In November of every year I have the privilege of being part of the world's largest medical missions conference, the Global Missions Health Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky. This year the conference will be 8 to 10 November and I have again been invited to lead one of the breakout sessions. This year the topic will be Recent Developments in HIV.
If you are attending the conference, I would love to meet you. If you are not aware of the conference, go to http://www.medicalmissions.com/conferences/gmhc-2012 for information and to register.
Hope to see you in Louisville!
Then, on the 15th of November I am heading to Africa for more seminars. This trip will take me to three countries I have never had the opportunity to visit before, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Chad.
Please be in prayer for me on this trip and for my family who will be staying home in Florida.
If you are going to be in one of those countries while I am, please let me know so that I can provide you with the name and contact information for the seminar host who will be able to give you information about participating or meeting with me while I am there.
The past few months have been very challenging for this ministry and our family.
In June my wife, Kathy, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery on the 13th of July and we are very happy to be able to say she is now cancer free.
The week before her surgery, on the fourth of July I had a minor heart attack and spent a couple of days in the hospital. Again, we are so thankful that it was minor enough that there was no damage to my heart.
Actually our challenges started last year when our youngest daughter, Jennifer, was diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer. In February of this year she moved into our home with her children (Destiny who will be 15 this month and Cisco who is now 11). Her health declined over time. She was in terrible pain that finally ended with her death one month ago today, the 5th of September.
Her children are living with us and we are all working through some major transitions in our lives including Cisco being in his first year of middle school and Destiny starting high school.
Through all of this God has proven that Paul was right when he wrote in Philippians 4:7 about the peace that surpasses all understanding (what I like to call the peace that doesn't make any sense). That peace from God has truly "guarded our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." What a blessing it is to