“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
This past week has brought on a lot of changes in our lives. My husbands grandfather, Arnold, has been living in a community setting in Southern Minnesota. He was about 4 hours away from us. It was an assisted living that provided some attention, but not a lot. He was living in his apartment alone. Arnold is in progressing stages of Alzheimer’s/Dementia. My mother in law, Sherry, has been able to get away and go down and visit every three or four weeks. She usually scheduled visits around appointments so she could transport Arnold to and from. It had been about a month since her last visit and she noticed an alarming change since her last visit. Arnold had declined a lot. The fact that he was alone, in his room, without the comfort of family to visit him was very saddening for all of us. If he was not being stimulated on a regular basis, how much faster could this disease progress? It was not a hard decision to come to at all… Arnold would come to Sebeka and move in with us. Sherry went back down the next day and brought Arnold to his new home.
Remember, we have 8 people in our house. 6 kids, 2 dogs, and a Cat. This was not only an adjustment for all of us Dwire’s, but imagine Arnold, going from quiet, calm, non chaos…… to a zoo. The little girls love having grandpa, and I think he is enjoying them too.
In the last couple of days we have learned just the amount of care that he is going to need, and all of us could use your prayers. Prayers for the right people to provide the right care for Arnold. Prayer for all of us to be showing constant love and grace to one another as we adjust to our new living situation. And, prayers for Arnold, that the Lord will provide peace for him as this disease progresses, clarity for him when the confusion sets, and that his Savior will help him stay calm and happy.
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment,each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members,[e] and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individuallymembers one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads,[f] with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
In other news:
Our next missions trip is scheduled for June 4th-11th. There is six from Minnesota and six from Tennessee/Kentucky. This will be a first trip for our daughter Madelyn (12), and two of Laura’s children, Naomi and Wadson. We will be bringing several birthing kits to Real Hope For Haiti, and also putting together bags for the widows of the village we stay in. Our prayer is that we will be able to start some gardening at the property that 7:10 recently purchased… but there are a few things that have to happen before that. Goats and sheep roam the village looking for food, so we want to protect anything we plant. I have mentioned before that we would need to put a fence around the entire property before we could start any building, or gardening. I got a call last week with an estimate on the materials cost for the posts/wire for 3 sides of each piece of property (The front sides will be concrete and gate). To purchase all of the materials we will need to raise $3450.00. Please be in prayer that the right partners will come along and that these financial needs can be met. The labor would be done by our two employees.
We also have another medical missions trip scheduled for the first week in December. Doctors, nurses, paramedics, and anyone that can assist them. Please feel free to contact me to learn more about the trips, we would love to have anyone that is interested join us. The mobile medical clinics can be life saving, but we also need the people that can come alongside and save souls too.
Blessings to you and yours