It was a great success!  We had over 200 kids and their parents here the entire day!  It was wonderful!

            In Christ,

                   Kathy and Odali
 

Weekly Announcements (June 1-8)

Weekly Announcements 

Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Men’s Morning Meditations
– All men are invited for a devotion and coffee at the pastor’s home this Tuesday starting at 6:30 a.m. (to around 8:30 a.m.).  Come at your convenience! 
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
7:00 p.m.- We continue our series on evangelism.  The kids class will be held in the back. 
Sunday, June 8, 2008 This day will be completely updated on Tuesday night!!!!  Stay tuned…
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School (Jeremiah 2)
11:00 a.m.- Sunday Morning Worship (1 Peter 2)
6:00 p.m.- Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus 19)
[pending] Pastor Steve’s brother Mike will be with us and will minister in song. 
*Sunday School Devo: Paul Johnson (next week: nobody) 
*Ushers: Harry and Jason (alternates: Paul and Roger)
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Missionary of the Month
John and Alta Hatcher
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Memory Check!!!!
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Happy Birthday this Week to:
Sunday- Steve D.
Thursday- Denise
Happy Anniversary this Week to:
Thursday- Steve and Rachel
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If you have an announcement you would like to add to the above list, please leave a comment below and I’ll stick it up there!  Thanks!  :o)
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Coming Soon!  Monthly Manna from your pastor’s family table and mission updates!  Stay tuned!  :o)
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New Attitude Slideshow

Here is a slideshow from our trip to Louisville for the 2008 New Attitude Conference. Hope you enjoy! 
(Click on the picture to jump to where you can see captions.  Some of these were really fuzzy and indistinguishable because it was really dark in there!) 

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “New Attitude Slideshow“, posted with vodpod

 

 

 

Prayer Requests (May 28)

Prayer Requests (from May 28)

  • Mary (Brenda’s sister)- in Markey Cancer Center
  • Kim (Brenda’s daughter)- heart rate regulation; house auction
  • Erika & Elijah (Steve & Becky’s twins)- spiritual
  • Nannie (Danny’s grandmother)- they have called the family in; still in nursing home
  • Ethan & Landon- pray they would be calm…they’re not supposed to climb, run, jump, flip, wrestle (& everything else a 2 and 3 year old want to do) since their surgeries
  • Leah (Gina’s cousin)- born Friday with a heart defect; surgery in the next 5-7 days
  • Gina- changing job situation; eye incident recuperation
  • Samford V. (Roger’s employee)- bad car accident Tuesday
  • Avis W. (Steve’s sister-in-law; Mike’s wife)- in hospital for gall bladder or pancreas
  • Hannah- witnessing at school
  • Andrea & Hope- wanting to come to church more
  • Donnie- getting out of jail this or next week
  • Kevoy- continue in his love for the Word
  • Songwriting
  • Sherry (Sherry’s friend at work)- brain cancer; finances
  • Tyler (Sherry’s nephew)- tonsillectomy recuperation
  • Granny Mable (Sherry’s Grandma)- out of hospital with double pneumonia
  • Kristin’s boyfriend’s dad- cancer; broken bones from motorcycle accident
  • Isaiah 58 Bible Study tonight (Thursday) at 5 p.m.

For the Glory of God

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