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Peter and I have been struggling with some serious trials. Early in February Peter was diagnosed with leukemia. He was immediately hospitalized and started on chemotherapy treatment. After six weeks he was able to come home, but still did not feel well, and was dependent on transfusions. Four weeks later the leukemia came back. Now he is back in the hospital undergoing additional chemotherapy. The plan is to get the leukemia into remission. In the meantime, plans are being made for a potential bone marrow transplant.
This is why I am writing the prayer update letter, and why we did not send one last quarter. Peter continues to share the Lord as long as he is feeling well enough to talk and can manage. He has found that many of the staff at the hospital (Mount Sinai in New York) are already believers. Others of the staff may be ready soon to accept the Lord, but the doctors are not so open. Some even scoff at the Gospel and the claims of Yeshua.
One of the nurses, Debra, is Catholic and is planning to marry a Muslim. We shared our testimonies with her and pointed her toward the truth that the Bible is the Word of God. Peter also made a point of relating that having a relationship with the church is not the same as having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ who died for our sins and rose from the dead.
In the meantime, I have been teaching a Bible study for women on a conference call. I am teaching through the Book of Exodus from a Messianic perspective. We usually have between 15 and 20 women attending, but in the last session 26 women joined in!
You may not know that I am also a Worship Dancer and a Worship Dance Instructor. When I came to faith in Messiah, I committed my whole life to the Lord, including my ability to dance. God has also blessed me with many years of education and training in that field. My purpose in dance is to bring glory to God.
I have also been teaching others to worship the Lord through dance. I always begin each class with prayer, a “Dance Class Bible Verse of the Week,” and a mini- devotional. In this manner, I am able to instruct the students in God’s ways as they relate to dance. I emphasize that though we are training the body for dance, our relationship with God and the attitude of our heart is most important.
On Good Friday I arranged to have some young students join me in sharing worshipful dance at a Bible study group at an assisted living residence. There were 12 residents and staff in attendance. Afterwards, the activity director asked if we would come back and do a presentation for the whole residence! I am planning a program to include the same young girls along with some teens who will present God-honoring dances. Some of us will also share testimonies.
God is faithful in good times and in times of trouble! There is nothing to fear because He is always near! In the deep valleys of life, God has special treasures of blessing for those who love Him as He increases our faith, gives us a heightened awareness of His presence, and new opportunities to serve Him by testifying to others of His goodness, His love, and the truth of His Word.
Thank you so much for your prayer and financial support of our ministry with CJF Ministries. We are so appreciative of God’s provision for us through you!
Please pray for the following:
- Peter to be healed of the leukemia, to stay strong in the Lord, and for comfort through the treatments and challenges of this process;
- God’s blessing on the presentation at the assisted living facility; and,
- The nurse, Debra, for her salvation.
Shalom in our Messiah,
Peter & Diann
P.O. Box 220
Hopatcong, NJ 07843
Phone: (800) 926-5397