08 May A Note from Donna
Phil and I spent this past month in the U.S. visiting churches, giving reports, and visiting many of our generous donors and friends. We drove over 5,000 miles and covered a lot of ground. It is always a blessing to get to know new donors in person who have entrusted their investment in the Kingdom with us. And it’s always wonderful to see our “old” friends and visit churches who support the work of MUR. We also love recruiting new teams to come to Honduras for a visit. We met with a group of Christian medical students from Texas Christian University (TCU) who are looking for places to serve. Additionally, we had the privilege of meeting with the President and Provost of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) to firm up our agreement to open a fixed base clinic in Santa Rosa de Copán. VCOM will be sending students to complete rotations in our clinic and the local public hospital. We look forward to that relationship because it will be a blessing to our community by providing basic medical care to many in need.
The focus of this trip was “business”, but we did get to spend a few days with two of our three daughters. Our daughter, Laura, hosted us in Chattanooga for Easter weekend and treated us like royalty. Seeing her thrive in her adulthood brings us great joy. We also got to spend a few days with our Hayley (Harrison’s wife) who is our forever daughter. Together we selected the design for Harrison’s tombstone, something that no parent ever wants to do. Being with Hayley always brings us joy. And of course, we had brief visits with our living parents. Sometimes, as we face the reality that our parents are aging and time is short, we face guilt and sadness over the distance. There’s no real consolation to find in such situations. We just trust that we are where God has called us to be and will be here until He directs us elsewhere. As usual, we covet your prayers.