Archive for October, 2008

Dan had a quiet night.  Sometime today a portable wound vac will be put on Dan.  If that actually happens, we will sleep in our own beds tonight.  We are uplifted by the loving messages being sent by our friends. Sherrie sent these words that helped get my focus clear this morning about The Next Thing.  “Never forget and  consistently keep the issues simple in your mind: God is always  good.  God always heals, restores, and raises up.  Satan is the enemy  who always destroys.  And, Jesus wins every victory over Satan’s  destructive hurts.

Jesus teaches the truth, ” . . . You will have trouble in the world,  but be strong; I have conquered the world (John 16:33-SEB).”  Paul  teaches the truth, ” . . . Our hearts are made strong by God’s  
gracious love . . . (Hebrews 13:9-SEB).”  Paul teaches a Christian reality fact, ” . . . In the presence of God, Abraham believed that  God could make dead people come back to life, that God could call for  
things that did not exist, as though they existed.  When there was no  hope, Abraham believed with hope . . (Romans 4:17,18-SEB).”  Paul  teaches what happens to Satan by the power of Jesus Christ, “The God  
of peace will crush Satan under your feet soon.  May the gracious  love of Jesus our Lord be with you (Romans 16:20-SEB).”  Love to you,  Sherrie Hammond

October 21, 2008 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment

We Were Not Expecting This

The good news is that the hematoma was full of old blood, and the surgeon could remove the hematoma. But the bad news is that the surgeon discovered a high grade sarcoma right behind the hematoma.  The cancer is growing behind too much in his pelvis. It cannot be removed surgically.  The surgeon could see enough to determine what size it is. 

The hematoma was aspirated.  It is free of cancer, but the sarcoma was not visible until today.  

I wrote a detailed account of the day, our feelings, who visited, who brought us food, and that we have many questions but no answers.  When I tried to post it, the whole thing blew up.  I will wind up with saying that we don’t know what is next.  We will continue the guided imagery, the anti-cancer diet, and prayer.  We weren’t expecting this kind of news.  We do not get to choose our challenges, but we do get to choose whether or not we let Jesus walk with us.  We choose Jesus. — Anne and Dan

October 21, 2008 at 6:37 am Leave a comment

The Countdown Has Begun

It is now 12 midnight, TX time. Our sons, Bob, from Raleigh, NC, and Scott, from Montara, CA, are here to support us, their parents, while their Dad is under the surgeon’s knife. Part of our Team of Shepherds prayed over Dan this afternoon.  Part of the Team will be with us and pray for Dan before and while Dan is having surgery.  At 12:30 TX time, Tuesday, Dan will go into surgery for 1.5 – 2 hours to clean out the mass in his pelvis (if all goes according to schedule).

This afternoon when some of our Shepherds came to the house to pray over Dan, he told them, “I feel like I had been given a death sentence, and now I have been set free!”  

Five weeks ago, the young oncologist told Dan, “The cancer is growing.  The chemo failed. There is nothing more we can do.  You need to make arrangements for hospice care.” (What that Dr. did not know was that the increase in size was because more lymph fluid was collecting in the sac.)  We left there very sad because…the doctor did not read Dan’s file.  He just looked at the radiologist incomplete report…and gave us incorrect information.

Now, we have hope that God is planning to give Dan a few more years on this earth.  God called us to help the good people in Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania.  He has brought many fine people with good hearts to us who want to study with us…improve their conversational English reading the Book of Luke, and Acts; learn more counseling methods so they can help children and adults who are struggling to overcome painful challenges in their life.  There are many more things that we do to help those with good hearts.  

Every day, we have a joyful reason to get up out of bed.  Thanks be to God, Dan, at 75 years of age, and Anne, almost 74, have a very rewarding life.  Please, pray that God will watch over Dan, keep him safe, bless and guide each person, medical personnel or otherwise, who does anything for Dan.  Especially pray that the doctor will be able to completely clean out the mass, and that the empty mass will grow completely shut.  We are also asking God to, please,  fix the lymph flow in Dan’s body so that he has no more problems with swelling anywhere in his body.  

God is in control.  He is allowing us to walk through the fire. We are growing closer to God, learning more about ourselves, understanding more about God’s purpose for our lives. “  Our “daughter,” Sherrie wrote: “Jesus says, “Everyone who comes to Me and listens to My words and obeys them is like a man building a house.  He digs down deep and builds his house on solid rock.  Then, the floods come, and the water tries washing the house away.  But the flood can not move the house, because the house is built well (Luke 6:47,48-SEB).”  By obeying Jesus’ words, we build up strong and enduring lives on our solid Rock, Jesus Christ.  As we properly live in Christ’s teachings, our lives become unmovable in right living.  Building our lives on Christ’s Solid Rock foundation requires that we “dig down deep into our soul.”  We go deep into the core of our being until we reach that “solid rock” purpose upon which everything makes sense.”  — Anne and Dan


October 20, 2008 at 5:03 am 1 comment

A Fine Birthday

The Lord blessed us with a perfect Fall day here in Texas – sunshine, temperature just right, and many birthday greetings by e-mail, telephone and one birthday card by mail!  Our thanks go out to all of you who sent Dan Birthday Greetings. Clark brought groceries today, sat and visited awhile, then helped Dan pick up 6 boxes of business files Judy had been storing for us, and put in a small storage room.  Lana brought her cleaning lady with her, and they gave the house a good cleaning…got rid of the remodeling dust that was in the house!!!  All that lifted his spirits quite a bit.

We went to a nice Chinese Buffet for a peaceful, relaxing lunch.  We are thankful for the many blessings God gave us today.  Sunday, our sons, Bob and Scott fly in to help us while Dan is in the hospital. We are into the countdown.  Surgery, Monday, 12:30 – 1:30, at HEB Methodist Hospital, Bedford.  Please pray that God will bless Dan, the medical team, everyone who helps take care of Dan in any way, and that Dan will have a safe, swift, infection free recovery…and that I will have the peace of mind and strength to take good care of him.

What Stefan wrote a few weeks ago is still true today. “My heart and prayers are with both of you everyday.  God is with you all the time.  Many are in prayer over you around the world.  May God uplift you at just the right time and give you peace.  May God give you the grace to go through the cancer journey for His glory.” The prayers are working!  — Anne and Dan

October 19, 2008 at 4:20 am 1 comment


We thank God that Dan will be able to celebrate his 75th birthday Saturday, October 18!  He is feeling well, and looking forward to returning to our home in Sfantu Gheorghe.  He has celebrated many of his birthdays in that city.  

We should have a big party, but maybe when he is 80! It’s not too late to send him a greeting – most of you have our e-mail address, or Skype address.  Or you can write a comment in the comment line at the end of this message.  So, wherever you are, please, say a prayer of thanksgiving that Dan is doing so well, and ask God to keep him safe during surgery Monday and during recovery. 

In looking at his life, Dan finds Psalm 71: 14 – 21, 23 very fitting:

“As for me, I will always have hope;

 I will praise you more and more.

My mouth will tell of your righteousness,

Of your salvation all day long,

Though I know not its measure.

I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign Lord;

I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone.

Since my youth, O God, you have taught me,

And to this day, I declare your marvelous deeds.

Even when I am old and gray,

Do not forsake me, O God, 

Till I declare your power to the next generation,

Your might to all who are to come.

Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God,

You who have done great things, who, O God, is like you?

Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter,

You will restore my life again;

From the depths of the earth,

You will again bring me up.

You will increase my honor

And comfort me once again….

My lips will shout for joy

When I sing praise to you —

I, whom you have redeemed.”

— Dan and Anne

October 18, 2008 at 4:33 am 3 comments

More Encouraging News

Thank you for continuing to pray for us.  This has been a very challenging faith walk, and it’s not over yet.  In case you have not heard, Thursday morning, Dan had a C-T Scan covering his pelvis down past his right knee to verify that there is no longer any sign of cancer there. Dr. Anderson, Dan’s oncologist, phoned us this evening to personally tell us.   We praise God for His many blessings!

Please, pray that all will go well Monday with Dan’s surgery to clean out the sac, that he will have a swift and complete recovery, and that we will soon be on our way back to our home in St. George, Romania. –– Anne and Dan

October 17, 2008 at 4:36 am Leave a comment

Surgery Is Scheduled for 20 October

Surgery to clean out the mass in Dan’s pelvis is scheduled for 12:30, Mon., Oct. 20. The Dr. said, “The 1st C-T Scan showed a mass consistent with cancer. The last C-T Scan showed a mass atypical to cancer.”    
The Dr. also said, “I do not understand it.”  We believe God healed the cancer. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS.

Today, we found out God has granted us a one year visa for Romania!   As soon as Dan has fully recovered from surgery, we plan to return to Romania.  God is always good even when we don’t understand what is happening. — Anne and Dan

October 16, 2008 at 3:48 am Leave a comment

A Message from Dr. Kati

Rodger Fulton returned safely last night having spent 3 weeks helping our beloved friends in Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania, practice their conversational English using Let’s Start Talking workbooks.  Dear Dr. Kati, our personal physician in Sfantu, sent a beautiful handmade Hungarian tablecloth and a pretty plaque with a message (in Hungarian, of course).  The words of Jesus that are on the plaque she sent say, “I have come into the world as a light so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. John 12:46”

It is that Light that keeps us going.  Though the Darkness tries to engulf us, the Light of Jesus never leaves us.  We’ve been fighting  cancer since last December. We aren’t out of the woods yet.  Satan tried to use it to stop our work in Romania, but God has kept us connected with our beloved friends there.  Another surgery Monday, 12:30...When will we be allowed to return to our home in Romania?  Only God can answer that question.  The good thing is that we have been used by Him for His kingdom during  this season.

Many around the world are praying for us. Some are watching us, puzzled that we believe that whether or not Dan lives, Dan will be okay because he is intentionally following the light of Christ.  Our doctors understand and approve our top priority once Dan is well –  to get back to St. George, Romania, to pick up our work where we left off. That’s where God called us to go.  We will obey God.  — Anne and Dan

October 14, 2008 at 4:13 am Leave a comment

God Is Helping in Many Different Ways

We praise God that Dan’s energy continues to slowly improve, AND, that the mass in his pelvic area is causing less pressure.  We keep praying that God will dissolve the masses before surgery.  There is one large one in his pelvis area, and one small one in his thigh that seems to have broken off from the large one. The small mass settled near the pocket of fluid that is still in his right thigh from surgery in January. Monday morning Dan has a Pre-Operation appointment at HEB Methodist Hospital in Bedford.  They will do some blood tests, and explain to us what he needs to do to prepare for surgery next week, Monday, 20 October.

Our sons, Bob, from Raleigh, North Carolina, and Scott, from Montara, California, will come Sunday, 19 October, and stay until Tuesday afternoon, 21 October.  Peggy Walton, a friend from church, is arranging for meals to be brought in every other day for 3 weeks.  Peggy and Lana Shelton are putting together a list of people who will help us in case of an emergency.  

Lana is going to find someone to help me clear out the dust from the remodeling work done in this house a few weeks ago. She said that if she can’t find someone, she will come and help me herself.  We are blessed to be a part of a community of intentional followers of Jesus.  We are learning to wait – wait for the Lord to show the way, to help us work through the challenges in our lives.

I wish you could know our friend, Rusty.  Here is what he wrote to us when he learned the cancer was not growing

“I just sang this song to Jesus after hearing the news. Praise the Lord!!!

‘Be still and know that I am God,
Be still and know that I am God,
Be still and know that I am God.

I am the Lord that healeth thee,
I am the Lord that healeth thee,
I am the Lord that healeth thee.

In thee, O Lord, I put my trust.
In thee, O Lord, I put my trust.
In thee, O Lord, I put my trust.’

Rusty Peterman
Neighborhood Connections Minister”

We are learning to be still, trusting God while we wait on Him. God is very patient with us. — Anne and Dan

October 13, 2008 at 4:03 am Leave a comment

We Almost “Settled In”

This will be our 4th night in our new temporary lodgings.  Dan spent today getting our bookkeeping up to date.  I spent today  cleaning (no one has been living in the house for a couple of weeks. The kitchen had just been remodeled. More reconstruction dust settled out on everything after our host and hostess left.)  I think the cleaning qualifies as aerobic exercise.  : > )  

Dan and I are feeling okay except for sore throats and cough from the dust.  Oregano capsules are helping us keep it under control.  But the best thing will be to get the dust off the walls, pictures, lamps, furniture, floors…you know how it goes – everything. 

We’re looking forward to when Dan is healed from the surgery so we can return to Romania.  I was reading a scripture God gave me last night.   It was about Jonah’s struggle, but can well be applied to our struggle. in Jonah 2:1 – 10, we read,  ” From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. He said: 

       “In my distress I called to the LORD and he answered me. 
       From the depths of the grave  I called for help, 
       and you listened to my cry.

       You hurled me into the deep, into the very heart of the seas, 
       and the currents swirled about me  all your waves and breakers 
       swept over me.

       I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; 
       yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’

      The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; 
       seaweed was wrapped around my head.

      To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. 
       But you brought my life up from the pit,  O LORD my God.

      “When my life was ebbing away,  I remembered you, LORD, 
       and my prayer rose to you,  to your holy temple.

       “Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.

        But I, with a song of thanksgiving,  will sacrifice to you. 
       What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD.”

       And the LORD commanded the fish, and it spit Jonah out onto dry land.”

Wait on the Lord, study HIs Word, seek His will, follow HIm.  He will rescue you from sadness, confusion, the darkness.  — Anne and Dan

October 12, 2008 at 4:39 am 1 comment

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