Dear all —

First, let me express my thanks to everyone who has been in prayer for me prior to, during and after my operation. What began as a ‘simple’ procedure to remove a basal cell carcinoma from my nose turned into quite a drama. Last Thursday, when I awoke from the surgery under general, I had no urine flow. After a day of abdominal pain, I went to the ER and a catheter gave me such relief. Instead of my body returning to normal function, this condition continued. Finding a urologist on such short notice was difficult but a local doctor helped.

After checking the bladder, kidneys and everything else, It was discovered that I had an extremely swollen prostate gland. Surgery was required. Again, getting quotations and booking a bed was a bit hectic. I had to continue with the catheter until this could be resolved. Monday, I was admitted and surgery was done that evening. I was bedridden for five days. There was more pain from the clamps used to close the bikini cut (they don’t use stitches anymore) than anything else. I was hooked up to drips, machines and other mysterious appliances like I was being sent into orbit. Finally, I was released on Friday. I wanted to update everyone via e-mail but I was just too exhausted after lying in bed for five days!

Thanks to your prayers and intervention on my behalf, all body functions have now returned to normal. Still, I can’t drive, I can’t pick up heavy objects and I have sort of lost my appetite, which might not be such a bad thing seeing how I should lose weight. I have to see the urologist this Thursday to have the clamp removed! I am so thankful for so many Christians here and at home who were concerned for me.

The first container has arrived

The first container has arrived. It was delayed a little because Customs opened it for inspection but will be delivered this coming Tuesday. As much as I want to get my hands on the boxes, I have been forbidden by my sister who has threatened me with all kinds of dire warnings if I so much as touch one! Again, you many prayers have been answered.

I was still lying beached in a hospital bed when Heather Burton, a mission volunteer, arrived in Cape Town. One of the TLC (Ingwe Care) team fetched her from the airport and took her to her small flat to rest up. Heather hadn’t had any sleep for 16 hours! She will take some of the burdens while I recover.

The Gospel 101 Team 

The Gospel 101 Team have hosted two major Workshops within four weeks and both were a tremendous success! It was hard work on such a tight schedule but they responded to the challenge. I haven’t met with them yet for a report back but the response from the churches has been overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic.

The work continues. The Lord’s name is being broadcast and the Good News preached. I can only praise our Father for His mercies and kindness. All glory to Him!

God’s blessings,

Steve
S.A. Christian Mission, Cape Town