Bob and Patty McGowen and their daughter Bethany have for many years dedicated their lives to the people of Uganda, teaching and training nationals and ministering to orphans. In 2016 they returned to the states to reevaluate their ministry and determine their direction in life. After completing an "internship" (training program) at Atlanta House of Prayer, they felt the Lord leading them to move to Atlanta, take on a half-time role helping to train and support other missionaries out in the field.
The income for this position comes directly from sponsors in the same way that other missionaries gather support. Bob began supplementing this income by working part-time as a butcher at a local grocery store. With their income in place, they bought a condominium in the Atlanta area just last month (July) and began to settle in and make plans for the future.
Beginning a few weeks ago, Bob began to feel under the weather and so checked in with his doctor to find out what was up. From that point, things moved very quickly and the McGowens learned that he had Stage III, T-cell lymphoma, a very aggressive form of cancer. Bob will be treated with two rounds of chemotherapy and [hopefully] a stem cell treatment.
He received his first all-day chemotherapy treatment on August 16th and five more (one every three weeks) will complete the first round. In addition to the chemo, he will get additional drug therapy on the two days following each day of chemo. He has been told that he will not be able to work for the foreseeable future.
At this point the medical costs are unknown. It looks hopeful that at least the first round of treatment will be covered by insurance, but of course the family's living expenses (mortgage, car payment, food, etc.) need to be covered for the foreseeable future.
This loving family, with precious servant hearts, needs our financial, emotional, and spiritual support as they walk through this difficult time. I hope you will consider generously supporting them during Bob's medical crisis, and keep them in your prayers, as we hope for his complete healing.