Update: April 28, 2015
Posted on: April 28th, 2015 by Christy Jansma
Dear Church Family,
Thank you for your petitions to God on our behalf. We are witness to the power of prayer in our circumstances. Connie is feeling better, is more mobile and in less pain than she has been in months. The doctors are all amazed that she has no pain, no shortness of breath or any of the typical signs of lung cancer. The only symptoms are mild fatigue, modest weight loss and some loss of appetite. We can hardly believe she has cancer. We believe this is an answer to your prayers, and we are grateful. We are trusting God for a miracle, and asking Him to permit her to enjoy Ruth’s wedding and beyond.
How we miss being with you, those we love and have served with for many years. Ian was pleased to attend all our Sunday services, but left early to avoid the tears which are always ready to flow. Connie spent Sunday quietly with two of our kids, Ben and Ruth, and their families. We are confident in our competent staff team to lead well during these unusual times. Sunday’s powerful worship services are a testament to the great team God has given us, and also that we are not indispensable. The board has given Ian freedom to be with Connie as much as needed during this critical time, for which we are deeply grateful.
Thank you for praying for Tuesday’s oncology appointment. It was another reality check as we came face to face with the seriousness of the cancer. The oncologist took the needed time with us and answered our questions. We decided to proceed with radiation treatment for 5 consecutive days, beginning on Wednesday. Not knowing how Connie will react to the radiation it is the oncologist’s recommendation that she remain in the hospital where the needed supports are available. The objective of radiation is not to reverse the cancer, but to arrest it from spreading further. Alternative therapy is an option for us following radiation.
Our grandchildren are visiting in the coming weeks. Connie’s siblings are coming from the US (Washington, Montana, Oregon, Arizona) for special times with their sister. You, our church community, are important to us and are also family. Thank you for being respectful of those traveling from a distance, allowing them priority. Knowing that many of you want to visit with Connie we will make that possible in the coming months when we return home, Lord willing.
On Sunday the story of King Hezekiah came to our memory. He was sick unto death (2 Kings 20), and prayed that God would extend his life. His request was granted and God have him an added 15 years. We believe God can do that for us and are trusting him for it. And so we invite you join us in prayer that God would be gracious and do that. We will pursue treatment with the medical team we have here AND trust God to use them to bring about healing for His glory.
Paul’s prayer for the Philippians is also our prayer for you. “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11)
Because Christ lives,
Ian and Connie
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