Jerry and Ann Hogg Report

Jerry & Ann Hogg 462 Amanda Circle * Knoxville, TN 37922 Phone: 865-777-1768 * Cell: 865-809-4603 Email: jvhogg@charter. Net March 31, 2012 Dear Brethren: Monthly reports are designed to tell our supporters what transpired during the month in question. So here goes! Just as we were getting settled in our home-away-from-home in the upstairs flat at SABC, work was being completed on the old house under the chestnut tree for our use. I had decided I just couldn’t climb those stairs any more, and since Ann had developed a pinched nerve in her back that made her limp along, she didn’t object. So, we packed up our belongings once again to make the move from the flat to the much larger house. Joey especially likes the tire-swing-on-a-rope hanging from the old chestnut tree. It’s hard to keep a 12-year-old youngster from swinging when one is available, but it’s especially frustrating to grandparents when he runs and jumps on the swing with his Sunday-go-to-meetin’ clothes on! But, boys will be boys. We were pleased with the renovations to this old house, the first dwelling where classes were held back in the ‘60's here under the ol’ chestnut tree (which has grown to be tall and spread-out). Remember the poem, "Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree"? The guys did a great job repainting and repairing, and the sanded, refinished pine floors are really clean and shiny. A new geyser (water heater) was installed in the front bathroom, the commode needs replacing, but the shower works well. When the call was made that some furnishings were needed, folks at Benoni church came through with curtains and cups, a lovely 3-piece living room suite, and many other household goods. Even a kitchen stove and sink unit was donated to the cause. The old appliances were dirty and ugly–probably wouldn’t work, either. We had to buy a fridge. Still some work to be done, but we’ll get to it later. We like the new place. It’s big and roomy, so it will be hard to fill. We just don’t have much furniture, but we have the necessities. I have a longer walk to class, (but not climbing stairs) and I enjoy teaching and being with the students as much as ever. I fill the pulpit at Benoni often, and feel they are a great group with much enthusiasm to encourage a speaker. Joey fitted right in with the youth group and has made friends. He especially likes his teacher on Wed. Nights, Ricci. Come to find out, this young man was named after Joey’s Uncle Ricky, our son, (with a different spelling). That’s what Wendy, his mother, told us. She and our Ricky were childhood friends. I have a photo of her with a party hat on at Ricky’s 1st birthday party. Nine days after our arrival in SA, we took Joey to our long-term dentist and friend, Dr. Groenewald, for a cleaning and check-up. He called me back after an initial examination and said, "There’s something here you’ve got to see." He pointed out a cyst in Joey’s mouth, one "almost the size of a golf ball" he said. He had made an x-ray, but said his machine wasn’t working right and the image was small. Dr. G. referred him to an Oral Surgeon, who confirmed the diagnosis, and made a larger x-ray on the 29th of March, even discovering additional cysts, . His opinion right away was, "you’ve got to get him to the States. This will require surgery and long-term treatment." After a few sleepless nights and much deliberation, that’s what we have done. Using our round-trip tickets and changing the return date from October 17th to April 17th, brought us home. We feel sure the Lord will work it all out somehow. Our hearts are sad that our grandson has to endure all these medical and dental procedures, but happy that it was found now, while he is young. The latest Biopsies and CT-scan results show there is no cancer (benign instead of cancerous) present right now, but we’re being told these ‘tumors,’ as some describe them, are aggressive and could reoccur with a different result. Your prayers are needed for us and especially for Joey. Of course, now, after the right treatment and surgery for Joey is settled, we will have to buy new tickets to return to South Africa. We couldn’t do this without your help. God bless all our friends who have been very supportive of us in this new phase of our lives. You are special. Your missionaries on the field, Jerry V. Hogg P.S. Please send all donations with checks made payable to: Sunset Church of Christ, SIBI Finance Office, 3723 34th Street, Lubbock, TX 79410, Attn: Africa Fund/J. Hogg.