You never want to receive one of those phone calls, especially when you are on the other side of the world, but on the morning of July 8th we got the message that Don Potter (Dan’s father) had collapsed on the front porch and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. He has been struggling with heart problems, and was awaiting surgery but in a few months, because his heart was so strong. On July 10th Don had open-heart surgery in 3 parts: 3 coronary bypasses, a new aortic valve (Dan is excited that his dad is now part “pig”), and a scraping of the heart (to scar it in order to stop the a fib arrhythmias). He was on the bypass machine 4 hours (2 is normal), which caused him to be in a “fog” in the ICU for much longer than normal. He finally was able to transfer to a step down unit & a closer hospital rehab. We were able to bring him home on Monday, Aug 3 (only 12 hours after we drove to Marlette).
Yes, we are “crazy”, but we arrived home from Australia (12 hours ahead of Atlanta time) on Sunday evening (July 12) and flew to Michigan on Tuesday morning (July 14) for 2 full days of visits to the ICU with Dan’s mom (Sherryl) every few hours. He continued in critical condition during these days, even though it was heart wrenching for us to leave there to go home for our MTO camp. During MTO, we got frequent updates from Dan’s mom and Brother, and kept praying.
It is so great to spend the days with Dan’s Dad & Mom this week, in physical therapy, walking down the street with him, and celebrating his much improved strength and functioning and especially his clear mind! Thank you Jesus!
This past week we have been combining our time in two places: Mornings and afternoons supporting Dan’s parents (as Dad Potter is at home doing better every day on his road to recovery) & our evenings atBrown City Camp meeting up with so many friends from our pas ( who we have basically missed the last 30 years with).
Our message last night was from Psalm 145:4-5 that says:
“One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. they tell of your glorious splendor of your majesty – and I will tell of your wonderful works.”
This is what we are about … helping one generation connect with the next in a supportive / strategic way!
On Tuesday, we fly to Belgium for our 23rd MISSIONARY TEENS ONLY (MTO) Camp. We have the opportunity to invest in NEX GEN leaders (some who have never been a leader before) as we partner them with older experienced leaders in smaller groups to process life together. Our theme is SHOW YOUR IDENTITY, connecting ourselves to Jesus and growing the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).
Thanks for your prayers and partnership with us!
Standing Strong and Creating Hope,
Dan & Suzie Potter … also known all over the world as … DUZIE