Memorial Day weekend is always a time of grateful remembrance in our family. We take time to honor all the men and women who have given their lives in service to our country – a family routine of generations for the holiday that does not widely exist in the November Peace Day celebrations of Cote d’Ivoire. The concept of free citizen-soldiers who defend a nation-state is unknown to have developed in our part of Africa before independence from French colonial rule set such military service apart from tribal defenses.
Both our families have rich traditions of military service before the U.S. military transitioned to using volunteer troops in the 1970s. Debbie remembers for us today the impact of two uncles who died while enlisted. While she also has 6 great-uncles who served in World War II, miraculously, all of them returned home. However, it is safe to say there was a great deal of guilt for the brothers who survived, perhaps especially for the hero who stormed Normandy. He was one of the few soldiers in his platoon living at the end of the day. For that reason, we attach the picture of ‘The Fallen 9,000’ silhouettes on Arromanches Beach with an article about Britons recreating a haunting visual reminder of D-Day. Hopefully, it helps make real the cost of war in human blood, lest we forget in an age of terrorism, electronic button, and video-game warfare representations.
Thinking of our family’s fascinating and colorful heritage also reminds us of the even greater need to leave a spiritual legacy for upcoming generations. What will our progeny say about us when we have passed from the scene? Will it be an honor and challenge for them to think of our life choices? May it be so! Thankfully, all of us have the option to make changes today and invest in the eternal wellbeing of others. Many who read this update regularly pray and give for a cause even more significant than our nation’s freedom. We thank you for sharing Jesus as our ultimate hero. It is He who provides what is necessary for effective national and spiritual warriors. How blessed we are to call you friends and ministry partners!
Verlin measured significant progress in walking on his injured foot this week! He walked 3,000 steps with no apparent ill effect one day. He gradually increases his physical activity while hopefully evading a setback. Debbie’s return trip to Cote d’Ivoire is booked! She leaves from Nashville on Friday, June 11.
Prayer & Praise
???? Thank the Lord for the improvement of Verlin’s foot. He took a test drive today and figured out that the foot will not be ready for at least another week to do some long-distance driving.
???? Continue to pray for the planning and success of the CHE national meeting. Ask the Lord to encourage and equip the CHE trainers who represent many groups and efforts as they meet June 3-5 this coming week.
???? Debbie has scheduled her flight to Cote d’Ivoire from Nashville on June 11, a Friday! Pray that she completes her essential “to-do” list in a timely way and time for needed goodbyes.
Verlin and Debbie
Christian Health Service Corps (CHSC) is a mission of dedicated medical professionals who participate in the CHE Global Network. Together, in a loose affiliation of individuals, churches, denominational, and nondenominational agencies, we share God’s Light and Truth through Community Health Evangelism (CHE). Verlin and Debbie accept donor partners to contribute as led to provide support as we maintain residential ministry in Cote d’Ivoire to expand CHE ministries under the auspices of CHSC & Ivorian partners. Tax-deductible contributions by check are to be made payable to the CHSC with Andersons #0118 written on the memo line. Mail to CHSC – PO Box 132 – Fruitvale, TX 75127. Give online via the CHSC @ www.che4a.org (3% fee) or TDF (0% fee).