| This sign is one of the many things we love about Good Shepherd's Fold. Many of you have heard us refer to it. But the sign is not as you enter the campus full of school children, orphans, special needs kids, and many Ugandan employees like I might have expected. It faces you as you leave campus. This ministry is about equipping Ugandans to take the good news of the gospel in word and deed to those in the surrounding villages, throughout Uganda, Africa and the world. While we were there, we met several young men and women who were doing just that! And, Lord willing,in just 38 days we will join in this work of equipping the next generation for ministry!
At the time of our last email we had just learned about the precancerous area on my tongue and we were unsure what that would mean for our plans. This morning we were able to meet with Dr. Wadsworth, a head and neck cancer specialist at Emory. He does not recommend any further procedure at this time and is working with us on a plan for ongoing follow-up care. He did not seem as concerned as my first doctor, and recommended only quarterly check ups. I will plan to see Dr. Wadsworth once more in late June before we leave for Uganda, Lord willing. Our plan for follow up care will include, self-checks, emailing photos with Dr. Wadsworth, and me returning for a check up sometime during our first year and then again at our first furlough. This will increase our expenses a bit, but will provide an opportunity for me to be seen by a specialist face to face. We are so thankful to be working with Dr. Wadsworth and have his expertise. He seems to be on the cutting edge of tongue cancer and dysplasia, but without literally cutting my tongue. Yay!
In my last email I also mentioned that we needed to be at 85% of our monthly support before Global Outreach will send us overseas. We are so thankful that we now have exactly 85% at least verbally committed! We are still in need of the last 15% of our monthly support. We have not added in the additional expense of my follow-up visit, but we are trusting that God will provide for that also. If you want to be a part of our monthly support team and have not yet filled out the paperwork, here is a link to a form that needs to be printed, filled out and mailed to the address listed. http://globaloutreach.org/downloads/GOI_Donation_Form_101012.pdf
We thank God for His provision for our financial support, for good doctors, and for a follow-up plan that is responsible, but also enables us to move to Uganda on July 1st. But we also thank God for you. In the midst of all this craziness with my tongue, we have felt so loved and supported! We have been so amazed and encouraged by all the people who are praying for us. Please keep it up! God has been using this time to humble us and strengthen our faith. His work in the midst of trials is good and refining, although sometimes painful. Thank you for your prayers!
In His Hands,
David and Lisa Fish
P.S. If you want to read our recent blog posts here is a link: http://schooloffishinafrica.blogspot.com/