July 2018 Witmer Family Update

Mary had her most recent echocardiogram on Monday, July 2. The very next day we received a call from her cardiologist’s office with some surprising news — her numbers had actually improved since April. This is evidently not routinely the case with aortic valve stenosis, which typically progressively worsens. So we’re very much thanking God that — at the very least — we now seem to have been granted some additional time and normalcy. Her next echocardiogram is scheduled for early October — unless she begins to experience symptoms before then.

Many of you have been praying. God’s power is released through the effective prayers of His people (James 5:16b). He is also merciful. And He is always sovereign over all of the “whens” and the “whethers” and the “hows” concerning this matter and every other circumstance in your life and ours. Those are the truths that we intend to hold onto as this story plays out.

Our four-month sabbatical ends on July 31. Four days later AIIA’s next Faith Matters event is scheduled at 2:00 PM on August 4. A volunteer work team from Grace Point Church in Paradise PA rolls in later that same afternoon. And our son Andrew and his family are also planning to be with us during that first full week in August as Andrew works on a book about Monson’s past.

Between now and then we’re planning a quick trip to Pennsylvania to celebrate my mother’s 90th birthday.

So the pace quickens. See AIIA’s listing for more details about all of what’s happening this Summer and Fall.

Thanks so much for your interest in reading along once again.

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  1. Patti Snapp
    Posted July 5, 2018 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    PRAISE THE LORD – He is awesome, His mercy endures forever. Powerful prayers!!

  2. Eugene Witmer
    Posted July 5, 2018 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Nice update….prayers for all decisions, activities, and prayers of thanks to God for current happenings.

  3. Debbie Falkenburg
    Posted July 6, 2018 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Praise His Name! That was the update I was hoping/expecting to receive. Thank You, Lord Jesus. Continue to watch over, heal and bring Mary and Daryl thru this journey. Sounds like as soon as sabbatical is over, you will be right back into it. Enjoy now. LIfe is hectic….but Grace is greater! Love in Christ

  4. Karen Cuarisma Spona
    Posted July 6, 2018 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    This is great news Daryl and Mary! Wishing you both the best.

    • Amelia Saylor Derr
      Posted July 21, 2018 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

      Praise the Lord, I will continue to pray for both of you!

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