Vietnam Children

Greetings from hot, dry Ho Chi Minh City. We have been delightfully busy the last three days. Wednesday we had the opportunity to see the three of the children scheduled to receive cardiac repair surgery. The first was a seven year old boy who is an orphan.  He lives in a pagoda with a monk.  The second is a two-month old girl connected to many tubes and wires. A stabilization waiting period in the hospital is usually practiced by these surgeons.We were able to meet the parents, give them a gift and hold up the little one before our heavenly father.

Alleyway Surgical Fund

The Alleyway Surgical Fund for Vietnamese Children with Congenital Heart Disease will be set up soon.   This is a joint venture with Alleyway Ministries and Heritage Baptist Church.  All money collected will be given through the Sponsorial Association for Poor Patients in Vietnam and the Bryan Kroll Foundation in Lynchburg, Virginia.  There will be a list available of pictures and conditions of ten children who need this kind of surgery now.  It would cost tens of thousands of dollars to perform these surgeries here in the US, but will cost between 3,000 and 6,700 US dollars in Vietnam.  We believe we can help these families of children who need the surgery and have set up the fund for this purpose.

Pain and Recovery

Another fast trip to the ER on Wednesday, September 19, gave the surgeon a chance to look at the wound again. We are so grateful for the good care and concern of the personnel at Lynchburg General Hospital and the doctors we have dealt with. It has turned out to be a slow and painful recovery, still in progress.
We went back to the doctor a week later, and he said it is healing.  The wound still looks bad to me (Mary B) but it is better than it was.  The next doctor's visit should tell us everything is progressing nicely.

Time in the Emergency Department


Tuesday, Sept 11, 2012 my husband injured his leg (not with a chain saw!). I took him to immediate care facility an hour later, and we were sent home after seeing a doctor. The pain and swelling in his foot started later and I took him to the ER at 9 p.m. At 1:30 a.m. we were sent home again with pain killers and instructions to keep his foot elevated. At least no surgery was required to drain the area.
Friday, Sept 14

Summer Activities

In family news, we attended our granddaughter's graduation on Friday night and caught a really early morning flight to St. Louis the next day for our grandson's wedding on Saturday afternoon. In addition to these activities, we went to friends' graduation parties and birthday parties for two other grandsons. Our granddaughter was the honoree at a “going away” party anticipating her leaving for China.

May 2012

My mind recently went back to a conversation with a young man we met in XXXX, China who had just heard our message.  The more we talked, the clearer the issue was to him. As I sit down to write, I still wonder what has become of that conversation.

We have communicated back to our Vietnamese and Chinese contacts. I made pertinent notes for future plans and joined in group meeting strategy sessions with our co-workers. Now our focus is on stateside ministry, as least for the late spring and summer.

Christmas 2011

This year, we have been in Texas, China twice, Israel (We were at the Garden Tomb on Easter Sunday) Guatemala, Vietnam, North Carolina, and New York to visit our youngest son who moved north with his family this summer.

Yes, we felt the earthquake on August 23rd whose epicenter was in Virginia.

While home, we have been working in Pamplin and also in Appomattox, Virginia on Sundays and Wednesdays.

As you can see, we try to keep busy, but we do want to send our best wishes your way and join you in celebrating the Incarnation.

Why Jesus is Better Than Santa Claus

Why is Jesus better than Santa Claus?

Santa lives at the North Pole ...JESUS is everywhere.

Santa rides in a sleigh ..JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.

Santa comes but once a year ...JESUS is an ever present help.

Santa fills your stockings with goodies ...JESUS supplies all your needs.

Santa comes down your chimney uninvited ...JESUS stands at your door and knocks,
and then enters your heart when invited.

You have to wait in line to see Santa ...JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.

Santa lets you sit on his lap ...JESUS lets you rest in His arms.

Santa doesn't know your name, all he can say is"Hi little boy or girl, what's your name?" ..
JESUS knew our name before we were born...Not only does He know our name,

St. Vincent in December 2010

Fortunately, James Jackson was at the airport to meet us as we arrived in St. Vincent and had no idea where we were staying and the address.  Immigration officials do not like that, but we did get through when they were assured we had friends in the country.
Yes, it was hot and sunny and humid....when it wasn't raining occasionally. Christmas music seems out of place even in December.
Jim taught Sunday school and preached the morning and evening service at the Community Baptist Church on Sunday in Camden Park.  We have gotten to know Sharon Jackson and their almost two-year-old Joanna.

Shipping for Cardiac Ultrarsound Machine

February 2010 Unbelievable

We have just received word that the shipping cost of the cardiac ultrasound machine we sent to Vietnam in January will not cost us as much as previously thought, due to the late arrival of the machine. We have already collected more than enough money to cover our costs for which we are extremely thankful. Some of the funds came from sources we are aware of and some we are not, but we are extremely grateful for all who have joined with us to send the machine to give better cardiac care to Vietnamese citizens.

Guatemala Report

July 6 2009

Hopefully, all you who pray for us and support us will forgive my four-day tardiness in briefing you on our ministries activities the state of Zacara, Guatemala. I enjoyed a small part of a ministry under Allow The Children and the Timberlake college group. We were connecting with Esperanza de Vida, a Guatemalan ministry committed to extending the gospel and help to needy citizens ranging from the new born to the aged. The NGO ministry, located on over a thousand acres three hours north of Guatemala City is superbly equipped for short term mission groups to come along side for 1 to 4 weeks and join them in their efforts in behalf of the needy.

Helping one another

As dawn lightens Ho Chi Minh City, Le Van Tam Park across the street from the Vietnamese hotel where we stay is teeming with people. By sunrise there are people walking around the inner perimeter of the park with others exercising individually or in groups in various places, badminton games in progress, hacky sack games going on, and a few people socializing on a park bench. Not only are men and women engaged in playing badminton, some are just batting the birdie back and forth. It may be a couple, two women or an older woman with a granddaughter.

Medical Missions

In March of 2008, we, along with two American doctors and a nurse, met a group of about 35 or 40 people from a Church in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to travel to Vinh Long province in the Mekong Delta for medical clinics. We planned to help them by bringing in the state-of-the-art cardiac ultrasound machine and the doctor to interpret findings as well as other medical personnel to treat indigent patients.

Labor Day Musings

Labor Day Musings

We returned from England a week ago today on our 48th wedding anniversary and celebrated over the Atlantic Ocean by coming home.

We were able to help our son and daughter-in-law who was recovering from foot surgery by taking care of the children and finishing several projects around their house. Also, we spoke to a small group at the a Baptist Church about our mission work and Bible teaching. Though small, it was a blessing to meet with them.

Some have asked about the young 38-year-old mother of two in Vietnam who had a septal defect in her heart and needed surgery or she would die. The money was raised and wired to the church for her to have the operation there. She had the hole in her heart repaired in Ho Chi Minh City and is doing well.

July Update

July is our "catch up" month as we have no trips scheduled for this month. This is the time to prepare for what's ahead and take care of household chores that need tending to. Mary Boyd began spring cleaning in May, but spent a few days at the beach with friends while Jim was in Uganda, so cleaning was finished later. Our garden gave us tomatoes as early as June 9th, but they are not big. With hot, sunny days, the grass needs to be cut and plants watered. The house still needs to be cleaned again and laundry done as well as meals prepared.

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