Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Bite of a Cobra

My husband, Phil, has a life-long friend who is a missionary in Kenya. His name is Johnny Brynan.  He is helping the children in his area receive an education. He has helped bring a source of water to the village. He has fed the locals physically and spiritually. He sent us an email a few days ago. I asked if I could share his dilemma. He said I could.

Here is the first part of his email.

"As you know, we live in an area with many varieties of poisonous snakes, and last week one of our trusted workers was bitten on his lower leg by a cobra; he is now in serious condition. David has been working with us for about eight years, and has been a great blessing to us on all of our building projects.  I brought him to a hospital here in Nakuru last evening, and it remains to be seen what the outcome of his treatment will be.

The doctor told me it is too late to administer anti-venom, because the snake's venom has already spread throughout his leg. David's foot and leg have swollen to three times their normal size, and his skin is deteriorating rapidly.  David will live, but it is likely they will have to amputate his leg to save him. I was going to attach a picture of his foot and leg with this email, but I thought better of that idea due to the horrible effects of the poison.

Like most people in our area, David lives in a small round hut made of sticks and mud, and cannot begin to afford this hospital stay and doctor fees.  I can't remember a time when I made an appeal to all of you for your help while I was in Kenya, but this seems to be an emergency.

Thanks to all of you who will join us in prayer for David, and if any of you can contribute a little toward David's medical expenses it will be appreciated more than you know. Thank you in advance for your help during this emergency. 

I am visiting David in the hospital and consulting with his doctors while I am in Nakuru, and I will update you all on his condition."

(Johnny Brynan)

If any one reading this wants to help in any way, great or small, please send checks to:

Light of Life Missions
320 Brookwood Dr,
Palmyra, Pa.

Write on memo: 'David's Medical Costs'

There are no overhead costs. Every penny you send will be used to help David.
If funds exceed his costs, the money will be used to help build a girl's dormitory so that the girls coming from the bush will not have to walk many miles to school every day.

Please pray for a miracle for David.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Hertzler Doings Blog Break

Dear Family and Friends who read my blog,

Thank you for reading my blog.
I am going to take a  "Hertzler Doings" blog break for a little while.

I'm working on making a Bullet Journal with thoughts, quotes, etc.

I'm also working on two questions as I try to de-clutter my house.
Do I love this?
Do I need this?

I'm also working on getting healthier and am not eating meat, dairy, much wheat or sweet, and fats.
I'm losing a little weight, bit by bit.

I'm also working on developing the relationships with women I do have and making new friends.

But most of all, I am trying to get my act together so I can be ready for Rochelle who is coming soon!
My nesting instincts have kicked in!

So, I'm just letting you know, that I may not be writing as regularly as I did.
And I'm okay.
Life is just changing and I'm focusing on some other things.

I love and appreciate you all.

Love and prayers,

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Hertzler Doings~Jan. 1-14, 2017

I've been writing little notes down on a calendar. So I will write little notes down on the blog.

Jan. 1-Sunday-Good service. Watched movies with Susan and Daniel. Girls Just Want to have Fun and Pirates of the Caribbean. S and D went to her work party in the eve.
2-Did wash. Made food with Susan. Vegetable soup, etc. Watched Murder She Wrote. Raining.
3-Bedroom. Desk. Raining.
4-Nathan here while Alli at appointment. Family Anointing Service at New Life. Significant time.
5-To town with Susan. Visited Judy. Went to Tractor Supply, Healthy Living-where we ordered a 'teriyaki' chicken sandwich-wow!, Food Lion, etc. Talked with Naomi.
6-Happy Valley with Jessica. Nathan here for several hours while Alli worked on his comforter. Vacuumed and washed floors. Daniel and Susan didn't go to rodeo. Snow starting. We watched Sully and some more murder mysteries.
7-Snowed all night. Susan and Daniel made food to freeze for his lunches.
 Watched Oceans 12,13. Did some wash. Philip played with Nathan and his train.

8-Home church. NL cancelled.
9-Cooked with Susan. Michael butchered deer that Philip shot him.
10-Susan worked swing shift. Phil worked on books. I cleaned appliances.
11-Went for massage in Concord. Met new friend, Trish, at Babcock House. Went to Walmart. S and D had lunch at the Health Nut in Lynchburg. Phil and I to Financial Peace class in eve.
12-Watched Susan make more kombucha and helped her make cashew cheese. Delicious. Made some garbanzo bean cheese myself later. Visited Margaret G. after taking load to the dump.
13-To Farmville. Haley's put in a headlight in new car and Janelle and Micah picked me up. We went to see 'Hidden Figures.' Excellent movie and more than that. Inspiring and Insightful. A must see. Watched Diagnosis Murder in eve with Susan and Phil.
14-Sat.-I forgot to mention that it was minus 4 several days ago and 70 not long afterwards. I cleaned the house-vacuuming, washing floors, etc. and cleaned out old Cadillac. What a mess. Went to vacuum it but the power isn't there. May have hurt the line when they put insulation under the double wide. Susan worked. Michael and Jess went to Natural Bridge for the weekend. Philip brought us duck meat and showed us the ducks he is going to have mounted. He told us lots of stories. Phil cut firewood to last for a week and fixed a frozen pipe leak. Now we are going to settle down for supper and watch a Clint Eastwood.