Raymond and Mary Ebbett

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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December 13, 2018

Dear praying friends,

Thank you so much for your prayers over the past two months! We are very pleased to report that Mary is doing MUCH better. A recent visit to the cardiologist indicated that her heart muscle is now stronger and heart function is significantly improved. She also feels much better. Needless to say, this is a wonderful Christmas present and we are so grateful to the Lord. Thank you again for your prayers and words of encouragement.

Over the past couple of months, we also were able to visit eight churches to share updates on what God is doing in Spain. Mary was able to accompany Raymond on all these trips, for which we are also grateful. We will continue ministering on weekends in the new year after the holiday season concludes.

Updated Prayer Requests

• For Mary’s continued healing and the recovery of her strength and stamina.
• For Raymond’s health also, as he recently was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea. He hopes to begin treatment in just a few days now, and is very much looking forward to better sleep and improved rest.
• For the Lord’s clear direction about where to live and what He has in mind for us once we officially conclude our service with C&MA 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.

Special Request

A record 60 Alliance workers are trained and ready to be sent overseas. Will you give generously to the 2018 Year-End Offering to send these new workers to the field?

Thank you so much for your faithful prayers and support, especially over the past few months! We have felt them and are very grateful!

Yours for a blessed Christmas, and the spiritual greening of Spain,
Raymond and Mary

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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

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: December 13, 2018

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Home Assignment
Country of Service
Spain
Address
5636 Crestwood Dr
Stone Mountain, GA 30087-2917

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