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Apr 2010

News from the Bristols in Houston.

Paul writes about Timothy’s news concerning the young church in Thessalonica:

But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of your faith and love and reported that you always remember us kindly and long to see us, as we long to see you— for this reason, brothers, in all our distress and affliction we have been comforted about you through your faith. For now we live, if you are standing fast in the Lord. 1 Thess 3:6-8

This is the best way I can describe my trip to see Matt and Betty this week as Betty recovers (rapidly) from her long awaited cancer surgery.  Here are the highlights:

  • She is recovering twice as fast as expected, being released from the hospital today (5 days after surgery instead of 10)  This is supernatural.  (really)
  • What’s also supernatural is her continued joy and stamina as you can see from this picture.
  • They continue to give their lives to God and his mission. We should be “comforted about them through their faith” in Christ alone.  By God’s grace they are “standing fast” after 5 rounds of chemo and a very serious surgery.
  • We are so grateful for the Acts 29 network of churches!  Kaleo Community Church has cared for them in Houston and adopted them as their own.  A family in the church put me up for the night and I was able to spend some time with Bill Streger one of the pastors.
  • As did the Thessalonians with Paul, the Bristols “always remember us kindly and long to see us.”  They were thrilled to watch some of the recent baptism videos and were so encouraged to hear how the Communities at RH are growing and multiplying.
Matt and Betty have been a great source of comfort to us as we have seen the grace of God comfort them through life-threatening and painful affliction.  Betty is still experiencing pain and will still take a while to recover.  She is expected to receive one more round of chemo before they return to Richmond. So please join us in praying for them and that Jesus will continue to be made much of in their lives.

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