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

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.

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.

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.