A group of young people have travelled to be with us that has made this year's academy a pleasure to be a part of. Mike and Joann Parks provided tickets for the entire group to attend the Round Rock Express Baseball game last night. We had great seats and enjoyed our time together. Thanks, Mike and Joann.
As I type this update, Servants Academy is in full swing at SWSBS. We have 27 young men and women who want to increase in their knowledge of God’s Word and be better suited to serve Him in His kingdom. We are always excited with such prospects and hope they continue with such zeal, and as they grow older they choose to pursue their goals by attending the SWSBS for a two-year study of God’s Word. I appreciate Clay Bond, Steven Lloyd and Cody Westbrook for taking the yeomen’s task and stepping up magnificently during Servant’s Academy. I have heard that things have gone off without a hitch thus far. I am also grateful to the three mentioned above along with Wayne Jones for taking my four fourth quarter classes. I am confident they all are doing a great job.
Now to the update of my situation: The board met yesterday, June 26 and determined that because of my high lung pressures I do not, at this time, qualify for a heart transplant. So the planned course of action is to go with an LVAD, which is a heart pump. It will do the work of the heart and should relieve all of my “weak heart” issues. They say in two or three weeks the other organs should be responding to the stronger “heart” and fluid retention, high pressures and everything associated with the weak heart should come back to normal. In all honesty, for all practical purposes it does not change anything. Since all of my issues are heart related, when they get the heart pump in place everything else should fall in line and I will then qualify for a transplant. Even if I did qualify now, it would take 6 months before I could even consider the transplant as I recovered from the LVAD surgery. So the news is not as negative as it may appear. There is however, a big plus—with it being determined and labeled this way, I will be able to transfer back to Austin to have the LVAD surgery. I will be able to recover in my own house and will not need to set up housing here in Houston for three months.
At this moment, my doctor in Austin has accepted me back and we are waiting for the insurance to confirm coverage if done in Austin. That should be just a matter of paper work. Therefore, I could be transported as early as this afternoon or tomorrow depending on whether Seton Main has a bed for me.
Thank you everyone for the cards, calls and especially the prayers. I know I have fallen woefully behind in thank you letters and correspondences. Please do not think it is because of a lack of appreciation. Nothing could be further from the truth. The prayers are appreciated most of all at this time. I know God is in control and will bring about that which is best if we will bend our will to His. My prayer and hope in all of this is that our God is exalted, His name extolled and great praise for His glorious grace is presented before the throne of glory. Ultimately, our prayer and desire is that His will be done.
I know many have expressed their concerns for me and an innumerable number of prayers have been offered on my behalf. I want to take this avenue to first express my thanks for those that have done so much in my absence. Then I will provide an update on my circumstances.
I must first begin with expressing my appreciation for Jackie, my wife, and her constant support. I could never make it through anything like this without her love and constant care. I also want to express appreciation to the elders at Southwest. They have been supportive, and beyond, concerning my absence and health issues. Their constant support has lifted what could have been an even greater burden from Jackie and me and has provided great comfort as we face not only my health challenges, but also the financial side of it.
I would like to thank the faculty at SWSBS who have picked up the slack in my absence. I honestly believe we have a group of the finest men, both in character and ability to teach God’s Word in a loving a mentoring way that could be assembled in the brotherhood. I want to thank the so many brethren who have contributed to our financial needs during all of this also. But especially I thank all for the prayers that have been offered. I truly believe the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Now concerning my health situation. I am presently in Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston, TX. It has the reputation of being the best place for me in my condition. I have been in the hospital to date for 31 days and still counting. Originally, I was transferred here because it was believed that I need either a mechanical heart, heart transplant or both. It is possible that that is still the case. However, all of the information is not adding up to the doctor’s so they have determined I need more tests to make a proper evaluation. It is possible that I may need neither one. It may be a situation where the remedy would be much less drastic. It is for this that we pray now, realizing our God is in control and can do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. Whatever the circumstances our prayer is that God’s will be done. I petition your continued prayers and I will continue to update you as I can.
Thank you again to everyone and may our God richly bless you in His service.
Our student body was split between two camps this past week. Most of them helped out at Camp Hensel. Three of them helped out at Camp Ida. Here are some photos from Camp Hensel.
Tim Ayers delivered our devotional this morning. He introduced the lesson with 1 Timothy 3:15. Paul affirms that we are the "pillar and ground of the truth." Tim asked us to consider how we function as such, and said we are the pillar and ground of the truth…
1. …by knowing the truth
2. …by obeying the truth
3. …by loving the truth
4. …by speaking the truth in love
5. …by rightly dividing the truth
6. …by defending the truth
7. …by adorning the doctrine of Christ
This is just the bare outline of what he presented; points you can develop for yourself.
The students completed their 3rd quarter of this year's schooling. Finals have been taken, papers handed in and a neighborhood in Austin was canvassed with door hangers.
Several of the sisters in the congregation along with Don Walker arrived early to prepare breakfast for the students. It was a treat! Thanks go to Gretchen, Bobby, Midge, Ann, Karen, and Nita for breakfast.
If you plan to attend this year's Servants Academy, click on "Servants Academy" in the menu above to fill our your registration form. We look forward to seeing you.
The Arise Workshop has come and gone. It was the first of many to come, Lord willing. An Alumni Association has been established as well. If you are an Alumni and do not know about it, please send the office your contact information. An Al Macias Scholarship Fund has also been established to honor his 27 years of faithful service to the school.
We attended the FHU Lectureship this week to represent SWSBS. We were one of a number of schools of biblical studies represented. A young man came to our table wanting to know more about our school. He is filling out an application with a view toward attending this August.