Monday, December 11, 2006
No - we went to Vancouver for a nice visit with Renee, and then headed off to Thailand. We took some 600 pictures and those can be found on our pics blog. There are some detailed descriptions about our experiences in Thailand.
Renee is doing well and enjoying her studies at Capilano College. Check her blog.
In Vacouver there has been an extraordinary amount of snow, and the snow caused us to get to Thailand somewhat later than it should have. We had a good time. Would have loved to stay longer, but we are glad to be home.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
One Year ago TODAY we sent the email included below. Little did we know what was in store for us.
Renee was initially admitted to Cleveland Clinic for intravenous antibiotics to treat the swelling in her legs as a result of AML. She had gone into the Clinic on Monday, back on Tuesday, saw the specialist on Wednesday and Thursday, was admitted Friday, and we got there Saturday. Tuesday she was transferred to New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. During the 6 months in treatment, she received 3 rounds of chemo. Normally they would do 6 rounds in 6 months, but her recovery was too slow.
On Dec 23 she was discharged and returned home to Winnipeg. She enrolled at CMU for the winter semester. When that was complete she found a job at Global Connections at the Forks Johston Terminal. She has been working there ever since.
She has enrolled at North Vancouver’s Capilano College Film School for next winter. We have really enjoyed getting to know her again and seeing her more often. We will miss her terribly. We know she wants to be in the center of God’s will for her life, and so we bless her in that decision. For more information check http://www.capcollege.bc.ca/programs/film/diploma.html
Thank you for asking. Her blood tests and bone marrow tests are normal. We trust that she will remain leukemia free for the rest of her life.
Thanks again for your prayers. They have sustained and healed.
Raymond & Martha
Check out Renee’s blog at www.ReneeDueck.blogspot.com and www.Duecks.com
From: Raymond Dueck
Sent: Friday, June 24, 2005 11:52 PM
Subject: Renee is in hospital
She was admitted today at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland with acute leukemia our flight leaves at 7 a.m. Saturday morning we have no idea when we will be back please pray for her and God's hand of healing on her and wisdom for her doctors
Renee has been admitted to
Her doctor is Anjali Advani, M.D.
She is on intravenous antibiotics
The phone # at her bedside is
Your prayers are much appreciated!
Raymond & Martha Dueck
2 Eagle Court
East St Paul MB R0E 0L2
Martha's cell 204-771-7559
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Friday morning early Renee and Martha are heading off to New York to do some shopping etc, and to see Dr Steinherz for a bone marrow aspiration and a complete checkup. All indications are that Renee is in remission and we hope and pray that she is cured of the leukemia. They plan to stay at the Ronald McDonald House, but the social worker was not sure a room would be available,so we are looking for alternatives. They expect to return Tuesday.
We celebrated Renee's 22nd birthday in March. You can see her pictures at http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=54n7ril.2ggx6p75&x=0&y=-d2q6i0
Thanks again for your prayers and support for our family.
We welcome your calls
Renee's NEW PHONE # 204-296-0493 NEW email ReneeDueck@gmail.com
Keep up to date by reading Renee's blog
See our pictures
We live in E St Paul MB Canada R2E 0L2 and attend Eastview Community Church
See Renee's hospital at www.mskcc.org/
Visit us at www.Duecks.com/
Support our favorite charity www.TheLifeLight.com/
Thursday, March 16, 2006
On Sunday we are inviting all of Renee's cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends to our house for the BIG PIZZA PARTY! Sunday March 19, 2006 - Come to our house after 3 p.m. pizza (and other goodies) are served 5 p.m. Please email Martha@Duecks.com to let us know you are coming.
Her recent blood test showed normal everything. She wants to get her central line removed ASAP. She needs the New York doctors to advise our family doctor to zip it out. Hopefully that will happen soon! Early May she plans to go for a New York checkup.
Greetings may be sent to Renee directly at her new email firstname.lastname@example.org or
to our home at #2 Eagle Court, E ST Paul, MB, R2E 0L2 Canada
May God bless you! Thanks again for your prayers.
Raymond and Martha Dueck
Keep up to date by reading Renee's blog at http://reneedueck.blogspot.com/
See our pictures at http://www.dueckpics.blogspot.com/
Visit us at www.Duecks.com/
Support our favorite charity www.TheLifeLight.com/
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Lord God, I thank you that I am your child, seated with Jesus in the heavenly places. I ask Lord that you will bind __________’s body, soul and spirit to your will and purposes for his/her life. I ask you to bind __________’s mind, will and emotions to your will. I ask you to bind him/her to the truth and to the blood of Jesus. I ask you to bind his/her mind to the mind of Christ, that the very thoughts, feelings and purposes of Jesus heart would be within his/her thoughts. I ask you to bind __________’s feet to the paths of righteousness that his/her steps would be steady and sure. Bind him/her to the work of the cross with all of its mercy, grace, love, forgiveness and dying to self.
I pray that you, by your mighty power, loose every old, wrong, ungodly pattern of thinking, idea, desire, belief, motivation, habit and behaviour fr0m him/her. I ask You to tear down, crush, smash and destroy every stronghold associated with these things. Please loose any stronghold in his/her life that has been justifying and protecting hard feelings against anyone. Loose the strongholds of unforgiveness, fear and distrust from him/her.
I ask you Lord to loose the power and effects of deceptions and lies from him/her. And to loose the confusion and blindness of the god of this world from __________’s mind that has kept him/her from seeing the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Bring to his/her remembrance every precious word of Scripture that has ever entered into his/her mind and heart that it would rise up in power within him/her.
I pray Lord, that you would loose the power and effects of any harsh or hard words spoken to, about or by _______. Loose all generational bondages and associated strongholds from __________. Loose all effects and bondages from him/her that may have been caused by mistakes I have made. Father, I ask You to crush, smash and destroy generational bondages of any kind from mistakes made at any point between generations. May they be completely destroyed so that they will not bind and curse any more members of this family.
Lord God, I ask you to bind the strong man, Satan that his house will be spoiled and that every material and spiritual possession he has wrongfully taken from __________ will be returned. I ask you to loose the enemy’s influence over every part of his/her body, soul and spirit. I ask you to loose, crush, smash and destroy every evil device Satan may try to bring into his/her sphere of influence during this day.
I bind and loose these things in Jesus’ name. Thank you, Lord, for the truth. Amen.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
I called tonight
To talk a little while
I need a friend who'll listen
To my anxiety and trial.
You see, I can't quite make it
Through a day just on my own...
I need your love to guide me,
So I'll never feel alone.
I want to ask you please to keep
My family safe and sound.
Come and fill their lives with confidence
For whatever fate they're bound.
Give me faith, dear God, to face
Each hour throughout the day,
And not to worry over things
I can't change in any way.
I thank you God for being home
And listening to my call,
For giving me such good advice
When I stumble and fall.
Your number, God, is the only one
That answers every time.
I never get a busy signal,
Never had to pay a dime.
So thank you, God, for listening
To my troubles and my sorrow.
Good night, God, I love You too,
And I'll call again tomorrow!
A man whispered, "God, speak to me"
and a meadowlark sang.
But, the man did not hear. So the man yelled,
"God, speak to me"
and the thunder rolled across the sky.
But, the man did not listen. The man looked around and said,
"God let me see you." And a star shined brightly.
But the man did not see. And, the man shouted,
"God show me a miracle."
And, a life was born.
But, the man did not notice. So, the man cried out in despair,
"Touch me God, and let me know you are here.
" Whereupon, God reached down and touched the man.
But, the man brushed the butterfly away
and walked on.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Some time ago I asked her if she knew what was the best gift her mom had ever given me. When I told her that it was that her mom had given me her virginity on our wedding night, she was emphatic that that is what she wanted to give her husband-to-be as well. So many marriages break up for lack of purity before the wedding.
Alayna is a vivacious, articulate, highly skilled individual. She sings, acts, and generally knows everything about anything. She loves the Lord and wants to walk in the center of His will. She is searching for God's will to be revealed to her. We look forward with keen anticipation to see what that will be! Please continue to pray for her.
Raymond and Martha
Monday, January 30, 2006
Over the last 7 months, we have been concentrating on Renee, and her health needs. Alayna (19), we thought, was a well-adjusted Christian teenager, going to university, attending church, volunteering for choir, drama, and youth leadership. In June she started hanging out with this rock climbing enthusiast guy, who was also working part time at the Centennial Concert Hall.
During my first meeting with him, I found that he had no moral compass, no sense of God, and was totally illiterate as far as the Christian message is concerned. I presented him with a How to Find God New Testament, and reviewed the basics of salvation with him, urging him to read the Word for himself. He attended church maybe a ½ dozen times.
From time to time I would discuss issues with Alayna regarding Joel and faith. He claimed to be a Christian on the basis of following the good teachings of the Bible. Over time I became more and more concerned about his salvation and the effect of his worldview on Alayna. I suggested that she should tell him she could not see him again unless he became a born again Christian. She agreed that that might be a good idea, but she never acted on it.
She knew that I was concerned about her relationship with Joel, and my opposition to her continuing on with him as long as he did not commit himself to the Lord. I asked her if she wanted me to get to like Joel. She said she would. I told her that if she would go away for 3 months to study (all expenses paid) at one of the Torchbearer Schools in Spain http://www.riovida.org/ and if, when she came back, she still wanted to date Joel, then I would make a real effort to get to like him. She thought that would be a good idea.
I took to calling him Mr. Manners. Not once has he ever greeted me with anything but a grunt. Never, “How do you do Mr. Dueck?”, or “How is Renee?” He would come into the house and stand still staring like a statue. Mostly he totally ignored me.
When trying to engage him in light conversation, nothing came out, unless you started talking about issues that counter-culture people hold dear. At one after-church lunch at our house, he started to get very animated and yelling across the table about how the CIA reported Canada’s life expectancy was higher that the US’s. “Why would the CIA tell lies?” he yelled across the table at me. I am not sure what the point of that outburst was. I checked various sources and found that the life expectancies were statistically tied. If one wanted to make a point about life expectancy, Japan would serve as the best example.
At Alayna’s birthday party, she had invited some of her high school friends, including an articulate, intelligent music major. I happened to sit next to him, and had conversation with him about various interesting topics. At one point we started talking about Iraq. All of a sudden Joel piped up from the other end of the table, in that loud abrasive voice of his, “That’s a lie!” If I wasn’t so polite, I should have sent him packing then and there.
At a lunch at Joel’s parents’ house, the topic had been – is it better to burp at the table, or to fart at the table? Joel’s mom had thought farting was more polite than burping.
In January, Alayna dropped out of university. She said she wanted some time off. Originally she had wanted to travel in Europe. When I offered her the opportunity to study in Spain, she turned it down. She traveled to work with me for 2 weeks, just being my assistant, and observing my work. She said she might want to switch to an MBA program.
We heard about the “Couples of Promise” cruise with www.christiancruises.net, and we thought that might be a good break for us. Renee was at CMU.ca, Alayna said she’d go looking for a job, and Karalee was still in high school. With 2 available drivers, Karalee should be able to get around to her classes and appointments. We thought the home front was taken care of.
We needed to clean out the apartment in New York, so we flew out a few days early, cleaned out the apartment, saw a potential client there, and then flew to Fort Lauderdale to sail on Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas for 5 nights. The program on board was interesting and uplifting.
We came off the boat on Thursday morning. Finally we had phone connections. We called home. Renee answered the phone. She had an appointment with a specialist and was wondering who would take Karalee to school and pick her up after the exam. I said, “What about Alayna, what is she doing?” Renee responded with, “Didn’t you know, Alayna went to Phoenix by car? She went with Joel. They left yesterday.”
That came as an absolute shocker. Never in our wildest nightmares had we expected that Alayna would do such a thing. Clearly she had been psychologically abducted and seduced by a dangerous psychopath. What could we do? What should we do? Could we fly home right away and find her? She was not answering her cell. The message on the cell said she’d be home Feb 7. We left messages on her cell. We left messages on her friend’s voice mail.
Could we have Alayna arrested and brought home? On what grounds? An hour later we went to a beachfront restaurant for lunch. Providence seated us next to a police officer, so we could discuss our options. Turns out that the only option we would have is that if she had taken our car, we could have her arrested for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. She did not take our car. They went with Joel’s parents’ car.
We called Joel’s mom to express our shock and dismay at this turn of events. “This goes against everything we have taught her!” We asked her to tell Alayna to call if she heard from her.
Alayna has not called. We have heard through her friend’s mom that they arrived in Phoenix.
What is this world coming to? Why is the Bible not relevant any more? Why does God’s Word not matter? Are we forgetting that we will have to “give account” for every word we utter and every sin that we commit? Do we think that God’s grace is cheap? We can sin, ask Him to forgive us, and keep sinning? With that kind of attitude, how are we salt and light?
Does she have any idea of the pain she has inflicted on us? When a child dies physically the parents feel the loss keenly and the neighbours rally around for support. When a child rejects her parents’ teachings and values, the loss is even more painful. It’s a slap in the face by the protégé you thought was going to become someone important. That heart surgeon. That individual to take over the business in the next generation. Where do we turn? What did we do wrong? How did we fail? Which conversation was the door that I did not go through to discuss values and to be her guide?
I am a Christian. I want the love of God to flow through my life. How can I get violent about this? Christ, my master, was slapped, tortured, and killed for my sake. All his friends ran away. Yet he loved them. He forgave them. Can I forgive him? Them? I must! I don’t like it but I must! Jesus said that if we don’t forgive others their transgressions, he cannot forgive us ours. I am not perfect. I need God’s forgiveness in my life. I need his healing balm in the worst way right now. So I must learn to forgive whether I like it or not.
Oh, God! When is it enough suffering already? Our 2 boys died 30 years ago. We have a son with FAS and a drug problem. 2 daughters with SCIDS. One with leukemia. And now one with an unsaved boyfriend. When is it enough suffering already?
Pray for Alayna, that she might want to walk in the center of God’s will for her life. Pray for Joel, that he will recognize that he is a sinner, and only through Christ and his salvation, can he have eternal life. Pray that he might learn to love God. Pray for Karalee, that she too might walk in the center of God’s will, and that a God honoring man may come into her life in due time. Pray for Renee, that her good health and love for God may continue and that a God honoring man may come into her life in due time. Pray for Justin, that he would be willing to get the help we so anxiously wish to give. Pray for their parents, that we might be the God honoring parents these wonderful young people deserve.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name on earth. We ask that through us your kingdom might increase in this world, in spite of the difficulties we face. Thank you for providing us with an abundance of good tings, and we pray for those who have less that they too might get enough food for this day. Forgive us our sins and transgressions against you and help us to forgive those who have hurt us. Help us to respond in kindness to those who hurt us. Keep us from falling for the temptations of this world that seek to destroy us. Keep us safe from the evil one. Help us to recognize and avoid his evil plans to destroy us. For we know that You have the Power to build Your Kingdom in us. Your Glory exceeds all our pain. We pray in Jesus name. Amen.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Renee is a UNIVERSITY student, enrolled at CMU and enjoying it! She is taking 4 courses. Commuting from home.
She goes for a blood test every week. Wednesday last week she got her blood test. Dr decided she needed more blood. Had to go to Concordia Hospital for a blood match draw. The soonest they could get the blood was Monday.As long as Renee’s blood counts continue to go up, she does not need to go to New York ‘till end of March for a bone marrow aspiration. Every 3 months she will have to get the check up till they declare her cured!
Martha and I are booked to cruise! Couples of Promise from Fort Lauderdale Jan 21 on Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas! We are booked for 2 days at Beachcomber Resort. Would be nice to see King Tut and the Everglades Park. But then, we really want to relax and recharge.On the way to FLL we are scheduled to stop in NYC for a few days to clean up the apartment. If any one would like a week in NYC let us know. We have the apartment till the end of March. C$1,000 a week would help cover the costs.
We helped one of Justin’s friends move last Saturday. Justin seems to think he is doing better, and is looking for a job.Renee, assuring us of your prayers for her, and for that we thank you. May God bless you real good!
Sunday, January 01, 2006
On Wednesday Karalee joined Antie Rose and cousin Amber on a trip to Egypt. When Karalee called back, her 1st comment was, "I think I over romaticized Egypt!" I am sure she will have a good educational time. We expect her back on Friday.
Renee is feeling good. A bit tired today. She spent the night with her cousins. Alayna is not home yet. She spent the night with her friends.
We have not heard from Justin yet.