Thursday, June 30

S Payne, Japan

Update: "I’m feeling fantastic lately. Symptoms have abated. I have better balance and energy. I haven’t fallen in ages. Sleeping well. God is good. Yesterday I went to the clinic for my 2-month check up. My doctor was pleased and relieved with my condition. The last time he saw me I was a wreck. This time my calibration score was very low. (Low is good)."

Jim Mason

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Wayne & Helen Hancock

Threefold Ministries

There are always things happening, and you should be hearing all about it. In this new special newsletter edition - just for you - you'll get the latest updates. We have included some prayer requests as well.

Luke & Yuko Elliot

- our daughters, Grace and Faith, will be baptized on June 26
- opportunities to visit churches and welcome visitors are increasing again after the two year slump
- work on the new building, including the electrical work, is progressing well
- Yuko was delegated by our local PTA to take the board of education's story telling course (this last is, perhaps, more a statement of fact than a praise item, but hopefully it will prove fruitful)

Xerggyo & Hil

June 23

There is a great deal of political unrest in Oxchuc, Chiapas, Mexico. This is Xerggyo's hometown. Many have been warned to leave the town, however, Xerggyo's mother is staying in their home. Houses are burned and many are using guns.

Hanneke Cost Budde

June 21

Hanneke is pleased and tankful. On the final prep-examination for her surgery, it became evident that physio has a good chance of helping with her back issues without invasive surgery. She will stay in Mwanza for a week of physio and learn the exercise routine. She appreciates your prayers.

Leah Hopp. Uganda

Eyai Akuj! God is with us!
He is at work in Nakapiripirit disctrict and it is a privilege to gain glimpses of his glory in the lives of my neighbours. Having started a Community Health Team (CHT) in 2009 to support the work of the mission clinic, it is my pleasure to now work with six health teachers: Naduk Olivia, Akol Josephine, Nakut Claudia, Opie Carolyn, Kocho Betty, and Lodim Moses. I have trained them to teach on various health topics as they visit their neighbours in the nearby homes. Being sent out on foot, two by two, they also teach in two local primary schools and a kindergarten. Melda, a clinician at Akisyon a Yesu Presbyterian Clinic (AYPC), has done a great job recently supervising the CHT and will continue while I am on furlough for the summer of 2022. Please pray that she and I will continue to work well together when I return to Uganda as we brainstorm about community health ideas regularly. Lessons on hygiene and sanitation are taught daily in six different villages located within a one-hour walk from the mission clinic. Some other common topics of teaching include: respiratory illnesses, gastrointestinal illnesses, infectious diseases, as well as maternal and child health. Because my neighbours now have more knowledge about how to care for their family’s health at home, we are seeing some behaviour change implemented as well.
For more insight into the burden of disease in Nakaale, please read and download the research article that I just had published in the journal of PLOS Global Public Health, based on data from our mission clinic

Scott and Beth Hurd

June 18

After a lengthy, prayerful nomination and consultation process with the OMF Canada team and all the Directors of OMF globally, Scott has been asked to serve as the next National Director for OMF Canada for an initial three-year appointment, beginning in August. We deeply covet your prayers for this significant challenge and transition as we seek to follow the Lord’s calling. Beth will continue with her Training and Development responsibilities as we take up this new role.

May you continue to know the Lord’s grace and favour. Thank you for your continuing partnership with us in ministry. 

Alex McCombie

June 13

"I have just finshed my treatment for throat cancer. I have never been more sick in my life. Finally I am now feeling better and will be returning to Chatsworth to finish my recovery on June 15. Thanks for your prayers.

Jack & Mary Anne Voelkel

June 10

We are both recovering [from Covid], for which we are grateful.

Hanneke Cost Budde

June 9

Before I write about my next adventure, I want to thank you all for your faithful prayers and support!
God is so good! He has given me 72 years filled with many wonderful experiences and adventures, wonderful relationships, wonderful children, and helpers, but also trials which helped me build my faith and trust in my Savior, Jesus Christ. There is no God like Him. He never has left me or forsaken me, even the time I was on death’s doorstep in a small local hospital with a burst appendix. He was there with me and gave that peace that surpasses all understanding. His love never fails!
This time I have a new challenge and would appreciate your prayers. A couple of weeks ago my left hip gave much pain. After some days this pain travelled down my leg and my leg would stay cold…Very uncomfortable.
A few years ago, I was told by my physician in Canada that I would need a hip replacement I figured that that was what I had to do.
Some months ago, I stopped my very expensive health insurance which would not cover any arthritis problems. I bought the best local health insurance which costs the same for a whole year for what I paid per month! It covers almost everything, including dental. I am so thankful that I listened to this small voice.
I contacted my friend, Dr. Isodori, in Mwanza, who is an orthopedic surgeon. He told me to come and that there was a visiting American doctor who does hip replacements!
He examined me last Sunday and had X-rays taken. He thought my hips were fine but that I have back problems. The next day I spent most of the day in Bugando Hospital, where I was so nicely treated that I was almost first in line. There were hundreds of patients waiting and some of my ‘Royal” treatment felt a bit embarrassing. There is a huge hall, with close to 30 doctor’s offices and patients sitting or standing in the center. (No one wears masks, even though some people were trying to sell some.)
I saw the American surgeon, who was a very cheerful man who examined me in the presence of several medical students and teaching them. He discovered that I had some tissue growing between my left hip bone and my skin. He confirmed that my hips are fine! Great news!
However, the diagnosis was that due to Arthritis and a light form of Scoliosis, I have a slipped disk in my lower back and another one is pressing down on my spinal cord. The conclusion was to have an MRI done to confirm this diagnosis.
Dr Isodori told me to start physio and gave me a referral for surgery which is to happen around June 20th. God is so good as a very experienced, American neuro- surgeon is coming at that time.
They plan to put a screw in my spine to stabilize and prevent this disk from pressing more down or I may become lame in this leg.
Now I have started Physiotherapy to built up my muscles before spinal surgery which will help with my recovery. (A painful experience)
I am so thankful for having a caring doctor who explained everything so clearly regarding this surgery. And how I would feel like I am being poked with needles after the surgery. This would disappear, so not to worry. They will put a corset on so that I will be somewhat restrained. He also let me know that they had done this operation at least 10 times and everyone is doing fine.
Another good thing is that the insurance will pay for most of this! WOW! (I will have to pay for a semiprivate room and care from staff and for food) Most patients are to bring a relative who is to take care of the patient and feed him/her.
So please pray that everything will go well, and I can continue to take care of my kids. Some still have some years to go before they can be independent.
Also, pray for my wonderful students at our Bible school who are worried that I won’t be there to teach them. God willing, I will recover soon and continue with this work. 

Hanneke Cost Budde

AIM is working on my history of my work in TZ. 
Jacky has become more cheerful since she is going to school! Wonderful! 

Don Scott

Update: June 2

'let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start,
when you read you begin with A-B-C, when you sing, you begin with Do-Re-Mi"

.....and when you print you begin with 1, 1, 1

Thank you for your ongoing interest and support in our new journey of Don's recovery.

Since being discharged from the hospital, we have had a myriad of appointments both in our home and in nearby clinics to continue ongoing therapy.
The main emphasis has been to regain use of Don's left (drawing) hand and physical therapy for his recent knee replacement.
We remain in awe that we were graciously led to an Occupational Therapist with a stroke and fine motor specialty, and her clinic is just 10 minutes from our home, with easy parking!!
What a gift!

Moment-by-moment, and step-by-step, we wonder at the small wonders that make up our lives and our bodies.
It's such a lovely time of year, when the earth is springing back, and fresh green leaves unfurl from a winter's sleep,
the whole earth is reaching out in silent joy...

and we gaze and watch the effort and small changes in Don's fingers and hand, as it slowly unfurls and learns the intricacies of movement we seldom consciously think about,
but is a wonder of creation.

We treasure each of you for your kindnesses, support and prayers,
may you take pause to savour the gifts of this season and the wonders of spring!

--Mary Jane Scott 

Mary Jane Fandrich

May 30

Where are you going?

Man makes the plan, but God guides the steps.!
You never know who the driver will be but it surely isn’t a random selection.
So Who is working on this?
*Fred, thank you for picking me up. Has anyone spoken to you about Jesus, Messiah?
Good afternoon,*Wally, Do you know that the Quran says that Jesus is alive and in heaven? (Quran Al-Zukhruf 43:58-61) Hello *Alfred, we are so glad to have you here with the blessing of Jesus Messiah. He knows you and loves you…..
Good morning, *Sam, Jesus is the One who gives us life and peace. To my surprise he wants to hear more and talks and talks and requests a Gospel and Torah in his mother tongue. (see Quran,’Imran 3:65) Usually there is a brief introduction, but given the traffic and interruptions for directions, there is always plenty of time for sharing the Gospel, often in full. And eager homesick ears are listening for comfort and peace: Jesus the Messiah knows you and loves you.
And then, today, the first day of my 84th year, there is a white string of beads with a cross at the end hanging from the rear view mirror support. Gospel music is playing. That is lovely music. Positive warm reply, but the accent is slight and I’m guessing an African African.
From Nigeria. Do you ever talk to non-Christians about Jesus?
I don’t know how to. They need to hear that Jesus knows them and loves them. And so we shared the wonder of delight of knowing Jesus, both of us encouraged.
And then, the young man in distress because his rejectful ex-wife is trying to deny him his custody rights to his darling two-year-old. We spoke to the Lord Jesus about it right away.
“The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.”
Kings?...’should be’…..
Robert Louis Stevenson was on to the eternal lack that has been fully supplied by our Lord Jesus Christ.
How can we resist telling the Good News?
The names have been changed. 

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