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We're so grateful for all who walk this journey with us through prayer. We ask you to pray this prayer for us...2 Thessalonians 1:11, 12

"...we constantly pray for you that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

By His Grace alone, Steve and Marcia

I began to feel some minor discomfort in my stomach in January. In mid-March I had a couple of nights when it was more severe, so I went to see a doctor. He scheduled an ultrasound, and the results concerned him; it looked like there was a mass on my pancreas, so he scheduled a CT scan to check it more thoroughly. The CT scan was Tuesday (March 27) and confirmed that I definitely had a growth on my pancreas. Two days later I had a biopsy that confirmed that it was malignant.

The tumor is adeno-carcinoma, measures 32ml x 32 ml (@ 1 ¼ inches in diameter) and is located inside the head of the pancreas. The good news is that there is no evidence thus far that it has metastasized and the tumor is in a good position to be removed.

God has already ministered powerfully to our family through this. I have zero fear for myself (though, of course, I’d rather avoid the physical pain ahead!), but an intense, eager anticipation to be with Jesus and enjoy worshipping in his presence. My concerns are for Marcia and our kids. Since my Dad died when he was 60, I know what it’s like to not have a Dad through middle adult years, and I want to be there for my kids. And, of course, I’d love to be a grandfather for my grandkids.

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Esther O'Donovan signed Steve's Guestbook.

Dear Marcia,Thanks for keeping us up on your plans and how you are coping and thriving.  I'll be following you on your BlogSpot. I am praying for your time in Ethiopia to ... Read more

Phil Arendt signed Steve's Guestbook.

Marcia, Peggy and I continue to pray for you to experience the Father's more than sufficient presence and grace.  Phil Read more

Terri Wells signed Steve's Guestbook.

My prayers go with you, my friend.  I pray that you have a safe and joyful journey to Ethiopia and will stay connected with you through your blog.  May your visit be ... Read more

Grace and Fred Ely signed Steve's Guestbook.

Dear Marcia, Fred and I will be praying for your Ethiopia trip. Thanks for doing a wonderful job of communicating through Caring Bridge. We love you and will continue to ... Read more

Ken and Gwen Baker signed Steve's Guestbook.

This will be my last post then here, but we are completely committed to following what is happening in your life and praying for you.  Look forward for a "debrief" of the ... Read more

Perry and Kathy signed Steve's Guestbook.

Yes, you have been in our prayers and will continue to be. I will be glad to follow you on your BlogSpot. Praying this trip will be filled with awesome healing and also ... Read more

Liz McGregor signed Steve's Guestbook.

Marcia,We are weeping with sadness, joy, anticipation, love, thanksgiving and awe as we think back and as we look forward...what a muddle of emotions!  Thank you one ... Read more

Mark and Lisa Roberts signed Steve's Guestbook.

Our prayers go with you, Marcia, as well as our hopes for great times of blessings during your travels. I know you will be a blessing to your Ethiopian friends for sure. ... Read more

Biruk Mitiku signed Steve's Guestbook.

Dear Marcia, Have a safe flight and great time in Ethiopia. I wish I could be there to see you in Addis. Our prayers are with you always and we love you! Love, Biruk & Cate Read more

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