Dear Praying Friends,
A few months ago, I felt a bulge in my abdomen that began to grow and hurt. After consulting with four doctors, having ultra sounds, CT scans, blood work and other tests, it was determined that an operation was needed to remove and biopsy this tumor. On Tuesday, May 14th, they wheeled me into the operating room. The anesthesiologist had an unpleasant surprise for me. He informed me that he wanted to do an epidural rather than general anesthetic as it was safer for me to be awake during the two hour operation. So, I lay there on my back, not feeling anything from my lower chest down and watching the operation in the reflection of the stainless-steel lights overhead. After about an hour of them digging and working, I joked with the three surgeons, “Have you reached my spine yet?” They all three paused and then burst out in laughter. They wanted to know where I was from and why I had chosen to live in Portugal. So, for the next 20 minutes or so, I shared with them the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I can honestly say it was the strangest witnessing situation I have ever found myself in! While they were wrist deep in my abdomen, I told them of the love of Christ for each one of them and that only through Christ we can have salvation. After the surgery, each doctor came by and shook my hand and thanked me for talking with them. Please pray that the seed that was sown will bear fruit.
I am home and recuperating as I write this letter. Praise the Lord, the chief surgeon told me the tumor was benign, definitely not cancer! Praise the Lord!! Thank you for your prayers!
Sowing seed wherever we can,