Dear family and friends,

Greetings to you from the Sunshine State. Smile Even though we are getting some cooler temperatures, we still see the sun on a regular basis.

A couple of years ago I received a special gift from a friend. It is a little box 2 ½ inches by 6 inches by 1 inch deep and sits on a bookshelf in our living room. On the front of the box are the following words: “Every day of your life is an opportunity to be a blessing to someone.” An old hymn says it this way: Make me a blessing. Out of my life, may Jesus shine. Make me a blessing to someone today. Please pray for us as we look for opportunities to serve those around us.

This week our neighbor Mabel is excited to be moving from a duplex on our street up to the Latham Center, which is our Assisted Living Facility. Our maintenance guys have painted the walls of her room and closet. The total size of her new home is 277 square feet. This includes the living room /bedroom area as well as the walk-in closet and the bathroom. A couple of our volunteers (from Wisconsin and Connecticut) installed the new carpet. On Friday another of the volunteers (from West Virginia) helped me with the final cleaning of the bathroom as well as the closet shelves, the window, the air conditioner, and the ceiling fan with light fixtures. Mabel is 93 years old and spent 55 years serving the Lord in Bolivia, South America. She is ready to get a bit of extra help with her tasks of daily living. Mabel enjoys playing the piano, even though her eyesight is not all that keen. She seems to have the music written in her head as the music just seems to flow from her fingers. As we have been getting her room ready for her, we have heard her giving some short “concerts” on the piano in the lobby area of the Assisted Living Facility (ALF). The joy of the Lord is evident in her face. Once Mabel moves in, all 25 resident’s rooms in our ALF building will be occupied.

Brad took the above picture. This photo was taken in front of our new chapel. In the photo you can see staff members, retired residents who live independently in the duplexes, those who live in our Assisted Living Facility, and our volunteers who come down in the winter months to help out here. This will give you an idea of who all lives here at NTM Homes. (I am standing to the right of one of the posts). Of course Brad is not in the picture since he is the one behind the camera. I think he prefers it that way!

Brad’s next doctor’s appointment is in early February. So far the rheumatologist has diagnosed that Brad has rheumatoid arthritis. Brad is not as concerned about the pain as much as he is about his energy level, which is quite low at times. So far, Brad has had some x-rays, and a number of tests from the bloodwork, to see how advanced his case is. The doctor has given him a couple of different medications to try to see if they can be of help.

Please pray:

  • Brad and I desire to be a blessing to our retired residents as well as the staff members here at NTM Homes.
  • Mabel will be making many adjustments as she gets used to her “new” home.
  • Brad’s doctor needs wisdom to find the right combination of medications that will be of help to Brad.

We are so very thankful for your prayers and partnership in the gospel.

By His grace,

Wanda (and Brad) Hull