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Joe Wengerd

Carol Cable's Granddaughter

Wilson Family

McNair Family

Tuck Family

Ron Froedge

Caliah Fields

George Evans

Shirley Topovski

Marc Buchholz

Leon Sexton

Janice Timmons

Joyce Upchurch

Renee Williams

Bryant Ellis

Chelsey Bredenberg

Harold Van Brunt

Steve Kovatch

Sam Dungan

Christine Featherston

Rice Family

Diane Shamblin

Bonnie Dorita

David Hershberger

Hood Family

Fair Family

Harry English

Marcia Wehman

George Rusnak

Sprinkle Family

Clayton Burrow

Levitt Family

Bill Mullen

Geiser Family

Perry Harold

Eloise Shields

Lucy Catrone

Val Maurer

Barbara Hyatt

Ruth McFarland

Mike Arritt

Cafourek Family

Nadine Knowlton

Ed Martel

Ryan Powell

Teresa Gueller

Gene Maxwell

Dale Harman

Sloat Family

Mary Lawson

Margie Carothers

Shirley Showers

Sandra Dreaden

Max Jordan

Joe Gabriel

Gredel Plagenza

Marty Miller

Nancy Elliott

Michael Bettes

Scott Whitaker

Bill Walker

Garrett Roberts

Connie Tuck

Kim Shey

Eleanor Ashurst

Crystal Altom

Bowman Family

Harold Rhodes

Mike Waddle

William Lemmon

Gertrude Himes

Walls Family

Sickles Family

Steve Featherston

Lori Mullen


Joe Wengerd

December 14, 2017

Joe and Katie Wengerd want to pass along their thanks for your prayers regarding Joe’s hernia surgery today. All is progressing well and Joe is at home resting and recuperating.

"Just wanted to let you know that we got back home shortly after noon. Thanks be to God that everything went well. The walking/recovery is in motion. Thank you so much for your prayers and support!"

Love,

Joe and Katie Wengerd


Carol Cable's Granddaughter

December 10, 2017

I am asking for prayers for my 11-year old granddaughter, Gracie, who had a heart transplant 5 years ago. She is going through very serious emotional and mental issues.

Thank you all,

Carol Cable


Wilson Family

December 10, 2017

This past week, Larry Wilson died peacefully. He and Rita had been married for 45 years. Please keep her and daughter, Angie, in your prayers.


McNair Family

December 8, 2017

Burk McNair, a friend of many and longtime minister and pioneer of the early days of the Church of God, died on December 5th. After coming to Colorado a few months ago, Burk was cared for at the home of his daughter, Susie Weaver, of Roxborough, interspersed with a stay in the hospital and over a week in a rehabilitation facility. Burk was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Sue, in February 2017.

Memorial services for Burk McNair will be held this coming Sunday, December 10th, at:

Porter Loring North Chapel
2102 North Loop 1604
San Antonio, TX 78232

Phone: 210-495-8221

Address for Cards:

McNair Family
7468 Elk Trail PL
Littleton, CO 80125


Tuck Family

December 8, 2017

Connie Tuck's sister died Tuesday night. She lived in St. Louis. The funeral is next Thursday in St. Louis. Please pray for Connie and the family.

Reggie Tuck

Cards may be sent to:

Connie Tuck
5176 Eastover Road
Lyndhurst, OH 44124


Ron Froedge

December 5, 2017

Ron Froedge, age 63, suffered a stroke Monday morning. He is currently paralyzed on the left side, has limited communication, cannot eat solid food and there is still the concern of another clot breaking off from the main carotid artery. The family is requesting prayers for a full recovery and that no more strokes will occur (as this is a risk).

Address for Cards:

Ron Froedge
404 Birdie Circle
Carl Junction, MO 64834


Caliah Fields

December 5, 2017

Stephen and Michelle Fields are requesting your prayers on behalf of their new baby daughter, Caliah, who was born at the end of October.

First, a little background for those who do not know the Fields. Stephen is 38 years old. He and his family have been part of the Church of God for over 50 years. Stephen and Michelle have another daughter, Penny.

As you may know, many different blood tests and evaluations are done at the birth of a child. Unfortunately, Stephen and Michelle were informed, yesterday, that tests have shown that Caliah has Adrenoleukodystrophy. This disease results in fatty acid buildup and affects the proper functioning of enzymes. This condition can lead to a variety of developmental problems.

Please add your prayers to those the of the Fields family and beseech God for His strengthening of Stephen and Michelle and His healing of Caliah.

Thank You


George Evans

December 1, 2017

George Evans, father of David Evans, was hospitalized yesterday because of great discomfort and what appeared to be an intestinal blockage. After further testing, it was determined that Mr. Evans has a twisted intestine. Given Mr. Evans’ age and health, they are quite concerned. The doctors are hoping that a decompression procedure (under sedation) can help the intestine to realign. However, if that does not work, surgery is the only option, which at his age and health, is very risky. Your prayers are requested for George Evans requesting God’s divine intervention, giving him relief from this serious condition.

 

Update December 6: George underwent the intestinal decompression procedure, and initially, his intestine was untwisted. However, after about 18 hours, it was discovered that the intestine had not stayed in place, and is lax. Surgery is not an option at his age (85) and with his current health. Mr. Evans returned home on Sunday, and is under hospice care. Because of his age and overall condition, he is not completely aware of his circumstances.

His wife, Betty, who is 90 years old, has also been declining in health little-by-little, mostly due to kidney ailments that increased over the past few months. She is also under hospice care. They both are being assisted by caregivers 24/7, as well as by their son, David and his sister, who lives nearby.

Overall, their spirits have been positive, taking all into consideration, and they are prayerfully taking things one step at a time. Your continued prayers for them, and the whole family, are greatly appreciated.

Address for Cards:

George and Betty Evans
908 Pin Oak Lane
Allen, TX 75002


Shirley Topovski

November 29, 2017

We’d like to request your prayers for Shirley Topovski. She went into the hospital on Thanksgiving Day with severe abdominal pain and has remained there in Wooster Community Hospital. It appears that the pain is being caused by a hernia that is pinching off her colostomy. The local doctor feels that surgery to repair this condition would be more than he is comfortable performing. So, she is currently resting and awaiting transfer to University Hospital in Cleveland, where it is assumed that rather extensive surgery may be necessary to repair the hernia and whatever else may be needed. Please pray for Shirley’s strength and healing.


Marc Buchholz

November 18, 2017

From Marc Buchholz: I am writing this prayer request to ask all of you for your prayers regarding me being admitted to the hospital for a urinary tract infection, and some ongoing stomach issues. I also found out the IV in my leg has yeast as well. This is not good because it turns into a blood infection when it is in the IV in my leg. I would appreciate everyone’s prayers regarding this hospitalization, and God’s Will on this situation. I will update everyone once I know more. Thanks so much in advance for your prayers.

 

Update December 10: Marc is still in the hospital in NY dealing with the UTI and ongoing stomach issues. He had progressed and hoped to go home early this past week, but came down with a fever which meant remaining in the hospital for more days. Please keep him in your prayers.


Leon Sexton

November 18, 2017

Leon Sexton (brother of Anita Showers), unfortunately, has had another stroke and is in serious condition at the moment. Gloria, his wife, also needs prayers. This is very hard on her. Anita requests that you may feel free to forward this request to other brethren you correspond with.

 

Update December 10: Gloria reports some progress. He is able to swallow again and is walking with a walker during therapy. Your continued prayers are appreciated.


Janice Timmons

November 14, 2017

Your prayers are requested for Mrs. Janice Timmons, a shut-in member in Chillicothe. She recently fell and injured her knee, and is suffering with a lot of pain as result. Her hands have also started shaking, which is causing her concern. She is asking for prayers from the brethren to beseech God on her behalf.


Joyce Upchurch

November 10, 2017

Mrs. Joyce Upchurch has asked for your prayers on her behalf. This past Wednesday, she had a defibrillator installed to help regulate her heart function. At this time, she is experiencing great pain. Please ask God's mercy regarding the pain and that she might have a full and speedy recovery.

Thank You


Renee Williams

November 10, 2017

Good afternoon Brethren,

I had the chance, this morning, to join a meeting with the medical staff caring for Renee Williams (at the hospital). Ray was there, of course, as well as her nurse, physical therapist, nutritionist and social worker.

Renee is continuing to get better, and her pain levels are manageable. But this will be a "long haul" to completely clear up the infection in her right foot. She may need to be on antibiotics for some weeks yet. Of course, this is difficult news for someone used to being active as she is. Once the need for daily doctor visits diminishes (to "less than every day"), she can move to a dedicated nursing center for continued therapy and rehab. She is able to sit up, and do some exercises for keeping her upper body toned, and can put weight on her left foot (not yet on the infected foot, naturally).

She and Ray both thank you all for your continued prayers, care and concern. Keep them up, by all means!

With appreciation,

Doug Johnson

 

Update November 22: Renee has been in the hospital for over two weeks, battling the very serious infection in her foot, with two surgeries required so far. The situation is complicated by her diabetic condition. Following the second surgery, November 20th (a skin graft to close the wound), her doctors are pleased that there appears to be no further infection, but the minimal circulation levels in her foot give them concern.

In addition, Renee learned, just days before being admitted to the hospital, that she also is dealing with breast cancer. They would very much appreciate the prayers of their Church family, and thank you all in advance.

Address for Cards:

Renee Williams
20765 Quarry Rd.
Wellington, OH 44090

 

Update November 23: We need to ask your prayers for another specific issue regarding Renee's health.

Renee had a procedure late yesterday, which was to ensure a better blood flow level to help the healing in her foot. Her doctors believe the surgery was successful (a balloon-type procedure) and she is to be transferred later today from the surgical facilities in Lorain back to the Specialty Hospital where she was, for further recuperation.

Thank you all for your prayers, love and concern!


Bryant Ellis

November 10, 2017

Prayers are requested for Bryant Ellis. Bryant was hospitalized, Tuesday evening, with what was later determined to be a heart attack. He also has fluid on his lungs and is on a respirator. It is possible he could be taken off the respirator as early as this weekend. After he is more alert, further tests will be administered to determine to what degree his heart has been damaged. His wife, Karline, and family would appreciate your prayers for God’s intervention for Bryant’s complete recovery.

Address for Cards:

Bryant Ellis
1441 W. Lagoon Ave.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542-6125


Chelsey Bredenberg

November 9, 2017

We received the following update this afternoon from Mrs. Altom (Chelsey Bredenberg's mother):

"Chelsey is at the doctors. They are sending her to emergency in San Francisco for emergency admission. Her lung function is down to 20%. Her heart rate is very high, due to the stress this is putting on her body and oxygen levels are extremely low. Please let the brethren know."

Please continue to seek God's mercy and healing for Chelsey (and her sister Crystal). Remember, as we are told in I Corinthians 12, if one member suffers all suffer together. Let each of us pray as we would if we were kneeling at the bedside of our own sick child.

 

Update November 10: Chelsey has pneumonia in both lungs. It's so bad that the pneumonia is even in the tissue surrounding the lungs. They are giving her an echocardiogram because of the stress on her heart.

Remember, God's mercy never fails and the effective (earnest, heartfelt) fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. The thoughtful prayers of humble people come before God as a sweet incense. Psalms 141:2.

 

Update November 15: Chelsey's strength has improved over the past few days. She and Derek thank everyone for their prayers and concern, it means so much to them.

Please know that Chelsey is in need of our intense prayers. We are thankful to God for the fact her energy levels and breathing have shown some improvement, but she is still very ill. Pray often for her and please pray with fervency! Our supplications mean so much, and God is loving and responsive, especially when we pray with all of our heart for someone we love!

Luke chapter 18 gives us the Parable of the Determined widow...the direction Christ gives us is that we should pray, and then pray again, and pray even more! We strongly encourage all of us to pray for Chelsey, again and again. Thank you for your fasting!


Harold Van Brunt

November 7, 2017

Harold is 75 years old and is suffering from a continual high temperature due to his health condition (Harold suffers from Leukemia). Please pray for Harold and Helen during this time of stress and ill health.


Steve Kovatch

November 5, 2017

Cara, Caity and I would like to request prayers for our dad, Steve Kovatch. He has been having pain in his esophagus and stomach for the past few months. After having an upper scope this past week, it was found that he has cancer. A biopsy was taken, however, we will not know the results until later this week as to what specific type of cancer he has, the prognosis, treatment options, etc.

We ask for prayers that God will heal him and comfort him, and that the doctors are able to give him the most effective care available.

Thank you,

Carly Kovatch

 

Update November 10: I wanted to give you a brief update on my dad. I was able to go with him, yesterday, to his initial oncology appointment at Western Reserve Hospital. The doctor we saw, yesterday, confirmed esophageal cancer. He has a malignant tumor at the bottom of his esophagus where it meets the stomach. At this point, that is all that we know. We have requested a referral to the Cleveland Clinic. We are waiting to hear from them with the next appointment date and time, which we should hopefully know by early next week. From there, he will be ordered a PET scan to see if the cancer has spread anywhere else in his body, as well as an endoscopic ultra sound to determine the stage and size of the tumor in the esophagus. Once this information is determined, treatment can be decided upon and begin. For now, unfortunately, we are at a stand still.

My dad is not in much pain now, however, he has a difficult time when he eats as food passes by the tumor. He is also having a difficult time sleeping due to the stress of the diagnosis and the uncertainly of what is to come. We would like to ask for continued prayers for his healing, comfort, peace and that he is able to be seen and begin the appropriate treatment as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Carly

 

Update November 30: Cara, Caity and I would like to ask for continued prayers for our dad. Over the past few days, he has had PET and CAT scans, lab work and an endoscopic ultrasound. We have met with an oncologist who specializes in cancers of the esophagus and the stomach, a gastroenterologist and a thoracic surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic.

The results of the testing show that he has stage 3, possibly stage 4 esophageal cancer. He has a three-inch tumor that has grown into all of the layers of his stomach and has spread into the lymph nodes surrounding the area. Additionally, the PET scan is showing that it has spread to another lymph node deep inside of his body, disconnected to the others, near the renal vein and main artery near his kidneys. A biopsy is too dangerous for this one. Given that he hasn't had many symptoms, this was all much worse than what we were expecting. The oncologist said that this kind of cancer doesn't have many warning signs until it has progressed pretty aggressively.

The team of doctors is meeting to decide on a recommended plan for treatment. The surgery that would be required to remove the tumor would be incredibly extensive, removing the entire esophagus and about a third of the stomach, with at least a 2 month recovery period. As the oncologist and surgeon have explained, surgery is typically done in an attempt to remove and cure the cancer, so it is not likely that this will be the course of action since the one lymph node cannot be removed, thus cancer would still be present in his body. We are expecting him to begin intensive radiation and chemotherapy within the next 2 weeks as early as next week.

Thank you for your continued prayers and concern for our dad. He is holding up pretty well at this point given the shock of the severity of his cancer. We are hopeful that our dad is able to remain in as little pain and discomfort as possible as he moves into treatment.

Thank you,

Carly Kovatch


Sam Dungan

November 2, 2017

Sam Dungan is requesting prayers. He has been diagnosed with Central Serous Retinopathy (fluid on the retina). He went blind in the left eye within a week. The doctor would like to do a laser procedure if he doesn’t show improvement within a few weeks. He would love to regain full eyesight without any further problems. Please pray for God’s guidance and ultimate healing.

Address for Cards:

Sam Dungan
93 Low Road
Grove Hill, AL 36451


Christine Featherston

October 31, 2017

On Monday, I went to the spinal specialist. He said I am a mystery to him, but I know I’m not to all of you. He is very concerned with my lower back and what the MRI showed. He said he does not understand “how you get out of bed every morning”. I know how, God allows it. My neck was okay, but the MRI did not vary off enough to get the shoulders and that’s what is really causing me much pain right now. I’m not sleeping at night, I hurt constantly and of course it has now interfered with daily living. Getting cloths on and off, brushing my hair and anything over my head is just NOT do-able. Because this doctor can only deal with my spine, he has ordered MRIs done on both shoulders and will be sending me over to a doctor who deals with shoulders.

He warned me not to put off dealing with my back because this is “very serious”. He did ask me though, if I had to choose one thing to deal with, what would it be and I said “my shoulders”. He just shook his head and said okay. I understand that my back is bad and he warned me that, if I should start losing feeling and become unstable, I need to get back there stat….but truly God is keeping me on my feet. I continue to pray for healing of all these areas but am trusting Him. Please pray that I can start getting some sleep as well. Thank you all so very much.

Thanks,

Christine Featherston

 

Update November 17: I must ask for prayers for Christine once again. She has found out that she has a torn rotator cuff in at least one shoulder. Also, her spinal doctor told her, that if she started having numbness anywhere below her waist, to get into the ER right away. They will then transport her to Cleveland Clinic for emergency surgery, so she won't end up in a wheel chair. This morning, she woke up with numbness and severe pain below her waist. She is waiting to hear back from the doctors to see if she should go in. She, of course, does not want surgery and especially while her rotator cuff is causing her such pain. If she has back surgery, she would be forced to lay on her shoulders, which would be unbearable, so it's a very bad situation. If we could ask our brethren, to pray to our Father, to once again intervene and have mercy on her in this ongoing situation, we would very much appreciate it. We are praying we might even be able to attend services if she can get some relief.

Thanks,

Steve Featherston

 

Update November 20: I just wanted to give you an update. I am at a local ER waiting for an ambulance to take me to Cleveland. I don't know when surgery will be till after I get up there and talk to the doctor. Sure do appreciate prayer that all goes well.

Christine Featherston

 

Update November 24: It’s been a crazy few days here, but they have Christine’s pain under control for the most part. Though, the good news of the second MRI showed that her spinal cord was not being compressed, it was too close to send her home, so she will stay in the hospital till her surgery on Tuesday. This will be part one of a two part surgery. On Friday, the second will take place.

Steve Featherston

 

Update November 27: My surgery is at 1:45 tomorrow and is part one. I don't know what time on Friday for part two. The surgeon gave me a couple of things that could go wrong and when he was finished, I told him I had prayed for the surgery and for his hands so we are good to go. I am not sure what he was thinking about that. It is all in God's hands.

Christine Featherston

 

Update November 28: Christine finally got out of her first surgery after 6 and 1/2 hours and I am told that all went well. She is, of course, sleeping right now and under heavy sedation. After I speak with her tomorrow, I can let you know more, but I do know her second surgery is still on for Friday, so continued prayers are definitely appreciated for her and for me as we weather this trial. God has been so awesome and giving us that piece that goes beyond our understanding. I'll keep you posted. Thanks again.

Steve Featherston

 

Update November 29: The nurses are surprised at how well she is able to get around, considering. However, she has numbness in her toes she did not have before. We think it is due to swelling around the nerves and the fact that only half of the surgery is finished. She will be having the next surgery Tuesday and not Friday. There was some scheduling confusion and both procedures together take about 14 hours and they could not get the additional surgery room time at University Hospital until Tuesday. She is not out of the woods by any means, but we know that God does and has heard all of our prayers. Please thank all of the brethren for their prayers and cards and phone calls. She is up for visits if anyone would like to call or visit. She is in room 6081 on the 6th floor at Lerner Tower. Her direct line is 1-216-844-9681. We both look forward to being reunited with all the brethren soon.

Steve Featherston

 

Update November 30: I need a prayer request immediately please! I have a pain running down my back into my legs. It feels like a bad muscle spasm. I need prayers for it to be taken away, right away, please! The doctors are coming in.

Christine Featherston

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They are taking Christine to an MRI to see if something moved while she is waiting for the second half of the surgery. It would be a blessing if the surgery room was made available for her to get the second surgery before Tuesday.

Steve Featherston

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She was in so much pain they could not do the MRI. They are regrouping to see how to get the MRI pics they need. God knows and is guiding all of this, but how He does it remains to be seen. I know our prayers affect how He answers in so many ways.

Steve Featherston

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They found that the metal mesh shifted and they will have to go in tomorrow and do the second part of the surgery. That is what we wanted originally, but not with the horrible pain. God knows what needs done and how to get it done. Thank you all for your prayers. I don't know the time for surgery tomorrow, but I am praying for the person that is going to have to be bumped to another day because of this. Will update as I know.

Steve Featherston

 

Update December 1: Christine went into surgery at 9am and was back in her room at 3pm. I spoke to the surgeon and he said all went well and there was no damage from the movement the evening before. She is in a lot of pain, but that is to be expected. Please thank everyone for their prayers, as she has at least 3 months of total bed and chair rest in which she cannot do any bending or picking anything up. We would ask continued prayers that there will be no accidental movement of any kind that might cause a further delay of her recovery. Please also pray that our Father will speed her healing so she will be able to resume normal activities as soon as possible and that the tear in her rotator cuff in her shoulder will heal during this time as well, it is giving her even more pain from the positions she has to lay in after this surgery.

Thanks again to all of our beloved brethren for their calls, cards and support as they are very encouraging and mean so much. We pray for all and them, for the time each of them take to add us in their prayers! She is up to visits if anyone wants to. She is in the same room as before.

Thank you,

Steve Featherston

 

Update December 2: Last night was an extraordinarily bad night. Not so much the back surgery itself, but they blew out my veins put medicine into my tissue. Both hands are messed up this morning. The blood drain tube was broken. There was blood everywhere, so I could really use some prayers to cheer me up and get past this thank you.

Christine Featherston

 

Update December 4: So, giving you a little bit of an update, straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. The doctor set up an emergency surgery again for tomorrow morning. He is thinking that the cage they were using and installed in the first surgery must have moved, even though it looked in place during surgery number two. It doesn't take much for it to become ensnared with those billions of nerve cell endings we all have. When he went in to look at things during that surgery, he felt it looked so good, that he just went on to continue with the last part of this plan and things got closed up.

But, I now have no feeling in my left leg from the buttocks down to toes. I can get up and do what they ask of me until that pain takes over and then I'm done. Now, even lying in bed is painful, so I'm out of places of safety. so to speak. For the next surgery in the morning, he will go in and remove that cage. He said doing things this other way will not hurt. It will not be as strong, but it will heal more quickly. Please ask God to let the doctor see clearly and we can start moving forward and get me home. I give God glory as I can see so much that could have happened and didn't. I just don't have the time or strength to give the data. Keep Steve in your prayers, as I know he is hurting and we are over an hour apart. So, while he wants to be here more, he just can't do it all. I'm thankful that my one of my daughters lives out here and was able to come and sit with me for a while when I was so scared and in so much pain. I'm thankful for our daughter helping Steve out with things around the house too...we are blessed. So, don't think just because we are needing prayers again, for yet another surgery, things are crazy...they can only get as crazy as we allow, because we clearly see God working in positive ways too.

Christine Featherston

 

Update December 5: I am out of surgery. Not sure how things are until we give it some time and I'm able to get up and walk. Having a little trouble getting my blood pressure to stay up though. It plummeted after I took a bunch of meds, so I need prayer to get me up and out and going quickly.

Christine Featherston

 

Update December 10: Christine came home today. It was definitely a miracle from God. The doctors were just stunned when she woke up. In fact some of them made a special trip up just to see for themselves. To our brothers and sisters, our sincere thanks for all of your prayers. Our Mighty God and healer has heard and delivered, and we are so thankful for that! We have a long road ahead of us, but at least she is at home and doing well at this point. Thanks again and hope to see everyone soon.

Steve Featherston

 

Update December 13: Christine is at the ER. Her heart rate is 170 and she has severe abdominal pain and her left leg is very swollen. Prayers are appreciated for relief from the ongoing complications.

Steve Featherston

 

Update December 14: Christine's heart rate is under control as of 4am this morning. They have not found the cause yet and are going to keep her in the hospital, as they are continuing to run tests. Her infection is under control. Continued Prayers are very much appreciated.

Steve Featherston


Rice Family

October 31, 2017

Gayle is back in Mt. Carmel, East, in MICU with some pneumonia and blood infection. She seems to be responding well to antibiotics. All prayers are welcomed for a good outcome. Thank you.

Your prayers for Mrs. Rice are appreciated!

 

Update November 8: Your continued prayers are requested for Gayle. She has been in the hospital for over a week, due to a severe respiratory condition. Today, the family made the decision to remove her from the machine that has kept her breathing, and the doctor does not expect her to live much longer thereafter. Your prayers for God’s will to be done for Mrs. Rice, and to be with Mr. Rice and their family during this very difficult time would be greatly appreciated.

 

Update November 10: Gayle has died. Details below. Thank you for your prayers for Mr. Rice and his family.

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Family will receive friends 4 – 6 p.m. Sunday, at Cotner Funeral Home where her funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Burial following at Glen Rest Memorial Estate. Messages may be sent to Gayle’s family by visiting Cotner Funeral Home.

Cotner Funeral Home
7369 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068

Phone: 614-866-6318

Address for Cards:

John Rice
121 Hill Road N.
Pickerington, OH 43147


Diane Shamblin

October 29, 2017

Diane Shamblin was just diagnosed with breast cancer. She requests your prayers for God’s intervention and healing.


Bonnie Dorita

October 29, 2017

Bonnie Dorita is homebound due to a chronic health condition. Bonnie would appreciate your prayers for healing and strength.

 

Update November 28: Bonnie is now in hospice care for her chronic COPD condition, but at last report this week, was feeling somewhat better.


David Hershberger

October 29, 2017

David Hershberger has been experiencing severe sciatica related back pain.

 

Update November 11: The MRI this week, indicated a disc that is pressing on the sciatic nerve. The next step is consultation about possible therapy before surgery.

 

Update November 18: David reports that his physician plans an out-patient back surgery on the 28th. Here is his report: “It is evident to me that God is most certainly involved in this trial, providing guidance and comforting answered prayer. The type of surgery is a micro discectomy and is a routine, outpatient procedure to which I am considered an ideal candidate due to my (good) physical condition. The surgeon noted that there were no other issues identified by the MRI, and that I suffer from a “young man’s injury", more common to 25 year-olds than 50 year-olds. The surgery will provide immediate relief from debilitating leg pain, though I’ll experience back pain for a couple of days afterward. I want to thank everyone for their continued prayers and I look forward to returning to normal and getting back to church.”


Hood Family

October 26, 2017

This week, Alan Hood, faithful member of the Richmond, VA congregation, died in a tragic accident when he was struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian. To give you a little bit of background, Alan’s mother’s health has steadily declined over the last year, and he and his wife, Sarah, have been providing all of her necessary care. They moved her to a nearby home, and look after her each day. On Monday night, after bringing his mother food and checking her in for the night, Alan made way for home. He was walking, due to the fact that his vehicle is in the shop, and Sarah had their secondary car with their four daughters, running errands in town. On his return, he was struck by a vehicle, driven by a young man, and later died in the hospital from multiple internal injuries. After speaking with the police, there appears to be no negligence by the driver, simply a terrible accident with many in need of our prayers. Due to the sudden nature of the accident, and with no insurance, his wife and four young daughters are faced with heavy financial burdens at this time.

I’m sending this announcement to you, as Alan has served at a number of our youth camps in your areas, and perhaps some of your congregations are familiar with his family, and would be interested in hearing this news. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me anytime. You are certainly welcome to pass this information along. Prayers and donations are very much appreciated for this family.

"We are saddened by the sudden loss of Mr. Alan Hood, 57, long-time member, beloved husband and father of four daughters, from the Richmond, VA congregation. Alan was struck by a vehicle on Monday night, and died at the hospital later that evening. He was a tremendous volunteer at the youth camps, and his service and selflessness touched the lives of many. Alan will be greatly missed. Please remember Sarah, his wife, and daughters Lily, 16, Ginger, 13, Rosemary and Olivia, 10, in your prayers.

Cards and letters may be sent to:

Mrs. Sarah Hood
3033 Kents Store Way
Kents Store, VA 23084

In lieu of sending flowers, Mrs. Hood has requested those funds be used for future camp expenses for her daughters.”

There is a “Gofundme” account for anyone who has interest. They’re welcome to email me at Jfritts@lcg.org for the info.

Warmest regards,

Jason Fritts


Fair Family

October 26, 2017

Please remember Tom Fair in your prayers in the grieving process after Mrs. Fair’s death during the Feast.


Harry English

October 26, 2017

Harry is recuperating after treatment for a cancer on his ear. Please keep him in your prayers for God’s complete healing.

 

Update December 10: Harry is now at a hospice care facility as his cancer progresses.


Marcia Wehman

October 26, 2017

This past Sunday, Marcia Wehman fell in her home breaking two ribs. Following her brief hospital stay this past Wednesday, her family is thankful that it was not a hip fracture. She is in pain and this has added to her pre-existing mobility issue due to a past stroke. Please pray for her pain issue and that she can regain her realistic attitude regarding the aging process.

Thanks,

Pat Wehman and sisters Ruth and Cindy


George Rusnak

October 26, 2017

The foot surgery, last week, to remove the bone-infected big toe went fairly well, but George has now contracted gangrene in the surgical area. He is recuperating at:

Heather Knoll Nursing and Rehabilitation
1134 North Ave.
Tallmadge, OH 44278

 

Update October 29: George is making progress in recovery from foot surgery. At last report, the gangrene condition seems to be abating.

 

Update November 11: George is home from rehab after his toe surgery and thanks everyone for the prayers on his behalf.


Sprinkle Family

October 20, 2017

We received news that a long-time member, who was baptized in 1954, Sarah Sprinkle, died yesterday afternoon. She had been a shut-in in the Dayton area for a number of years.

Prayers for her family are appreciated.

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Viewing: Monday, October 23rd 5:00–7:00 PM

Funeral: Tuesday, October 24th 10:30 AM

Hale-Sarver Funeral Home Inc.
284 N Miami Street
West Milton, OH 45383


Clayton Burrow

October 19, 2017

Your prayers are requested for Clayton Burrow. Clayton became sick during the Feast and had to come home. He was subsequently admitted to the hospital and has been diagnosed with a bile duct blockage caused by a Klatskin tumor on his liver. This caused abdominal pain and jaundice. He will have a surgical procedure this week to remove the left side of his liver. The hope is that it will grow back within seven weeks. He and his wife, Inez, appreciate your prayers for God’s intervention and healing.

Address for Cards:

Clayton Burrow
4483 Fork Creek Mill Road
Seagrove, NC 27341

 

Update November 28: It has been some time since an update about Clayton, but the family had been waiting on the biopsy reports from the tumor removed from his liver. Half of his liver was removed in a surgical procedure on Monday, November 13th.

The family thanks everyone for all of your prayers, visits, calls and cards. The doctor reported last week, that the tumor came back benign. He is on the road to recovery. The doctors said that his pancreas is still inflamed and that it is just going to take time. It isn’t definite how much longer he will be in the hospital because he is still weak from the liver surgery. He continues to fight the elevated white blood count and Bilirubin, but the doctors said this was normal with this kind of surgery and that these should get better as he heals. Please continue to pray for him, his wife, Inez, and the whole family.


Levitt Family

October 19, 2017

Allan and Joey Levitt from the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, congregation, were killed in a tragic car accident on their way to the Feast of Tabernacles in Cochrane, Alberta, on Wednesday morning, October 4th.

Cards may be sent in care of:

Bruce Bird
P.O. Box 2033
Tisdale, SK S0E 1T0
Canada


Bill Mullen

October 19, 2017

Please remember Bill Mullen in your prayers. He fell and lacerated his head this morning, requiring six stitches. He has been admitted into Akron City Hospital.

 

Update October 22: I was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday. I had bleeding ulcers and lost 40% of my blood. I'm expected to have a full recovery. Continuing prayers would be appreciated.

Thank You,

Bill Mullen

 

Update October 27: Bill spent four days in the hospital, is on antibiotics, but is feeling great and “can dance a jig.” This is great news indeed! Thank you all for your prayers. Let’s all thank God for His great love.


Geiser Family

October 15, 2017

It is with great sadness we inform you of the death of Marilyn Geiser. As you all know, Mrs. Geiser has been a pillar in the faith for decades and she will be greatly missed. Below, Karen describes the arrangements that the family has made for a memorial service on October 21st. I’m sure we’ll have more details to follow.

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Our family wants to express sincere thanks for your many prayers, words of encouragement, and thoughtful support for Marilyn Geiser. She died peacefully, at home, early Thursday morning, October 12th. There will be a private family internment this weekend, inviting all to a memorial service next Saturday, October 21st, at 1:00 p.m. to be held at:

Beech Mennonite Church
10037 Easton Street NE
Louisville, OH 44641

Reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.

The obituary is published online at Stier-Israel Funeral Home

Karen Geiser


Perry Harold

September 26, 2017

Betty Catron requests our continued prayers for her son-in-law, Perry Harold. He will be undergoing surgery this Thursday to remove a mass that has been growing under his brain and is pushing up against it, causing severe headaches. Thank you for your kindness and consideration.


Eloise Shields

September 19, 2017

My grandmother, Eloise Shields, is currently recovering from gallbladder surgery. She had gallstones removed on Friday, September 8th. This past Monday, she also had drainage tubes inserted and is being given medication to help dissolve and remove the remaining stones (not all were removed in the initial surgery). It was the least invasive type surgery that was done. The tubes will be removed after 6 weeks’ time. The biggest issue is that she has been very agitated and at times combative with her caretakers in the hospital and now in the medical center in the retirement community where she lives. She has dementia, as well as hearing loss (she resists wearing her hearing aids). She can't see well and therefore gets very confused in new surroundings and with unfamiliar people interacting with her. We would like to request prayers for calm and peace as she goes through the recovery process from her surgery. She's 95 years old and has always been a fighter, which has helped her deal with many things. In this case, it would be helpful for her to calm down a bit. Thank you for your prayers!

Audry Pavlik


Lucy Catrone

September 14, 2017

Juanita Stephens' sister, Lucy Catrone, had open heart surgery last week. Although the doctors thought she came through the surgery well, she has taken a “turn for the worse”. Her kidneys have shut down and they are trying a new medication to start the kidneys. She also has a breathing tube. Doctors say, if she comes through this, she will have a long recovery period. She is in Akron City Hospital.

Juanita is very concerned, of course.


Val Maurer

September 2, 2017

Regarding Val Maurer's eye surgery, the doctors will use a laser so that the fluid build-up within the eye can drain faster. At least that is what they hope will happen. Numerous medications, tried so far, have not stabilized the eye pressure. If not remedied, it will permanently destroy the vision in that eye.


Barbara Hyatt

August 31, 2017

Please pray for my mom, Barbara Hyatt. She is in the ER for lung/breathing problems. The staff said she refused to get out of her chair the last 3 days. They have a mask on her, and after they stabilize her, they plan on transferring her to a different hospital. The nursing staff is unsure if her condition is life threatening or not at this point.

Thank you,

Renee

 

Update September 5: Hi. Just wanted to give an update on my mom's condition. I did confirm she already had an existing COPD condition in addition to the pneumonia off and on since childhood. The short version is she is still not in the clear and this could still go either way. Please keep her in your prayers.

Here is the longer version...

Thursday morning: Her breathing went down to the point that she was not going to make it, unless they put a breathing tube in her chest.  She was transferred to ICU (at the same hospital). Doctors said she came in unresponsive and was not sedated, but she could only sleep due to the lack of oxygen in her lungs, for the exception of a brief period, when the doctor made her wake up and she was able to respond enough to wiggle her hands and feet on command. I said "hi" to her and she turned her head enough to know that I was there and looked at me for a little bit and then went right back to sleep. She did, however, seem to sometimes hear me and respond by wiggling her foot or trying to mouth a response back to me, even though it looked like she was asleep the whole time. I was there with her most of the day and all her test results were looking good that no other organs seem to be affected, except for a bad UTI due to the lung condition. She had some arm tremors overnight.

Friday: She was slightly more responsive. Her machine use went down and she was doing more of the work herself. I visited her after work and even though she was still sleeping a lot, she was also able to make motions with face, hands and legs to attempt to communicate when she was awake. She mouthed words but no voice. She was awake enough to get frustrated, when at times, I couldn't understand what she wanted, but through guesses and head nods, I was able to figure out some things like, she was hot and in pain. After they got her a fan and some pain meds, I was able to get a comical look from her at my attempts to lighten the mood and tell a few jokes at the end.

Sunday: Her use of the machine had been down to 40%, so they wanted to attempt to take her off the machine, but when they unhooked her, she got scared and started hyperventilating and having tremors and her blood pressure and heart rate spiked, so they decided she wasn't ready yet. After that attempt, they had to sedate her to bring everything back down. Her use of the machine went up to 60% and then later back down to 40%. She slept the entire time. Asia and I visited, but she squinted when I told her Asia was there. I think she was trying to wake up but just couldn't.

They were hopeful that they would be able to try again today, but they decided it was best to wean her off the sedation and reintroduce her to the rest of her psychotic meds, which they have been only giving her some, until now. They need to bring her heart rate down, but not too low, machine use has to be consistent at 40% or lower and her be awake enough to attempt tomorrow morning.

For her own safety, they have her arms strapped down with a little give and with head nods, she had relayed to the nurses that she is scared.

Prayers are still greatly needed and appreciated.

Thank you,

Renee

 

Update September 11: Great news...

My mom is out of ICU and was moved to a step down unit, Thursday. The nursing staff stated she still has 2 smaller tubes in her nose that assist in giving her more oxygen and her pill medication (1 to her right lung and 1 to her stomach). She is eating more and the nursing staff just told me that they are planning on releasing my mom tomorrow morning.

There have been many ups and downs during this process. If she is released tomorrow, she will have been there 12 full days, plus the 3 in the nursing home. It is very much a relief that she will finally be able to get out of the hospital and be awake! She has no plans of smoking after this. I hope she follows through with that.

Please forward to all the brethren with my sincere thanks for all the prayers that went out to God on our behalf.

It has been very much appreciated! I told my mom, everyone was praying for her and she also said "Thank you"!

Renee


Ruth McFarland

August 31, 2017

On Wednesday, Ruth fell in our driveway and broke her right hip. She was taken to Grant Hospital. On Thursday, she had an implant. I saw her today and she is in great spirits and wants to go home. She had a (sliding hip screw) installed. You can look it up on the internet and see what it looks like. Today, she set up on the edge of the bed and took a few steps with a walker. They are very excited about her progress and says she is way ahead of the game. She will come home first, and after 30 days, she will have physical therapy. We would appreciate your prayers.

Ray McFarland


Mike Arritt

August 20, 2017

Mike Arritt fell down the basement stairs and suffered some broken bones and other injuries, just over a week ago. He was sent home from the hospital, but here is the concerning update sent by his wife Rita, yesterday:

Mike was taken back to the hospital last evening. He had become unable to walk or stand. The tests show low sodium levels and low potassium. He has been admitted to Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, WV. At this time, it will be several days to bring his blood levels back to normal range, as this must be a slow process. We learned that the cause is due to the brain trauma he suffered on August 7th. Along with his other injuries, we do not have an idea of recovery time. He may need physical therapy and home help. We are so very thankful for the love of our Heavenly Father and ask for guidance and prayers for healing.”

 

Update August 31: Mike was able to go home after his second time at the hospital. His body chemistry is now better balanced, but he still must deal with the pain from the seven broken ribs.


Cafourek Family

August 20, 2017

John Cafourek had a major heart attack and underwent double bypass surgery. Here is his latest update from his wife Sandy:

Thank you, to everyone, for your great concern and prayers. John is continuing to improve, although it seems he may be a day behind. If you want to pray in detail, you could ask for improvement in the liver enzymes, lung capacity improvement (he gets exhausted in doing the exercises), and strength to take the 180-foot walk (remembering years of doing the 10K). God knows the details, and we’re confident in His love for all of us as we meet new challenges in life (first time he’s ever been admitted to a hospital). Thanks again, and may God bless each of you in your many capacities as God’s servants.

 

Update August 31: John is making progress in recovering from a major heart attack and double-bypass surgery.

 

Update October 19: We sadly announce the death of our brother John Cafourek, 70, on October 12th. Earlier in August, he had a heart attack, but had been recovering well.

He and Sandy went to the Feast of Tabernacles in Bend, Oregon. While there, he experienced congestive heart failure symptoms and they both went back to Salem, where John had an echocardiogram. An unexpected situation was uncovered. He has had a pseudo aneurysm, a hole in the wall/muscle tissue of the heart.

Immediate surgery was needed and John underwent nine and a half hours of surgery on the seventh day of the Feast. He made it through the surgery successfully, and the initial prognosis looked good. As the night continued, however, his condition deteriorated. The doctors struggled to control the bleeding, but his body would not respond to efforts to warm him up. His heart finally gave out a little after 1 a.m. Pacific time on October 12th.

You can send cards to:

Sandy Cafourek
720 Van Buren Drive NW
Salem, OR 97304


Nadine Knowlton

August 12, 2017

We just received word that Mrs. Nadine Knowlton was admitted to the hospital, last night, with potential heart problems. Your prayers for Mrs. Knowlton are appreciated.



Update: They found that Nadine has fluid in her lungs. She is feeling better this morning. They are running tests to find out the problem.

Thank you,

Brent Knowlton

 

Update: We just called the hospital and were told that Nadine is in intensive care. Please pray for God's swift intervention.

 

Update: Mom is resting a little more comfortably, after the first sleepless night. She started on her first beta blocker today and will have a heart catheter on Monday. I'm really hoping and praying to take her home after that! Thanks for all your prayers!

Merry Knowlton

 

Update August 13: Clarification about Mrs. Knowlton: Mom was never in intensive care. She is feeling much better. They are giving her lasix for the fluid problem and she will be released when they get the lasix right.

Thanks for everyone's concern,

Brent Knowlton

 

Update: Miraculously, the doctor allowed mom to be released today and skip the heart catheter test. We will follow up with heart doctor in a few weeks to see if new meds help strengthen her heart. He kept saying that it is very weak, but he might not be acquainted with the power of prayer!

Merry Knowlton


Ed Martel

August 5, 2017

Ed Martel has a very serious, diabetic-related, impeded circulation, condition that is threatening his foot. So far, none of the treatments have been able to reverse the condition. He will undergo a surgery in a few days where, with stents, the doctors will seek to restore healthy blood circulation. He and Sharon very much appreciate your prayers for God’s intervention and healing.


Ryan Powell

August 2, 2017

Please pray for Lori Powell's 22-year-old son, Ryan. There is some concern he may have Lymphoma (cancer of the Lymph nodes). More testing will take place on Friday. This is a very stressful time for Lori. She lost her father to cancer this past year. We will update you as we know more.

Thank you!


Teresa Gueller

August 2, 2017

Nearly a year ago (August 10, 2016) a prayer request was sent out for Teresa Gueller. She was suffering with diabetes and kidney failure, with a host of symptoms. Since then, it has been a rocky road with numerous critical visits to the hospital, dialysis four times a week, and so on. A major step forward was taken a few weeks ago, when Teresa received a kidney transplant. She is now in a long recovery process from this surgery, and so far, it has gone well. The new kidney is not being rejected.

There is still much concern because of the underlying problem, her malfunctioning pancreas and resultant diabetes. She still deals with a host of symptoms—muscle cramps, chills, difficulty walking, vision problems (such as glaucoma and cataracts), breathing problems, fluctuating blood pressure, along with others. According to the doctors, it is necessary to wait a couple of years before pursuing the option of a pancreas transplant. Teresa and her husband, Nathan, truly appreciate the prayers offered on their behalf and would appreciate continued prayers for a full recovery from the recent transplant surgery and moving forward to the next major step toward good health. Teresa is 40 years old and they have a 7-year-old son, Jeremiah.

Address for Cards:

Teresa Gueller
11021 Brighton Road
Henderson, CO 80640

Email: mteresagueller@hotmail.com


Gene Maxwell

August 2, 2017

Gene Maxwell had a serious cerebral hemorrhage and is going into emergency surgery within the hour. The procedure is complex and there is a possibility he will not survive the surgery. If he does survive, there could be lasting damage to his kidneys, along with other complications. There is also the possibility that the procedure will require additional surgeries to stem the damage from the stroke. His wife, Helen, is with him, but all other family members live some distance away. The Maxwells would appreciate your prayers for a safe and successful surgery and a rapid healing.

 

Update August 10: Gene Maxwell is in a serious condition.

Doctors did the procedure on one side of his brain to stop the bleeding. That procedure seems to have been successful. The doctors feel the bleeding has been stopped.

There is a need to duplicate the procedure on the other side of Gene’s brain, but they can’t do that until Gene improves. After the first procedure, Gene responded well—he was able to eat, walk around and he communicated clearly. After a couple days, however, Gene took a turn for the worse. He could not get out of bed, couldn’t eat—his condition worsened to the point that he couldn’t breathe on his own. He still cannot breathe without a respirator—he is mostly unresponsive. His kidneys are weakening—which is another concern. Prayers for God’s intervention are very much needed.

Address for Cards:

Gene Maxwell
1900 Wayne Road
Wilmington, OH 45177


Dale Harman

July 29, 2017

Dale Harman's original cancer cleared up, but he was diagnosed with Leukemia, which after a couple of months, was also gone. He had considerable hand pain (preventing piano playing), but that has improved dramatically. Dale is presently receiving treatments for an itching rash, but he does have energy at age 92 and a positive outlook. He thanks you for your continued prayers.

 

Update September 16: Dale writes: “After a blood test and meeting with my oncologist, Monday, my blood cancer percentage has returned from zero, a few months ago, to 39% today. I am exploring new options for treatment of leukemia with my doctor – not happy with any at this time – may continue with previous chemotherapy instead, or none at all. Your prayers as my brothers and sisters will be appreciated as they have been in the past.”

Dale will not be able to travel to the Feast this year.


Sloat Family

July 25, 2017

Mark Sloat, age 61, is in need of prayers. Mark was found unconscious, in his home, two weeks ago. For several years, Mark has had issues with ulcers on his legs, caused by a vein disease. Apparently, a recent outbreak of the ulcers became infected and Mark developed sepsis, a severe, life-threatening blood infection. He requires a ventilator to breathe. Doctors are considering what their next move will be. They are considering transferring him to a hospital where there are more experienced specialists, or possibly just removing the ventilator. His condition is very grave.

Thank you for your prayers and concern.

 

Update July 29: Mark has been in grave health since being found unconscious at his home earlier this week. He is now at a very critical point. Doctors have decided to discontinue dialysis. They are no longer detecting any brain activity and the infection seems to be worsening. His sister, Brenda, will arrive tomorrow this afternoon and will meet with the doctors to determine his condition and prognosis. They are likely close to deciding to discontinue the ventilator and any further medical effort.

 

Update August 1: We are sad to report that Mark Sloat died on Sunday morning, July 30th. He never regained consciousness and died shortly after he was removed from life support. Mark was a dedicated man, completely committed to his faith—he was an unassuming, humble, gentle man who was an outstanding servant.

He lived alone and has no family in the Church, so there is not a need for cards or flowers. But, you might offer a prayer of thanksgiving on his behalf—as he has completed his race and awaits his crown of glory.


Mary Lawson

July 24, 2017

Mary Lawson went to an appointment with her doctor today and her blood pressure was very high. They have admitted her to the hospital to run further tests. They think she may have a heart condition. Please pray for God's healing.


Margie Carothers

July 23, 2017

Margie Carothers was admitted to the hospital this morning. She was having pain from diverticulitis and found out that she is beginning to abscess in that area. They started her on antibiotics. If that doesn't work, she may need surgery. Please pray that surgery is not needed. She will be in the hospital overnight, while they monitor her situation. Thanks in advance for your prayers.

The Carothers Family

 

Update July 24: Margie was able to meet with the surgeon this afternoon. He was surprised that her white blood cell count was back within a normal range so quickly, so she thanks everyone for all of their prayers. She has been started on a diet of fluids now and will be moving up to soft foods later today. As long as these are tolerated, she should go home sometime tomorrow. Thanks again for all your prayers and concern.

 

Update July 29: Margie would like to thank everyone for all of their prayers, cards and concern. She is feeling much better and even went back to work this week. She is to return to see the surgeon for a follow-up in two weeks. The turn-around, from last Sunday to today, has been amazing.


Shirley Showers

July 22, 2017

Shirley Showers, thankfully, did not have any heart damage from her mild attack and is recovering at Parkside nursing home in the rehabilitation section. At this time, they are fairly certain she will need a heart valve replacement. She will be seeing a heart specialist to confirm and perform the operation. She is doing so much better than expected. Thank you all, so very much, for your prayers.


Sandra Dreaden

July 20, 2017

Sandra Dreaden was diagnosed with metastatic liver and gall bladder cancer on July 6th. She is still undergoing diagnostic testing, but surgery is not an option. Of course, Sandra and her husband, Art, who just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, and four sons and wives, are reeling with this unexpected news, but are facing it together. Your prayers for God’s healing, mercy and direction in the decisions to be made would be very much appreciated.

Address for Cards:

Sandra Dreaden
2957 Parsonage Lane
Crestview, FL 32539

 

Update August 10: After additional testing, Sandra has been diagnosed with incurable, stage four, metastatic disease. The testing, which included a full-body PET scan and liver biopsy pathology analysis, shows the cancer did not originate in the liver or gall bladder (or pancreas, upper GI, stomach, colon, lungs, ovaries or breasts).

The origin is unknown, but it has metastasized to the liver causing adenocarcinoma with large and numerous tumors in both the left and right lobes. Surgery is not an option and Sandra has chosen not to pursue chemotherapy or radiation treatment. The oncologist agrees this would not give her much more time or improve her quality of life. Your continued prayers for God’s mercy, healing as He wills, and strength and faith to face the days ahead would be very much appreciated. The prayers, cards, concern and words of encouragement from brethren have been more comforting than you will ever know. Sandra would also appreciate your prayers that she will be able to attend the Feast—her fiftieth.


Max Jordan

July 15, 2017

Max, at age 92, is temporarily in an eldercare facility. He would appreciate your prayers for strength enduring the health issues of great age.

 

Update August 5: Max has been experiencing some disorientation and other age-related health issues. Please pray especially for his mental clarity and peace of mind as well as the physical ailments of old age.


Joe Gabriel

July 15, 2017

Joe is presently at Altercare in Stow recovering from pneumonia. He is receiving physical therapy and making progress regaining his strength. He is beginning to feel better. He and Bess thank you all for your prayers, visits and cards.

 

Update July 29: Joe is back home again. He and Bess are very tired after his time at the care center to build his strength. They would both appreciate your prayers for more energy.

 

Update August 5: Joe reports that he is gaining a little strength, but expects it to take some time. Please keep him and Bess in your prayers. They are looking forward to feeling up to attending services and especially being well enough to go to the Feast.

 

Update September 14: Joe has been experiencing recurring bouts of intense neuropathy pain, accompanied by unusual amounts of anxiety, this past week or so. He and Bess definitely request your prayers for healing. They are very much looking forward to making it to the Feast this fall.

 

Update November 11: Joe’s doctor has diagnosed three tumors in his lungs and has explained that there is nothing more medically that he can do for him. Joe and Bess ask for your prayers.

 

Update December 10: Joe is now receiving hospice care to help deal with his presently untreatable lung tumors. He and Bess would appreciate your prayers for healing and energy in this long health trial.


Gredel Plagenza

July 13, 2017

Jeromy and Tara Plagenza would like to ask for your prayers on behalf of their daughter Gredel. Gredel was burned when she pulled down a bowl of boiling soup on herself. She is going to Shriner's burn unit in Sacramento to be cared for.

Thank You

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Update: Gredel is now at the Shriner's Hospital in Sacramento. She did sustain first and second degree burns and possibly some third degree. They will pop the blisters that have now formed and keep her overnight. Shortly afterward, she went to sleep. A further evaluation will be made in the morning. The ride to Sacramento was a two hour trip. She slept the entire trip. Jeromy and Tara thank you for your prayers and ask that you continue to pray for their daughter.


Marty Miller

July 12, 2017

We’d like to request your prayers for Marty Miller. A short while ago, he cut his fingers on a table saw and is on his way to the ER. As he said, “I just cut my fingers on a table saw. No bones or anything. They will be normal again, it'll just take some time.”

We may have more details through this evening and tomorrow. Thank you for your prayers.

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Update: Just a quick update. I don't want people to worry about me.

I'm on the way home now. Good news, considering what could have happened. When the nurses pulled my bandage off to see the wounds, we all said "oh, that doesn't look too bad". They took X-rays to confirm that no bones were hit. I just need to take care of the bandages and let God do the healing. I don't know if He protected me during the incident, healed me on the way to the hospital or both...but I know He was involved. I know I am very fortunate.

Marty


Nancy Elliott

July 12, 2017

Your prayers are requested for Nancy Elliott. She has had ongoing issues with one of her kidneys and recently was informed by her doctor that several things are causing it not to function properly. A treatment plan is being formulated. Also, she is dealing with kidney stones, which she has had before. Your prayers for God’s intervention and complete healing would be greatly appreciated.

Address for Cards:

Nancy Elliott
211 Cedron Chase
San Antonio, TX 78253

 

Update July 14: Nancy had surgery for the kidney stones and came through fine. They weren’t able to completely dissolve the stones, but were able to break them up somewhat. As a precaution, they also installed a stent. Nancy will have follow-up x-rays next week. At this time, she is extremely nauseous. Your continued prayers are appreciated.

 

Update July 20: Nancy has been recovering well from her kidney stone surgery last Friday. A treatment plan has also been established to help with kidney function, and once completely recovered from the surgery, that treatment plan will begin. She wants to thank everyone for all the prayers and cards received.

 

Update August 1: Nancy had her follow-up surgery last week. The stones were removed from her left kidney. That kidney apparently does not filter well. Once she heals from the surgery, Nancy will start a regimen to determine why this is and hopefully correct the situation. She appreciates your continued prayers.


Michael Bettes

June 23, 2017

Michael’s lung cancer has metastasized to his brain. He now has two brain tumors, one approximately three inches and one approximately nine millimeters in size. The oncologist recommends surgery on the large mass and targeted radiation on the smaller mass. He is meeting today with a neurosurgeon to discuss the options.

Michael is in good spirits, and he and his family are hopeful. They know that it is in God’s hands and they request prayers for healing, guidance and strength through this very difficult time.

Address for Cards:

Michael Bettes
1630 Northfield Drive
Maryville, TN 37804-3693


Scott Whitaker

June 22, 2017

Scott's emergency gall bladder surgery went fairly well and he hopes to be released tomorrow, at last report. Please pray for a full recovery.


Bill Walker

June 20, 2017

Bill Walker is dealing with significant prostate and heart problems. He requests the prayers of the brethren on his behalf and he expresses his appreciation in advance.

 

Update July 15: Bill went to the hospital toward the end of the week. He and Connie would appreciate your prayers for his healing.

 

Update July 29: Bill is facing a list of several concerning, painful and increasingly urgent health conditions, which may involve surgery. He requests your prayers for healing, peace of mind and for God's wisdom to know how to deal with each condition.


Garrett Roberts

June 19, 2017

Garrett has had several bouts of very intense vomiting and dizziness. The first time he thought it might have been food poisoning, but when it happened again, today, he went to the ER to have it checked. The doctors think it is most likely being caused by a stroke. Tonight, they will do an MRI of his brain, and he will be in the hospital, at least, overnight. He and Geri would very much appreciate your prayers.

 

Update June 20: Garrett's extreme dizziness has continued, though somewhat abated. However, this morning (Tuesday), he will undergo a surgery to open up a compromised or "blocked" vein or artery from his heart to his brain. After that, the doctors will hopefully have a better assessment of what is causing his current condition. Please keep Garrett in your prayers.

 

Update June 22: Doctors did a procedure to ascertain the nature of the stoke. The procedure went reasonably well and Garrett is resting at Akron-General. His nausea has abated somewhat, which is particularly relieving. He and Geri are still waiting (as of late this afternoon) to be briefed by the surgeon.

 

Update June 24: Garrett and Geri thank you for your continued prayers. Garrett is scheduled to go home Friday afternoon where he will better rest and receive ongoing physical therapy.


Connie Tuck

June 16, 2017

Connie had a colonoscopy this morning. The doctor found a large polyp in her colon. The doctor informed us it must be removed, either through scope or surgery. In addition, the doctor has to wait on the biopsy results to determine if the polyp is benign or malignant. Please pray for God's intervention and healing.

 

Update July 4: Connie’s biopsy results on the polyp in her colon came back benign! She now must have it removed, either by laser or surgery (ideally laser). Thank you for your prayers.

 

Update July 20: The surgeon told Connie that the polyp would likely require laparoscopic surgery. Ideally, the removal could be done by scope, so that there is little or no recovery time and no incision.

 

Update July 21: We received this clarification from Reggie after posting yesterday's update:

The surgery proposed is invasive and would require 2 days in the hospital. Also, she would require a week of recovery. The ideal procedure would require no hospital stay.

From what we understand, the surgeon is leaning toward the invasive surgery, but the Tucks are praying that the less invasive surgery will be performed instead. Your continued prayers for Connie are requested.

 

Update July 28: Connie saw another surgeon today. This surgeon told Connie that she would require major surgery, that would involve removing a third of her colon. This would involve a hospital stay of 6 days and a recovery time of 2-6 weeks. The doctor told Connie that even if she had the least invasive surgery they might have to go back in and remove part of her colon. We are planning to get a second opinion. Please pray for God to guide and direct us to the best course of action.

Thank you,

Reggie Tuck

 

Update August 15: Connie has her surgery tomorrow morning. She is not feeling well today. She is on a liquid-only diet today and probably won't be able to eat for a while after surgery. She has to be there at 6:45am. The hospital is University Hospitals of Cleveland. I will keep you updated.

Reggie

 

Update August 16: The surgery was successful no cancer was found. We will be able to see her shortly. I will let everyone know what her room number is later.

Reggie

 

Update August 17: Connie's room number is 5013.

Sediman Cancer Center
University Hospital
11100 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

She is not up visits yet. Friday would be good. We are not sure how long she will be hospitalized. They said from 4 to 7 days depending on the healing.

 

Update August 18: Very good news! Connie will be released from the hospital tomorrow, some time in the afternoon. She is feeling well, except for some dizziness. She will have to be on a very restricted diet and limited activity.

Thank you, everyone, for your prayers.

Reggie

 

Update September 19: Connie is recovering well, but she suffered a setback. One of the incisions from the surgery is not healing and continues to bleed. In addition, she has sharp pains in her back on the same side that the surgery was performed. She has contacted the doctor that performed the surgery. She has an appointment this morning. Please pray that the incision will heal and that her back will also be healed.

Thank you all for your prayers and support.

Reggie


Kim Shey

June 7, 2017

Please remember Kim in your prayers as she will go into surgery on Thursday, June 8th. She is scheduled for surgery at UT Southwestern Hospital in Dallas. The surgery ​should take place in the morning, and the surgeon said it will last about 3 hours. Kim's mother, Joyce Kerns, will update us regarding Kim's hip surgery.

 

Update June 9: Just a short update to let everyone know that everything went really well for Kim with her hip surgery. If everything continues on this path she may be able to get out of the hospital by this weekend. The family thanks everyone for their prayers.


Eleanor Ashurst

June 3, 2017

Eleanor is in great pain. I am having to watch and help her do everything. I will be absent today and maybe tomorrow for services unless she improves dramatically. Please pray for us.

Al Ashurst


Crystal Altom

June 2, 2017

There is a new bacteria that is growing in Crystal's lungs. This bacteria is not destroyed by the antibiotics that are typically administered in such circumstances. From a medical point of view, the doctors will begin what they consider, a drug of last resort, tomorrow. We know that each of you will pray on her behalf, knowing we serve the true God with whom all things are possible.


Bowman Family

June 2, 2017

Your prayers for comfort and strength for the Bowman family of Ontario, Canada, are requested.

Wednesday afternoon, Shirley Bowman was tragically killed in a head-on collision with a tow truck near their home. Police believe it is possible that she had a medical episode that caused her to veer into the oncoming lane of traffic.

Her husband, Aden, his seven children, their grandson and all the extended family are dealing as best they can with this sudden loss.

Shirley was a pillar in the Church, and the very heart of her family. Last Sabbath, she showed us a piece of artwork created by one of her children. It says, “Moms are like buttons. They hold things together.” Shirley certainly did this, and her death will be felt by all who knew and loved her.

Address for Condolences:

Aden Bowman
2157 Hwy 141 RR#1
Utterson, ON P0B 1M0
Canada


Harold Rhodes

May 26, 2017

After experiencing some shortness of breath recently, especially when lying down, I had a routine check-up at the hospital. The doctors discovered I had Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib). This problem was corrected, but the cardiologist discovered I also had a leaking heart valve. The mitral valve opens, but does not close completely.

I’m scheduled for an echocardiogram June 1st. After the doctors analyze the results of that test, they will determine a course of action to make the repair on the valve within a few weeks.

I would appreciate your prayers that God will allow the echocardiogram to go well, and that whatever follow-up procedure is decided upon to repair the heart valve will be successful. Thank you!

Harold Rhodes

 

Update July 7: My cardiologist informed me this morning, that it would not be advisable to operate at this time. One of the heart’s mitral valve's flap is shorter than the other, which would make it very difficult to repair. I was advised to wait for three to six months to see if technology advanced to the point that it would offer me additional options. The bottom line is, the team of cardiologists consensus is, that the operation/procedure would just be too risky for me at this time. They will monitor me over the next several months. Loree and I have been praying for God’s will to be done regardless, and willingly accept this as His will for me at this time. The concern and prayers of my brothers and sisters have been greatly appreciated! Thank you for your continued prayers to our merciful Father on my behalf.

Harold


Mike Waddle

May 24, 2017

We received a note from Mike Waddle today. A nodule of some type has formed inside of Mike's throat at the jaw line. This is causing difficulty in swallowing. He has an examination scheduled for tomorrow. He requests your prayers on his behalf.

 

Update May 26: After the manual exam and after thoroughly scoping my throat from my mouth to my lungs, along with my esophagus, nothing was found, it was gone. Please thank everyone for their effectual prayers. Our gracious God hears our pleas.


William Lemmon

May 11, 2017

Mr. William A. Lemmon is requesting prayers because he will be going into the hospital in the next few days (date depends on the doctor's orders) for analysis concerning his swelling feet. They are going to do a spinal tap.

Your prayers for Mr. Lemmon are greatly appreciated.


Gertrude Himes

May 10, 2017

Mrs. Gertrude Himes, a shut-in in Pennsylvania, has been taken to Indiana Hospital in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Apparently, she fell sometime last night and was unconscious. They believe she is having heart related problems, and are doing tests. She has asked for prayers.

 

Update May 11: We just received this text from Mrs. Himes’ son:

"Hello, my mother would like to thank you. She especially appreciates your prayers and those of the church. She is feeling much better. We now understand why she fainted, injuring her back, and can take preventive measures in the future. Thanks again for being there for her. - Jeff Himes”

Apparently, the cause for the fall was fainting due a sudden drop in blood pressure. During the fall, she fractured a vertebra which they are hoping will heal on its own with physical therapy.

Your continued prayers for Mrs. Himes are appreciated.

Cards of encouragement can be sent to:

Gertrude Himes
1606 Moss Creek Road
Northern Cambria, PA 15714-8308

 

Update May 15: We just received the following text from Jeff Himes:

"My mother would like to request prayers. She was readmitted to the hospital (UMPC, Altoona) and is experiencing a bout of high blood pressure. She needs God's intervention. Thank you."

 

Update May 16: Mom is doing much better. Her blood pressure lower. She is resting and ready to start physical therapy tomorrow. She would like you to know how much she appreciates having the support of a caring family. Thank you for your prayers.

Jeff Himes

 

Update May 29: Mom isn't recovering as we hoped. She doesn't seem to be getting better. She is struggling with the rehab work. She will be reassessed on Wednesday by her doctor. She may need some other sort of procedure. I think she is getting discouraged. We visit everyday, but she is sad. We're praying for good news on Wednesday. Thank you, everyone, for the cards, they helped.

Jeff Himes

 

Update June 7: Mom would like for you to pray for her. The blood clot in her leg seems to be worsening. She thinks it is getting larger and it is more painful. She will appreciate your request for God's healing very much.

Thank you,

Jeff Himes


Walls Family

May 8, 2017

We’d like to request your prayers for Bernie Walls. Mr. Walls was taken to the hospital in Atlanta (where he and Betty were visiting family) this evening and is now in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Mr. Walls heart rate is very high – and until they can get this rate down, little else can be done. He is also loosing blood through his colon and doctors may recommend a transfusion to bring his levels up.

Imaging has revealed three masses – one in his abdomen, one near his colon (possibly attached) and one by his pancreas. These might be treated with chemotherapy, but little has been determined at this point.

Please ask God for intervention and healing. We’ll update you as soon as we have more information tomorrow (Tuesday).

 

Update May 9: Thank you for your continuing prayers for Bernie Walls. His heart rate has lowered, allowing doctors to begin to consider other issues. He received a blood transfusion, so he is feeling a bit stronger. Tomorrow (Wednesday), he will undergo several tests including needle biopsies of the masses and a colonoscopy. If he is strong enough, several other tests will likely take place as well, to determine what courses of action doctors feel he should pursue.

Please keep Mr. Walls in your prayers for God’s intervention and healing.

 

Update May 12: Please continue your prayers for Bernie Walls. After the CT scan yesterday, the news was not as hoped for. A very large growth was found in Mr. Walls abdomen that has invaded and blocked the colon and spread elsewhere. If he is strong enough today – and it can be scheduled – a surgery is planned for a colostomy to give him some relief and comfort. The hope is, that after a few days of recovery, Mr. Walls can be transported back home to Ohio for palliative care. Please ask God for healing and strength for Bernie, Betty and the family.

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Thank you for your continuing prayers for Bernie Walls. Mr. Walls was able to have the surgery to perform a colostomy today. Unfortunately, this is all they were able to do. The very rare and very large growth is so involved with his other organs (colon, stomach, pancreas) and veins, that no attempt could be made to remove it. Apparently this was the largest and most involved tumor of its type they have ever seen. The staff is doing all they can to make him comfortable, so that in a few days, he may be able to come back home to Ohio. Please pray for God’s intervention and healing for Bernie – also for strength and comfort for Betty and the family.

 

Update May 15: Thanks for your continuing prayers for Bernie Walls. He has stabilized enough to be transferred out of the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit into a regular room. He’s still losing blood somewhere, so he had another transfusion to bring up his levels. The biopsy samples have been sent to Emory University for analysis to try to determine the exact type of cancer he is dealing with. Knowing this will help determine what, if any, further treatment there might be. He has not yet been allowed to eat, so he is being sustained through a feeding tube. While he has not yet been able to stand and be mobile, nurses got him up into a chair today. Both he and Betty earnestly desire for Mr. Walls to get strong enough to come home to Ohio.

Your prayers for God healing and intervention are much appreciated.

 

Update May 18: Thank you for your continuing prayers for Bernie Walls. Physically, things are not going well for Mr. Walls. His pain level had been quite high, but he is currently resting comfortably. He has been transferred to hospice care, in the hospital, in Atlanta, and it is likely that he will not return to his home in Ohio. Please pray for Mr. Walls, Betty, and the family during this time of trial.

 

Update May 23: It is with great sadness that we need to inform you of the death of Mr. Bernie Walls. Mr. Walls ended his race earlier this evening on Monday (May 22nd) at about 5:00 pm with his wife and children at his bedside. Details on calling hours and his funeral, here in Ohio, will be arranged tomorrow and we will forward them to you as soon as they have been finalized. Betty will be flying home to Ohio on Wednesday with her son Shane. Please pray for Betty, as well as Mr. Walls' children and grandchildren during this time of sadness and loss.

Address for Condolences:

Betty Walls
46 Luden Avenue
Munroe Falls, OH 44262-1406

Phone: 330-689-0101

 

Update May 24: We have the arrangements for Mr. Bernie Walls calling hours and funeral service.

Visitation: Sunday, May 28th, 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Funeral Service: Monday, May 29th, 11:00am

Dunn-Quigley Chapel
3333 Kent Road
Stow, OH 44224

Interment: Tuesday May 30th, 11:00am

Sandy Valley Cemetery
W. Lisbon Street
Waynesburg, OH 44688

There will be a luncheon following the funeral service on Monday. The main dish will be provided, but we would like to request that you consider bringing side dishes or desserts. Please call Katie Wengerd - 330-284-8768 - to let her know what you would like to bring and if you can help serve. The luncheon location will be:

Northminster Presbyterian Church and Cooperative Preschool
104 Portage Trail Extension W.
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223


Sickles Family

May 8, 2017

Vera Sickles called a few minutes ago with information on the calling hours and funeral service for her husband, Ralph.

Calling hours will be this Thursday, May 11th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at:

Snyder Funeral Home
81 Mill Road
Bellville, OH 44813

The funeral service will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at:

Jennings Farley Funeral Home
5591 U.S. Route 68
West Liberty, OH 43357

West Liberty is just south of Bellefontaine, Ohio (west of Marysville, which is northwest of Columbus).

Thank you all for your continued prayers and support for Vera. This kind of trial is one in which the help of spiritual family is all-important, as I'm sure we all realize.

With appreciation,

Doug Johnson


Steve Featherston

May 5, 2017

I had blood work done and got a call from the doctor's office, that I need to come in. My blood platelet count was low. While I am not going to jump to conclusions, I would like to ask for your prayers that if there is something going on, that God will heal it.

Thank you,

Steve Featherston

 

Update June 16: I ended up going to the ER, yesterday, because the pain had gotten so bad. The pain in my hip and groin has been unbearable. The x-rays show nothing broken, which is a miracle in itself, considering the fall and having titanium hitting concrete. I am still having a great deal of problems getting around. Sitting and walking are the worst. I would appreciate prayers of my family in Christ.

Steve Featherston

 

Update June 20: Just wanted to thank everyone for their prayers. After the prayer request went out and after giving my hips a rest for a couple of days, things are doing much, much better. I will see the orthopedic surgeon who did the hip replacement, 14 years ago, on Monday, but I’m looking for a positive outcome.

Thanks!

Steve Featherston

 

Update July 15: I would like to request prayers for my sever back pain. As you may remember, I have bulging disks as well as problems with my hips and nerve damage. The doctor thinks that a couple procedures may help, but I don't want to have to go through them, as there are risks. I would appreciate prayers from my spiritual family in asking God for healing and guidance.

Steve

 

Update August 2: Tomorrow, Steve will get the first of two procedures. The first one is basically an epidural. We’ll head to Cleveland in the morning and the procedure is to start around 9:40am. Next Tuesday, he will have the second procedure done in Cleveland starting at 7:30 am. The procedure will last no less than 8 hours and this one is going to be a tough one. We appreciate your prayers that God will allow him to get some relief for his back pain.

Despite this, we are blessed more than we can say with confidence and hope in our Father through His son Jesus Christ. God knows what He has allowed, so we need not fear. Some days, we remind ourselves of that more than others, but there are many far worse.

Thank you and God bless each one,

Christine Featherston

 

Update August 3: I have completed my first procedure with only a slight glitch. I should know in a few days if it has helped. Please thank everyone for the prayers. The next procedure will be on the 8th.

Steve

 

Update August 13: Steve is doing better. He’s been able to function on less pain medication, but is not where he needs to be. They may have to repeat this procedure. Your continued prayers for healing and wisdom are much appreciated

Thanks,

Christine Featherston


Lori Mullen

May 5, 2017

After seeing my family doctor, there was discovered a mass. I have no further info on it yet. Further testing is scheduled. I am requesting prayers from the brethren that God will heal me.

Thank You,

Lori Mullen

 

Update May 11: Lori will have bi-op procedure tomorrow. Please pray for favorable results.

Bill Mullen

 

Update May 17: We just received the following from Bill Mullen:

"Received the results this morning. Lori has cancer stage 2 or 3."

Obviously, your prayers for Lori are necessary and appreciated.

 

Update May 25: Here is an update on my health situation. I have a MRI on Friday. Next week, there will be two more procedures and then I will begin chemotherapy the week of June 12th. Please thank everyone for their prayers and support. The outpouring of love and concern has really helped me during this difficult time.

Lori Mullen

 

Update June 13: On Wednesday, we received a good report from Lori's surgeon. A second biopsy on the right side was negative. The tumor on the left side is of the most treatable type. Lori had her 1st chemo treatment Monday and is doing well. Please continue to pray for a good final outcome. The support from the brethren is so greatly appreciated.

William and Lori Mullen

 

Update July 4: Lori had her 2nd chemo treatment yesterday. All test results were good. Your continued prayers for a good outcome are appreciated. We are grateful for all the prayers for Lori, and are confident God will bring her through this trial successfully.

Thank you all,

William Mullen

 

Update August 7: We met with the oncologist today. Lori is doing well. The tumor has shrunk 50%. Your continuing prayers are really appreciated. Thank all of you for your support.

William Mullen

 

Update October 22: Lori goes in for surgery on Tuesday. Thanks all who offered prayers. Continuing prayers would be appreciated for a full recovery.

Thank You,

William Mullen

 

Update October 25: Lori had surgery Tuesday. Tissue was sent to the lab. We expect the results Friday. Please pray for positive results, that this trial is over and God will now heal her. Thank you all.

William Mullen

 

Update October 27: Lori’s pathology reports came back all fields clear. Cancer did not go past where it was found in the beginning and is now gone. No cancer anymore. He said “best news ever!” This is great news indeed! Thank you all for your prayers. Let’s all thank God for His great love.

William Mullen