I am sitting here on the couch while my “Baby Love” is in the chair with about 10 pillows and a heating pad. Jody comes in the evening and does the night shift. I do the day shift and Lori comes down with all the “Heart Healthy” foods for us! She is here today making her version of “heart healthy chili”! She has made her daddy two different kinds of “Heart Healthy” cookies and they really aren’t too bad. Larry does pretty good in the day time. He has been outside walking today and admiring our beautiful spring flowers and bushes. We hope to soon have him sitting on the porch in a comfortable chair. He has always loved the spring time in Kentucky.
Our precious family in Haiti have come together every morning for a prayer meeting for Larry and me. I talked to Handson today and the people have been so faithful at the church. There is a new Spirit and this week they are doing a special offering. Each one brings what they have which is mostly food. Then they will cook it and feed the prisoners for one day. The leadership at the church is amazing. They continue to work as a team along with the congregation to serve the Master. I love to hear Handson’s voice. When he talked to Daddy today he was so excited. He was so happy to hear him as his voice was strong and he told the people, I am getting all fixed up so we can build our church on the mountain!
Indeed I think God is getting him ready for that new adventure. Please know we appreciate all the prayers and oh my goodness, he has gotten over 100 cards. He loves them. Lori is stringing them up all over the front room so he can see them and be reminded of your love. I know this healing is a process but it is great having dear friends to go through it with us. We are indeed one in the Lord. Love, Diana
We are so excited to report that Dad is out of surgery and doing great! We haven’t seen him yet but feel confident of the Lord’s healing. They did not have to syop his heart for th surgery. Please pray that he senses the Lord’s presence as he begins to wake up all hooked up! We will update as he progresses! God is good!
Dad has at least a dozen blocks. He will need at least a triple bypass. Please pray for him and Momma. I will update as soon as we have specific times.
Larry wrote the following article for our newsletter:
Written by Larry Owen March 19, 2011
On April 26 I will be (66) sixty-six. Over these 66 years I have come to believe there are no Supermen, only the Super Christ who took on human form to show us the way through the earthly maze called “Living for Him”. As I live in this fast lane for Jesus, I am now finding that I am struggling physically and am daily looking for Christ to give me strength. I have gone from serious back pain to a little pain over the heart. Before going back to Haiti at Christmas I had an epidural to relieve my back pain. Now a week from today I am having a heart cath.
How do I feel about that? I think of it like my little old four cylinder mission truck in Haiti. It is a good truck, but it’s looking old and very much banged up; yet I get in it most everyday and it still purrs like a kitten. One day I was sitting beside the road with a broken ball joint. The other day I went down to get in it and there she sat with a flat tire. I said to myself, “Thank you Jesus it didn’t happen out on the muddy road to St. Louis-du-nord”.
So now this heart problem, well thank God it didn’t happen on the muddy road to St. Louis-du-nord! My next journey seems to be a trip by St. Joseph Hospital to get a stint or two before I can be on my way. Now when you pass me in my very much banged up little truck in Haiti you will know there is a very much banged up little fellow inside. But don’t be fooled, we both are pushing through the darkness and into the Light. We are bouncing down victory road at 66, doing about 5 miles an hour! Now look at the pictures and see what I mean by victory road.
This past year, completed February 20, the biggest building I ever built in my life. It is four stories high with connecting walk ways on 3rd and 4th floors to surgery units and a dorm area.
I baptized four more individuals before I left Haiti last week. One of them had to be the oldest person I had every baptized.
I left my little truck at the river and crossed over on foot, then walked three miles to a youth retreat we sponsored during Mardi Gras. Fifty-one teenagers from Twa Rivye camped out for three days. What an awesome time! These kids have grown so much in the last three years. You would be so proud of them. It was on this journey I realized I needed to get the tires on the truck checked and my heart too.
I could go on and on but you see the pictures. So until I give you another shout, know in your heart that everyday me and my old truck will be going about five miles an hour down victory road, pretty much banged up but your prayers and support keep the gas in our tanks on full!
I am in Tampa Florida at the St. Joseph hospital with my Brother Bobby. His son, my nephew, had a massive heart attack and even was brought back to life in the ambulance. They have called all the family in as he of course was and still is in critical conditions. This little boy who is now 46 years old is my pride and joy. When I was a teenager I would babysit him. I would dress him up in a little sailor suit and cute little hat and off we would go in the stroller to downtown Versailles. I would take him to the Five and Dime Store and everyone would say “Well he is the cutest thing”! He had dark hair and the most beautiful eyelashes. He still does. He is struggling so much with his breathing now. When I went to see him in ICU he kissed my hand and said he loved me. I pray over him every time I go back to see him. It is so difficult for the family to see him hurting so bad. I am so thankful he is off life support but if his breathing doesn’t get better, they said they may have to put it back on. He has a long ways to go but I know the Lord is holding him in the palm of his Hand. He said that He writes our names on the palm of His Hand and so I know Bobby Baker is printed on my Father’s hands. Please keep my nephew in your prayers. They don’t want us now to go in and see him because he gets too upset wanting to talk to us. I feel like he is not only hurting so bad but is afraid as well. You know I thank God for the hospital and the machines he is on. If a Haitian had this happen he would not have any of these things to keep him alive. Thank you Lord for all the blessings!
Well folks this is the first time I have had electricity long enough to give a shout out to ya! The water tank has a crack in it so we have had no water!! There has not been much rain so the water level is really low. I knew things were getting bad here when I got up yesterday went to the bathroom and looked down on the floor and there was a Geico looking up at me. We both just kind of stared at each other. I really thought he was going to start talking and try to sell me some insurance! At any rate, when I moved he did too and I guess he still is in my Guest Bed Room!!