Dear TANAS Family,
THE JOY OF CHRIST TO YOU!
It is with great joy that I am able to type those words to you. Just a few short days ago; I could not eve raise my hand off the bed.
I am glad to report to everyone that I am out of the hospital and at my daughter and son-in-law’s resting and trying to gain strength. My son-in-law, Casey is a pediatrician, so we felt it wise to be with them for a season so he could keep an eye on me. (that means making sure I behave myself). My family and I have so many God moments, supernatural testimonies and amazing stories to share about the faithfulness of God.
The prognosis of surviving the Malaria was not at all what we wanted to hear. My heart, lungs, liver and kidneys had all been compromised. Yet, hear I am, a man who has experienced so many supernatural moments with the Lord, even while on the ventilator.
I want to encourage each of you as Christian educators with this one testimony. As I was being rushed into the UT Hospital Emergency Room, my eye caught sight of a young man named Blake. I told the person pushing me through the hall to let Blake know that I was here. Blake and I have not had lots of contact in the last 25 years. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, I was Blake’s principal. Blake also stayed with us some when our 3 oldest children were young and he traveled with us during some ministry times.
As soon as he got word I was in ER, he was in the room reconnecting with our family. Although, he was not the ER nurse assigned to me, he did manage to take over my care while in ER. I was in ER most of the day because no beds were available in Critical Care.
At one point, Blake came rushing through the door and barking orders to every one. I didn’t really know what was happening but I knew it had to do with my heart and it was serious. Blake, who is now 43, still, calls me Mr. Price. He looked at me and said, “Mr. Price, I am not going to let you die!” It has been a tremendous joy reconnecting with Blake and him getting to know our adult children. Even after leaving ER, he spent time with the family and was a constant source of encouragement and strength.
As Christian educators, we have the great privilege of sowing seed into the lives of our students. What a joy for me to reap fruit from the life of a teenager that I loved and adored more than 20 years ago. Then, in these last few weeks to be the beneficiary of his nursing skill, his compassion, his love and his words of life.
I want to thank each of you for your prayers, flowers, cards and financial donations. Our family has been greatly blessed and overwhelmed by the many expressions of love and concern.
The Joy of Christ to You!
Your Brother in Christ, Jim