Nora and I greet you warmly in this frigid second week of February!
Let’s open with some personal notes.
Nora continues her roles in education, with SSN-severe special needs students, at the local elementary school. She loves her work, yet faces increased tensions this year, as new students present more challenging teaching needs. She’s up to it. But wow, the end-of-day proves fatigued!
Eliana joined the U.S. Navy and left on 3 January, with her own unknown challenges. Two weeks into the planned pre-basic-training “quarantine”, she finally gets a 5-minute call through to me, saying; “Dad, someone in our quad tested positive for Covid-19 and they are extending our quarantine an extra two weeks!” Brutal! We both cried and prayed together. She’s now finally two weeks into Navy Basic Training. If you spot her before we do, at:
let us know. 🙂
I feel just fine! Truly.
Before I introduce this next topic … promise me you’ll focus on the word “chronic”. It simply means “ongoing”. OK, promise!? “Ongoing” … yes, that’s it.
After a routine physical two months ago; bloodwork indicated some elevations. Further bloodwork and a bone marrow biopsy, indicated that I have a ….. yes, remember to focus on that word … “chronic”, …. condition that needs attention to keep my white blood cells in check and not birthing new ones too rapidly. The NON-chemotherapy medication(Imatinib) I am now on is doing just that. We are thanking God.
I feel just fine! Truly.
OK, now for the technical-medial term: CML – Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
Are you still with me … with that keyword, of “chronic”?!
Caught in time, chronic stays chronic, for a very long time. Most people my age die of something unrelated, in 10-30 years. We are grateful all was caught in good timing, early. Without any more belaboring, here is the site for further information:
We continue to be amazed at how our staff and associates are working in all our villages and refugee camps, even in all the difficulties and challenges of Covid-19. Story after story pours into my editing desk each month, of how our quality staff and associates are implementing TCD and Disaster Relief principles, further sustainability in hundreds of lives and expanded villages. Just today, I received a brand new proposal from Nepal, to add a new village implementing TCD. Here is an excerpt from that proposal (unedited):
“This project is based on the village transformation with the help of transformation community development (TCD). TCD in C. village aims to bring hope for the poor people living in miserable conditions for sustainability in the community with five key development areas such as water, food, wellness, education, and income generation. Our target is to help the people of this slum village through TCD, to achieve long-term self-sustainable community development especially in the sectors of education, health, and family income generation.
One of the major concepts of this project is to assist and empower people at their level of poverty, which arose from poor health, education, and economic situation. It is also susceptible to natural disasters like the earthquake that took place in 2015 and devastated the village’s property totally. People started to go abroad for labor while some people become victims of human trafficking. So, raising awareness and teaching about anti-human trafficking and slavery prevention, empowering skill development, and encouraging them to be self-sustainable so the villagers can be a true solution. Thus, helping to minimize vulnerability, ends poverty, and alleviates slavery as well.”
Well, there you have it … our heart and work! 🙂
Yes, travel is perfectly fine, in my health condition.
So I am trying to get out the door again … to Lebanon. There, we have delivered to the port in Beirut, 1000+ wheelchairs arranged via many connections. We need to get those out to those in need, and do some work with those recipients!
It is also my heart to see Khalil, he who took care of me those 21 days quarantined in Beirut … as Khalil has lost his precious wife(Micha) to Covid-19. 😦
Thankfully, I’m now resistant to this illness. We are honored to have you support us in all this … truly privileged!
Nora and I cannot thank you enough for your hand in making all such things possible!
If you ever want to hear more, or need to see more of such proposals and reports; you’re always free to contact me for such.
Affectionately always …
Daniel and Nora
If your heart so moves, we would love you to join us in these advancements. Relationships, prayer, financial, participation in trips, and more, are all intricate in this journey of trust and love each of us lives out in 2021. Daniel and Nora