I am writing from Kona, Hawaii where I have recently started work with Youth With A Mission, or the University of the Nations here. It’s the largest YWAM base in the world and has tons going on. We send teams all over the world every quarter as students are trained and sent to the nations. I’ll write more about that and the path that lead me here after a while, but first I want to ask for prayer on behalf of my Mom’s sister, my Aunt Mary.

Mom (left) and Mary in one of their favorite places.

Mom (left) and Mary in one of their favorite places.

Mary has been like a second mother to me as our family lived just down the road from theirs. There are 7 kids in our family and 7 in theirs. All the years growing up we went to school with them, celebrated birthdays two or three at a time with them, and had various traditions and rituals that stand to this day. There is nothing like being from a great family and  living in unity together.

Recently Mary was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, the same that took my father in November 2009, only hers wasn’t quite as far along. Thank God, she developed a fever and there was some sign of it before it was too late to do anything. So, as far as the “doing something” of it, there is an operation called the “whipple” procedure that only a handful of surgeons can pull off, but it’s turned out to be an option for her. We are hoping for the best, which means lots more time with our beloved Mary. The surgery is schedule for March 17, tomorrow. She is one of those saints who lights up the room wherever she goes. She’s always looking at the positive, empowering people to be all they can be without complaint, even when things are not going well for her.

Please pray for her husband, my Uncle Berv, as he hasn’t left her side since this ordeal began; for strength for him, for her, and that all this would bring glory to God in the lives of all who touch theirs, including their children. Doing things for the glory of God is not always easy and I’m sure we’d all be anything from nervous to downright terrified about having an operation like that tomorrow.

Also, please pray for my Mom as her and Mary have been best friends from day one. She left Michigan for Minnesota this morning to be at her sister’s side. You can read more about all this on Mom’s blog at gettingthroughthis.com. Mom, unlike me, is a very diligent blogger and has covered this from the beginning.

Many thanks and God bless you all.

Mary and Mom on Lake Michigan in August 2013

Mary and Mom on Lake Michigan in August 2013