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Onesimus 15 and surgery


Philemon 10-11  “I appeal to you my child, whom I have begotten in my imprisonment, Onesimus, who formerly was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and to me.”


Hey everybody – this is Cindy.  For the last 18 months I have been raising chickens.  The three original chickens were gifted to me by a ministry we serve in Esquintla, Guatemala.  Someone once told me the gift of a live animal in Guatemala is the most cherished and it has been that way with me.  Of course with hens and roosters come chicks and with chicks come the high probability of cockerels.  And I found out rather quickly there has to be a plan when your coop is overrun with 4-5 month old cockerels. They gain hormones quickly, they fight, they try and breed anything that walks by and they do not lay eggs.  To me they are useless or were …


Onesimus 15

A few weeks ago during church Dennis was teaching from the letter Philemon.  As we were discussing the slave Onesimus, Dennis told us Onesimus is Greek meaning useful.  He went on to teach that no one spent a lot of time naming slaves and there were many slaves with the name Onesimus.  Philemon is a beautiful letter of intercession from Paul for Onesimus to his master Philemon.  So what does this have to do with young roosters here in Guatemala?  It is only the name – Onesimus/useful.  I have several neighbors who are very poor and protein is hard to come by.  It is very humbling when an entire family pays you a visit at dusk to collect one Onesimus or in some cases two.  The gratitude they have is embarrassing at best and my young roosters have become quite useful to me and to those who need them.  I generally don’t name roosters, but now Onesimus is the name.  When chicks hatch they are well cared for by their mothers and me.  And now, I smile when I see the resemblance of a future hen or a future Onesimus.  Currently I have one Onesimus but he is a mere eight weeks old  with lots more time to grow and prepare to be useful.


On a more personal note that has nothing to do with chickens, I have learned that I need surgery.  I have a severe prolapsed bladder and a prolapsing uterus.  I have visited a recommended gynecologist surgeon here in Guatemala and will have a hysterectomy and bladder repair the 3rd or 4th week of March.  And I am having a hard time with all of this.  I always liked my uterus  – it held my sweet daughter till she was ready to make her way into the world. But I know the surgery needs to be done.  I have been banned from lifting by the doctor and Dennis – a hard thing to remember when you work in a warehouse and your call from the Lord involves lifting.  I don’t carry bags of chicken feed, corn, or propane tanks any more.  I don’t lift boxes of medicines or wheelchairs anymore.  If I try Ignacio, David or Dennis are quick to reprimand.  I am being obedient for the most part.


What is most difficult for Dennis and me is to ask for financial help and prayer.  As brothers and sisters in Christ it should not be difficult, but it is.  It is always easier and more comfortable to minister to someone than to be the one who needs ministering to.    The surgery is between Q17,000 – Q30,000 which in dollars is $2,400 – $4,200.  There are no separate fees like in the states – this is a total bill including surgeon, anesthesia, hospital.  The difference in prices depends on which hospital one goes to.  A smaller private hospital charges less than a larger private hospital.  The big difference according to the doctor is nursing care.  There are more nurses at the larger hospitals.  The doctor tells me I will be in the hospital 2-3 nights.  Like the family who arrives at dusk for Onesimus, we yield to your prayer and kindness.


May God always bless you and we are ever so grateful for your prayers.

Donations for this upcoming surgery can be made through  or snail address of Vine International, PO Box 52086, Knoxville, TN  37950   (tag – Cindy’s surgery)


Philemon 7 – “For I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.”



Cindy and Dennis

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  1. 17/02/2018 20:36

    Thank you for allowing The Body of Christ to stand with you as you go through this. May the Lord direct the medical team and bring you healing; free of any complications! I will be praying.


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