A few of us were privileged to hear Major Fred Rainer speak quietly and confidently in appreciation for all that has happened to him in recent months. He kindly agreed that his testimony could be shared more widely.

We listened quietly to an International Staff Songster recording of the Len Ballantine song: Let The Morning Bring 

 “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,

for I have put my trust in you.

Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life”

(Psalm 143 v 8)

A side-officer at the Training College once quoted: “One in the eye is better than two in the ear.”  Two scars on my left leg are a visual reminder of what might have been an amputation.

This makes me so thankful - to the many people who were praying for me and of how God has kindly answered those prayers.

I have no memory of being so ill for almost 10 weeks at St Thomas’ Hospital – that time is a blank from the end of December until March.  The consultants and staff looking after me at that time were exceptional.

The follow-up two weeks ago, at the Princess Royal University Hospital, seeing a new cardiologist, for the first time - a woman specialising in the treatment of heart valves, on looking at my heart scan, said: “They did a good job at St Thomas’. Your heart function has improved from 30%  to 49%  -  I am going to refer back to see if they will now do the procedure on your heart that they couldn’t do at that time.  Your good recovery may allow this.”

I am now encouraged by these reports and trust the improvement will continue.  I am encouraged by their affirmation. These people gave me worth and never made me feel, now that I’m nearly 88 yrs old, that life can’t still be good for me. They put a new spirit in me.

Although I still can’t do much, it’s good to be alive!

I have a good appetite – I enjoy my food!

I appreciate being able to read – thank you for what you send my way.

I couldn’t do without my lovely wife, the family and the extended corps family

I have my faith –

“Let each morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for to you I entrust my life”

Major Fred Rainer

July 2018