JL's Journal

July 08, 2008

Dear NDI Partners,

Before I begin this article, I wanted to give you a brief update on my current health situation because I know that so many of you have been praying for me.  The bottom line is this:  Last week I had a “MRI Heart Stress Test” at Duke.  It revealed some slight scar tissue (about 5%) at the base of my heart.  It could mean a previous “silent heart attack” or a virus.  They will not know for sure until they go in for a closer exam.  So this Thursday, I will be having a heart cath at Duke to try and find the reasons for this scar tissue and for the weak heart ejection fraction (40% rather than 60%).  Thanks for your prayers and Patt and I will let you know the results.  Now to Africa…

As you well know from the nightly news, vast areas of America have been facing different kinds of natural disasters in the past few weeks.  The West has been charred by thousands of wildfires that have burned through hundreds of homes and thousands of acres of woodlands.  Parts of the mid West have been inundated by record-breaking floods that have destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.  Other cities and states have been ravished by an unprecedented number of tornados that have leveled block after block of houses.  Many states in the South are still struggling with the most severe droughts on record.  Lakes and reservoirs are at an all time low.  Farm crops have dried up in the fields like the parched lawns around many people’s homes.  And we are just now entering into our annual hurricane season – which meteorologists are saying will be one of the worst ever!  In light of all of these natural disasters, I hope you have read my book, The Storms of Life as well as the study I posted on our web site entitled Stormy Lessons.  They will help you get a Biblical perspective on what Jesus called “…the beginning of birth pains” in the natural order.

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