16 October 2013


By John Ollis

I am now completing my 22nd day of hospitalization to seek to deal with the staph infection received late last November during surgery.

This as like previous hospital visits has been an excited blessed time, The Lord has taught or re-affirmed so many truths to me:

1.That all things work together for good to them that love God (Rom.8.28, He is the Sovereign Lord, and nothing can touch me without His permission.

2. That in the times when naturally I do not understand what is going on, I have expererienced the Peace of God which passes all understanding (totally indescribable).

3. That again there can be a joy unspeakable and full of glory (the Joy of the Lord has been my strength) when for no natural reason it begins to bubble up in my heart.

4. I have further understanding on Heb 4.16 that I can come boldly to the throne of grace to find grace and help in time of need. How can I come boldly when without Him I can do nothing, that I can have a confidence based on the Finished work of Christ and His Word, that I have an inheritancein Him and He will meet all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

So, in the light of the above I was disappointed to hear yesterday that a specimen taken from my knee during surgery last Wednesday has grown a culture in the lab.It is an inocous stapf infection that we all carry on our bodies, and at least partly because of my age and my immune system not being as strong this has manifested itself. My surgeon informed me last night he could not understand it. The Infectious diseases doctor this morning has recommended another 7 days of I.V. antibiotics (so instead of going home today need to remain another week) and to take 2  strong oral antibiotics per day (FOR LIFE). He said the infection may never react, but neither can it be removed from my body. Wisdom tells me to continue the medication, but will do certain things:

Confess, “By His stripes I was healed”. Continue to affirm the Lord’s sovereignty in my life, and make plans to return to the nations in 2014.

In the light Then I was reminded of 1 Cor.14.33. That God is not the author of confusion, and He is letting this happen for a purpose. Then the peace of God began to settle in my spirit once again.

May I please ask you for your continued prayer support :

1. For my complete healing, or until then that I will continually give thanks with a grateful heart.

2. For my ministry plans in 2014

3. For Margaret (this has not been an easy time for her).