Posted by: davidalemmink | July 8, 2009

Wednesday, July 8


We are busy packing and anticipating.  So happy the wait is over, but also anxious about the trip over.  There is a lot to coordinate and I hope I have done everything necessary.

Today will be a day of work, running those few last-minute errands, and finishing up packing. We are getting a bit nervous, and we truly look forward to just being there, with the trip behind us.

Also, I wanted to let you know I will not be taking my computer with me.  I am hoping the hostel might have a computer for me to use, or maybe I will find an internet cafe in the area.   I also will have my iTouch, but posting from that will be much more difficult.  So, if that is my only option, then the posts will be short!  The decision not to take my computer came with we realized that David would need oxygen on the flight.  That means another carry-on with all that goes with that machine.

So, I will sign off for now.  I WILL post when I can.

Thank you so much for all of your prayers and ongoing, loving support.  We appreciate it so much.

Love, Connie

“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:13-16

The practice of the Orthodox Church today:

To this day, the Orthodox practice of prayer for the sick follows the New Testament instruction of St. James.  The Orthodox Church has a special service of healing, which may be performed at any time.  The presbyter prays for the ill person, anointing him with oil and saying, “O Lord Almighty, Healer of our souls and bodies, who put down and raise up, who chastise and heal also, visit now in Your mercy our brother, David, who is ill.  Stretch forth Your arm, which is full of healing and health, and raise him up from this bed, and cure this illness.  Put away the spirit of disease and every malady and pain and fever.  And if David has committed sins and transgressions, grant remission and forgiveness, because You love Mankind.”

As Orthodox Christians we pray, neither commanding God to heal nor doubting His ability to heal, but pleading for His promised mercy on all who are ill.



  1. So many prayers are continuing for you, Dave, and John as you embark on this journey.

    We’re with you in spirit, the whole way.

  2. Dave, Connie & Family,

    Traveling mercies and prayers for your trip, the treatments, the entire experience. It was so wonderful to see you (Connie & John) at the Northview 4th of July Parade!

    We Love you!


  3. Praying, Praying, Praying…

  4. Travel Safe, Be Well, Get Well ~

    We all are praying and are very hopeful!

    Hugs and Love to you David!

    Put me in coach, you are ready! 🙂


  5. Safe travels!!!
    We’ll all continue praying for you all. We can all wait for the good news when you get home!

    Love and peace, Lexie

  6. Lem we’re all thinking of you here at CRI, and also sending a prayer your way.
    Safe journey and hope to see you soon.
    God Bless,

    Jim&Karen Schwartz

  7. I am the tall, blonde flight attendant you gave a zebra to on your flight to London. I am so touched by your story, your strength, and your positive attitude. I say a little prayer for you each time I reach into my pocket and feel the zebra.
    Thank you for touching my life,

  8. Keeping you guys always in my thoughts. Have a good treatment, safe journey…


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