Dad was honored for 50 years of ministry with Open Bible Churches on 22 October. Mom will be 50 years next year, I believe. They were unable to be at National Conference, and so Gary (Regional Executive Director) presented it to them with Pastor Kirk at their local church. I'm so thankful to Sherri for taking photos and texting them (though I'd forgotten to turn my volume down and it was distracting to those around me at church. ::snort::)
Gary (left) was my youth pastor. When I graduated, and came "home" from the Philippines before family, I lived with Gary and his dear wife.
Many may not have known that mom was in a lot of pain this Sunday. The doctors had declared her cancer free a month ago, and assured her she'd injured her back. The pain was growing and she was taking pills.
I posted the following on Facebook last week.
Mom was declared cancer free a month ago. Fast forward to this Monday (30th of Oct) and she was admitted to the hospital where we were told her breast cancer had metastasized to the spine (or "the lesions are attached to the spine"). She will be having biopsies on Monday. We appreciate your prayers as we wrap our minds and hearts around this, for Mom's pain control, wisdom for her wonderful doctors, and an accurate diagnosis/treatment plan to be put in place next week. Janice Simmons Townsend (Mom approved this message).Later last week Mom went back to the hospital and they discovered she has a lung infection. Antibiotics should make her comfortable.
Today, she will be having more tests. We appreciate your prayers during this time.