International Ministries

A MISSION JOURNEY WITH CANCER Joshua 1:9

May 25, 2010 Journal
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THE LORD JESUSCHRIST IS MY HOPE: “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all.”  (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees hope in every difficulty.”  (Winston Churchill)  It may be easier to give up to life and to my ministry but I know that the one who has called me will also sustain me even as I fight cancer.

DIAGNOSIS: In June 2007 I was diagnosed with Hürthle cell carcinoma of the thyroid. The average age-adjusted annual incidence for thyroid cancer is less than 40 cases per 1 million people. Among thyroid neoplasms, Hürthle cell carcinomas account for about 3-10% of these cancers.

ACTION TAKEN: Due to the need for treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas, we have made arrangements with our Bolivian Partners and BIM to continue with our missionary ministry even as we stay both in USA and in Bolivia. 

During this time of tribulation a great awakening is taking place among Bolivian leaders who we train at the House of Hope, when they discovered that if ministry was to continue it was up to them to take charge and apply their leadership skills as they were instructed.

The results are amazing, 100% of the people that we invested in as missionaries are now doing ministry and working alongside of us even as we go back and forth to USA for treatments. These are the ministries we continue to work with at the House of Hope in partnership with the Bolivian Baptist Union.

 In the last fifteen months MD Anderson Doctors identified CA metastasis in my brain and lungs. The approach to deal with this aggressive invasion was to use  gamma knife brain surgery  at the end of 2009 and stay positive in during the journey and focus in ministry without giving up. The results were very encouraging during the interventions they destroyed 99% of the brain tumors. On the other hand they started me with chemotherapy to fight lung cancer with the drug sorafenib.

As a multitargeted tyrosine kinase inhibitor, the investigators postulate that sorafenib might have value in the treatment of differentiated thyroid cancer. In vitro studies showed decreased radioiodine uptake after treatment with sorafenib.

In early March 2010, the last visit to MD Anderson, exams showed that all brain tumors were gone. However that the long tumors were not responding well and that a dose increase was necessary to fight them.     

An upcoming visit to MD Anderson CA center will take place in June 2010 and we shall keep you informed of the results. In the mean time we ask your prayers and support as we continue our mission journey with cancer.

MINISTRY AND TECHNOLOGY

I CONTINUE TO PROVIDE TRAINING AND SUPPORT TO LEADERS AND SEMINARY STUDENTS IN BOLIVIA USING THE INTERNET AND A COMPUTER.

SUPPORT OUR MINISTRY

At this point we are at 60% support and BIM is promoting a unique opportunity of a giving match. Would you consider supporting our ministry?

Commitments of support made by individual donors on the IM web site before May 31 will be matched on a 50% basis, two for one. Here is the IM web site address: http://www.internationalministries.org/drives/360_matching_fund

Here is a wonderful fact: if each of us will give just $1 a day for mission, we can fully fund our incredible ministries around the world, guaranteeing their stability and long-term effectiveness.  That’s $1 a day, $30 a month, $360 a year.  This idea caught on with members of First Baptist Church of Royal Oaks, Michigan, who provided an initial gift that established a matching fund to multiply gifts by 50% for all who will commit to support an IM missionary at a dollar a day ($30 a month) for a year

In His Service!

Iris Morales