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2020-03 Update from Dwight and Dorothy
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Your prayer and financial support continue to undergird us in the ministries and day to day living that we are a part of. We greatly appreciate each one of you.
Dorothy's health and ministry
Earlier this week, we drove up to Chapel Hill, NC once again for an appointment with the specialist pulmonologist who heads the Pulmonary Hypertension Care Center at UNC. The checkup was routine and the doctor has called for another overnight oximeter test to see if the CPAP machine is making a difference in Dorothy's sleep. Dorothy has noticed more fatigue over the past few weeks and commented that she was also suffering from fever and soar throat for some days. The doctor determined that her lungs were clear so did not prescribe anything new. She had a case of bronchitis some weeks ago which was very hard on her but was handled with antibiotics and time.
Her sore throat and fever continued, so I took Dorothy to her local doctor yesterday. The doctor determined that Dorothy has bronchitis and sinusitis so put her on a different antibiotic from what was prescribed for bronchitis last time. We are quite concerned when Dorothy picks up most any infection as her lungs continue to be compromised by the PAH* and probable PVOD**.
She continues to bless many through her card ministry, ladies book group as well as her commitment to prayer. The Lord blesses her daily as she spends much time in the Word.
I was recently involved in an email risk assessment meeting along with several other SIMers from the International and US Offices. This may seem an odd thing or an exercise in yawning, but is it actually an important process to go through as we, as a mission, look at the security risks our people take as they communicate with others.
Our colleagues work in over 70 different countries and a number of those countries are somewhat more complicated to work in than others. Some governments have very tight controls on the flow of information and often are opposed to a Christian witness. In other countries, the missionaries are opposed by other religious groups, sometimes violently and sometimes with government assistance. With that our communications have to be very secure.
While I won't go into details, I can state that our email system is well encrypted from point to point so that intercepted emails cannot be read. We also take care that many of our missionaries are able to dis-associate from SIM as they labor in their country of service. This is because it is clear to anyone checking, that SIM is a Christian mission group with the intention of sharing the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is this message that is a perceived threat to many people who oppose the Gospel.
Along this line, we develop applications that allow our team mates working in some of these countries to do much of their work online without downloading sensitive files into their computers. In some places, officials demand passwords and will search through computers and phones for evidence.
I continue to train returning missionaries on various aspects of computer and Internet security. As mentioned previously, many of our people work in places where their safety is dependent on secure IT and Internet access as well as other systems.
Privileged to teach the Bible
|Several months ago, I began leading a neighborhood Bible study in our home focusing on the Gospel of Luke. It continues to be a joy to lead and teach this small group as we plowed through the background of the book and now each week as we see the many details Luke gives us and the applications we can make in our own lives.|
Also, I have taken over teaching the adult Sunday school in our church. I am following up our pastor's lessons on hermeneutics with an in-depth study of the letter to the Galatians. I am grateful to have had ample preparation time on this book as I have not taught on it before. It is a bit of a challenge adapting my teaching to a 45 minute block with close to 50 people as contrasted with our neighborhood Bible study which is 90 minutes long and does not exceed 10 people in our living room.
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IT Security Tidbit: Defending yourself from the bad guys
In this update, I will explain some of the various “…ishings.”
Fishing – the dangling of some luring hook with the hopes of fooling a fish into biting so that it can be fried later.
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*PAH - Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension is a rare lung disease that currently has no cure but can be managed with some specialized medications.
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