Archive for October, 2016

by Colin Dexter


by Colin Dexter


Best oncology visit so far!  (By Phil Clark) 

by Colin Dexter
Tuesday, October 18, 2016     As I an currently back on chemo, I get to see an oncologist every three weeks. recently I seem to get the Head oncologist each time, maybe because I am something of an enigma.

Yesterday was my three-weekly visit, and it was of particular interest as I recently had a CT scan. Sure enough, it was the Head Oncologist who summonsed us into his consulting room, with his usual serious face. “I have mixed news” he said, “the scan shows a build up of fluid around your kidneys, lungs and heart, so I was going to recommend that we stop chemotherapy, and insert an external drain.” (Meaning that due to risk of infection I would not be able to have any further chemo, so this would be bad news.)

His face clouded over as he continued, “However, your blood tests are completely contradictory. They show that your kidney function is better than it has been for months, your anaemia is much improved, and even your cancer markers are extremely positive. This is all very unexpected, and to be honest, doesn’t make any sense!”

He then proceeded to give me a physical examination, which confirmed that there is no fluid on my lungs. He concluded, “I propose that we continue with chemotherapy for now, as we really cannot explain what is happening with you.” Monika interjected “prayer,” “God,” “a miracle” a number of times, but he wasn’t having any of that!

So what do we make of the consultation? Well it was a good exercise in holding back laughter! But more seriously I came away with two contrasting thoughts. One is that my life is still very precarious, in that a kidney failure is still a distinct possibility – a case of ‘when’ not ‘if’ for the doctor; the pressure on my heart if fluid builds there is dangerous in the extreme; and fluid on the lungs isn’t a great option either!

Secondly, the contradictory tests merely exemplify the two worlds in which I have lived for the past few months. One, the medical world, is hope-less and utterly negative. The other is the world that God sees, and defines, and this is the world in which I have been living mostly. It is filled with hope, because God is in control ultimately. It is the world which has seen me visit Australia and Thailand and spend a month in Europe against medical advice. It sees me eating well, sustaining my weight, and with good energy levels. And at the end of this life, it will see me walk into eternity with my Lord and Saviour, Jesus.

by Colin Dexter


Blackwood Street Pastors

by Colin Dexter

Blackwood Street Pastors holding their 7th Anniversary Celebration service on Thursday 20th October at St Augustine’s Church Pontllanfraith – commencing at 7pm

by Colin Dexter

Understanding the current conflict in Syria
Glenwood Church,
Cardiff, CF23 6UW
Sat 22 Oct. 9:30am – 3:30pm

Hope for the Middle East

by Colin Dexter

Today Open Doors staff are in Parliament to launch the new report and campaign, Hope for the Middle East. Over 80 MPs have said they’ll be coming to hear first-hand accounts from the Middle East, in-depth research and calls to action. We’d love it if you would pray for this event, which starts at 14:30pm

AGM Street Pastors November 14th

by Colin Dexter
You are cordially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of Risca Street Pastors on Monday 14th November 2016 at Ty Isaf Baptist Church at 8.00 p.m.
May I ask you, too, to ensure your Church is aware of this event and anyone who wishes to, will be welcome to attend as well.

by Colin Dexter


by Colin Dexter