As you remember since my last update, I had to postpone my return to Mexico because of problems with my knee. Unfortunately, the MRI did not find the problem that my X-Ray seemed to suggest, but it did reveal some arthritis. The doctor gave me a Cortisone shot, which has helped with some of the pain I was having. It seems that my joint “mouse” has gone into hiding for the time being. Right now it feels pretty good and I am ready to get back to work. Please pray that this will be the last of this problem.
Just as I was getting ready to return to Mexico after my doctor’s visits, we got news from New York that my grandmother had had a stroke and had bleeding on the brain. Things looked very bad, and I joined my mom and dad in an unexpected trip to see her. Praise the Lord she has recovered for the most part and is now doing physical therapy in the hopes of returning home soon. Please pray for her health and recovery as well.
Back to Work
It’s hard to believe that my Christmas break turned into such a long time in the U.S., but I am grateful for the extra days with my parents. Nevertheless, I am ready to return to my team and ministry. I fly back to Mexico on the 16th of this month, just in time for a dental clinic in the tribe. I also have grand plans to torture my student Josiah in order to make up for some of the time we’ve missed. Our team has work groups coming to the tribe during the month of February to help with the construction on the Alkires’ house. There is also language to be learned, relationships to continue building, and team meetings to attend.
I want to take this chance to thank you for your continued prayers and support for our team. We have a long road ahead of us (often literally as well as figuratively) and know that we need to rely on HIM if we hope to have success of any kind. It is easy to be distracted by our own perceived strengths and weaknesses, but we need to be reminded that HE supplies the energy and HE alone is able. Thank you for your part in reaching the Nahuatl.