Greetings from Oxford, on the first day of 2011! We trust the New Year is beginning well for you. The ending of one year and the beginning of the next reminds us of both past experiences and fresh opportunities. We anticipate with each of you the joys, surprises and unforeseen challenges of a new year.
We do not think ourselves into new ways of living. We live ourselves into new ways of thinking. (Richard Rohr: Everything Belongs)
Here in England, we have just been through the coldest December since 1863 and the second coldest since sometime in the 1600s. The temperature today is a balmy 41 degrees, but we had snow on the ground for most of the Christmas holiday.
We had a wonderful Christmas; our son, Daniel joined us for the holiday and flew back to the USA yesterday. He has just finished his last resident semester at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida and will drive to Los Angeles over the next several days. Daniel will finish his film degree with a semester at the LA Film Studies Center (LAFSC) and plans to work in the film industry following graduation.
We want to share a friend’s recent crisis, challenge and ongoing prayer request with you. As you know, Ky and I are ‘on loan’ to the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (www.ocms.ac.uk) by AGWM. We came at the invitation of the Centre’s directors, Dr. Wonsuk and Dr. Julie Ma. We have known Wonsuk and Julie for many years through our work with AGWM in Asia. Thursday night, December 8th, Julie suffered a ruptured cerebral aneurysm – a very devastating event. She remained unconscious in the Neurology ICU for two weeks. Her doctors were cautiously optimistic that she would survive, but did not know the degree to which she would recover due to the severity of the hemorrhage.
The OCMS community and many friends around the world were praying for Julie. Incredibly, a few days before Christmas, Julie began to regain consciousness and recognized her husband and friends who came to visit. Since then, she has been improving slightly each day and is now able to sit up right, move her arms and legs and even speak and smile a bit! We believe that God has shown his mercy and healing grace in this situation. We are continuing to pray that Julie will recover completely in the days to come.
Thanks to each of you for your faithfulness in praying for us over the last year and for remembering our work here at OCMS. We look forward to all that God has in store during the months ahead.
Happy New Year,
Bill and Ky Prevette