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FUN TIMES AND RAIN DAY

Sunday, June 29, 2014

My girlfriend and I decided that we would get together on Friday and go shopping. She can only use the car on Thursdays and Fridays when her DH is off work, as he needs the car for work.
She picked me up at 8:00 A.M., and we went for breakfast. I had a chiropractor appointment after that, and then we were off shopping. We spent the rest of the morning shopping, and then we went to our Knitting Club.

After the Knitting club was over at 3:00 P.M., we went out shopping again. We spent the rest of the afternoon together and then stopped for supper before we went home. We had a wonderful day. We always enjoy each other's company. We have adopted each other as sisters. We have so much fun together. It is great to have a wonderful Christian friend. She dropped me off at home at around 9:00 P.M. All in all it was a great day, but boy was I tired when I got home, and my feet were killing me. It was worth it, though.

Today has been a crazy day with the weather. It rained quite a bit this morning, and then it quieted down and was nice for a while. This afternoon the rain picked up and it was thundering and lightning. It rained so hard that you couldn't see out of the windows. I thought the swimming pool was going to flood. I was afraid the windows were going to break it was raining so hard. I went downstairs to the restaurant for supper, as I had been doing laundry all day, and I was tired and hot. It was very humid. The rain came in through the windows in the restaurant and there was water all over the floor. I'm sure glad it finally stopped and the sun came out.

We are expecting more rain tomorrow and Monday, but I hope we don't get as much as we have had today. Even the rivers are high. I'll bet there were some areas where there are flooded basements.

  
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IMAVISION 7/23/2014 9:30PM

    I am late in reading this --- still, it was nice to read about your pleasant day with your friend. emoticon with you that it is a blessing to have true friends among our siblings-in-Christ.

God bless!

Ima

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GOOD VISIT WITH SONS AND OTHER THINGS

Sunday, June 22, 2014

I hadn't heard from my son Darren since around Christmas time. He did send me a Facebook message on Mother's Day and on my birthday, but other than that he didn't call. I know he is busy, so it didn't really bother me too much. However for a couple of weeks I was going through some depression. I'm not really sure why, but everything started to bother me. I was even feeling sorry for myself. My church family prayed for me, and my depression did lift.

On Monday evening I received a call from Darren. I had seen on Facebook that he and his girlfriend had bought a car. He had lost his licence several years ago, and now wanted to get it back. His dad took him out driving for practice and then he went for the road test. He failed the first day, but decided to make an appointment to take the test again the next day.
He managed to pass the test, and he told me that his dad had prayed for him, and that "my" Jesus helped him pass the test. He is not a Christian, so that was a big thing for him to say.

When he called me he told me that he and his girlfriend Jean would come over on Friday for supper. I had wanted him to check over my computer, so he said he would do that while he was here. A couple of days late I had a call from my youngest son, James, and he told me that he had been off work for a while because of problems with ulcers. I invited him for dinner as well. So Friday evening we all got together and had dinner. We had a great time.

My son Darren went and cleaned out my computer and checked it over, while my son James washed, dried and put away the dishes. It was so nice to have someone else to cook for. I have a hard time to just cook for myself since my DH passed away.

I have been having a hard time organizing some things in my bedroom, etc., and both my sons helped me get rid of a lot of things I didn't need and took it all down to the garbage.
Later in the evening they noticed that my carpet was wet in front of the air conditioner/heater.
I called maintenance, and they sent someone to check it out. He tried to fix the problem, but said there was a clog in the line. He said he would have to get Rotor Rooter in today to have it checked. This morning he came in and tried fixing it again, and then he went down to the basement and checked the pipes there, and he managed to get the pipe clear. He almost got a face full of water (lol). However, since then my air-conditioning (central air) is working wonderfully. This is the best that it has worked in the two years that I have been here. Someone is going to come in on Monday to change the filter, and then I should be good to go for a while.

I talked to my son Darren, and he is going to come and help me with some other things before I go in for surgery for a torn rotator cuff. I found it that I won't be able to do too much with my left arm for about 4 months after the surgery. I have time to clean out my freezer and cook some meals and put them away.

Looking forward to going to church tomorrow.

  


DIABETES COURSE

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I was diagnosed with Diabetes about 4 years ago. I had a very difficult time getting information on what to eat, etc. My doctor gave me a few pointers, but he is not a specialist, so he didn't really help me all that much. I spent a lot of money on books and I looked up a lot of things on the Internet. Thank goodness I was able to find a couple of Spark Teams dealing with Diabetes, and I received a lot of helpful information.

My doctor told me he would refer me to a Diabetes Clinic so that I could get the information. I was told you can't attend the clinic without a referral from your doctor. Well that referral never did materialize. A little while ago I asked my doctor to refer me to a Diabetes Doctor, he said he didn't like the doctor I had chosen so he refused to refer me to him. He again said he would refer me to a Diabetes Clinic. The referral worked this time, and after four years I was finally able to attend a clinic on Diabetes. There were four 2 hour sessions on Wednesday mornings. We were given a lot of pamphlets and information. We had a Diabetes nurse provide some information for us and a Diabetes Dietician also spoke to us. I have a lot to review, but I am sure happy I was able to go.

Today I was told that I didn't need to get a referral from my doctor, that I could take the class by signing up whenever it was available. I was told I would be able to attend again any time the class was available. I also found out that I could have a one-on-one session with the Diabetic Dietician, since I had been referred by my doctor. Normally you can't do that. I am going to take advantage of that, as there are a couple of questions I have for her. I am going to review the information I received and see if I come up with any more questions.

For some reason I wasn't able to sleep last night. I finally just got up and had an early breakfast. I am hoping I will be able to sleep tonight, as I have to get up and do child care for the Young Mom's Group in our church tomorrow morning. This is the last session until September. They generally have a pot luck lunch provided by the moms, so I will even have some lunch before I leave tomorrow.

By the way, I finally found a new doctor. I started seeing him last week. I am hoping I will be able to get more help from him than I did from my other doctor.

  
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CAT-IN-CJ 6/20/2014 12:43PM

    Glad to hear you were able to take the class! And the one-on-one appointment sounds like a God-send. That will be a real blessing.

I have been told for 3 years now that I am pre-diabetic. . . . and losing another 10 pounds will greatly reduce the risk. That's a great incentive.

Eager to hear more about your next appointments.

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OPALMOON 6/15/2014 1:38AM

    Hi Darlene,
It's good that you were finally able to get some useful information and I am sure the Diabetic Dietician will be able to help you more as well. Hope all goes well with your new doctor - I think it was a wise decision to find someone new. All the best with managing this condition - take care.
Hugs, Nattacia

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JOANNS4 6/12/2014 6:49PM

    I am thankful you were able to take the classes and can in the future if you want to. A new doctor is good, too.
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 6/12/2014 12:21PM

    I am so glad you got a new doctor!! Just canNOT believe you waited 4 years for nothing!! So glad some of the SP folks could fill in and help you.

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Glad you got that referral and attended the classes. I just think it is such a huge help in taking proper care of ourselves.

HMmmm ... makes me a little miffed that a Dr. wouldn't give you the referral initially, but water under the bridge now.

Have a good Thursday.

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NADINEL 6/12/2014 10:02AM

    I am glad you are getting the help you want and I am thankful you will get a new doctor who will help you!

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MSLZZY 6/12/2014 6:40AM

    Take advantage of anything that comes your way. Education is the key!
So glad you are finally getting more help! HUGS!

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ARTJAC 6/12/2014 2:05AM

    i hope you get lots of information from the new dr the diabetic dietician will be able to help you and answer all your questions good luck on your diabetic journey emoticon

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SURGERY

Saturday, May 31, 2014

I have been having a problem with a torn rotator cuff. I have been going for physiotherapy for a while, and I also received a cortisone shot. Neither seemed to work well.

I saw my orthopedic surgeon last Wednesday, and he told me that it is up to me as to whether or not I have surgery. He also said to keep in mind that if I wait too long, my shoulder may get to the point where he is unable to repair it. He told me to think about it over the next couple of months and then call his office if I decide to go ahead with the surgery. He also advised me that there is a six-month waiting list for the surgery.

I have spoken to a couple of friends about this, and they both advised me that I should put myself on the surgery list right away. They told me that I can always change my mind when the date comes for the surgery.

I an nervous about the surgery, but I don't want my shoulder to get any worse. I think I will put myself on the waiting list for surgery and pray about the situation.

I also need to get myself on an exercise program to build up my muscles and lose some more weight before the surgery. This will be an added incentive for me.

I am hoping I won't be having the surgery around Christmas time. The recovery time for this surgery is 4 months. I have to see what type of help I will require during that time. As I am a widow, I live alone, and I may need some assistance with showering, etc. I am going to check further into this. We'll see how things go.

  
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JUDITH316 6/8/2014 11:15PM

    Dearest Darlene,

I'm so sorry to hear that you are having such problems with your shoulder, I was hoping things had improved, you have been given a lot of good advice here so will not add anything further, the only thing I would encourage you to do is keep up with as much range of motion exercises as you are able to do and keep up with your nutrition, you are doing a great job my friend, I so appreciate all your support on our teams since I've been ill this past week, especially now with knowing you are going through so much yourself, you are such a trouper, an awesome inspiration and a great friend in which I thank God. My prayers are with you for God's Wisdom and Direction. The ultimate would for you to be healed supernaturally, there isn't anything too hard for God to do, He can Heal instantly or He can use medical technology too. Let's leave it with God and let Him do the work. In the meantime I stand with you in prayer and with my friendship and support... I would encourage you to get as much information as possible about the kind of surgery your Orthopedic Surgeon is recommending. Also check with Home Care Services in your area, we have Simon Fraser Health that looks after Home Care and Long Term Care in private homes. I worked in Private Nursing with them, the program was awesome, they provided home care, personal health care, cooking, laundry and cleaning services, they provided Nursing Care and Home Health Care Aides, and Physiotherapy services in the home. They also provide Nursing care immediately after discharge from hospital in your home. I would encourage you to check out the services your area has for you that best fits your needs...

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JUDITH316 6/8/2014 11:15PM

    I just saw that for some reason my reply was posted twice so I removed it from here and will let you read the 1st post, bottom line I am here for you and I am praying, Blessings and emoticon

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IAMDARLENE 6/4/2014 11:43AM

   

I'm sorry you're having this problem. I appreciate you telling us so we can pray for you and with you about this.

Keep on taking care of yourself and treat yourself with loving care. Hugs, Darlene

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JOANNS4 6/2/2014 7:48PM

    I am sorry you need the surgery but I think you will be happy you did it after you heal.
You have tried other things that didn't help much. The six months will give you time to prepare. hugs and prayers coming your way. emoticon

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ROZEEROZ1 6/2/2014 6:24AM

    Darlene, sorry to hear that surgery is needed. I agree that surgery is the route to go. I have heard that one could ask for a cancelation date change. If someone cancels their surgery, then the doctor's office can put you or someone else in that person's place. Or ask for the surgery to take place after Christmas.

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 6/1/2014 3:25PM

    I would definitely be nervous too! I can relate to that. Doctors and medicine are not for me.

But, you do have this problem, so it must be faced. Do you want to live like it is for the rest of your life? Or if it gets worse, do you want to live with it worse for the rest of your life? Those are the questions to ask yourself.

If you have the surgery, you will know that you at least tried for the best possible outcome.

I would think you could get a shower stool, before you have the surgery of course, get it in there, and sit on it inside the shower. Then use the good arm for washing, without falling down. This is what my dad did, with one useless arm.

You might still need assistance with brushing teeth, hair, makeup, and yes housework. Don't try to do all the housework yourself, it can be done but is just not necessary. If you can get help, take it, and if none is available, then ask church friends to organize some help for you.

During your recovery period when you are without one arm, you will need more strength, extra strength, in your core muscles than ever before, because they will have to do the lifting that the second arm & shoulder can't. So before surgery be very diligent to significantly increase core strength, not just the good arm & good shoulder: focus big time, on building core strength.

"I have spoken to a couple of friends about this, and they both advised me that I should put myself on the surgery list right away. They told me that I can always change my mind when the date comes for the surgery."
I agree with this. 6 months of prayer is enough time to gain God's wisdom, and see evidence of supernatural healing if there is going to be some. During this time you can also collect indoor walking tapes for cheap or free (for walking indoors during the winter recovery), and acquire a donated shower stool, and other things you need. When friends ask what they can do to help?, specifically tell them what items you are trying to locate - tell them straight up "for cheap or free" - walking tapes, core strength building tapes, shower stool, 4-pronged walking cane, etc. If you have a favorite like Leslie Sansone or Richard Simmons, put those on the list too, and express your fav teacher specifically. Also a pincher on a stick for picking up dropped things off the floor - not sure what those are called. A grabber. Start building a list so that when people say, "What can I do?", you're ready to express what it is you really want and need.

Think about a no-styling-needed, comb-wet-and-go hair cut and hair style before surgery, and start practicing teeth brushing if you must use your off-hand, etc.

Also consider "easy clothes" and "hard clothes", and shoes and boots and coats, and start gathering them. Put them, also, on the list for when people ask what you need. During summer garage sales and flea markets perhaps you can find winter velcro-fastened boots and shoes, off-season prices are the best, and a very warm winter-lined cloak. or velcro fastening coat. But the best place to find them is in other's closets that are nicer quality things that they don't use, and they really don't mind at all if you have them. My dad had regular jackets half hanging off of him, I don't recommend that. Just makes life harder than it has to be. They were always sliding off, landing on chair or floor, being tripped over and needing to be picked up, etc. And up there you can't have half open stuff like that in bitter temps. Get a heavy duty, long, winter-lined cloak, that you can look and feel good in and stay warm in, that's easy on and off (or whatever it is that you like, if you should happen to not like cloaks).

If you plan to eat canned goods & soups during the winter, consider easy to open & hard to open, and also consider your can opener. I think homemade soup and chilis and such frozen in ziploc bags this summer, stocked up and made for this winter, would be much better. Let the choreworker / helper do the hard stuff and make the hard meals while they're there; keep the ziploc bag soup or the easy open soups, for when the helper isn't there or has gone home. Tupperware makes easy-open kitchen canisters. Your favorite chopper or knife might be too difficult with one hand; you might need to put a slice-o-matic kitchen gadget or small food processer, if you don't already own them, on your list of "things you will need".

You can also put your arm in a sling for a week, and see what you can & can't do without it, as a test so you can alter your environment and clothes and help yourself be more prepared.

6 months gives you time to prepare food, clothes, hair, apt changes like shower stool and movement aids, exercise vids & vid equipment, stock your freezer with premade freezer meals that are actually healthy instead of store bought yuckos, etc. If the recovery period is 4 months, have 6 months stocked up on hand. If you can.

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OPALMOON 6/1/2014 3:19AM

    Hi Darlene,
So sorry to hear the shoulder pain has not improved. You've received a lot of advice and I don't know if I can add anything different...
It would appear that putting your name on the waiting list is a good idea, perhaps even getting a second opinion, and doing some research so you know what to expect. I dan understand your nervousness; that is only natural, particularly being on your own. Perhaps someone from your church community could go with you to hospital when you have the surgery.
I would check out all the options about getting home help when you are back home afterwards and recovering. Aged care departments, the hospital and your doctor's surgery might have useful information and contacts.
Wishing you well with it all, and with doing all you can in terms of exercise and preparing yourself for the surgery as best you can.
Sending prayers and positive thoughts your way.
God bless, and big hugs,
Nattacia

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AQUAGIRL08 5/31/2014 8:38PM

    I had rotator cuff surgery in March of 2013. The physical therapy was tough but the surgery and physical therapy were worth it. Even after physical therapy, it takes a while to regain your strength but wow, what a difference it all made in my quality of life! Good luck to you as you go through the decision process! emoticon

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MSLZZY 5/31/2014 5:37PM

    MIL had the surgery and was able to go back to bowling after therapy. Please do not wait.
She was 80 years old at the time.

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SPEEDY143 5/31/2014 1:50PM

    I'm glad you have decided to go ahead with the surgery... you won't be sorry sweetie. I am praying for success and full recovery... great idea to use it as an incentive to exercise more and be in the best shape when the doctor says... "Next" then you can raise both hands and say emoticon meeeeeeeeeeee emoticon

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SURVIVOR61 5/31/2014 12:51PM

    Hi sweetie, I am so sorry that your in so much pain. Will be praying for you. Please allow me to give you some advice. Do get a second opinion. No physician should be booked that far advanced in surgery. Unless he is running a surgery mill. Two unless the surgery is an optional surgery, why is it being put to you that it is up to you to have it done. Ask, if I don't have it done "what are the repercussions in the long term?" This is a matter of your "quality of life". Ask questions until your satisfied. Also ask "Is it really necessary that I have the surgery or do I just need more time to heel?" Some times doctors can be just so confusing and frustring that you don't know what to do. I hope that I have given you some food for thought.
Love always your sister in Christ
Jill

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IOEINC 5/31/2014 12:50PM

    You have had lots of great advice. If your conservative treatment of PT and cortisone injections have not helped, most orthos will recommend surgery as the next step to fixing the problem. My husband thought he had a groin muscle pull for years and after finally getting X-rays, he had severe osteoarthritis of the hip and will be getting a hip replacement in July. he held off for a year but finally decided to get it done.

Gather as much information as possible and discuss this with your doctor. The doctor's office should have a case manager who can help with things like transportation to PT and a home health aide to assist you after the surgery.

Good luck and I too will be joining with the others in prayers for you!!

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PEGGIE0203 5/31/2014 11:10AM

    I'm praying for clarity and courage for you as you consider your options.
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1CRAZYDOG 5/31/2014 10:00AM

    Sorry to hear surgery is in the offing for you. Good luck, you'll make the decision that's right for you. HUGS

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MSLADYBUG3 5/31/2014 9:32AM

    Darlene I am so sorry to here that you are having problems with your shoulder. I have had rotator cuff issues, I injured mine but did not have to have surgery. If is so painful. My best friend had the surgery about a month ago and she told me that it was painful for the first couple weeks but then she was able to go without pain meds. Also, the first few days of therapy are very intense, but all in all she said her shoulder feels much better and she is glad that she did it and it is over with. I will lift you up in prayer as you listen for guidance. Enjoy the weekend. Martha

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PICKIE98 5/31/2014 7:03AM

    Your local Division on Aging should have a list of task providers for seniors when you need it. Medicare covers it and you can get housework help too.
Don't worry about that yet,, just be glad you have access to the insurance and medical staff. Go for it,, if that shoulder "freezes up" you will be in a world of hurt later.. The surgery will help.

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2BDYNAMIC 5/31/2014 6:28AM

    I work for 23 Orthopedists ......... and if I may say too ........... IF it were me,, I would be scheduling the surgery; these injuries are so painful and do not just 'get better' or go away like a virus .......... Also the shoulder can be in danger of freezing' if not used in normal capacity .......... PT can only do 'so much' ..... But when torn--they can't fix it .............. consider. emoticon

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NADINEL 5/31/2014 2:54AM

    The idea of surgery can be intimidating. You have a good plan. I will also pray. God knows what you need and when you need it. HUGS


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SMILINGEYES2 5/31/2014 2:35AM

    Joining you and others in prayer regarding the possibility of surgery. The muscular skeletal system is fairly straight forward and they can do so much with the individual working in PT/OT. Best wishes.

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    I KNOW YOU'RE SCARED BUT WE ALL HAVE TO MAKE CHOICES IN LIFE. GOD BLESS YOU & YOU WILL COME OUT LIKE A emoticon CHAMP !!

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NELLIEC 5/31/2014 1:28AM

    A bunch of years ago, I was a nursing assistant, and my last employment was as a bath aide. I would go to the person's home and help them with their shower.

Nowadays, I have a chore worker supplied by Medicare and Medicaid who does housework and also helps me with my shower. I do pay a small copay per month.

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WATOTO CHILDREN'S CHOIR

Thursday, May 15, 2014

I experienced a special treat this evening. Our church sponsored the Watoto Children's Choir, and they performed at our church this evening. It was a free event. These children are from Uganda, Africa. The ones who performed this evening are between 8 and 14 years of age.

A different group of children travels every year. They have gone around the world. This year they started out in Vancouver, Canada in January, and tonight they performed here in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They will be going as far as Montreal, Quebec, and they will be returning home in June.

These children are children of parents who have died from Aids or who have been in accidents, etc. Sometimes the young children end up looking after their younger brothers and sisters. When they get to go to Watoto, they are well fed, educated and looked after by adults who care for them and see to all their needs. This is a Christian organization.

I couldn't believe the energy these children have. They spent two hours dancing and singing, and believe me when they were dancing, they were really moving. They didn't even seem to be out of breath. They sold cds and dvds as well as other items made in their community to raise money to help with their tour. Our church also took up a collection to help their community.

I am so glad I was able to attend this concert. It made my day. God has truly blessed these wonderful children, and they are so appreciative of all they have.

  
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ROZEEROZ1 5/20/2014 3:42AM

    Wow - what a night. Sounds like it was a real blessing to be there.

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OPALMOON 5/17/2014 10:04AM

    Hi Darlene,
How truly wonderful! So glad your church supports this choir and that you had the chance to experience their great talents. It sounds like a very special evening.
Hugs, Nattacia

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HOLLYM48 5/17/2014 8:18AM

    Sounds like a wonderful time and so glad these children have a new home after being orphaned. What a great program this is!

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2BDYNAMIC 5/17/2014 8:07AM

    This brings tears to my eyes; How remarkable ....... I am so glad you were able to attend and also a testament of just how God is Love and has taken up the children as He said when you are forsaken of parents ........ God Bless them ...... and you too!
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 5/16/2014 7:49PM

    Sounds fantastic!

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SMILINGEYES2 5/16/2014 6:33PM

    What a lovely testimony.

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PEGGIE0203 5/16/2014 10:32AM

    I had the blessing of seeing them a few years ago too. Well worthwhile going to see and hear them. I'm glad you could enjoy that too.

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JUDITH316 5/16/2014 5:42AM

    emoticon Darlene, they are an awesome choir..our Church hosted the choir 2 months ago and we were so richly blessed, our Church supports this ministry and when they are visiting our area they visit us...We host the group with providing them homes to stay in and provide them their evening meal and packed lunches for their journey the next day. The original founder of the ministry Gary and Marilyn Skinner were apart of our church way back as they headed to Africa to begin their ministry with founding Watota, he is now the Lead Pastor of a dynamic 25,000 member church called "Watota Church" in Uganda. They founded the church in 1983.

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NADINEL 5/16/2014 1:19AM

    What a wonderful way to spend the evening watching children glorifying the Lord. I am glad for organizations like this.

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MSLZZY 5/15/2014 9:24AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing! HUGS!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/15/2014 8:56AM

    Awesome. Thanks for sharing this story of hope and inspiration.



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LASTXAROUND 5/15/2014 8:36AM

    Sounds absolutely wonderful.

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RHOOK20047 5/15/2014 7:39AM

    Sounds like a wonderful mid week pleasure! The voices of children are so awe inspiring! Have a great day!

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GABIBEAR 5/15/2014 1:50AM

    That sounds quite beautiful Darlene! So happy you went!

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 5/15/2014 1:16AM

    Wonderful :)

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ALICIA214 5/15/2014 12:53AM

 


What a lovely treat...

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