Dear Friends of Eagles Wings,
When we asked God for a God-sized project, we had no clue what was in store for us. We anticipated resistance and even outright warfare so bumps and challenges came as no surprise. As God’s plan unfolded, every detail was resolved sooner or later giving us countless opportunities to praise God for his faithfulness to the vision entrusted to us.
We have been at this now for 5 years. The first residence is all but complete and beautifully appointed; ready for the first Barnabas Volunteer couple to move in, begin orientation and be welcomed into our recovery community. Shortly after, the first two women will be welcomed to the home to begin their season of recovery.
As always, counseling is vital to the recovery process. God provided all the means for Myrn McCord to complete her schooling and to be licensed through the National Christian Counselors Association as a Clinical Christian Counselor and a Pastoral Counselor. She began providing counseling and delivery ministry through Naukati Community Church. Then, as most of you know, this spring she was diagnosed with kidney cancer resulting in surgery and now treatment.
This is no bump in the road. This is full-on warfare. We are asking you to pray fervently for Myrn’s healing and recovery. Below, Myrn has shared a snapshot of her journey so you can pray specifically. We are so grateful for your love and support for Myrn and for Eagles Wings Ministries. Your responses are welcome.
Dear Friends and Warriors,
While today is a better day, I felt it only fair to let you know where I’ve been the last couple of weeks. After being on treatment for 2 weeks, my numbers were good, but I was beginning to feel really awful with nausea and tremendous fatigue. In addition, my blood pressure started going up. These are all side effects of the treatment and to be expected. However, buy time I was finished with the 4 weeks, it had gotten worse and worse with vomiting and dizziness and tired beyond what I could ever have imagined. I had an appointment last week and found my kidney and liver functions are great, but my white count was down and my calcium level was even and needed an infusion to keep my calcium in my bones and not in my blood. I am thankful my liver and kidney are fine. I was looking forward to the 2 weeks off of treatment thinking I would feel better. This week has actually been the worst so far and I’ve been off the treatment for 6 days. It’s not just the physical part, but with day after day after day of pain, nausea, dizziness and not able to do anything (really, I sit and or sleep all day), it has been so hard to keep my focus on Christ. My brain reminds me He is always here, that God will never leave me or forsake me, that he hears our every prayer before they pass our lips. However, my heart feels alone, like God has turned away and is no longer listening. Discouragement crouches at my door demanding to come in.
I feel it is important to give you an honest perspective and not sugar coat anything if you are going to pray effectively for me. I don’t want you to feel sorry for me, nor am I looking for pity. I am where I am because God decrees it so even though I don’t know why. He has a bigger plan than I can fathom. I so appreciate your prayers on my behalf. I know God hears, I know God listens, I know God loves me. I review my history with Him and how He has been with me all these years. I remember all the wonderful things He has done in my life and allowed me to do and I’m so full of thanks for His great love an mercy. Please, dear people, continue to lift me up as the Holy Spirit leads you. I appreciate your words of wisdom and encouragement. God uses them to bring me a smile in the middle of the night when I struggle.