The Asia-Pacific Team has been requesting focused prayer for Dr. Jim Radcliffe, his wife Kathy, and family. Dr. Jim (the general surgeon at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital in Papua New Guinea) began having heart issues in May. It has now been determined that Jim’s heart troubles were likely the result of having had an untreated heart attack, at some point in the past.
Jim and Kathy are currently in the U.S. and Jim has just been informed that he is a good candidate for the necessary heart repair. The surgery date has been set for August 4th. They are asking for focused prayer as multiple tests need to be completed and preparations made in advance of the surgery.
“We are praying for a quick recovery, the ability to complete our home assignment speaking, and to return to PNG in January,” said Dr. Jim. “Please also pray for the Lord to use this time and to guide us in all the changes of schedules and plans we need to make. We are resting in the arms of Jesus and trusting Him for His healing, in His time and Way.”
Jim and Kathy have served in Papua New Guinea since 1985. The Radcliffes have six children between the ages of 33 and 15.
Please continue to pray for Dr. Jim Radcliffe and his family, as Jim’s recent heart troubles were likely the result of having had a heart attack, at some point in the past. His symptoms are improving on medication, and he will be traveling home to the US, with the PNG quiz team, to get further evaluation next week.
Dear Team. It is exactly for this reason that we have this blog going – promotion of PRAYER! We have received an urgent prayer request for Dr. Jim and Kathy Radcliffe and family. Dr. Jim has been our general surgeon at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital for many years. Please pray and ask your churches to pray. The specific request that is being released at this time is as follows:
Please pray for Dr. Jim Radcliffe (missionary surgeon at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital in Papua New Guinea) and his family during this time, as Jim is being evaluated and treated for some recent heart problems.
Thanks so much for your prayers and partnership! Connie and I have arrived safely in Idaho, and have just finished two days of helping and celebrating with our Niece and family for her wedding (yesterday). We are speaking at Nampa First Church this afternoon, partnership meetings tomorrow, then on to preparing for our daughter’s wedding this next week.
Today we had the privilege of celebrating the 30th Anniversary of GMA Church with our special friends the Tias. As we drove to the church this morning, we realized very quickly that we were going to be delayed as the Barangay elections were in full swing and we encountered several marches with people walking, motor cycles, candidates on the front of Jeepneys with microphones doing last minute statements and even a marching band!
While it was very interesting to watch all of this, we had a schedule to keep! NOT! When you are stuck in traffic on a narrow road with parades and all, you just ease along with the traffic and hope you make it to your destination before the closing prayer!
We did make it in time for most of the sermon, as the DS who was speaking that day was coming from the same place we were, but luckily he had left before us. We enjoyed the sermon and were blessed with partaking in communion with this wonderful group. After the service, lunch was served and we enjoyed visiting with many people while we ate and we even fit in a quick meeting with the Field Strategy Coordinator before we left to head back home. Luckily going home only took about an hour as apposed to the two hours it took to get there!
We didn’t make it to the house yet, we stopped at the office to take care of some last minute details for the conference that is starting tomorrow and found more details that needed to be taken care of, so we are doing what we do best! Helping, communicating, and filling in the gaps.
Please pray for the leaders here and all those attending the conference from Korea. Our prayer is that this conference would build unity among God’s people and that we would be sensitive to what God would say to each of us, as we meet together.
Please pray for our team here at WMC as we are trying to assist in whatever way we can to help them feel welcome and also are providing audio and video coverage along with anything that we find that needs to be done.
Your thoughts and prayers throughout the day and night are what keeps us going. Our favourite saying in the office is that we know we are over the target (meaning we know we are doing what God wants us to) because we are catching flack (the devil is working hard to make trouble for us.)
This has been an absolutely crazy week of events. Typhoon Labuyo in the Northern Philippines, the Ferry Disaster in the Central Philippines, and now the heaviest recorded rain in history is falling in Manila.
Heavy Monsoon rains have continued to pound the Philippines for the third straight day as officials report that more than 60% of the capitol, Manila, is submerged. Enhanced by Tropical Storm Maring (Trami), which is hovering just to the north of the Philippines, rainfall has exceeded any previous storm in recorded history. Prior to this week, the heaviest recorded rainfall was in 2009 when Typhoon Ketsana dropped 455 mm of rain in 24 hours. By comparison, rainfall reached 600 mm (23.62 inches) in and around Manila Bay on Sunday alone. This is more than a month’s worth of rain in one day.
More than 200 evacuation centers were opened in Manila and surrounding provinces, filled with tens of thousands of People. Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said that more than 600,000 people have been affected by the floods. At least seven people have died, including four who drowned north of Manila on Monday. So far today there have been no new reports of fatalities.
The government has suspended all work except for rescue and disaster response for a second day. Many domestic and international flights at the International Airport in Manila were cancelled.
Please pray for the people of the Philippines and for the Nazarene families impacted. At this early stage, we do not yet have information on the extent of flooding and losses for our churches and church families. Tropical Storm Maring (Trami) is forecast to move out of the area towards Taiwan by Wednesday and the rain is expected to taper over the next 24 hours.
This flooding comes on the heels of Typhoon Labuyo that made landfall in the Northern Philippines last Monday. Nazarene Disaster Response in partnership with Nazarene Compassionate Ministries provided relief supplies to Nazarene Families impacted by that storm.
Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary is situated on higher ground to the east of Manila and has been spared significant flooding, although staff, students, and faculty, are in their second day of no classes as a result of the weather.
Photos from Associated Press
Please continue to pray for our Nazarene families and churches as they deal with yet another major weather event in only 8 days.
We have been providing updates on our Asia-Pacific Nazarene website. Over 120 Nazarene families have been impacted. Typhoon Labuyo made landfall in the Philippines on Monday morning, August 12th with winds in excess of 125 mph. Please see the website for updates. Your prayers are appreciated.