Sunday, May 1, 2011

Refreshment, Renewal and Reunions

What a blessing it was to spend three weeks with my dear parents. We were afforded the pleasure of uninterrupted fellowship and time together. This is unusual in our family, in that most visits are interrupted by travel, meetings or other items of business that need attending to while Stateside. I know it had been hard on my mom not to be a part of Christopher's Renal Transplant and my Cancer operation, so it was wonderfully meaningful to have the time to relate the stories and experiences.

The 50th Anniversary Celebrations for ACU were an incredible opportunity and I was so pleased to be able to witness Andrea singing in such a large Choir. President Bush was a moving speaker and the whole of the evening was reflective of what a Christ centered education should be all about.

Our dear friends Jan Gilbert, Susan Parks and Tammie Combs pulled off a delightful Birthday Celebration for my mother's 80th Birthday. It was a mini-reunion, as we had not seen so many of these people in so many years. God blessed us with good food, great fellowship and we are grateful to all who made this event such a success. Thank you!

My participation in a Dragon Boat Festival was an exhilarating experience. Watching so many Teams participate allowed me to realize how popular the sport it. There were 7 Cancer Survivor Teams, and a special Flower Tribute was made to us as 'survivors'. Needles to say, this was very moving and emotional. Mom and Dad blessed me with my very own paddle, which I was able to safely transport back home to Cape Town. Dragon Boat racing is the only organized sport for Breast Cancer survivors, and enjoys world wide support.

So far, there have been no serious side effects while on the Tamoxiphen. I am regaining strength, and am in the process of trying to lighten my load in other areas of my life.

Peter is on a two week ministry tour in Zambia right now. Shortly after his return home, he will be preparing for a trip to the US. Several Book projects are in the pipeline right now, and as always, we would covet your prayers as we continue the search for a publisher.

As always, thank you for your prayers, support and encouragement. You all are a treasured part of our lives.

With love, Lenora and family