We want to thank our readers who have been praying for Ray Yungen during his 7-day cancer treatment in the hospital, which we wrote to you about last week. He is finishing that treatment up today and will be released by tomorrow morning. During the treatment, Ray’s white blood count plummeted, and he had to have three blood transfusions. But overall, he did well with the treatment. And with the 98% success rate for people with this kind of leukemia and with so many people praying for him, we are looking forward to seeing Ray’s health greatly improve over the next few weeks and months. Ray is 64 years young and has a lot of motivation to continue on with his ministry for some time to come.
While Ray was in the hospital, he had something happen that has raised that motivation even higher. Here is a synopsis of what happened by a Lighthouse Trails reader who was visiting Ray this past weekend. We think you will understand why it affected him greatly:
Dear Lighthouse Trails:
I saw Ray yesterday. He is still managing the chemo well but having difficulty sleeping at night. No nausea, just sleep deprivation is making him feel a little off.
Shortly after I left yesterday, he called, quite distraught that a woman volunteer had walked into his room and offered to do Reiki on him. It shook him up considerably. In his words, “she might as well have been coming at me with a machete.” Adding to that, when he realized that this woman was free to move about the hospital and offer Reiki to the unsuspecting and vulnerable, it brought him to tears. By contrast, he noted, if someone else was to ask to go room to room and offer to pray with patients, that would not be allowed. Reiki is no less spiritual, but because it is seen as only therapeutic and not the dangerous spiritual practice that it is . . . it marches in, uncontested. It took him back because he assumed that it might be a “service” that a patient could request, but he was not prepared to have her march right into his room unannounced. On Tuesday, he hopes to be more prepared to have a conversation with the main organizer. They show up 2 or 3 times a week. Please pray for him as he is given this opportunity.
By the way, I work in the office of a Christian school. As I was going through the catalogs that come our way, on the ACSI catalog (Assoc. of Christian Schools Intl.) in a bold title across the top read “Spiritual Formation.” I took it to Ray yesterday, and he read it cover to cover and is dismayed that it has reached the elementary schools. Of course, old news at seminaries, colleges, churches, but now the elementary Christian schools. He acknowledged it is the subject of an upcoming booklet.