April 2, 2015
KK will begin her last round of Chemo today. We have so blessed by our prayer partners–the words of encouragement and the obvious prayer support.
Today’s prayer requests are:
- opportunities to share Christ with others at the Cancer Center
- peace in the process (it usually takes 6+ hours)
- effectiveness of anti-nausea meds (the week after has been a challenge but the meds have worked)
- strength to attend a weekend Resurrection Day celebration
We are so dependent on the grace of God and aware of your partnership as a part of our Prayer Team. Thanks for joining us in the next phase of this journey.
He is alive! He alive indeed!
December 29, 2014
So Far- So Good.
Our Oncology appointment went well. The pathology report had a negative reading on one of the indicators (HER2-nu). However, the Oncologist recommended an additional study that will help to rule in/out Chemotherapy. This test (Oncotype) will require at least two weeks and we must wait for the results to know what is next.
1/ Praise God for the good pathology report (round one).
2/ Pray for patience as KK waits 2 more weeks to learn about possible Chemotherapy.
3/ KK continues to have fluid retention where the lymph nodes were removed.. It is painful and has twice required a procedure to remove fluid. Pray for pain relief and that her body will begin to deal with this fluid.
Thanks for being a part of our Prayer Team.
August 14, 2012
We spent a long weekend in the Denver area. KK and I enjoyed the scenery but were especially refreshed by the 1-on-1 time. (After all her “Love Language” is Quality Time).
I woke up early Sunday morning and went to the lobby for coffee. Since it was about 5:30, and no one was in the lobby, I struck up a conversation with the night manager at the desk.
After a few minutes, I asked Justin for a late checkout time–explaining that I was heading to the Riverside Church (about a block away) and it would really help if I could stop by and change clothes before checking out.
He said, “Sure. Do you have friends there?” I responded, “Actually I am speaking there this morning.”
His countenance totally changed and he asked, “Are you some kind of priest, a pastor, or something?” I responded, “Yes, something like that….”
Then Justin asked, “Would you pray for me? My life is kindda a mess right now.”
Justin and I talked about why we can’t earn our way to heaven and why Jesus had to die on a cross. Justin and I prayed together and he started a new journey of understanding what it means to be forgiven and know Christ as his life.
I took Justin’s phone number and invited him to the 8:00 service. I told him that I understood that he had been up all night and might need to come to church another time. He got off at 7:00 and waited around so he could attend the 8:00 service! After the service, I introduced Justin to the Associate Pastor. The Pastor reported to me that Justin seemed very interested in building a relationship and said, “I’m really new at this….I could use a lot of help!”
Me too Justin! Every day I need the Gospel! Every day I need to know Christ as my life!
August 8, 2012
It’s been encouraging to hear from our prayer partners. It’s hard to explain what happens when you pray….and, it’s hard to explain how much we need it!
We face struggles–compared to some people, our challenges are small. Yet, we need to be transparent and tell our prayer partners that we continue to face spiritual warfare and need to see the hand of God in so many ways! So, here’s some updates and requests….
- Overwhelmed: so many changes and so much to do–we need peace to go slow–discernment to know what to do when–we need wisdom from above.
- Details: KK has tackled some major projects related to her mom’s estate. I’m really proud of her efforts and perseverance!
- Garage: The garage addition is going well (slow, but well). KK’s had a lot of decisions to make related to materials, colors, etc. We hope to move our furniture out of storage next month and then we have to face the possibilities of remodeling. That leads to….
- Unsettled: Even though we know taking care of “Big D” is our top priority–we don’t have our household goods and have no place of our own. Some days we’re o.k. with that…and some days it’s a struggle. We look forward to the time we can have friends and co-workers in our home.
- Extended Family: Some of you know that we have 4 grown kids & 11 grandkids. We want them all to walk with God and delight in Him. We don’t live near any of them but we are praying they will see and respond to the working of God!
- Ministry: KK has been asked to participate in 2 different ESL ministries. With so many challenges here at home, she needs discernment and direction.
- God has blessed my speaking engagements with clarity and anointing.
- The Send North America Conference was incredible. In 2011 there were 400 people in attendance and this year over 2200 attended. But it was more than just a crowd. Church planters, church planting churches, SendCity Coalitions, etc. all shared a great sense of partnership.
- KK is going to Colorado with me this weekend. We look forward to a day off…seeing the Rockies and then I am preaching at Riverside Baptist Church (Denver) this Sunday.
- I’m home next week but have 6 weeks of intense travel after that…
Thanks for reading this. And, thanks for praying us….
“…strive together with me in your prayers…” (Rom. 15:30)
July 20, 2012
The next day I talked with a young man who opened up his heart to me. He asked me to pray that he would find ways to build relationships with his neighbors—and share Christ.
We talked about his struggle and the various things he had tried to meet his neighbors. Although he longed to do more, I was impressed with his heart and thought one of his approaches was worth mentioning here…
My friend is a dad to young children. During the school year he takes his son to the bus stop VERY early in the morning. Other dads on his street take their children to the bus stop as well–so the bus stop has become a great place to meet neighbors–during the school year.
But it’s summer now and school is not in session. My friend realized he must look for other ways to talk with these dads and he must find ways to take the conversations to a deeper level —than what starts at the bus stop.
My friend is not pleased. But as I listened, I had to wonder: how many believers, living in the big cities of North America, go to the bus stop looking for ways to build relationships? At least he cares. At least he sees the need to meet other dads and long for them to know Christ.
Oh that God’s people would start a new kind of bus ministry!
July 10, 2012
Yesterday, we met with a builder. He comes from a family that has been long time friends of the Colemans. He is easy to talk with and helped us work through the details on the addition of the garage. And, I told him:
“this garage is a test. If we can come through this in one piece—we’ll talk about the rest of the remodeling that we need to get done.”
We’ve been praying about this for months and feel like this is a clear breakthrough. So, thanks for joining us in this journey.
Miami is part of the Send City strategy to reach North America.
Yesterday a couple of the next steps started to come into focus. We are planning a special conference with the IMB—it’s called EthneCity. If we are going to reach the cities of North America, we have to recognize diversity and the different People Groups (ethne) living in the cities.
Also, we are looking to help church planters host some special events that give them ways to serve their communities and make more connections. More on this later….
I am going to Miami next week to spend some time with local leadership talking about this work and praying for God’s direction. Pray for Miami.
July 7, 2012
The theme of this year’s Grandparent Camp was “Fruit of the Spirit.” We reviewed the memory verses (Gal 5:22-23) with a song…and the guys put it into a military cadence during our early morning walk.
Then our pastor asked me to preach tomorrow morning– want to guess on what topic? The Fruit of the Spirit. Thanks to the Grandkids I have had this passage on my heart for weeks. One sermon is not enough to unpack every word (Will Toburen and I preached a 3 part series back in 2006 and still couldn’t cover it all).
These verses have been working on me for years–and intensely during the last few weeks. As I prepare to share tomorrow I’m looking for a simple way to summarize the depths of this section.
- Root: Fruit comes from a Root. Only those born of the Spirit can bear the Fruit of the Spirit.
- Relationship: Not religion, rules, rituals or regulations. Relationship with God and the flow of Spirit Life puts the Life of Christ on display through His People.
- Response: We live, we walk, we are led, we follow. We do not create the fruit but we cooperate with the Life of indwelling Holy Spirit.
Prayer partners: there are two services. One traditional (at 9:00 a.m.) and one contemporary at 11:00.