Dear friends and family,
We want to wish you a Happy New Year! We do not know what opportunities the Lord will bring our way through the year 2022. There are sure to be many blessings and many challenges. I am reminded of the song All the Way My Savior Leads Me (by Rich Mullins).
All the way my Savior leads me, what have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy, who through life has been my Guide?
Heavenly peace, divinest comfort, here by faith in Him to dwell.
For I know whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well.”
Just before Brad turned 65, he was able to quickly navigate the government paperwork to sign up for Medicare. I will soon be turning 65, and it has not been such an easy task for me. After spending a considerable amount of time on the phone and the computer, I still do not have my Medicare number. The person I talked with a couple of weeks ago, said that she would fill out the necessary paperwork and send a request to an office in Georgia. We should have this important number in 2- or 3-months’ time. Until then, we will have to continue my present medical insurance. After receiving my Medicare number, we will also receive a bill from them starting in February. This means we will be paying double for those few months. Please pray that this government paperwork will be sorted out quickly. I will then be able to sign up for additional Medicare coverage and the prescription plans that Brad has been enrolled in since December of 2019. Patience seems to be in order at this time.
There are presently 134 elderly residents who live in the independent duplexes and within the Latham Center. All these folks are retired missionaries. With their ages being in the 70’s, and up into the 90’s, we often find it necessary to call 911 for medical emergencies that arise. It takes about 3 minutes for the ambulance and the EMT (Emergency Medical Technicians) to arrive here after the call is made. Even now, as I am writing this e-mail, I heard the ambulance come in through our main entrance. Sometimes the person is transported to the hospital and then other times, the EMT personnel check them out and/or pick them up and transport is not necessary. We already have one person in the hospital who was taken by ambulance just a few days ago. Most of our staff are trained in CPR and First Aid through the Red Cross and need an updated certification every 2 years. In fact, I have a class on Thursday morning. Please pray for our staff, as the first responders, to be able to remember what we have learned in these classes and be able to put it into practice if we need to.
At present we have 4 retirees who help with laundry. Brian and I are full-time staff members who do a major part of the cleaning. There are 4 staff ladies and 3 volunteers who work part-time. We have one staff member who fills in when someone is sick, has a family emergency, takes a vacation, or can’t make it to work for another reason. We have some Merry Maids (snowbird volunteers) who have been doing deep cleaning jobs that we don’t normally have time to do. Each person is a valuable member of the housekeeping team. We are still asking the Lord to send us two housekeepers who are willing to work 20 hours a week. The other possibility is volunteers from the local community who could come one or two days a week to help. Please pray that the Lord will bring the right ones here who are physically able to do the work and enjoy cleaning.
By His grace,
Brad and Wanda Hull
Serving the Lord at The Homes of Ethnos360 in Sanford, Florida