1/4/06 Report on Work New York City area
Porfiria is studying the Bible each Tuesday with me so that she can be grounded further in the faith. Fausto lives in the Charlotte, North Carolina area where there are no known trained Bible teachers who speak Spanish. However, he has visited us after his baptism and had a long afternoon of Bible study with Victor Grado. He is considering a move to New York so that he can further his spiritual education.
The other baptism was of a young woman named Maria in Fair Lawn. Maria has visited us on occasions and has lived with Ruben and Ana Gladys Mejía. However, shortly after her baptism, she moved and we have been unable to contact her.
Gladys has also obtained a home study for us with her neighbor, Raquel. Raquel has been a member of an evangelical church in the Dominican Republic and has begun attending services with us in Fair Lawn. Though most of our early studies have been disrupted by crying babies, teenagers running in and out of her apartment and other distractions, last Saturday we had our best session. Several of her teenage children and nephews, sat down and became absorbed in our study.
Other studies continue with Maria, mentioned in the last report, and with Gilberto Guerrero, husband of Nelly and father of Beto and Willie.
Many of you have heard of my medical scare. After one strong attack that had symptoms of a gall bladder attack and mild chest pains, I decided to get some medical tests. An ultrasound test revealed no visible gallstones. An EKG showed an irregular heartbeat (LBBB) which is sometimes benign in and of itself but often indicates underlying problems. After yet another test, a nuclear stress test, the cardiologist told me that he thought I had had two heart attacks! After a day or so of analyzing my life insurance situation and how to prepare my family and brethren for my possible departure from this world, a final, more definitive test (cardiac catheterization) showed no blockage in my heart. My heart is essentially fine!
The scare was good for me in some ways, causing me to analyze my life, appreciate each day and make some changes to my eating habits and ways of dealing with stress! Ive lost ten pounds! I am grateful for my family, brethren and especially all of you who pray for me and support me in my work!