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Written by Earl   
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:55
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Greeting from the Malpass’ in Manley!                        May 2015

We are enjoying the longer days, above freezing temps, as the restlessness experienced sitting around the wood stove at -40 and only four hours of daylight are a distant memory.  The sightings of the state bird (the mosquito) have been numerous and river ice has been gone for a week now.  Winter is over and Alaska’s 2nd season (construction) in here in full force!

I usually spend the first couple weeks of January planning the coming year with scheduled flights, repairs, special events at church, airplane maintenance, building projects and such.  Our Lord always tweaks my feeble attempts of scheduling what I believe He wants me to do throughout the year.  This year has proved to be no exception!



The first adjustment to our schedule was when Jeremiah started experiencing strange and painful chest pains.  There was concern about a hereditary heart problem that could be fatal. So you can imagine our concern and the sense of urgency to identify the cause.  After numerous test and ER visits, the particular problem was ruled out.  We praise the Lord it isn’t as bad as we thought, but we still don’t know what the problem was.  The symptoms seemed to have eased off now, and we thank the Lord for that too.  Lynn added his bills together yesterday and they are $13,000!! How we pray that the insurance will cover most of it.

The second change to our schedule may affect the rest of the year.  A yearly blood test revealed what the doctor called a dramatic spike in a certain number.  The following biopsy revealed I have prostate cancer.  Nope, I didn’t schedule that one!  I am taking the advice of many we’ve talked to, and Lynn and I will be traveling to a cancer specialist down in the lower-48 for further tests and consultation.  We leave May 17th and expect to return the following weekend.  Please ask the Lord to give peace of mind heart and emotions. Also, pray that the flights will be easy on Lynn's back.

There have been many blessings our Father has showed us during these “speed bumps” in our schedule.  In the Book of Ruth, Boaz instructed his servant to leave “handfuls of purpose” for Ruth in the field.  (Ruth 2:16)  That is what it feels like to us as we see these “handfuls of purpose” being placed in our lives.  God gives grace, others to encourage, and a peace that passes all understanding.  He is giving us comfort so that we can show that comfort to others.  That will make us better Christians, and that’s good.  

Brother Jimmie Book, from Emmanuel Baptist in Kenai, AK, had committed to helping finish insulating our house and hanging sheet rock on the ceiling and walls.  This is going to help immensely!  He refused to cancel and is willing to continue to work alone on all this while I’m gone.  What a blessing!  He has also found some structural problems that will add to the expense, but will somehow have to be accomplished this year.  He said it would be bad if our bedroom falls off the rest of the house.

If you wouldn’t mind, please pray that we will honor our Lord during this time.  Of course, we need to wisdom to do exactly what The Lord would have us do.  Lastly, as you can imagine, with the cost of building materials, travel, insurance deductibles, non-covered expenses, lodging, etc… this will be an expensive summer.  We have seen The Lord provide for us too many times to doubt that He will provide for these needs as well, but we ask you to pray about these needs please. It is very overwhelming to us.....but not to God!

We truly mean it when we say God was good to the Malpass family when He gave you as our family and friends!  

Bro. Earl Malpass

 

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