On September 8 Mona underwent a six hour back fusion surgery. It was more extensive that what we expected. In fact, the surgeon could not realign the slippage one hundred percent because it had been left too long, but hopefully she will get some much needed relief. She had to stay in the recovery room for several hours in order for her blood pressure to come up to 85/30. They also had to give her a transfusion of 2 units of blood.
          She was in the surgical ward for 4 days and in the rehab ward for 7 more days. The pain medicine they gave her was so strong it kept her awake. On the 10th day of her recuperation she was suffering from sleep deprivation and became depressed. A gentleman who worked in the hospital had a flower ministry. He was touched with the feelings of her infirmities, and when he discovered how bad she was feeling he gave her a pink carnation and told her by the end of the day she would feel better. The medical staff then tried a new medication and she was able to finally sleep a few hours consecutively. She was much improved the next day. Please continue praying for a full recovery. Hopefully, in a few months she will be back to her active self.

     On Thursday night one of our visitation teams, who call themselves “the faithful,” visited Mr. and Mrs. Zacheria Mbewe who live in New Town. Both husband and wife were responsive. On Sunday they came to church and said they had a wonderful time, in fact more than they had anticipated and promised to return. That Sunday there were five visitors and there was a very good spirit in the church.

           Our country has never had a war and we’re not expecting one, but things are in a state of unrest over the recent death of our President, Levi Mwanawasa. It looks like we should be praying mutually for our respective nations during the next few months. A great deal may hinge on the results of the elections in each of our countries. We certainly are concerned for what happens on both sides of the Atlantic.

          Annie and Charles, the teachers of the Children’s Sunday school, planned a picnic for the young children. Most of the children only experience going on outings once every year or two, so this picnic is a very special event for them at this local park. It seems like a very small thing, but it means a great deal to these African children.

         We’re grateful to have the opportunity to serve the Lord in a place where the needs are so very obvious. People with so little seem to appreciate everything we are able to do and we appreciate being the ones to do it. We also appreciate your part in making it possible.
          “We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints.” Col. 1:3-4 (especially those in Luanshya, Zambia).

Don & Mona
P.O. Box 90920
Luanshya, Zambia

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