One is a person I had the pleasure of getting to see come to God when I worked at IHS for 6 weeks. I had a great time there and its been a blessing to see how God has been working in his life since I left. I'll just cut and paste his email to me
Here is what happened. I worked as long as I good at the clinic. I lost so much weight, I was down to 145 lbs. (I have documentation hehe) When you knew me I weighed about 175-180 lbs. So to get straight to the point. I was not doing well physically, my WBC was high. Also I was not doing well money wise. Bills were beginning to pile up. I could not work anymore. I put in for disability retirement. It was approved. I quit going to work but I had to live 5 months without any income. I went into debt for about $25,000. It is amazing how fast the bills can pile up. It cost about $150 a trip to go to Spokane to Cancer Care Northwest. So as I told you, I contacted Senator Murray and after my 18 month struggle with the VA the Senator was able to get my benefits approved in 30 days! I told you this but I have not yet told you how great my blessing was.
Are your ready? Are you sitting down? The VA paid me $53,000! Praise be to God! $53,000 was deposited into my checking account. The VA is paying me $2,900 per month! I will get the monthly benefit as long as I am in a treatment phase or the disease is active? (whatever that means...that's the VA's statement). So, I am not rich as I have a lot of debt to pay off. Not only my own but Heidi brought a few thousand of debt of her own into the marriage. But I figure God has given us this money to pay off our debts and we will be blessed with having a large amount of cash afterwards. I was able to have the money to pay Kevin for his officiating our marriage, paying our "per capita dues" to the Church and having money to throw in the offering. And VA compensation is tax free! The IRS can not count it. Nor can anyone else. Not only that but I get to keep my disability retirement of $1,238 per month. So now my income is $4138.00 a month. I went from being poor to rich. "He reached down from high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters, he rescued me... (Psalm 18: 16,17)
I have no idea what happened. My life is turned around. I still have cancer, it is not going away. I am scheduled to have treatment every other month for the next 18 months. But I am beginning to understand God's plan for me. I do not understand the whole picture, only parts of it. H, my wife is a part of it. God put us together to help each other. I do not know how much longer I will live or what God wants me to do, but I am doing work for God just by going to Church. H has a 9 year old son who lives with his father. The father has custody. The boy, R wants to live with his mother. He comes to visit every other weekend. We take him to Church. R loves it. He would not go up front with the other Children for Pastor's children message. I got him to conquer his fears and now he goes up front every other Sunday. He calls me dad. He cries every Sunday when we have to take him home. So maybe this is God's plan for me. Re-unite mother and son, within the blessings of a Church family, leave them lots of money, and then die. Or maybe I am to live to a ripe old age to teach my family. I know this, my testimony is amazing.
Pretty cool!!! God is so powerful! The next email is from a friend of mine from Japan. When I was a missionary there I was involved in the start of an international kindergarten. We started a bible study for the moms and one by one they all came to God. But Y didn't. She would meet with me as often as I was in town and loved to hear stories, but something wouldn't let her believe. But she came to india and God did something!! We always used to wonder, what about Y and now hehe! :)
I had special experiences and I'd like to share my story with you.
Do you remember that I believe something which has huge power and controls everything but I don't know whether it is your God or not, and I need my own experience to believe. And it had happened. We went to the town for giving sweaters for poor people but my son, D had a stomach ache and couldn't eat and drink anything from that morning. When we arrive the place he couldn't stand up because of it. and then you and your mom prayed for him and I thought if he would get healed I would believe in God but nothing happen. after a while, The drama was about to start suddenly his stomach ache was gone and he played the bad guy like when he had beaten Caleb before. After the drama he ate McDonald's. Actually, I had doubted at first but when I was in the Taxi going to the airport I realized God is real. I felt I was led here by him.
Pray for her. There is a lot of negative stigma associated with those who believe in God in Japan - that only weak people do it because they need something to rely on. Y comes from a very intellectual family but praise God!! God showed her what she needed!!!
There is so much more to update you about, but later! Must sleep now! just spent hours writing tax receipts! Computers are not my strength but God helped me figure out how to put together my picture page and even compress it so I could email it out! :)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me Philippians 4:13