01/22 Jami’s Surgery (17:30) Out of Surgery

Well the OBYN did surgery for over 4 hours and removed the final portions of Jami’s  uterus and ovaries.  He also removed the hormonal growth from those organs.  Now that the estrogen producing organs have been removed, there should be no more growths caused by the estrogen.  The Doctor showed me the removed parts.

The second doctor had to deal with three other items.  He spent an hour and a half.  I have not heard back from the second Doctor.

She spent an hour in post recovery, now is resting, actually snoring.

Keep praying

01/21 Jami’s Surgery (Update 17:48)

Jami checked into the hospital at 13:00 and is in her room.  Glennda came for a visit and brought a Taiwan delicacy, Crispy Cream Donuts.

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The doctor came at 17:00 and spoke with her concerning Wednesday’s schedule.  Liu Bao Church will visit tonight.  Abbey and I will return in the morning about 7:30 for surgery schedule for 10:00 am.

Continue to pray

01/21 Jami’s Surgery

Today we will go early and get with some friends to translate the paperwork for the hospital.  Richard and Clare Bean have been with us in the past surgeries, Clare’s ability to translate is tremendous.  They are our faithful backup in the hospital area.

Jami should enter the hospital today, this afternoon, and will start the pre-surgery activities.  Tonight, she will stay in the hospital before tomorrow’s surgery.

Continue to pray for the doctors, staff, helpers and our family as we near the surgery time.  We all need wisdom to deal with any situation and for God to use our testimony for those who do not know Him.

01/14 Monthly Baptist Co-workers Fellowship

I attended another co-workers group with Glennda this week.  Well over 10 Pastors from Taipei, Taichung and Gao Tiong were there.

I had an opportunity to share my ministry along with the material with almost all of the Pastors.

Pray for more opportunities to partner with local Pastor and encourage them to strengthen their mentoring ministries. 

01/13 Yuan Lin Tai Fu (Small Group)

 

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We continue our effort in Yuan Lin.  Though the small group seems small, their impact will be tremendous in the future.

Already some of the original group meets with the Pastor’s wife on another day.  This group seems to be very stable and the Pastor and His wife are there also.

Pray for this group as they move forward.  Open their hearts to the truth they are learning.  Already they are opening up like they have never before. 

01/11 Lu Gang Baptist Church (Growing)

I met with the Lu Gang small group today.  They continue to experience different small group methods.  Today we broke into women’s and men’s groups.  I had the opportunity to meet with several of the Deacons.

As always, I had the opportunity to share prayer requests and get some from the men.  It is nice to see these individuals open up.  I asked the question, “Do you often get to share with other church members?”   Come to find out, these men have been in the church for over 40 years and have never personally shared their prayer request with each other.  Today, they did.

It is through this type of interaction that lives are changed.  It is through their sharing that relationships are built in a healthy environment.

Pray for this group as they continue this life-changing process.  Allow them to see the importance of personal interaction in their family-centered life-long walk in Christ.

2014 January Update (Jami’s Surgery)

Dear TEAM Members;

Well, we have started a new year.  We have a lot of challenges and situations whereby we must totally rely on Our Lord.  As you well know, Jami will be entering the hospital Tuesday 01/21 for surgery on the Wednesday 01/22.

The hospital plan is as follows:  We have many missionary friends as well as Taiwanese who know the hospital process.  I have already completed the primary care provider schedule and have a backup to all the times while she is in the hospital.  We also have a church member who works in the hospital office and will take care of all necessary arrangements.  We are trying to get a single room for her, so that she will have the necessary quiet time after surgery. I also have an American friend who lives in the Hospital neighborhood; he has always been my faithful backup.  He also has accommodation if necessary.

The surgery plan is as follows: The following is a translated version of what will transpire during surgery.  The Oncologist will remove her stint that was placed in a few months ago to bring the swelling down in her kidney also at that time he will cut away the blockage in her ureter tube between her bladder and kidney.這次手術,腫瘤科醫師會移除數月前放入幫助腎臟消腫的金屬支架,同時他也會切除連接膀胱和腎臟之間堵塞的部分。       The Oncologist/Urologist/ oncologist will cut away the lesion on her colon. He will also remove the mass on my bladder.腫瘤科/泌尿科/婦產科醫生會切除結腸的病變,也會清除膀胱內的髒東西。The OBGYN will remove the endometriosis growth in my body and the ovary that was left in last time will be removed. He said he will do what he can to make it clear out the existing Endometriosis 婦科手術則會移除子宮內膜異位的生長,並且將上次保留的卵巢摘除。醫生說他會盡他所能將現存體內的子宮內膜異位清除乾淨。       Finally, She will be put on some progesterone to stop all hormonal growth…then her body will completely go into menopause.最後,我會施打一些懷孕激素抑制荷爾蒙的活躍,之後就會完全進入更年期。

There will be three doctors in the surgery room, I am very thankful for this.  Also, we have many friends who work in the same hospital, again relationships are key to this culture.  I know she will receive extra care from them.

The recovery plan is as follows:  After a week in the hospital, provided there are no complications, Jami will return home. Recovery time will be 8-10 weeks.復原期要八至十週。 Here in Taiwan, the family is essential in the recovery process.  Not only do family members take care of the needs of their love ones in the hospital, they also provide home health care.  Praise the Lord, Jay Grimwood has offered to send Stacy Blahnik for a time to help with the home health care.  She will arrive somewhere around 01/28 and help for two weeks.  I am thankful.

On the home front:  Abbey will finish her school term 01/20 and I have already finished my part-time work on NTIT campus.  I have already planned for no ministry activity through the end of February.

O.K. you all, be praying for this time.  Let it be a great time to show forth God’s Mercy and Grace.  May He get all the Glory.

In Him – Jami, Marc and Abbey Heckman – TEAM Taiwan