Whitesburg KY

Health crisis shows true meaning of friendship


Greetings from the hills and valleys of Eolia and Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap . . . And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:7,9

Last week was a roller coaster ride of highs and lows for our family. Sunday evening we left for Lexington where Tony was scheduled for surgery at the University of Kentucky Medical Center the next morning at 5:55. The surgery took five hours, not including pre-op time and recovery. To say we were all wired to the hilt is an understatement.

The surgery was a success and the doctor says the prognosis is good. We truly give all thanks to the good Lord for answering our prayers. We also want to thank and acknowledge Dr. Strup and the medical team of UK for their care and consideration.

Often through a health crisis we learn the true meaning of our friendship with people. Our friends, Ray and Sharon Bird, have certainly gone the extra mile in helping us through this difficult time. Ray eagerly volunteered to drive Tony to every appointment in Lexington and calls or comes by every day to check on him. We are grateful to Pastor Lloyd Mullins for being with us during the hours of Tony’s surgery. His presence was such a comfort. Thanks also to Bennie Sturgill for housesitting while we were away. We also thank everyone for their cards, prayers and phone calls.

I now have the difficult task of making sure Tony doesn’t over-do until he has fully recovered, and believe me he’s not the world’s best patient.

The remainder of the week was spent at ECCO cleaning out storage corners containing items we forgot about having. We sent a load of notebooks, party supplies and other items to Arlie Boggs Family Resource and personal care items to the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center. This time of year as we prepare for SWAP volunteers we do our spring cleaning and find all sorts of items forgotten about.

Saturday I was so pleased to have a visit from Sister Teresa and Sister Georgianna. Sister Teresa is 84 years old and is one of the first sponsors of ECCO, which begin about 20 years ago. She lives in Louisville now and Sister Georgianna lives in Cincinnati.

Thought for the day: “A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center by Jewell Maggard:

“Hi seniors, it’s another beautiful day to serve our Lord. Are you in church on Sunday getting strength and guidance from the pastor what the Lord has to say through His word? I know a lot of folks are unable to go to church due to health reasons and Jesus understands. So many of our children and grandchildren are home Sunday sleeping in, but the Lord wants us to put Him first in our lives. Read Proverbs 22:6.

“I made a mistake about who decorated Geneva’s house. It was done by Tina Creech.

“Many of our seniors have been sick with a cough and upper respiratory infections. Brenda Collier, Bill and Margaret Collier, Mabel Gilliam, Trula Swinney, and Frances Ryan have been suffering with this ailment.

“Someone left four quilt tops to be quilted by the ladies at the center. This will keep them busy for a while.

“While shopping last week at Norton, Va., the ladies bought new curtains and table clothes for the center. They are just beautiful.

“The Family Circle singing group is coming for potluck May 13. Bring a covered dish and join us.

“Everyone have a great week enjoying the beauty of spring in our community this week.”

Community bulletin board: Neighborhood Watch meeting at ECCO the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Rockvine Baptist Church youth group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m.; the bus will run. Call 633-4948. The Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets at 11 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge station. Volunteers are welcome. The Partridge Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center. Come and bring a guest.

This week our prayer list includes: Barbara Shelton, Judy Branham, Lucy Maggard, Nora and Lillian Walker, Lois Young, Rodney Sturgill, Bear Hissom, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Curt Sturgill, Jr. Carter, Pastor Lloyd Mullins, Beryl Brown, Olivia Blair, Dorothy Nease, and Tony and Brenda Gross. Also to be lifted up in prayer are those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, the troops in Iraq, the United States and Iraq, the leader of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO. You may contact us by writing to ECCO, 135 Emily Lane, Eolia, Ky. 40826 our e-mail is eccotruth@peoplepc.com.

Until next week from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”

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