Dear Team Members,

G’Day from rainy Florida, BUT it is needed so we are not complaining.

We trust this finds you well and encouraged in the Lord. Charlie’s biopsy from his colonoscopy was benign for which we are thankful. Esther still does not have the result from the scan on her head to see if they can find out why she passed out. BUT they did say she had a brain! We believe no news is good news! She will have a heart check up on June 13th. Cherrie’s knee is till acting up. She has an appointment on May 31st with a surgeon, who, we have heard, is excellent and has a unique way of doing knee replacements, BUT his technique results in quicker healing! Also realized he was the surgeon who operated on Charlie’s foot when it was crushed a few years ago and did a good job! We thank you for your prayers and continued prayers!

Please continue to pray for my friend Teresa Holmgren, who has stage 4 cancer. She recently had body scans and shares the following.

When I think about all the people who are praying, it is such an encouragement to me. Thank you for praying for me and our family. Since I started my new medication last fall, my tumor markers have been steadily dropping. The body scans show my cancer is responding to the meds. The doctor said I am in a much better place than I was a year ago! I am just asking you to continue to pray for me as I continue this cancer journey. I am very blessed by your prayers. Even my doctor remarked, “ Tell everyone to keep the prayers coming.” Not sure if he is a believer, but he definitely sees the power of your prayers for me. Thanks!!! Teresa (for the Holmgren Family)

Teresa’s doctor is also my oncologist!

In the past we have asked you to pray for the ministry some of our retirees are involved in, at the Detention Center. Recently 19 kids came out for one of the meetings! They are seeing some come to know the Lord as their Savior and others growing in Him. BUT the enemy still tries to disrupt that ministry, so lots of prayers are still needed for this ministry and the lives of these needy kids!

The number of the papers to correct for the Prison Bible Study papers has recently improved some. Prayers are appreciated for more interest to be consistently shown by the inmates.

We have a dear friend Dee who is eighty-nine and has a weekly Bible study with women prisoners. We know Dee would appreciate your prayers as she reaches out to them to come to know the Lord as their Savior and to grow in Him.

As we come up to Memorial Day on May 28th, we are reminded of being able to attend the Memorial Day Service five years ago at the Military Memorial Cemetery in Canton Georgia where Charlie’s Mother is interred. The gentleman who closed the program gave thanks for all the people who made the sacrifice for the freedom our country has. BUT he did not stop there! He thanked God for the Ultimate Sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, for us! WOW THAT WAS AWESOME TO HEAR!!!!!!!!

Thanking the Lord for your part in our lives,

Charlie & Cherrie

Cherrie’s Musings May 16th, 2018

Charlie and I are sorting through all the books we have, trying to downsize!!!! June 14th we will be married 55 years, so in some ways we need to downsize stuff we have accumulated!!!!!!!!! Since we came to Christ as our Savior a year after we got married, Charlie is our scholar. We both love good Christian books, so we shipped 24 boxes of books when we transitioned back to the USA from Australia. We only shipped kitchen items, bedding items, sentimental items, and books!! Now we are downsizing and giving some books away. One of them “MY SOUL Thirsts for GOD – REFLECTIONS ON THE Psalms from OUR DAILY BREAD” I thought someone else would also appreciate, BUT I saw a piece of paper sticking out of it. I opened it up to a devotion on “The Old Man of the Mountain.” I warmly remember The Old Man of the Mountain, located in New Hampshire and thought you would also appreciate this devotion written by Anne Cetas:

It was a sad day on May 3, 2003 when “The Old Man of the Mountain” broke apart and slid down the mountainside. This 40-foot profile of an old man’s face, carved by nature in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, had long been an attraction to tourists, a solid presence for residents, and the official state emblem. It was written about by Nathaniel Hawthorne in his story “The Great Stone Face.”

Some nearby residents were devastated when the Old Man fell. One woman said, “I grew up thinking that someone was watching over me. I feel a little less watched-over now.”

Here are times when a dependable presence disappears. Something or someone we’ve relied on is gone, and our life is shaken. Maybe it’s the Loss of a loved one or a job or good health. The Loss makes us feel off-balanced, unstable. We might even think that God is no longer watching over us.

But “the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry.” (Psalm 34:15). He “is close to the brokenhearted” (v.18).

He is the Rock on whose presence we can always depend (Deuteronomy 32:4). God’s presence is real. He continually watches over us. He is rock solid.