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Update: May 30, 2015

Posted on: May 30th, 2015 by Christy Jansma

 

Dear Church,

Thank you for your many kindnesses to us. The meals you provide are regular reminders of your care. Our family, when visiting, are the benefactors and are encouraged to know the level of support we receive from you. Our yard is maintained and flowers are planted, thanks to your generosity. Our wedding is six weeks away and you have volunteered to help in strategic ways. “Thank you” is hardly enough, but we say it from the bottom of our hearts. We are humbled by your thoughtful acts of love.

Beyond those acts, thanks for your ongoing prayers which carry us through this valley. We are leaning on the strength of your prayers as we continue to experience an abiding peace. Please continue praying, and especially for these three requests:

Pray that Connie is able to be fully present to enjoy Ruth and Luke’s wedding – Connie continues to gain strength, albeit incremental. She is eating a bit more and experiencing less nausea in recent weeks. She is attempting to reduce pain medication, and is still adjusting. She is enjoying our yard and the spring weather. Her mobility is slowly improving with the aid of a walker. She enjoyed worshiping with you, and was able to attend the recent members meeting. We are six weeks from the wedding, enough time to build some reserve and increase strength.

Pray that we find peace about the next step(s) we ought to take – Connie has an appointment on Monday (June 1) in Calgary with an oncologist, specializing in lung cancer. We understand this to be a consult about the treatment options. Please pray with us. Pray that the medical experts will have discernment and insight. Pray for clarity of direction in our next steps. Pray for peace in the course that we choose. Monday’s appointment could be a watershed for us as we weigh the options. We want to look back on the decisions we make now and have no regret.

Pray that we will discover what God wants us to learn – We are learning to heed the teaching of James 4:15 and to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” We are learning to enjoy each day as a gift from the Creator God who gives life and breath. We’re learning how deep and rich our love for each other really is. While we have often taken each other for granted, we’re discovering how much we’ve grown to depend on each other through the years. We are discovering first hand what it means when we say that this is a fallen world. The world really is broken and in need of redemption. We have benefited from a book by Randy Alcorn, “If God is Good”. It’s in our church library and is a rich resource on growing faith in the midst of pain and suffering.

Those are a few things we’re learning personally. But what does God want us to learn as a church? We believe it’s not an accident that this is happening now, while we’re both actively serving our church. God could have prevented Connie from getting cancer, or He could have delayed this for five years to a time when we would be less involved. We don’t have an answer to this question, yet. This question arises from our belief that nothing ever happens in our world randomly. We may never have a satisfactory answer to the question “why now?”. But God is permitting this experience in our church at this time, and we need to be prepared to learn through it. What does God want our church family to learn?

That’s our update at this point. Again, we deeply appreciate your support and encouragement. You are the hands and feet of Jesus to us. While none of us would volunteer to choose this journey, we can’t imagine going through it without you. “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day appearing.” (Hebrews 10:25) You minister encouragement to us and we thank you.

Remaining confident because Christ lives,
Ian and Connie

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