WAFJ Tribute

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Prayer Alert

Please be in prayer for me this morning. I meet with my oncologist today to discuss the future of my chemo treatments. Nothing seems to be working, and maybe it's time to trust in God compeletely. This is a major decision and I need the wisdom of God. I'll send a report later today, or tomorrow morning. I love you!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

A Christian Heritage

One of the biggest blessings at our Thanksgiving family reunion last week was having three generations together for the first time in many years. The best part was celebrating our Christian heritage. All four generations in the Ostendorf clan are Christians, and active in serving the Lord in their churches. One of the highlights on Thanksgiving Day was going around the table and letting everyone give their testimony of thanks. It was a very emotional time as the younger generations paid tribute to the older generation, and giving strong testimony of their love for Christ. We ended the testimony time by gathering around me, and anointing me with oil for my healing. We also prayed for my dad who is having back surgery today.

Do you have a Chrisian Heritage? Praise the Lord. If not, you can begin a Christian heritage for your own little family that will pass down to the next generations. It can start with you!

Thanks for your prayers. I am struggling this week, and need God's touch for strength and health. Pray also for my dad today. I love you!

Monday, November 28, 2005

Mountain Solitude

One of the highlights of my trip this past week was a hike in the heavily wooded are surrounding our chalet. It had snowed just prior to our arrival and the trees were blanketed in white! Snow dampens sound and the only sound you hear is your own footsteps on the path. I took a walk early one morning to get alone with God. I found a fallen tree to sit on and sat in the peaceful solitude of silence in God's presence. I long for those moments when it is just me and my God. No distractions, no interruptions, just the silence of two friends sitting in the woods together! He was faithful to come and meet with me and we enjoyed wonderful fellowship. It was worth the trip!

Thanks for your prayers this weekend. I was very strong yesterday and God was present in our services. Have a good day. Pray for me as I pray for you. I love you!

Friday, November 25, 2005

Safely Home

Greetings everyone! I hope that you enjoyed a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving Day celebration with your families. We are safely back home after a three-day trip to Roan Mountain, TN. We had safe travel, and a wonderful time of family reunion and fellowship. 17 of us made the trip to a Christian retreat center in the East Tennessee mountains. It was very cold, and we even arrived to a few inches of fresh snowfall which made the area look like a winter wonderland. Each family had their own chalet complete with kitchens. On Thanksgiving Day we each cooked our dishes, then brought it all together for a feast held in the conference room. We had 8 adults and 9 children and it was a representation of 3 generations in the Ostendorf Family. If my daughters and granddaughters could have attended, we would have had 4 generations. The day was filled with great food, laughs & tears, as we shared our Thanksgiving Testimonies around the table. What a pricless memory.

Thanks for praying for me. I was fairly strong and had a great appetite. Have a great weekend. I'm praying for you as you pray for me! Enjoy a great Lord's Day! I love you!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving

I will be hitting the road EARLY this morning headed for Roan Mountain, Tennessee for a family reunion Thanksgiving gathering with my family at a Christian Retreat Center. I will not have internet access in the mountains, so this will be my last post until Saturday.

I wish your families a very Happy Thanksgiving! Make sure to include God in your celebrations, and give Him thanks for his bountiful blessings. Keep us in prayer for strength, health, and safe travel. I love you! Be Blessed!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Give Thanks for Today

As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday later this week, we should take a moment during our celebration to offer Thanks to God. Not only should we thank Him for His blessings in the past, but we should offer thanks for His blessings TODAY. He never leaves us nor forsakes us. He walks with us every step of every day. He is our constant companion, our Healer, Deliverer, Redeemer, Savior, and Strong Tower! Today brings another opportunity for God to do a miracle! Today gives us another chance to serve Him and to be a blessing to others. Today might be the day that God uses us to win someone to Christ! Today is a great day! We should offer Thanks!

Thanks for your prayers. I am having a good week, and I am looking forward to our trip to Tennessee tomorrow for a Thanksgiving Family Reunion. Keep me in prayer for strength & stamina, and for safe travel. I love you!

Monday, November 21, 2005

Give Thanks For the Past

As we approach our Thanksgiving Day celebrations, let's make sure we include a moment of spiritual reflection and thanksgiving to God. We could start by thanking Him for His many blessings in our past. Have you enjoyed a good year? Has God blessed your life? Then choose some particular blessing and offer thanks to Him. At the front of our past blessings stands our SALVATION! One day we were lost, hopeless, and helpless. Then Jesus came to us offering forgiveness, eternal life, and a brand new start. You should be thankful for your salvation and offer spoken thanks to God for his many blessings since you have been saved.

Thanks for your prayers on Sunday. I was able to preach two sermons and assist with a funeral and had fairly good strength. It was a special treat to have Dr. Nina Gunter and her family worship with us yesterday on one of her rare Sundays off. My strength is returning, so keep praying for a full recovery before I hit the road this week for a family reunion in Tennessee. I love you!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Channel 12 News Promo

This past week our local CBS Affiliate, WRDW Channel 12, filmed a feature about My Journey To A Miracle and the impact on our church and this website. The full story will air next Tuesday November 22nd at 6:00 & 11:00 p.m. My webmaster, Tasha, has placed a link to the advertising promo on the right side of the screen. Check it out. For those of you who don't live in our area, we will post the feature story on this site once it has aired.

I hope that you have a great weekend. Please continue to pray for my strength as I get ready for Sunday. I have our two morning services, and an afternoon funeral tomorrow. I will need added strength and stamina! Remember The Steelman Family in your prayers. I love you!

Friday, November 18, 2005

Prayer & God's Timing

Today's Scripture: "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up." (Luke 18:1) The Parable of the Persistent Widow teaches us to pray continually and never to quit petitioning God with our prayer requests. The issue is His timing. God has the perfect time to answer our prayers, and although He will wait to answer until exactly the right time, we should not grow weary of praying. God is hearing, and in His time, He will answer.

Consider this quote: "I do not believe there is such a thing in the history of God's eternal kingdom as a right prayer, offered in the right spirit, that remains forever unanswered." Theodore Cuyler

Are you growing weary of praying the same prayer each day. Don't despair, and don't give up. God is listening. He hears your prayers, and when His timing is perfect, He will answer according to His perfect will.

Thanks for not giving up on me! Keep praying for my healing. My strength is much better today, but not totally 100%, so pray for my strength and stamina. I prayed for each of you today! I love you!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Chosen By God

I read this verse in the Old Testament this morning: "I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children." (Genesis 18:19) Of course, this verse was talking about God's call on Abraham, and how he would have many descendents. God chooses people He can depend on! He chooses you, and he has chosen me. He has a purpose for every life! Finding and fulfilling that purpose is the goal of Christian living. God has chosen me to be a Husband, and a Father, and a Grandfather. I am to give direction to them. He called me as a Pastor. I am to give spiritual direction to my congregation. And remember, whatever God calls us to do, he equips us with the gifts, talents, and resources to accomplish it. God has never called anyone to be a failure. He wants you to prosper, right now, right where you are planted!

Thanks for your prayers yesterday. My treatment went well, and I am feeling a little stronger each day. Please continue to pray for my strength and healing. I love you!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Hope That Endures

I read this verse this morning in my devotions: "Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed" (Romans 4:18) Then I read this quote: "Remember, the very time for faith to work is when our sight begins to fail. And the greater the difficulties, the easier it is for faith to work, for as long as we can see certain natural solutions to our problems, we will not have faith." George Mueller

Abraham had a hope that endured when he couldnt see the miracle. No matter how bad his circustances, he still believed the promises of God. That is the kind of faith that I am seeking. My cancer is not being affected by chemotherapy, but I have HOPE that God is healing me anyway. That is His promise to me. I can't see it, but I believe it is happening!

Pray for me today as I have another treatment. God is helping. My strength is somewhat improved, but a long way from normal, so please continue praying for my strength as well as for my healing. I love you!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Mountaintop Fieldtrips With Jesus

I was reading today the story of when Jesus took Peter, James, & John to the Mount of Transfiguration. What a great time they enjoyed. What sights they saw! Jehovah God made an appearance, along with Moses and Elijah! They wanted to build a tabernacle and stay there! But Jesus reminded them of their work & ministry in the valley. The men were disappointed to leave the mountain, but the fieldtrip had been worth it!

Jesus wants to take us to the mountain on occasion. And don't think that you don't qualify. He takes normal people. Remember, He took big-mouth Peter, and the Sons of Thunder! To qualify we simply need to ask Him to take us along on a fieldtrip to someplace special. We will draw closer to Jesus, and get glimpses of heaven. We will return to the everyday life in the valley, but what great memories we will savor from our trip with the Savior!

Please pray for my strength today. Yesterday I crashed about 1:00 p.m. and had to come home. Please ask God to strengthen me and give me endurance for a full day. Thanks for praying. I couldn't make it without your prayers! I love you!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Encountering God on a Country Road

This verse came to life for me this weekend. “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5) I led 31 bikers from our church on an overnight trip to North Georgia on Friday. I thought I was strong enough to make the trip, but discovered otherwise. At one point we had gotten separated from several of our group due to a biker accident. One of our bikers misjudged a sharp curve and went off the road into a ditch. Fortunately, he suffered only bruised ribs and some scrapes. At the front of the pack, we were unaware of the accident and kept going which caused the separation. Thanks to cellphones we were able to give clear directions for them to re-join us. During the delay, I was crashing physically and it was suggested that Vicky and I take two other bikers and go on ahead of the group to the hotel so that I could rest and get off the road. Now for the adventure.

On a two-lane, backwoods country road we came upon a logging truck accident that blocked both lanes of traffic and left us sitting for a long time. I began to have a panic attack knowing that I was getting past the “point of no return” physically, and that we were stuck in the middle of nowhere. We couldn’t go forward, we couldn’t go backward, and nobody could help me. I laid down in the middle of that highway and asked the others to pray for me. I felt helpless & hopeless and was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to finish the trip. Suddenly, Christ appeared. He reminded me that I wasn’t alone. He assured me that HE would give me the needed strength to continue. Within 30 minutes the road was cleared and we were on our way! Then the Lord reminded me that our short delay earlier saved us from being at the wreck site where many of us could have been seriously injured from the fallen logs! Isn’t HE awesome?

After a good night’s rest, I decided not to continue my trip with the group and headed home the next morning with 4 other bikers. God delivered ALL of us safely home on Saturday. And I am richer in Christ because of our delays. Are you being delayed today? Don’t fight it. Embrace it! God is working for your good! I love you !

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Safely Home

Thanks for your prayers this weekend for my safety and strength as I led a group of 31 bikers from our church to the North Georgia mountains. The trip was filled with mishaps, and one accident. Fortunately the biker who went down was not seriously injured. The trip turned out to be more than I could endure, so I returned home this morning with 4 fellow bikers while the rest of the group continued the journey. I made it safely home and I am very grateful for God's provisions along my way. Have a great Lord's Day on Sunday. I love you!

Friday, November 11, 2005

Is Anything Too Hard For God?

My God is so kind and considerate. Following the disappointing scan results, look at this verse He gave me today: "Is anything too hard for the Lord?" (Genesis 18:14) Although medical chemotherapy is not curing me, God has reminded me that He is bigger and stronger than man's medicine. His promise is still on record. Cancer is not too hard for Him!! It's the same in your life. Don't give up hope just because the evidence is against you. Nothing is too hard for the Lord! Keep hoping and trusting in Him!

I ask for special prayer today. I am leading 30 church bikers on an overnight trip to The Dillard House in the North Georgia mountains this morning. We will travel until about 4:00 p.m. today, and should arrive back home tomorrow before 5:00 p.m. I am asking God for physical strength and stamina for this trip, as well as safety for all the bikers. I will not have my computer with me, so I will send an update about our trip sometime late Saturday night.

Have a great weekend. Thanks for praying. I love you!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Scan Results

Yesterday afternoon we met with my oncologist to discuss the most recent CAT Scan results. The results were disappointing. As you know, I have 8 tumors. The primary pancreas tumor was slightly enlarged. Six of my liver tumors were unchanged. The remaining liver tumor had grown about 40%. The doctor determined that my current treatment with Tarceva & Avastin was not working, and has decided to add a third drug called Gemzar. We will try this combination of drugs for a couple of months and do another scan. Gemzar was the initial drug that I took and makes me very fatigued and causes my blood cell counts to drop dangerously low. Be much in prayer for me as we approach cold & flu season that my weakened immune system will not be susceptible to infection.

Keep in mind, lest you tend to be discouraged at the news, that my doctors have told me from the beginning that my cancer cannot be cured by medicine. My only hope has been, is, and will continue to be a DIVINE HEALING from the Hands of The Great Physician. So have I lost my hope? NO WAY! I am walking on My Journey To A Miracle and believing that God will heal me no matter what the medical evidence suggests! He is my Strength, Strong Tower, Healer & Deliverer. Until HE says it is over, I am not giving up hope for a miraculous healing!

Pray for Vicky and Candi today. They are saddened, but also possess the same hope for a miracle! We are a tough bunch! God has seen us through too many storms to let us down now! I love you!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Prayer Alert

Please be praying for me this afternoon. I will meet with my oncologist to receive the results of my most recent CAT Scan. Based on the results, he will prescribe a new treatment regimen. Many decisions will need to be made today, and I need the leadership of the Holy Spirit!

Thanks to improved health, I was able to attend the SC District Advisory Board meeting last night in Columbia. My superintendent, and colleagues on the board welcomed me with big hugs and a special prayer for my healing. I had not been able to attend any meetings since last May, and it was a privilege to attend last night.

Have a good day. I will post the CAT Scan results later today, or tomorrow morning. Thanks for praying. I love you!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Peace in Times of Trial

I was reading in Acts this morning about Peter. He was in jail. Two verses stood out to me. "So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping!" (Acts 12:5-6)

That's a great example of peace in times of trial. Peter is in prison, on death row, and instead of being anxious, instead of being angry with God, he is sleeping! Only the peace that God gives can make that possible. How could Peter sleep in such a trying situation? He knew that the church was praying, and that God was ultimately in control of his life.

I was asked by a television reporter yesterday if I was mad at God because of my cancer. How can I be mad when I know that God has a perfect plan for my life, and I have the scripture promise that "all things work together for good" for God's people! The church is praying for me. YOU are praying for me! God has given me peace, and he has given me a Promise! I will not die from this illness! Therefore, I can "sleep" in the midst of this trial.

What are you facing today? Ask God for strength in your trial, then accept His peace in knowing that everything will work out according to His plan! I love you!

Monday, November 07, 2005

Amazing Prayer Power

The Bible is full of scripture concerning Prayer. One of my favorite is: "The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." It is amazing to watch God work in response to a "concert" of prayer. It gets His attention, and He responds with power. This past weekend I asked for you, my prayer partners, to bombard Heaven with prayer that I might be able to sleep. I received immediate results from God. On Saturday and Sunday night I had a very deep and peaceful sleep! After agonizing for days to the point of exhaustion, what made the radical difference? PRAYER! I recruited an army of prayer warriors to petition God on my behalf.

Are you facing a trial this week? Are you tired of fighting it alone? Are you tempted to give up? Instead of facing the battle alone, contact some Godly people at your church and ask them to be your prayer partner in this situation. You will be amazed at the power of prayer! God will hear and deliver you!

Thanks for standing with me in prayer. I enjoyed great health and strength on Sunday, and we had very anointed services. God was with us. Pray for me this afternoon as I am interviewed by local news, WRDW News Channel 12, about My Journey to a Miracle. Pray that God uses my testimony to reach hundreds for Christ in our area. I love you!

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Prayer Alert

Please pray for me tonight at bedtime. For the past several nights, I have been unable to fall asleep. I toss & turn for several hours before sleep comes. I have a big Sunday ahead of me tomorrow, and I need a very restful, and peaceful sleep tonight. Please ask God to help me! I love you!

Friday, November 04, 2005

The Power When God's People Pray

I was reading these words in Acts today: "Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him." (Acts 12:5) Peter was in a hopeless situation, sitting basically on Death Row. But God wasn't done with Peter. While Peter waited in prison, God's people were praying for his deliverance. The prayers worked, and Peter escaped his death sentence.

I am thankful to the army of prayer warriors who "earnestly pray to God" for my healing. My cancer is my prison, but with God's people praying, I expect to escape and experience full deliverance! I am doing well today. My scan went well, and without any complications. I will know the results on Wednesday.

How is your life today? Are you in a "prison"? Are you praying? Have you enlisted the prayers of others? "Prayer can make your time of affliction one of sweetness and strength. Prayer can place an angel by your side whose very touch could shatter a millstone into smaller grains of dust than the flour it grinds, and whose glance could destroy an entire army." (F.W. Farrar)

Thanks for your prayers. They are effective! I am praying for YOU today! Have a blessed weekend! I love you!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Prayer Alert

Good Morning. Please pray for me this morning as I have another CAT Scan to check the status of my tumors. The scan is at 8:45 a.m. I will not receive a report today, but will meet with my doctor next Wednesday to discuss the results, and our options for continued treatments. I am asking God for a miracle. Please join me!
I am also suffering some withdrawl symptoms from one of my prescribed pain meds. I think that the worst is over, but would appreciate your prayers for a symptom-free day & evening. I love you!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Running With Patience?

I was reading scripture this morning and came across this verse: "Let us run with patience" (Hebrews 12:1 KJV) The wording strikes me as contradictory at first glance. When I think of patience, I think of relaxing, being still, being quiet before the Lord. When I think of running, I think of the opposite of patience. How can we RUN with patience? Actually, the NIV has better phrasing when it says "Run with perseverance". We have a race to run. We have a purpose in life. We have a job to do, no matter what difficult circumstances befall us.

I am frequently asked by my website "partners" if I am still preaching. I am asked if I still keep office hours. The answer is YES! I have cancer, but I have not given up on the race! I come to the office each morning and work as long as God gives me strength. I preach 2 services each Sunday morning. Until my total & complete healing is revealed, I plan to RUN WITH PATIENCE/PERSEVERANCE the race before me, and to God be the Glory!! Are you facing difficult days? Don't curl up and give up living! Keep running the race! With Patience!

Please pray for me today. I have a chemo treatment this afternoon, then I have another cat scan tomorrow morning to check my progress. I love you !

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Betty's Beach House

We returned home safely from our beach vacation yesterday afternoon. It was one of the most relaxing and enjoyable vacations we have ever experienced, mostly due to the location. Folly Beach is just a few miles from Charleston and faces the ocean. It is a small community with a very slow pace. Most people traverse the island by golf cart! It’s a great respite from the hustle & bustle of other beach communities!

Thanks to my friend Betty for making this vacation possible. She owns a beautiful 4 bedroom/3 bathroom condo directly on the ocean. It is large and comfortable, and has a huge balcony with rocking chairs for enjoying the ocean views. We enjoyed watching the dolphin swim each day from our 4th Floor perch!

If you would be interested in renting Betty’s Beach House for vacation, feel free to contact her at bbeard@meybohm.com and be sure to tell her that Pastor Scott sent you!! Betty, thanks for making our vacation one of the best ever!

Thanks for your prayers. I have another cat scan this Thursday, so let’s bombard Heaven for a good result! I love you!