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Update: June 20, 2015

Posted on: June 20th, 2015 by Christy Jansma

Dear Church,

There is little news to share. But your prayers continue on our behalf, and for that we are deeply grateful. You have been so kind to us over these last months. You have blessed us with your thoughtful words and actions. We are blessed beyond measure by you, our amazing church family. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus to us in this time of uncertainty.

Many of you have been on this journey before us. You know the shock of the words, “you have cancer”. You have experienced the alternating waves of despair and of hope. You know the tears that well up unexpectedly at a comment from a friend, or the lyrics from a song in church. You know the impatience of waiting for the next test, or the next doctor’s appointment. You’ve been confused by amazing stories of someone in exactly the same situation as you are who has been healed, or benefited from alternative treatments. You’ve known the abiding peace of God that surpasses all human explanation. You’ve been blessed by the expressions of care from friends. You can identify with us on this journey. We identify with you.

For now we remain in “God’s waiting room”. It’s a difficult place to be. The next oncology appointment is Monday, June 29. Then we will have more to report. A comparison of the scans in April and June will indicate the degree of containment or spread of the cancer. We will also know if the cancer cells qualify for the targeted molecular therapy. So during this month we wait. “Lord, teach us to number our days.”

While we wait please pray with us:

Pray for our faith, that it will be strong and resilient through this journey.
Pray for our marriage, that we will grow in love and devotion.
Pray for our kids, that their walk with Christ will grow and mature.
Pray for our daughter’s wedding, that Connie will be strong and enjoy the day.
Pray for our oncology appointment on June 29, that we will have good news to share.
Pray for the people whose lives intersect ours, that they will see Jesus through our pain.
Pray for our church, that the Holy Spirit will lead us clearly and we will follow Him willingly.

Remaining hopeful and realistic,
Ian and Connie

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