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Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
It has been quite a while since we have updated you. Here’s the latest:
– Jack continues to be on a medical disability – now long-term. After seeing many doctors and undergoing many diagnostic tests, Jack’s diagnosis is either Parkinson’s Plus Syndrome (a neurodegenerative disease with the classical features of Parkinson’s disease but with additional symptoms that distinguishes it from simple idiopathic Parkinson’s disease) or Machado–Joseph disease, also known as Spinocerebellar ataxia type 3, (a rare autosomal, dominantly inherited neurodegenerative disease). Regardless of which disease it is, there is not a cure for either of them. Doctors will continue to care for Jack and treat his symptoms. We are thankful to the doctors and other medical professionals for their time and efforts. We appreciate your continued prayers for Jack as he makes life changes as the disease progresses.
– Jack’s employment with the Office of International Mission of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod has been deactivated and he has officially completed his service with them. What an amazing privilege it was to serve the Lord in Guinea!
– Cathy has found full-time employment. Thank you for your prayers during her job search.
– We are currently house-sitting, rent-free, in a friend’s house while we look for permanent housing in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area. We are so thankful for the generous gift of this home during our time of transition! Please pray that we find an appropriate new rental in the near future.
We continue to stay in touch with many of our friends in Guinea. They continue to serve others as best they can. There are many things currently happening in the area that you can pray about. Cases of the deadly disease, Ebola, continue to be found in Guinea; the terrorist group Boko-Haram (which means “Western education is sin”) is starting to have a presence in the region; the gold rush, which brought much prosperity to the Siguiri area is ending and there has been an increase in crime; and there is growing political instability which has led to protests and violence in Siguiri. Please keep our Guinean brothers & sisters in your prayers.
What an amazing privilege it was to serve the Lord in Guinea! We want to say THANK YOU to the individuals and congregations who have kept us in their prayers and have blessed us in so many different ways over the past several months. God has used you to minister to us!
Trusting in Him,
Jack & Cathy Carlos
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