Update: May 9, 2015

Posted on: May 9th, 2015 by Christy Jansma


Dear Church Family,


Tomorrow is another Mother’s Day. This one is very different than we’ve ever shared before. It was on Mother’s Day that we brought our first born home from the Whitecourt hospital. Then we were youthful and full of hopes for our future together. Today is very different. Five kids and twelve grandchildren later we are still filled with hopes and dreams for the future. However, that future is muted and somewhat misty.


We are grateful to be together at home after 3 weeks in the hospital. With her fractured hip repaired Connie is enjoying less pain than she has in months. Five days of radiation treatment are completed and the side effects are less than predicted. The expected symptoms of lung cancer have not appeared – no chest pain, no cough, no shortness of breath. Connie lives in our family room, equipped with a hospital bed and all the supporting aids. Mobility is improving slowly with the help of a walker. Although fatigue is a constant companion, we are thankful for modest improvements over the last few days. We count all of these mercies as answers to prayer.


We are blessed with a broad network of family – by natural birth AND by spiritual rebirth. We desire to remain connected to you, our church family who do life with us. While biological family is important and enriching to us, so is your friendship. When Connie finds more strength we hope to create a scheduled plan for those of you wanting to see us. Thank you for your kind words by way of cards and emails. We cherish them each and appreciate your support and prayer.


While we enjoy an abiding confidence in the providence of God, at times we are overcome with sadness and disappointment. We are sad at the prospect of not sharing the joy of watching our grandkids graduate, or hear them testify at their baptism. We are disappointed to think that we may not share the joys of ministry together, or of anticipated trips to far away places. Through these emotional moments, we cling to the promises of the Scripture. What we have learned in the light we cling to in the darkness. We choose to trust in God’s providence, even when we don’t understand it or like it. We pray for healing, according to the desire of our hearts. We will not demand that and so we recognize that if God chooses not to intervene with healing, we still trust Him and choose to believe that He is sovereign and that He is good.


Please pray with us:
– that Connie will be strong enough to enjoy Ruth’s wedding on July 11
– that we will grow in our trust in God, whose ways are beyond our comprehension
– that God will use the medical treatment to bring healing and reverse the cancer
Please pray with us that we will receive from God everything we need for this journey: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Philippians 4:19-20)


Because Christ LIVES,
Ian and Connie

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