Carluci & Christina Dos Santos, LAM. "We lost two LAM office staff. All this homeschooling and holidays became too hard for some mothers who couldn't cope with the stress of another job. So, I am training one new person, making life busier than usual. We resumed in-person church activities at Celebration Church four weeks ago, and things are going well. We had three adult baptisms recently."
So we sit here waiting patiently (?) for the election to happen, for a vaccine to be found, for the baby to arrive………..
And around the world, things are happening, nothing new, just repeats of history.
Try this one: a chemical bomb blasted Beirut, took down the city harbour and front, rubble and trash everywhere, lives lost.
Nebuchadnezzar didn’t have chemistry to help him destroy Jerusalem, just human resources and animals. But he did a thorough job. Temple and buildings destroyed, many lives lost, huge displacement of the population. A couple of men placed unlikely in a king’s service took the matter personally and placed themselves in God’s hands. They were well trained high end A types, and they threw themselves before their God and begged forgiveness for themselves and their people.
God can move the heart of a king: Cyrus, king of Persia, possibly the son of Esther, who notable said “If I perish, I perish” in response to an impossible assignment, decided to rebuild the temple, loaded a million dollars worth of gold from the temple and sent as many people who would go back to Judah/Jerusalem: 42,630 people. Cedars of Lebanon (where else)were brought by permission of Cyrus for the construction of the temple. The Foundation of the temple laid, and trouble is brewing.
Frustration through the rest of Cyrus reign and Darius, and along comes Artaxerxes.
Politics, letters, accusations of rebellion (language change, Aramaic) resistance of the foreign population to the Jewish nation’s resurgence.
“City shall not be built until you get a command from me.” Enemies arrive in Jerusalem and use force to stop building.
Defiance rebuilding pursued, and eventually recourse to the record of the first decree of Cyrus to rebuild the temple.
Darius finds the records and decrees impalement to any obstruction to the rebuilding, all at the king’s expense and the resources of the officials obstructing the building.
Built and completed according to the decrees of Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes. Enter Ezra, priest and scribe in the seventh year of Artaxerxes. King of Assyria (!)
To be continued…
Just heard from Bill’s daughter Lori that he is now out of surgery and the surgeon is pleased how things went. His valve apparently was very calcified and rotten , so he will benefit greatly from the new one. Apparently he is still sedated but will be gradually weaned off any mechanical support as the evening goes on. Lori is going to call the ICU later for an update.
Thank you to everyone for your concern, love and prayers.
"I have been advised by several friends not to fly to the US right now. So I plan to stay with a friend until December 24. I am feeling much better day by day, but lack my usual energy."
I'm feeling much better, thanks. My shoulder is mostly recovered and the bruising is mostly gone. Still uncomfortable sleeping, but that's getting better too.
CLasses start this week Friday and I'm working hard to get ready for that.
It has become very complicated to secure an extension of our resident permit. Now we are planning to return to our home country on September 24th for at least six months.
We plan to come to Toronto as well at the beginning of next year, if possible.
Here is the latest update on the construction of our house.
The decision to proceed with Bible camps in the midst of pandemic fears (and the absence of a summer staff) was not taken lightly but, in the end, conditions in Aomori were such that we were able to do so with certain precautionary measures in place. We are grateful for colleagues and parents who stepped in to help with logistics and for Pastor Yamanaka, our guest speaker. May the memory of this camp and of the Word preached be a catalyst for a greater devotion to Christ, especially for the one camper who is not a believer.
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Warm greetings in our Lord from Montreal! I hope that you have all enjoyed a lovely summer and are finding creative ways to serve God and many reasons to rejoice in His goodness these challenging days.
I send you my heart-felt thanks for your prayers and financial support as I’ve transitioned to life back in Canada since my sudden return to Montreal on March 20th. I continue working on the preparation of a French web site for Africa Inland Mission, assisted by my dear and capable friends of many years, Lois and Gilles Tessier, and sometimes Susie Frey. I enjoy this ministry, and would say we are a pretty good team.
On Saturday, July 4th, my former tenant, Essam Shabouk, graciously picked me up and brought me - suitcases and all - here to my seventh-floor condo apartment in Saint-Laurent. Essam & Raeda had lived here for over three and a half years, and they liked the building and location so much that, as of July 1st, they are now renting another apartment on the third floor! I have enjoyed numerous visits with them, and three big Syrian-style dinners have been unexpectedly brought to my door by Essam at suppertime! Having left the place in April, 2016.I’mvery glad to be back home and am picking up again with my neighbours on the 7th floor - Jewish, Roman Catholic and Mu$lim.
Last month, I was on holiday at the lake in Muskoka, a bed and breakfast in the lovely Caledon Hills, and in Toronto, where I saw my eldest brother, David, six times. I stayed on in Toronto until last Friday, working for six days in the new office of Africa Inland Mission. It was wonderful to be in on the daily devotions and prayer for our missionaries, and to fellowship with the staff. I helped translate publicity for AIM Quebec’s up-coming celebration of the 125th anniversary of the mission, to be held on Zoom on Saturday, September 19th. If you’d care to join us by Zoom or by telephone that day, please contact me. We’d love to have you with us. Thanks again for your prayers and support, and for the many loving and At the front desk in our new Toronto office. encouraging e-mail messages. God bless you all!
Today I taught 3 classes to lay people who want to spread the Gospel. Half are of the Nyamwezi tribe and half are Sukuma. They are great bunch. Each period is 90 minutes. I am continuing teaching the O.T. survey and am in Numbers with 2 groups. We have a new group of 7 men. I started the introduction of the survey with them. Lots of fun!
I am well here after a week off in Mbale. It was my first time going anywhere in six months. It was a fantastic Labour Day weekend catching up with a couple friends, then I got malaria on Monday. I have fully recovered now, Praise God!
Please pray for Dr. Nzelani who worked with me with the AIDS PROJECT in Shinyanga. He is a wirey man who was always full of energy. Now he has heart problems and is gaunt. He is around 60. His doctor was to give him test results yesterday but his doctor left for an emergency. Now he is still waiting.
Praise! Five months after the due date, Walter Kennedy received a five year visa. Bible School in Merauke may not be able to admit a first year group due to the cost of Covid test and travel --out of reach for most indigenous Papuans.
Pray that my second shoulder replacement on Oct 5 will go well.
I'm ok, but still in Cobourg hospital.
That water around my heart is sloshy stuff.
The doctors keep doing tests and fussing over
change of meds.
If there isn't much change I may get back to my trailer in
another day. This is going to take time.
They are starting to build the lentils now. They construct wooden frames in which they place steel rebars, bound together with steel binding wire. Then they lift this onto the top of the wall as a form for the concrete. A huge job!
I am so glad that Bill and Ed had a good week together. Something positive!!! That picture is lovely!!! I can understand why Heather loves it. Hope this treatment will help her!!
Yes the hospital is the big one on the hill in Mwanza. To get up here you need a car or if you have a heart problem you may not make it!!
Kiri has always been a sulky child but now she has become plain rude and uncooperative.
Hard to deal with!!!
In line at Costco. 1 hour like before ? ?
Wow. Yes things have not changed much?? Corona is again I creasing?
Lines inside too. Now that I am out no lines
How goes today?
Slept till 10 am! Was up with Jacky at 5.30 and went back to bed after she left. They have started with the lentil. It will take a few days to build as all the steel wires have to be put together before they bring it up unto the wall. Will send pictures. Today I had the electrician and the plumber over. They will give me estimates.. Maybe tomorrow.
They are starting to build the lentil or round beam. They are making wooden frames in which they place the 4 steel wires that are tied with steel rings and binding wire. They have to lift this into the frame which is like a box in which they pour the concrete. A huge job!
The Taj-mahal riseth
Tomorrow should be fun! I am getting the estimates from the electrician and the plumber. The roofing guy is coning around 10 am and I will hear if this will break the bank... I think everything will be fine. I keep a careful eye on everything and there is no cement or other things missing. I made an agreement with Hasani: Only good workers! They each sign in every day when they come into work. Then I promised that each good worker will get a bonus at the end of 100.000 Shillings. Their pay is so little. If I give them the bonus at the end they may be able to buy a bike which will help them very much. On Saturdays I bring sodas for them and once a week watermelon. They love it! Tomorrow is a big day getting all the steel wires up and filling the boxes with concrete.
Bill will have surgery to replace his aortic valve on September 23.
'Tis true. Had some chest pain for a couple of days, and ran out of meds.
Nancy and Haneen brought me meds from Toronto.
Then after lunch we agreed to stop off at the Northhumberland Hills Hospital
(Cobourg) for a check up.
And got stuck at the hospital through Labour Day.
Blood tests, catscan, etc. looking for blood clots in the
lungs etc. Lots of pain killer and back on meds later, I'm feeling much better.
Most important, my day nurse, Megan agreed to a story that happened near
Lebanon a little while back, when four men determined to rescue a friend
broke up a roof, and presented him to Jesus. The seed's been planted. Megan
has kept herself busy the rest of the day.
Pray that the seed will find good soil in Megan's heart, and that the Evil One
will be kept in check.
God knows His business, and is at it all the time!
Thank you for praying. They kept me so busy on Sunday with doctors new hospital ones, and catskan blood work over and over that it was hard to connect. New night nurse and new day nurse. The word has gotten around that I have been in Guatemala or somewhere(!) and that has oppened up opportunity for witness what Jesus did. Here comes the blood work.
Cloistered as many of us are during this pandemic, we have had to learn new ways of doing everything, including showing affection!
At the same time, we are encouraged by the fact that the Lord has been giving all of us new opportunities and new ways to serve Him.
If you have a moment, please read our letter which we have attached below. We will share in pictures and words just how God has been leading us through this Pandemic. It also includes an exciting and major new project on which we have embarked, and for which we long for your prayers.
The rough floors are done. They need to be watered for another 2 days. Tomorrow all the cement blocks will arrive they can start the walls the day after tomorrow. Tomorrow they will work on the foundation for the two self contained rooms.
"I've had some pleurisy which has made breathing difficult,
but it seems to be going away. I am gaining a bit of stamina each day."
All of my ten construction workers get breakfast and one big meal per day for about $11.50 Can. Local women cook and bring the food to our building site. Yesterday around 12 pm I received the message to go to Kahama to pick up Kiri. On the way we saw several big accidents. One petrol truck had burned out. Further along the toad a truck of which the front was unrecognizable and just before we reached Kahama a huge truck had rolled into the ditch. I always thank God for His protection!! Kiri had been so worried when I had not come early (which I usually do) that she had cried many tears. By the time we picked her up it was around 5 pm. She had been too upset so she was unable to eat. Mahona and I ate and I took her some chips and eggs. I had to wake her up to get into the room. She was sound asleep. This morning we left early for Tabora. Thank God we arrived safely?! Now U am having an ice café…I think I deserve it!😍😍