Hello *Friends & Family,
I’m sorry I’m so slow getting an update out to you. To be honest, this has been the most difficult season for me, dealing with the side effects of the medications on my body & emotions. While healing from surgery, I got really sick in December. It turned into the worst sinus infection, & I ended up isolating through Christmas & New Year’s. In January, the fatigue & sinus problems continued, & I’ve been battling with these since then so, sadly, my capacity has been limited (and this is difficult for me because I love connecting with people) & I get overwhelmed easily. And just as my “to do” list increased with plans to visit the States, I got COVID (for the first time that I know of!). I just completed isolation, & I’m recovering from the longer effects right now — I thank the Lord it was similar to the flu for me, but again, the fatigues continues. I’m also grateful that I got COVID before traveling. I would so appreciate your continued prayers in regards to my health in addition the things I need to do.
Yes, I’m planning a trip to the States! It’ll be a year & a half since I’ve visited my parents & 2018 since I’ve visited other family & friends. I really believe spending time with family & having rest will be refreshing. I plan to come in June & return to South Africa in August as that is only amount of medications I’m allowed to have ahead of time. I hope I can visit friends & churches also, prayerfully, with health permitting. I look forward to catching up in person as I love doing this! I need to book flights to the States as soon as possible (estimated cost for this initial flight $1,500?). I also need to figure out what methods of travel while in the States & finances for that, especially with the high cost of gas prices now. If you can please pray for preparation, finances, & travel plans (with airlines canceling & postponing flights a lot, high gas prices, & fuel shortages). Also, if you can please pray for me as I try to figure out the logistics of all this as it’s pretty overwhelming for me – I so appreciate it. For more information on my missions’ giving, go to shannonmintz.com/give/.
Since surgery, I’ve been healing well – praise the Lord! – though I still am bothered by numbness/pain in my upper leg/arm, & there’s a possibility lymphedema could start in my arm because of removing too many lymph nodes. At times, I’ve been getting a pain in my back, which limits my mobility. The end of March my doctor started me on a new treatment, still addressing the cancer in my body. This therapy is not covered by insurance, & I’m so thankful that God has already provided for part of the costs. Approximately $4,500 more still needs to be provided. If you are led to give to my treatment, go to gofundme.com/f/azdjs6-help-shannon-mintz-fight-cancer or for other options shannonmintz.com/givecancer/. I am so blessed by your healing prayers, support, & messages! Thank you.
Although my road isn’t easy & has many ups & downs, God gives me nuggets & shows me how He is at work around me. Recently, my prayer has renewed emphasis, asking God to shine out of me (even without words) & to put opportunities before me. I’ve been amazed how God presents people in my day to day life. And I have to say, I am not a chatty person in public (introvert here) but often I’m just a hurting cancer patient trying to get through the day – But through these glimpses or nuggets of God at work & answering my prayers, He demonstrates His providence, goodness, & love beyond my limitations. And I can tell you from these interactions that God is drawing people to Himself! If I can encourage you, pray the prayer on your heart, write it down, & watch God place someone before you.
“For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”
~ 2 Corinthians 4:5-10 (NIV) ~
Thank you, dear family & friends, for standing with me & beside me. I hope to see some of you soon – Let’s keep in touch.
May God Bless You & Keep You,
Praise & Thanks
- Recovering well from surgery
- All my hospital expenses from surgery paid!
- The prayers of the Body of Christ surrounding me
- God’s provision
- God has been presenting opportunities for people to meet Jesus & who He is
- When I am weak, He is strong!
“’My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV) ~
- For full healing from cancer – however Healing comes!
- For healing from the medications’ side effects taking a toll on my body & emotions
- For back pain healing
- Increased provision for missionary & cancer expenses (about $4,500 left to pay for the current treatment)