Taste and See
Traveling home from Texas on Monday, we gladly saw our children, granddaughter, Debbie’s parents, her sister, and a niece. Though we did not commemorate the fallen heroes of our nation with a ceremony that day, we did in heart and speech. Memorial Day reminds us of the stones of remembrance that the Lord commanded Israel to gather after crossing the Jordan River. Representatives of the twelve tribes took stones from the middle of the river and placed them together as a solemn and joyful display of the Lord’s deliverance. Notably, the stones were intended to teach future generations about the miraculous event demonstrating the faithfulness of God at that time. The object lesson also taught surrounding nations that the hand of the Lord is mighty to save; it reminded Israelites to “fear the Lord their God forever” (Josh. 4:24).
Similarly, it remains vital for families to keep stones of remembrance that enable speaking of our Father’s faithfulness across generations. Whether written, verbal, or perhaps some physical symbol that equips storying, our descendants need past voices to call them forward to declare God’s glory. In turn, our heirs must disciple progeny to follow Jesus and erect reinforcing stones of remembrance from their generation. This habit equips a fundamental principle of transferability regularly shared through Community Health Evangelism (CHE). Reminders of God’s character and deeds in memorials, even if only a tombstone visit, reinforce the ongoing testimony transmitted from witnesses gone on before us.
After this update was mostly prepared, Debbie found this sermon on YouTube by Tony Evans on the exact topic. On occasion, his voice remains an encouraging Sunday evening messenger for us. When many Protestant churches dropped evening services because of other priorities, we developed the habit of listening to a variety of sermons after morning services.
Come and See
The Lord gave us a safe passage from Texas to Cookeville on Sunday and Monday. Since then, we both briefly succumbed to a respiratory illness with some fever going but the timing still allowed us to complete four more doctor visits. On Friday, Verlin learned from the oral surgeon that he may not need an implant. As we resettled into one location for the month, Debbie continued working on an MK project (links to CT article on MK care); Verlin followed up and set up for more office work.
Prayer & Praise
- 🙏 Thank the Lord with us for a safe return to Cookeville and the good start in checkups with doctors. Per Friday’s visit, Verlin may NOT need a dental bone graft or implant to continue limiting the drainage from his left ear once the causative broken tooth is removed.
- 🙏 Thanks to an Ivoirian co-worker, one more Discovery Bible Study occurred with one of the young men that Debbie met with before our departure. Since students are now on summer break, pray that the group restarts when school resumes in the fall.
- 🙏 Pray for sufficient monthly funds to cover our ministry expenses in Cote d’Ivoire. Monthly giving during 2022 to our missionary account remains lower than in the past few years. Ask the Lord for one-time gifts and new donors to replace some faithful partners who can no longer give.
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).