Friday, November 15, 2013

Surgery, Supporters, and Shoelaces


Last month got so crazy around here that, at one point, I commented to my wife, “I feel like I’m running a race with my shoe laces untied!”
 
With school field trips through the week and retreat groups every weekend, plus the annual disc golf tournament and 5k trail race, October is one of our busiest times of the year. When you factor in that our facilities manager and housekeeping supervisor both resigned earlier in the fall, it presented a number of extra challenges.
 
Like untied shoe laces, it felt as if there were some things that needed to be addressed, but finding the time could be problematic. On the other hand, not taking care of those issues now could result in bigger problems down the road.


Steve leads the disc golfers in prayer for O.A. on Oct.19th.
Then on the day of the disc golf tournament, camp founder O.A. Fish became suddenly ill. His wife Charlotte took him to the hospital where it was determined that his lungs were nearly full of fluid. This had triggered a heart attack.
 
The next day he was transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where he received a heart catheter. This revealed that open-heart surgery was needed, and, just a few days later, O.A. underwent double-bypass heart surgery.
 
 
O.A. returned home on November 2nd.
Many of our supporters who heard the news through our website, Facebook page, and newsletter offered their support and prayers. The operation was successful, and the doctors were pleased with the result, stating, “O.A., this will give you another 20 years on your heart.”
 
After several days in the intensive care unit, O.A. had made enough progress to be moved to a regular room. A week later he returned home, coincidentally, on the day of the 5k trail race.

Gary and Vesta Edmonds
Meanwhile God continued to meet every need here at Camp. God even sent a couple of angels to us disguised as volunteers. Gary and Vesta Edmonds stayed here in their camper for the full two weeks that O.A. and Charlotte were at the hospital. They expertly handled every project, task, and “untied shoe lace” I could assign to them.
 
It was quite a blessing to see how God was taking care of O.A. in the hospital and providing for our needs here at the same time! It was yet another firm reminder that this is God’s camp, and His provision is always sufficient for every need.
 
O.A. wishes to express his deepest appreciation for the outpouring of prayer and support he has received over the last few weeks. Please continue to keep him in your prayers as he continues his in-home recovery and rehabilitation.