“I’m alive !!!” 12 August ’22

Dearest friend … 
“I’m alive !!!” … clip from The Incredibles movie:  
yesterday the 11th on this yet another “anniversary” date (like 23 May, when all this started).  “Pull-the-plug” (NOT) day, is our 2nd, equally important celebration of the extended life given me, Nora, and our family.  11 August, the night after she was told by the surgeon’s team, at 9 am the following morning, that one of the surgeons on the team had the confidence in God, me and them/us, to pull through this ordeal, and live on into life … and NOT pull-the-plug.  Nora had, the night before prepared our children to say their “goodbyes” to Dad that day when she received the call. 

We’re all still processing these 14 months.  Counseling and input for Nora and me, professionally and with friends and family have been essential.  I’ve had a good month, I feel like I’m in the 70-80% range, and start physical therapy in ten days. 
And so we celebrate with you in this incredible milestone given me and us, life, bestowing blessings upon blessings!    Truly, I have crossed over from death to life!
Yesterday, Nora passed her Praxis Math exam!  We are so excited for her, as is she.  And hopes to become a regularly employed teacher, as soon as January.  Yippie !!!

On the 9th, Tuesday, Eliana got home from serving with YoungLife for over 5 weeks in the desert of Oregon.  They were severely short-staffed, yet she had a great adventure and experience.  She afterward went to Washington to see her friend, Stacy. 

Conference plans in Iraq/Kurdistan and Lebanon, in August and September, as well as a side trip into Jordan, are going well.  The USA team is prepared to be there, and the two trainers are excited to use their skills.  For me … well hopefully, one day soon. 

Armenia gears up for its newest project, and I’ve been very active in making that happen.  Times with Tamara and her husband Sam, via ZOOM, have been great.  I’d love to be there this year, though health-wise it’s looking more like late Winter or early Spring ’23. 

Serbia is doing extremely well, and we are so encouraged at how TCD is moving forward there.
Even in the journey of restoration of my health, we are allowed so many blessings to move forward, and our involvement in that.  We are so grateful to have you in our lives and on this path with us!   
Much love … 

If your heart so moves, we would love you to join us in these movements ahead.
Thank you !!!
Global Hope Network International
934 N. Magnolia Ave.   Suite # 310
Orlando,   FL   32803-3840

Bryan’s off on venture again today!

Bryan’s off on venture again today! He’s set to leave from California and across America, hopefully to Maine, in two weeks … “on $10”, on his YouTube trek plan. This time it’s solo, so no backup and no crew … so if you’re a parent-sympathizer, pray! 🙂 He’s got the internal moxy … so let’s support him. He’s also using this trek to raise funds for https://www.feedingamerica.org/
Not sure yet when his GPS will kick in, but if you’d like to track him, I can let you know.

May ’22 Update …

Dear Friend … 
Three hours of good solid work per day is what I’m now up to.  We are grateful for continued restoration, and a gentle expectancy leads us to believe I can up those hours in the next months.  I’m actually feeling some “normalcy” creeping ever so slowly back into life!  🙂 Friday, I’ll see the cardiologist, and oncologist, and have extensive bloodwork done, giving us some direction on the next out-patient stint surgery scheduling. 
With more connectedness via ZOOM and other media venues, I’m seeing better just how well other staff are experiencing and moving healthy progress in almost all the villages and refugee areas we work in.  Jealous I cannot be there myself, as we serve leadership conferences in August.  They are requesting provisions for 120 to attend in Iraq/Kurdistan and 60 in Lebanon.  It will be a great time of refreshing, teaching, and relating in these extremely needy countries.  3-day GILPP, Geneva Institute of Leadership and Public Policy, which GHNI sponsors annually, was a great experience in May.  

Nora and Eliana had a great time visiting Jonathan and Emily in May, and gardening continues, with its typical Colorado weather struggles (snow in May!).  
Nora has an update(yesterday) on CaringBridge, if you like. 
CaringBridge updates at, CLICK below:
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We are so grateful to have you in our lives and on this journey with us!   

Much love … and have a great 4th Of July Day ! 


Global Hope Network International
934 N. Magnolia Ave.   Suite # 310
Orlando,   FL   32803-3840

The Geneva Institute for Leadership and Public Policy (GILPP) was established by GHNI to help governmental leaders transform their nations toward freedom and sustainability. The vision for GILPP is to promote public policy created by enlightened and compassionate public leadership, bridging the gap between governments and those living in poverty.  Help and Hope for the Hidden and Hurting
Help and Hope
for the
Hidden and Hurting
GHNI Assistant Regional Field Leader inC./S. Asia & C. Europe

I work to:
– be in & assess villages 
– develop people & resources
– teach & further TCD 
– train leadership 
Transformational Community Development Bringing sustainability in:
– Water
– Food
– Health-Wellness
– Education
– Financial Capacity

Emig Family
Dan & Nora

1-Year Anniversary?! Can It Be?! Brokenness! 23 May ’22 Emigs

 What do we call this day (and tomorrow)?!  “Anniversary” admittedly sounds kinda strange.  Celebration … well yes, and …?!  And what do we call all the other miracle days spread through these past 365 days?  

It’s been one year, today … one year today, that the excruciating pain hit my chest and back. Tomorrow will be the one-year mark of that first of several surgeries to save my earthly life.  It’s so hard to wrap all the thoughts and emotions around it; so beyond words. 

Last week, in my self-centered whining to Dr. Rudersdorf, my primary(multiple times) surgeon in all this; I was complaining this most recent recovery was taking way too long.  His response: “Dan, considering you were supposed to have died ten times in the past year, I think your recovery is doing great!  Your most recent CTscan and bloodwork look awesome, and you are indeed gaining strength.  I’ll bet you a $-dollar, that in X-number of days, you’ll be walking three miles.”  Thanks, I needed that!  

To be honest, I am enjoying(a strange word) some parts of this “unwary” journey.  Several dear relationships have said things to the effect; “I know there’s even greater things for you to accomplish ahead.”  I love the encouragement.  Yet, to go even a step deeper in honesty, this journey has not at all raised my expectancy for “greater things“.  If anything, it has raised my expectancy of:  
–   deeper intimacy with those closest to me
–   deeper repentance of then-unknown self-motives 
–   better seeing and hearing into a future
–   healthier relationships of love 
–   better accepting brokenness as my new-norm 

Truth is, I’m a broken man.  Some of you can relate.  It’s actually quite a beautiful thing.  Some of you can see and resonate with such beauty(brokenness).  

A men’s group I’ve been involved with the past few years, sometimes says:  “Never trust an unbroken man.”  And so if there is yet to be “greater things” ahead, my prayer, trust, and gratefulness are that it will be in brokenness; and that I may live the rest of whatever days I have, in gifts of weaknesses, broken-nesses.  

We are so grateful for you, as you continue to walk with us in all these areas of life in our mutual brokenness!  

Thanks for your time and care in reading this update.  We love you.  

Nora and I are so grateful to have you in our lives and on this journey with us!   

Much love …