WINTER UPDATE - 2019
It has been a fun and busy summer! We hope everyone is enjoying the summer weather. We are exploring new parks and places to hike. Washington doesn't seem to run out of places to explore! We wanted to reach out and ask for prayers for tomorrow July 19th. There is gong to be an elders meeting being held at the church we are attending. During this meeting our family and the MARC ministry will be discussed. prayers that Lord willing, we will be able to present during the service and complete the last 7% of our support. We know our God is a BIG God, and if it's His will, let us reach our goal ASAP so we can head home! We have appointments lined up with members of the church that we have come to know pretty well. The church is Northwest Baptist Church in Bellingham, WA. Thank you for taking the time and efforts in supporting our family and the ministry of MARC!
With much love,
Collier & Allyson Hard
Missionaries with MARC
Just popping in to say hello and to you let know how things are going! My recovery is going so well! I had my stiches out today. The doctor said everything is going well. I can be out of my brace full time now. I will be off crutches in one week. The pain has been minimal and the recovery time has been great! It has been going by a lot faster than I thought it would. Prayers that the recovery process continues smoothly. That I will be a head of schedule in regards to healing and PT.
Update in the MARC work, we will be meeting with a church in Onalaska on 4/22/2018. Prayers that the congregation is willing to hear about MARC and the work the Lord is doing in AK. Prayers that we meet our goal asap! The summer season hasn't started yet at MARC however, they have a lot currently going on and once the summer is underway, it will only increase the business. The sooner our family can move out there, the quicker we will be able to start working and provide rest to some of the staff.
Many more things to come in the very near future. This entire process seemed like a mere thought one year ago. Well now its here and were so ready to go! Thank you for the many prayers, cards and checks-in. I have felt nothing but love and hope through all of this. Thank you!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Attached is our December Newsletter. We are all doing well. We are really hoping for a big snow fall. I know most Minnesotans don't. Praise the Lord he called us to Alaska and some place warm! 😊
Many well wishes to you and your family! We pray that the ending of this year as well as the beginning of the next will be happy, full of joy and time to seek the Lord and His kingdom first!
The Hard Family
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR OUR DECEMBER NEWSLETTER
Thanks to our home church (Valley Christian Church in Lakeville, MN) for inviting us to give an update a few Sundays ago. We feel very loved and we also saw an increase in our monthly support from 68% to 72.1%. The monthly amount we have left to raise by next spring is $1949. We will have a newsletter coming out in December. Thanks again to everyone for your prayers an support.
We hope you are staying warm on this gray and chilly Friday. We have had a lot going on these last few weeks. Some things are good some are not so great. As you may have heard, we had to put our dog Baxter down on Monday the 30th. His health took a drastic turn with no way of healing him. It was hard to say good bye but we knew his days were numbered to begin with and he is in a much better place.
Ally is having some health obstacles. Her knees and joints have been problematic for years. She spent about a year going through physical therapy with no relief. She had increased knee pain that led to hip pain. She went back to the doctors beginning of November to start again on trying to figure out what the problem is. They referred her to see an Orthopedic again to make sure there was no known issues with the bones. The orthopedic referred her to a specialist because there was no damage done to the knee joint. During this time there was an anti-inflammatory that Ally was taking that caused a severe skin reaction. She was in the ER last Saturday night and they thought it was either a virus reaction or reaction to medication. She went to a Dermatologist on Monday for a skin Biopsy and to figure out the problem. The biopsy came back inconclusive. Meaning that there is no serious skin problem occurring. The skin reaction was due to either a virus or medication. She stopped taking the new anti-inflammatory. The rash has since gone! Still working on joint issues, she went to see a specialist that could tell right away the problem wasn’t with her knees. Her pelvis is tilted and rotated. She will be doing specialized physical therapy during the month of December. This physical therapy is going to be much different than what she has worked with in the past. The specialist wanted MRI’s of the pelvis and hip area. She went in today for those. They are looking to see if there are any tares or visual issues with the tissues or muscles.
There are good things happening too! Whaylen is growing and talking like crazy! He’s working on talking in sentences. It’s amazing to see how fast he is picking up new words and learning how to use them correctly. It is such a wonderful blessing to have both of us home with Whaylen and spend this time. We have a list of churches that we are going to be sending packets to and contacting. We are very excited to keep moving forward. We are at 70% of our monthly goal! The Lord gets all the praise! He planned this whole journey from the beginning and it’s all for His glory! Your prayers have helped us in so many ways, thank you for bringing our requests to the Father. Please continue to pray for our family as we seek the lords leading in this season of our lives. Below is a list of prayers and the churches we are going to try to speak with.
For Ally as she recovers from Skin rash – infection
Praise that the Biopsy showed the reaction was caused from the new medication and nothing more serious.
MRI’s that were done today on Allys hips/pelvis – that they don’t show any signs of tissue tares or visible damage that would need to be fixed.
That the PT Ally is going to go through will finally be what her body needs to heal, no longer be in pain and last for her life time.
For the churches that we are going to be sending packets to – That we would be able to speak clearly to them. Show them what the Lord is doing in Alaska and through MARC.
Discovery Community Church, New Brighton Christian Church, Andover Christian Church, Knollwood Christian Church, Southeast Christian Church, Forest Lake Church of Christ, Hope Summit Christian Church, Marion Church of Christ, Kimball Church of Christ, Cleveland Church of Christ, New Life Christian Church.
For MARC – as the seasons change the hangar stays busy, helpful and a shining light for Christ for all to see.
Thank you so very much!!
The Hard Family!