S: Remembering God's Faithfulness...
FC: Remembering God's Faithfulness... | "Those who are wise will take all of this to heart: they will see in our family's history the faithful love of the Lord." Psalm 107:43 NLT
1: 69th Birthday November 8, 2010 | The journey with cancer was about to begin. You knew...We did not.
2: Psalm 23 The Lord is my Shepherd = That's Relationship! I shall not want = That's Supply! He maketh me to lie down in green pastures = That's Rest! He leadeth me beside the still waters = That's Refreshment! He restoreth my soul = That's Healing! He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness = That's Guidance! For His name sake = That's Purpose! Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death = That's Testing! I will fear no evil = That's Protection! For Thou art with me = That's Faithfulness! | On November 11, 2010 As you anticipated Chemo to begin the following day you said, “I’m going for the gold.” | On November 13, 2010 Peter asked to wear your boots. He said, “Mom, I’d like to wear Papa’s boots. If I wear them out, then he won’t have to go back to work and then he can retire!” Well, you’re still working Pop!!
3: “The hardest part of this journey is waiting to see what the next step should be.” Savior like a shepherd lead us Much we need Thy tender care...
4: With the Psalmist we want to say, “I know O Lord that Your judgments are right, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted us.” Psalm 119:75 | Stay Strong...Keep Fighting! | "My Grandparents are just MY SPEED!" -Annie
5: On November 14, 2010 You awoke singing the Doxology; we too sang it at HBC. It was a pitiful rendition but sung to the Lord! | November 15, 2010 As blood was being drawn it was as black as could be. Song of the day: Nothing But The Blood | Blessings during those 1st few days in the Hospital: Room 3310 Nurses Molly and Gene Comfort From God's Word Love of Family & Friends Notes of Encouragement Prayers of the Saints Songs in the Heart | When leaving the hospital on November 26, 2010 “Most people they carry out but I’m going to keep walking out as long as I can!” | “I used to think that God’s gifts were on shelves one above the other, and that the taller we grew in Christian character the more easily we could reach them. I now find that God’s gifts are on shelves one beneath the other and that it is not a question of growing taller but of stooping lower." -F.B. Meyers
6: “Great are Your tender mercies O LORD” Psalm 119:156 | We have “Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.” The reminder Terri gave Anne Harrison and the reminder we all needed
7: "There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus No not one, no not one, None else could heal all our souls’ diseases No not one, no not one. Jesus knows all about our struggles He will guide till the day is done. There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus, No not one, no not one!" Taken from the Hymn No Not One | Thankful for all those Who chose to donate blood... Thankful to the ONE who shed His blood for my sin! | "Now that my oil has been changed and my fluids topped off, I’m feeling better."
8: "This is a stick-up!” -Toni, wearing a mask when she first saw you in the hospital. | Dr. Fesen’s comment about Don Degenhardt: “You look like you could fight with the Marines!” | Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in You. Psalms 33:20-22
9: “It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8 | Thankful for Dr. Estephan’s wise and humble counsel to transfer your care to the KU Med Center! | December 20, 2010 “We’re going to hit you with the BIG guns today. We are working to get you into remission” -Nurse to Dad | December 24, 2010 “I’m not holding on to God but He is holding on to me.” | "Angel, you are living up to your name."
10: January 12, 2011 A decision needed to be made concerning future treatment. Duane Steinle asked, “Did you ask the doctor what he would do if he were in your shoes?” God used this conversation with Duane to help give the answer! | Thankfully the spinal taps in KC were done with little pain. | Terri was your cheerleader! “Two, Four, Six, Eight Who do we appreciate?” “Papa, Papa!” | We were all amazed and grateful for the standard of care received at the KU Med Center.
11: Don's Famous Quotes: "This Sucks!" "What's my temperature?" "I like quietness." "It is better to fart and show the shame than to not fart and bear the pain!" "Don't tell Rosie!" | God is the Great Physician! -A reminder from Anne Harrison
12: “Is Spring coming?” “Donnie, Spring is coming, can’t you feel it in your roots?” “Has Spring arrived?” “No, but we’re one day closer!” | Happy to be out of the hospital | and staying with the Webbs!
13: January 25, 2011 Woke-up at 1am and felt something happen. Maybe a healing!
14: February 10, 2011 -Thankful for Good News- Tests indicated there are no blasts of cancer in the bone marrow! | Trying to gain weight by drinking ice cream shakes. | Pauline and Jim were such a blessing during those days in Kansas City. | Days were spent watching football with the grandsons. | Doug & Betty McIntosh drove to Kansas City for a visit. They brought encouragement.
15: Hang on Snoopy, Snoopy Hang On! | So many were praying... So many continue to pray.
16: Blessd assurance, Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood. Perfect submission, all is at rest I in my Savior am happy and blest, Watching and waiting, looking above, Filled with His goodness, lost in His love. This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior, all the day long; This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior, all the day long. | “Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful!” Psalm 116:5
17: Angel received her 1st Godiva Valentine Box. | Valentine's Day 2011 Flowers From Lil. | Getting a Buzz! | Grandchildren
18: Celebrating Toni's 40th Birthday February 25, 2011
19: With Aunt Pauline & Aunt Sherry
20: Spring Arrived! | I’m supporting all movements now By eating bran, prunes and raisins. | A good night of rest is truly a gift from God. | Paychecks were still coming And insurance was still being paid. Thank You Lord! | Sundays = Treat/Sweet Day | April 2011 When returning to Hoisington, Papa felt so good and ended up driving the entire trip home.! | Dogs have owners, Cats have staff. Thank You for taking care of Precious!
21: Cancer is so limited... It cannot cripple love. It cannot shatter hope. It cannot corrode faith. It cannot eat away at peace. It cannot destroy confidence. It cannot kill memories. It cannot silent courage. It cannot invade the soul. It cannot reduce eternal life. It cannot squelch the spirit and It cannot lessen the power of the resurrection! Author unknown - Written on a note which Pastor had sent.
22: "She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also." Proverbs 31:27-28
23: "I found the one my heart loves." ~ Song of Solomon 3:4 ~
24: Due to Daddy's unemployment, in May of 2010 we put our belongings in storage, left our much loved life in Ohio and moved in with Grammy and Papa. Annie lived there too during her last semester at Barton Community College. | It was a very difficult time for all of us and during these days, the generosity of others gave evidence of God’s faithfulness.
25: Mom always says, "When the going gets tough, the tough gets going." God says it this way, "If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small." Proverbs 24:10 | Innercity Hoisington at the "Boarding House" | Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own Phil 3:8-9a (ESV) | God heard our prayers and in March 2011 Dad was offered a job with A.T.I. in Little Rock!
26: Don; I remember things like the New Years Eve we climbed in the Pinto and went to the Holiday Inn for supper. There was so much snow, but the Pinto brought us through. I think of a Valentine supper we had at Abilene and Angel put the cloth napkin in her purse and took it home. I bet she still looses sleep over it. I think of the trip we took to Branson, what can I say. I think of the men’s retreat we went to out at Horn Creek in Colorado. I remember it today and can still see us walking and discussing things that were bothering us. I think of the picnic lunch we took into the food court at Dillon, CO. I was so embarrassed. I remember a New Years when we had a sleepover in Great Bend. I remember your surprising me when you came down to Bolivar and met us at the Senior Center for dinner. I so enjoyed that. You and Karen got me on that one. I remember the years we served together on the Church Board there at Hoisington. I remember the hard problems we faced there together. I think of all the walks we took after Church discussing Church matters. I remember the oil shop we visited out in Colorado. I know you like your oils and I wonder how many times you slid out of bed and hit the floor with all the oil you had on you.
27: I remember, oh do I remember when you told me you had cancer. I felt so lost for my buddy in this condition and nothing I could do to help him. I know I bothered you calling every day, but I just wanted you to know I was trying to be as close as I could for you. Oh how we prayed and still do every day for you and this cancer. It was good to see the Lord work and the healing that he has blessed you with. Don I want to thank you for the things we were able to share with each other and the prayer we had and have yet today for each other and our problems. It has been good knowing I have someone who will be praying with me no matter what. I still look forward to our calls. You are my friend that is closer than a brother. Thanks my friend. Well now you go and have a Happy 70th Birthday, and as Bob Hope used to sing, “Thanks For The Memories”. Your friend and brother in Christ, Duane
28: Circa 1973, and today, I greatly appreciated being given the opportunity to work with Don and the other staff and the customers of the store. The earnings and life lessons were extremely important. I recount them often and proudly tell carryouts at Dillons / etc. that I once was one of them! Humor -- Hopefully it was a slow day (but probably more likely Don had hankering to be ornery) during my first summer of work. While facing shelves I was summoned to the front and told to go to Beers Hardware to purchase a "pickle straightener." A "pickle straightener" I thought was an odd sounding device but naive as I was off I trotted. The staff at Beers kept up the ruse (I'd really like to know if they were forewarned or just knew Don well enough to know what was going on) and we walked the isles for some time and then they sent me on my way stating that "we must have sold our last one." When I returned straight faces had given way to hearty laughs. I will always remember though, your dad's demeanor and end game was not humiliating to me -- it was clear that the exercise was in good fun and meant to bring me one step closer to the fold. Sounds -- Who can forget the sound of "saaacker" coming over the intercom or being hollered from the check out stand. And the sackers of my era will remember Griffin and Pfannenstiel singing songs by the Spinners or Stylistics while mopping the floor or stocking shelves after hours. Or the rapid clatter of Don running the adding machine totaling receipts. Sig's "thank you's" after he sneezed (whether anyone said bless you or not). | Days at the Grocery Store...
29: Visual Images -- The worn footprints at the end of the checkout stands were the sackers stood. A constant reminder of the millions of sacks prepared by Don, Sig, Francis, and other sackers long before, and after, me. Sig's shining BMW under the canopy or in the parking lot on a sunny day. Griffin hitting the metal column between the in and out doors as he returned from a carryout (making it look like he had hit his head) and the customers faces in shock and Sandy and Ferns faces / shaking heads exclaiming "boys will be boys." And Don's truck parked in its place along Green Street. Tastes -- I remember vividly many treats ranging from pieces of watermelon or cantaloupe that Don or Francis would give us on hot summer days (and sometimes let us eat in the produce cooler to cool off) to the ham sandwiches served up on occasion (white bread, miracle whip, and thinly sliced ham wrapped in wax paper). Ice cream sandwiches and drumstick cones, Rainbow fruit pies, and trail mix in the break area. Smells -- From fresh vegetables coming down the roller skid in the summer to the fresh sawdust and smoldering string in the meat locker. Prepared catering items in the roasters. Francis' cologne. Holidays -- The holidays were always special for the staff and customers. Poinsettias and nuts were displayed. The store parties where us "dateless" sackers were given grief, but allowed to eat anyway, and always received a generous bonus. I'd be a carryout for Don / return to the good ole days at the drop of a hat -- just shout saaacker and I'll be on my way. Rod Harms
30: Dear Uncle Don— One of my very first memories of you was when I was very little, probably around 4 years old. We had stopped at your house for a visit and as we were leaving, you picked me up and threw me over your shoulder “like a sack of potatoes.” I remember giggling and squealing with delight, it was such fun. That memory has stuck with me for so many years because you made me feel so special. As you twirled me around, I thought I could fly. It was a fun, magical moment I will never forget. As I got older, I remember our family coming to Hoisington to the grocery store that you managed. Many times we would bring Grandma Degenhardt and of course there were noodles to be delivered. Our visits would usually be in the back store room but there were times you would be busy with customers. You always treated them with such respect and care. You never hesitated to carry-out their bags of groceries or spend a little extra time chatting. They were all very important to you and you made them feel important. What a wonderful example of what it means to be servant. I know how very important your family is to you. Just about a year ago we visited you in the Hutchinson Hospital. As you and Angel sat together, headed down a very scary road, I could see the love you had for each other. That love extends to your daughters and their families. We witnessed their love for you that day as well. What joy and happiness they must bring to your heart!
31: Once Grandma Degenhardt passed away, I thought you, Uncle LeRoy, and Mom might drift apart. But you took it upon yourself to keep the three of you together. You have put in a lot of effort to stay connected with your siblings. I cannot tell you how much it means to Mom that you call her or stop by when you can. Her face lights up when she tells me about your visits. You are a very special person to me and I am so very proud that you are my godfather. Your love of God and family has been such shining examples to me over the years. Thanks for all you do and are to our family. Happy 70th Birthday! May God continue to bless you with many years filled with His joy, peace, and love. Love to you always! Nancy | Margaret Degenhardt's 80th Birthday 1983 | With Nancy | 1965
32: Now about your father: We first knew your Dad in LaCrosse (many years ago). He would have been somewhere between 14/16. He was carryout boy for C.O. Mammels. He made such an impression on me because I had never seen anyone work as fast and steady as he did. Even as a “kid”, I remember that he ran more than he walked. Then the next phase I remember is when he was manager of C.O. Mammels in Hoisington. By this time we were all living in Hoisington. Many years had gone by Dick (my husband) was the Editor of the Dispatch and Donnie was Manager of Mammels. Plus by this time he was married and had two beautiful twin girls! So time had gone by!! But the thing that made and makes your Dad so special is how he is “all” work and no foolishness. He gives 100% of himself to whatever he does. This applies to whatever he is doing – work, family, church. He gives his “all” and he usually does it on the run!! God Bless. “Nanny” Doris
33: Dear Don, My memories of you are all recent. Since you worked for Bill Gross, in Larned years ago, I'm certain we had visited - but I don't remember (I hardly remember yesterday). After you reminded me of your visits to church in P.R. I do remember that. When you were first diagnoised and were no longer greeting everyone at the front door - it really hit home. Such a void those many weeks. The Sunday you asked for us to sing the Doxology brought tears to my eyes. Knowing you were at such a low point in your life and yet praising God. Your faith (and that of your family) is definitely proven and such an inspiration to us all. You are a true gentleman and a good servant to the Lord, also a friend and blessing to everyone who knows you. Your situation helps us all to truly believe in miracles, the power of prayer and our Father who loves, listens and still acts today. May this birthday be one of your happiest. A forever friend, Donna Maxwell
34: When Don was just a month old, on December 7, 1941 to be exact, our family went to Hays to visit Uncle Izy & Aunt Veronica Schmidt. Don was asleep when Mom laid him on the sofa while visiting. In a blink of an eye Don rolled off the sofa onto the hard wood floor. Of course, Mom just about had a heart attack. But the most important thing was that Don was not hurt. Another memory was when Don was about 2 years old. The family moved into an apartment above Paul Bitter’s grocery store. Mom and Don were standing at the top of the stairs when Don slipped and fell down 21 steps all the way to the bottom. Mom could do nothing to catch him but stood at the top of the stairs screaming. Once again Don came through the fall without any injury. When Don was 5 or 6 years old, the family traveled to Hays to see Anna Marie Zimmerman. Her house had a big porch with a porch swing. As everyone was inside visiting, Don sat on the swing all day long. Anna Marie teased him all day long about not coming into the house and even teased him that he would not get anything to eat. The next time the family planned a trip to Hays to see Anna Marie, Don wouldn’t go, stating he did not want to go see “the fighting lady” and stayed home with Lillian & LeRoy | -Memories From Your Sister -
35: - From Your Brother - | When Don was manager at Mammels and LeRoy helped clean the store. Sometimes Don gave us a bunch of canned food to use because the labels were torn off. So we never knew what we were going to eat until we opened the can! But we were very thankful to receive them at that time. And of course, he was always there to help us if we needed help. Also grateful that he is still here with us and our family. | With LeRoy | With Your Parents
36: Sigfried was working at Mammels when you took over as manager. Sig began sharing the scriptures with you. In the beginning you were not overly receptive, but you checked out what was shared and found it to be true. Because you and Sig worked together, he had a captive audience! You couldn't get away from Sig. Sig also shared the Word with Mom. On evenings when you bowled, Sig had a Bible Study with Mom. On a certain evening, Pastor Peterson and Sig went to see the two of you. After Pastor Peterson shared the Gospel, you and Mom prayed to receive Christ. | If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
37: We really didn’t know Don until later when we moved back to Hoisington. We bought groceries at Mammels and he was friendly. After we moved back in 1988 and attended The Bible Church we got more acquainted. He taught our Sunday School Class and he is and was an inspiration to us. God has certainly blessed him with many talents and he has used them wisely. It has been a great pleasure and privilege to get to know him. God Bless. Bill and LaVonne Copas | Dear Don, I received a note from your family that you are having a 70th birthday. Congratulations!! I trust it is a great day for you. There are many great memories from our days in Hoisington and the privilege of serving with you in that ministry. There are two things that stand out to me in our ministry together. First, your faith in the Lord. For a small church to consider starting a Christian School is an outstanding thing, but you knew that this was the direction the Lord wanted the church to go and you trusted Him for it. The second thing was the fact that I felt that I could visit with you at any time about church matters and you were good at listening and giving direction to me. Thank-you so much. I would like to pray with you via this letter. “Dear Lord, I want to thank you for Don and his love for You and for his trust in You. I ask that you bless him with courage and strength on this day. Keep him spiritually and bless his family for many generations to come. I ask that your grace and peace be with him in the days ahead. In Jesus Name, amen.” Your fellow soldiers in the Lord, Pastor Rob and Wandie Pearson
38: We would like to send along a few thoughts about your dad- a man whom we greatly value and respect. We began to get to know Don right after we married in 1973. Since we always shopped at the Mammels grocery store, we saw him there often. Always cheerful and energetic whether he was bagging groceries or stocking shelves, he took time to visit with us. Judy especially remembers the "kitchen helps" Don passed on to her while she was in the store shopping. Being a newlywed, she didn't know certain foods could be bought in large quantities and frozen until Don mentioned the possibilities. She received a lot of good information, and has even passed it on to many people throughout the past 38 years. Thank you, Don! In 1978 we began attending Hoisington Bible Church and were privileged to get to know Don better, as well as meet his family and get to know them, too. We've not only been blessed by countless Sunday School lessons taught by Don, but by his steadfastness throughout the ups and downs of life.... his loyalty to the Lord, his working hard to provide for his family and others, his faithfulness in sharing God's Word, his "being there" for so many. And we have even been blessed richly by each and every one of Don's family throughout the years. We thank God for bringing you, Don, into our lives. You have been a source of encouragement, and we are blessed to have you for a friend. "He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17 Our love and prayers, Larry & Judy Blanchard
39: Just a note... It's been a real pleasure knowing Don and working with him over the years. He has a wonderful sense of humor. He likes dumplings, noodles, etc - like I do - so every once in awhile we'd go to Gorham on Fridays for German food. He's never lost Faith or his sense of humor since his diagnosis last November. When I had my By-Pass 4 years in February, he came to see me. We held hands and he prayed for me to recover - that seemed to turn things around for me - for the better. He's a great man, one that I'll never forget. Sincerely, DJ Pfannenstiel
40: Here are my memories: A servant's heart, always ready to meet a need. The red truck. Mammals grocery store and Don's cheerful greetings. A welcoming presence for city greenhorns, new-comers to the Kansas prairie! The teasing that accompanied the welcome ("Pastor, that is a cow over there"). The surprise when what you thought was a short, chubby pastoral candidate turned out to be tall and lanky. A wise, caring, supportive friend, mentor, and right-hand-man for my hubby. Always encouraged the pastor to give a corsage to his wife on special occasions. Go Don! Questioned the sanity or wisdom of our big family desires. "Is your quiver full yet?" appeared on a Christmas card! Available, open, honest, dependable! I know one young pastor greatly appreciated such a man and so do I! Love you, Don. Happy Birthday! The whole Degenhardt family will always hold a special place in our hearts. We love you all. Cathy Desota
41: How can one consolidate their memory of Mr. Don Degenhardt into just one? One of the testimonies to his life is that one cannot limit their memories to him alone, but must include all of Uncle Don's family as well. Bridgette's closeness with this family from childhood coupled with a sister-like relationship with the girls, paved the way for John's inclusion into their household. In spite of a rather colorful and questionable history, and repeated setbacks, John has always felt nothing but welcome, support, and love by this remarkable group of folks. Don and Angel's home has always been a haven of Godly hospitality, their marriage relationship an incredible witness of God's design, their self-sacrificial spirit and servant leadership a fine example of the model Jesus demonstrated for us. Their family has become the family for John that he hasn't been able to so closely connect with of his own, and holiday meals and family gatherings are always a treat. Bridgette has often commented that it is because of this witness and direction in her life that she is who she is in Christ today; John echoes that same sentiment. Don's personal accountability, prayer, and Godly counsel with us has left its own legacy in our life. We deeply appreciate the blessing you are, have been, and shall continue to be to us!
42: Don, I hardly have words adequate to tell you how much I have enjoyed working with you these past years. It has been a pleasure to know you, Angel, and your four lovely daughters. We have had lots of memorable experiences together, most of them are good! You have always been more like a rock than that Chevy you drive, steady, thoughtful and trustworthy. I hope you enjoy good health for many years until the Lord sees fit to call you home to live with Him forever. I hope you can continue to work as long as you want, because you seem to enjoy it, and it keeps you off the streets and out of the pool halls. May God continue to bestow His blessings on you and your family. Your friend, Charlie Son P.S.: Beware the ugly cows! | Lloyd Fletcher and Oscar Deines walked the same path with Leukemia... | "You have been so careful with Walt Wolfe’s money. Robinwitz Oil Company is blessed because you are their employee!" -Your daughters
43: Dear Don, It's hard to find a place to begin to recap all the memories I have of our times together and what you've meant to me through the years. I first came to know you when our family came to Hoisington Bible Church in 1980. You and I had similar church upbringings so I was immediately drawn to you as someone who could relate to me. I always viewed you as a pillar of that church and admired you as a leader of your wonderful family. It seemed to me that whenever there was something going on at church I could count on seeing you there. You have always been a model of dedication in that regard. I know that through the years there you were counted on to make many tough decisions and I believe you did so prayerfully and wisely. In my eyes you have always practiced what you preached and many lives have been enriched by things you have done for them. On the business side of things, I am forever grateful for your loyalty to me at the pump shop. Robinowitz Oil found a gem when they found you and I have always been amazed at how you stepped into that line of work after spending so many years in the grocery business. Your work ethic and integrity are second to none. You stood by me through many lean and tough years in the oil business and I think that just cemented our friendship. I guess we were both blessed to have the jobs we did have, even though there were many stressful times. I always enjoyed the times you would come by the shop for coffee and we could sit and solve the world's problems. Having you as a true friend gave me the opportunity to share my struggles with someone I could trust with anything. You have really been through some challenges this past year and yet you have kept such a positive attitude about everything. I know you are completely trusting God to work His perfect will in your life whatever may come. Another thing I remember about you was the prayer list you kept on the visor of your truck and I was honored to be on that list so often. I want to assure you that you are now on my list and I continue to pray for you and your family every day. May God bless you and keep you in the days ahead. Happy 70th birthday Don. I love you as a cherished friend forever. Mike Hammeke
44: Don... We first met over 35 years ago now, at Hoisington Bible Church, where you had already been a mainstay for a number of years. I remember your faithfulness, your determination to know and understand the truth of the Bible, your full support of the church and its leaders, no matter if you disagreed with them. I remember your teaching, faithful to God's Word. I remember your love for your wife and daughters. I recall your desire to raise your children to be Godly citizens. I remember your friendliness, helpfulness, compassion, diligence – you truly exhibited the fruits of the Spirit. You set a fine example for me and for others around you. I praise God for your strong character, and especially for how you were a positive influence on my life. I am asking God to give you more years of fruitful life and ministry. Your Christian brother, Roy Myers
45: Don, There are many things I’ve admired about you over the 36 years of our Christian friendship with you and Angel and your girls and now their families. One of these was your willingness to let Denice go to Brazil as a single missionary. Certainly God will bless you as He continues the work Denice helped with there. When you get to heaven, I’m convinced that people from Brazil, both Brazilian and missionaries, well thank you for your contribution to their salvation, spiritual growth and encouragement – because you sent Denice to them. Sincerely, Jackie Myers
46: Don, If you will take a few moments to look at the cartoon you will perhaps make several connections. Does the water remind you of anything? I thought of how we have been through some deep waters - figuratively and literally! And the Lord has been with us and helped us. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God." Isaiah 43:2-3
47: What about the island? At times we have found ourselves on an "island" of sorts. And the Lord has been with us and helped us. "...For He has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6 The trees remind me of the need to put our roots down deep into the soil of God's Word. Where would we be without the Word of God? Thanks for encouraging me to keep on preaching the Word. Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. Psalms 1:1-3 Then there are the two men. They look a little worse for the wear. But that, of course, doesn't apply to us, does it? Thanks Don for being my friend in Christ. May the Lord encourage your heart this day and in the days to come as we "wait for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ." In Christ, Pastor Gary
48: When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed, When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings, see what God hath done! Count your blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. | “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 NIV | The best sermons are lived, not preached. | We are grateful for the additional time the LORD has granted through the skills and knowledge HE has given to the physicians placed into our lives by HIS sovereign grace.
49: Childhood Memories: Fe, Fi Fo Fum! Remembering the nights when you carried us girls up the stairs on your back to tuck us into bed. Pretending to sleep during church and hoping you would forget to spank us! Your key ring when you worked at Mammels. Remembering all those Sundays you waited in the car for your girls to walk out the door. Remembering the rings you and Mom purchased for our 16th birthdays. That pop-up camper provided us with many special memories – right in our own driveway! Using the log-splitter and stacking the wood. "With every privilege comes a responsibility." | Each happiness of today is A memory for tomorrow.
50: “For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations." Psalms 100:5 (ESV)
51: "I'd like to be the sort of friend that you have been to me; I'd like to be the help that you've been always glad to be; I'd like to mean as much to you each minute of the day As you have meant, old friend of mine, to me along the way. I'd like to do the big things and the splendid things for you, To brush the gray out of your skies and leave them only blue; I'd like to say the kindly things that I so oft have heard, And feel that I could rouse your soul the way that mine you've stirred. | I'd like to give back the joy that you have given me, Yet that were wishing you a need I hope will never be; I'd like to make you feel as rich as I, who travel on Undaunted in the darkest hours with you to lean upon. I'm wishing at this time that I could but repay A portion of the gladness that you've strewn along the way; And could I have one wish this year, this only would it be: I'd like to be the sort of friend that you have been to me." | A Friend's Greeting | Written by Edgar A. Guest And attached to Pastor's note. | Happy 70th Birthday to our father, friend and mentor! With love and gratitude.