Found this email in my Spam folder the other day (don’t know how it got there) and forgot I moved it over. Subsequently, I forgot to let everyone else know what’s contained herein, for which I deeply apologize. Please continue praying and do whatever else the LORD would have you do, John 2:5 KJB.
THANK YOU for praying for us.
Winter is nearly over. We are down to only about a foot of snow on the ground, and the snowbanks are shrinking fast, too. Most days are getting into the 40’s and a few have even got up into the 50’s. I am still in awe of how God provided for us through the winter, through the generosity of those whom He moved to help out.
God is so good. Every gift, every card, every e-mail came at just the right time.
In good news, it looks like Ron may have insurance coverage back in about a month, if everything goes well. This will lift a huge burden if/when it happens!
Ron’s birthday was April 4, but he spent it sick (but recovering). He was in the hospital over last weekend with ear infections in both ears, sinus infection, throat infection, and swollen voice box. He was unable to talk, and could not eat for 4 days.
The doctor put him on a run of antibiotics, and that has cleared up the infections but it gave him a yeast infection in his throat. Ron hasn’t taken antibiotics in over 30 years, so it is ironic that the time he finally uses them, he gets the yeast infection.
The hospitalist doctor said that Ron’s white cell count was among the highest he has ever seen and suggested he follow up with more tests to find out why. He felt it was more than what the infections alone would be responsible for. However, he saw his personal doctor on Monday and she said that it is not something to worry about. She believes that it was indeed just a result of all the infections. She is going to follow up in 3 weeks with another test to be sure, but she says she doesn’t think there is anything to worry about.
Ron has his third follow-up mammogram in 3 weeks. Yes, I did say “mammogram.” There is a spot they are watching. This appointment will be a little longer because they want to do an ultrasound afterwards. Our prayer is that they finally rule out the “bad stuff” and we can move forward with no more of these appointments. Although, with Ron’s sense of humor, he has enjoyed walking into the breast care center and watching people’s expressions when he says he is there for a mammogram.
Needs we are praying about are:
1. Medical Insurance. We pray that it goes through within the next month. If it does, it will pay retroactively for the hospital visit and doctor appointments last week. It will also allow us to pursue the heart issue and tumor in the brain much more appressively.
2. Health. We are still praying for complete healing so that life and ministry can begin moving forward again.
3. Transportation. As you may remember, our car was totaled in a deer strike about a year ago. We no longer have the income to qualify for financing. We have been sharing our son’s car up to this point, but he just took a job in southern Maine (2.5 hours away) so that is no longer an option.
4. Spetic System. Our septic will need to be replaced this summer. We have no idea how this is going to happen — but, we also went into the winter with no idea how we were going to make it through. God is good and knows every need.
5. Day-to-day expenses. Support is way down, and we understand that and do not bear any ill-will toward those who have found better investments for their missions dollars.
The year ahead holds many questions and many unknowns, but I am sure that our God will continue to hold our hands through the uncertaintly as we move ahead.
Thank you for your prays, cards, and e-mails. I make sure Ron sees every one of them, and they have been a huge encouragement to him on those “down” days. Because of the way his pituitary gland is being affected, one of the symptoms we have to be always aware of is depression. Your cards, e-mails, and messages through Facebook Messenger have uplifted him greatly. Thank you.
If God so moves, you can send support online through this web page: https://www.fundamental.org/2018/12/06/help-for-missionary-family/
You can also send letters, cards, and/or gifts to our mailing address at: Ron Meldrum
2393 New Vineyard Rd
New Vineyard, ME 04956
(From a previous update), the only email address he is monitoring regularly right now is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Romans 11:33-36 KJB
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