Today I am writing to provide an update on Dave Dobson. A week before Easter Dave was admitted to hospital with an unknown illness. After several weeks doctors were able to diagnose that Dave was suffering with meningitis caused by tuberculosis in and around the brain. This diagnosis enabled the medical personnel to be able to strategically treat his illness. We are thankful for the progress Dave is making and encourage you and your congregation to continue to pray for both Dave and Ruth.
Below is an update received earlier today from the Dobsons.
Thank you for your continued partnership in prayer for Dave, as he continues rehabilitation, and Ruth as she supports Dave during this time.
Dear Family, Friends and Co-Workers,
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
As I read this verse this morning, and the following excerpt from a devotional book “Jesus Calling”, I was encouraged! Let me share this with you… “You are my beloved child. I chose you before the foundation of the world, to walk with me along paths designed uniquely for you. Concentrate on keeping in step with Me instead of trying to anticipate My plans for you. If you trust that My plans are to prosper you and not to harm you, you can relax and enjoy the present moment… your main focus should be staying close to Me. I set the pace in keeping with your needs and My purposes.”
Wow! Does that encourage you too? Yesterday as we were talking together, Dave wanted me to share one word with you – “Encouragement”! Yes, we are encouraged… encouraged to know that you are continuing to pray for us; encouraged by your visits, cards and emails; encouraged by the progress Dave is making in his marathon; and encouraged with the place we now find ourselves calling our “temporary home”. We know that the Lord has opened this door for us, and we are thankful. Although it is 40 minutes from our home, it is an easy drive for me each day, and I think of some of you who have to do this every day going to work… or perhaps even further. (What would we do without a Tim Horton’s coffee en route?) J
The rehab centre was built last year in Lachute, QC and is well-equipped for Dave’s needs. There are only 19 in-house patients, (15 men and 4 women), many around Dave’s age who all have similar problems following a recent stroke. Within recent weeks, it is now evident that Dave did have two mini-strokes while in the Saint-Eustache Hospital, all related to the main cause of his illness – Meningitis, caused by tuberculosis on the brain. The main medication for tuberculosis has now been reduced (after 8 weeks), but will continue for nine months. We are so encouraged that the medication is working and significant progress is being made. His mobility and balance has greatly increased, but please continue to pray for the problem of double vision and lack of feeling in his right leg. He has two, sometimes three different kinds of therapy sessions during the day (each one hour long), and we are encouraged with this. Yes, it is hard work, and a whole new chapter in our lives, but we are learning to adapt and to walk (literally) one step at a time.
The sun is shining here in Montreal this morning and we are encouraged! As I write this, Dave is in his first of three therapy sessions today and I will see him later this afternoon. We have some dear friends also living in the Dalesville/Lachute area who have already visited with Dave, and all have offered me a place to rest or stay if needed. (In the past, we have had the privilege of ministering in our churches in Lachute and Dalesville, so this is familiar to us.) We are blessed… and may you be encouraged today too!
Ruth (and Dave)
“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Prov. 16:9