Hi Everyone, I appreciate so much the prayers of God’s people, my friends and family. I am home now, and I have been trying to get my computer set up and get settled so that I can write a little update for you all. I was discharged yesterday.
Dear Family and Friends, Here we thought that retirement would mean lots and lots of time for visiting family (ours are far away), and time to rap with former fellow workers of Ethnos360. But it is surprising how full our lives can be with just, well, just living. Medical appointments, paper work of all sorts,Continue reading End of the year 2018
Greetings to all. I, Corinne, am writing this time, but it is a joint effort, as usual. So, what have we been doing recently? Well, Tom continues to work on Old Testament portions in the Hamtai language, and Hamtai co-translator, Jim Jora edits the text, to check for accuracy, correct spellings, and smoothness in hisContinue reading September 2018
Dear Friends and Family,
In our June newsletter we told of our trip to Kentucky to attend our granddaughter Katie’s wedding and about our concern over the warning light on our car during the whole trip. On arriving home we had the car worked on. Now it is leaking oil in a couple places. The mechanic worked on one leak, but the other requires a lot of work to get to. We really do not want to put that much money into it right now. Our next door neighbor just traded in their old car that had been her parents’ car. Since our car is 20 years old, we wonder if that is what we should do. However, we like the car. The engine still seems to be good, and it rides well and still looks new.
Dear Family and Friends,
God is good. We were spared the worst of Irma, and we are praying for the folks down south where the Category 4 hurricane hit, mainly the Keys and then the Governor’s home town of Naples, on the southern mainland coast. People on the Florida east coast had been prepared for the worst, but she decided to go up the west coast. Tampa and St Pete were expecting major chaos, but instead of going westward as predicted, she went straight up the peninsula to towns between here and Tampa. So we in Orlando area really got it from what was now a category 1, at 80+ mph with gusts over 100.
Good Morning, Family and Friends,
Reporting from NTM Homes, Sanford, FL. Irma has landed. The category 4 hurricane is bringing winds of sustained 130 mph and they have hit the Florida Keys. As it hits the mainland later on, it will still be a Cat 4. It will make a bee line along the west coast to Tampa/St. Pete. Praise the Lord, the eye of the storm seems to be off shore, but the winds will reach out for miles, and of course that includes us in Central Florida and even counties on the east coast. Already they have rain and wind and warnings of tornadoes there.
Dear Family, Friends and Faithful Supporters,
We think of you all more often than we write and wonder how life is going for you these days. Some of you probably have some physical complaints as we all seem to have as we age. Still there are better things to talk about, but we do wonder how best to pray for each other. We all have concerns for different ones in our families, especially as the Lord’s coming could be soon. That coming surely can’t be very long now. It does inspire hope during these days of dire warnings—the collapse of the dollar, the government wanting to confiscate our retirement funds, also seeming progress toward the evil “one world order.”
Dear Friends and Family,
New Year’s greetings to you all; the Year of our Lord 2017. I returned from Papua New Guinea just before Christmas, so we missed getting out a Christmas letter. We do hope you had a blessed Christmas with family, lifting up the Name of the Reason for the Season. I’m glad to hear so many more people these days saying the full name, CHRISTmas. No matter what else they might call it, it all comes back to HIM as the purpose for and the object of the celebration.
Dear Family, Friends, and Faithful Supporters,
We think of you often but have been waiting on more definite news before writing a news letter. Corinne’s hip replacement is doing fine. She is able to cope fairly well, so I have peace about pressing ahead with plans for my trip to Papua New Guinea.
Dear Family and Friends,
Now that we have Email and internet connection back we have no excuse for not writing and bringing you up to date on our doings and happenings.
On Saturday the 18th at 4 PM we had a monstrous storm and the lightning was getting closer and closer to us. I, Tom, was in a hurry to leave the house for quartet practice and managed to unplug our computers and that was all. While I was gone a tremendous crack and bang occurred, and Corinne said it sounded like it hit in our attic, it was so close. Well, it did affect our house and many other houses in the neighborhood. Our TV was put out and had to be repaired, telephone was cooked, must replace it. The modem that controls the phone and internet also burnt out and that is under order. All the keys in the key of “F” on the organ were knocked out. I discovered that the lightning had hit the top of a pine tree behind our house, took a narrow strip of bark off, all the way to the ground. The tree is OK, but sadly, our pawpaw (papaya) tree, heavily laden with developing fruit, broke in half and fell to the ground – so there went some future papaya for us and our neighbors. Well, Tom Bittner, one of our maintenance men here, used his Sunday afternoon to help all of us in any way he could. Thank you, Tom.
I’m sure many of you are wondering what these Palmers are up to, and are praying for God’s direction and blessing in our lives. We do appreciate every one of you and covet His blessings for you.
On April 19th we celebrated our 60th anniversary. We would have liked to have a family reunion at this time, but we knew that Jim and Judy would already be back in PNG. So we got together for a precious, enjoyable time in July last year – 28 years since our last complete family reunion. At that time we included all our grandchildren – Judy’s and Joel’s. David and Duane were still single. This time we had only our 4 children with 2 of their mates, without our 16 grands and 7 greats.
Dear Family, Friends and Faithful Supporters,
Prayer and praise points are underlined.
We think of you all more often than we write and wonder how life is going for you these days. Some of you probably have some physical complaints as we all seem to have as we age. Still there are better things to talk about, but we do wonder how best to pray for each other. We all have concerns for different ones in our families, especially as the Lord’s coming could be soon.
Tom’s second brain surgery
Greetings to all. You all know about Tom’s first brain surgery, but I have not yet told you of his down turn and need of a second surgery. (Read the July 26 update if you want background information about the first surgery.)
Just after I wrote the good news of how great Tom responded after his surgery I received the bad news. About 8 the next morning the hospital called me and told me that Tom had a down-turn and I should come immediately. Lynne White drove me to the hospital right away. During the night all seemed to be fine. At 6 Tom was able to take his medicine for his restless leg. But right after that he became unresponsive. They could not awaken him or get any response from him. That is when they called me.
Tom’s brain surgery
Greetings to all.
I think it was about the night of the 18th that Tom had a bad headache and vomited his supper. We did not go to church the next day. Tom slept all day and then again that night. The days following he had severe headaches and more vomiting. He seemed to be a bit better but on the 23rd we tried to see our primary doctor. He had just returned from vacation and was all booked up. We were told to call the next day to see if there was a cancellation.. There was the next afternoon. The doctor checked Tom over pretty well, had a sample of blood taken and gave him containers for a stool specimen. He said he would probably get the results on Monday, the 27th. We called him before 5 since he had not called us. He said the results had come but he had not had time to look them over. He said he would that night. The next day the nurse said they wanted to redo those 2 tests. It showed his iron was slightly low and to go buy some supplement that had iron in it. He was to come get another container for another stool test. However, Dad’s headaches were not improving and our nurse neighbor wanted to ask some other questions and went with me to pick up the container. Tom was going to go but he just kept falling asleep in his chair and was not washed or dressed, so we went without him. The nurse went with me to the doctor’s when I went for the container. I said I wanted to speak with the nurse so I could ask some questions. She finally said, “Just take him to the ER.” So we went home, threw a few things for Tom in a bag, took him in his bathrobe and slippers to the ER about 5:30 that evening. That was Wed. the 29th.
It is good to be Home Sweet Home again after 10 days in the local hospital. Now, we apologize that some of you have not heard about our latest health episode, so, I, Tom will review for everyone from the start. We praise the Lord for reasonably good health for our octogenarian years. All glory to Him. However, recently I was having problems with digestion and elimination so I went to our GE doctor for his help and begged for whatever checkup or test he could give me. There seemed to be some blockage. He decided to do the the full colonoscopy, even though the last one was only 3 years ago.
Dear Friends and Family,
My how the weeks fly by! Well, at our ages we are noticing how they pass so quickly in months, and even decades and… We could go on, but you know what we mean. Anyhow, with time marching on comes the consolation that the coming of our Blessed Hope is that much nearer. And with aging comes the realization that it won’t be long before we see Him either by death or by meeting Him in the air.
We are back home and ready to report on our 4-week trip along the east coast up to New York State and Pennsylvania. We had thought of continuing on to Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Alabama. We could not get peace about it and later realized that we really were not physically up to it at this time. We’re sorry for having missed some of you in those states. We both came home with a cold, and Tom’s turned into asthma, as it usually does.
Hi, Friends and Family,
“For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.” Ps 91.12-13
To paraphrase that verse to fit our situation I could say, “They shall bear thee gently to the right at the right point, at the right time, lest thou dash thy car against the truck.”
Dear Family, Friends and Supporters,
We have not had much news to report, but it is time that we shared our latest with you. We are enduring, sometimes enjoying the hot summer of the Sunshine State. We say enduring because yesterday the temperature reached 95/75 – very hot and muggy. We say enjoying because it is a lot like Lae City, Papua New Guinea, where we spent the last 6 years of our time in PNG. We prefer it here to being in states where there have been tornados, floods, landslides, terrible fires and earthquakes. We are thankful that in the two years we have been here we have not had to endure a hurricane.
Greetings from Sunny Florida, where spring has sprung and it’s half-gone toward summer already. Time really flies when your life is full – yes, even in retirement. We haven’t had much news to write about, but it is time to update you on our activities and plans.
March-April was an eventful time for us.
Greetings from Central Florida. We here have been extremely blessed. The news reported that Florida is the only one of the 50 states, including Hawaii, that presently has no snow. Even Georgia as far south as it is, was recently shut down because of snow and ice. Thousands of airplane flights have been cancelled. Many sports fans who came to New Jersey to observe the super bowl game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos enjoyed the game in fairly nice weather conditions but missed flights home because of the storm that followed. Some of our nights have been cool, but we’ve recently had daytime temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s.
In our November Update we shared with you about our trip to Papua New Guinea for the dedication of the revised Hamtai New Testament. We extended our 2-month visitors’ visas to 3 months and were able to spend time at our village house in Hipaku to sort out our belongings, have a time of teaching and bid farewell to the believers there. As we considered the trip, Tom thought he would have to face the terrible road over the mountain to get there, but at our missionary conference our area leaders suggested we go instead by helicopter, and so they made our fare the project for the conference. The generosity of the missionaries covered the cost. What a blessing it was to have a one-hour flight, landing on the basketball court by our front door rather than having to drive five hours to overnight in Lae and then 6 or 7 hours the next day to our house.
“How many copies did you say you want us to print of the revised Hamtai New Testament? Ten thousand! The order of 5,000 in 1975 was not sold out for nearly 30 years. Some copies were damaged by cockroaches and others by moisture. Where will we store that many copies? You think they might all be sold the first day? Well, we will consider it.” So went our conversation with one of the church elders who called us from Papua New Guinea on his mobile phone. We were planning on having only 5,000 printed but finally decided on a slight compromise and had 6000 printed.
What a ride! Emotions ran high. We were on top of the world, being able to be “home” again and to see some or our believer friends in the Kapau area of the Hamtai nation; to see their love expressed to us, and to hear so many thank you’s for bringing the Good News and God’s written Word to them. We kept reminding them of all the other members of our team through the years who had a part. But we being the last ones brought tears of joy and thanks, but also tears of sadness that some of them would not see us again until we meet in Glory.
“The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” Proverbs 16.9
We have enjoyed our NTM Central Area conference here at headquarters, getting to know some folk we hadn’t met, co-workers in this tremendous task God has sent us all here to do – reach the tribes of this part of Papua New Guinea. Reports from the various works were very encouraging and challenging at the same time.