Gary - i meant to also wish you a happy birthday but got carried away in the excitement about your testimony. but it also occurred to me - here in some countries of Asia it is a tradition for the one having the birthday to give gifts to their friends. That is exactly what happened here. YOU gave US all an incredible gift by putting yourself on the line.
We are often troubled, but not crushed;
sometimes in doubt, but never in despair;
there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend;
and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed.
- Paul, II Cor 4:8-9