The holiday season is in full swing! We have lots to share in this report. I want to thank each of you for how you have been a part of this ministry! This includes Prayer Warriors, volunteers, financial contributors and those who counsel. We could not continue to serve unless YOU were active in Spring Creek Ministries.
First things first! “Giving Tuesday” was a great success! Giving Tuesday was established to counteract Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s an opportunity to give something back to the community. Folks are challenged to pick their favorite charity and contribute to it on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. We are very fortunate that the Community Foundation of West Texas donates $10,000 that is used to match each charity’s contributions on a percentage basis. The more we raise, the higher the percentage we qualify for. Last year we raised something over $1000. This year we set a goal of $10,000. With lots of promotion and most of all, your help, we were able to raise over $11,300! Thank you and Praise God!!
On the road
I spent several days on the road last month. I was blessed to visit with Maxine Anderson in Glen Rose. Maxine lost her husband, Homer, earlier this year. I made a surprise visit to Mary Bankhead, also in Glen Rose. Mary was widowed several years ago. I knew Mary from Odessa. My sweet cousin, Kay Nabors and her husband, Jay, put me up for the night in Glen Rose. I met Crystal and Paul Burton for lunch. Crystal is my niece and has also helped support the ministry. From there I headed to Waco and was able to spend some quality time with Chais and Heidi Clements (ministry sponsors). Boston, their five year old son, is one of my favorite people in the world! I also got to meet the newest member of the family, 2 month old, Grayson.
I traveled to Marble Falls from Waco and got to meet Kevin Ludlum for the first time. Kevin was getting ready for a major cancer surgery. Since then, Kevin has had his surgery and it was very successful.
From there I headed to Austin. I spent the evening with the Brian Rutherford family. Ena (their 2 year old daughter) was still recovering from her multiple snakebites. But – had just started walking again the day before! Brian was in my youth group at Sherwood back in the day. It was really good to catch up with Brian and spend some time getting to know his wife, Shaela! Here is a picture of Ena and her older sister, Naomi, with the handmade dolls we were able to give them! (Special thanks to Kevin McAlpin)
My sweet friend, Rose McCleery, left this earth last October 31st. Rose suffered a stroke a couple of days ago. Rose was a very special lady. She loved people, she was a faithful friend, hard worker, dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her smile would light up a room. Her cooking would light up a smile. She was witty, fun loving and kind. She never met a stranger and she was a wonderful Christian example for all women. You always felt special after spending time with Rose. She was an angel long before she ever received her wings.
On November 1st, we got tests results showing my mom, Jeannette Hamil, had 3 cracks in her pelvis. She was having intolerable pain and had become non-ambulatory. Since then she has been with us in Lubbock. She is recovering very quickly, getting around much better and has been a pleasure to have in our home!
On November 10th, my cousin, Michelle Stone and her three youngest children lost their lives. On November 15th I performed their memorial services in Amarillo. I didn’t know the children, Ricky (8), Audrianna (5) and Keagan (4). As I spoke with the family I fell in love with these kiddos. They were very special and loved deeply at their elementary school. Their eleven year-old sister, Alexis, spoke at both memorials and did an outstanding job! If I never have to experience anything like this again – it will be too soon! The only way I made it through this ordeal was by God’s grace and your prayers.
Liz Ramos has been dealing with constant migraine headaches for quite some time. She was finally diagnosed with babisia microti,a tick-borne parasitic disease (similar to Lyme disease) that lives in the blood and causes all sorts of symptoms such as migraine headaches, dizziness, nausea, lack of appetite, random sweats, sleep disturbances, etc. We are so thankful that the doctors at Mayo Clinic we able to make a fast diagnosis and get her started on a recovery program.
Bob Barnhill continues to suffer with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) but has been doing better since his feeding tube was installed. Jana, his wife, continues to stand by his side and minister to him daily. Both Bob & Jana are a huge encouragement to me. They find the positive in every situation and bless many others with their love!
Ann McDonald’s hip replacement surgery went great. She is recovering at home now!
Our daughter-in-law, Haley Hamil, will have surgery this coming Thursday, to remove her thyroid. She has Hashimoto’s Syndrome and her thyroid has enlarged to the point that it is difficult to breathe.
Please continue to pray for all of the folks mentioned here as well those who prefer not to be mentioned. We also solicit your prayers as we continue to raise funds to be able to minister to more people.
Blessing & Grace,