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August 1, 2009

Yesterday we received the phone call we have been waiting and praying for since last year.  The Ethiopian court ruled everything in her file is complete and complies with the law, and Favor is now officially our daughter!  We can’t wait to go and get her!  We must now have the U.S. Embassy generate a passport, visa and other paperwork for her, and then we will be given the green light to go and get our new daughter.  Rejoice with us!
On August 12, Carol and I will celebrate 25 years together. Since I turned 50 earlier this year, that means half of my life has been spent being married. It is so hard for me to remember life before Carol! Is that bad or good? Hmm … We are taking the week of Aug. 8-15 and going to Mexico. Among other things, we look forward to time together to rest, pray, read, ride bikes, snorkel, plan for the future, work on designing a blog, swimming in the ocean and taking leisurely walks on the beach.
This month, Paul and Amy will begin their last years of college while Richard starts his junior year of high school.  Over the summer Richard was voted a captain of his football team, and he is eager for football practice to begin in two days.   In closing, thanks for your prayers and support.  We need you!

This week a memorial service was held for one of our YWAM workers recently murdered for the sake of the Gospel in a Muslim restricted access nation. It was a deeply moving experience. Because of security concerns, we cannot divulge the details, but he leaves behind a wife and young children. His life left an indelible mark on all who knew him.

Once again, we are reminded of the cost of following Jesus – “No one has greater love than this – that one lays down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
In May, I led a MercyWorks assessment team to Zimbabwe to help determine how best to respond to the crisis going on in that nation.  We determined many needs a medical team could address.  We are therefore sending a MercyWorks medical team back to Zimbabwe from August 25 to September 5.  In Bulawayo, team members will conduct medical clinics at a local school, investigate micro-enterprise opportunities, and take part in ministry in churches.

Please join in praying for MercyWorks as we bring hope and lasting change to people afflicted by war, famine, extreme poverty and natural disaster.

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