Dorothy has been diagnosed with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, a rare and serious disease. Dorothy is on oxygen at all times and is unable to walk more than short distances. The Hazards are working with specialist doctors as an effective treatment plan is being worked out. Medication options are limited with varied side effects. One medication gave her severe headaches and was stopped. Another had been blamed for nausea that she had almost continuously for eight months. No plans are set for them to return to Africa or other overseas appointments for now.
Dwight is using his gifts and skills to minister in the SIM USA Office. He has joined the Information Systems group to assist in the documentation of policies and procedures and other duties while Dorothy's ongoing medical needs are being addressed. They are still on missionary support with SIM and plan to continue to minister through SIM as the Lord leads.
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THE BODY OF CHRIST 2018-04-17
April has already been a rather busy month, but all with really good events. Through these gatherings, the Lord has impressed upon me the privilege and blessing of being a part of the body of Christ.
Our dear friends of almost 30 years retired from SIM. We first met Dave and Sheryl and their four kids when we were in our mission’s candidate orientation. We have served together in three different African countries. Their daughter actually changed her wedding date when we couldn’t make the date they had decided on! We have watched each other’s kids grow up. We have laughed together, cried together, grown together. As they were honored at their retirement party, I marveled at God’s faithfulness in using these two who were committed to going the distance with Him.
This last weekend we had a party to celebrate our pastor and his family. Michael has been our pastor for ten years. He came to a wounded and faltering body of Christ that was in danger of having to close its doors, figuratively speaking since we didn’t actually have our own doors at that time. Through his faithfulness to preaching God’s Word, developing godly leadership and loving God’s people, our church has gone from its low point of fourteen attendees to near one hundred. But, it isn’t just the numbers that have grown. People have grown through Michael’s teaching and preaching. I have heard it said that in most churches ten percent of the people do ninety percent of the work. That has never been true of Christ Ridge. We are a body that loves and serves one another. That love was shown to Michael and his family on Saturday night. The body of Christ.
And that love was shown again on Sunday as they helped us give Dwight a surprise birthday party. And was he ever surprised!! It was such a celebration of thanking God for Dwight! It was incredible to see folks from church, folks from SIM and folks that used to attend the church and still live within an hour of the church all come together to celebrate Dwight. Again, the body of Christ!!
Last night we fulfilled Dwight’s request for his birthday. He wanted a fried chicken dinner with two couples – one from church and one from SIM. It was so fun to bring these friends together and over dinner to share our lives with one another. We heard how these two couples met, dated and married. We heard about heartaches of adoptions not going through. We heard of God’s faithfulness over the years. As I was listening, I was thanking God for the variety in the body of Christ, and that we could experience it in big party settings and also in smaller gatherings.
A story was told by Ralph when their son was in a serious car accident. They thought he was in the next town over and instead he was in another state. When he received the phone call, Ralph immediately started calling churches in the area to find someone that would go be with his son until he could get there. And two pastors went. The body of Christ in action.
Being with the body of Christ encourages me. I can see God is at work through the Holy Spirit in those that believe on the name of Jesus Christ. When I watch the news, it would be so easy to think that the enemy is winning, but he isn’t. Jesus is!! And I was able to experience that first hand through Dave and Sheryl’s retirement party, Michael’s anniversary as pastor party, Dwight’s surprise birthday party, and Dwight’s dinner party.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10.24-25
God is good. All the time. All the time. God is good.