Here are the contents of this month’s Family Newsletter:
Well, winter arrived with fury in the last day. Snow, blowing snow, howling winds, ice, low of minus 17 degrees, and a wind chill of 40 below zero. I’d call that winter for sure!
Barb and I just returned from a week in Ecuador. I taught two days at an International Medical Conference in Quito that had over 1200 attendees. My talks were simultaneously translated into Spanish. Barb said I sounded pretty good in Spanish. Since Quito sits at 9500 feet above sea level, the temperatures were cool to chilly. We enjoyed visiting the city a great deal. Also, our time spent with the HCJB missionaries at Hospital Vozandes – Quito was very fruitful.
We also spent two days on the edge the Amazon jungle at a mission outpost, Hospital Vozandes del Orient (Voice of the Andes), in a small village named Shell. We had a fabulous time visiting a small group of committed missionary doctors, nurses, and staff. I especially enjoyed rounding with the doctors and spending most of one night in the OR with the incredibly skilled missionary surgeons (thanks to Stan Pletchett, MD, and David Graham, MD, for allowing me to be with them in the OR).
We also enjoyed touring the Nate Saint house. Nate was one of the five missionaries martyred along with Jim Elliot in the Amazon jungle. The five men flew into the jungle from Shell. Here are some of the details.
Back in Quito, we visited community development projects, taught students and residents, visited the equator, and toured the old town and cathedrals–all of which were fun side trips.
Overall it’s a beautiful country from the beaches, to the lush vegetation, to the amazing diversity of birds and butterflies, to the towering spine of the Andes with peaks above 20,000 feet, to its many volcanoes (we say one huffing some threatening smoke and ash), to delicious fruits and vegetables and juices, to its ancient haciendas and barrios, to its many native tribes … all in all a delightful trip.
After a couple of days rest, we’re off again. In toto, we’ll only be home 6 out of a 30-day stretch. We’re thankful for the opportunity, but also quite enjoy when we’re home.
When I can, I’ve been working hard on two current writing projects: (1) my first solo novel, Hazel Creek, and (2) Guy Talk: A Christian physician answers your not-so-stupid questions about your body, which is a book for guys going through puberty. #1 is due to the publisher on March 15, while #2 is due February 15. I think I’ll make both deadlines.
The programs I recorded with Dr. James Dobson on immunizations will aired on Wednesday and Thursday, January 26-27, 2011. You can listen to or download the programs from the FamilyTalk Web site. Part One on childhood vaccinations is here. Part Two on adult immunization is here.
FamilyTalk received so many comments about the programs mentioned above, that Dr. Dobson’s son and co-host, Ryan Dobson, and I went on his Internet Radio Show, Grounded, to continue the discussion. You can listen or download the program, after registering for free here.
There are few things more gratifying to an author than to learn that his or her book has impacted a life. Barb just received this email about the book we coauthored, His Brain, Her Brain: How divinely designed differences can strengthen your marriage:
I have to tell you that I believe your book might be in the process of saving our marriage. I truly was beginning to wonder if my husband had lost his mind … did not understand WHY in the world he didn’t see the situation as I am seeing it.
And I have since learned that he TRULY IS NOT SEEING it the way I am, because he isn’t processing it as I am !!
Cannot thank you enough for putting it down on paper in black and white so we can both digest that we ARE different and it’s ok, God made us that way!!)
Barb and I received this nice note from an acquaintance from our Bryson City days:
Walt, we want to thank you for all you do for so many; Focus on the Family, Bryson City books—all 3, your work in the medical field. Please thank Barb also, we appreciate the value of a marriage team effort.
It is our prayer that God will continue to bless you all in great abundance of health, happiness, and prosperity. We miss seeing around Bryson City.
We enjoyed having you and Eric eat @ Mom’s Swain Hotel (Mildred).
Thanks again Walt.
Keith’s words were an affirmation and encouragement to me.
Events of the last month
You can get more information on many of my upcoming events here.