Mark your calendars and plan on coming to our place on Saturday, August 20, for a potluck picnic. There will be games, food, drink, fellowship and bubbles. Bring something to throw on the grill or a side dish, salad or dessert, or your favorite wine, brew or soft drink. Officially, it will go from noon to 10 pm. Come and go as you please. If you show up before noon, we will put you to work. (We may put you to work, later, too, but it’s not a sure thing.) It’s always a fun time. It’s a chance to see some of the people who are involved with this ministry whom you don’t get to see regularly or, perhaps, have never met.
We hope to have all of the power and phone lines underground (to facilitate badminton) and the new floor and storage room in the barn. Come inspect our progress.
Hope to see you there!
That’s what Fred told me after I missed going down on June 16, because I was in the hospital. He was not wishing me ill. He just marveled at how people pitched in to cover for me. Lydia and Uncle John made the soup. Todd, John and Joe made sure the iced tea, cups, hot sauce, hard boiled eggs, soup and spoons got to church. Fr. Noah rallied these troops along with Fr. Daniel and Laura into his new troop transport (c. 2006 Suburban) with all that food and gear plus baked goodies, sandwiches and clothing. He even grabbed a CD out of the TKJ-mobile for their “in flight entertainment.”
Michael met them down there with power packs and clothing from St. Philip Neri RC Church. Philip showed up on the dot of 8 and Denise arrived within five minutes. Do wonders ever cease? We are never that together! They were also joined by Sam and another man. As a young man I heard an old preacher say that we should never think too highly of ourselves, because no one is indispensable in the Lord’s work. It is so good to know that so many are willing and able to take up the work when I am knocked flat on my back.
About the time the team was arriving to start serving in Philadelphia, the right side of my head started hurting and the whole right side of my body started to go numb. I was terrified that I was having another stroke. I told the nurse to call the neurologist. She ordered a magnesium intravenous infusion. That ended the episode. Then I went downstairs for a CTA of my neck and brain. Fred told me that he counted 92 people who received meals. John told me that there was only a quarter cup of soup left, when he looked up to see no one in line. We guess about how much to make, but God always provides what is right! About the time the team was arriving home again, I had a second episode of pain and numbness and another magnesium infusion. These episodes actually gave evidence that my extreme vision symptoms were not due to stroke damage, but that there was an ongoing, atypical migraine or “migrainized” stroke going on.
I had more tests on Friday, then I was released with a prescription for a prednisone taper to stop the migraine that had been going on for eight days at that point, and instructions to take magnesium, B2, B6, D3 and baby aspirin.
Five years ago, we moved from a half twin in East Greenville to a small single with an outbuilding in Souderton. We did this with the intention of being more efficient in ministry and to expand the icon business, so that we could do more for the homeless and poor in our region. Since 1987, we have been doing all of the ministry out of our home. We haven’t minded, but it has its limitations. We have been working on rebuilding the barn so that it can be suitable to permit others to join us in the work on a regular basis. “Come and See” Icons cannot hire employees if they have to come into the house to use a bathroom. The whole point of “Come and See” Icons was to give me flexibility to be available for this ministry.
We need a clean, dry storage area for food, clothing and household goods, so that we have them available to distribute to those who need them when they need them. This would have a separate outside entrance so volunteers could pick up and drop off things as they need to, independent of our household schedule. This also opens up the possibility to start a local food pantry for emergency assistance to families and individuals in the Souderton area.
We also would like to move the office for The King’s Jubilee into the barn and possibly have an ugly quilt making area. This would facilitate possible involvement of volunteers in more areas of this ministry. The upstairs studio/office could double as sleeping space for visiting volunteers or others in need of free guest space.
We received a bequest from the estate of Harry Mason through St. Philip Antiochian Orthodox Church that is helping us move forward with this. I think we have enough to get the utilities straightened around, a concrete floor poured and the storage room built. Someone is donating a gas heater that will take care of the whole building. I think we will need another $5,000 to $10,000 to complete the whole program.
When we complete this, it will allow The King’s Jubilee and “Come and See” Icons, Books & Art to gain efficiencies to be able to more effectively help more of the poor and homeless in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks counties. Please pray and consider how much you can give to this special project to expand this gospel ministry in Jesus’ Name.
There are still opportunities to donate labor, if you have time instead of money. Please call and let me know when you can help. May God bless you as you bless the homeless and poor in our region by joining in The King’s Jubilee!
I apparently had a small stroke on Friday morning. I thought it was just a persistent, funky migraine, but my vision is still messed up and my head still hurts. I spent my birthday getting MRIs. Today I was admitted to Grand View Hospital to get more tests. The EKG shows some trouble, so I had another CT scan of the head. Tomorrow, they plan an MRA and more tests. It’s a bit scary.
Icon production stopped. I can’t see well enough to edit icons, much less operate a table saw to cut them out. If this vision loss is permanent, I will need to figure out a different way to make a living.
My neighbor and good friend, John, volunteered to make the soup tomorrow. He also lent me his iPad which I am using to post this update.
Others have stepped forward to drive and to serve. Praise God.
Please keep us in your prayers.