Don & Lola Winans in Arizona
Dear Friends and Family,
The last 30 days from our last update has been fun, exciting and at times challenging and all good. I want to begin by thanking everyone for all of your kind words and thoughts concerning Lola's lumpectomy surgery. It took place yesterday. We arrived at the hospital 6am and were back home by 1pm. It all went well and visual observation of the removed lymph nodes show no sign that the cancer cells have spread. Lab results will confirm the doctor's observation. There will be follow up radiation beginning probably next week. In the last update I mentioned it would be interesting to see what advancements have been made in this procedure since the last procedure 18 years ago. Before I share what we have learned I just want to say this instance has nothing to do with the last one. They are totally separate issues. We are not alarmed, nor do we want you to be alarmed by thinking "Lola's cancer has returned" because it hasn't. Back to the advancements. Before there was radiation to a
particular general area. This radiation treatment will follow the path of an inserted tube, treating only the affected area which is an advance in treatment.
Last week we were privileged to have former co-workers from ministry in Australia visit us for a week. We enjoyed our time with Mark and Mary Snider and showing them some of the local sites and talking about days gone by. The down side is that our temperatures were about 10 degrees below normal but the 60's were so far above the freezing temps of MN that they thought it was spring.
The week before the Sniders' visit my brother Raymond arrived to spend a week with us. The weather was even kinder to him. We even got to visit Surprise and the training field for the KC Royals. The Royals began spring training the following week so we did not get to see any action. Raymond was able to make his first visit to the Grand Canyon. The following day we ventured down to Prescott Valley where we were to participate in Josiah's first two wins in the State wrestling tournament. We weren't able to return on Saturday when he eventually took 6th in the State. Great effort. Maybe next year he will go even further.
This month has been missions emphasis month here at Palmcroft Baptist Church. We appreciate the strong missions influence at Palmcroft and we are trying to get acquainted with as many as we can in order to pray for them in an intelligent and effective manner. Jesus said, "I have other sheep that are not of this fold" and the Great Shepherd uses human under-shepherds to bring them in (John 10:16). Paul states that some water, some plant but it is God who gives the increase (I Cor 3:7ff). What a privilege it is to intercede on behalf of God's under-shepherds.
A special thanks to all of you who are continuing to remember Grace Baptist Church of Watsonia in your prayers. The church continues to grow spiritually and numerically under the leadership of Mark and Sara. They recently had a church family camp and it was good to see so many new faces. If you would like to keep up with the Grace activities you can look up Mark Pitts of Melbourne on facebook.
I look forward to sharing Marching on adventures next month.
By His grace through faith,
Don for both of us.