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  • Tom Stein

Back in the States

For the past three months, I have had very limited mobility. I have a couple of pinched nerves in my back. It has been a long recovery full of physical therapy and pain meds, with the goal to be able to walk 2-3 miles per day. During PT I couldn't walk more than a mile. I prayed just to be strong enough to do what needed to be done. Not so amazingly, that is exactly what I did, 3 miles per day.

When I was diagnosed, Eileen said the cure was to go to Haiti. I know God let us do what He had called us to do. But now that we are back at JFK I am back in a wheelchair, being pushed through customs. But I am not upset. I am glad that God answered my prayers. I knew going in this might happen, but I wouldn't change a thing. Well, maybe I would've swallowed my pride, shown a bit of weakness, and used my cane. But that is on me. I'm still working through things in my journey. A little discomfort, a little pain, should not stop us from answering our call. As I always do on these trips, I ask those with to journal and reflect on what they experience. To follow the three rules for life. 1. See, Hear, and Feel. 2. The wisdom of the group is always greater than the sum of all of its parts. 3. The implicit must become explicit while the explicit becomes implicit. Understanding these simple rules can make a huge difference in one's life, but only if we take the time to reflect on them. They are helpful when examining our day before we sleep. It is what I will do again tonight. I will also pray for each of you, thank you for joining me on this journey.

Praise God for He is good. His love endures forever.

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