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2021-10 Update from Dwight and Dorothy
Greetings, dear family and friends. We hope you are well. Here is an update on our lives. We’d love to hear from you! At the end are some thoughts from Dorothy as well as a "Techie Tips" update.
Dwight continues teaching internet security as well as assisting in the vetting process of companies that have access to SIM information because of the services they are providing. In addition to working with returning missionaries to help with security issues, he is now also training new short-term and long-term missionaries before they leave the USA and Canada. While the Internet is a great tool for communicating and carrying on ministry, it is plagued with many dangers as there are numerous individuals and groups that seek to access our information for profit or harm. Check out this edition of techie-tips below.
Our local church is growing! This is wonderful news. It is growing to the point we are about to start the process of calling an associate pastor. With the growth comes added responsibilities for the four ruling elders as new members are added to their oversight groups. And with the growth seems to come more challenges with health and relationship issues.
Our younger grandson’s bone marrow transplant was done on September 2. It has been successful, and he was released from the hospital on September 25. His Mom will be staying with him in Memphis, TN in a St. Jude provided apartment. He still has to be seen daily. Hopefully, they will be able return mid-December. Our son with the older grandson, arrived back in the Carolinas on September 4th. He is working and parenting the three, who now are all in school.
Dorothy's health continues to slowly go downhill. She hasn’t been out of the house for over two months, and hardly even out of the bedroom. We all greatly enjoyed a visit from her brother and his wife, then having the granddaughters for two weeks while the rest of the family had to be at St. Jude’s in Memphis and then a friend from Canada visit. Having Dorothy in the bedroom made it easier for visiting, and then when she was too tired, the visitors could go to the living room. The girls played on the bed and at a card table set up in the room. The most significant challenge is what to do with time awake when just sitting up, even in the recliner, is limited. Thankfully, she is able to read her Bible, but journaling has had to go by the wayside.
Please join us in praising God for. . .
Please join us in praying for. . .
It is much harder to write when it has been a long time. I find it hard to know what to write. Things have been very hard lately, but I have also seen the hand of God in every hard thing. Last night, as I was praying for so many people we know who are hurting in one way or another – cancer, Covid, pain, troubled marriages, not walking with the Lord, I wrote this. . .
Joy is a choice, it's even a command.
You've given me everything I need
Your mercies abound to me and mine
So, right this moment, please hold me tight.
Then this morning, I read in Jesus’ prayer in John 17, “But now I am coming to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.” (verse 13) I was reminded of a truth I already knew. It is His joy in me. I don’t have to feel it. Because He is in me, His joy is in me. Yes, I do have a choice, but my choice is believing Him, taking Him at His word.
In John 6.68, Peter responds to Jesus’ question about whether they wanted to go away as others did, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” I know it was no coincidence that I read John 17 this morning and just three chapters in He reminded me that he is bigger, and it is for Him I live.
God is good. All the time. All the time. God is good.
|Here is the "Techie" update for this issue: Homoglyphs and Typosquatters|
Well, here are a couple words that likely are not in your everyday vocabulary. However, they are important to recognize.
In the Internet world:
Typically, the goal of these two bits of deception are to fool a person into thinking they are connecting into some well known legitimate site to possibly pay bills or do some purchasing or update a password.
Quiz time! What is wrong with each of the following domain names? Don't enter them into your browser as some may really exist and be dangerous. Sorry, you will need to mentally replace the <dot> with a "." as my distribution software will label this newsletter as spam with the bogus domain names and refuse to send it.
If you can figure out all 8 in less than 30 seconds (maybe 60), email Dwight at email@example.com with the issues and he might send you a genuine attagirl or attaboy certificate to download and print.
The bottom line is to not rush when you click on a link or enter a domain name in a browser.
The usual stuff...
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Our mailing address is 2007 Downey St., Rock Hill, SC 29732 and Dwight's phone number is +1 (803) 207-3049.
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