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I have been invited to work on evangelism with Pastor Jesse Colburn, Pantano Christian ChurchSierra Vista Campus Pastor, Sierra Vista Arizona.  Staten Island is not going to be home for me.  I will be sad because there are many that I will truly miss.  Staten Island has been an education in many ways and though we have been a part of many wonderful things, my time, our mission time has come to an end. 

 

 

 

I ended up with a stroke and a broken back.  Hospitalized, I am being repaired and will get teeth and help with 35 years of physical abuse on my body through international mission work.

 

 

 

On the way out the door, I am asking you to bless The Movement Church SI here for their relief work and efforts.  We (my church and the mission) would like to bless them for their service and dedication to helping people.  If you have time, encourage them and join them.  They have done miracles for people and their work for the Lord deserves recognition and reward though it will have to come through the body of Christ.  The local news and international news as well think they talk about Jesus too much and they do.  They have Jesus on their minds. 

 

 

 

Right now the Movement church is rebuilding a worship center and offices.  Their Disaster Relief deserves kudos and there should be rewards from the state of New York and city of Staten Island for their relief work in the New Dorp area.  The Grace of God through them to our mission and efforts here will not go unrewarded.

 

 

 

Since my daughter / partner / secretary is in Sierra Vista, the mission work will keep going and the girls we help will continue to receive help  (phew…) I am happy to go back to Sierra Vista.  Of course, it is the invitation to work on a team that tipped the scale.

 

 

 

Please pray for the many organizations we have had the blessing to work with but especially Christian Pentecostal Church and the Pastors, John, Jeremias, Rufina and, of course, Sandy Carlo.  Then there was Pastor Joseph Chevere, his right hand, Rudy Ortega and the tremendous help they were with Aaron from China.

 

 

 

Then there is Pastor Steve and his wife Pastor Melissa of the Movement Church, Staten Island.  Pastor Al and the office manager, Stephanie, were of great help as were Zara and the other members of The Movement Church SI.  There are many fond memories.

 

 

 

Working here with a disk out of alignment in my neck and a broken back was certainly a challenge but it was a great way to meet people and find out what they were really like.  Fortunately, my stay in the hospital repaired both and I will get new teeth as well as get the insurance and SSI as well as the VA benefits I have finally applied for.

 

 

 

The pain of working in and through Hurricane Sandy is almost over.  I may get a knew knee and, sigh…, so many problems over the years, corrected but we will see what God is going to do.

 

 

Thanks God, thanks Staten Island, turn the page on the book of life.

 

 

The end.

 

Pain, persistence and prayer

Fused back. Spinal disks t8 and t9 are now fused.  The pain is subsiding.
Sonogram of the heart and neck, veins in the arms and legs are clean, no clots.
Statens are now normal.
Blood sugar is now normal.
Blood pressure is now normal.
Cat scan is clean top to bottom.
MRI sez no brain but everything else is where it should be.
6 Coronary calcium scans of the heart and I’m normal.
5 MDR Cardiovascular scans.  Ok.
The doctors and nurses want me to get back to disaster relief and the only things waiting are my teeth and a knee surgery.
I am in one of the best hospitals in New York, maybe the world and they are doing a marvelous job.
The social worker is doing a tremendous job helping me wade through the paperwork and then.  Mercy my daughter is such a great help.  God is so good.  I am praying for you, asking God to help me bless you.
Bless you sooo much.

Now, someone came and helped themselves to my wheelchair.  Really.  New York, Imagine.
And, people are dieing and suffering yet, God lets me be here in the lap of luxury praying.  My, My, My…

His story through us (history)

The work.
Tell me if you have written a synopses of the work you have done, the work that Do and you have done. Unfortunately as an elder of some sort, Do sees me as an income rather than a source of knowledge and though I would have loved to been more of an income than I have, I tend to spend what I get on the lost, rather than maintenance of relationships or family or …

I have far too many shortcomings to talk about as they would simply be longer editions of Romans 7 and I think of little value.

I worked for a bit on military awards and it is often the perception of the leader that determines what happened during intense times of conflict that gets recorded and not actually the facts in themselves.

Financially, God provided an abundance of funds for a while which turned into seeds that people grew and saw the way they wanted. One telling the same story of the same time and place saw things much differently than others. Fair enough. However, I think the scale that Christ Jesus used has allways been obedience and persistence.

I would love to read your story, that of Do’s as well. Having Ruth divorce me always shocked me when reading her side of the story because I am / was too stupid to think that there was an opinion other than my own.

Paul’s story reads differently than the Roman soldiers or Luke and they seem to often be at odds with Jesus story of what happened.

I study antiquities and there are cylendars that betray stories of times that ended up in the Bible in a much different light.

Your story? Do’s story? Aaron, Rudy, Luke, Mark? I would love to find out what happened.

The accident that I was in, or caused, or participated in, looks different from the viewpoint of the 1,000 others that were there.

The doctor who destroyed the disk in my back, brutally cutting and scraping it from my body with much violence was loving me by removing disease and the past two weeks of unending trauma and pain, are worth his viscious attack. I appreciate the force, trauma and violence he used to remove the bone and cushion, replacing it with foreign materials and an unending onslaught of drugs.

I do not ooze love, nor acceptance, nor forgiveness but must mechanically check to see if they are there. So, I ask if I love you. Did I love you or was I even conscious of your feelings or thoughts. I often find myself mindlessly going through my day oblivious of the fact that others have feelings or thoughts or opinions. I believe it is called cranial rectitus. However, God often brings to mind that others are there and do think, act and participate in my blind world.

So, again, the story of Ray, Do, others, do you have them?

Bless you. I know that if I talk to Do, she is the same little girl who knew no English but no and that I would love to give her money because she smiles very big when receiving. I love to give to her because she reminds me of a little girl who I knew who had nothing and yet gave all she had to everyone. Giving her 5.00 was sure to bless everyone around her as she would say, “Look what we just got.”