Monthly Family Update – July 2017

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:

  1. Walk for Life
  2. Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column
  3. “Four Wheels of Health” Article
  4. Last Month’s Events
  5. Upcoming Events

1) “Walk for Life”

Barb and I “Walked for Life” to support Life Network on Saturday, June 3. For those of our friends that did not pledge to support our walk, would you consider helping out this wonderful ministry? It’s not too late.Every dollar can help and you can donate here. Thank you for standing in the gap with us as we uphold the value of all human life – loving moms, dads, children, and families.

THIS IS FROM THE CEO OF LIFE NETWORK:

2017’s Walk for Life was an answer to prayer! More than 1,500 people who care about Life attended, plus another 150 volunteers and staff … the weather was beautiful … and three clients did a terrific job sharing how volunteers, staff and those who support Life Network have helped change their lives.

If you recall, last year we raised $290,000 for the Walk. While there are still some additional funds to be accounted for, we know we raised at least $342,500 at this year’s Walk.

We had 13 churches with at least 10 walkers – and a number of first-time walkers.

Lastly, we had four people indicate that they wanted to step forward as volunteers. Our goal to have our ministry fully funded was $350,000, so we’re very, very close.

THIS IS FROM BARB AND ME:

Dear Supporters of our “Walk for Life.”

Thanks to the sacrificial giving of each of you in supporting our “Walk for Life” for Life Network. We reached a goal we didn’t think possible.

On the Walk for LIfe giving site, we set a prayer goal of $10,000 and on our FaceBook giving site we set a prayer goal of $2,000 ($12,000 total!). The unofficial (and likely incomplete) tally as of today is $10,520.30 (105%) on the Walk for Life site, and $2,039 (102%) on the FB site ($12,484 total!).

Your gifts will not only actually save the lives of many unborn babies, but also equip the mothers (and many of the dads, aunts, uncles, and grandparents) to parent these little ones.

In addition, many who have suffered the trauma of an abortion will find help and healing.

And, nearly every high school kid in our area will be taught how to make values-based, life-long wise decisions in the area of sexuality and relationships.

All of these services are provided at no charge.

All we can say is “WOW,” and “THANK YOU” for your life-affirming and life-giving support.

We’ll email you about next year’s walk.

2) Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column

I enjoy being able to answer questions from the readers of Today’s Christian Living magazine in my “Ask Dr. Walt” column. Here are the Q&A’s from the May 2017 issue. I hope you’ll consider getting a subscription:

  1. Throwing Cold Water on Hydrogen PeroxideI’ve heard that drinking a small amount of hydrogen peroxide with water can kill bacteria in the urinary tract and is good for health in general. — Vigorous in West Virginia
  2. Can Chinese Tea Cause Lead Poisoning? – I drink tea all the time. But, I’ve heard that teas from China can be contaminated with lead and other heavy metals? — Tea Drinker in Maryland
  3. Will My Tablets Dissolve? – Is it okay to buy supplements as tablets? I’ve heard that tablets may go through our system without dissolving. Is there any way to know whether tablets will properly dissolve? — Curious in New Mexico
  4. Sun Exposure and Vitamin D Toxicity – I spend a lot of time in the sun, especially in the summer. Does this mean my vitamin D levels could get too high? — Tanned in North Carolina
  5. Worried About St. John’s Wort Interactions – I take St. John’s wort for depression. My pharmacist told it can interact with quite a number of medications and even some foods. Would taking it several hours apart from other medications and between meals or at bedtime eating help avoid this interaction? — Avoiding Unwanted Interactions in Utah
  6. Is Shuteye Safe With A Melatonin and Sleeping Pill Combo? – Is it safe to take melatonin along with a prescription sleeping pill like lorazepam (Ativan) or zolpidem (Ambien)? — Looking for Rest in Rhode Island
  7. Leave Probiotics Testing to the Pros – Many websites recommend a “Milk Test,” as a way to test the quality of the bacteria in over-the-counter probiotic supplements. What do you think? —Farmer in Kansas
  8. Is Vitamin B a Cure for the Blues? – A friend told me that low levels of B vitamins can cause depression. I’ve had depression on and off my entire life. Should I give it a try? — Melancholic in Michigan

3) “Four Wheels of Health” Article

I was also honored to be asked to write an artilce for Today’s Christian Living magazine entitled, “The Four Wheels of Health: Setting a Wise Balance in Your Life.” You can see the article here.

4) Last Month’s Events

  1. welcomed the 12 new interns,
  2. celebrated the graduation of the current first-year class and enjoyed their annual skit skewering the faculty and stff,
  3. heard and judged the research projects of the graduating second-year class, and
  4. celebrated the graduation and ordination of the third-year class.

It was a wonderful event and we’re always blessed to be there.

5) Upcoming Events

  • We have no travel or speaking events planned in July. We’ll be home and just enjoying being with each other.
  • But, this month I hope to finish the first draft of my World War II book on my dad’s exploits. You can read more about him here. The tentative title is “Forgotten: World War II Stories about a Dogface Soldier, his horses, and the 30th Infantry Regiment.” I’ll be meeting with an agent who has placed a number of best-selling WWII books with large publishers this month. Prayers appreciated.

6) Past Issues of our family newsletter

You can get more information on many of our upcoming events here.