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Tony’s results

We went to the doctor to find out the test results for Tony. The doctor came in saying, “I got nothing, zero, nada.” So the biopsies came up with no temporal arteritis. Now, the problem is that doesn’t mean it isn’t someplace else. It could be. The doctor did find that his sinuses are pretty well blocked though. But this is as far as this doctor can go.  So he is referring Tony to a rheumatoid arteritis doctor because of the headaches and some blood work that wasn’t good. So we will see.

2010-09-04 Storforsen (2)Tony’s been having headaches for the past month and the doctors aren’t sure why. Today, he’s getting a biopsy done on an artery in his head at the hospital to check for temporal arteritis. Please pray for God’s healing and for the source to be found so it can be treated. It’s hard to do anything with pounding headaches coming and going randomly. Thanks!!

The kids enjoyed celebrating the American Hallowe’en holiday this year with our traditional “trick or treatin” with family and friends!! Just thought, especially for our overseas friends, you might enjoy seeing it from our eyes.  Of course, it got dark quickly and with all the movement, not all of the pictures are real good. But we enjoyed it and are still enjoying all the candy!!

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In December, we needed to raise an additional $4,000/month within 12 months. We are so grateful that God has graciously released almost $2,600! We are in the last couple of months to reach our deadline to raise the balance of $1,400/month. Time is becoming very critical. We are looking for groups and individuals to put us “over-the-top” so we may return to minister Jesus to the Swedish people.

Do you realize that God has called us to be lifesavers in Sweden? If we don’t go tell Swedes about how to know and follow Jesus, they will spend eternity in hell. For us to go, we need others to send us. Jesus commanded His followers to make disciples of all nations either by going or sending others. Your financial involvement will directly impact where people will spend eternity. God may not call you to go; however, He does call you to send others. Wouldn’t it be a great blessing to know that even one Swede is in heaven because you sent us to be missionaries? Please prayerfully consider being a financial partner with us. You can go to http://www.uwm.org and click on “Give” to begin your ministry as a sender. You can also let us know if there are others you know with whom we can share our ministry – in your church, life group, family, friends, co-workers, etc. We need your help and we appreciate you doing this for us!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT…WANT TO DOUBLE YOUR NEW PLEDGE?

How would you like to double the impact of your new pledge to our ministry? If you have been thinking about becoming a financial partner with us, now is the time to act! From now until October 12, 2013, one of our financial partners has made a generous offer to double any new pledges from individuals, up to a total of $200. These new pledges will continue to be matched for the next four years. For example, if a new donor pledges $200/month, that gift will be doubled to $400/month for four years! Or, if a new donor pledges $100/month, that gift will be doubled to $200/month for four years! This offer is valid only for the first $200 of new pledges received before October 12, so act now to double your gift!

Your new pledge becomes doubly effective during this next month. Won’t you please prayerfully consider joining our ministry right now? Simply go to http://www.uwm.org and click on “Give” to get started!

We are so grateful to God for our current financial and prayer partners. We could not be spiritual lifesavers without your involvement!

Speaking Engagements:
*Sept. 29-Potluck Luncheon after 11 AM Sunday Service: Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church,25 S. Black Horse Pike, Mt. Ephraim, NJ 08059
*Oct. 20-8:30 & 11:00 AM Sunday Service: Scottsville United Methodist Church, 2400 Brownsville Rd., Langhorne, PA 19053

Excitement!!! That describes Jensina and Gwen when we visited IKEA and found out we could come to their Crayfish Festival!!!! IKEA has really stepped up to the plate here and has their own crayfish festival here in the US!!! We went with our extended family (unfortunately, my brother, Gary, was away with the army) and had a great time eating crayfish, shrimp, smoked dill salmon (gravadlax), cheese, Swedish meatballs, etc., etc. and walking through IKEA!!! YUM!!! A little taste of Sweden here in the USA!!!

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First Month (4)Today, we were supposed to leave to return home to Luleå, Sweden. Unfortunately, we needed to change our tickets as our financial support is not at 100% yet. Hopefully it will be soon and we’ll be able to return!! We are around 58% of the $4000 that we need now, so we know it’s just a matter of time. Please continue to pray with us for God to release the needed support! Thanks!! We’d love to be back there this year!!

Seven years ago today our nephew, Jonathan, had a heart attack that left him severely handicapped. We never, ever saw this coming. Never dreamed that when we kissed Jonathan and Caleb good-bye for college that year, that it would be the last time he would be able to talk to us. But it was…for now. We continue to pray for God to heal your brain, Jonathan. But we’re so glad for every smile, every eye blink that tells us that you hear and understand us. One day, we will hear your voice again, whether here on earth or in heaven, we just don’t know yet. We’re so glad that you know God and we know that He is carrying you through this time of your life. Sure wish you could tell us how God is working with you in your spirit. I can’t even begin to imagine the spiritual truths God is teaching you! Love you, dear nephew!!

Gwen's nephews, Joshua, Jonathan, & Caleb

Gwen’s nephews, Joshua, Jonathan, & Caleb

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Please pray for me (Tony) as I leave today for Dad’s funeral tomorrow in Texas. I will be doing the eulogy and reflecting back on his 85 years here on Earth. Although I know he’s in heaven now because he accepted God’s free gift of forgiveness for his sins, it’s still hard to say, “see you in heaven” (not goodbye because the Bible says we will be reunited again in heaven). Wonder if he’ll look like he did here for his high school graduation?

Please pray for our family, for safety in travel and that God will be lifted up in the midst of our grief.

“In my Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.” (Jesus speaking in John’s gospel, chapter 14, verse 2)

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Last night (July 7), Tony’s Dad took his last earthly breath and peacefully entered into the presence of his Savior Jesus. In September of 1995, both Dad and Mom recognized that they had no real relationship with God. They asked for God’s forgiveness for the wrongs they did and accepted the free gift of salvation and eternity in heaven that’s available only because Jesus took the punishment we all deserve. As a result, the verse above now includes them. Mom has been in her new place for 4 years, and now Dad joins her as well.

In April we were blessed to spend some quality time with Dad in Texas. He was alert and we had some good laughs and I video taped him reflecting on his life – memories that I’ll always cherish. At the end of the interview, I asked him if he had any words of wisdom to pass on. His response was, “You only go around once. Make the best of it.” I believe if he could converse with us now from heaven, he would add this as well…”Wow! It’s so incredibly awesome here! You need to come to Jesus. Choose to follow Him before it’s too late. He’s the only way to get to heaven and He’s waiting for you with open arms.”

Of course we’re sad and will miss Dad, but Jesus’ death on our behalf guarantees that we who trust in Christ will some day join Dad, Mom and other Christ-followers and spend eternity in heaven with them. Thanks for your prayers for us during this time.

JDPlease continue your prayers for my nephew, Jonathan (also called JD). He’s in the hospital with a very serious infection. He has a medicine pump in his body for baclofen that keeps his limbs more mobile. This is the second time, in a month, that site has become infected. Now the infection is in his blood. That’s really very serious, especially for him in his condition.

This is from his mom. “The infectious disease doctor came in today. Told me his blood culture came back positive for infection, MERSA. She said it is serious, but she tried to encourage me by saying he is in good hands. She said the sooner they can take the pump out the better. She added what I believe is a probiotic, although she said there isn’t convincing evidence that will prevent CDif. I told her anything that might prevent it was worth a try. Good grief he has enough to deal with.

I came home and Gary stayed with him for a few hours. When he left JD had another 102 temp. He is sleeping often, with intermittent cries of discomfort or pain. What is causing the pain is a guessing game for all of us. We go through our mental check list with him.  Called in tonight and his temp had come down some. She said at present he is content.

I am not going to sugar coat it, I am worried. He is a sick boy right now. Thank you all for your prayers. Pray for wisdom for all the staff. We appreciate all of them doing their jobs and their caring ways. There are some disagreements between them so they need wisdom to do what is best for JD over all.

After almost 7 years of this, I am still amazed at how fast things can turn around. He was doing so well and the pump was really doing its job yet now it has to come out and we start over. Discouragement, frustration and even fear are right there to be had for the taking. Trying to focus on the positive and trust God for his grace and healing. Thank you for your prayers for both Jonathan, his medical caregivers and for us. Good night and Love from the Taylors”

If you want more information, you can go to Jonathan’s website at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jdtaylor.

Jamie, Jonathan’s sister, just shared this on facebook.

“Please pray for JD and mom. Mom took JD to Jefferson ER earlier this afternoon because the site of his baclofen pump in his back is red, swollen, and hot to the touch. JD himself is in pain and running a 101.8 temp. Mom is worried they might have to take the pump out. So please pray that won’t be the case, JD’s temp will come down, the Doctor’s will have wisdom and answers and Mom will have some peace. Thank you.”

Thank you for praying!!!