April 4, 2008
As many of you can imagine, furlough for Anita and I has taken a different course than that which we had planned. Usually furlough time for missionaries is a harried and always busy time trying to visit and share the work all of the supporting churches. I had my plans all ready making appointments, getting directions and filling in the calendar. But God had bigger plans for us! In His grace and provision He allowed Anita and I to be in the United States when we discovered that she had breast cancer. We know that He has allowed this in our lives in order to teach us some new lessons about Him and how to better minister to others; for this is our calling in life!
We still hope to be able to visit churches and share of His great love for the Peruvian people that we have come to love so dearly. But how much visiting we will be able to do will depend upon whether Anita will be feel well enough to travel. I don’t like to travel without her because it is like giving only a partial presentation of our ministry together in Peru. However, there may be some week-ends where that will be the only solution. In most cases I will be able to give only short notice of a possible visit because, so far, we don’t know from one day to the next how she will feel.
So many of you have sent cards, e-mails, and phone calls that have been of such encouragement to us. Several have brought meals to the house for which we are very grateful! We thank all of you for your sincere expressions of love and concern for Anita. We know that you are praying because we have felt God’s presence in our lives more intensely than ever before. Thank you for your prayers and please continue to lift us up before the Throne of Grace! We still have a long road ahead and we really do need your prayers.
Anita had her first chemo treatment on March the 28th. The day of chemo and the following day she had no negative signs at all and we thought “wow, this isn’t going to be so bad!” But then Sunday the 30th came and she was one very sick lady! Fatigue, nausea, cramps and sleeplessness seem to be the main symptoms so far. She is so brave, and in the midst of all this she rejoices in the Lord! We are learning what to expect in the future rounds of chemo. She will have six chemo treatments in total; each one being three weeks apart. Please Pray!
So many of our dear friends in Peru have called and written. Many of the women consider Anita their “mother in the faith.” The reports are all good; most of the works have reported a good month for March. We keep them informed in Spanish as we do our dear friends here in the States in English. Please feel free to write or call. We love you all and hope to have the opportunity to see you sometime within the next six months.
Trusting and resting in HIM,
Sheridan and Anita Stanton