23 Dec Dr. Earl Jessup – December 2015
Well, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, your family and the church family. We pray you have a wonderful Christmas season with your family and friends. May the Lord use this time to give you many wonderful opportunities to share the gospel with those who are without the Saviour. What a great time of the year to win others to Christ. My wife and I attended the Christmas potluck in our subdivision this past Tuesday night and gave the booklet entitled “Done” with a gospel tract from our church to everyone in attendance. They were all well received, and we are praying we will have opportunities to talk to several in person about the Lord. Please pray with us to that end.
Thank you for praying for Beth this week. Her surgery went extremely well. It was only half as long as planned, and she had very little bleeding. She did so well, she was discharged the following morning and is resting at home. She should be up and around in a week or so, and we should be able to begin our meetings in the New Year as planned. We are so thankful for each of you that took time to pray.
I believe we underestimate the power of prayer so often. We know that many of you have been praying for me for several years now. I believe it is the only reason I am still alive. Today, I had an appointment with my oncologist regarding my status with the cancer. The good news is that there are no new tumors in the lungs. The center of the largest tumor is dying and is liquid. The other five tumors in the lungs are smaller than 2 inches. All the tumors take up about 200cc of the 6 liters of lung space which means I still have a great deal of lung capacity. The pancreatic tumor is now 1.5 inches, down from 2 inches. The bad news is that the largest tumor grew rather than shrunk and the promising drugs have not been approved by the FDA as of yet. However, they could be approved at any time.
The reason prayer is so important is what the doctor said to us. It was in response to a question I posed to him. I asked, “From your experience can you tell me how much longer I may have to live?” He said, “I don’t know. You have exceeded knowledge in the textbooks…I have no idea….Whatever you are doing, keep doing it.” What have we been doing? We have been praying….You have been praying. Please, if you don’t mind, would you continue to pray???!!!! This has given and is giving us so many opportunities to share our testimony and the gospel of Christ. For those who may be interested in listening to the appointment with the doctor, we have placed it on our website. Our daughter Susanna recorded it for Beth because she was just home from the hospital. I thought some of you who are praying may like to hear it: http://bcpm.org/audio/Dr_Beck_Appointment_12-3-15.mp3
Again, we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas season. Thank you for all you have done for us as a family and a ministry. You are so very special to us, and we wish that we could see you. Heaven will be a wonderful time of fellowship with the Lord and with one another. Thank you for your investment in the ministry and also for the gifts to us this Christmas. You have been so very kind.
Merry Christmas from our home to yours!!!!!!!
Earl D. Jessup