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‘God is working,’ says Bolivia mission family battling cancer


Jenny Reyes works hard to stay in shape. She even teaches “combat exercise” classes to young women as part of her mission work in Sucre, Bolivia.
Now Reyes, 28, faces physical and financial challenges as she fights Liposarcoma. Doctors in Bolivia found a malignant tumor in her left leg. She and her family — husband Erik and children Zion and Mia — traveled to Texas for surgery, radiation and therapy.
The surgeon and the anesthesiologist in Austin, Texas, provided their services for free, Erik Reyes said.
“I am amazed, just watching how God is working,” he said. “We decided to praise him for every moment that he is leading.”
Despite the savings, the family faces additional costs in the coming months.
“Jenny and Erik are up against a hurdle that will only be passable because of their faith they have in their God,” said Jenny Reyes’ father, Kent Marcum.
Marcum and his wife, Sharla, have served as missionaries in Ecuador since 1989. Kent Marcum directs the Quito School of Biblical Studies, an associate school of Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock, Texas.
Jenny Reyes studied in the Adventures in Missions program sponsored by Sunset. She served as a missions intern in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she met her future husband. The couple helped recruit a team from the Quito School of Biblical Studies to plant churches in Sucre, the constitutional capital of Bolivia.
CONTRIBUTIONS for the family’s medical bills may be sent to the Southgate Church of Christ, 528 Country Club Road, San Angelo, TX 76904. Make checks payable to the Southgate church. Please note “Jenny Reyes Medical Fund.”

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