I just wanted to send you an update about my health and ministry.
Lina and I are so very thankful for the opportunity to serve here in Leipzig. Today we were welcomed in as the newest members of the FeG Ring Cafe Church. We have found that having had this time of staying with families in the church rather than having our own place has allowed us to grow and develop wonderful relationships.
Well the outcome of my Urologist appointment on Tuesday was a recommendation to have surgery to remove my prostate. I felt that was the most likely outcome, but hearing that on Tuesday was pretty sobering.
Karstan Pascher my current landlord and medical GP took it upon himself to write an email on my behalf to the head of the Urology department at the University Klinikum. Professor Jens-Uwe Stolzenburg was a pioneer in lapriscopic surgical procedures and he has been doing the DaVinci assisted robotic surgery all over the world for the last four years. He responded to Karstan's email and met with me first thing Thursday morning at 7:15 AM. He will be the one doing my surgery on February 19. He said that I would check into the hospital on the afternoon of the 18th and anticipate an additional five day stay after the surgery. He made room in his busy schedule to perform the surgery, so that I can be recovered enough to attend Emily and Alpha's wedding in Bangladesh (leaving March 11, wedding on the 20th, returning on the 25th). He went on to tell me that over 90% of patients recover fully from side-effects of the surgery, so that was encouraging news.
The fingerprints of God's mercy, grace and care are all over this. Both Lina and I are experiencing peace in this and just wanted to say thank you for praying for us. We are moving into our new apartment this weekend. Registered our car with Leipzig plates Friday morning. We are definitely feeling more settled all the time.
We are loving working with the teens at the church. Looking forward to opportunities to get into the local High Schools. We are making good progress in learning German.
Praising our Great Physician and Redeemer!