Friday, November 2, 2018

November 2, 2018

Dear Praying Friends,
     Thank you for praying even when you are not aware of the exact details. Lance has been to two different doctors in the last week and they have decided that he does NOT have Juvenile Arthritis! After the appointment yesterday, the doctor ordered another MRI of his head to make sure there was not something hiding from them. He mentioned that this morning they would get together a group of neurologists for a panel to teach the Interns and he would like for Lance to be there. Of course, after a several hour trip for the appointment, Cheyenne wasn't sure he could even make an early morning session, but the doctor wanted the MRI beforehand (impossible). A life long friend who was our neighbor for 21 years made the contact and managed to get an appointment for the MRI at 7:30 AM. Cheyenne was thrilled but also worried for Lance.
     They left the house at 5:45 this morning, got the MRI and went to the 9:30 session. It was in the hospital auditorium where they put Lance on stage center with the doctors on stage and all the students (about 30) seated in the auditorium. They were very thoughtful by dimming certain lights and using the back-lights so as not to bother his eyes. They quizzed him for about 45 minutes. Some questioned certain areas and asked him to do certain tests while others questions were answered by the results they had already gotten. At the end of the time, they (neurologists, pediatricians and neurosurgeons) stated that they could find nothing wrong up to this point but Lance's doctor wants a complete blood study of the different levels of potassium, chlorine, etc. to make sure there is not an imbalance there.
     So, they have ruled out all of the "bad" things that had been mentioned and examined and just want to make sure that neither his eyes nor his levels are out of whack. The good news is that they found nothing, but of course we would love to have a "something" to work at. They have done full studies multiple times on blood, skeleton, brain, etc. The therapist next door says he still believes that Lance's growth spurt caused his body to malfunction and that little by little he will improve. One week ago I started to notice a sparkle in his eyes and a good "look" about him. Please continue to pray that the exact problem is discovered and be sure to give God the glory for a wonderful report today.  Thank you for praying.
Gary, Ann, Cheyenne and family

Thursday, October 4, 2018

September Newsletter

September 2018 
 Philippians 1:3 
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,

Dear Praying Friends,
     How thankful we are for the wonderful experiences of the past year. We have visited our churches and have rejoiced with every visit. We so appreciate all of your ministries for continuing faithfully in the service of the Lord. Thank you for allowing us to share with you and we trust that we were also a blessing to you.
     We are back on the field and are adapting once again to the high altitude and a different situation than when we left. The violence continues and often moves from place to place. At present, the most dangerous place is a small fishing village a few hours from here. We still know the presence of God is with us and know He has allowed us to return to reach more for Him. The church is excitedly waiting for us to begin the full schedule of teaching and several are already scheduling classes and arranging the best time meet.
     Lance does better each week, but the steps are small. His entire body has lost all tone, so even the smallest accomplishment is a major advance. One of the farm cats had kittens and one became Lance’s good buddy. By loving and petting, handling and allowing the kitten to have his attention, he is exercising his arms and hands for a great improvement. He still cannot stand alone, but is much stronger with someone helping him stand. His IS progressing, but the road is still long. His attitude is amazing. He reads his Bible and desires to spend more time with God. Please continue to pray, but be sure to give God the glory for his advances.
     Gary has hit a wall with his health. We both returned pretty well exhausted due to a very heavy schedule the last few weeks of our furlough. We loved every minute of it but required a lot of driving to complete. We traveled about 8,000 miles the last four weeks we were home. It became more than tiredness. It has affected Gary’s ability to adapt to the higher altitude. His blood pressure continues to bounce between somewhat normal to extremely low. He normally has high blood pressure, not low. Pray that the Lord will continue to bless as he a tries to balance his pressure and get it back to normal levels.
     An extremely warm welcome sure makes us feel loved and missed. The church is thrilled that we have returned and are getting their ideas together so we might help them more. We praise the Lord for their love and desire to learn more in the service of the Lord.
     Thank you for faithfully supporting us both financially and in prayer. Pray that we will continue to be extremely effective for the Lord.
For DEAF souls in Mexico,

Gary & Ann Layne

September , 2018

     We just want to let you know that we are in Guadalajara and have just gotten the Internet re-established. We have to be patient as we are not in the center of town. It seems that any problems are handled from the center of town out to us, so we are the last to be serviced. Cheyenne told us they have replaced all the electrical wires from several blocks away past here so we should get better electrical service.
     The therapist was happy with the continued improvement of Lance, our grandson. It will be a long road, but he is doing well with being patient. They are working on getting tone back into is muscles a little bit at a time. He is able to help with his movements but still cannot sustain himself.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Dear Praying Friends,
      Please forgive us for being so late in getting an update out. We have been on the road for several weeks. Let me fill you in on some of the important facts on Lance.
      Lance continues with his treatments and hopefully, prayerfully, will continue to improve. He has good days and bad days. His body is deteriorating as far as tone in his muscles because of his lack of exercise. With arthritis, exercise is essential, but often is nearly impossible to accomplish because of the pain and weakness. He will go this week for another round of tests for additional decisions to be made next week. Lance and Cheyenne both thank everyone for their prayers and faithfulness in holding Lance up before the Lord. He has a good attitude but it cannot be easy for Lance - he was a very active boy. It was not unusual for him to walk several miles with his mom before or after school running errands. He also has been very active in sports and was often the fastest boy in his school in running. Please continue to seriously pray for his healing.
     This last month has allowed us to travel to Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio, Illinois and presently in Colorado. It has been one of the best furloughs as far as really enjoying visiting with our churches. We have seen good results in times of sharing and it refreshes us to see how God is blessing the churches here.
     It may be sentimental, but we enjoyed visiting the Ohio State Fair last month and it just happened to be the day of the All Ohio State Fair Youth Choir alumni day. I (Gary) felt a little weird since I was in that choir 54 years ago. We enjoyed visiting with some of the present and past members. I was allowed to sing with them in two of their concerts as were other alumni. It is an amazing choir and really great leadership and abilities that made us proud to be a part of the choir.
     Very soon we will be returning to Mexico and to a new government. The President of Mexico is very proud to be a strong socialist and we are uncertain how this will affect our status, churches and outreach. Please pray for peace in Mexico and for wisdom as changes come.
    Thank you for faithfully praying, supporting and loving us. We rejoice that we are able to represent you in your work in Mexico.
Gary & Ann

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

     We have just returned from a wonderful weekend with Calvary Baptist Temple in Rig, WV. These folks have always been such a blessing to us through the years. At the close of the evening service, Charles Snyder, the senior pastor asked all of the congregation to come forward and form a semi-circle around us as they prayed for Lance, our grandson. The pastor shared his prayer/dream that when we return to Mexico, Lance will come running to greet us. We still tear up with his tremendous compassion and vision for a boy he does not know.
     Yesterday, as we traveled home, we were in a part of the state that has very limited reception, so we really did not know how the doctor’s appointment went with Lance. When we got closer to a larger city, we finally got reception and Cheyenne started to fill us in on the appointment. The doctor confirmed definitely that it is juvenile arthritis and that with good treatment, it should pass and that he has already gone through the worst part. He did much to encourage Lance so he would not become depressed. He also told them he was going to inject Lance’s knees and ankles with cortisone so he will overcome the sub-conscious thought that he could not walk (reality since about January). He immediately had Lance stand and take three steps without hesitation so his mind will see he can walk.
     I wrote Cheyenne about the special prayer at Rig and her answer took a few seconds. She sent an emoji of a person crying and said, “Yes, we definitely believe in miracles.” She then relayed that at that moment Lance hollered and said, “Mom. I just went to the bathroom by myself and I walked all the way there and back without sitting down and without help!” Thank you, Lord.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

     The tension has eased in Guadalajara and security has returned to near "normal."
     We hope you had as thoughtful Memorial Day as we did. We returned to Ironton, Ohio, my (Gary) birthplace for 150th Memorial Day Parade honoring all of those who have given their lives for this country. It was a very ethical, honorable way to remember those who have fallen. The normal year's parade is about one hour and a half. This one was three hours long. It remains the longest running, continuously held parade since 1868.
     We have the latest news about Lance, although it is both exciting and depressing. After several doctors, at the suggestion of other doctors, Cheyenne and Lance returned to his childhood pediatrician. He, the doctor, has recently been diagnosed with arthritis so he comes from months of personal experience. Through several physical and tactical tests, he agreed with others that Lance has arthritis in his hands, legs and hips. That is wonderful compared to some of the tentative diagnoses. One of the first doctors suggested he could have a fatal disease and be dead in two years. Imagine what that did to Cheyenne.
     The doctor agreed that he is suffering with juvenile arthritis and should be able to live well with treatment. They will start as soon as Thursday. There had been some unspoken thoughts that maybe there was trouble at school and he was faking illness to avoid trouble. One stop at the doctor's office and seeing him go through touch tests convinced all that it is not fake. A thirteen year old boy silently bawling his eyes out while being manipulated by the doctor is not normal. The doctor found several places of swelling and deformity that are proof of arthritis. He feels that with proper care and medication he can learn to live with it.
     Roberto, Lance's dad, is working to get him put on his Social Security, the government healthcare program in Mexico. That would mean expensive medications and frequent doctor trips would be paid for. Please continue to pray for Lance and for the success of the treatments. He will still have a long road ahead but it appears that all the doctors agree that it is arthritis, not a fatal disease. Cheyenne is finally eating and sleeping again as of last night. Thank you for praying.

May 2018

James 5:16
      Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Dear Praying Friends,
            We are enjoying a wonderful time of reacquainting ourselves with our supporters and seeing how God has been blessing them. It encourages us as we see how they pass through many of the trials we face in Mexico.
We praise the Lord for the protection God gives for our family and friends. You may have read of the new violence that has sprung up in Mexico. It may or may not be directly related to the drug problem, but there are always indirect ties that cause these problems. A state prosecutor, who now is state labor secretary, was targeted in a gang style murder attempt. To cover their actions and to prohibit the police from responding quickly they also caused several vehicles to be high-jacked and burned. One of those vehicles included an eight month old baby and his parents. The baby died and the mother was in intensive care after they burned the vehicle as well as a city bus. One man who was the highway on a pedestrian bridge was also killed. Usually this brings out a major surge of police that then cause additional violence as criminal elements react against the police. It might pass quietly or it might ignite another round of violence. Please pray for protection for our family and dear brothers in Christ.
            Lance, Cheyenne’s oldest, continues in pain with little remedy. He has gone through many painful tests and exercises trying to discover the exact reason for his pain. To review, he was sick after Christmas with both a cold and then the flu. He appeared to recuperate completely but later regressed with severe pain in his legs and lower back. His skin became painful to touch and his muscles ached. He has seen several different doctors with several lines of recuperation mentioned. Until now, they have all failed. He has been diagnosed with Bacterial Myositis, a bacterial attack after a viral sickness. Yesterday they saw a pediatric neurologist. He ran Lance through several tests such as running his hand down Lance’s leg. Although he made no noise, tears ran down his cheek from the pain. The doctor had him walk fast, something he cannot do, and again the silent tears poured down his cheeks as he moved. The doctor wants to run several tests again before deciding what to do. Please pray for strength Lance and Cheyenne (you might imagine how Cheyenne is reacting at seeing her son in such pain).
            We are thankful that all of the tests for the more major diseases (Lupus, Parkinson’s, etc.) have all turned out negative. Please pray for the doctors as well as they decide the best way to treat this.
            The deaf church is doing well in Guadalajara as they manage the situation that each day brings. We pray that they will heed the wisdom that the Holy Spirit will give them daily as they rest on Him. God is always faithful – the problem is our obedience.
            Thank you for your faithful prayers and support that allows us to continue to reach the deaf for Him. Pray as we visit churches and share God’s blessings that we would be an encouragement and blessing to those to whom we minister. Our goal remains to win the deaf, teach them how to continue in the faith and show them how to train others as God commands us to do. Thank you for your love.     
For DEAF souls in Mexico,

Gary & Ann Layne