Catherine’s battle with Epilepsy over the last four years has made viable employment a difficult thing for her. One way she has sought to fill the gap was by offering beginner piano lessons to young people. When our 97-year-old upright became more and more impossible to tune, she approached me about shopping for a good used one. My prompt response was “we just can’t afford it” and I must admit that I sort of put the whole idea out of my mind. But Catherine started praying. Then, about a month later on a Saturday morning as she and Melanie were headed out the door, she said “I’ve saved a small amount and we have a couple of possibilities, pray for us as we go.” As it turned out, one of the leads was an older couple who happened to be believers, a rare thing in Québec. They had been touched by Catherine’s use of Philippians 4:13 in email correspondence. They offered the piano to her for much less than the small amount that she had saved saying “we know you will use it for the Lord”. Catherine has a new piano! God can meet our every need! Yes, He can!
We will be enjoying Christmas this year in Québec with Catherine. Stephanie, Jérémie and Dérek will spend Christmas day with us. On Sunday afternoon, December 23rd we will be hosting an activity at our home for our folks and contacts.
Tomorrow we make another round-trip to the specialist in Montreal for Catherine. She has been doing much better! She has a few jobs that are perfect for now like English language tutoring and piano lessons. The other day she even landed a job helping a teacher in our church correct student’s exams! These are direct answers to prayer! Thank you!
A dear brother in the work here graciously offered to drive us to the airport in VT on Wednesday and what a blessing that was! Melanie arrived in SC on Thursday in time for supper. Thank you to Becky Sandquist and another friend from Concord Bible Church for providing the ride from the airport in Charlotte. Catherine is already doing better but Valerie is not well. The Sandquist family will need much wisdom in the days ahead as they adapt to mom’s epilepsy. Pray that Melanie’s time there will be a big help.
Please don’t forget to pray for me (Mike) as I attempt to “hold down the fort” without my dear partner in ministry for the next three weeks. The current plan is for Melanie and Catherine to return together via VT on October 29th.
Ever since we had to bring our daughter Catherine home from college almost three years ago, the Websters have been in “survival mode”. Thank you for faithfully supporting us with your prayers through these times.
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Ro 5:1-5 AV)
Thank you so much for your continued prayer for our daughter!
Catherine has been having seizures every day for the last while and sometimes more than one a day. An opening became available for a visit with her neurologist in Montréal tomorrow at 10:00. So we will be up and out by 6:00 a.m. Jérémie will be taking care of tomorrow evening’s prayer meeting. Thank you for yor prayers!
The Clancy family will soon be headed back to Idaho for a few more months of deputation before beginning ministry in the Congo. Since Catherine has been tutoring Mindy she will now need another job. As you can imagine, finding one that is compatible with her health situation could be a challenge. Do pray with us about this. As I write, she is being interviewed for a job at a major department store.
Catherine had no seizures during her last stay at the Montreal Neurological Institute. However, we were very encouraged by what we learned. First, it sometimes takes several visits before they find anything; second, even with a full seizure captured on video camera, the EEG recording can be normal. This happens when the seizure activity starts deep within the brain—EEGs catch only surface waves. Third, a change in medicine, again, is also normal. Fourth, the head nurse assured us that we were in good hands as the Neurologists on Catherine’s case will not give up until they have conclusive evidence as to what is going on. Fifth, there are more tests that can be run, but because of their nature, they are reserved for the hard to crack cases.
So, for now, we try the new medicine, continue to journal Catherine’s episodes and go about life as normally as possible. We have a reevaluation of the situation in January. Thank you for your continued prayers for our family through this important episode of our lives.