Sunday, April 30, 2017

Pip, Ministry, and Sovereignty!

Blessings from a very hot Western Cape! We have been experiencing the worst drought in over 60 years... Oh Lord let it rain, let it rain.

Pip's last MRI was very unexpected for us all. After a few months of minimal growth the tumor showed a 50% increase in growth. We were all hoping she would be able to gain weight and be stronger before chemo started. The doctors believe her weight hasn't gone up probably to the tumor. Her eyesight looks good and that is very good news. This past week Pip had a port put in and had her first chemo treatment. She had a small allergic reaction to one of the meds but pulled through like a champ. She'll now have treatments once a week for a year. Pray for Andy and Heidi as they steward through this new normal... also for the siblings, Charlie and Margot.

Last week at church I was overcome by so many challenges and a brother came up and said he heard me declaring a passage from Habakkuk 3:17-19. I began to shout it out loud commanding my spirit to attention:
The nations praying for Pip!

Though the cherry trees don’t blossom
    and the strawberries don’t ripen,
Though the apples are worm-eaten
    and the wheat fields stunted,
Though the sheep pens are sheepless
    and the cattle barns empty,
I’m singing joyful praise to God.
    I’m turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God.
Counting on God’s Rule to prevail,
    I take heart and gain strength.
I run like a deer.
    I feel like I’m king of the mountain!  MSG


A song a friend of ours wrote has been such a blessing, Sovereign Over Us by Aaron Keyes. I encourage you to check it out on Youtube.

We have started a Gofundme campaign so that we can fly out 3 or 4 times during this year to help, encourage and simply to be present. Here's the link... https://www.gofundme.com/Pip-Grammy-PopPop. If you want to give through YWAM for the deduction just click on our donate tab and follow the directions. We also have Paypal as a way to give... richhodge1218@gmail.com.

Our home continues to be the retreat and Grand Central station for the nations that God dreamed with us...missionaries and people in ministry especially, are refreshed, renewed and encounter the living, loving, healing presence of Abba.  People from these nations have visited in the past few months…Germany, Sweden, America, South Africa, Nigeria, Canada, Singapore, Switzerland, Ghana, Norway...and the list goes on!!!

Thank you for your prayers and support of us!  Through your partnership we are co-laborers in building up the body, 'mending nets’ for fishers of men, empowering leaders to go back to their sphere’s of influence to bring life, hope, and love. 
Rich celebrating his 60th!


Prayer needs:
*Pip, her family 
*Our granddaughter, Tove, broke her wrist and is a cast
*Our grandson, Walker, had a bicycle accident and has stitches in his leg
*Financial support…we’ve taken a few hits lately  
*Strength, wisdom and energy to pour into people that come our way



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