Update: May 16, 2015
Posted on: May 16th, 2015 by Christy Jansma
Dear Church Family,
Connie has passed the 10 day mark since completing her radiation treatments and is beginning to feel a hopeful return to “normal”. While she experienced fatigue and nausea, the side effects were less than predicted and we are grateful. She now needs to gain strength to increase her mobility. We have experienced the effect of your prayers in recent weeks. You, along with many friends and family in our network, have carried us by your prayers. It is an amazing experience to feel the load lightened through prayer. Prayer really does make a difference, both to the circumstances and to our responses.
Rejoice with us in these answers to your prayers:
1 We recognize that we had full disclosure of Connie’s condition in response to the elders praying over her (April 7).
2 The peace of God remains an underlying constant in the midst of this storm.
3 We have never doubted or questioned the goodness of God through these disappointments.
4 There are still no symptoms of lung cancer. i.e. cough, shortness of breath, chest pain
5 The side effects from the radiation have been minimal.
6 Friends have stepped forward to volunteer with wedding details.
7 The church is being the church as we receive your expressions of love and care.
Going forward we invite you to pray with us for three specifics:
Pray that Connie is able to be fully present to enjoy Ruth and Luke’s wedding on July 11.
We have prayed for this from the beginning, and so we continue. We want Ruth to look back on her wedding day as one of the best in her life, without the shadow of Connie’s illness hanging over it. We briefly considered advancing the date, but Connie did not want Ruth’s memory of the day to be marked by cancer. We long for July 11, 2015 be a day of happy memories for our “baby girl” who will outlive both of us.
Pray that we find peace about the next step(s) we ought to take as this journey unfolds.
We have received advice from many of you about how to proceed. We appreciate your good intentions but recognize that it’s not possible to follow them all. A friend recently visiting with us prayed for wisdom to know what to pursue among all the options, and then for peace in the decisions that we take. It’s important to us that we can look back on the decisions made without any sense of uncertainty or regret.
Pray that we will discover what God wants us to learn through this journey.
We believe there are lessons to be learned through this suffering. We recognize that while we don’t desire it, this assignment has thrust us into the spotlight. We don’t want to be heroes. What does God want us to learn? You, our church family, are along on this journey and there are lessons for us to learn together. What does God want us to discover? How does He want to shape our faith community through this?
“Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.” (Philippians 1:12-14)
With thanks and deep appreciation,
Ian and Connie
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