December 30, 2009

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Due to the holidays, there will be no Update this week.

May God’s peace be with you.

Prayer Requests and Updates

Please join us in earnest prayer for Joanne and Pastor Lloyd Barrie of Kalispell, Montana. After what was expected to be a routine gallstone surgery, Joanne was diagnosed with stage four gall bladder cancer which has spread to the colon and liver.

Lloyd wrote, “Removal of the gall bladder was not an option due to the difficulty and length of the procedure and the limited benefit. They performed gastric bypass surgery and Joanne is recovering well from the procedure. She will possibly be out of the hospital on January 2. Apart from miraculous healing, there are no good long term outcomes with this cancer. Joanne will be consulting an oncologist after she is released and will start chemotherapy in three to four weeks. We feel Jesus holding us very tightly and we know His grace is sufficient in all trials. Please keep Joanne, myself, our family and our church family in your prayers.”

Cards may be sent to:

Lloyd and Joanne Barrie
503 2nd Ave E
Kalispell, MT 59901-4903

Remember that prayer is the battleground where we fight the good fight of faith. Let’s encourage everyone to join together in prayer, for we belong to Christ, and by the Spirit it is in Christ that we pray. Prayer and other spiritual activities help keep our hearts in tune with God and remind us of who we are in Christ. He is our all in all, and in him we are eternally beloved of the Father and blessed to share his good news with others.

Love from my family to yours,
Joseph Tkach