Raymond and Mary Ebbett

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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October 15, 2018

Dear praying friends,

A lot has happened in the past five weeks! We mentioned in our September prayer letter that Mary was a candidate for a pacemaker. Her heart issues continued to be a real concern and prompted two more visits to the cardiologist on Sept 17th and 21st. On Friday the 21st our cardiologist contacted a colleague (surgeon) and made plans for Mary to receive a pacemaker the following week. An initial appointment with the surgeon was set for the 25th. But then barely an hour later we were called by the surgeon’s office: they had had a cancellation for a pacemaker implant that very afternoon, and could we be at the hospital in 20 minutes?!

So we grabbed some overnight stuff and hustled out the door to Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital here in Atlanta! We left home just before noon and by 3:30pm Mary was in the operating room. It only took about 30 minutes for the procedure itself.

That was just over three weeks ago now. We don't know what caused the cancellation, but it enabled them to implant Mary’s pacemaker at least a week sooner than it would have happened otherwise, for which we are very grateful! We saw the Lord’s hand in a number of details.

In addition to the pacemaker, she has a wireless electronic reporting device that is plugged in and sits on the floor on her side of the bed. Once a month they schedule a check of her pacemaker during the night and remotely download the information that the pacemaker has been storing, so that they can see what her heart has been doing recently. The technology involved in the newest generation of pacemakers is impressive! Mary’s device is the “cadillac” version and is actually both a pacemaker and a defibrillator.

The end result is that her heart is now working much better, and Mary is feeling and doing much better, and we are both greatly relieved. She only has occasional shortness of breath and is finally feeling well enough to start (slowly) walking again, which she had not done much of since before we went to Colorado in mid-July. Needless to say, we are rejoicing in the Lord’s protection and in Mary’s improvement.

Updated Prayer Requests

• For Mary’s continued healing and the recovery of her strength and stamina.

• For Raymond as he ministers in churches over the next seven weekends. Health permitting, Mary will accompany Raymond on these weekend speaking engagements.

• For the Lord’s clear direction about where to live and what He has in mind for us once we conclude our service with International Ministries next summer and transition toward retirement.

• For generous giving to the Great Commission Fund of the Alliance over these next few months especially.

Thank you so much for your faithful prayers and support! We have felt them and are very grateful!

Yours for the spiritual greening of Spain,
Raymond and Mary

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September 11, 2018

Dear praying friends,

These past few months back in the States have been very eventful. But first, a quick update on what is happening in Spain.

An Amazingly Wet Spring

After a very dry winter the reservoirs were dangerously low. Then in March it started raining like crazy! It rained almost every day for weeks on end, which is extremely unusual. As a result, we had never seen such a green landscape in Spain in all our 25 years there. What a great encouragement this was to us. As many of you know, we have invited you to pray with us for the “spiritual greening of Spain” from the very beginning of our ministry in the country. The amazingly green Spain we saw this Spring reminded us that God is indeed in control of every detail of our lives. (Check out this story on the Alliance website which Raymond recently wrote on the subject: https://www.cmalliance.org/news/2018/08/31/the-spiritual-greening-of-spain/)

The Spiritual Greening of Spain

Another evidence of God’s “greening” of Spain was the fourth edition of the Bethany School of Discipleship and Missions held in July. Once again God moved in miraculous, life-transforming ways among the more than 40 young people present. Praise the Lord! This moving video includes a few of the testimonies and illustrates the spiritual atmosphere of Bethany. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C97YwnttUG4&t=14s) It specifically explains how the heart of each Bethany School is the emphasis on prayer. Please continue to intercede for this strategic ministry.

A Personal Note

On a more personal level these first couple of months back in the States have been a lot more stressful than we had anticipated. Beyond the challenge of concluding our work in Spain and making the transition back to the States, Mary has had some serious health issues. Only two weeks after our return, her heart condition (diagnosed a few years ago) took a turn for the worse. After a visit to the emergency room and several consultations with the cardiologist, we are thrilled to report that she is doing better and improving. We would deeply appreciate your prayers for complete healing.

Answers to Prayer

• We are so grateful for the Lord’s care for us and for Mary’s health needs over these past two months. We were able to renew our licenses, buy a car, visit doctors, dentists and optometrists, as well as receive our household shipment from Spain, which arrived in great shape. We are also blessed to be living this year in the furnished house provided by our home church in Lilburn, Georgia.

Prayer Points

• We begin ministry this weekend, and Mary will be sharing in a couple of women’s events these next two Saturdays. On most weekends this Fall we are scheduled to speak in churches and need the Lord’s enabling and anointing. For health reasons, Mary has been excused from most speaking responsibilities, but will be traveling with Raymond as she feels up to it.

• Mary is also a candidate for a pacemaker. We will see the cardiologist again on Sept 30th. Please pray for improved heart function and that her weakened heart muscles will regain strength.

• We will be concluding our formal missionary ministry on July 1 of next year. Pray with us for God’s clear direction in this next chapter of our lives. We have not made any firm decisions and are looking to the Lord for His leading.

Yours for the spiritual greening of Spain,
Raymond and Mary

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

See the requests included above in the text of our update.

Ongoing request:

Pray for physical strength for Raymond. The postpolio syndrome is an ongoing challenge and we trust God daily for the grace to do what He has called us to do. We so appreciate your support in prayer. God is able!

Additional prayer points for Spain:
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Updated: October 16, 2018

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5636 Crestwood Dr
Stone Mountain, GA 30087-2917

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