Golf Outing 10/14/06 at 10 am – SAVE THE DATE!

September 1, 2006 at 5:49 pm 6 comments

Attention Golfers! And everyone else! We are having a golf outing to benefit Mike and Michelle on Saturday, October 14th, at 10 a.m., at Walden Ponds Golf Club in Hamilton, Ohio. We will post more information soon, including registration info and sponsorship opportunities. So save the date, and GET YOUR FOURSOMES TOGETHER for a great day of golf, followed by dinner, fellowship, and reunion with old friends. We hope to see you there.

Contact Mike Lehner at (937)901-9012 for more information, or to lend a hand with the event.

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  • 1. Heather Schmidt  |  September 4, 2006 at 8:08 am

    We will pray for this outing. How exciting! We most likely can’t be there so please let us know how we can help. We will pray that many people attend and that there will be many sponsors. God bless you all!

    Love and continued prayers,
    Heather

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  • 2. michelle z  |  September 4, 2006 at 11:52 pm

    i rented The End of the Spear to watch with mike but he was only nominally interested in a movie today so i finished watching it myself. i was reminded of how excited i get when i read elizabeth elliot’s Through Gates of Splendor. I read through some if it a few years ago with a favorite Young Life alumni home for the summer and that time decided to highlight favorite passages from the diaries of these 5 men who risked and died in their adventure to share the story of Christ with an indigenous people in the Amazon. Every time i remember this witness i wonder about our own tame faith here in comfort. we so rarely risk anything for the Lord’s use. i paged through my old book and found this quote from Ed McCully writing to his fiancee, “When you pray, ask the Lord definitely to show us where he wants us to spend our lives, and that we’ll be willing to spend them there, even anxious to.”
    What a difficult prayer when i consider it. am i willing to say that this sickness of mike’s, this hospitalization, this very long recovery is a place where God could be using us as we spend our lives here in this moment? Would i have prayed that God would show us a hard place to spend our lives and been trusting enough to look forward to this hard place as God’s calling to use us? i do not presume to know whether this was all God’s perfect intention for us to experience this but i have no doubt that he is at work within this place in our lives right now. and if God is at work here, shall our attitudes be discouraged or anxious or self-centered? or can we be eager to spend our lives, to use them up, to give them away, today, in waiting for healing and strength, in coping with endless visits and logistics and plans, in allowing God all the time and opportunity he wants to work in and through our lives?
    that is a lot of mumbo jumbo to say… it is hard, i am sure to be mike. it is hard to see mike and experience the slowness of this road with him. it is hard to slow down and simply allow the frustration to sink in instead of leaping ahead with our human plans and expectations and encouragements. Some would say those missionaries were idiots to give up their lives on a nonsense whim of God’s calling. i often presume that we just need to get through this. recovery time with mike. but my heart tonight says, slow down. live in the hardship of today and see what God has for today. he is not always at work for a result. God seems to like to work in the hard struggles as much as the redeeming ends. i pray that God is at work in the slowness of today. that this slow pace is not wasted but is still evidence of God’s perfect timing. God is good. all the time. i pray that mike and i, our families and friends, are eager as we spend our lives here today, in prayer, in patience, in waiting, in trusting.
    mike is doing well. he is at manorcare still, getting therapy, receiving visitors. his fevers have been controlled by the antibiotics he is getting. he is moving limbs, sometimes mumbling or mouthing words through the trach. he is responsive and alert most of the time. thanks always for your care, for your persistent prayer.

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  • 3. Karin Rodriguez  |  September 5, 2006 at 7:35 am

    Michelle,
    Thank you so much for your beautiful entry. You continually remind me to trust God and to be patient with his timing(which is very hard for me).

    Thank you for allowing Roy and I to visit with you and Mike yesterday.

    Mike I am so proud of you! You worked hard yesterday, even though you did seem tired or not in the mood for therapy. You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

    As I struggle at times in why would God put you in this struggle I am reading and memorizing the following:

    Jeremiah 29:11
    “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

    Proverbs 3: 5-6
    Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your path straight.

    Love always,
    Karin

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  • 4. Kevin  |  September 5, 2006 at 8:25 am

    Michelle, thanks for sharing that. I have always had a “next hill” mentality. I.e., if I can just get over the next hill, THEN I will know His peace and be content. But there’s always another hill that I couldn’t see because of the height of the previous one. It is a hard thing to ask a God of inhuman patience to give us the peace to not just endure, but to live in and thrive in, the challenges, joys, pain, and even peace, of this hill. This is the hill on which He meets us.

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  • 5. Emily Bishop  |  September 5, 2006 at 3:21 pm

    Beautfully said, Michelle…learning to live in the frustrations of today and trusting that God is truly in this hard place with you and Mike….It was good to see him on Saturday and know that he is alert and tuned in to what is going on around him….We all want to “rescue” both of you from this pain, but that is not our place. It is the Lord’s work to do, and our job is to travel with you….So we go on in praying for His will be done…

    Love,

    Emily

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  • 6. Tim Atkinson  |  September 19, 2006 at 10:51 am

    Michelle,

    I don’t think we have ever met but I had the privilege to work with Mike on his Young Life golf marathons for the past 4 to 5 years. I have been continually praying for you, Mike and your family through this time.

    I contacted Mike Lehner and will see how I can help in your golf fundraising event.

    Thank you for your continual updates and Faithful obedience to Christ and your commitment to Mike.

    In Him,
    Tim Atkinson

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