Adjusting to new realities

Over the past two months, the two of us have experienced major events that affect both our personal lives and our ministry life. Our present reality is now one of adjusting to new realities and, as friends and supporters of Fingerprint Ministries, we believe you would want to know a little about it. Therefore, this issue of Fingerprint is of a more personal nature, with a glimpse into our past two month journey and a small look at the future.

As we unfold bits of that journey, we recognize that you too may be facing challenges and changes.

June 3
After going to hospital emergency on May 31 and being sent home the next day, Ann’s husband, Jim, was admitted to the hospital on June 3 with a serious pulmonary embolism (blood clots in both lungs). This was his second bout in less than six months. After one week in the hospital, and numerous tests, he was discharged with medication and told not to do anything.

After a month off work, he is now back on the job but tires more easily than in the past. Doctors are still not sure of the cause of the clots but have ruled out various cancers. While he waits to see a blood specialist, Jim continues his medication and weekly tests as they try to regulate his blood levels. He is currently holding his own, and we all are resting in the knowledge that God is in control.

June 18
Early in the year, Ann and her husband began planning a celebration for their 40th wedding anniversary. It was to be a major event – the first real anniversary party they had ever planned. The date was set, family and friends rallied to help with all the details, and invitations were mailed. Then Jim landed up in the hospital and people began to ask if the celebration would still go ahead.

One week before the big event, the doctor released Jim from the hospital and said it was okay for him to go to the party as long as he didn’t do anything. It was a wonderful time with family and friends from different stages and arenas of their life together. Jim and Ann acknowledge that after forty years of mountains and valleys, their marriage is a miracle and they are grateful to God for His steadfast faithfulness.

July 9
On Thursday, July 7 at 3:00 AM, Donna’s husband, Max, was taken to the hospital by ambulance. After working feverishly on him for about four hours, doctors told us that there was nothing more they could do, except to keep him as comfortable as possible. He had suffered another heart attack which was the final blow to a heart that had already been weakened and suffered so much.

For the next two days we kept a round-the-clock vigil that ended on Saturday, July 9 at 8:30 PM when Max passed from this life into the presence of God whom he served so faithfully over the years. For many of us, we miss our dear friend, Max. For Donna and her family, this past month has been the beginning of adjusting to life without husband, father, and grandfather and, in Donna’s words, “resting in God’s faithfulness.”

Today is August 9
In Max’s final hours, he looked straight at the two of us, took our hands in his, and commissioned us to get on the road and keep going with the ministry he believed God had called us to. Now, with both of our families’ support and affirmation, we are working to get our feet back under us. Look at the side column to the left of this e-zine to read about two trips we’re currently preparing to take. We’d love to see as many of you as we can on those trips.

As the past two months unfolded, our publisher kept pace with us and did all they could to help keep Ann’s next book, Grandma’s Fingerprint, on track for release early this fall. As it stands now, we hope to hold the finished product in our hands in October. We’ll keep you posted about the official book launch to be held later in the fall.

We continue to adjust to our new realities, and are so blessed. A big thank you to many of you have called us or sent cards and emails to let us know that you’re standing with us and praying for us – especially for Donna during this time of transition.

While we’re still on our journey that began two months ago, we realize that you too may be in the middle of significant life situations. You may be celebrating a milestone or a life-long accomplishment that puts you in a positive, stretching mode. Or you may be experiencing uncertainty in the face of health issues or adjusting to a great loss in your life. Either way, remember that regaining your equilibrium and getting your feet back on the ground is a process and one that you don’t have to take alone.

Please allow us to encourage you with some words that have encouraged us – “The eternal God is a dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” (Deuteronomy 33:27). Also, we can “trust in the Lord forever, for in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.” (Isaiah 26:4)

Thank you for being a special part of our lives and ministry. God bless you.

Ann & Donna.