July 2011

Cheryl Gayle on July 30, 2011

  We are finishing up our home assignment at Fredericktowne Baptist Church this Sunday in Walkersville, Md.  This next week will be the time for us to finish everything up that we need to before we head back to Togo for another year.  We’ve had a blessed time home and thank God for safe travel.   Please pray for us for travel safety as we head back to Togo on Aug 7th.   Pray also for the staff and patients in Togo.  It has been a very busy summer there.  We have appreciated our colleagues and the short term visitors who have “held down the fort” in our absence.  We know that when we return, we will “hit the ground running!”  Dr. Sam Williams is looking into filling in our surgical gap in Togo for the month of August.  Please pray that all the details will fall into place for him so that John Briggs does not have to cover surgery solo for August.  With as busy as our hospital is, it would be asking a lot of John for that to happen.  Pray also for funding for Sam’s trip, as the hospital has agreed to cover his costs so that we can have surgical coverage that is urgently needed.   As we see the famine in Somalia and Ethiopia, and other tragedies that happen around the world, it really does break our hearts.  There is so much suffering in the world we sometimes wonder what we’re doing and how we’re even helping in the big scheme of things.  But we just have to remember to remain faithful and to do what God has asked us to do for this day and where we are.  God is in control, even when we don’t understand.  That is why He’s God and we’re not!  Thank Heavens!  God can use tragedies to draw others to Him and to draw us closer to Him.  And we have to remember that there is sin in this world.   We have to remember that we’re not robots.  God has given man a free will to either accept Him or reject Him.  And also man can make good or bad choices.  But in the end, HE will win the war!  Join us in praying for those who are sick, suffering, and starving.  Pray for the Lord of the Harvest to send many out to prepare, sow, and reap.  Pray for help to ease others suffering.   And as we Christians look at all the physical suffering in the world it does seem like the “end times” are getting closer.  In the Bible, 2nd Timothy 3:1-5 details other signs of the end times, “But mark this:  There will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash conceited, loves of pleasure rather than lovers of God---having a form of godliness but denying it power.”  We see a lot of these other markers of the “end” (NIV).   Are you right with the Lord?  Are you ready for His return (in His timing, not somebody else’s prediction)?   We appreciate your prayers and financial support.  We are so blessed with you on HIS Team for Togo!  We were only able to visit with ½ of our churches this short home assignment.  We plan on visiting our other churches in the fall of 2012 when we return for another 3 month home assignment.  So if we didn’t get to touch bases in 2011, we look forward to seeing you in 2012!  God Bless!   For His Glory,   Michael & Cheryl Gayle, ABWE, Togo Medical Missionaries and Church Planters