The Enfingers’ Dec. 2015

2015

Merry Christmas from Lamar and Dian Enfinger

 

Dear Pastor Cooley and Church Family,

Another year is almost finished. How time flies especially when we are getting older, but still have the burden in our hearts to volunteer in Christian camps.

Our year started out with an illness of Acquired Hemophilia and a 3-1/2 weeks hospital stay. This illness actually started while on a Mission Trip in November 2014, but the results of what was actually happening to me was discovered in January 2015. I was simply sitting on our couch having a cup of coffee and my knee began to swell very big. Ouch, this really began to hurt. I called for Lamar and as soon as I was able to get off the couch and with much effort we were on the way to the ER. When the Dr. drew out the “fluid” with his long needle, the fluid tuned out to actually be blood. He did this three times and still blood came out. I was soon sent to Sacred Heart Hospital as the lab technicians felt the machines at West Florida Hospital were not working. I waited in the ER room at Sacred Heart Hospital until a call from Dr. Malhotra said for me to be admitted. To make a long story short, the next morning in the hospital Dr. Malhotra came in my room and told me he had been up most of the night on his computer and talking to other doctors and it was evident that I had Acquired Hemophilia. He also said only 1 in 1-1/2 million people get this illness at my age and there is no cure. After a few moments of silence I said, “I am a child of God and He does heal.”

As soon as Pastor Cooley and family heard the news, prayers started going up immediately. Even though Lamar and I did not completely understand this illness we, after talking to our Lord and Savior and holding each other with tears shed, accepted that God knew what was best and asked for complete peace that this was His choice in our lives and we needed to give it all to Him. What more could we do but again realize that we need to take things one day at a time. Everyone was wonderful to us and even though I still can’t remember everything that happened in the hospital I do know there were so many blessings that it was hard to complain. A lot of plasma was placed inside my body, a couple of blood transfusions and then Dr. Malhotra started me on chemo.

How thankful I am that Lamar, my wonderful husband, was there by my side as much as possible. Family, friends and so many prayed and stayed with me when they could.

Now almost a year later, in December 2015, I am on chemo prevention every two months. Also during this year when Dr. Malhotra gave us our first 6 weeks between chemo because my numbers were normal he said, “Now you can get in your RV and do some mission work.” Yes, he knows about our lives and he has shared some of his. We believe God chose Dr. Malhotra to take this illness and give his best to heal me with God working through him. Lamar and I left in October and volunteered in two different Christian camps in Tennessee and also visited our daughter. Then in December our doctor stretched my chemo treatment to 2 months. We took advantage of this time and called our children and said we want to go to Orlando and just have some fun. How privileged we were that all of our children were able to go with us and the four days of early family Christmas vacation was simply and absolutely wonderful. The weather was beautiful, God gave me strength to walk around with what l call my magic cane and we laughed, talked about so many things, and this time was an indescribable exciting loving trip we hope to never forget.

ln November, 2015, our Mission Board Program of MMAP closed the doors. There were not enough volunteers to keep our office open. But this has not stopped many of us involved in this kind of volunteer work. Lamar and l are now Independent Mobile Missionaries. Already many of the camps we have volunteered at have contacted us to please come back and help.

Lamar and l still plan to do the same kind of volunteering and hopefully get back on the road in April. The next three months are full of appointments and we plan to do some needed work around our home and get some repairs fixed on our 9 year old RV.

Thanks to all for all of your prayers. God isn’t through with us yet.

We would like to mention that this year our son also got married to our most wonderful daughter in law, April. How blessed we are to have been there at the wedding. Sometimes we think it can’t happen to us and that we will keep on living even though we know there will be a time when God calls us home. When that time comes for us to leave this earth please make sure that you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. He died on the cross for you and all He asks is that you believe in Him. Confess your sins and trust only in Him. He did it all for us.

Proverbs 3 2,6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on to thine own understanding ln all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct thy paths.” To Lamar and I this verse is so powerful in our lives.

Again thanks most of all for powerful prayers. Remember God is always listening!

2 Responses to “The Enfingers’ Dec. 2015”

  1. Cathy December 27, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

    So happy that you are better and able to continue the work that you and Lamar love so much. Continued blessings to both of you. Love, Cathy Harville Moorer

  2. menchu espanola December 27, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

    god so good!god knows that you have a good and a big heart…and he wants you to live because ,he has planned for you….you have a mission to live….we always pray for you and i know that god alreay heal you…and youre blessed!we love you from me and my family.god bless.

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