Thursday, July 30, 2020

LIVING WELL Letter AUGUST 2020

When we sent our last letter in April, we had no idea that the COVID virus spread would be worse now than it was then. We had the attitude of many, “we can do this for a while; it will all be better soon.” We are now 4 ½ months into it! Now what?!

As stated in a previous letter, we are not taking new counseling appointments. We have had some appointments by phone and by Facetime during our work-from-home time.

Being confined at home for an extended time can strain a marriage. See this blog post to find ways to make the most of these times.

We have been very busy with the Zambia mission – at home. We ordered and prepared 20 computers for the new computer lab at WISDOM Christian School. We use the Raspberry Pi setup (if you are interested in computers, it's worth checking out). They come in a kit. Ed assembled them. Donna programmed them. The operating system and software all run from a micro SD card (used in many cameras). 


Because of generous donors, we were able to buy all the computers, keyboards, monitors, etc. that were needed. Then, Ed carefully packed them into three containers. We added some microscopes for the science lab. A shipping company picked them up on July 12. They leave the east coast on a ship soon and arrive in Ndola in late October! [see photos and info about the computers on this page]

We had hoped to go to Zambia in early December to set up the computer lab and science lab, but that looks doubtful at this time. We sent detailed instructions for setting up the computers in case we don’t make it. The COVID virus seems to taken hold recently in Zambia. Please pray for protection of the children and staff.

Part of our June mission (that was cancelled) was to build the science lab with sinks and high, fire-proof counters. Since we were unable to do that project, we hired our Zambia contractor to do the work instead. He is hard at work on it!

The 7th graders started back to school on June 1st. The 52 students are divided into three classrooms right now with three teachers for each group. Normally, they are all in one classroom together. They wear masks, have their temps taken daily, and use hand sanitizer. They have exams at the end of the year to determine if they will pass to the 8th grade next year. Grades K-6 will not return to school until January 2021. This is nationwide and mandated by the government. [see more photos here]

On a more personal note, our daughter, Jacquelyn was married on July 4th to Sam Eagleson! We are very excited about their future together. Their original plan was to have the wedding in Santa Fe with lots of friends and family. Instead they had it in OKC, outdoors, with a small group of friends and family. Ed had the privilege of officiating the ceremony and it was a day full of joy for all of us!

 


And we added a puppy to our home – a Corgi named Molly!


Please let us know how you are doing. Our office is closed but you can email us at info@livingwellokc.org. THANK YOU again for your continued prayers, support, and encouragement. We could not do what we do without YOU!

Our love in Christ,

Donna and Ed Edwards

P.S. Please pray for us as we go through this unusual situation in our world and for continued support for the ministry.
The water that I will give him will
become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. 
John 4:14b 
LIVING WELL is a life source, not a life style.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Be Strong and Courageous

Be strong and courageous.
Deuteronomy 31:6, 7, 23; Joshua 1:6, 7, 9, 19; Joshua 10:25; 1 Chronicles 22:13; 1 Chronicles 28:20; 2 Chronicles 32:7

Don’t we need strength and courage right now?

After repeating that phrase so many times, I think our God really means it. Anything that He calls us to do, He also equips us to do.

Joshua 1:9 goes on, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

What can we say about these unprecedented times that we live in?

Certainly, we have nothing to say that is new or will change what we are experiencing. The phrase that we have used for so many situations applies today as well – this too shall pass. 

WE ARE . . .
We are tired of being confined . . . . of not getting to see the people that we want to see . . . . of being afraid of everyone we see when we go to the grocery store. We are overwhelmed by all the death and sickness. We are sad to miss coming together with other believers on Sunday. We are anxious about how this pandemic is affecting the economy. 

But we will make it through. Our Lord has promised to be all we need when we seek Him. “How much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11) “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him.” (2 Peter 1:3)

THE POSITIVE
Our prayers are for some positive, long-term, side benefits in our culture. We see families spending more time together than they ever have. We see people relying on personal worship in the absence of corporate worship. We see people encouraging each other. People are showing their creativity and humor to the social media world. We are all s l o w i n g down. We recognize that the true heroes in our world work in health care, the grocery store, teaching, food service, and delivery trucks. We can live without the athletic and entertainment superstars. We can live without our hurried pace of life. But we know that we can’t live without each other and without HIM!

PERSONAL
On a more personal note, during this time, we went through a health care scare that had nothing to do with the virus. Ed had some pain in his leg. Went to the doctor. Had lots of x-rays and tests. For a week, we thought he had multiple myeloma. By the grace of God, he does not. He was diagnosed with a condition with the acronym MGUS. A small percentage of the people with MGUS do go on to develop multiple myeloma. He will have six-month checkups to monitor his condition. Please pray with us that it will not progress to MM. 

ZAMBIA
We did cancel our Zambia mission trip for June. We were all disappointed. We really need to go before the end of the year to help prepare the computer lab and science lab for the high school. Zambia closed schools starting the last week of April. They do not have very many cases that they know of at this time. But they do not have widespread testing and their health care system will be inadequate to cope with a widespread epidemic. In the slum where the Children of WISDOM live, there is no running water in homes. So, their ability to be hygienic during this critical time is very limited. Please pray for our students and teachers, for their health and protection.

Please let us know how you are doing. Our office is closed but you can email us at info@livingwellokc.org

THANK YOU again for your continued prayers, support, and encouragement. We could not do what we do without YOU!

Our love in Christ,

Donna and Ed Edwards
P.S. Please pray for us as we go through this unusual situation in our world and for continued support for the ministry.


The water that I will give him will
become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. 
John 4:14b 
LIVING WELL is a life source, not a life style.