Dwight and Dorothy Hazard - Serving with SIM

Ministry Status

Dorothy has been diagnosed with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH - a rare and serious lung disease) and most likely has Pulmonary Veno-Occlusive Disease (PVOD - an extremely rare lung disease with no known treatment and doing a lung biopsy to confirm PVOD is dangerous to someone with PAH). Dorothy is on oxygen at all times and is unable to walk more than short distances. The Hazards are working with a specialist care center at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. There are no plans for them to return to Africa or take on 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 setup of SIM USA's internal intranet, training returning missionaries in the risks and proper care in dealing with e-mail and Internet risks, 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.

We pray for our support team members. Please send your requests to either of us (Dorothy or Dwight).

Our recent update:

Praise and Prayer Requests (updated 2021-10-01)

Please join us in praising God for. . .

  • All of our supporters – prayer and financial!
  • Our younger grandson’s successful bone marrow transplant
  • Our older grandson’s handling well the donating of the bone marrow
  • Time spent with family and friends
  • Dwight’s continued ability to serve with SIM
  • Our church’s growth

Please join us in praying for. . .

  • The search, hiring and installing of an assistant pastor
  • The many in our church with health issues: Covid, cancer, diabetes, pain, lung diseases
  • Creativity for Dorothy in how to use her time.
  • Our growth in the Lord to be evident.

Thank you!

Dorothy's Blog

(link to Dorothy's blog archive)

More Than All I See 2021-10-15

It has been a rough October. First Dwight came down with a cold that developed into bronchitis. Despite great efforts made, I also became sick. After a lengthy Emergency Room visit, I was diagnosed with pneumonia.

I know it to be true that if we aren’t swimming hard upstream, we will drift down. Staying in the Word, keeping my focus on His love and goodness, this is hard work. In spite of seeing God’s hand at work all around me, my thoughts seemed too easily to go to what was wrong, or even worse, what I perceived as wrong.

And yet God’s Word tells me in Matthew 11.28-30, “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is comfortable and My burden is light.” I love this passage in the Message: “Come to Me.  Get away with Me and you'll recover your life.  I'll show you how to take a real rest.  Walk with Me and work with Me - watch how I do it.  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.  I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.  Keep company with Me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Then I listened to Eagle Brook Church’s message from Sunday, October 10th. It was exactly what I needed to hear. I had forgotten a very important truth. We are in a battle. The enemy wants to steal, kill and destroy. Hearing that message, pondering on the truths presented, refocused me. And I wrote this.

here's so much more than what I see
Happening in the world around me
Battles fought in the spiritual realm
But I know the One who is at the helm

What I see and what I hear
Is only a part of what is near
A war is waging beyond what I see
But I know the Victor personally 

So, take heart and always believe
More is happening than I perceive
The enemy's strategy stays the same
But I know the power of Jesus' name

Though I may wish for an easier life
One that doesn't have so much strife
I will accept all from His loving hand
Knowing the One with whom I stand

The battle is His and He will fight
Until the time is finally right
For Jesus Christ to return to claim
All who believe in His Holy name!

God is good. All the time. All the time. God is good.

(link to Dorothy's blog archive)