Lana Elder

I'm believin'!

Chock-full of Faith

I just wanted to follow up with everyone on my visit to my oncologist on Wednesday. She put together a treatment plan that would use chemotherapy to help shrink the tumors and would alleviate any symptoms from the cancer that I might have down the road. She also explained that treating stage 4 cancer is like treating diabetes. You can manage the symptoms of diabetes with insulin but it is something that you will have the rest of your life. In the same way, the treatments I would have for any symptoms of my cancer would be something I would likely need for the rest of my life. She said I could take a break from the chemo for a couple of months from time to time, but that the tumors will most likely grow back and then I would be back on the chemo to shrink them.

However, currently, I feel very few symptoms and have a lot of hope from the prayers and nutritional changes I’ve been making.  She agreed to let me continue doing what I’ve been doing and check the status of my tumors in two months. I was so thankful and happy that she agreed to this. I could have kissed her! Yesterday (Thursday) I met with a nutritional doctor to help me determine the best way to build up my immune system over the coming months. I have also read many books regarding nutritional approaches to treating cancer. I am currently taking more supplements than anyone I know but I feel very good about this approach and I’m so thankful to be able to treat the cancer this way. I’m praying my tumors will continue to shrink and disappear through prayer and nutrition.

On a funnier side note, as we the left nutritionist yesterday, walking out with a bag chock-full of supplements, Eric said he felt like he was in a scene from the movie “The Princess Bride” when two men take their friend Westley to see Miracle Max.  Even though they thought Westley was dead, it turned out he was only “mostly” dead according to Miracle Max, so he made a special pill to bring him back to life.  As the two friends left with the pill in their hands and their friend Westley over their shoulders, Miracle Max and his wife Valerie are seen standing at the door waving. Valerie then leans into Miracle Max and says, “Think it’ll work?” to which Miracle Max says, “It would take a miracle!” and they just keep waving. (It’s a great movie if you haven’t seen it.) Apparently, that’s how Eric felt leaving the nutritionist yesterday with all these pills, smiling and waving and thinking “It would take a miracle!” Thankfully, he makes me laugh. I credit him for most of the wrinkles on my face! I told Eric I feel like some people think I am like Westley….that I’m “mostly” dead. But I just want you all to know I’m alive and well. I continue to eat very healthy and exercise (either walking, running, weights, or stretching). I also know it probably will take a miracle to cure me from this disease. But thanks to your prayers, I’m chock-full of faith, too!

So thank you for adding your prayers to mine! I do believe they make a difference. A psalm I read last night that encouraged me is Psalm 121.

I lift up my eyes to the hills— 
   where does my help come from? 
My help comes from the LORD, 
   the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip— 
   he who watches over you will not slumber; 
indeed, he who watches over Israel 
   will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD watches over you— 
   the LORD is your shade at your right hand; 
the sun will not harm you by day, 
   nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all harm— 
   he will watch over your life; 
the LORD will watch over your coming and going 
   both now and forevermore.

I am very much aware that my help comes from the Lord. But I also know that God works through His people and I have seen Him working through many of you. Whether it’s a word of encouragement, a prayer, a card, or a gift, I sense God working through you all to encourage and strengthen me. You are being the hands, feet and body of Christ to me. So thank you again for everything. May God bless you back abundantly!!

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The Shrinking Lump

We have just finished with the ultrasound of the lump in my breast.  It’s still there, but the good news is that the lump is smaller! Praise God!! The radiologist said it’s measuring 20% smaller than a month ago and that this is unusual. He said he has never seen a lump like this go away or shrink without treatment, and that this was highly unusual and he didn’t have a great explanation for why this is happening. He also said the lump has settled in the soft tissue of the ribs which partly explains why I have a hard time finding it. But he did say it is indeed smaller in size and not as tall as it was a month ago, measuring only 1.2 cm instead of 1.5 cm last month. While we were hoping that the lump would be gone completely, the fact that it has shrunk at all is encouraging to us that God is answering prayers and perhaps using the nutritional steps I have taken to cause this to happen. The doctor didn’t know if this is an indicator of what may be happening in the rest of my body or not as he has never seen this happen before. Please continue to pray with us for a healthy dose of wisdom as we meet with the oncologist on Wednesday to discuss our next steps.  We’re continuing to praise God for this good report. Here’s a Psalm that you can use to praise God with us.

Psalm 100
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness;
  come before Him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God.
  It is He who made us, and we are His;
  we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving
  and His courts with praise;
  give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For the LORD is good and His love endures forever;
  His faithfulness continues through all generations.

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Back from California

Hello all! I wanted to let you all know how much I appreciate your prayers, cards, gifts and notes of encouragement. I feel constantly lifted up before God. You all are amazing! I had an incredible week in California with my daughter Makari. We both loved Bethel school and she has already filled out her application to attend next year. Many people laid hands on me and prayed for my healing while I was there. And I, along with many of you fasted and prayed for 24 hours last Monday. I continue to believe that God can and will heal me from this disease and I know your prayers continue to make a difference. I posted earlier that the lump in my breast has shrunk significantly and I believe it is a direct result of your prayers. Thank you all again and again. I also am very thankful that my doctor has scheduled another ultrasound on Monday March 5th to check the lump. Yea! I am looking forward to hearing and seeing those results as I know many of you will be too!!

While I was at Bethel I bought a little booklet for my kids called “4 Most Important Things.” It really spoke to me so I wanted to share some of what it says here.

Number 1 “God is in a good mood.” So true. He really does love you and is totally for you. If you know that God is for you and not against you, you will be able to look at each situation as something that will eventually result in good. (Romans 8:31 & Romans 8:28)
Number 2 “Jesus’ blood paid for everything.” God sent Jesus to pay for all of our sins and all of our diseases. Psalm 103:2-3 “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits– who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.”
Number 3 “I am important.” Yes, you are! He cares for you deeply. 1 Peter 5:7 says “Cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you.”
Number 4 “Nothing is impossible.” Let me hear an AMEN! Jesus said in Matthew 19:26 “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

I hope the words from this little booklet encourage you in whatever situation you may be facing. I also want you to know I am open to whatever treatment options God may have for me. I did a MUGA scan on my heart on Friday and I have an appointment with my oncologist on Wednesday. But the appointments I look forward to the most are the ones I have with God everyday and throughout the day! Love you all.  Lana

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Thank you!

Thank you all for “praying and fasting” for me. I really believe God heard and answered your prayers. Let the “praise and feasting” begin! 🙂

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Dear Sweet Saints,

Thank you for your prayers both today and everyday. I am so extremely grateful. I am adding an “Amen and amen! Let it be Lord!” to your prayers. I am so full of faith today I feel like I could move a mountain. And because of that I want to ask if anyone has any prayer requests of their own I would be honored to pray for you as well. You can either post it here or send a personal message to me.

I am reminded of a scripture in Romans 8:11 that says “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.” I believe that my body is completely full of life. I pray death and disappearance to any cancer cell in my body and life abundant to every good cell. In Jesus’ name.

In Romans 10:9 it says, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” I believe 100% that this is true!! I have eternal salvation because of my BELIEF that Jesus died on the cross for my sins. And therefore I also want to BELIEVE the very words of Jesus in Mark 16:15-18 that say, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever BELIEVES and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not BELIEVE will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who BELIEVE: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, AND THEY WILL GET WELL.” I’m BELIEVIN’!  I BELIEVE Jesus for my salvation and also for my healing!

I say this all to encourage you that your prayers will be answered and I will be healed. Again, if there is anything I can be praying for you please post it or message it to me and I will be happy to join my prayers to yours and pray in faith for whatever you need. Thanks again for lifting my request up to heaven. I have complete peace about everything and know His presence is right here with me. There really is no better place. May God bless you all back for your sacrifice and prayers. Love and hugs to you all. Lana

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Praying here in Illinois

Hitting our knees in prayer here in Illinios! We’re praying for Lana’s healing and more, that God would heal her body completely and gloriously and through it all that His name would be glorified in ways that go beyond anything we could ask or imagine.

We’re also praying through Psalm 20 for her, line by line. Thanks so much for joining us in prayer anytime throughout the day!

Love, Eric and family

PSALM 20

May the LORD answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May He send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.
May He remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.
Selah

May He give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
We will shout for joy when you are victorious
and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the LORD grant all your requests.

Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed;
He answers him from His holy heaven
with the saving power of His right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm.

O LORD, save the king!
Answer us when we call!

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Hit Your Knees!

(Note from Eric:  Here’s a message I’ve just posted on my website at The Ranch that I wanted to make sure was posted on Lana’s blog as well.  Words cannot express how thankful we are for your prayers!)

Dear friends,

In my message last week, I shared that I could use some encouragement, and thanks to your prayers and God’s help, I got it!  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all your prayers and notes and words of encouragement.

In case you missed last week’s message, I shared that my wife Lana and I were surprised a few weeks ago to find out that she has breast cancer, and we were even more surprised to find it was not just one lump in her breast, but had already spread, with multiple tumors showing up on CT scans and MRI’s throughout her lungs, liver and spine.

This news was devastating, as you can imagine.  But within hours of sending out our note asking for your encouragement, prayers started coming in from all over the world, from places like Kenya and Ghana, Malaysia and the Bahamas, Qatar and Dubai and all over the U.S.  The prayers of the saints were spreading faster than any cancer ever could!

I heard from a chaplain of a prison in New Mexico who said that all of the inmates in his prison were going to be praying for my wife.  I heard from another man in Uganda who said:

“I bet you or your husband has never been to Uganda. Yet you have. This Day’s Thought has been the highlight of my inbox since 2007. I feel like I know you, the picture is more complete with the family photo. Am surely praying for you.”

As the week went on, God continued to speak to us, reminding us that Jesus already drank the cup of death for us, and that He was holding out a cup of life to us instead!  We feel that Jesus wants us to drink from His cup of life, and drink deeply.  Whereas I wrote my message last week in part to comfort my own soul in the event that this cancer might take my wife’s life, this week I’m writing with full faith and confidence that God could heal her in a moment, completely and gloriously! And I’m thrilled to say that this miracle may have already begun!

The day after we sent our prayer request to you, Lana noticed that the tumor in her breast had shrunk suddenly and significantly.  And by 4 o’clock in the morning, she wasn’t sure if she could even find it at all!  We began to pray hard that this would be just an indicator of what’s going on in the rest of her body, that the cancer is being driven out by the power of God, and what was once in the darkness must now flee in the light!

We’ve been praying toward that for the rest of the week, and with that in mind, I’d like to ask you to consider praying and fasting along with me and hundreds of others who have already told us they’ll be praying with us during a special 24 hour prayer vigil for my wife.  You don’t have to go anywhere special, just pray wherever you are starting tomorrow morning, Monday, February 27th at 7:00 a.m. Central Time (-6 GMT), through Tuesday morning, the 28th, at 7:00 a.m.  We’re going to be praying and fasting that God would spare Lana’s life, confessing that her life and ministry isn’t at the end, but that it’s just at the beginning in a whole new way!

We believe that even one prayer, offered in faith, has tremendous power!  As the Bible says:

“And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” (James 5:13-16).

One prayer, offered in faith, can make the sick person well.  One prayer, offered in faith, can bring forgiveness.  One prayer, offered in faith, can stop the rain or start it up again.  One prayer, offered in faith, can lead us to eternal life.  As the Apostle Paul said:

“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).

We’re praying and believing for Lana’s healing, not just because we’re afraid she’ll die, but because we believe that it pleases the heart of God whenever we pray a prayer offered in faith.

Whereas last week I felt like I needed a cheerleader to keep me up in my spirits, this week I’m feeling like being the cheerleader, cheering you all to stand up and clap and shout and make some noise for the Lord.  I remember watching cheerleaders at a college football game stand in front of one section of a stadium full of people.  The cheerleaders would raise their arms and shout to the people to do the same, calling on them to lift their hands, too, and to shout and clap and stomp their feet for the victory that they were hoping would soon come.  Then the cheerleaders would move to the next section and call on them to stand up on their feet and do the same.  Then they’d take off running around the stadium, going from section to section, until the whole stadium was on their feet, clapping and shouting and stomping!  As this message goes around the world this week, I want to call upon all of you to stand to your feet in prayer and praise, shouting and clapping and making some noise for the Lord!  (You don’t have to do it out loud, but you can do it in your spirit if you want!)

While it may seem selfish of me to call on so many of you to pray so intensely for my wife and myself and my family, after reading your notes and letters this week, I know for sure that this is not just about saving her life for my sake or the sake of the kids, but for God’s sake and what He is wanting to do through this to bring glory to His name.  I pray this is yet another testimony that will bring hope and healing and salvation to people all over the world.  So with that in mind, I want to encourage you to pray with us, and fast with us, for 24 hours this week. that Lana’s healing would be complete and glorious, and that God’s name would be glorified through it all!

There are times when fasting should be done in secret.  But there are other times in the Bible where fasting is done in the light, in full view of everyone, like when Esther was about to make a special request of the king to save her people, but which could cost her her life. Esther said:

“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16).

Esther declared her fast, publicly and widely, because she knew that God could use those prayers for the salvation of many, many souls.  Esther was placed in a unique position to call this fast, and I believe Lana has been placed in a similar position.  As Esther’s cousin said to her just before she declared her fast:

“And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14b).

If you’d like some ideas for how to fast and pray, here’s a link to a website that I’ve found helpful. (7 Steps To Fasting)

If you’re thinking of joining us, I’d like to encourage you by sharing a note I received this week from a dear friend who had mistakenly, but thankfully, thought that the day of prayer and fasting was last Monday instead of this coming one.  As she set out to fast and pray for 24 hours, she wrote to us and said:

“This morning, I pledge a day of fasting and hourly prayer for Lana’s healing. I pray for her recovery and the Lord granting her 50 more years of ministry at Eric’s side. I pray for the possibility of unbelievers hearing of Lana’s healing and following their curiosity to the Gospel. I pledge to pray each hour for Lana’s healing not only for the benefit of her family and friends, but for the benefit of the Body of Christ. May God hear my pleas.”

Then, when her fast was nearly complete, she wrote:

“Lana and Eric, Soon – as in fifteen minutes – my day of fasting and prayer will be over, so I wanted you to know how much it meant to me to carry you both in my heart and mind all day.  During the day and night, I remembered many moments of laughter and friendship, but I thought mostly about how you express your faith. It is inspiring, yes, but also challenging, because your faith makes me – and those who listen to me share about your work – question if we are doing as much, being as faithful. While I know comparison is not the answer, I can’t help but think that the Lord uses those moments to nudge me, and others, along. Lana, you are so dearly loved and I am in your debt for thousands – yes thousands – of little ways you have encouraged my faith. P.S. While praying about whether or not I should commit to doing the fast and prayer day, I went to check the dates so that my prayers could be added to others. I believed I saw 20-21. I was convinced, in fact, so I was shocked to read, this morning, that the prayer vigil is set for next week. So, it is my hope that the Lord directed me to this day for His purposes, but I will add my prayers to the others on the 27th as well. :)”

I am fully convinced that God directed her to pray for us that day, and I would love for you to join us in prayer, too, whether it’s on the the 27th and 28th, or at any other time when you receive this note.  I’m sure time zones and dates don’t mean nearly as much to an eternal God as they do to us here on earth!

But if you’d like to join us on this special day when hundreds of others will be praying, too, we’re starting as 7:00 a.m. Central Time (-6 GMT) on Monday, February 27th through 7:00 a.m. on the 28th.  You don’t have to go anywhere special to pray, just pray wherever you are.  And if you’d like to post your prayers on Lana’s blog, or read the prayers of others, you can do so anytime at lanaelder.com.

And at some point during your prayers, can I encourage you to “hit your knees,” by kneeling on the ground?  As one of our friends said who is organizing this special day of fasting and prayer:

“Hit your knees when you pray, because we want Satan to feel the earth tremble as we pray for Lana.”

I know I’ll be hitting my knees several times tomorrow, and I’d love for you to do the same.  If you need some words to pray for Lana throughout the day, here’s a Psalm I’ve been praying over her, line by line, for the past few days.  I pray it encourages you in making your own requests to God as well!

May the LORD answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May He send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.
May He remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.
May He give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
We will shout for joy when you are victorious
and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the LORD grant all your requests.

Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed;
He answers him from His holy heaven
with the saving power of His right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm.
O LORD, save the king!
Answer us when we call!
(Psalm 20: 1-9)

Thanks again so much!  Your words and prayers are already glorifying God in ways that go beyond anything we could ask or imagine!

Will you pray with me?

Father, thank You for what you are already doing in this situation with Lana, both in the healing we believe is taking place in her body, and the glorifying of your name that is taking place around the world.  Let this day of prayer and fasting be a testimony to Your power, Your might, and Your victory over darkness, once and for all.  We pray for healing and more, that You would heal Lana’s body, completely and gloriously, and through it all, that Your name would be glorified in ways that go beyond anything we could ask or imagine.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Joshua 1:9 T-ShirtP.S.  Many of you have asked if there’s anything you can do for us during this time.  Your prayers mean the most to us, and have helped us already so much.  And while I’m extremely hesitant to say so, the gifts that some of you have been sending in to our ministry at this time have been extremely helpful and a tremendous blessing as well.  I don’t want to use this situation in any way that looks like I’m trying to raise funds for the work we’re doing here.  Yet I know that God has so much He wants to do in and through us and the financial pressure of running the ministry and dealing with all of this at the same time is sometimes almost more than I can bear.  I’m trusting in God every step of the way, but I must also confess that the gifts you’re sending are going a long way towards helping us personally right now, and practically as we continue to try to use this ministry to reach out to people in the name of Christ throughout the world.  Our same friend who has asked you to “hit your knees” in prayer has also donated some special T-Shirts she has made to remind you to pray for Lana.  The shirt has a verse printed on it from Joshua 1:9 that says: “Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your GOD will be with you wherever you go.”  Our friend would be glad to send you one of these special T-Shirts anywhere in the world for a donation of any size to our ministry.  If you’d like to make a donation and get a T-Shirt as a reminder to pray for Lana and our family, just click the link below.  Your gifts really do make a difference, and our friend is glad to send you this gift as her way of saying thanks!
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Bone Biopsy Result

Well, the results are in. My bone biopsy confirms that the cancer in my bones seems to be similar to the cancer in my breast. So it most likely started in my breast and spread from there. It’s possible I may still need to do a lung biopsy to confirm that it is also the same breast cancer there and not a separate lung cancer. We will see. In other news, the biopsy report also had an indicator of the aggressiveness of my cancer. It’s called a Ki-67 factor. Apparently anything over 20% is considered aggressive. My Ki-67 factor was 70%! For some reason when I found out it made me laugh! (Now I know you are probably all concerned about my mental state right now. And maybe you should be!! I do tend to laugh in the face of adversity…or maybe just at inappropriate times.) The verse that came to mind was one that some dear friends gave me on Sunday from Psalm 112: 7-8…

 “He will have no fear of bad news; 
   his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. 
His heart is secure, he will have no fear; 
   in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.” 

The biopsy report does seem rather bleak. But thankfully my God is powerful. He’s the Great Physician and His report supersedes any other! He already knows what’s going on and has everything under control. In the mean time, I am also trying to do my part nutritionally. I’ve adopted a plant-based, no-sugar diet with many supplements.  I’m still praying about what else God might want me to do next, and will talk to the doctors more next week.

I hope this latest report doesn’t scare you, but maybe encourages you all to keep praying fervently for my healing. And God will receive all the glory for healing me from such a seemingly dire situation. On that note- I am attending a healing service tomorrow morning @ 9:00 a.m. at Bethel as well as a special inner healing session tomorrow afternoon @ 4:30 p.m. I’m blessed to be able to be here and experience this.

Thank you again for your many prayers and encouraging notes. I reread them many times to encourage myself. May God bless you back in multiple ways!!!

With great love for all of you, Lana

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Feeling Refreshed

Dear friends, I am so overwhelmed by your prayers, gracious notes and words of encouragement.  I can understand what Paul said to Philemon in chapter 1, verse 7, which says, “Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brothers (and sisters) have refreshed the hearts of the saints.”  My heart is refreshed and I am encouraged by all of your prayers.  There’s a verse in Revelation chapter 5, verse 8, that talks about the prayers of the saints being like bowls of incense.  I can just imagine with all of your prayers, that the heavenly army has been very busy bringing full bowls of incense to the throne of God.  Saying thank you just doesn’t seem like enough.  I want to tell you I am so encouraged.  I know you’re all praying and I believe your prayers are being answered.  I believe the lump in my breast is getting smaller.  Really.  Is that not amazing!  Our God is so good!  In Revelation it says that they will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.  I just want to testify that the lump is getting smaller.  I know that this has got to be a direct answer to the prayers you all are praying.  Please continue to pray that the lump disappears, as well as those in my lungs, liver and back.  Thank you again for interceding on my behalf.  My eyes well with tears many times as I read your notes.  I am deeply grateful.

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The Twilight Zone

Thanks so much for everyone’s prayers.  Eric and my family and I feel so loved and cared for.  Your prayers have helped more than you know.  I was supposed to have two procedures today, the first was going to be a biopsy of a tumor in my lung, but they decided to postpone that one till after my trip to Bethel College in California this week. My daughter Makari and I will be visiting a friend of ours and receiving some special prayers for healing as well as checking out the school for Makari for next year. This school emphasizes the ministry of healing and so we are looking forward to them praying for us on the 27th which is the day our friends have organized a day of prayer and fasting for us. We had planned this trip several weeks ago, and my doctor said it was fine for us to still go.  So, this morning when I asked the biopsy doctor when I could resume normal activities I was surprised to hear him say, “The only thing you can’t do is fly for two weeks.” (Because there is a chance my lungs might have collapsed during the flight.) Good thing to know!!! So thank you for praying and for (I believe)  prompting me to ask that question. They went ahead and did the bone biopsy today and we’ll have the results later in the week.  They want to be sure the bone cancer is related to the breast cancer, and not another kind. They gave me a “twilight sedative,” which kept me partially awake.  I felt a bit like everything going on was a little surreal, just like this whole experience!  I’m having some back pain tonight, but that’s to be expected after this procedure. And I actually can’t imagine having pain in my lungs at the same time as the pain in my back so I’m so thankful I only had one procedure done today! A friend gave us this verse yesterday that has helped.  It’s from Psalm 112:7-8:

“The righteous will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.  Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.” While we know we’re not righteous, through Christ’s forgiveness we’ve been made righteous.  So we’re trying not to fear, and praying that God will triumph in the end.  We can see how He is triumphing already in this situation through all of your prayers and stories and notes of encouragement.  So thank you again.  We love you.

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