From Rusty, with some editing for clarity by me:
Great news! Everything appears to be stable in my blood work and lymph nodes! My lymph nodes have not enlarged since the last time I came in, so I'll get lab work and a CT scan done again in 3 months. The doctor says there is a possibility that cancer could still be hiding in the nodes, but he says there's a higher chance that they are just a reaction to everything. But he/we will be monitoring closely!
The doc said some doctors report lymph nodes sizes differently, sometimes they're so small that they're "non enlarged by CT criteria", so on the last CT they may have seen it but said it wasn't worth mentioning. The lymph nodes going back to normal would be ideal, from what I understand! Because that would be a clear indication that they were just reacting and aren't hosting cancer. If there's no change in the lymph nodes he said he'd order another set 3 months later. Typically they'd wait another 6 months, but he wants to keep a close eye on them.
So our next prayer request: may those lymph nodes go back to the size of their brethren!
Rusty, and we, thank you for your prayers. We are grateful for your continued prayers.
Valerie and Nicasio
Hello Father Mike,
Greetings! Spring has been beautiful! Summer is right around the corner! I thought about you while I was out taking a walk in the metro parks. It is rare when we see each other face to face so I took a selfie to include in this newsletter so I can send you a smile. I think the greatest challenge I have when writing my newsletter is to adequately express my gratitude for you. Our partnership in doing the ministry in the Middle East and Central Asia is always on my mind and in my heart. With God's help and your financial support and prayers, we do this together! God uses your gifts to touch lives with His love! Thank you! My schedule in 2021 has been full! Thank God! You heard from me after I returned from Kurdistan. Recently I returned from Lebanon. The doors for more outreach are opening up as the year unfolds! Please pray!
PRAYER NEEDS LISTED BELOW!
I was blessed to return to Lebanon with a team recently. Again, God used us to give help to hurting people using the powerful ministry called New Hope Trauma Healing. We are trained to use the stories from the word of God. We met with families in their homes. First we listen as they tell us their story, then we pray and share with them stories from the Bible: The deeply profound story of Job. The beautiful and impactful story of Joseph, a son of Jacob. The happy story of creation. The sad story of the fall and God's mercies and promises in the midst of heartache, and more. God speaks into their lives to give them Hope. Hope that has a reason! The reason for our Hope is Jesus. Many people in Lebanon have been deeply hurt by the explosion that happened less than a year ago and now, by the current situation. The government has collapsed and the economy is in shambles. Common people are trying to survive day to day. They desperately need our prayers! We hope to mobilize another team to possibly go to Lebanon in September.
Prayers for Healing
Ten months ago a massive explosion happened in Lebanon. 207 deaths, 7,500 injuries, and 15 billion US$ in property damage, and leaving an estimated 300,000 people homeless. God has opened hearts and Houses of Peace using Trauma Healing.