My Dad near Olfernes, Norway. One of his favorite places.
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. God has made everything beautiful for it’s own time. He planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end! -Ecc 3:1,11 (NLT)
Time has flown since our last newsletter, marking countless joys, challenges and heartbreaks. Kingdom life is wide and deep, holding a time and season for every activity under heaven. Nothing escapes God’s view, nothing is without purpose and the promise of good for those who love Him and are called by His name! What comfort and peace there is in being confident in this!
We made five trips down river,
hosted pastors and missionaries in our home,
participated in four sessions of the monthly gathering of Rayaka Bible Institute,
introduced Frank Kane and his master puppetry skills to Tamira Urbina and the lower Coco river,
celebrated the Day of the Bible and Independence Day with our Miskito peeps,
traveled to the mountainous region of Matagalpa for the month of October so Tom could focus on finishing his memoir without distraction,
prayed from afar through the traumatic death of my Dad, then flew back to Colorado to heal with my family and celebrate his life
while Tom returned to Waspam to accompany the “Bridge to Grace” mission team on their 3rd trip downriver this year.
Each of these activities contained the ingredients needed to promote growth for everyone involved, on all levels, and to give a deep sense of satisfaction. God is good, all the time!
And he said to them, “ Don’t be afraid, I am here!” -John 6:20
Receiving bad news at the ophthalmologist's office
With Tom and Dr María Alejandra Alemán, the retina specialist, in her office
Now we are in Managua, having made an emergency trip to see my dentist for what I thought was an abscessed tooth. In the end, it was nothing serious, but my visit to the eye doctor yesterday proved differently. It turns out that the vision problems I have been experiencing are due to a condition called Vitreomacular Traction Syndrome. It comes with age, a pulling away of the vitreous cortex from the retina. It can be corrected if addressed early. Tomorrow I meet with the Retina specialist to review my case and set up a time for the surgical procedures needed to correct the problem in both my eyes! Needless to say, fear struck and tears fell yesterday afternoon. Plans are on hold! But today I am okay. My precious son called to remind me that I am Olympic at trusting God and all I need to do is employ what I have learned along the way, walking hand in hand with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the ultimate healer and care taker of my life. He is faithful! He is true! He is my good good Father! It is well with my soul.
With Love, Nutie