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>  Prayer Update - Sep 28, 2020 - Laura S. (Gold Hill, OR)
Laura has received results from the biopsy she recently had and they have found a carcinoma cancer mass near her uterus. She is currently in the Asante Rogue Valley Medical Center. James and Laura would appreciate prayers for complete shrinking of the cancer. James and Laura have been relying on God to provide the strength they need during this difficult time and are thankful for the support of the brethren.
Sep 6, 2020
Laura S. of the Medford congregation was admitted to the Ashland Asante Hospital for a kidney infection and low sodium levels. She was also experiencing back and leg pain. Upon running tests, the doctors determined that a mass the size of a lemon was growing near one of her kidneys. They are going to do a biopsy to determine if it is cancerous or not and whether chemo is needed. The doctors believe the mass is what is causing her leg and back pain and interfering with normal bodily function, so they will need to do surgery to remove it. As you can imagine, this was very difficult news to process after this ordeal. I talked with Laura this morning and she is comforted knowing that God is by her side through all of this and that brethren are praying for her. The family is asking for prayers for healing and comfort during this time.

<  >   Prayer Request - Sep 26, 2020 - Loreta P. (Manila, Philippines)
The brethren are requested to pray for the miraculous healing of Mrs. Loreta P., a 70-year-old longtime member of the Church who attends the Manila congregation. She has been diagnosed with ovarian adenocarcinoma, stage 4, which she just learned last night. She will no longer undergo surgery and is already prescribed morphine just to ease the pain. Let us all remember her in our prayers for God to relieve her of her pain and, if it is His will, to heal her at this time.

<  >   Prayer Update - Sep 25, 2020 - Bob M. (Sacramento, CA)
Prayers are requested for Bob M., an elder in the Sacramento, California, congregation. Bob fell at his home and broke his hip. Surgery was performed to repair the break and he was recovering in hospital. A few days after surgery, his condition took a turn for the worse, and he was moved to the ICU where he spent a few days on a ventilator. He is doing somewhat better now and has been moved from ICU, and the hospital, to a skilled nursing facility.
Bob and his wife, Lois, would greatly appreciate prayers for his complete healing and recovery.
Aug 23, 2013 - Bob M. (Sacramento CA)
Bob continues his lengthy recovery from major surgery over two months ago to address an aneurysm on his liver. He is slowly regaining his strength and was finally able to return to services last week. Bob is in good spirits and he and his wife, Lois, wish to thank everyone for their prayers, cards, and calls, all of which lifted their spirits during a very difficult time. Please pray that Bob's recovery will accelerate and enable him to celebrate and serve at the Feast here in Rocklin this year.
May 18, 2013
Bob, an elder, underwent surgery several months ago to have a stent inserted as a result of an aneurysm which was blocking blood flow to the liver. Though another vessel has compensated somewhat, the aneurism itself is continuing to grow and the potential of it bursting without any forewarning is of great concern. Bob is scheduled to have an angiogram on May 30 to determine the exact nature of the aneurysm and a four-hour surgery June 7 to remove it. Bob also had a biopsy this week from a potential area of concern on his nose. Please pray for God's guidance for his doctors and guidance, strength and healing for Bob in the coming days and weeks.

<  >   Prayer Request - Sep 25, 2020 - Jeff S. (Anna, TX)
Prayers are requested for our [Larry] son, Jeff S., a member of the Sherman, Texas, congregation. Jeff is known by hundreds of brethren and ministers, having traveled to congregations over much of the world in his younger years. Therefore, we want to share with you his present condition and the challenges faced by the family, and ask for your prayers.
For some years, Jeff's memory and mental acuity have been diminishing. At the age of 53, he is now in the final stage of Dementia. Over the past year, his decline has accelerated. Beginning in March 2020, he has suffered several seizures and falls. He has suffered no broken bones or serious outward injury, nevertheless his general condition continues to decline.
Jeff is now mostly immobile. He has had in-home hospice care since early July. He is living full-time in the home of Andy and Lisa Burnett (sister of Jeff), a few minutes away from my wife, Judy, and me. We would appreciate your prayers for Jeff's comfort and peace and for the capacity of the family to cope with both the physical and emotional stresses involved.

<  >   Prayer Request - Sep 24, 2020 - Rufus W. (Bulan, KY)
Prayers are requested for Rufus W., a deacon serving the London, Kentucky, congregation.
Besides prostate cancer, which he has been battling, he has now been diagnosed with tonsil cancer in the lymph nodes on the right side of his neck. He is still planning on attending the Feast, as he has done for many years with his family.
Your prayers for Rufus, his wife, Glenna, and his family are greatly appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Request - Sep 23, 2020 - Dianne C. (Fellsmere, FL)
Dale and Dianne C., of the West Palm Beach, Florida, congregation, are requesting your prayer for Dianne, who has been diagnosed with cancer behind her right eye very close to the optic nerve. There is a similar, smaller growth behind her left eye which has been assumed to be the same. Her oncologist will be making an evaluation to determine which procedure she will endure.
Thank you in advance for your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Sep 23, 2020 - Mel H. (Burnaby, BC)
Mel would like to thank everyone for their prayers for God's intervention regarding the prognosis doctors gave him that he has prostate cancer. He reports that his condition now is very good and he is getting better all the time. Mel also wants you to know that he is praying for others and is very grateful for all the prayers for him. He feels blessed and asks for God's blessings to be upon you.
Nov 23, 2019
Mel H. of Vancouver, British Columbia, has been in the Church since the 1960s. He regularly prays and fasts for those mentioned in prayer requests. Mel recently received distressing news that he has prostate cancer and now finds himself in need of our prayers. Further testing is expected to provide a thorough diagnosis of the condition. Please keep Mel in your prayers as we request God's guidance and healing during this trial.

<  >   Prayer Request - Sep 22, 2020 - Derek W. (Dobson, NC)
Doc W. of the Roanoke congregation requests prayer for his son, Derek. Derek is experiencing extreme personal problems and is in desperate need of God's intervention.

<  >   Prayer Request - Sep 22, 2020 - Mark B. (Murfreesboro, TN)
Mark B. requests prayers for his long-term health problems that are getting worse. He is experiencing dizziness, disorientation, nausea, rapidly-worsening memory problems and fatigue. Sleep does not relieve his fatigue. He also has pain in both feet, behind his knees, and in his elbows. Mark feels bad the majority of the time, and his doctors cannot find the cause.
Please pray that God will deliver him from this suffering. Mark does not wish to receive any mail, because he is too exhausted to respond. Thank you for your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Sep 20, 2020 - Brad E. (Kailua Kona, HI)
Greetings and happy Feast of Trumpets! Brad is out of surgery and I just spoke to the surgeon. He says that the surgery went well. They removed the front half of his foot. They will give it a couple weeks to see if it will advance in the healing process. If so, great! If not, Brad will go back in for a BKA (below the knee amputation). Thanks so much to everyone for all the love, prayers and heartfelt concern. You have no idea how encouraging and bolstering this has been for both of us. Warmest aloha!!
Please continue to pray for the healing process to rapidly advance for Brad's foot.
Sep 18, 2020
Sherry E. called today (Friday, Sept. 18) with news about Brad's condition. Brad is in Honolulu in the emergency room, and Sherry will be unable to be with him now, or after the surgery. His surgeon did an angioplasty of his leg, and the veins were blocked to his foot. He opened the veins up as much as possible - hoping to save at least his heel and part of his foot. His surgeon felt there was a 50-60 percent chance he could do that, and the doctor thought it was worth the chance. Due to the emergency situation, doctors will have to do the operation early tomorrow morning.
Please pray that God will intervene so Sherry can be with Brad at some point - otherwise they will have to be apart for 14 days. It is hard for both, but a bit more difficult for Sherry. Brad and Sherry place their trust in Almighty God, and they have faith that through the stripes of Jesus Christ we are healed. They are very much thankful for your prayers, texts, cards and emails during this urgent time.
Sep 13, 2020
Sherry E. called today (Sunday, Sept 13) with urgent news about Brad's condition. They took the bandages off and found his foot had gotten worse, and his surgeon told them to go to the emergency room. Upon examination in the hospital ER, his doctor felt since his condition was so complicated it was best to transport him to Honolulu where there are more advanced medical resources.
The physician prepared Brad with antibiotics and did advance blood work for Brad's foot surgery on Monday. At this point, they do not know how many of his toes or how much of his foot may have to be removed.
Also another potential problem regards Hawaii COVID-19 restrictions which could prevent Sherry from being with Brad for 14 days. Please pray that God will intervene so Sherry can accompany her husband and the Holy Spirit will comfort both of them during this trial.
They are very concerned, but Brad and Sherry place their trust in Almighty God. Brad and Sherry have been in God's Church for decades, and they know and have faith that through the stripes of Jesus Christ we are healed.
They are very much thankful for your prayers during this urgent time.
Sep 11, 2020
Your earnest prayers are requested for Brad as he battles the lifelong effects of type 1 diabetes. Brad saw his surgeon on August 28 and his foot was not healing. The doctor trimmed more of the bone on his big toe and removed the upper part of another toe on September 4. He placed a vacuum on the foot to remove fluid to help his foot heal and promote mending, but on his appointment September 11, he was told his foot wasn't healing. The vacuum was removed by the doctor, and Brad will go in for an examination on Monday, September 14, to check the status.
This is a real struggle to try and save his right foot. Please offer up your prayers for God's intervention on Brad's behalf. Brad and Sherry place their trust in God and His mercy, and they truly appreciate the prayers of their spiritual family as the endure this serious trial.
Sep 3, 2020
Your earnest prayers are requested for Brad as he battles the lifelong effects of type 1 diabetes. Brad saw his surgeon on August 28 and his foot is not healing. He was told another toe would need to be removed. The procedure was postponed until Friday, September 4. This is a real struggle and possibly the last opportunity to save his right foot. Please offer up your prayers for God to intervene on Brad's behalf.
Jan 17, 2019
Brad was released from the hospital, and has been at home recuperating. Doctors found they needed to adjust some of his medications & he has gained some strength and is more able to get around. He has an ongoing battle inherent with type one diabetes. Brad and Sherry Ellis want to thank you all for your prayers. Thankfully, our loving God does hear the cry of His people. Please pray that God will give him more strength each day.
Jul 5, 2017
After further testing, it was found there is a slight narrowing in one of his coronary arteries, but not enough for surgery. They flushed his kidneys while in the hospital. He is still fighting a stubborn ulcer on his foot.
Jan 14, 2017
Brad of Kona, Hawaii has been in Upland, California undergoing tests and treatments for skin cancer, kidney function, and a stubborn ulcer on his foot. Upon seeing his cardiologist he was concerned that there might be blockage in his arteries, but his wife, Sherry, sent wonderful news. The cardiologist was amazed and somewhat perplexed because based on the abnormal results of his recent stress test the doctor was pretty certain he had some significant impaired blood flow to his heart. So much so that he over ruled his Nephrologists objection to the angiogram because of the risk of kidney damage from the dye they use. The results were amazing! There was some slight narrowing in one of his coronary arteries, but not enough to justify a stent, much less bypass surgery. They are going to keep him for the next five hours to flush his kidney real well then let him go back to his families home in Upland. He is now back home in Kona, Hawaii. Thank you everyone for your heartfelt thoughts and prayers. God is great!
May 2, 2016
Brad of the Big Island of Hawaii has be battling a threatening infection on his right foot which could have resulted in the loss of his lower leg. He has been struggling with this problem for nearly a year. He and his wife, Sherry, are elated to inform those who prayed for him that the cast he has wearing for the last two months was removed from his right foot and lower leg. He needs to be careful not to damage the area by overdoing it, and he will be fitted for custom orthotics to help protect the area of concern as it is still tender. Brad and Sherry wrote, "We are so very grateful for all the prayers and correspondence that we are receiving from the brethren and wish to thank them and our Healing Father for all they have done to support us during this long trial."
Feb 27, 2016
Brad is a longtime member living in Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii is suffering from an infection of his right foot caused by diabetes which has penetrated to the bone. He and his wife, Sherry, are requesting prayers for God's intervention because Brad is in danger of losing his foot. He lost his other foot to diabetes a number of years ago. Please pray earnestly with them for our Father in heaven to halt the infection and heal Brad's foot completely.

<  >   Death Announcement - Sep 18, 2020 - Tom Erickson (Fargo, ND)
I regret to have to inform you that Tom Erickson, of the Fargo, North Dakota, congregation, died this morning around 10 a.m. according to his aunt. His children were able to visit him yesterday and again this morning. The family has appreciated all the prayers, calls and cards. As you can imagine, this has been and is very difficult for the children. I know they will appreciate your continued prayers for them. As we are getting ready to observe the Feast of Trumpets, we can all be encouraged knowing that we will see Tom again.
Sep 11, 2020
I talked with Tom's aunt this afternoon, and he has had a few setbacks today and he is still in critical condition. My wife and I continue to check in with the children and they seem to be doing good.
Sep 7, 2020
Tom is still in critical condition, but is showing some improvement. They are weaning him off the sedation and he has been following some commands. His heart is able to function on its own but is still weak. One of the concerns is that his kidneys are still not working.
His family is very appreciative for all the continued prayers.
Sep 4, 2020
We heard today from Tom's aunt and his condition is about the same. He is still on the ventilator and still on the ECMO to help his heart and lungs function. He is still in critical condition. Please continue to pray for him and his children.
Sep 2, 2020
We were able to visit with the family yesterday and the family they are staying with. The children seem to be happy and comfortable staying there and the family seems to really care for them. This family lives in the same neighborhood and they have started back to school this week.
I received this update on Tom from Mark H. who receives the updates from the hospital;
"Dr S. just called, Tom is back in his ICU room, his chest is sewn back up, heart is running, ECMO machine is still connected in DV mode, oxygenating the blood for the lungs. Still on dialysis, not unusual for kidneys to recover slowly, considering what he's been through. Tom is heading in the right direction."
I told Eric who is the oldest boy, that many people were praying for them and for Tom, and he said he appreciated that.
Thank you for your prayers for the family,
Aug 31, 2020
I just got off the phone with Tom's aunt. She is the only one allowed to visit him at this point. She did see Tom today and was able to talk with his nurse. He is still in critical condition but more stable. I have been talking with Eric and the children and they are doing as well as can be expected. They are staying with a lady who was a good friend of Carla's. Shirlene and I are planning to go see them tomorrow and help them with details so they can be taken care of until Tom is out of the hospital. Please continue to pray for all aspects of this situation and God's guidance and intervention for Tom and the children
Aug 30, 2020
I wanted to update you on Tom. He was transferred to U of M hospital in Minneapolis early this morning. He was taken into surgery again after they detected some bleeding. He is in critical condition. The hospital is not allowing any visitors due to the covid 19.
This is a very difficult time for the family and they are very appreciative of your prayers.
Aug 29, 2020
I wanted to let you know and ask you to be praying for Tom E. of the Fargo congregation. Last night Tom had emergency surgery for a blood clot in his chest. This morning he had a cardiac arrest.
As you know, Tom and his family have been through a lot recently with the death of Carla and now this. I know they would appreciate your prayers.
Jan 4, 2013
Tom has been suffering from the flu for several days and passed out on Thursday. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital to be checked. They released him to go home, but found that hi blood pressure was low and he was dehydrated. He and his family appreciate your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Request - Sep 18, 2020 - Susan K. (Rapid City, SD)
I got an email from Susan K., a member in Rapid City, SD. She recently had a CAT scan and it revealed she has an enlarged spleen. The doctors are going to do more test right after the feast but she would appreciate your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Sep 17, 2020 - Grace J. (Estelline SD)
p.m.
We are settled into a hospital room at the Mayo Clinic. Gracie's surgery went amazingly well. The surgeon believes he was able to remove all of the tumor with clean margins. Miraculously the nerve that runs through the jaw was left healthy and intact. This was not what the doctor was expecting to find, as it was enclosed by the tumor. There is very little of the upper part of the jaw left and it is fragile, but with how young Grace is the doctors are hoping that the bone will fill in on its own. Gracie lost 4 teeth in total but the surgeon left two permanent teeth buds that he hopes will come up as her jaw heals and fills in.
Grace will eventually need some reconstruction, but this is so much better than we were expecting and we praise God for His love and mercy. We also want to thank all of you for your fervent prayers on Gracie's behalf. We are so very blessed. There is even the hope that Gracie will be able to recover in time to honor God's commandment to keep the Feast of Tabernacles and rejoice!
a.m.
We were able to bring Grace over to the Mayo Clinic this week for a few days of meetings with the doctors here in Rochester, Minnesota. After two days of visiting with different specialists, they have decided to do surgery on Gracie Thursday morning (tomorrow). We were not expecting surgery quite so quickly, and so the decision this afternoon has felt very sudden, but we can clearly see God's hand in it. The specialists here have decided that they can remove the tumor, sparing the bottom of the jaw plate, and thus avoid a complete resection. The doctor will be removing more than was originally thought, but they think they can get "clean margins." Gracie's jaw will be quite fragile, but they believe that with her young age the bone has a good chance of growing and filling back in. We would like to thank all of you for your love and prayers and ask that you join your prayers with ours, that God guide the hands of the doctors and that He pour out His healing upon our girl.
Sep 4, 2020
We greatly appreciate the outpouring of concern and prayers for our daughter, Grace. We were able to meet with the pediatric oncologist/hematologist yesterday (Thursday), and it looked like we were going to proceed as planned. That changed today. The Tumor Board at Sanford Children's Hospital met this afternoon to review Grace's case regarding her Central Giant Cell Granuloma (CGCG), a benign tumor that is located in her jaw. Grace's tumor is an aggressive CGCG. Up to this point, the plan has been to have the tumor removed, but spare her jaw. After reviewing the CT images the Tumor Board believes that it may be in Grace's best interest to do a resection of the jaw. This means removing that portion of her jaw and would require extensive surgery and reconstruction. The CT scan shows that there is very little bone left around the tumor. Blood tests have also revealed that Grace may have a blood disorder that impacts clotting.
The pediatric oncologist would like Grace to have an MRI next week to get a clearer view of the tumor. The MRI images will go to the Mayo Clinic for review. This type of tumor is extremely rare, and rarer still in children. Grace's doctor feels that the Mayo Clinic may be the best option, and recommends proceeding before the end of the month.
From my wife, Joy:
We received this information today and, needless to say, we feel like we have been punched in the gut. What we had hoped would be a surgery that Grace would recover fairly quickly from has potentially turned into something that could be life altering for her.
We know well where our help comes from... "Our help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth" (Psalm 121:1). We know that He is not slumbering or sleeping through any of this. We know that He intends good for our little girl. We have experienced His Faithfulness again and again, and we have confidence that He will be with Grace and our family, going forward.
We ask our family in Christ to please beseech God on Grace's behalf that further imaging will show that the bone is not badly compromised, that the surgeon here in Sioux Falls will be able to go forward with removing the tumor without having to remove the jaw. We fall on our knees before the Lord and pray that He will hold our Grace in the palm of His hand through this process and work out for her what will be in her best interest according to His perfect Will, and that He will help us to walk forward in courage and faith.
Aug 31, 2020
This is a prayer request for our daughter, Grace, age 10. Several weeks ago we noticed some swelling on the right side of Gracie's jaw while taking pictures. My wife, Joy, made a dentist appointment for her on the 18th of August and within 24 hours she underwent a biopsy of her jaw. The pathology report states that Grace has an aggressive Central Giant Cell Granuloma (CGCG). These are tumors that have developed on the lower jaw bone, causing it to swell, become less dense and deteriorate. CGCG is not cancer, but the treatment is similar - requiring extensive surgery to remove the tumors and further interferon treatments. We are waiting on a panel of doctors to review her case and are expecting her to have surgery either at the end of this week or after Labor Day.
Gracie is scared, but has been a tough little trooper through all of this. This is a hard thing for a little girl to go through, but our family is very thankful that this isn't cancer. We ask that you please remember Grace in your prayers for God's intervention and complete healing. We pray that our Father in heaven guide us as we go forward and that Gracie may be able to truly keep God's commandment to rejoice at His Feast.

<  >   Prayer Update - Sep 15, 2020 - Art V. (New Zealand)
Art just learned that he has two cancerous growths, one in his oesophagus and another in one of his lungs. An operation is not recommended based on a variety of reasons discovered upon further diagnosis. Next week he and his wife, Sari, will meet with medical practitioners, who will advise what medication is recommended, and other possible forms of cancer treatment. One procedure is that they will insert a stent in order to assist with swallowing.
Your prayers for Art, and his wife, would be greatly appreciated.
Sep 7, 2020
Art V., an 82-year-old elder in New Zealand who serves throughout the southern Pacific area, just learned that he has two cancerous growths, one in his oesophagus and another in one of his lungs. An operation is not recommended based on a variety of reasons discovered upon further diagnosis. Next week he and his wife, Sari, will meet with medical practitioners, who will advise what medication is recommended, and other possible forms of cancer treatment. One procedure is that they will insert a stent in order to assist with swallowing.
Your prayers for Art, and his wife, would be greatly appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Sep 15, 2020 - Craig M. (St. Louis MO)
Liz writes about her husband, Craig: "It is now Sept. 14, exactly 2 months since this whole trial started and I can hardly believe where we are now. The last 16 days since he arrived home have been even more exhausting for both of us than when he was in ICU. When he came home initially, he was having some dizzy spells, but after titrating down off of one of his blood pressure medications he hasn't been dizzy or fallen. When he initially came home he wasn't able to sleep very well, but after a new medication he's now able to sleep for about 4 hours at a time but that definitely needs to improve. He is able to move around on his own, dress, shave, shower, feed himself and the dogs sometimes. He still can't walk more than about 2 minutes though before he has to sit down. We go back to the doctor on Wednesday and I'm going to get a wheelchair prescribed so then I can more easily help him get around while he's healing. The pain level in his head is still pretty strong, even after medication. His neck is also very sore. He can't sleep on his right side because it makes his head hurt even more - that's the side where his skull had to be pieced back together. 3 days ago he said that he thought maybe his pneumonia was coming back because he felt something in his lungs. I immediately asked for an anointed cloth and after that he said he thinks it's gotten a bit better. Praise God for that!
"He wants to get better and he knows without a doubt God is helping him. He knows God brought him back for a reason and he is praying to find out why that is (your prayers would be appreciated on that, too). He can carry on a conversation about some things but we have to speak much slower.
"Craig is still unable to see out of his right eye at the corner and his peripheral vision is black, kind of like a horse with blinders on. He can see forward and his left eye is okay. Hopefully the vision will eventually come back 100%. His throat is still sore from the tubes and he talks lower than normal. He really can't handle being around people in general right now either during this healing time, mainly just me and our dogs. He does get very anxious at times and wonders if he's going to heal but then when we start talking about the miraculous nature of the whole thing he focuses back on God's purpose for his life. Memory-wise he can remember a bunch of things from our lives before the accident but some things he cannot. He cannot remember anything about the accident itself or ICU, mainly that when he woke up he wanted water to drink but couldn't get any because he had the breathing tube in. He has said over and over that is the worst thing that has ever happened to him, all the tubes and being tied down to the bed in restraints. It had to be done though because he was trying to pull all of his tubes out and that would have killed him. He understands that now, but it is still a vivid memory that will not soon be forgotten.
"Each night before we go to bed we pray together and ask God for help with everything. This experience has definitely bonded us as a couple. Our parents have gone home now, so it is just the two of us. Next month I am going to take leave from work so I can focus on the Feast and taking care of Craig full time. I also am going to focus more on taking care of me. I don't think I've really slept in 2 months - I'm sure many of you know that feeling in your trials as well. Since God has miraculously blessed us for Craig to be physically well enough to handle traveling away from our home, we have decided to go to Daytona Beach, God-willing. We'll stay by ourselves and watch services online, but we'll all be together in worship. The ocean has always been a place of healing and calm for us, and Craig feels it will help him to get a little bit better in his mind. He has said that looking out at the horizon over the ocean reminds him just how awesome God's creation is, that He created all this and that we are so small compared to all of it. If his health changes at the last minute, we will just stay here like we had planned before.
"Our Lord is so good and kind to us. My family, thank you. We love your cards, pictures, gifts of encouragement, food, and everything else you have sent. Everything has been looked at and appreciated more than you'll ever know. Keep the prayers coming, you know you have mine!"
Aug 24, 2020
Liz writes about her husband, Craig: "After Craig was discharged to a rehabilitation hospital, his condition worsened. Still not able to eat or sleep, his pain was excruciating, freezing cold all the time, and he couldn't see well out of his right eye. He also had anxiety, which made everything worse.
"On Monday, August 18, I asked for another anointed cloth, and that afternoon they took Craig to the Emergency Department because they believed something bad was happening related to his ICU medications. Many teams of doctors saw him: toxicologists, internal medicine, trauma, neurologists and more. His heart rate was way too fast, among other things, and they were concerned about cardiac arrest since he had previously died before that. A bed finally became Tuesday afternoon, and from that point God allowed things to slowly progress. He didn't have a roommate while he was in the hospital (God heard our prayers about this). He was able to get short bursts of sleep but was still not hungry or pain free.
"On Wednesday, they were able to FINALLY give him something that worked to reduce his pain to a manageable level. They were also able to give him something for his anxiety that (thankfully) made him tired and hungry. He got sleep and was hungry and not as anxious! He slept off and on and he constantly told God 'thank you.'
"On Friday, he was was able to nap and I could run errands. This was the first time he had felt safe for me to leave him! When I came back, we were told that he was ready to go back to the rehabilitation hospital. He was transferred that evening.
"He has now had his first therapy evaluations to see where he is strength-wise and mentally. He will have 3 hours of intense therapy Monday-Friday for the next 2 weeks, at a minimum, more if needed. He will have evaluations on the weekends to determine his progress and further steps.
"I can't even explain anything I'm feeling at the moment. Our Father didn't cause the circumstance we find ourselves in, but He is reaching down and cradling us in His mighty, wonderful hands with Jesus at His right hand, who paid the price for Craig's healing and mine. I feel the overwhelming care and attention God has given us when He has no shortage of things to do in this world. He is turning the same loving comfort to all of YOU, my wonderful, giant, family in Christ. My family and Craig's family send their love and appreciation to you for everything."
Aug 17, 2020
Liz writes about her husband, Craig: "On Monday, August 10, Craig was extubated successfully! Praise God for hearing our prayer and deciding it was time for the next phase of care to begin. All glory to Him! Every doctor and nurse who saw him was astonished to see such a quick turn around and so complete. A lot of them had thought that he wasn't going to make it. The decision was made to transfer him to the neuro-step down progressive care unit. He was transferred there on Wednesday.
"On Friday, August 15, he was discharged to the next phase of care, the inpatient rehabilitation hospital. Everyone who has cared for him over this month is still in shock that he is alive, let alone walking and talking. Craig is getting settled in and has already had therapy. His head is giving him excruciating pain; if he lays it down on a pillow to go to sleep he said it feels like someone is bashing him in the head constantly. Yesterday I walked him up and down the halls for almost 4 hours- constant movement where he is upright is the only time he says he has any relief from the pain. His body is so weak from being in bed for a month, in addition to the injuries. The doctors are in the process of pain management and other medical issues he has, so currently he is in constant agony because they haven't found a good mix yet. Prayers for that would be appreciated greatly. He also won't eat much currently because he has no appetite and is always cold. He has to eat to heal and also sleep well, and he is having trouble with that, too. Also it would be a blessing if he could be put in a private room. He currently has a roommate and it's so difficult for him to get any kind of feeling of comfort and healing with someone strange in the room. It will be a rocky journey but with God's loving help we will prevail.
"To my family in Christ, please continue your prayers on our behalf for this and every other phase of healing. Your letters are SUCH A COMFORT to me. I know that our wonderful Father is looking and is so proud of you for exercising the fruit of the Spirit by encouraging us and praying for us. You are in our prayers as well for the trials you're going through. I pray that one day in the Kingdom God - willing, I get to meet each and every one of you!"
Aug 7, 2020
Liz writes about her husband, Craig: "We are nearing the end of week 3 in Neuro ICU. On Tuesday the 11th, it will be 1 month that he has been here. The doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, techs, respiratory therapists and everyone else have all been wonderful.
"Craig is now sleeping deeply and not agitated. As of today he is breathing on his own with the vent in supportive mode only. I pray this stays the same. His pneumonia is still only about halfway healed and either Saturday or Sunday the doctors will make the decision whether to extubate him (if he continues to breathe well on his own) or to perform a tracheotomy to keep his breathing supported just until the pneumonia heals completely. There are benefits to the tracheotomy, but I am asking God to let him heal enough to be able to pull the tube out and breathe on his own. They are being very cautious because of the cardiac arrest when they tried to re-intubate him 2 Sabbaths ago. Whatever God's will, however, as that will be perfect.
"He also has a blood infection, MSSA. It is related to MRSA but not as bad; it is being treated by antibiotics.
"Craig"s fever is down and his vitals are stable, mainly rising when he has coughing fits. They have taken him off of sedation for the most part since it's not good to have it long term; however, he still has very heavy pain medication to keep him comfortable and still. He is desperate to pull the numerous tubes out, I can only imagine how bad they feel.
"After we get past the pneumonia, things will progress with evaluating his traumatic brain injury. He is responding well to his neuro checks during the day and has been falling back asleep afterwards. Today when he saw me he opened his eyes wide, as if he were trying to talk to me. I asked him some questions and he nodded his head up and down to indicate yes. I told him to ask God to help heal him, that God can do it. I also continue to pray with him when he is awake.
"The scar on his head from the surgery is healing well and so are his other facial scars. His arms and leg wounds are, as well.
"I will be starting my next master's class soon. I take a different new class every 2 months and continued prayers for me would also be wonderful. Thank you everyone for EVERYTHING!"
Aug 4, 2020
Liz writes about her husband, Craig: "He is still sedated and being kept comfortable. His lungs are still very inflamed, and still in need of healing. His fever has been going up and down all week, but they have been able to bring it down with a combination of things. Hopefully, his lungs will heal in the next week and then they'll be able to start the neurological tests to determine the extent of his traumatic brain injury.
"Yesterday, he fought through the sedation and opened his eyes while I was talking to him and he was able to keep looking at me for a while, about 20-30 minutes. I believe he understood what I was saying and that he was trying to talk to me. I prayed the Lord's Prayer with him and also recited Psalm 23. We are still taking it one day at a time, but knowing God has a purpose for this, as with everything.
"I also made an A in my management class!!! I have had several brethren ask me in cards to keep them updated on my grades, too. God heard their prayers on this small matter, as well as the larger ones."
Jul 27, 2020
Here is an update from Liz about her husband, Craig: "Last week, Craig had pulled his respirator out early and everything seemed to be progressing along somewhat fine even though his overall numbers weren't going up where the doctors wanted them to be. The pneumonia appeared to be healed and he was somewhat awake and being weaned off sedation.
"Friday night he was severely agitated and in pain. Saturday morning, July 26, they took a chest x-ray and saw that his lungs looked very bad, a lot of fluid everywhere, even though the pneumonia was cleared up for the most part. They said that this is common to happen after pneumonia in some cases. The doctors concurred that he needed to be reintubated due to his lungs declining all week. During the reintubation process, Craig's heart stopped and he was clinically dead for 2-3 minutes. They were able to do 2 rounds of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and revive him.
"God allowed Craig to clinically DIE and then BROUGHT HIM BACK. I will never get used to saying that - I am still in so much shock and the emotions are unreal. The entire time his heart was stopped, his brain NEVER lost any oxygen, so the traumatic brain injury wasn't made worse. If a person is in cardiac arrest, and their heart has stopped beating for more than seven minutes, then the possibility of bringing them back is much harder and Craig was well under that limit at 2-3 minutes. As far as they know his heart will not suffer any long term effects, but we'll know more soon.
"I don't know why God allowed this unless He wanted to perform a miracle so everyone including the doctors could see that He is in charge of everything. I do know that my faith in God has grown beyond what I thought possible. Maybe we'll never know. All I know is that He gets all the glory and honor and praise that we can give. He is so deserving and I thank Him so much. Thank you, brothers and sisters in Christ, for your continued prayers."
Jul 25, 2020
Here is an update from Liz Mason about her husband, Craig: "We have received so many wonderful cards from my dear brothers and sisters in Christ to comfort us in this time. I have been too exhausted and stressed to do anything except go through the motions of getting things done.
"Craig is off of the respirator. Praise God! He was scheduled to have it taken out Sunday morning, but Saturday night he had a VERY bad night and was so agitated from the brain injury, the pain, and coming out of sedation that he worked himself up so that he pulled the respirator out himself in a crazy turn of events. God allowed it to come out the way it did for whatever reason He did.
"He finished his antibiotics for the pneumonia and that is healing up most all the way now. Yesterday, his mother was told that the timing had to be EXACTLY as it was for Craig to even be alive right now. She is seeing great miracles from God in this whole situation.
"To explain Craig's current state, one nurse explained his brain injury this way. She said his poor brain has been traumatized and all of the centers in the brain that normally work together can't do that now because they are bruised and in pain. That is why sometimes he can't verbalize that he hurts, but sometimes he can say 'please help me' and 'thank you.' It will take some time for his brain to heal and calm down so that it can start to function somewhat normally. Once he can stay calm for a period of time, they can do a more thorough neurological exam to determine where we need to go from here.
"Please pray that God will cover the costs of everything including the rehab facility where he will have to live before he comes home. Thank you all so much for your tears, your words, your prayers. There are no words sufficient to explain the gratitude that I, my parents and family, and Craig's mom feel for your love and concern. God has used you all and your prayers and cards to help strengthen us through this spiritual and physical battle. God is so good, praise His Holy Name!"
Jul 15, 2020
Church member Elizabeth M.'s husband, Craig, suffered severe skull fractures and a brain bleed due to a serious scooter accident. Craig was in surgery Tuesday morning, that lasted about 4-5 hours. There were 3 things that were attended to:
1) A subdural hematoma - neurosurgeons were able to remove most of the blood on his brain but he currently has an open spot on the top of his head where a JP drain allows the nurses to continue suctioning out the remainder of the blood. Once that is done and not needed anymore, they will suture it up.
2) A skull fracture - the skull was fractured pretty badly. They cut him from one ear to another over the top of his head, pulled his scalp forward over his forehead, took out the fractured pieces of skull, checked to make sure that the membrane that covers the brain was still intact (this was a miracle for it to not be punctured), took a skin graft from the top of his head to put on top of the membrane as a second layer of protection for his brain, then finally took the pieces of broken skull and using titanium plates they put that back together to close up his skull, kind of like puzzle pieces. His head is stapled together and will be that way for a few weeks probably while it heals.
3) A sinus cavity fracture - The sinus cavity was fractured, and to prevent the possibility of spinal fluid or anything else traveling up his left nostril and reaching his brain (which could cause meningitis and death among other things), they permanently closed up his left nostril by placing bone, muscle, and lots of glue to help hold it in place. He will have only his right nostril to breathe out of for the rest of his life, but he is alive and has a nose!
So far all of his neuro checks they do every hour or so are good. He is in such tremendous pain every time the pain medications wear off, he gets very agitated. Both eyes are swollen and black and blue. He also has several wounds on his knees and right arm. He is very heavily sedated in addition to the pain meds.
He may still have a traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion, or memory loss; however, we won't know that until more time passes. We're just needing to get him past this initial phase of trauma. He will definitely be having therapy as well.
Elizabeth writes: "Blessings: He could be dead but he is not; he could be in a coma but he is not; he could be paralyzed but he is not; no one else got hurt. God has moved so much already. God is my Comforter and I know He is with me and Craig now and always like He is with all of us. To all the brethren praying for us and our family: THANK YOU SO MUCH. As I write this I am in tears for the compassion that has been shown to us; however, I knew that it would be that way because we love and take care of each other through trials. I do not know why God has allowed this, but He has a perfect purpose for it for Craig's and my lives and I will continue to trust Him with everything (Romans 8:28).
"I have only had about 8 and a half hours of sleep since Monday, so I am exhausted. I'm also trying to keep busy with work so that I don't totally break down with the overwhelming task of recovery that is ahead of us. I will not be afraid, God has this and He allowed it, and HE IS GOOD, and He already has the plan mapped out, we just have to trust Him and follow it. If you could also please pray for me to pass my graduate school class final on Monday night, that would help out as well. I am so tired. The last thing I want to do is study, but I must do good on this so I will lean on God with that like always."

<  >   Prayer Update - Sep 14, 2020 - Robson C. (Uberlandia, Brazil)
The family wishes to thank the brethren for Robson's healing from COVID-19. Thanks to God, he is completely healed and back at work in the hospital taking care of COVID-19 patients. He went through recovery at home and, thanks to God, no one at home got infected.
Jul 27, 2020
Prayer is requested for Robson C., the husband of Josiane Macedo C., a recently baptized member living in Uberlandia, Brazil. Robson is a nurse and has been working at one of the local hospitals, specifically treating COVID-19 patients. He contracted COVID-19 last week and he is not doing well, having fever, body pains and a heavy and cold chest.
Please pray for God's mercy on him and the family as he is being treated at home and Josiane with the three children are alone fighting this battle. Robson has always been very understanding and respectful to the Church and God's teachings.

<  >   Prayer Update - Sep 14, 2020 - Avelino B. (Luanda, Angola)
Avelino B., pastor and the voice of the Church's regional radio program in Luanda, Angola, has been ill for about two years. His health condition has deteriorated considerably, and prayers are requested for his recovery.
Last week he was for four days in a Luanda clinic and was diagnosed with some type of blood poisoning in his system. He has been given a detox program to follow for 20 days, after which they will do another re-evaluation.
I kindly request your prayers for God's intervention, as he is a great asset and positive influence in the Angolan Church.
I have been told that due to current mail restrictions to Angola any cards or letters that you may write to him will most likely not reach him. So if you want to send him a note or a card, I suggest you send me (at jorge_decampos@ucg.org) a clear photograph of the card or message you or the local congregation may have written, and then I will send it to him via 'whatsapp'.
Thank you for your prayers in advance.
Jul 19, 2020
Avelino B., age 53, is a pastor serving in the CompĂao congregation in Luanda, Angola He is one of the members of the Angolan National Council, and the voice of the Church's regional radio program in Angola.
Avelino has been ill for the last two years, but lately he is very ill. He suffers regularly from malaria (one of the major causes of death in Angola) and diabetes. Lately he has been extremely exhausted, having serious inflammation of his feet and legs with strong needle-piercing pains, and his sight is greatly impaired so that he cannot even read the Bible any more. Doctors don't know what else to do for his health. The medical facilities in Angola also have a lot to be desired.
He has been a pillar in the Church and God's Work in the area. I kindly request your prayers for God's intervention, as he is a great asset and positive influence for the spiritual well-being of the Church in Angola.
If you would like to write to him please first translate your message using 'google translator' as this automatic translator is pretty good into Portuguese, and the Angolans do not understand English at all.

<  >   Prayer Update - Sep 10, 2020 - Romel G. (Bacolod City, Philippines)
We would greatly appreciate and request your continued prayers for God's healing and intervention for Romel. He is still under ICU care after his massive heart attack on September 2, 2020. Added to his complications is that he has also tested positive for COVID-19 after the required swab test. These crises and trials not only add stress to the family emotionally, but also financially. At this point, he needs to be put in an isolation room and hospital bills are already piling up. In addition, he still needs to undergo an angioplasty procedure after his current medical situation is stabilized.
Thank you very much for your love, support and prayers.
Sep 2, 2020
Prayers are requested for Romel G. of the Bacolod congregation. Romel has been admitted to the Adventist Hospital in Bacolod City due to recurring back pain. He has been vomiting with some fresh blood residue and the x-ray impression shows a tortuous and atheromatous aorta, along with degenerative changes to the spine. The doctor recommended that he be put in the ICU to thoroughly and carefully monitor his vital signs, as he is suspected of having had a mild stroke. We would really appreciate your prayers for God's healing and intervention for him. Thank you very much for your love and prayers.

<  >   Death Announcement - Sep 4, 2020 - Arleen Salmon (Hunters WA)
I am sad to inform you of the death of Arleen Salmon. Arleen died at home this morning due to an ongoing struggle with cancer. She was a faithful woman who loved serving God and His people with her whole heart. Her conversations to the end were filled with hope of the Kingdom to come. Arleen now sleeps, awaiting the 7th Trumpet which shall awaken her to glory at the return of Jesus Christ. Please remember her husband, Walt, and daughter, Aimee McNally, along with the rest of the family in your prayers at this difficult time.
May 13, 2020
Arleen has suffered a significant setback in her treatment for abdominal cancer. On May 1st she was admitted to the hospital for emergency surgery due to additional complications. After 10 days in the hospital, she was released to a rehab facility close to home. Arleen is quite weak from her ordeal, but is determined to regain enough strength to return home soon. Additional cancer treatments are on hold at this time.
Please continue to remember Arleen in your prayers. She is a remarkable woman of faith who trusts God's perfect will for her. Your prayers, cards and kind words of support have been a great encouragement to her. Prayers for her husband Walt and daughter Aimee would also be appreciated. They are her support system during this difficult trial.
Apr 17, 2020
Your prayers are requested for Arleen S. Arleen has not felt well for some time. It was discovered recently that she has a growth in her abdomen. The result of a biopsy has determined that it is cancer. She has begun an intensive therapy program in an effort to shrink the growth and relieve the related complications it is causing.
Your prayers for God's intervention and healing on Arleen's behalf would be greatly appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Sep 3, 2020 - Fredd M. (Adle, IA)
This good news about Fredd was just received from his wife, Betty: "The surgery went well - just very intricate. He is awake. The nurse just called and he's talking and telling her that he is from Corpus Christi. She says he is doing well; the doctor was in and was pleased."
He will spend some time in the hospital recovering, so please continue to pray that everything will heal properly and that he will be free from any infection.
Aug 28, 2020
Fredd will be having a total pancreaticoduodenectomy complex operation this Wednesday, September 2, at 5:30 a.m. This delicate, complicated surgery, also called "Whipple," will take over 10 hours and it is used to treat tumors of the pancreas. It removes and reconstructs a large part of the gastrointestinal tract with the head of the pancreas, the first part of the small intestine, gallbladder and the bile duct being removed. It will take 4 surgeons to do this type of surgery, including a vascular surgeon. Fredd will be hospitalized at least 2 weeks after his surgery. Side effects may be infection, bleeding and leakage from the pancreas or bile duct connections. The procedure also may cause challenges afterward including digestive difficulties, headaches, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Fredd and Betty are asking for your prayers and healing with God's will being first and foremost. They are so very thankful for the many cards received from all over the world from his first prayer request.
Jul 27, 2020
Prayers are requested for Mr. Fredd M., a deacon from the Corpus Christi, Texas, congregation. He took ill while traveling with his wife, Betty, to Iowa to visit family. He was hospitalized and subsequently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He will have more blood work done and then begin chemotherapy treatments. He has been released and is at the home of a daughter. Please pray for Fredd and Betty during this difficult trial and for the future decisions they may face.

<  >   Prayer Update - Sep 3, 2020 - Kevin A. (Twin Cities, MN)
I visited with Kevin recently and he ask if I could send out a prayer request for him. He was recently diagnosed with testicular cancer. Please remember him in your prayers.
Nov 18, 2019
Kevin was in a car accident today and was taken to the hospital. Thankfully he was not seriously injured. He is very sore and did have a lot of bruises and they told him that he has whiplash. His car was totaled. He would appreciate your prayers.
Feb 16, 2018
Kevin has been suffering from several torn ligaments in his knees. He has been improving though, and this week visited the doctor to be checked. The doctor was amazed that 2 of the 3 torn ligaments healed. The one remaining is improving. This was very good news for Kevin. Kevin had opted not to have surgery to repair the ligaments, so it is clear that this is God's merciful healing. As for the cancer; it is neither better nor worse. Kevin wears uses a special electrode therepy 24/7 to help manage the pain. And fatigue is a problem. He is very thankful for your prayers, and God's intervention.
Dec 1, 2017
Kevin learned this week that he has several torn ligaments in his knees. They were injured in the car accident he had previously, but went undiagnosed until now. There have been times when his knees lock up and he cannot walk. He will be having surgery in December. One knee will be repaired at a time. Please pray the surgery is successful and he can have a swift recovery.
Oct 20, 2017
Kevin was involved in a car accident Wednesday night. He was treated at Hennepin County Medical Center and released. He has three broken ribs and numerus bruises. Breathing can be difficult because of the broken ribs. He appreciates your prayers. And also he would like to say thank you for the Feast basket, all the cards, letters, texts and a couple of phone calls during the Feast.
Jan 13, 2017
Kevin was involved in a car accident Friday afternoon. There were no serious injuries, but his left arm was hurt. X-rays were taken but there was no word from the doctors at the time of this writing. He expects it's a sprain. Please pray there are no more serious problems, and that his arm heals quickly.
Aug 27, 2016
The tumor in Kevin's chest is starting to break apart with both dead and live cancer cells. So that is good. There is also a new tumor in his groin region that is intertwined with the artery. Kevin has decided not to have it removed at this time, although it does bother him at times. The tumor in his brain is growing slowly. He will go on disability in September, and his last day of work is August 22nd. Your continued prayers are appreciated.
Mar 11, 2016
Kevin's mother died this week. He was able to see her last Saturday evening, but she was not conscious at the time. There will be no formal service. Your prayers for Kevin as he mourns her loss is appreciated.
Jan 15, 2016
Kevin's doctor informed him that the cancer cells in his blood stayed the same that last checkup. But because the cancer is now in his brain, he gets frequent nose bleeds. He will go from two months between checkups to one. They are hopeful that the cancer cell count will stay the same, or even drop. Kevin is also dealing with flank pain on the right side. It has been severe enough to consider going to the ER. The pain is likely caused by his liver and kidney. His urine has become more bloody - actually a mixture of urine, blood and bile. Your continued prayers are appreciated.
Jun 12, 2015
Kevin has been diagnosed with a second cancer in his blood. This one is called multiple myeloma, which interferes with red blood cell production. He has been prescribed medication to help with it, but it makes him feel bad. Please keep Kevin in your prayers.
May 31, 2015
Kevin's right shoulder has become very painful, and he can find no position that is comfortable. The doctors performed a plasma therapy this week, which is basically injecting a concentrated dose plasma into his arm using an MRI to guide the needle. This is considered a more holistic approach than surgery. The injection went well, but it has not really helped alleviate the pain. Your continued prayers are appreciated.
Feb 27, 2015
Kevin's last exam revealed cancer is doing damage in his kidneys. This is causing blood in his urine and some pain. Cancer has metastasized almost everywhere now. Kevin gets tired easily, but has maintained his will to fight the cancer.
Jan 17, 2015
The doctor wanted Kevin to agree to a procedure involving the insertion of tubes in his lungs through his back, in order to draw as much liquid out of his lungs as possible. They'd also give him a new type of medication that would require Kevin to be monitored closely. After prayer and fasting, Kevin has decided that he will not go into the hospital voluntarily for the procedure on his lungs. He writes, "I would rather throw myself on the mercy of God and ask Him to decide what He wants to do and to have the strength and courage to accept it - I would rather trust God and not what man can do." This week Kevin was still weak, but he could breathe a little better, without as much pain. Thank you for your prayers.
Nov 14, 2014
Kevin is still battling respiratory problems, and now has the flu. He would like to thank everyone for welcoming his nephew and his nephew's foster mother last Sabbath. They felt very welcome, and Kevin enjoyed introducing them to his friends. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Nov 7, 2014
Kevin's pneumonia is getting better. Thank you for praying about that. As you know, cancer has spread to various parts of Kevin's body. The only organ spared was his right lung. Now it has spread there as well. Kevin is requesting prayers as his nephew and his foster mom will be visiting this weekend. He would like the visit to go well, and to feel well enough to enjoy that time together.
Oct 29, 2014
Last night Kevin was informed that his bronchitis has now degenerated into pneumonia. He continues to need our prayers that God will intervene to heal the infection.
Oct 17, 2014
Kevin has still been unable to recover from bronchitis. A different antibiotic was prescribed, but it has not killed the infection. Please continue to pray for Kevin's health.
Jul 18, 2014
Kevin went to a sleep lab to see if his sleep could be improved. They had to administer oxygen during the test, and recommended he have rescue oxygen when he sleeps. Also, because of a headache he's been experiencing, he had a specialized scan and found the cancer has spread. It's now in the lining of his liver, heart, kidney and every major organ, including his brain. It is also making different muscles spasm which causes different types of pain. It's getting harder for Kevin to drive, as getting in and out of the car is challenging. Kevin continues to persevere faithfully. As he puts it in his latest update: "You see how we live is how we defeat something like cancer, for cancer can take your life but, it cannot take how you lived. I look forward to being able to go to church. I look forward to seeing friends and family. I look forward to the Kingdom." Kevin appreciates all your prayers on his behalf.
Jun 6, 2014
There is a bit of good news, the cancer is no longer in Kevin's eyes. There was some damage done, but that shouldn't be a big problem for him. More concerning, though, is that the cancer is now in his central nervous system in various points. The pain cannot be controlled well. The medication only takes the edge off. Kevin relies on God to help him through the pain. The doctor wants to install a port and pump morphine, but Kevin doesn't want that because he would not be able to do anything. He would rather live with the pain. He also is having to cough more, and at times it is hard to get the excess fluids out of his lungs. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
May 9, 2014
Doctors tell Kevin that unless they put chemo in his eyes he will lose vision sometime in the future. They could not be more definite on how long it would be because it seems that it is not happening as quickly as expected. Kevin attributes this to prayers and that his body still wants to fight the cancer. Ultimately he wants to leave things up to God, but your prayers for God's guidance in Kevin's decision are appreciated. He's also having a hard time getting "ahead" of the pain with the pain medications. Your continued prayers are much appreciated.
Apr 18, 2014
The tumor in Kevin's lung is causing him more trouble now. It's harder to get rid of the fluid that's collecting in the lung, which at times makes it difficult for Kevin to catch his breath. Also his vision is becoming blurry, he has watery eyes and is experiencing tunnel vision at times. The doctor thinks this means cancer has spread into his orbital sockets. There is also pressure on the nerves. He'll see an eye specialist and to see what can be done.
Feb 21, 2014
Kevin's left leg and back recently started to have bad spasms. New scans revealed that the cancer has done more damage to his lower spine, and has gone further into the pelvis than was seen before. There are areas of the bone that are no longer there that are needed to protect the nerves. Doctors suggest fusing his spine in the lower back, and implant two titanium rods for support to the spine. The pain is getting to the level that he'll have to make decisions on pain meds. Tests also reveal that the tumor in his lung has begun growing again. Please pray for Kevin as he makes decisions regarding treatment, and please pray for God's intervention and encouragement for Kevin.
Dec 7, 2013
Kevin writes: "For the first time in a long time, I have some good news. For some unknown reason, according to my doctor my cancer cells in my blood have reduced by almost 50 percent - I have the start of some new bone marrow, for looking at the scans you can see it and it looks to be healthy tissue. He told me not to get too excited and that it is only a start and it can change just as quickly." Also his blood is back to normal thickness. It had started to thicken up with the lack of bone marrow and the doctor had wanted to do a blood transfusion. There is some concern over some ribs that are no longer connected, and that he might have injured his heart after falling a few weeks ago. Kevin has been feeling more tired and week, and the doctor wonders if that might be the reason. Kevin appreciates your prayers. Please pray he continues to do better.
Nov 15, 2013
Doctors continue to find more small fractures in Kevin's bones, due to the bone cancer. There are numerous cracks in his left arm, and he'll probably soon need to have a titanium rod put in it. He will be getting a new back brace next week. He expects that he'll need to have rods put in his back at the beginning of next year. He continues to have severe pain, and he'll soon be going back to the pain clinic to see if there are any other medications that might help. He's been very bad headaches that have been making it hard to think clearly. Kevin writes; "I want to thank you for your prayers and for your boundless patience with me. I appreciate it more than I can ever say in words. I cannot even tell you how all the cards and letters have made me feel and touched my heart."
Oct 11, 2013
Kevin had an appointment at the pain clinic last week. The level of pain medication he'd been prescribed wasn't working. After a few tests with an increased dosage Fentanyl patch, the doctor told Kevin that he'd recommend Kevin take a much increased dose. But this would mean he cannot work or drive. Kevin has chosen to remain at the current level of medication and trust God to help him through. It's been much more difficult for Kevin recently. He thanks you very much for your prayers.
Sept 6, 2013
The cancer cells in his blood have increased. The tumor in his lung has also begun to grow again. He also has hairline fractures in his vertebrae, legs, and left arm, and the doctor says that because of those, he'll need to lose even more weight. The doctor said Kevin has cancer "basically everywhere," and that he "does not know why [he's] still alive." Kevin is in a lot of pain, but has still been able to function - thank God for that. Your continued prayers are appreciated, and very helpful for Kevin.
Jul 12, 2013
This week the doctor informed Kevin the cancer has spread into his hips, particularly the left side. The blood has more cancer cells in it. The tumor in his left lung is not changed. He now has a pain patch on all the time - now at 20 mg. The dose will steadily increase as his body gets use to the medication, and it's needed. Also, the doctor also removed another area of melanoma inside his thigh. Your continued prayers for God's intervention is appreciated.
Jul 6, 2013 Kevin is now being prescribed a pain patch that is supposed to deliver a hefty dose of pain killer. The dose has to be increased gradually so they can monitor his body's response. Please pray it works, and there is no adverse reaction to the medication.
Jun 14, 2013
Earlier in June, Kevin's doctor told him that he should look into hospice care soon. The cancer continues to take its toll on Kevin. The pain has become so severe that he occasionally passes out. The bone cancer has spread down, and across his back. That is the bad news. The good news is that Kevin continues to learn and grow spiritually from this ongoing trial. Please continue to pray for Kevin.
May 18, 2013
The bone cancer in Kevin's left arm has now spread into his shoulder blade. Kevin is experiencing a great deal of pain. The tumor in his lung is unchanged, but there are more cancer cells in his bloodstream. Kevin very much appreciates all the cards, letters, and encouraging emails. Please continue to remember him in your prayers.
Apr 19, 2013
The pain in Kevin's left arm has increased to the point that it radiates through his whole body. Kevin visited his oncologist last week. The scans revealed that the tumor in his lung is the same size. The cancer cells in his blood have increased. The tumor in his arm has spread so that it now basically encompasses the upper left arm from the elbow to the shoulder. He was given the immediate option of amputation, but chose not to have that done. Your continued prayers are appreciated.
Mar 9, 2013
Kevin's left arm has been swelling and in pain. He had scans this week that revealed there are nerves being pinched in the neck, and this has been a problem for over 6 months. Because it's been a problem so long, it has affected nerves down near his hand. The doctor recommends two surgeries; a simple one for the hand, and a major one in his neck, at the spine. Kevin will probably get a second opinion before making a decision about treatment. UPDATE: The tumor in his lung is the same, and the cancer cells in his blood are the same - within a percentage point as last month. The tumor in his left arm has increased in size to 7 millimeters which the doctor considers to be significant growth.
Kevin's left arm has been swelling and in pain. He had scans this week that revealed there are nerves being pinched in the neck, and this has been a problem for over 6 months. Because it's been a problem so long, it has affected nerves down near his hand. The doctor recommends two surgeries; a simple one for the hand, and a major one in his neck, at the spine. Kevin will probably get a second opinion before making a decision about treatment. Scans were done Thursday to see what's happening with the tumors.
Kevin's left arm is swelling. Doctors say it should not be swelling at this stage of bone cancer, so there is some concern that the cancer may be progressing faster than anticipated. He'll have tests run on Monday to see if it is being caused by the cancer. He's also experiencing more pain in the arm. Please continue to pray for Kevin.

<  >   Prayer Request - Aug 31, 2020 - Rudy_R. (Glen Carbon, IL)
Prayers are requested for the family of Rudy and Carolyn R. of the Troy congregation. Carolyn has just tested positive for COVID-19. Also, Aaron and Michelle R. were over to see them last Sabbath, so they have been tested too, and should get results by Wednesday or Thursday. Thank you very much for your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Aug 31, 2020 - Carol R. (Cottage Grove, MN)
Carol is currently in Oak Meadows Nursing Home in Oakdale, but she can't have visitors. She is trying to get strong enough to return to her home, but as of right now, that doesn't seem likely without God's intervention. Her communication is really limited, so phone calls don't work well. Cards and prayers would be appreciated.
Jul 23, 2020
Carol is requesting our prayers. She is at Woodwinds Hospital and will remain there for a least a few days so they can determine why she is experiencing severe weakness. She also is currently unable to transfer out of her wheelchair by herself, which impacts whether she can stay in her own home. Please ask God to heal and strengthen her. Cards would be greatly appreciated as she loves hearing from her church family.
Jun 3, 2018
Carol is recovering and is in transitional care at Saint Therese of Woodbury. For those who would like to call, visit or send her an encouraging note, the address is 7555 Bailey Road, Woodbury.
Jun 3, 2016
Carol is requesting prayers as she is having severe pain in her wrists. Since she is in a wheelchair, she has to use her hands and wrists to get around and the severe pain is making that difficult. She is so grateful for the love and prayers on her behalf.
Feb 13, 2015
Carol is requesting prayers for God's intervention. She is experiencing severe dizziness which has resulted in her not being able to use a walker anymore. She is now in a wheelchair and is unable to attend services, which she misses terribly. She would appreciate prayers that God would heal her dizziness so she can be a part of our fellowship again. She is very grateful for the prayers, cards and phone calls from her church family.

<  >   Prayer Update - Aug 27, 2020 - Judy B. (Murfreesboro TN)
Judy had her fifth infusion Monday following her colon cancer surgery, slowly getting to that final twelfth one! Twice she has had postponements of treatments due to white blood cell counts being too low. The problem is, since the purpose of chemo is to kill fast growing cells like cancer, it also indiscriminately kills bone marrow cells. So, the oncologist has twice given her a shot of something to boost production of those cells, then waited at least a couple of days for an infusion. He also has slightly decreased the amount of chemo with each infusion so that the white cell count won't drop below where it needs to be.
Some really good news is that the CT scan she had after the fourth treatment showed no sign of cancer cells! Judy and her husband, Bob, thank our loving and merciful God as well as all you brethren who have been petitioning our Father on Judy's behalf.
Jun 4, 2020
From Judy's husband Bob: "First, we are so very thankful for the awesome number of cards (some hand-crafted) which we have received and for the prayers which have been offered to our merciful Father on Judy's behalf! The wonderful, warm, inspiring words of encouragement are extremely comforting and much appreciated.
"Second, on June 3rd, Judy had a follow-up visit with the surgeon who did her second surgery some weeks ago, from which she has pretty much healed. We also saw the oncologist, who has set up her chemotherapy which is scheduled to begin June 8 and continue biweekly for six months. Judy needs to essentially isolate herself during that time since her immune system will be reduced and her age makes her vulnerable. The doctor also said whenever I go out (which needs to be infrequently), I need to wear a mask and practice social distancing to keep Judy from contamination. He also said another factor involved is that there has been a spike in the cases of COVID-19 since Tennessee relaxed its stay-at-home policy (we have seen very full parking lots!)."
Apr 16, 2020
Bob and Judy thank all of you wonderful brethren for your prayers on Judy's behalf, as well as for the many cards and letters of encouragement. Monday, April 13, she had successful surgery which included a hysterectomy as a followup to her recent colon surgery. The results appear to be good and chemotherapy is scheduled to begin in the next few weeks. They would appreciate your continued prayers.
Apr 11, 2020
Bob and Judy appreciate very much all the many cards she has received in response to their request for prayers. Judy will be undergoing another surgery this Monday before any further treatment can begin. They would appreciate your continued prayers for her complete healing.
Mar 6, 2020
Bob and Judy B. request prayers for Judy, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. She underwent surgery to remove the cancer, but the pathology report after her surgery indicates chemotherapy is highly recommended. Please pray that God will guide her and her husband, Bob, in making all the right decisions to provide the most positive results.

<  >   Prayer Request - Aug 26, 2020 - Amy D. (Osceola, WI)
I have a sad announcement and a prayer request. Amy D. had a miscarriage today. Kyle and Amy are requesting prayers for Amy's recovery and comfort for their family during this trial.

<  >   Prayer Request - Aug 25, 2020 - Ellen G. family (Ashford AL)
Your prayers are requested for the family of Ellen G., a member of the DeFuniak Springs congregation. Five of the family members have come down with the COVID-19 virus. Ellen’s husband, son, daughter, granddaughter and niece have all tested positive and show symptoms of the virus. Thankfully, Ellen tested negative and is doing okay under the circumstances. Please pray for a speedy recovery for all.

<  >   Death Announcement - Aug 22, 2020 - Elsie Hooser (McKinney, TX)
With deep sorrow, I must inform everyone that Elsie Hooser died Friday afternoon at the hospital where she was a patient. Don Hooser will provide more information later but I wanted to inform all who have prayed for Elsie and Don that her battle is over and she awaits the resurrection.
From Don Hooser: "On Friday, August 21st, my dearly beloved wife Elsie went to sleep until the resurrection. On behalf of my three children and the rest of the family, I want to thank all of you who have prayed for Elsie and me during the past few years.
"In 2016, she recovered from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma - thankfully, it is a relatively easy type of cancer to treat. Then she had bronchiectasis (a lung disease) from 2017 to 2019 with ever-worsening coughing until she suddenly got well. Then she had a reoccurrence of lymphoma this year. Her symptoms were rapidly improving until recently when she experienced a downturn. I took her to a hospital a week ago (Aug. 14) and we learned that her kidneys and heart had seriously weakened and then her kidneys finally shut down. Over the years, we had prayed that when our lives ended, the death would be peaceful and dignified without great suffering. God did indeed grant Elsie that blessing. And our daughter Amy and I were with her the moment she died.
"As the Scripture says, 'The righteous is taken away from the evil to come' (Isaiah 57:1). In the last few years, we've been heartsick about the growing percentage of people who have rejected the Bible and embrace all kinds of lies and evils. So I'm glad Elsie won't have to see any more terrible happenings.
"Elsie and I met at the Feast of Tabernacles at Big Sandy in 1962. I quickly introduced myself to her because she was the prettiest woman there, but soon was quite inspired by her sincere godly character and sweet personality. Then we got married in 1966, two days after my graduation from AC at Big Sandy. Our honeymoon was driving from Big Sandy to Akron, Ohio, to work as a ministerial trainee and we served together in the ministry ever since. She was naturally somewhat shy but she was a good sport about being a minister's wife. We were blessed with three children and today all three and their spouses are in the United Church of God.
"God has blessed us in countless ways including long lives. Elsie was almost 81. But the greatest blessing is knowing that God's people will eventually be healed of every health problem and we will be together forever in God's promised land. Again, thank you for your prayers."
Aug 20, 2020
From Don: "First of all, our family cannot thank all of you enough who have prayed for Elsie each time she has had a health crisis during the last few years. I have some very sad news. The doctors consider Elsie to be in critical condition and are recommending that she get signed up for Hospice care.
"I took her to the hospital ER last Friday (Aug 14) and she is still in the hospital. Today the doctor explained to me that she is no longer improving but her condition is getting worse.
"The number one problem is the weakness of her kidneys -- they are functioning less and less than they should. She also has congestive heart failure, which primarily is weakening of the heart muscle, reducing its ability to pump blood efficiently. This causes fluid from the blood to back up and settle in various places including the lungs.
"Once again, she also has hypercalcemia, which is too much calcium in one's blood. Hypercalcemia causes physical weakness, mental confusion, and feeling half sick. I had been increasingly suspecting hypercalcemia because she had that each time she got lymphoma (in 2016 and 2020). What is surprising is she got it again even though she mostly recovered from her latest bout with lymphoma.
"The kidneys are supposed to filter out excess calcium. He weak kidneys are part of the reason for her having hypercalcemia. Our bodies are so complex. One health problem contributes to other health problems. It is a blessing that I got Elsie to the hospital when I did so she could start getting her condition diagnosed and treated.
"The hospital's coronavirus restrictions have allowed one visitor per day and the visitor has to leave by 9 p.m. Today I got special permission to be in her room 24/7, so I will begin sleeping in her room each night. also got permission for our daughter to visit her mom between 6 and 9 p.m. Daily we will FaceTime with our sons and their wives.
"We expect Elsie to be discharged from the hospital and to come home within the next few days. Hospice people will then begin coming to help her each day.
"Elsie and I have been blessed with long lives and we have not been afraid of dying since we know we will awake to an infinitely better life. We all hope we will never suffer greatly and God has blessed Elsie and me in that neither of us have ever suffered terribly. However, I know I will eventually be brokenhearted.
"Thank you, thank you for your prayers for Elsie and our family and for all God's people with serious health problems."
Jun 27, 2020
From Don: "Good news about Elsie. We are thanking and praising God and for those of you who have prayed for her. We cannot thank you enough! Elsie and I saw her oncologist on June 19th, and the doctor thinks the non-Hodgins lymphoma is mostly gone already. Elsie is getting rid of the lymphoma faster this time than the first time (in 2016). Apparently this new chemotherapy drug (in a once/day tablet) works better than the previous drugs accessed intravenously at the oncology clinic.
"Elsie now has almost no pain and all the swelling in her legs and feet has gone down. She is sleeping in her own bed and is able to get in and out of bed by herself. She is able to walk around the house with the help of her Rollator.
"We've appreciated the help of the visiting nurse, physical therapist and occupational therapist. With their help, Elsie is rapidly gaining strength and mobility.
"One ongoing problem is that Elsie's body has lost most of its ability to produce immunoglobulin which is a vital component of one's immune system. We think this is the result of the previous lymphoma and chemotherapy. So she is getting a subcutaneous infusion of immunoglobulin once a month. Thankfully, our Medicare insurance is paying the majority of the high cost of the drugs and medical treatment.
"Elsie has received lots and lots of get-well cards and notes and we have been very inspired by the wording of many of the personal notes in those cards. Many of God's people have quite a ministry of writing inspiring biblically-based notes of comfort and encouragement. May God greatly bless you for the time, effort, thoughtfulness and love in picking out inspiring cards and especially in writing those inspiring messages. (And many of you have included me, her husband, with your encouragement, and I thank you for that.)
"Many of God's people have serious health problems and other problems and we continue to pray for them. Many thanks for Elsie and me!"
May 15, 2020
From Elsie's husband, Don: "On May 13th, after several delays, Elsie finally received a definite diagnosis of what we strongly suspected. She has a reoccurrence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, exactly what she was diagnosed with in January 2016. Her pain and physical weakness have been increasing and the pain has become quite severe in her right leg and hip. She also has swelling in her legs and feet, which is typical of lymphoma. A generous neighbor just gave us a power lift lounger chair, a great help for getting up and down.
"Thankfully, this type of cancer is one of the easiest to successfully treat with chemotherapy. In 2016, her lymphoma was in remission within a few months. (With every health problem, the first thing we've always done is to get anointed for God's healing. And in January 2016, we also sent a prayer request to all our members, so we again thank everyone who prayed for Elsie at that time.) We are also thankful to learn that there is a new chemotherapy for this lymphoma that is accomplished by taking two pills each day, so there will not be the need to go to an oncology clinic for intravenous infusions. We are quite anxious for her to get started with this treatment. (At our age - around 80 - our bodies don't respond as well as when we were young, but we're hoping for the best.)"
"Elsie has suffered a roller coaster of trials. In 2017, she was diagnosed with bronchiectasis, a lung disease that is considered incurable and progressive and that was causing her to cough almost 24/7. Well, in the late summer of 2019, she quit coughing! We don't know if that was the result of divine healing or the result of some embryonic stem cell therapy that she received in June 2019, or both. We continue to thank God for divine healing, for the body's automatic healing that God has designed into our bodies, and for modern medical science (based on scientific laws that God also designed). God gets the credit for every good thing (James 1:17). Many thanks to all of you for your prayers for us and for the many members around the world who have serious health problems."
Aug 16, 2017
My wife Elsie and I want to thank all who prayed for her last year when she was diagnosed in January, 2016, with stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma. We are happy to report that after she went through six infusions of chemotherapy ending in June, her cancer was considered to be in remission. We are very grateful to God! We are also grateful for many things including the support of family and friends, the knowledge of good nutrition, and for modern medical care.
However, the lymphoma and the chemotherapy have evidently weakened her in various ways. Her most distressing health problem now is bronchiectasis (pronounced bron-kee-ek-ta-sis), a lung disease that is considered incurable and progressive. After months of increased daily deep coughing, she was diagnosed with bronchiectasis in May. A few weeks ago, she began using a nebulizer with two lung medications twice a day. And just today (8/15/17), she received an oxygen concentrator plus portable oxygen so she can be on oxygen most of the time.
The most dangerous aspect of bronchiectasis is that the airways of the bronchial tubes and lungs easily get infections. In fact, infections can be chronic and can require taking a special antibiotic permanently. Elsie also suffers from a low immune system, chronic anemia, and weakened kidney function. Elsie is not in a crisis and we are coping fairly well but we think God's people will want to know about this. Our family certainly appreciates prayers for Elsie. Thank you!
Mar 8, 2016
Elsie and I want to express our deepest thanks to those who have prayed for Elsie's healing and health. She just finished the second cycle of chemotherapy and I'm delighted to report that she's well on the road to recovery. Barring some new crisis, we expect this to be the last update.
She was diagnosed on January 10 as having one type of non-Hodgkins B-cell lymphoma, and Mark Welch and I immediately anointed her. She spent five days in the hospital and then 16 days at a rehab facility to build up her strength. The oncologist prescribed six cycles of chemotherapy, about one month apart, but said she expected the lymphoma to be largely in remission after the first two cycles. The first cycle was on Feb. 1-3 and the second cycle was Feb. 29 and March 1. We were forewarned that the side effects of the first day of chemo would be by far the worst, and, indeed, Elsie said that was the worst she has ever felt. Happily, this second cycle of chemo caused only minor side effects. (As I reported before, this type of chemotherapy does not cause hair loss, which is a great blessing, especially for a woman).
With the swollen lymph nodes and the blockage of the lymph system, Elsie was quite swollen with fluid in the lower half of her body. The excess fluid pressed against her lungs, making her feel short of breath, and pressed against her stomach so she could only eat tiny meals. But now most of the swelling is gone so she is much, much more comfortable now! Elsie is still physically weak and wobbly and is still usually using a Rollator (a rolling walker) when she's walking, but she has been steadily gaining strength and stability. We've seen the evidence of many blessings along the way. It has been of monumental comfort to know that we are always in the hands of our loving God and Healer. And our experiences of course give us more compassion and empathy for God's people and their family members who are suffering with health problems and other trials.
Many, many thanks to people (all over the world, thanks to e-mail and the Internet) who have prayed, to those who have sent Elsie cards, e-mails, flowers and a teddy bear, and to those who have brought us - the patient and the caregiver - prepared meals or have done other favors for us! May God bless you all!
Feb 5, 2016
Elsie is doing very well after her first round of chemotherapy. God's hand is evident; yesterday she was looking good and feeling pretty well overall. Her husband, Don, gives the following update:
"Elsie has made it through the first cycle of chemotherapy - on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We were relieved to get started as we had been afraid there might be some complication that would delay the start of it. We were warned that the very first day would be the longest and toughest and, sure enough, Elsie said that may have been the most miserable she has ever felt. But that extreme discomfort subsided quickly after that. Her swollen lymph system (from lymphoma) has caused a great amount of fluid retention and pressure, and she has not begun to get relief from that. It not only is highly uncomfortable, it is putting pressure on her lungs so she continues to feel out of breath, and putting pressure on her stomach so he can't eat much. It will be a gradual relief to her to start getting rid of the fluid along with destroyed cancer cells. Even with the rehab, she is still quite weak and will need some time to build up her strength and immune system. After a month of recuperation, Elsie will go for the second cycle of chemo. We could never adequately express our thanks to all our family, friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ for their prayers and messages of encouragement. Thank you, thank you!"
Jan 26, 2016
My wife Elsie and I had a meeting on January 25th with the oncologist to go over the results of her medical tests and it brought great relief to our minds. The diagnosis has been confirmed as B-cell lymphoma. In spite of this being stage 4, the oncologist says she is optimistic that this might be put into remission after only two cycles of chemo, one month apart! The first chemo infusion is scheduled for Monday, February 1. We are immensely grateful to God for His merciful and generous blessings - past, present and future - and for the prayers of hundreds of people around the world!
Jan 14, 2016
Don H. asked me to forward his prayer request below. Don and Elsie have been wonderful servants in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and in several other areas throughout the U.S. for many years. They are a great team, love each other deeply and rely upon each other heavily. Thank you for your prayers for Elsie and Don and for the extended Hooser family.
"Please pray for my wife, Elsie. She has been diagnosed as having B-cell lymphoma. I'll now attempt to explain this type of cancer as best I can. It is lymphoma because it originated in the lymph glands. Because it has spread to the blood, it has also become leukemia. Because it has spread to the bone marrow, it is considered to be in stage 4. The good news is that it is "low grade" (slow-acting) and very treatable (medically treatable with chemotherapy as well as God's healing).
"Elsie's energy level had been going down so we made a doctor's appointment for a check-up on Jan. 12. But by Sunday morning, Jan. 10, she had become so weak that I took her to a hospital ER. It's a good thing I did. Among other symptoms, her white blood cell count and her blood calcium were very high. She was admitted to the hospital and many tests have been run. The diagnosis has been narrowed down to one of two types of lymphoma. The tentative treatment plan is as follows: She will remain in the hospital until Jan. 19 while she receives treatments for her symptoms and for physical therapy to strengthen her. On each of the three days after her discharge, she will receive the first infusions of rituximab (trade name: Rituxin). This chemotherapy will be repeated each 28 days until the lymphoma is in remission. A bit of good news is that this type of chemotherapy generally does not cause hair loss or any other traumatic symptoms.
"Elsie and I have been highly interested in good nutrition all our adult lives and we will be pursuing further knowledge of nutrition and other adjunct therapeutic regimens. We're thankful that our daughter Amy and many other family members live nearby. And when our two sons heard the news, they immediately flew here - Danny from Seattle and Randy from Denver - to be with their mom for a few days. This of course brought much joy. Thank you for your prayers!"

<  >   Prayer Update - Aug 21, 2020 - Joe J. (Gig Harbor WA)
Joe writes: "Yesterday was my second surgery to see how much of the retina stayed attached and to remove all the scar tissue on the retina. I am happy to report, thanks to our Heavenly Father, that all the scar tissue has been removed and the retina is attached except for a small little corner. Compared to where I was before the surgery, this is a HUGE BLESSING! I don't know the extent of what vision improvement I have until the swelling goes down.
"Due to the small portion of the retina that still has not attached itself, the doctor was not able to fill the eye with saline as hoped for, but changed the oil. Now I know how my car feels when it gets an oil change. It is unclear at this time how long it will take for the retina to heal. With God, no worries, sometimes the answer to our prayers is not yet . . . have patience.
"I want to thank our Great and Merciful Heavenly Father for the vision I have gained, and thank all of you, my family, for your continued support and prayers through this time of need."
Aug 15, 2020
Joe writes: "Words cannot express our gratitude for the blessing and love our great God has for me. I also want to thank all of you for your prayers on my behalf about my eyesight. God has already blessed me with more than I previously had.
"This week I went in for my pre-operation appointment with my eye surgeon. After a battery of tests, she notified me that the retina is attached. This, in and of itself, is cause for much praise and thankfulness to our wonderful Father. Next Thursday, August 20th, I will have my second surgery to remove the oil and buckle that has been holding the retina in place. The difficult part will be removing as much of the scar tissue as possible; this will determine how clear my eyesight will become. Please pray that God, according to His will, would give me my full eyesight back."
May 15, 2020
Joe writes: "Hallelujah! Praise to our Heavenly Father. Our merciful God has sought to give me my eyesight back. As you might remember the surgeon did not have a positive outlook concerning my detached retina, but yesterday after a 3 week check up I am able to see 20/50 without any correction. This is a miracle!!! Even though my eye will still have 3 months with gel to stabilize the retina in place, all I need is a stronger lens for my glasses. My heart is full of joy and praise for our Heavenly Father. We can never take for granted the little things we expect to do on a daily basis.
"I want to thank our great God for His Holy Spirit in each of you. I have a stack of cards 6 inches thick from all around the world, mostly from people I don't even know. The highlight of my day comes after dinner when Laura opens the cards and letters from each of you and reads them to me. At this point my eyes at the end of the day are still extremely tired and reading is difficult, but that will all change as soon as I get my new glasses. Thank you to all those who spent the time and effort to beseech our Father on my behalf, His Holy Spirit flows through His Church! May our God bless each one of you."
Apr 24, 2020
Joe writes: "Two days before the surgery, as Laura and I were walking, I noticed the dark spot in my vision had disappeared. Even though there was still a veil over my vision, I could begin to make out certain objects and I could see God's mighty hand working on my eye.
"According to the doctor, the surgery yesterday (April 23rd) went better than expected. Once she was finally able to see into the eye, she found little scar tissue. That, in an of itself, was a miracle. She was able to successfully reattach the retina. This morning after the bandages came off, I was able to see normally out of my right eye. It will be a long three months before we know the extent of the damage, but all prognoses are better than originally expected. I'm still dealing with a lot of pain and discomfort right now.
"Thanks be to our Heavenly Father for this miraculous outcome. I want to thank everyone for the outflowing of love and support through prayers, emails, texts, messages, cards and calls. Please continue to pray for a speedy recovery."
Apr 17, 2020
Joe and Laura J. are long time members and Joe serves as a deacon in the Seattle congregation.
Over the past three weeks, Joe's vision has deteriorated to the point where driving and working is troublesome. Joe works in the surveying field and is an accomplished photographer. This week, his eye doctor told him he has a detached retina in his right eye. The doctor was confused as to how this happened because Joe had not had any head trauma. An emergency appointment was made with a retina specialist. It was decided that Joe will have surgery on Thursday, April 23rd. The specialist was not very optimistic that even limited vision would be restored, but Joe and Laura gladly place their trust in God and His will.
They are requesting the prayers of God's children on Joe's behalf, that full vision is restored to his right eye and that God be glorified in the process.

<  >   Prayer Request - Aug 20, 2020 - Eileen W. (Coarsegold, CA)
Eileen and John W., of the Sacramento, California, congregation, are requesting prayers for Eileen who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in her lungs, liver, brain and lymph nodes. She has been going through radiation treatments for the brain tumors the past few weeks She will soon begin chemo therapy for the cancer in her organs.
Thank you ahead of time for your prayers for her healing and recovery.

<  >   Prayer Request - Aug 20, 2020 - Oscar B. V. (La Paz, Bolivia)
The family requests your prayers for the delicate and serious health condition of our great and beloved friend, Oscar Baldivieso V., who has been practically in a coma for five months due to heart failure.
Oscar needs an operation, but due to the coronavirus pandemic it is impossible to transfer him to a hospital. The pandemic has invaded our entire country, and hospitals are saturated with patients.
His wife, Teresa, is troubled and has asked for prayers for God's intervention and for her husband to be delivered from the difficult situation he is now suffering. Thank you all for your support.

<  >   Prayer Request - Aug 20, 2020 - Mary Ann R. (Miamisburg OH)
Mary Ann R. writes: "I want to express my love and appreciation for all the cards, prayers and concern from my family, the Church of God. My MRI came back worse than the X-ray, but with prayer and strong medications, I am able to function. The side effects of the meds are not good. So after the Feast, I will decide whether to have the surgery. I am doing everything I can. God will do the rest. Thank you so much for your prayers. It is in God's hands."

<  >   Death Announcement - Aug 18, 2020 - Zenaida Santos (Manila, Philippines)
We are saddened to inform you of the death of Zenaida Santos of the Manila congregation this morning, after battling with breast cancer. She was 76 years old. We just had her funeral service via Zoom early this evening, because she is due for cremation this same evening due to the pandemic. Please continue to pray for her husband, Gener, and her daughter, Jenny, who are both Church members as well as the rest of her bereaved family.
Jun 5, 2020
Zenaida S. is still in the hospital and continues to be treated for pneumonia. We are very grateful for your prayers, as she tested negative for COVID-19. She is still very weak, though, and her family continues to request prayers for her complete recovery. Another ailment that she's experiencing is her failing eyesight. Her family intends to bring her to an eye specialist when she recovers from her pneumonia. Let us all continue to remember her in our prayers.
May 13, 2020
Mrs. Zenaida S., a longtime member of the Manila congregation, was rushed to the hospital due to her breast cancer. She was further diagnosed with pneumonia and was advised to transfer to another hospital because anyone with pneumonia at this time is considered a suspect for COVID-19. We request our brethren to pray for the healing of her cancer, as well as her pneumonia, and that her pneumonia is not COVID-related.

<  >   Prayer Update - Aug 18, 2020 - Tallulah O. (Blaine, MN)
Tallulah came home from the hospital yesterday evening. She wants to thank all of you for your prayers on her behalf, the encouraging cards and offers of help, and our great God for his healing and comfort. She does have several recovery issues so please continue to pray for her. Thanks.
Aug 15, 2020
Tallulah needs to have excess bile removed from her system. Her small intestine hasn't fully adjusted to absorbing the extra amount it receives due to the absence of her gall bladder. The procedure should take place sometime this afternoon or evening. Also, her heart rate is very low so it is being monitored as well. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Aug 10, 2020
The doctor called David last night with an update. The surgery started at 7:45PM and lasted almost an hour and a half. He said her gall bladder was in bad shape and that she had an infection. However, the surgery went well and the infection is clearing. He expects her to be discharged on Tuesday or Wednesday if recovery goes well.
Thank you all for your prayers.
(later) Tallulah is currently experiencing high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high blood platelets, low hemoglobin, and a low blood count. The doctor thinks it is a result of the leftover stuff that her gall bladder wasn't able to process. They've started treating these issues.
She is asking that we would consider this in our request to God for her healing.
Aug 9, 2020
Tallulah is requesting prayers for the removal of her gall bladder tonight around 6p. It started giving her problems two weeks ago. The problem cleared up for a few days but didn't completely go away. She checked into the ER at Mercy Hospital this morning. The doctor said her gall bladder was inflamed and swollen to 10 ten times its normal size. It couldn't be drained as they had previously done. She also needed a blood transfusion. She has left it in God's hands. Please pray for a successful operation and recovery.
Feb 14, 2020
I want to thank you all for the cards, emails and texts expressing your thoughts and prayers. I am sorry that I can not reply to you all individually at this time. I came home Monday night only to relize that both David and Euodias were sick. They started their medications today. Please pray for them to get well and for strength for me to care for them as they have so beautifully done for me.
To those who express an interest in visiting, between the three of us we sounded like The Three Tenors coughing out a rendition of "Libiamo ne' lieti calici". We do not want to expose your ears nor your immune system to that.
I'm addition, thank you for webcasting the Interactive Bible Study. I was not allowed to see Euodias during my hospital stay and it was so lonesome and dreary. How comforting and encouraging to hear all of your voices proclaiming God's Truth in such a truthless time. It was uplifting and it brought my heart and mind to what REALLY matters, God's Kingdom.
Feb 9, 2020
Tallulah is feeling better, but her temperature fluctuates too much between normal and fever range. Her oxygen levels are low so she's hooked up to oxygen and they gave her something today that they hope will open up her air passages some. Once her temperature stops going up she may be released. Friday was the only day it didn't go up.
Please continue praying for God's healing.
Feb 5, 2020
Tallulah was released from the hospital on Sunday. She had some medical symptoms that worsened over the past 3 days. Upon a follow-up visit with her primary doctor today she was readmitted. One test came back as Influenza A. The other tests they performed came back inconclusive. Please keep her in your prayers.
Feb 1, 2020
We stopped by Mercy Hospital on our way back from Eau Claire last night to see Tallulah, though she was pretty tired and I'm not sure she will remember it. David and Euodias were with her most of the day. David said the procedure was successful and the stones blocking her gall bladder have been removed. He was hoping to bring her home to day.
They very much appreciate our prayers and hope she can return to services soon.
Jan 31, 2020
Tallulah has not been able to keep anything down since Monday. A visit to the ER today revealed that stones from her gall bladder are enlarged in her ducts. This is causing bile blockage from the liver. She was admitted at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. We are awaiting recommended procedures.
We ask for your prayers to God for His merciful healing and His wisdom for both the medical teams and us to know which way He wants us to proceed.
Feb 13, 2019
Tallulah was able to leave the hospital on Sunday and is recovering at home. Please continue to pray that her symptoms will dissipate and that she be strengthened physically. Thank you for your prayers and concern.
Feb 10, 2019
Good news. The doctor said Tallulah could go home this afternoon by 2pm. After another x-ray last night her red and white blood cells are almost back to normal. He also stopped the IV last night. David will give me another update this evening after they get home and I will pass that on.
Feb 10, 2019
Tallulah is still in the hospital and is receiving medications to prevent blood clots and to control pain and lung function. Her white blood cells are elevated while her red cells are decreasing. If this continues a transfusion will be needed. Please pray that this will not be the case.
Feb 6, 2019
Tallulah was struggling with a cold and cough all of last week and was feeling so run down yesterday that she went to go to the emergency room, where they decided to admit her to the hospital and to monitor her. All tests have since come back normal, but they did give her an IV to replenish fluids as well as medication for pain, and she is feeling better today.
She and David are asking for our prayers that God would heal her and advance her recovery.
Jan 16, 2016
David O. is asking us to pray for Tallulah as she has been in Park Nicollet-Methodist Hospital for the past five days and has now been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. She's having some other complications as well, so they will be moving her to another unit for more intensive care. She's been in pain and would not like to have visitors at this point, but would certainly appreciate our asking God for His healing.

<  >   Prayer Request - Aug 15, 2020 - Manuel V. (Manila, Philippines)
Manuel V, of the Manila congregation, asks the brethren for their prayers. He experienced flu-like symptoms last Sunday, August 9. Last Tuesday, August 11, he began to lose his sense of smell. As of today, he said he is feeling well but his sense of smell has not yet returned. He is now on personal home quarantine. I advised him to undergo a rapid test or swab test to determine his true condition. Let's remember him in our prayers that God would heal him completely and that his condition will improve quickly.

<  >   Prayer Update - Aug 15, 2020 - Martha A. (Rogers, NM)
Martha would like to thank everyone for the lovely cards, letters and even financial assistance from her brethren from around the world. They have been enormously encouraging for her. The results of her bone marrow test show the cancer is progressing but her doctors are concerned about doing anything right now due to the COVID-19 situation.
They are concerned that any treatment might compromise her immune system and expose her to a perilous situation, so they want to hold off on treatments for 3 to 6 months unless the situation becomes more critical.
Jul 24, 2020
Martha has been overwhelmed with the outpouring of cards and well wishes from brethren around the world. It has given her great comfort at a difficult time. She will be undergoing a bone marrow test at St. Joseph's hospital in Lubbock, Texas, on July 28. The doctor will then know better how to proceed with her treatments. Please keep her in your prayers for God's comfort and strength to be upon her and for her complete healing.
Jul 13, 2020
Martha was diagnosed with chronic leukemia in 2003. She has been able to manage it fairly well until recently. She recently went to her doctor who told her the cancer has become much more aggressive. She will be undergoing treatments soon which will require daily blood work. She asks for your prayers for the strength to endure this situation and for God's complete healing.

<  >   Prayer Update - Aug 14, 2020 - Jessica L. (Twin Cities, MN)
Jessi is out of hospital and on the mend. Thank everyone for prayers. Jessi was in such a battle for her life, at 27 yrs. old ...but everything went away! Still praising God.
Aug 11, 2020
Mary Jo A. is requesting our prayers for God's intervention on behalf of her granddaughter, and Heidi L's daughter Jessica, who has a 3 month old child to take care of. Jessica has developed a serious infection from some stents that were recently put in and is also struggling with pain from kidney stones.

<  >   Death Announcement - Aug 10, 2020 - Scott Carlson (Thompsontown PA)
I'm saddened to announce that Scott Carlson of the Lewistown congregation has died.
Scott, with his wife by his side, fought a very tough battle with cancer. Scott now rests, pain-free, and he waits for the fulfillment of God's precious promises that give us all hope. The family has really appreciated everyone's cards and prayers during their battle and now his wife Debra and her family could use your prayers for God's comfort as well.
Apr 17, 2020 - Scott C. (Thompsontown PA)
Scott C. and his wife, Debra, are members of the Lewistown congregation and they would really appreciate your prayers for God's healing. Scott has been suffering with cancer for over a year and he's currently in the care of hospice. Scott is dealing with a lot of pain and he really desires healing and relief from this very difficult trial.
Scott and Debra have placed their full trust and faith in our merciful Father. Thank you so much for your prayers!

<  >   Prayer Request - Aug 9, 2020 - Shirley B. (Zambia)
Shirley B., wife of Kambani B., our pastor in Zambia, is not doing well. She is currently at home, but they have her lungs on a drain tube and hope to get the fluid (several liters) off her lungs in the next two days. In April, when she had her last scan, the doctor said that normally one in her condition lives less than a year. She's in her fifth month since then. Kambani says that Shirley's faith in God and His plan is very strong, which has helped him deal with her difficult circumstances.
He deeply appreciates the prayers of the brethren over the past several months. Please continue to prayer for Shirley and for her husband, Kambani.

<  >   Prayer Update - Aug 7, 2020 - Lynn R. (Dobson, NC)
Davey & Lynn R. of the Roanoke congregation are requesting your prayers. Late last week, Lynn started experiencing back pain. The pain became more severe, and after a trip to the emergency room she was admitted to Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. It was determined that cancer has returned and is now attacking Lynn's spinal column and right shoulder.
The current deterioration of her spine is causing severe pain and has rendered Lynn immobile. Prayers are requested on multiple fronts. First and foremost, that the pain will subside - allowing Lynn to once again be mobile. Second, that Lynn, Davey, and the medical team are able to wisely determine and pursue the best treatment options. Last, that they remain encouraged and have the strength to fight yet another battle together. The Ramseys have complete trust in God and have faith that it will only be His will that is done throughout this trial.
Apr 12, 2018
This is the latest update for Lynn R. who had cancer surgery this morning (Friday, April 13). She came through the operation fine. She and Davey wish to express their sincere thanks to everyone for all the prayers. Lynn is in the hospital in Winston Salem, NC and will probably be there only overnight. They are so grateful to serve a caring, loving God who protects, comforts and guides us through these most difficult trials in life.

<  >   Prayer Request - Aug 6, 2020 - Heather W. (Rochester, MN)
I received a call today from Heather W. and she is requesting your prayers. About three weeks ago she injured her leg and the doctor said it should take 1 to 2 weeks to recover. She said it is not getting better and the doctor thinks she has injured her gastrocnemius muscle and that can take several more weeks to heal. She is not able to get around very good and would appreciate your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Aug 3, 2020 - Mary B. (Champlin, MN)
Last Thursday as I was stepping off my curb to visit my neighbor I tripped and fell hard on the asphalt. Today I had an X-ray and found there are 3 cracked ribs. I would appreciate the prayers of the brethren for the ribs to heal speedily without any complications. My appreciation to all.
Oct 4, 2019
I have annual skin checks because of a melanoma on my thumb years ago. On my recent skin check the doctor biopsied a lesion on my abdomen. It tuned out to be a basal cell carcinoma and excision is scheduled for November 14. I plan to be anointed tomorrow, and I would like to ask for prayers of the brethren for healing and that this will be no big deal.
Jun 29, 2018
Mary saw her podiatrist on Wednesday and was given a clean bill of health with respect to her foot. The broken bone has healed and she can now go back to wearing regular shoes and resume normal activity (i.e. taking care of Steve!). She also thanks everyone for their prayers, cards, and help around the house during the last months.
Jun 8, 2018
Mary writes - I got a good report from the Doctor this week regarding my foot. The bone is filling in nicely. I should be able to wear regular shoes in 3 weeks. Thanks for your prayers!
May 25, 2018
Her two-week follow up with the podiatrist didn't go as well as hoped for. The broken bone in the foot has partially healed, but there is evidence in the x-rays that the break could worsen if Mary doesn't continue to stay off her feet. Her next exam is in 2 weeks and she needs your prayers for both God's healing and that she will have the patience to stay off her feet as much as possible.
Mar 16, 2018
Steve writes: Mary hurt her foot Wednesday evening. The X-RAY shows a broken bone near the outside edge of her right foot. They wrapped it up in an ace bandage and she's wearing a "boot" on that foot. She was told to stay off of the foot for 3 months. It's a slow healing area of the foot and surgery might be required before all is said and done. Only moderate pain for now. This is definitely a pre Passover trial for us as I am still dealing with the low hemoglobin problems. Prayers would be greatly appreciated!

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 31, 2020 - Mark B. (Stokesdale NC)
Mark reports: "I just got my post-surgery CT results back. GOOD NEWS!! 'No convincing evidence of residual/recurrent disease.' I'm doing as expected for being 2 months out of surgery. My next follow-up is a consultation with my oncologist in 3 weeks. Thank you for all your prayers, cards and concern."
May 30, 2020
Georgianna and I want to thank you for your prayers. My surgery lasted six hours and was very successful. My urologist said that I went through the surgery very well and it couldn't have gone better technically. I'm feeling better than I expected so far, but because of the extent of the surgery they are keeping me in the hospital until Monday or Tuesday to monitor for any bleeding, infections or other complications. Even though the cancer hasn't shown up anywhere else on any scans, they did take a lymph node for biopsy as a precautionary measure. With this type of surgery there will be a long recovery time. As we look to God our healer, please continue your prayers that the results of the biopsy are favorable and for my complete recovery.
May 20, 2020
Mark and Georgianna B. request your prayers for Mark. He completed chemotherapy for bladder cancer and is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday, May 26th for a radical cystectomy. The 5 to 6 hour procedure involves removing his bladder, reconstructing a new bladder, and attaching the ureters and kidneys to the new bladder. Putting all of our faith and trust in God, please join us in prayer as we ask God to be with Mark and to guide the surgeons and their team. Mark and Georgianna thank you for your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 30, 2020 - Elizabeth C. (Blantyre, Malawi)
Mrs. C. has greatly improved from the time she was inflicted with a stroke. She is now able to struggle to walk, and her arm and leg are now functioning a little. It is amazing, at her age of 90, to be blessed with that kind of healing. She is so grateful and thankful to God and all of you for your fervent prayers. Your love and support and words of encouragement have been so overwhelming. She still needs your prayers for her total healing. May God bless you all!
Apr 8, 2020
Mrs. Elizabeth C. was diagnosed by a doctor with a blood clot in her brain after collapsing at home on April 3. This led to the left side of her body not working after suffering a stroke. She was discharged from the hospital with some medication to take that will assist to dilute the clot.
Mrs. C. is a widow and a longtime member of the church. She is 90 years old. Your prayers are requested, asking our Merciful God to bless her with healing. She was anointed yesterday. She is able to talk and, surprisingly, she was able to attend the Passover service in a wheelchair. Currently, her granddaughter Thokozani is arranging physiotherapy to be carried out while at home.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 30, 2020 - Leroy S. (Marissa, IL)
Thank you for your prayers of some years ago on behalf of Le Roy S., and his situation with multiple myeloma. It has returned. From his wife, Dollie: "Le Roy's weekly chemo injection begins next Tuesday afternoon. We are grateful to God that this return of the cancer was caught early, his chemo treatment is mild dose, and he doesn't feel bad. God is so wonderful."
Jan 14, 2019
Leroy is taking an immunotherapy pill every evening for 21 days. Then he gets a 7-day break. Then back to the 21-day cycle. He continues to improve. All of his blood work and organ functions are good. Dizziness is one of the side effects of the immunotherapy drug. The dizziness has never been this severe before. Please pray for healing & that the dizziness does not occur again.
Dec 20, 2017
Leroy's body has built up immunity to the chemo pill he was taking since July. The doctors have put him on a new chemo treatment. The change in treatment is a 2 hour IV 2 days in a row each week. Leroy still needs to use his cane because of hip pain. Prayers are still needed.
Dec 28, 2016
The leukemia will hopefully be in remission soon. He is continuing with his chemotherapy. Your prayers are greatly appreciated.
Jun 2016
Leroy was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer, was anointed, asking God for healing & with chemo, Leroy has shown improvement. However he lost quite a bit of weight & had been in such pain during the Feast that he & his wife, Dollie were unable to stay the full 8 days. They both remain cheerful & trust God for his complete healing.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jul 27, 2020 - Dorothy S. (Mount Vernon, WA)
Your prayers are requested for Dorothy S., a member of the Seattle, Washington, congregation. Earlier this year, Dorothy had surgery to remove her gall bladder. The surgeon noticed irregularities with her liver. She was referred to a specialist who diagnosed her with autoimmune hepatitis. Autoimmune hepatitis is a condition in which the body's immune system attacks the liver as if it were a foreign body. Dorothy sought a second opinion and the original diagnosis was confirmed.
To treat the condition, she was put on medication that essentially weakens her immune system, controlling the attack on her liver. However, that also makes her susceptible to any and all illnesses such as flu, colds, etc. as well as curtailing, if not eliminating, trips outside of the home. In some cases, through medication the condition goes away. Unfortunately in many cases the condition returns once going off the medication. Dorothy and family request your prayers that God would intervene and heal her from this condition.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 26, 2020 - Deanna W. (Richlands NC)
Deanna reports "Recently I had 3 month scans at UNC-Chapel Hill and they revealed that the cancer is still stable, with some improvement in my bones. It appears that I am responding to treatment. The treatment for metastatic breast cancer is to slow the progression - it is considered terminal. I look to God each day for strength. I know that my life is in his hands. I have added to my prayers for God to show me what I need to change in my life as it relates to how I am to grow from this trial. I was glad to hear that the cancer is still stable and not on the move! Thanks to everyone for their prayers. I still receive messages of encouragement and they are greatly appreciated. I am thankful that I am able to work and care for my family!"
Jan 9, 2020
"I am happy to report that after 3 months of hormone suppression and non-traditional chemotherapy (targeted therapy) my metastatic breast cancer has not spread to other areas of my body and remains in a few areas in my bones and in my right breast. I have been doing really well tolerating the medications with few side-effects. I am to continue the current treatment regimen. I will have new scans done in 3-4 months to evaluate the status of the cancer. I have been having some pain and discomfort from intestinal inflammation. I am trying to manage it by watching my diet to avoid trigger foods. Your prayers regarding this matter are greatly appreciated. I would like to thank all of my beloved brethren for their support, encouragement, and prayers for me and my family. I treasure the cards and personal messages of encouragement. Tommy, Anna, and I had a fantastic time at Winter Family Weekend! It was so wonderful to be with the family of God! God is answering the prayers of His people and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!"
Aug 29, 2019
Your prayers are requested for Deanna W. who has been diagnosed with a form of cancer called metastatic breast cancer. The cancer has spread into her bones in several locations. However, Deanna's oncologist reported that it has not spread to any other tissue besides the bone. At this point her oncologist has said no chemo or surgery will be used. Deanna will be on a regimen of 2 oral pills and a monthly shot. Deanna is 44 years old, wife of Tommy W. Her daughter is 9 years old. Please pray to our Father Creator for Deanna's healing.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 25, 2020 - Les C. (Oaklyn, NJ)
After being admitted to the hospital on April 6th with kidney failure, it was learned that Les also suffered a ministroke, which has slightly affected his speech. After spending some time in rehabilitation, he was released and is now home. His speech has not yet returned to normal, and the original problem of prostate cancer remains. Through it all, his attitude has been positive and upbeat, as he often reassures us that he feels "great." This morning, July 24th, his wife Diana died after a battle with cancer, yet Les continues to be positive, focusing on her resurrection and the fact that when she awakens she will no longer be in pain! Les is a great example of strength, and tremendous faith!
Apr 6, 2020
Your prayers are requested for Les C., who was just admitted to the hospital today with kidney failure. Making matters worse, because of increased restrictions at the hospital due to coronavirus concerns, visitors are not permitted, meaning his wife Diana is not able to be there with him. Your urgent prayers are requested for Les and Diana at this difficult time.
Feb 3, 2020
Les, an elder in the Philadelphia congregation, is still recovering from renal failure and prostate cancer which he experienced last year. While his condition has improved, he is not at a point where he can provide the level of care [his wife] Diana would need if she were at home. Please pray for Les and Diana during this difficult time.
Mar 26, 2019
Your prayers are requested for Les C., elder in the Philadelphia, PA congregation. For the past several weeks, Les has not been well and has been losing both weight and strength. Test results received today showed that Les is suffering from renal failure, and he was instructed to go immediately to the ER, where he is currently being examined.
Les has been under much stress lately, as his wife, Diana, has been receiving chemo and radiation treatment, and has been in much pain herself. Les has been taking Diana to her cancer treatments and caring for her at home. Now she may find herself having to provide care for him. Please pray for both Les and Diana, not only for healing for both of them, but for improved strength during this trial. Les is 79 years old, and he and Diana do not have any children or grandchildren. With no family nearby, this is extremely difficult for them. Please pray for God's rapid intervention for them both.

<  >   Death Announcement - Jul 24, 2020 - Diana Cheesman (Oaklyn, NJ)
I'm sorry to announce that Diana Cheesman, wife of elder Les Cheesman in the Philadelphia congregation, died in her sleep in the pre-dawn hours of July 24, 2020, after a long battle with breast cancer. The cancer had spread to her lungs, and had been causing her some difficult breathing problems over the past several days.
Les will need our continued prayers and support. Also, please also pray for the entire Philadelphia congregation, as this is the fourth time we have lost one of our members here within the last 6 months.
Feb 3, 2020
Diana C.'s treatment for breast cancer has not been successful in shrinking the tumor, and she continues to be in much pain. Recently she has experienced more pain in both arms, and she is unable to raise them. It was determined that this is being caused by additional tumors on the spine and shoulder. To make matters worse, last Sabbath she suffered a fall and fractured a vertebra, which has intensified her pain.
Diana is currently hospitalized and being given pain killers, which have helped greatly. This is allowing her to get more sleep, which up until now has been difficult due to the pain. She will be meeting with her medical team on Monday, February 3, to determine the best course of action for her continuing care. Please pray for her recovery and pain relief, and that plans for her care moving forward will be most optimal.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 15, 2020 - Pam Q. (Mora, MN)
Thanks for all the prayers and thoughts for my brother, Gary who has brain cancer. This is definitely answered prayers! Please continue to pray for his complete healing.
From Gary:
Hey everyone!
Thank you for all your love and prayers! I just got back from an MRI and seeing my Oncologist. He said between my last MRI and this one, I should have a life expectancy of 90%. He said he would like for it to be 100%, but no can be that certain. My kidneys are back to normal so if I have to go back on chemo, they are in order. I have to go back in 3 months for another MRI to make sure the cancer hasn't returned. I will keep my ports for awhile "just in case". He's pretty confident that the MRI will show that the tumor cavity won't show any change, which is a good thing! He's not letting me go back to work for at least 3 months, depending what the MRI shows.
Feb 28, 2020
Ed and Pam wish to thank you all for your continued prayers for her brother Gary's brain cancer. He has been stable the past few days and we know God is with him and my family. His aggressive chemo treatments continue and it takes a lot out of him.
Please continue to pray for God's strength and intervention for him in whatever God's will is.
Jan 24, 2020
Pam is requesting prayers for her brother who has cancer. He has been released from the hospital and he will be going through another round of chemo treatments soon. Your continued prayers for him are much appreciated.
Dec 28, 2019
Pam Quam has ask me to send out this prayer request for her brother:
Please pray for my brother Gary who was just diagnosed today with a brain tumor. He is currently in the ER and will soon be moved to Abbott Northwest hospital.
It is not known at this time if the tumor is cancerous.
Please pray that the tumor is not cancerous and for God's healing.
Nov 30, 2019
Pam would like to request prayers. She got sick with Bronchitis right after the feast and now she has been sick since Wednesday. Her immune system is very weak and she would appreciate your prayers for healing and also the building up of her immunity.
Jun 23, 2018
Pam writes: Thank you for your prayers, texts, cards and calls. They mean a lot. I want to let you know I am about 50% better so all the prayers have helped immensely. The pain has decreased to a more manageable level. My shingles are getting better slowly. Ed and I are very grateful for all the prayers and support through this difficult trial.
Jun 15, 2018
Thank you for your prayers, cards and calls for my tendinitis, shoulder pain and now shingles. Please continue to pray for relief since the shingle pain is very intense. I am quite broke out now so hoping the pain will subside soon. Thank you.
Jun 12, 2018
In addition to the intense pain I have in my shoulder, I now have shingles on that same side. The doctors feel the bone spurs are pushing on my tendons causing pain. I am getting a cortisone shot tomorrow for the bone spurs in my shoulder. This, along with the shingles appears to be why the pain is so bad. Please pray for healing of my pain, bone spurs and shingles. Thank you.
Jun 8, 2018
Pam has chronic pain from fibromyalgia, neuropathy. She also has bad knee pain, and cannot afford knee surgery. For the last several weeks, she has had tendinitis in her right elbow, making it difficult to work. She works on a computer all day, and this aggravates the tendon. The past few days her fibromyalgia has been terribly painful. She requests prayers for God to heal the fibromyalgia and tendinitis, and to have less pain in general. Thanks in advance.
Feb 27, 2014
Pam wishes to thank everyone for the prayers, cards and words of encouragement for my Fibromyalgia. There has been some relief of pain this past week. I have started with massage sessions and this has helped among other natural alternatives. Please continue to pray that my pain level stays manageable so I can keep working and doing day to day tasks. Thank you.
Jan 23, 2014
Pam requests prayers for her ongoing Fibromyalgia pain which has increased significantly over the past several weeks. Some natural treatments are going to be tried since conventional medicine has not been helpful and has limited options. Please pray for direction and wisdom to make the right choices for treatment as well as relief from the pain. This has been a long time trial and gets discouraging when the pain is unmanageable. Thank you!

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 15, 2020 - Harold R. (Gulf Breeze, FL)
Loree and I want to thank all of our brothers and sisters for your prayers, cards, emails and phone calls during our recent trials and the death of our daughter. Angela spent her last day with her husband reading all of the beautiful cards and messages to her; it was very encouraging. Your continued prayers for us would be greatly appreciated!
Jul 9, 2020
Harold and Loree's daughter, Angie, who was suffering from stage four lung cancer, died this morning, July 9. She got the most comfort from reading the many cards she received from members.
A memorial service will be planned later, due to the coronavirus issue. The family want to thank everyone for all the cards their daughter received. Thank you for your continuing prayers for Harold and Loree.
Jun 30, 2020
Prayers are again requested for Harold, a retired pastor from the Mobile, Alabama, congregation, his wife, Loree, and family.
Harold is back at home after being in the hospital for several days due to congestive heart failure. He made some improvement, but is still battling various health problems.
The family just learned that their daughter, Angie, has stage four lung cancer, and is not expected to live much longer. The goal at this point is to keep the fluid drained from her lungs which hopefully will result in a better quality of life. She and her husband, James, are hoping and praying they can come see her parents, Harold and Loree, soon so they can say their goodbyes.
Prayers are requested for all the family through these most difficult times. Some may remember that the family lost their son, David, a year ago. Now having to deal with the imminent death of their daughter, coupled with Harold's present health condition, is very distressing.
Jun 11, 2020
Prayers are requested for Harold, a retired pastor whom many of you know, from the Mobile, Alabama, congregation.
Harold's wife, Loree, called to let us know that he's been having increased health problems recently, and had to be taken to the hospital today for what doctors have now diagnosed as congestive heart failure.
Your prayers would be greatly appreciated. At this point they expect him in the Gulf Breeze Hospital, which is near where they live, for a few days.
Jul 8, 2017
My cardiologist informed me this morning that it would not be advisable to operate at this time. One of the heart's Mitral valve flaps 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 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.
May 27, 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 1. 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!

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 14, 2020 - Maria Jose C.(Charneca da Caparica, Portugal)
Jaime C. in Portugal just sent the following update about the health of his wife, Maria José: "The granuloma she had in the larynx disappeared, thank God. It's one less problem and one less concern.
"At the moment, the most pressing problem is epicondylitis that she has on both elbows. She has had several treatments but is still not well. This week she will start doing electrotherapy treatments (twice a week for 2 months). It is another attempt to see if we can avoid an operation, because the operation has a very low success rate, that is, it can be operated and still remain in the same condition (or worse). So let's see if these treatments help her. We pray that God willing these electrotherapy treatments will help.
"On the other hand, and because unfortunately Maria José seems to be in constant suffering, she now has vertigo. She has already managed to make an appointment with a specialist, but there is only a slot with the specialist in August. As David (their son) has already moved into 5th year medicine and is already knowledgeable, he has been doing Epley maneuvers to help relieve her symptoms."
The family is very grateful for your prayers.
Nov 25, 2019
Maria wrote a note expressing her gratitude for all of your prayers and the many letters she has received from various people and congregations with words of strength, affection and faith. She is extremely grateful and it touched her deeply.
I was very pleased that she was able to speak to me today, albeit she gets very tired.
Her surgery lasted 7 hours and was performed with robotic technology. The postoperative was difficult. There were two suspected carcinoma lesions. One of them was confirmed by pathological anatomy analysis but the other was not diagnosed as such. Therefore, she has to repeat the exams 3 months from now. The one that tested positive was in a very early stage and will not need chemotherapy. At this point she has completed her respiratory therapy and is still recovering.
Your continued prayers are appreciated.
Oct 28, 2019
Maria (living on the outskirts of Lisbon, Portugal) underwent a 7-hour operation during which the doctors removed two parts of her right lung (part of the right superior lobe and part of the right inferior lobe). These two sections are being sent for analysis, but it will take a while before they know the results.
The family deeply appreciates the prayers for Maria Jose and thanks you from the bottom of their hearts for the letters and cards received. Maria Jose is extremely happy and grateful for the love and concern demonstrated by the church.
Now she is going through a difficult and long recuperation phase, being very tired, and even talking makes her tired. She will be doing respiratory physical therapy. She also needs to be very careful to avoid any sickness or choking on food. Your continued prayers are appreciated.
Sep 27, 2019
Prayer is requested for Maria. She has four cancerous adenocarcinoma cysts in her lungs (spread out amongst both lungs) and according to a panel of specialists it requires an intricate robotic surgery with high tech equipment and specialized doctors. She is also suffering from acute epicondylitis.
The situation is compounded that this operation has to be performed by private hospitals which are not covered by the general governmental medical plan. They are still awaiting for a cost estimate. This could be prohibitive, financially speaking.
Aug 21, 2015
Maria went for a CAT scan update last week, and the specialist identified various additional small nodules in her lungs. The largest has grown 1 millimeter and the doctor was not able to identify if they are due to the breast cancer that she had. She is not sure what to do next and is getting a second and third opinion from other doctors in the next few weeks. She may need a biopsy. She thanks all the brethren for the many prayers, well wishes and cards.
Jun 18, 2015
Prayers are requested for Maria Jose in Lisbon (Caparica). Maria had a breast removed due to cancer nearly two years ago and underwent radio therapy for about 6 months. All local tests and blood appear negative but she had a total body scan recently and they found two spots in her lungs. They have decided to wait for another 6 months for a subsequent body scan to determine if there is any development on these spots. But they kindly ask you to pray that God may intervene so that these spots may either be benign or disappear by the next scan.
Dec 27, 2013
The biopsy results were positive. Surgery to remove her left breast took place in mid-October & she is currently at home recovering. She is undergoing daily radio therapy 5 days a week until mid-January. She is suffering from skin burns due to the therapy, but is grateful that the cancer is not the aggressive type. Maria heartily thanks all who have been praying for her. The prayers & cards have been a great source of strength for her & her family.
Nov 1, 2013
Maria had her left breast removal procedure on October 16 and is currently at home recovering. The doctors, as of today, are still awaiting final results of all biopsies. So far, preliminary indications are that it is not an aggressive form of cancer. Subject to the final tests, which are expected next Tuesday (Nov 5), an appropriate treatment program will be put in place. Maria Jose heartily thanks all members and congregations that have been praying for her from all over the world, and says that the cards and prayers have been a great source of strength for her and her family. She does not know how to begin thanking you all. Your continued prayers for Maria Jose are appreciated.
Oct 11
Maria's biopsy results have proved to be positive, and she is scheduled for a surgical procedure next Wednesday, October 16. A month after the removal she will start further treatment. Your continued prayers for Maria are appreciated.
Oct 4
Prayers are kindly requested for Maria Jose C, wife of deacon, Jaime C, of Lisbon, Portugal. She has just had a biopsy of a nodule on her breast done and the doctor suspects cancer. The results of the biopsy are expected later today, or at latest next Monday, October 7. We are fervently praying for God's intervention. Cards may be sent in English, as the family understands written English.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 14, 2020 - Amanda S. (Loveland, OH)
Amanda has now been diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. She still is unable to move or feel her right leg or foot. They have completed the treatments. They are sending her to a rehab facility where a doctor from the Mayo Clinic who specializes in MS will care for her.
Amanda was very uplifted by the cards and flowers from church members. Please continue to pray for Amanda, for her healing and relief from the pain as well as encouragement. It has also been very frustrating for her grandparents, Richard and Barbara M., as they are unable to travel to see Amanda. Notes and cards are still very much appreciated. She receives so much joy from hearing from you. Thank you again.
Jul 3, 2020
Amanda S. is in the hospital and undergoing painful tests. She has had several lumbar punctures and is having plasma exchange done every other day. She is still unable to walk and is experiencing peripheral vision loss and difficulty with her breathing.
Due to COVID-19 she is only allowed one visitor per day for the whole day so she spends much of her day alone. She is frightened and by herself most of the time.
Amanda is 27 years old. She is a student at University of Cincinnati and is on the Dean's list.
The doctors now suspect either multiple sclerosis or NMO disease, which are both auto-immune diseases that attack the nerves and spinal cord. She will be in the hospital at least another 1-2 weeks waiting for the results of testing.
Thank you for your prayers for Amanda.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 9, 2020 - Joyce Ma. (St. Cloud, MN)
The headache that was worrying us disappeared last night after Joyce went to bed and she seems to have had a good night's rest. (First in about 4-5 days) Her temps are somewhat lower than we expected but no more horrible chills or freezing episodes. and her speech is back to the pleasant normal.
She'd requested an anointed cloth and prayers from brethren yesterday and it was after that that she seems to be approaching "her old self", God has provided and I'm very grateful! .
We're still awaiting results from a couple tests that were taken to identify Lyme's but, overall, she is getting stronger again and l booking forward to a normal life. Thanks for the prayers and concern. I'M VERY GRATEFUL!
Jul 7, 2020
On Friday, Joyce M. of the Fargo and St Cloud congregations, woke up not feeling well and running a high fever. Ralph took her to the ER and they tested her for Covid 19 and it was negative. After more test they now believe she has Lyme disease. She is still very sick and has had a very bad headache for four days. She would very much appreciate your prayers for God's intervention.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 9, 2020 - Carolyn A. (New Washington, IN)
Carolyn, a member in the Louisville, Kentucky, congregation, needs God's intervention and prayers of the brethren. Carolyn has dealt with many health issues over the years, but in recent months her health has deteriorated. Her ability to walk, even from bedroom to bathroom, is more limited and extremely painful. This is due to infections in her feet, one foot already having poor circulation due to having it reattached after an accident years ago.
Carolyn also has breathing issues that have worsened due to a severe sinus infection and escalating edema. Unfortunately, the doctor said nothing can be done to treat the edema. The edema is also worsened by medication she is on for gastroparesis, but her stomach does not digest food without the medication, due to her struggling with diverticulitis.
Along with the edema, her kidney function has also decreased significantly in recent days, adding to even greater breathing issues. Some of these health challenges are due to her stomach. After several failed hernia surgeries, her stomach must be surgically moved into place every few months, otherwise causing multiple health challenges.
To complicate matters, Clifford, her husband and caregiver, fell 10 feet from a barn loft about six weeks ago and is recovering from a broken femur and L4 compression fracture.
Your prayers of intervention and healing for Carolyn are greatly appreciated.
Dec 14, 2015
Cliff and Carolyn A., from the Louisville, Kentucky, congregation, are requesting prayers for Carolyn. Carolyn has been dealing with Diverticulitis for some time now. Diverticulitis is a condition in which bulges happen within the colon/intestines and become inflamed and infected. This has caused her much pain, nausea and constipation, which in turn can lead to blockages. On top of this, Carolyn is also suffering from a hiatal hernia. From time to time, her stomach pushes up into her chest, which in turn causes much pressure and pain. When this happens, and it did recently, she has to go in and have a procedure done that will push her stomach back down. She was in the hospital last week to have this procedure, and since returning home (five days), her insides have not been working. This is causing her to feel very sick and weak. Your prayers for her complete healing are requested and much appreciated.
Sep 15, 2015
During the course of the last few weeks Carolyn Adams has been enduring a very difficult time with nausea and a serious bowel obstruction. Even when Carolyn does not feel well she is at services faithfully every Sabbath. However during the last few weeks the situation has been so bad that she has not been able to attend services. The doctors wanted to do a scan to identify the cause of the blockage. However, they could not do so due to the number of metallic components in her body and because of a previous serious car accident years ago and other surgeries. Carolyn also has a hernia which allows her stomach to push up into her lungs and put pressure on her heart. She wants, above all, to be with God's people and attend the Feast. Please pray for God's mercy and healing according to His will.
Dec 27, 2013
She is still having trouble with her digestive system. Often she doesn't get much peace for several days. Many times, God has intervened so she could attend church services. She will have surgery on her 'good' foot soon. Please pray for her & pray for their son, Conan who has serious back pain & has started attending church when he is able. They appreciate your prayers & concern very much.
Carolyn is having problems being persistently nauseated. It is causing a lot of weight loss.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jul 8, 2020 - Kinsey F. (NC)
Cosden and Doreen F., members in Indiana, request prayers for their granddaughter Kinsey F., 17 years old, in North Carolina, with a bone condition and a weak immune system. Kinsey has just contracted COVID-19. The family is also high-risk due to various immune deficiencies. Thank you for your prayers. The family is limiting the amount of mail received and has asked that their address not be included.

<  >   Death Announcement - Jul 8, 2020 - Carla Erickson (Grand Forks, ND)
I regret to have to inform you that Carla Erickson died this afternoon around 4 pm. The family appreciated so much the cards and phone calls and visits Carla received from members the last few weeks. While this is difficult for the family, knowing the truth about the resurrection and that they will see her again gives comfort.
When funeral plans are finalized we will let you know.
Jun 26, 2020
Carla was very weak but she had some good days this week and was able to get out of the house for a little while. Carla and her family appreciate all the cards and calls they have received and the prayers.
Jun 12, 2020
Carla was diagnosed with cancer five years ago, and has undergone treatments for it since the diagnosis. Her doctors recently told her that the cancer had spread and is no longer treatable. She is now under hospice care.
Her family asks for prayers for comfort and alleviation of Carla's pain and suffering during this difficult time.
May 27, 2020
I was talking to Carla Erickson today and she has been in a lot of pain in her back. She had an MRI and it revealed she has a bulging disk. She would appreciate your prayers.
May 31, 2019
Carla has been on an oral chemo for over a year. She had another PET scan in April and the cancer spots on her sternum and several vertebrae are still active. Another test confirmed that there are new skin lesions on her chest. Her Oncologist is going to reformulate the oral chemo and then reevaluate the situation in several weeks. Please pray for God's healing according to His will, and for guidance of the treatment options and for encouragement for her.
Mar 1, 2019
Carla was in the hospital for a couple of days this week because of an infection in her left arm. She was able to return home Wednesday. Carla's cancer is stable with no new growth, which is a blessing. She has been taking hormone therapy and is feeling pretty good overall.
Apr 5, 2018
Carla noticed a red area on her chest no Tuesday and went in to have it checked. The doctor determined it was as an infection, and that it was evidently spreading quite rapidly. She was given antibiotics and had surgery late this afternoon to remove the infected tissue. The doctor believes the surgery went well, but Carla will need to stay in the hospital for a couple of days to ensure the infection is gone completely. Please pray that she will be well soon, and able to return home.
Mar 23, 2018
Today Carla met with one of her doctors regarding her mastectomy that she had last week. It was discovered that she has more cancer, and she'll be discussing with her oncologist what course of action she will need to take next. Your continued prayers for God's guidance is appreciated.
Mar 16, 2018
Carla had her second mastectomy surgery on Thursday. The surgery went well. She is already home and doing much better than she was after the first surgery. Recovery time is expected to be about a month. She and her family appreciate your prayers that she will recover quickly.
Mar 9, 2018
Carla will have a second mastectomy operation on March 15th. Recovery time is expected to be about a month. She and her family appreciate your prayers that the surgery and recovery go well.
Jan 12, 2018
Carla had a PET Scan and another chemo treatment this past week. Results show that her tumor has shrunk. She will meet with a surgeon next week to determine if surgery is an option. Your prayers are appreciated.
Sep 30, 2017
Carla saw her Oncologist and Surgeon recently and her breast cancer condition is very serious. The cancer on the left side has returned and spread to her right side. She is undergoing radiation treatments five days a week. So far she is tolerating them well. The effectivness of the radiation to shrink the tumors will be evaluated before further surgery is done. She has been able to continue her massage business. Unfortunately they will not be able to attend the feast this year because of the ongoing radiation treatments. Your continued prayer are much appreciated.
Sep 15, 2017
Carla was released from the hospital on August 26. She has been able to go back to work. But she has had some numbness in her hand, an pain in one of her ribs in her back and lower abdomen. These conditions seem to be improving. She saw her Oncologist Friday, September 15, and will see her surgeon next week to discuss breast cancer treatment options. If the cancer has well defined edges, they could do surgery without the need for chemotherapy. Please pray for God's direction as Carla decides which treatment options to pursue. And pray for God's intervention to heal and encourage her and the family as they continue through this trial.
Aug 25, 2017
Carla is back home and feeling better after several weeks in the hospital. She's had an emotional struggle after learning her cancer has spread. Now she'll be consulting with doctors and having to decide on treatment options. Please pray that God will grant her peace, wisdom and healing.
Aug 4, 2017
Scans this week show that Carla has breast cancer again. She was also experiencing servere pain this week, and was admitted to the hospital. Doctors were able to determine the exact cause of the pain. Decisions will have to be made about further treatment and/or surgery. Please pray for God's healing, wisdom, and encouragment for Carla and her family.
Jul 29, 2017
Carla has been experiencing pain and nausea. She had a blood test Thursday and met with her oncologist Friday. The doctor said her tumor markers are high and she will need chemo and radiation to shrink a tumor before having another surgery. She will be having a PET scan early next week to determine the size, location and amount of cancer. Thank you for your prayers.
Aug 19, 2016
Tests have confirmed that Carla has several spots of cancer, one in her chest cavity, one in her lower spine, the other in her pelvis. The doctors say the cancer is at stage 4, but the spots are smaller and the treatment is expected to be effective. She really appreciates everyone's prayers.
Jul 29, 2016 Last week a PET scan revealed a few suspicious spots. A biopsy is planned, but has been postponed about a week. Please pray for God's guidance and direction for Carla and her family.
Jul 22, 2016
Carla went in for a PET scan on Thursday. They saw a few suspicious spots and set her for a CT scan on Friday. They are watching three locations and may do a biopsy if they need more information on the spots. She has not heard the results of the CT scan yet. Please pray for God's guidance and direction for Carla and her family.
Jun 24, 2016
Carla is still doing much better than she was a few weeks ago. She has been able to get out and enjoy activities with the family. Thank you for your prayers.
Jun 10, 2016
Carla has been suffering intense bouts of anxiety and some depression. She was admitted to the hospital for a few days for treatment. She came back home today and is doing better. Your continued prayers are appreciated.
May 6, 2016
Carla continues to struggle with health problems. The anxiety and problems sleeping is still taking a toll on her health. Carla has expressed that she is very grateful for all your prayers and support.
Apr 22, 2016
Carla's anxiety has become more acute over the last couple of weeks. She was not able to travel to Fargo for the weekend, and it's increasingly affecting her daily routine. Thank you for your prayers.
Mar 26, 2016
Carla was scheduled for a PET scan on Friday to find out what might be making her feel sick, but she had to be admitted to the hospital instead. The blood test showed that she has very low sodium, and low levels of electrolytes. Her blood pressure was elevated as well. She thanks you all for your prayers.
Mar 18, 2016
Carla has had several bad days this week. She's been stressed and unable to sleep well. Please continue to pray for her health, and decisions she must make about further treatment options.
Mar 11, 2016
Carla has blood tests this week. They did not show any cancer markers, which is very good. Her white blood cell count was elevated though. Carla is requesting further prayers concerning the anxiety she's been experiencing. She's also having a difficult time sleeping. These are likely symptoms of pre-menopause. Thank you for your prayers.
Feb 26, 2016
Carla will be having a checkup with her oncologist Wednesday Feb. 2nd at 1:00 pm. Please pray all goes well. She has been experiencing what feels like electrical shocks, but they have somewhat dissipated. She is currently taking an anti-cancer tea, and is praying that will help. She writes; "Of course I'm asking for God's healing first and foremost above all! Please also pray I can gain some weight. I've lost some since being on a new eating regimen -Happy Sabbath! And thanks for everyone's prayers!"
Jan 22, 2016
Carla is feeling better and has been able to be more active the past few weeks. Her stress test results were good. She will be having a genetics test done on Tuesday. Please pray that comes back negative.
Jan 8, 2016
Carla underwent a stress test this week, after she was found to have a heart murmur. The test seemed to go well, but she will not know the results for a few days.
Jan 1, 2016
Carla did not start her chemo this week as originally anticipated, but the plan is to start next week. She is treating herself using several natural methods, and requests prayers as she makes the final decisions on treatment options. She has faith in God and believe He'll lead her the right way! Carla writes "Please tell everyone Thanks for their prayers and cards! So very encouraging! Also that I'm really feeling a lot better and getting my energy back! I've been out cross country skiing several times already!"
Dec 26, 2015
Carla will begin chemotherapy treatments December 28th. Please pray for God to help her handle the treatments.
Dec 18, 2015
Carla had the ports that will be used for chemotherapy inserted on Thursday. She is recovering fine still, but all that is happening is weighing on her. Please continue to pray.
Dec 11, 2015
Carla had mastectomy surgery last week. She is home and seems to be recovering well so far. Thank you for your prayers.
Dec 4, 2015
Carla had mastectomy surgery this week. The surgery went well and she is feeling better already, and hoping to go home on Saturday. She will be meeting with her doctor to discuss further treatments to make sure the cancer doesn't spread. Thank you for your prayers. Nov 24, 2015
The pathology results came back today, and show that 9 of the 12 lymph nodes were cancerous. Carla will meet with the doctor soon to determine the next course of action. She has already been told that radiation will follow the surgery, but she will likely have to decide about additional recommended treatments to make sure the cancer doesn't spread. Please pray first and foremost that God will heal her completely, and there will be no further cancer. Also pray that God will guide the important treatment decisions she will need to make. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
Nov 20, 2015
Carla had a PET scan Tuesday. It revealed cancer was only in her breast, and perhaps in her left arm pit. She underwent a lumpectomy on Thursday. The surgeon also planned to remove 12 lymph nodes, which will be tested for cancer. The surgery seemed to go well. She is still recovering in the hospital, but expects to go home on Sabbath. Pathology results should be in early next week, and will factor in to any further treatment needs. Please pray the results show no cancer in the lymph nodes. Carla wishes to thank you all very much for you prayer and support.
Nov 13, 2015
Carla had a biopsy last week. It was confirmed yesterday that she has breast cancer. The mass has grown from 2 cm to 7 cm since July. Also the doctors are concerned that the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. If she decides to have a lumpectomy, they'll have to take out 6 or 7 lymph nodes. Hopefully the cancer has not spread to the lymph nodes. Carla would appreciate prayers for God's guidance and direction. She has some decisions to make regarding her next steps on Monday. Thank you in advance for your prayers and support.
Oct 16, 2015
Carla has found lumps under her arms, the number of which has increased in the past few weeks. She will be going in for an MRI soon. Please pray that the MRI and other tests do not reveal anything serious.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jul 2, 2020 - Faye J. (Denver CO)
Faye J., a 77-year-old deaconess, has been having pain in her left arm for a number of weeks now. She had a biopsy done and she has cancer in an armpit lymph node which has metastasized into her arm lymph nodes. Her left arm is very painful and swollen.
In 2016, she was healed of breast cancer when prayed for at the Feast in Steamboat and hopes she can be healed again if that is God's will. She is in good spirits but greatly needs and appreciates your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jun 28, 2020 - Silvia L. (Minneapolis KS)
The family of Silvia L. is requesting that you beseech our heavenly Father on her behalf. Silvia was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer, and after a PET scan they received the news this week that the cancer has metastasized to her lymph nodes and is considered stage 4. Her husband Brice says, "We are in good spirits here and are at peace knowing that God is with us and hears every prayer from our brethren across the world." Silvia and Brice have a daughter who is in her early teens.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 26, 2020 - Larry L. (Harris, MN)
Larry is slowly getting better. He would also appreciate our continued prayers for him.
Jun 13, 2020
Larry had a bad fall a while back and he has had a lot pain and health issues as a result. He went to the Mayo Clinic on Friday and they told him at his age it can take up to three months to recover from a fall like he had. It has been a month and the recovery has been slow. He also suffers with Neuropathy and with the fall it has hit him hard. He would appreciate your prayers for his health and healing.
Jan 24, 2020
I talked with Larry this week and his rotator cuff surgery went well. He does have some pain but is looking forward to being pain free soon. I know he would appreciate our prayers for a speedy recovery.
June 2, 2018
Larry returned home from the hospital on Sunday. He is doing much better, but still has weeks of recovery ahead of him. Because of complications with the appendectomy, the incision was quite large, so it will take longer to heal. Thank you for your prayers.
May 25, 2018
Good evening--just wanted to provide an update on Larry's surgery and thank everyone whether they came to visit, called or are praying for an uneventful recovery. We are happy to share that the pathology report came back clear of any cancer. Larry is still in the hospital without a planned discharge date as yet. The doctor indicated this evening that this was far from a typical appendectomy is not in a hurry to release him as the digestive system has not started working as yet. We appreciate your continued prayers. Larry & Teresa
May 23, 2018
Larry L. went to the hospital on Tuesday suffering abdominal pain. He was diagnosed with appendicitis. Laparoscopic surgery was attempted, but the appendix was too swollen and inflamed, so regular surgery was performed to remove his appendix. Because of the size abnormality, the doctor sent it for testing to see if there might be other problems. Larry is still in the Cambridge Medical Center, in Cambridge, MN. He might have to remain hospitalized for a couple of days. Larry and Teresa would appreciate your prayers that the pathology report comes back clear, and that Larry recovers from the surgery quickly.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jun 26, 2020 - Aimee L. (Twin Cities, MN)
Aimee is feeling better but is still having some balancing issues and has trouble forming her thoughts and speech at times. She would appreciate your continued prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 26, 2020 - Vonnie S. (Twin Cities, MN)
Thank you for your prayers for my back. I'm improving but slowly. Please pray for my sister Carol who has pneumonia and an infection on her leg and please continue to pray for me.
Apr 24, 2020
I talked with Vonnie this week and she has been able to go to a chiropractor and that has helped with her pain. She wanted to thank everyone for their prayers and she ask for your continued prayers.
Apr 9, 2020 I received an email from Vonnie requesting prayers for her and her sister. Vonnie is having a lot of pain in her back and it is making it difficult to get up and stand. She is also asking for prayers for her sister who has shingles.
Jan 23, 2020
Prayer request for my Grandson, Joey A. in Sheboygan, WI. He fell on the ice Sunday and injured his knee. It's extremely swollen and very painful. Thank you, Vonnie.
Jan 3, 2020
Vonnie is requesting prayers for herself and her daughter Sheral. Vonnie has been sick and has a bad cough and her daughter has an ear infection, sinus infection and bronchitus.
Nov 29, 2019
She also wanted to thank you for your prayers for her daughter Sheral. The infection in her jaw has cleared up and she will not have to have surgery.
Vonnie is also requesting prayers for her sister Ann S. who is having surgery December 11.
Oct 4, 2019
Thank you all for your prayers for my daughter Sheral in Ga. The infection is gone from her jaw and she doesn't need surgery. Her pain level is down to a 2.
Thank you for prayers for my daughter Angel's father-in-law. It's been touch and go for 3 weeks. Today he went back to Sheboygan. He will be in a rehab facility for a week or so.
Feb 22, 2019
Vonnie and her son were suffering health problems last week. Vonnie was having lung trouble and has been on medication all week. This week both she, and her son are better. Please pray for their full recovery. Vonnie wishes to thank you all for your prayers.
Sep 14, 2018
The doctor examined Vonnie's arm this week and said she has two fractures that are healing nicely. It has been painful, making it difficult to sleep. It should be another to 2-4 weeks of healing. Vonnie thanks you all for your prayers.
Aug 31, 2018
Vonnie fell this week and fractured her right arm. She's suffering quite a bit of pain, and would appreciate your prayers.
Jul 27, 2018
Vonnie is feeling better, but still would appreciate continued prayers as she is still experiencing occasional sleep problems.
Jun 24, 2016
Vonnie has been having breathing problems for a few months. She had an appointment with a lung specialist Tuesday, and has been hoping and praying it's nothing serious. She would appreciate your prayers. UPDATE - Thank-you everyone for your prayers yesterday. My appointment went better than expected. The Dr. gave me a new medication and I have another appointment in 6 weeks to see if it is helping. I actually feel better already.
Aug 10, 2013
Vonnie is asking for prayers on behalf of her daughter Sheral in Georgia. Her friend - a father of four, was just diagnosed with either muscular dystrophy or multiple sclerosis. Vonnie was not sure which one, but he collapses when he walks. He is around 45 years old. Vonnie also asked that prayer be continued for her niece Ruth, who's catatonic state has not improved. And she wanted to thank everyone for their prayers for her granddaughter Alli, who came through her tonsil operation fine.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 26, 2020 - Teresa S. (Los Angeles, CA)
Teresa and the family would like to thank you all for the cards, letters and prayers that they have received. She had follow-up appointments with several different doctors, and has been comforted to know that her heart is not nearly at the risk that they originally believed and that they feel confident that she will not have issues with the surgery
That being said, she has opted to move forward with the surgery, and is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Thank you for your continued prayers for her and the family during this difficult time.
Jun 10, 2020
Teresa had a doctor's appointment this week, and will need to return on June 22 to decide what further action to take. Doctors are strongly urging surgery, even though it is risky. The alternative is a continual decline in her ability to function.
The family asks for prayers that God will guide them in making decisions for the right course of action to take. It is a difficult decision either way, and the family is praying for healing, as well as clarity and discernment. If surgery is the route taken, it would likely take place at the end of the month.
Thank you in advance for your prayers.
Jun 3, 2020
Abigail B. and her daughter, Claudia, of the Los Angeles, California, congregation, request your prayers for Abigail's mother (Claudia's grandmother), Teresa S., also of the Los Angeles congregation, for a very critical situation and ongoing health issue. Teresa has been having shoulder and neck issues for quite some time, and they have progressively gotten worse. She had to go to the hospital this week because of the pain, and they quickly performed an MRI on her neck and shoulder, informing her that arthritis in her neck is the source of the pain and of the shoulder issues.
She was informed that without surgery her condition will progressively get worse, and she would likely end up in a vegetative state. The other pressing issue is, doctors are telling her that because of the risk involved with her heart and other health issues, surgery is not recommended, because based on her situation, it could be fatal.
The family requests and thanks you in advance for your prayers for her healing, and also for direction and answers to this dire situation. Apr 11, 2014
Teresa would like to thank you for the prayers, cards and letters that so many sent concerning her recent prayer request. She is feeling much better, as she is able to use her arm and hand ith less pain and it is apparent that prayers were answered. Doctors are still concerned, but the severity is not as bad as originally thought. Please continue to keep her in your prayers, that God will heal the nerves and tendons in her neck, relieving the pain she is suffering and that God's will be done.
Mar 28, 2014
Prayers are requested for Teresa from the Los Angeles congregation. Doctors are recommending immediate surgery on her neck again (after a recent neck surgery) because of possible nerve damage. She has been in severe pain at times, and this is something that could be very serious. Your prayers are requested for guidance on decisions to be made, as well as for God's mercy in healing her and for His will to be done. Please keep the entire family in your prayers as well.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 26, 2020 - Cinda W. (Little Canada, MN)
Cinda still takes daily doses of immunotherapy drugs and has regular CT and MRI scans. She is still responding to this therapy. The tumors in her torso are either smaller or stable. The area in her brain where a tumor was removed seems okay too. She is tired a lot but still in good spirits. Your continued prayers are appreciated. Thanks for your comments of concern.
Jan 30, 2020
Cinda has had another round of CT scans and MRI's. Her melanoma is responding well so far to the immunotherapy drugs that she is taking.
The tumors in her internal organs have shrunk, and the tumor that was surgically removed from her brain 17 months ago has not returned. The therapy does not make her sick but it does make her tired. She is in good spirits, and she appreciates your prayers and your kind expressions of love and concern.
Jul 4, 2019
Cinda's chemotherapy continues. Her latest CT scan showed that the tumor in her liver has decreased. That was the one that wasn't responding to the first kind of treatment but is responding to this second one. The other tumors have likewise shrunk or not grown. She is tired but not having pain or other symptoms (other than being itchy). And her outlook is positive.
Though the melanoma is currently under control your prayers for healing are still needed and much appreciated.
Feb 14, 2019
Cinda had a CT scan on February 12th. It showed a great reduction in the size of the melanoma tumors. Some of the small ones have even disappeared. She still has some in her lungs and liver, but the two immunotherapy drugs seem to be working. She will now be reduced to an infusion of one drug every two weeks, which is a maintenance schedule. The treatments are no sure cure, but are meant to control the disease.
Your continued prayers are still needed, and appreciated.
Jan 4, 2019
Thank you for your prayers as Cinda continues treatment for melanoma.
She has just had the third of four heavy doses of immunotherapy. After the fourth one she will have a scan to check on the effectiveness of the drugs. If there is progress she will go on a maintenance schedule of lighter doses every two weeks. But if the current drugs are not effective she will be switched to another drug.
She is feeling pretty good, with only a few small side effects from the treatment. Medicine can most likely only control the melanoma. Your continued prayers for healing are still needed.
Oct 25, 2018
Two separate tests have identified her cancer as melanoma. She had such a cancer on the surface of her skin (on her back) in 1995. That was removed. But now it seems to have come back internally. Your continued requests to the only Healer are appreciated.
Oct 11, 2018
Cinda has been diagnosed with some kind of cancer, which caused the brain tumor that was removed on Sept. 7.
The exact source of the cancer has not yet been determined. Tests of the tumor itself suggested the kidneys or adrenal gland. But a PET scan showed no cancer there.
There are cancerous nodes in the lungs, so a biopsy will be performed on one of those early next week.
Chemotherapy will begin when the precise nature of the cancer is known.
Thank you very much for your continued prayers for healing.
Sep 14, 2018
Cliff and Cinda received some results from the pathology lab this week and wanted to share them with us. The lab said the tumor that was removed was not a primary tumor but came from elsewhere. The tests strongly evidenced against it coming from the lungs, but seem to indicate the kidneys or adrenal gland.
They will be getting a PET scan and seeing Minnesota Oncology after the feast and would appreciate our ongoing prayers.
Sep 8, 2018
The brain tumor was successfully removed on Friday. The pathology of it and where it came from are not fully known yet, but suspicion is that it came from the the lungs. So prayers are still gratefully needed.
Sep 5, 2018
Cliff and Cinda W. are requesting our prayers for Cinda. A CT scan recently revealed that she has a tumor in the front left of her brain. She is now in St. Joseph's Hospital undergoing more scans and then will have surgery soon. Please ask God to heal her.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 11, 2020 - Alec S. (Wichita Falls TX)
Alec and Donna want to thank everyone for their prayers, cards and phone calls during Alec's bout in the hospital after a stroke. He was able to come home from the rehabilitation facility last Friday (June 5). He made a great deal of improvement during the three weeks that he was there. They worked him hard and he was able to graduate from a wheelchair to a walker. He will now have home health come to the house to do further therapy for the next eight weeks. He has been told that full recovery is possible. With God all things are possible.
May 16, 2020
Donna S. sent me an update this afternoon concerning Alec: "He is doing better. He was transferred to a rehabilitation hospital for aggressive therapy Thursday evening. While he does not have much feeling on his left side, he does have the ability to move his arm and leg. While he has very little control over the movement, he does have more strength than expected in both."
May 13, 2020
Prayers are requested for Alec S. He apparently had one or more strokes last Sabbath, May 9, and was taken to the emergency room. He was admitted and later that night had a cardiac arrest and received a pacemaker. Currently he remains in the hospital but today was moved out of Critical Care and into the Progressive Care unit. He has been making steady progress. Thankfully his wife, Donna, has been able to be with him daily.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 8, 2020 - Relpha S. (London, UK)
Our daughter reported back to work last Monday after she was declared free of COVID-19 last week. According to her doctors, "all her systems are go" with no traces whatsoever of the infection and they asked her what medications she took that made her physically sound once more. She told them about the natural remedies she administered to herself, plus the existence of our Wonderful Healer. Frank Jarvis, pastor of London UCG, sent me an email message telling us that they had not seen her in their church services - but regardless of that matter, they will pray for her. So, I told my daughter to keep in touch with Mr. Jarvis, and to send him an email message of thanks. Which she did, and according to Mr Jarvis, that email was read to the London brethren mentioning Relpha and thanking the brethren for the wonderful developments.
My wife and I, and the entire family, thank the brethren whose prayers were responsible for bringing about Relpha's healing. Your help brought to our Father's attention our daughter's health need during her most crucial moments. We earnestly hope that you will help us pray for our daughter's spiritual healing as well - for her to become part of the body of Christ once again.
May 14, 2020
In our video chat this evening, Relpha had a calm and serenity in her face and voice already, all of which are strong indications that she is indeed past the critical stage. This is her 15th day of self quarantine. God willing, she will soon be with her fellow frontliners once more in London. Surely, we have a God who listens, and acts accordingly, to the prayers of His saints. Thank God
May 7, 2020
Almighty and the brethren who prayed with us for the healing of our daughter. Relpha S., daughter of elder Merlito T. of Kidapawan, is a nurse at the NHS Hospital in London. She has been adversely affected by COVID-19 due to the high incidence of the viral infection in her work area. She must stay at home and would appreciate it very much if the brethren would help pray to God Almighty for her healing and early recovery so she can resume her work as one of the front-line health workers. Also pray for comfort of her family.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 8, 2020 - Marvin W. (Fremont, MO)
Marvin and Rita of the Poplar Bluff congregation are requesting your prayers.
Rita recently underwent two procedures and ended up having two stents inserted into her heart veins. She was also diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. These conditions cause much fatigue, weakness and pain. She is also having to adjust to medications for various reasons, which is also taking a physical toll that includes involuntary shaking. Please continue to pray to our Father that she will recover and grow physically stronger.
Please also pray for Marvin to regain his strength. He was recently diagnosed with neuropathy, a progressive nerve disorder. It can be managed by lifestyle and vitamins, but it is difficult to function because this disease affects all portions of the body. It was also determined that he had suffered a stroke at some point in the past and is dealing with the aftereffects of that. On a better note, Marvin was being treated for a type of blood cancer over the last several months and it has been determined that he is now cancer-free. Praise God for that and please continue to pray for God's healing and comfort.
As you can imagine, living with physical difficulties can be frustrating and tiring. Please pray for encouragement and strength for the entire family as they deal with these conditions.
Jul 23, 2019
Marvin was diagnosed last year with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. At that time he had been in very serious condition with multiple tumors all over his body. The doctors recommended chemotherapy. Marvin now is pleased to report that God has been good. The treatment was successful and the disease is now in remission. He is now only on pill therapy to maintain his health. He wants to sincerely thank everyone all around the world for their thoughts, prayers, cards and letters as well as God's intervention. He is continuing to get stronger and his prayer is that he can return soon to attend regular Sabbath services.
Jan 31, 2019
Marvin and his wife Rita of the Poplar Bluff, Missouri congregation want to express their gratitude for all the prayers, cards and letters they have received. They are also requesting your continuing prayers for Marvin's medical condition. He was diagnosed with stage 3 Non-Hodgkins lymphoma last December. It had not spread into his bones or organs. However, he had several areas of tumor like growth that were causing much pain and discomfort. He began chemotherapy and since then has had two rounds. He is currently scheduled for chemo every four weeks for two days in a row.
Marvin has been tolerating the treatments remarkably well. He has had little to no side effects that are normally associated with chemotherapy. The tumors are greatly reduced with only one area slightly raised. His pain is greatly reduced and he feels much better. He is optimistic that he will be able to go to a pill form of chemo after his next round of traditional chemotherapy. Marvin knows that this healing is of God through your fervent prayers. He is deeply appreciative of and grateful for the encouragement, care and concern shown by the brethren all over the world.
Marvin and Rita are still asking you to pray that God will continue to intervene and heal the lymphoma through whatever means He decides. Marvin is requesting additional prayers for a problem with his right eye that is affecting his vision. The problem has not yet been diagnosed but he has a doctor's visit scheduled in the near future to have it checked. Your cards and letters of support are still very welcome and are VERY much appreciated.
Dec 24, 2018
Marvin W. and his wife Rita of the Poplar Bluff, Missouri congregation are requesting prayers for Marvin. He has recently been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. It is currently at stage 4. It has not spread into his bones or organs as of yet. However he has several areas of tumor like growth that are causing much pain and discomfort. He is scheduled to begin chemotherapy on December 26th, 2018. Your prayers are requested that God will heal the lymphoma outright and if He chooses not to heal in that way that he will work through the medical community to heal Marvin. Marvin is faithful and optimistic about the outcome no matter what happens but it is a difficult time and prayers are welcome for the entire family as they go through this process.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 6, 2020 - Jim S. (Corpus Christi, TX)
Here is an update from Jim, a deacon in the Corpus Christi congregation: "I want to thank all the brethren around the world for their prayers of faith that went to our God on my behalf and I know God has heard and answered every one of them. I want to give you an update on my rectal cancer which had moved into my liver, as well. I had CT scans and a liver biopsy that showed it was malignant. I went through six rounds of chemotherapy and was then re-scanned; there was basically no change from the first scans that were done. I feel stronger than I did before the chemotherapy but the fatigue is still there. The oncologist told me I could continue with chemotherapy if I chose to, or I could quit. I chose to stop the chemotherapy. The oncologist has referred me to the University of San Antonio Cancer Center for a second opinion, which will be scheduled in the future. My condition has always been in God's hands; I know that He is my Healer and will deliver me through this crisis. We don't always get the answer we want, but that should not lessen our faith in God. God has a purpose for us all. Thanks again for all your prayers and support and remember there are many of us who are going through all kinds of trials and I know they appreciate your prayers as well."
Feb 25, 2020
The results of the biopsy came for Jim. The lungs are clear; however, the liver had several cancerous spots. The doctors said the cancer had traveled from the rectum to the liver. They are calling it rectal cancer and plan to treat it as such. Jim and his family greatly appreciate all the e-mails, cards, calls and prayers. He asks that you continue beseeching our Father for His mercy and ultimate healing.
Feb 5, 2020
The biopsies for Jim came back as non-cancerous, but the oncologist said that the biopsies were so small they might not tell everything, so a CT scan was ordered for Jim's liver and lungs for Feb. 10, along with a biopsy for the liver in the near future. Jim is requesting prayers that the CT scan and the biopsies will also come back clear of cancer. He thanks you for your prayers.
Jan 28, 2020
Jim was diagnosed by the colorectal surgeon as having rectal cancer. He is scheduled for a colonoscopy on Friday, January 31, for further testing. Please pray for Jim and his family and for the decisions he will have to make as they go forward.
Jan 24, 2020
Jim S., a deacon, has been suffering from intestinal problems, fatigue and weight loss over the last several weeks. He had a CT scan which shows a mass in his lower colon and spots on his liver. He has been referred to a colorectal surgeon for consultation. We are asking for prayers for Jim and his family as he deals with this situation.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 6, 2020 - Fred R. (Portland, OR)
Here is an update from Fred: "I would like to say "Thank You" to all of you who have been praying for me, who sent cards or called during my recent trial with prostate cancer. I finished my final radiation treatment this last Thursday, June 4. The side effects have been minimal with daily fatigue being most noticeable, but common with this type of treatment. I will now wait three months before I see my doctor again for a blood test to determine my PSA level. I'm praying for "zero." "Once again, I am grateful for a loving and merciful God who has clearly been involved in my trial and I'm extremely grateful for your prayers on my and Cheryl's behalf. I will update again in three months."
May 20, 2020
A few months back I had a blood test that revealed my PSA level was high. It had been gradually going up over the last three years. A urologist examined me, and after the results of blood test showed a even higher PSA level, an MRI revealed the possibility of prostate cancer. A biopsy was performed which revealed five areas of cancer. Four scored low but one spot scored high. After praying for wisdom, anointing, research on different options, input from my naturopath doctor and my wife, I have chosen a radiation treatment. The treatment procedure is called CyberKnife, which I chose for its short duration. Instead of 36 treatments it will be 5 treatments using high intensity radiation. Any type of radiation treatment brings risks, especially the possibility of irradiating other organs or other parts of the body in addition to the prostate itself. I am asking for your prayers that our Great God be involved in the procedure and side effects and that any stray radiation be minimal. Also, pray that the cancer be eliminated and that I recover quickly so I can continue to work. Of course complete healing is best option, but all to God's will. I have another MRI scheduled this week and then the procedures will begin. Thank you so much.
Dec 22, 2016
Currently, I am doing very well. I will be having another PET Scan in January to see if I remain cancer free. I continue to take alternative medical treatments & will do so for at least another year. I very much appreciate the prayers of the brethren on my behalf.
Mar 26, 2015
After meeting with my surgeon today, I couldn't have asked for better results. I hadn't been able to swallow any liquid, and everything had been going through a feeding tube. The Throat/Speech Therapist worked with me for about an hour and got things working. The doctor determined that the feeding tube was causing a sore in the throat which added to the swallowing problem. After they were comfortable that I was going to be able to swallow they removed the tube. How wonderful that was!
The biopsies on my tonsils show that one is completely clear and the other showed no sign of cancer in the margins he took. The biopsies on my 29 removed lymph nodes showed that only 2 of them were cancerous. The good news is that in those two, the cancer was completely encapsulated.
So as it stands right now, I am cancer free. The only concern are those microscopic cells that might be floating around. If this is a possibility then I will pursue holistic medicines and most importantly, of course, God's healing to take care of them. Brethren, God is great and He always hears our prayers for each other. Cheryl and I can't begin to thank you enough!
Feb 26, 2015
Here is an update on my planned surgery which has been rescheduled for this coming week, March 4. They will be removing the right tonsil and the diseased lymph nodes in the right side of my neck. I request your prayers that God will direct all aspects of the surgery and that there will not be any complications afterwards and, of course, quick healing. I will be in the hospital between 4-5 days and hopefully return to Sabbath services in 3 weeks. Thank you for your prayers and concern on my behalf.
Feb 20, 2015
I am requesting your prayers on my behalf. On Feb. 5, I was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma cancer of the throat. The CT scan revealed that the cancer is currently located in the right tonsil and in the lymph nodes in the right side of my neck. On Feb. 19, my Oncologist reviewed the results of the PET scan with me, which show no cancer anywhere else in my body. I want to say thank you to those of you that have been praying about that. What a relief that was! I'm not out of woods yet, so more prayers are needed. I currently have surgery planned for Feb. 24, here in Vancouver, Washington. That could change, as I am seeking a second opinion from a surgeon who specializes in this type of cancer surgery at OHSU in Portland, Oregon. Please pray that God will guide the surgeon's hands and that he is successful at removing all the infected lymph nodes and there will be minimal damage to the small nerves in my neck. My wife, Cheryl, and I have seen God's hand in this trial and we know He will continue to be with the both of us as we deal with my cancer. Your prayers are truly a blessing and God hears them all.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 4, 2020 - Tim B. (Sacramento, CA)
The following is an update from Joe B. about his son, Tim: "Tim is supposed to be returning home tomorrow after his amazing recovery from the COVID-19 virus and I want to thank all the wonderful people for the many cards and expressions of hopeful recovery. With gratitude and love to our Amazing Father in His dwelling place, He surely has heard the prayers of His people. Thanks to everyone for their prayers and concern.
Apr 27, 2020
Tim has made significant improvements over the last week. He is much more alert and has even been able to video chat with his family. He is down to receiving only 30% oxygen, and while he still tires easily he is making steady progress. If he continues to progress, he will be moved to a rehab facility for the remainder of his recovery. Thank you for the prayers, cards and concern for Joe, Tim and the family.
Apr 17, 2020
Joe B's son, Tim, has now been in the hospital for four weeks. He is no longer testing positive for the coronavirus but he is still having a difficult time. On Monday, they performed a tracheostomy and it was done without complication. They plan on inserting a feeding tube soon, as well.
Tim is being taken off of the sedation medication but he is suffering from delirium and other effects from the medication and is still receiving 50% oxygen. Please continue to keep Joe and Tim in your prayers.
Apr 3, 2020
Joe continues to ask for prayers for his son. Tim, who is 53, has now been in the hospital for two weeks fighting the Coronavirus. He has shown some improvement, his oxygen has been lowered to 40%, but he is still being kept sedated and has a long way to go. It has been very hard on Joe since he is not able to see Tim during this trial and can only rely on what the doctors tell him over the phone.
As of now, Joe and his grandchildren (Tim's children, in their 20s) have not shown any signs of the virus. Thank you for your prayers for Joe and Tim.
Mar 25, 2020
Joe B. is requesting prayers for his son, Timothy. Last Friday, Tim was taken by ambulance to the hospital with pneumonia-like symptoms. His symptoms have worsened to the point where he is being kept sedated and the doctors are concerned that his heart may give out. Yesterday, tests came back confirming that he had coronavirus. Joe, who is a senior, lives with Tim and his two grandchildren. Please pray for healing for Tim, as well as protection from the virus for Joe and his grandchildren at this very difficult time.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 4, 2020 - Daniel P. (Helensville, New Zealand)
Once New Zealand moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 2, Linda and I were able to resume the move back to Washington State. New Zealand's strict lockdown happened just as the moving company was scheduled to be at our place the end of March, which delayed all our plans.
The removals company will be at our place Monday to cart our household goods away in a container, and we fly out of Auckland on 25 June. International moves are complicated at the best of times, so we appreciate your prayers for our move during this extra-complicated time in the world.
We also appreciate your continued prayers for my full recovery. The radiation oncologist advised it could take up to 18 months to recover from the aggressive treatment, and we should know by the end of this year if it was all successful. I'm feeling much better in myself than I have for some time. All your prayers and kind words have been instrumental in helping our whole family through this challenging time -- Heartfelt "Thank You."
Jan 24, 2020
Who knew the worst 2 weeks of radiation would be after the radiation was finished?
Linda and I have had a very rough couple of weeks, more similar to post-chemo, but I seem to have turned the corner the last couple of days where we hope I can now begin the recovery phase. We are waiting to receive an appointment to see the Radiation Oncologist (it will be sometime between end-Feb and early-March) where we will discuss "what nextâ" and have more of an idea of when we can begin making plans. One challenging aspect to cancer is realizing how little control we have. But a very important aspect we retain is that we are in control of our outlook, attitude, trust and faith that God is in control.
We give you our heartfelt thanks for your prayers for my continued recovery and for God's guidance of my family.
Jan 3, 2020
Today marks #31 of 33 radiotherapy treatments. The final one will be Tuesday, 7 January, and the radiation will continue to "work" for a few weeks even without the daily onslaught of radiation beams.
The side effects have been manageable, though unpleasant, and not as many as were possible. Some fatigue has surfaced this past week, probably associated with the pelvic lymph nodes being treated. I meet with the Radiation Oncologist in 6-8 weeks to evaluate the "where to nextâ" phase. He has already recommended hormone therapy to continue for another year, and then we will see if the radiation treatment has been successful. He fully expects this to be the case.
My family and I want to thank you for all your prayers on my and my family's behalf. Your many cards, notes, and texts have been encouraging and uplifting. We thank our Great God for the many amazing miracles we have seen through this time, especially allowing us to see His Hand directly when we were at our lowest. My wife Linda says I have maintained my optimism, humour, and even-temperament, and I say that is also a gift God has granted us.
I appreciate your continued prayers as we plan to take a little time to focus solely on recovery before tackling projects associated with the move ahead. The move time frame will depend on the Radiation Oncologist's recommendations, but we're hoping to be reunited with Bree and Keith by the Unleavened Bread season. We continue to pray for full healing, recovery, and no permanent damage from the cancer and the very aggressive treatment regime.
Linda adds: Post-chemo, Daniel is sporting a wavy "silver foxâ hair style. He's had thick straight blonde hair all his life so this is something new.
Nov 13, 2019
My family and I had a wonderful Feast together in New Zealand, and I thank you all for your prayers for my energy and general well-being. I finished chemotherapy at the end of September and am appreciating the "rest and recovery" before the next phase of treatment begins. The oncology team is maintaining an aggressive approach, with daily (M-F) radiotherapy treatments beginning 19 November through mid-January. I again seek your prayers on my behalf that the cancer be eradicated, and for no (or minimal) permanent damage to result from the radiotherapy.
The continued positive support and kindnesses shown to me and my family are daily reminders of God's hand leading us through this challenging time. Thank you for your part in that.
Sep 19, 2019
I saw the Oncologist yesterday (Thursday), and am on track for my final chemo treatment on Monday 23rd September. After the last cycle (#5), my white blood cell count failed to rebound and I picked up some kind of infection. I spent a few days in Auckland Hospital getting those issues sorted. I have been given further support medications to help me through this final chemo cycle. Thank you all for your continued prayers on my behalf. I thank God daily for His intervention and support of the brethren. We are looking forward to having this part of the treatment behind us.
Aug 30, 2019
My oncology team is pleased that I continue to tolerate the chemotherapy well, with minimal side effects. The fatigue is mounting, but I am able to rest as needed. My next treatment is this coming Monday, 2 September (#5 of 6). I will have "rest & recovery" time over the Feast before beginning the radiotherapy portion of my treatment. I'm still managing to get to the gym 5-6 mornings a week, even on the real crud days. A sincere thank you to everyone for their continued prayers on my behalf and that of my family. The letters, cards, and notes are real highlights.
Aug 10, 2019
My next dose of chemotherapy (#4 of 6) is this coming Monday, 13 August. I ask for your continued prayers on my behalf. This last round of chemo was the easiest so far and we give thanks to God for His care and protection. Chemo side effects are cumulative and we are expecting that I will become more fatigued over the next few weeks. After chemo is completed, I have a rest period that coincides with the Feast, then I begin a 7 week course of radiotherapy. We are grateful for Auckland Oncology's level of care and positive approach. When people ask me what my prognosis is, I'm happy to say, "Cure," with the aggressive treatment by the medical and radiation oncology teams (and God's blessing). My family appreciates your continued prayers and words of encouragement.
Jul 19, 2019
My next dose of chemotherapy (#3 of 6) is on Monday, 22 July. After two cycles, the side effects have been few and relatively easy to manage. However, we don't take that for granted and ask you to continue to pray along with us for God's continued protection. I receive about nine cards/emails a week from brethren around the world. Your continued encouragement and kindness boost my spirits and keep me focused on the positive. Thank you so very much.
Jun 7, 2019
Daniel begins chemotherapy on Monday 10 June. After a 4-month course of chemo, he will have a break for a month or two and then begin radiotherapy. The family appreciates your continued prayers for Daniel's treatments to be effective with minimal side effects and for God to continue directing him and the doctors involved. We truly appreciate the aggressive approach to this cancer by the Auckland oncology team. The cards and stories of encouragement from the brethren are priceless and we thank them for their kindness, care and support.
May 1, 2019
The latest scans show that the cancer has spread to a spot in the bone. I will meet with the medical oncology team on 13 May to discuss further treatment. The likely outcome is that I will be advised to have chemotherapy prior to radiotherapy treatment. Your continued prayers are very much appreciated. The cards and personal notes continue to mean a great deal to our family.
Mar 15, 2019
Thank you for your fervent and earnest prayers on my behalf. It truly feels like God has directly intervened. On Monday (11 March), I received a phone call, advising that the Director of Urology who performed my surgery, had conferred on my case. He immediately started the next phase of my cancer treatment, including the referral to radiation/oncology. I have also experienced some improvement with the pelvic floor strength and bladder control. Please continue praying for my treatment and healing to continue moving forward.
Mar 8, 2019 - Daniel P.
I met with the Urology doctor early this week. They will not refer me to radiation until I have better bladder control (it is common after prostate removal surgery for this to take some time to improve). I am determined in the next 4 weeks to make serious headway with the pelvic floor exercises so that at the next appointment, Urology will refer me to Radiation/Oncology. I am classed as "high risk" so it is important to begin radiation soon. We are asking for prayers that God will intervene in this specifically so I can finish my cancer treatment, and have our family reunited within a few months. Since the 10-week post-op milestone (2 weeks ago), my general feeling of well-being has greatly improved. We are grateful for the many instances we have seen God's Hand, and so thankful for the prayers on our behalf, and support of the brethren, family and friends.
Feb 1, 2019
Daniel was diagnosed with prostate cancer on 31 August, and had his prostate removed on 13 December. There have been a couple complications since the surgery, slowing recovery. Daniel met with the urology team 24 January. Based on the histology report from the surgery and recent blood work, surgery was the right course of action, but he requires further cancer treatment. Another CT scan is scheduled for 8 Feb, and a bladder assessment within 10 days, before meeting with the radiology team to put together a treatment plan. These further complications are very disheartening but we trust God with His timeframe and comfort. Our family requests your prayers for the energy, strength and courage to deal with what's before us. The many cards and personal notes with encouragement are treasured!
Our move to the United States has been delayed until treatment concludes and assessments are clear.
Dec 21, 2018 - Daniel P. (Helensville, New Zealand)
Daniel had prostate cancer surgery on 13 December. The surgery went well, but we are eager for the histology report by mid-January. Immediately after the surgery Daniel experienced an internal bleed, which is common with this type of surgery, but because of a DVT he experienced in mid-2016, there are safety protocols in place to prevent another DVT event. The protocols (anti-coagulants for one month post-op) are preventing the bleed from clotting as would normally occur. The surgeon, Dr. Koya, is monitoring his hemoglobin levels and supplementing with iron tablets. Daniel's drainage tube was scheduled to be removed yesterday but will remain in place for an additional week. Please pray for this internal bleed to heal properly. The many cards that have poured in from various areas around the world are so encouraging and uplifting. We want to thank the brethren for their prayers, love and outward expressions of support.
Nov 27, 2018
On 31 August I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. In September and October I had a CT Scan and Bone Scan, both indicating the cancer hasn't spread. I have finally received a surgery date of 13 December. We are currently in the middle of a move from Auckland, New Zealand, to Washington State. Both of my children have now moved back to the U.S., living with a family friend, while they settle into school and work (my son is a junior in high school, and my daughter just finished high school in New Zealand).
My family and I greatly appreciate your continued prayers on my behalf, for the cancer to stay localised leading up to surgery, for surgery and recovery to go smoothly, and the international move to proceed with minimal headaches. We feel at peace, trusting that God is directing things.
Sep 13, 2018
Daniel P., currently pastoring New Zealand, has just been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Yesterday (Thursday, 13 Sept) he had a CT Scan, and hopefully a Bone Scan next week before the Feast, then the Urology Team will likely schedule surgery for removal of the prostate. If that happens, the timeframe for surgery is end of October, early November. This has been caught early and - at this point - no complications are expected. The Porteous family was planning to move back to the U.S. at the end of October, but Daniel and Linda will need to stay in New Zealand while Daniel undergoes treatment and recovery. Alternative plans are being made for the children. Please pray for wisdom and guidance for Daniel, Linda, Bree & Keith during this challenging transitional time.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 4, 2020 - Cheryl B. (Nashville, TN)
From Cheryl: "Thank you. I can't stop thanking God for what he has done for me and all those who prayed for me. I ended up having a hysterectomy plus the cancer surgery because the cancer was attached to my uterus. Four hours in all. I'm on a pain drip. So very sore but they had me walking and I did 200 yards, which they said was wonderful! I'm so glad and thankful to be able to write this! The surgeon was in this morning and he said he is very pleased with everything."
Dec 20, 2019
Cheryl B. of the Nashville congregation has been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. She has started chemotherapy and will be reevaluated in a couple of months to see if the mass has shrunk enough so that they can do surgery. Cheryl also has a few small spots in her liver that are cancerous, as well. Please pray for her healing and also for strength for her husband Ralph, who is her primary caregiver.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 3, 2020 - Jana E. (Twin Cities, MN)
Dustin and Jana would like to ask for prayers for Jana, who over the past year has experienced increasing pain and stiffness in her joints and back. After testing, she was recently diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, which is a genetic inflammatory arthritis that over time can cause vertebrae to fuse together. They'd like to request prayers for healing and wisdom for the best course of treatment. Thanks ever so much!
Jan 22, 2016
We'd like to thank everyone for their prayers, cards, gifts, and support. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful church family. Jana continues to recover well after her surgery. She's still pretty sore, but she's completely off her pain meds now, and hopes she'll be well enough to see everyone at services in a couple weeks. Hope everyone has a wonderful Sabbath. Much love, Dusty & Jana.
Jan 1, 2016
Update, the surgery went well, and there has been no bleeding problems thus far. Please pray for a speedy recovery. Thank you!
Dec 30, 2015
Dusty and Jana would like to request prayers for Jana's surgery this Wednesday, Dec. 30th. The surgery should eliminate much of the abdominal pain and internal bleeding she has been experiencing, and will also remove any scar tissue in her abdomen. Because of her bleeding disorder, she will be having a clotting factor transfusion before the surgery and will be staying down at Mayo until Sunday for monitoring. Prayers for a successful outcome and a speedy recovery would be very much appreciated. Thank you!
May 11, 2013
Jana was at the Mayo Clinic for another round of tests this week. Based on Jana's tests this past month, the doctors are concerned that she may have auto-immune related kidney disease. The family would greatly appreciate prayers that the tests will all go well, that God will grant Jana healing, and that He would guide them and the doctors to make the best decisions regarding Jana's health. Thank you for your prayers.
Update from Dusty:
We got some great news about Jana's kidneys yesterday. The ultrasound indicated that the kidneys are healthy and functioning normally. This definitely goes down as an answered prayer in our book. The doctor seemed quite surprised by the result. She even said that someone with Jana's previous test results would generally need 2-3 surgeries to address the kidney problems, so she was really happy to report that Jana didn't need any further follow-up regarding her kidneys. Additionally, one of the main kidney failure indicators dropped dramatically back into normal range since the last time we were there! Since the kidneys are working fine, they wanted to investigate the heart in an effort to account for the previous test results. Jana did an EKG and heart x-ray yesterday (results still pending), and they want her to come down next week for a couple days again to wrap up the tests and talk about next steps.

<  >   Prayer Update - May 27, 2020 - Donna G. (Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada)
Donna has had her surgery. The surgeons found stage two cancer; however, they feel that they have successfully removed the cancer. She is healing well from the surgery but has been suffering from the inability to keep food down and with digestive tract blockages ever since the operation. She has also lost considerable weight. The good news is that in the last few days her condition has improved and she is in good spirits. She is slated for chemotherapy, but has no scheduled start date. She wishes to thank everyone for the wonderful cards, they have be a huge encouragement for her.
Apr 22, 2020
For the last two weeks, Donna has been - and still is - in excruciating pain. As a result, she has just finished two days in the hospital undergoing tests. The doctors discovered that she has a cyst the size of a grapefruit on her right ovary. The results of the biopsy and blood work will not be available for a week, but the doctors are suggesting that the cyst is likely cancerous. Please pray for God's healing, a removal of the pain and for the results of the biopsy to come back negative for cancer. Also pray for comfort for her husband, Gary.

<  >   Prayer Update - May 27, 2020 - Bill G. (Waldron, AR)
Bill underwent surgery on his left leg yesterday afternoon. The surgeon was able to remove the rod and other hardware that had been left in from a previous attempt to remove the rod. However, in order to do this he had to split the tibia (shinbone). Bill will have several more days in the hospital working with a bacteria specialist to help clear up the infection. The doctor warned that there will be a good deal of pain, but they will work to control it as best they can with IV medication. At this point the doctor is hopeful that this will resolve the problem, and that the leg and bone will heal properly this time.
Thank you for all the calls and emails they have already received, and most of all thank you for your prayers!
May 25, 2020
Bill, an elder serving the Bentonville, Van Buren and Mena, Arkansas, congregations, is requesting your prayers. He is once again having severe problems with his left leg - the same leg he had surgery on nearly three years ago. This past week he was in excruciating pain, and was diagnosed with Tibial Osteomyelitis, a severe infection of the bone.
This is the leg he broke in late 1989 and doctors had to insert a rod, which is still in place, and apparently at the core of this problem. Tomorrow (Tuesday, May 26), doctors will attempt to remove the rod. It is expected that he will need to be in the hospital another five or six days on IV antibiotics to kill the infection. Unfortunately, the hospital has not yet relaxed their regulations as a result of the COVID-19 infection, and so no one is able to be with or see him in the hospital. Please keep Bill and his wife, Aurora, in your prayers.
Jan 11, 2019
Bill and Aurora G. wish to express their thanks to everyone - the prayers and comforting thoughts from so many brethren has made this trial easier to bear! During a doctor's visit this week, an x-ray was taken which revealed great progress and a process of healing. The doctor's first comment was, "You are very blessed, it now looks like a bone graft may not be necessary!" It appears the bone is starting to grow back by itself to fill the void in the leg bone! Bill will continue with the antibiotic infusion until Jan. 19 and the antibiotic pills until mid-February. What a relief it will be to have the "port" taken out. Another x-ray will be taken in six weeks and further progress will be evaluated. Also, the doctor recommended light exercises. Thank you again for your prayers and concerns!
Dec 14, 2018
Bill G., an elder in the Van Buren, Arkansas, congregation, broke his lower leg many years ago, and doctors inserted a rod to stabilize the bone. But the rod moved up, and facing a need for a knee replacement, he went in for what should have been a quick procedure in late May to remove the rod. That surgery did not go as intended, and the surgeon was not only unable to remove the rod, but in the end was unable to even remove equipment inserted to get the rod out. He did manage to cut off the top part of the rod, and Bill was sent home to recover and consider the knee replacement after he healed.
Unfortunately, he never has been able to heal, and has suffered a great deal of pain since then. Within the last few weeks the pain has increased greatly, and a large lump formed on the outside of the knee. After consulting a different orthopedic surgeon he underwent another surgical procedure this past Friday. It was discovered that the entire operation site of the May procedure was filled with infection, and it had eaten away at the tibia (shin bone). After cleaning out the area the doctor found a void inside his leg the size of a peach, and the bone is so deteriorated that if Bill had stepped wrong the bone would have shattered.
Bill remained in the hospital for several days receiving powerful IV antibiotics to combat the infection. But further consultation is necessary to determine what will need to be done to repair the damage and save the leg.
Bill was released from the hospital a day earlier than expected. He must largely stay off of the left leg because the bone is so fragile from the deterioration caused by the severe infection. His wife, Aurora, said before he was released the doctor told them the culture matured finally and infection has been identified. Bill is to stay off of his feet and only do limited walking inside the house. A home health caregiver will be coming to administer the antibiotics (a six-week regimen) and to teach how to do it, since she will come only once a day and two doses per day are required. They are thankful for God's blessing, and the prayers and concern of their brethren.

<  >   Death Announcement - May 23, 2020 - Gamaliel G. (Guatemala)
I just received a call from Jason C. telling me that his wife Abby's father died today. They are not sure exactly what the cause of death was, he had recently become ill and was taken to the hospital and died shortly afterwards. This is very hard on Abby as it was unexpected and because of the travel restrictions she can't be with her family. Jason was telling me that because of the laws in Guatemala, he will have to be buried tomorrow.
The family would appreciate your prayers for her and her family in Guatemala.
Nov 4, 2016
This week I contacted my family and had the opportunity to video chat with dad and he told me that he is feeling much better. After the medication and a week of resting he is almost back to normal. His Dr. recommended one full month of complete rest, but knowing how feisty my dad is we hope he can rest the whole month. My sister mentioned to me that on Wednesday he decided that he was feeling much better and decided to start planting peppers in his garden. That's my dad I guess :) Thank you again for your concern and prayers.
Oct 28, 2016
I (Abby C.) just wanted to request prayers for my dad Gamaliel G., on the Last day of the Feast he got sick and at first my sister thought that was just the flu. A church Dr. checked him and noticed that his high blood pressure was runny pretty high, after that he wasn't able to walk, took him to do a scan and found out that had a stroke. Today another scan was done and was recommended to take him to see a Neurologist because a blood clot that is not allowing oxygen to the brain, he is able to take few little steps but not walk on his own. Please pray for God's intervention on his health and economically considering that they don't have health insurance, so this situation can be little less stressful for all of us in the family.

<  >   Death Announcement - May 23, 2020 - Mike Knapp (Midland, MI)
I am sorry to announce the death of Mike Knapp of the Freeland congregation. Mike died peacefully Friday evening. Mike suffered a closed head injury several years ago in a bicycle accident. For the last few years, he had been living in a rehabilitation center in Midland until this past week, when he was evacuated due to the flooding in the area. He had already taken a turn for the worse a week ago. His brother, Chuck, and his wife had visited him earlier in the day. Mike is survived by brothers Chuck (Onalee) and Norm, who also attend the Freeland congregation and many nieces and nephews. Please keep the whole Knapp family in your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Request - May 22, 2020 - Ted B. (Bothell, WA)
Ted is a longtime member of the Seattle congregation with a condition called Tinnitus (the perception of noise ringing in the ears). Ted does have hearing loss and wears hearing aids, but this ringing has progressed to the point where he cannot sleep. The lack of sleep has then caused all the aches and pains of an aged body to be burdensome. As you can imagine, this ringing is mentally and physically taxing. Ted is asking for your prayers on his behalf, that God would heal him and allow him to rest at night.

<  >   Prayer Request - May 22, 2020 - Shirley M.(Gig Harbor WA)
Shirley M. requests prayers on her behalf from all the brethren. She has been suffering for a long while with painful and persistent rashes, itching and sores on her skin, now leading to fungal infections. She has been under the care of doctors and receiving treatments from a wound care clinic for at least two years, but there has been little relief. The medications prescribed are hard on her liver, and have had to be reduced, changed or eliminated. Her doctor seems to be at a loss as to how to help her. Recently these conditions have become worse, and Shirley is "desperate" for help and for healing. She asks for prayers from God's people, and as she ended the phone call she said, "I love you all!" Shirley lives in a senior housing apartment, and would appreciate a few cards of encouragement as well as our prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - May 22, 2020 - Emma H. (N. Little Rock, AR)
Emma has taken a turn for the worse. She is now blacking out frequently and having seizures as she wakes up. She has three different types of seizures. One pulls her backwards, and she chokes. Another involves her body jerking back and forth, and the last one is a staring seizure. The blacking out is especially dangerous, as she falls to the floor if she is standing. The doctors here in Little Rock and in Memphis are unable to help her. We are currently trying to get her into the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. We are also testing her for Lyme disease, which can cause PANS/PANDAS. The insurance company continues to refuse to pay for the IVIG treatments that might help her. Please pray for God to heal her completely and, if it is not His will to do so, to open doors so we can find some help. This is very stressful not only for Emma, but for the whole family.
May 31, 2019
Thank you for all your prayers and cards for our granddaughter, Emma. We are sure they are helping and we see that she is making progress. Her seizures are mostly gone. After a few months of tests, we finally have a doctor's diagnosis: Encephalitis, PANS, and PANDAS. Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain. PANS stands for "Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder" caused by staph infection. PANDAS is similar to PANS, but is caused by strep infection. They also believe she may have another undetermined autoimmune disease. She is being treated with antibiotics and steroids, and we are seeing improvements. Her attitude has greatly improved. She is talking (sometimes a lot) and getting up to play with her dog. Emma says that she is still having a lot of pain and her vision continues to be a problem. The vision problem is neurological in basis and fluctuates as a result. She is being scheduled for more eye tests. Please continue to pray for continuing improvement and that she will not need an IVIG treatment. IVIG is an infusion using blood cells from healthy donors. This is extremely expensive and is not covered by her insurance in Arkansas until January, 2020. Emma has been very excited and encouraged by all the cards she has received. Thank you very much for them.
Apr 13, 2019
We took Emma to Houston this week hoping to get a correct diagnosis and help. Emma was born with Apraxia, a rare neurological language disability. The specialists in Houston told us that because of Emma's Apraxia her brain works different than most peoples. As a result, it is very difficult for them to give an accurate diagnosis. It is important that the diagnosis is correct as some of the treatments are very intensive. Doctors ran an EEG for 45 minutes and took some blood to check for rare neurological diseases. They are ordering a week long EEG to be conducted at home. An EEG is used to monitor electrical activity of the brain.
We are home now and waiting for the results of the tests they conducted. In the meanwhile we are going to take her to a specialist closer to home who specializes in PANS. PANS stands for Pediatric Acute Neurological Syndrome. At this point, Emma is still suffering from some seizures and pain as well as other severe symptoms.
Please continue to pray for Emma and God's intervention. God has directed our paths and we can see His hand at work. Please pray for a correct diagnosis and intervention. Thank you very much for all of your prayers.
Feb 21, 2019
Thanks largely to your prayers, Emma is showing a few signs of progress. The seizures she has now are not as intense or as frequent as they once were. However, she has cognitive problems, weakness in her arms and legs, and she has lost most of the vision in her right eye and some in her left eye. The hospital in Memphis has yet to provide a diagnosis of Emma's illness, so her mother is obtaining an appointment with a specialist in the Houston, TX area. We suspect she has an autoimmune disease. We sincerely appreciate your prayers in her behalf, and ask that you would please continue to pray for God's intervention and guidance.
Jan 29, 2019
We are requesting prayers for our 14 year-old granddaughter, Emma H., whose health has been declining rapidly since before Thanksgiving. She has experienced unusual symptoms, including over 100 severe seizures during a 48-hour period last week. Doctors at the children's hospital in Memphis have been running tests for several days but without a final diagnosis so far. Please pray for a correct diagnosis and treatment soon, and for God's intervention and healing.

<  >   Death Announcement - May 20, 2020 - Georgia Hinton (Lansdowne PA)
After a struggle with several illnesses, Georgia Hinton died early Tuesday morning. Georgia had been in ManorCare nursing home for several years, having been a victim of ALS, which took away her ability to speak, leaving her to communicate only by writing on her computer tablet. Ultimately, the muscles in her arms and hands also weakened, and she lost the ability to use the tablet as well. But what she lacked in physical strength was more than overcome by her ever increasing spiritual strength! Last week, she tested positive for COVID-19 and, as of this morning, she entered a peaceful and painless sleep, wherein she now awaits being awakened by the sound of a very loud trumpet!
Her greatest joy was in coming to Sabbath services and getting hugs from everyone! We can now look forward to being reunited with her at a time when she will once again have the ability to speak with us and share with us a good, strong, heartwarming hug! Her example of endurance and faith was a bright light, shining not only before the members of the congregation, but also before the staff at ManorCare, all of us together having learned many powerful lessons of strength!
May 14, 2020
Your urgent prayers are requested for Georgia H., who has been in a nursing home in Philadelphia for several years due to ALS, which has taken away her ability to speak and has weakened her muscles to the point where she no longer has use of her arms. She has also been dealing with lung cancer for the past year, and just before Unleavened Bread she was suffering from a case of pneumonia, which has since healed. However, for the last few days she has been experiencing a fever, and on Wednesday her COVID-19 test came back positive. Georgia has always been a shining example of faith. Through her many trials, she has always maintained a positive outlook. Your prayers for her rapid recovery are most appreciated!

<  >   Prayer Request - May 20, 2020 - Lisa B. (West Richland, WA)
Lisa B. of the Kennewick, WA congregation would very much appreciate your prayers for her overall health. Lisa has been battling lupus for quite some time now. In recent weeks her condition has intensified, resulting in extreme pain that rarely relents. The condition also creates a constant burning sensation of her face that sometimes feels like an electric shock. Her husband Randy writes, "I would ask God for healing and comfort according to His great mercy and compassion, but most of all according to His perfect will."

<  >   Prayer Request - May 13, 2020 - Debbie S. (Puyallup WA)
Debbie S. of the Tacoma congregation was diagnosed in 2006 with colon cancer, which came back 2 1/2 years ago as stage 4 colon cancer that had metastasized to both lungs with a complete collapse of the upper left lung due to a larger tumor. Debbie has been going through chemotherapy treatments since being diagnosed and the progression has been slow growing. The last few months she has had some difficulty breathing and her tumor markers have gone up so another CT Scan was done. The results showed a total of 5 tumors have grown in both lungs. Debbie will be starting a new chemotherapy next week. She and her husband, Curt, would like to ask if the brethren would pray for complete healing and comfort. The last year has been very difficult, including the loss of both of Debbie's parents to cancer.

<  >   Prayer Request - May 13, 2020 - Joe G. (Saskatoon, SK)
Kathy G. is asking for prayers for her husband, Joe. Joe was rushed to emergency Tuesday for an infected gallbladder with a stone blocking the bile duct. He was in a lot of pain with elevated blood counts. They admitted him and put him on pain meds and antibiotics with a CAT scan done.
He is having surgery tomorrow morning (Thursday) at City Hospital. They are doing a procedure called ERCP. It is where they go down the esophagus into the stomach, pass through the stomach into the gall bladder and grab the stones. Joe is a high risk intubation due to his neck girth. So it will be performed under medication as a conscious intubation to protect his airway. It prevents an abdominal incision and it's done under MRI. They will both be glad when this is over. Thank you for your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Request - May 9, 2020 - Jaime G. (Santiago Chile)
Prayers are requested for Jaime G., pastor of the Chilean churches, who has come down with COVID-19 since last Sunday. His wife, Maria, also has the same symptoms, so it's very likely she has it as well. They are both at home and quarantined. He said today that he is feeling a bit better, but his wife Maria still has a fever. They have a four-year old son, Isaac, who does not have any of the symptoms. Please remember to pray for them.

<  >   Prayer Request - May 7, 2020 - Ernst H. (Dormagen, Germany)
Prayer is requested for Ernst H., a deacon in the Dormagen, Germany congregation. During a 3-day examination at the Aachen University Hospital last week, cancer was found in Ernst's right upper jaw bone. That portion of the bone, along with 2 teeth in the front area, have to be completely removed. The exposed area will be covered with a skin transplant from the forearm. In addition, the lymph nodes on the right side will be removed and a tracheotomy will be necessary for the operation to be performed. Ernst's operation is scheduled for May 18 and will take about 7 hours, if all goes as planned.

<  >   Death Announcement - May 6, 2020 - Manfred Meier (Moosdorf, Austria)
Last Saturday morning, Manfred Meier died peacefully at his home in Moosdorf, Austria. His wife, Ursula, and daughter, Ester, were with him when he died.
We are sad, and at the same time relieved. It was painful to see Manfred's physical condition these last months. We think he may also have been blind the last days of his life. Manfred's death on a Sabbath morning is for us a beautiful symbol for the temporary rest he is now in.
Ursula is doing well so far, and feels relieved because the intensive care she provided Manfred no longer rests on her shoulders. From the bottom of our hearts we are grateful to you all. It is good to feel safe and secure in a spiritual family. Thank you for accompanying us with your many prayers, cards and wishes these last months.
In Christian love, Ursula & Ester, Miria & David, and Elfriede (Manfred's sister).
Apr 23, 2020
The families thank everyone for their prayers and the many cards and phone calls we have received for our husband and father Manfred of the Salzburg, Austria, congregation. As was mentioned in our previous prayer request, Manfred was diagnosed with hydrocephalus 5 years ago.
Since the Feast last year, his condition has worsened considerably. In the last month he lost most of his ability to speak and eat and move. His wife Ursula is taking care of him at home.
Manfred's daughter, Ester, moved back home from Munich before the border between Germany and Austria was closed due to the coronavirus. She has been a support for her mom. Three weeks ago, Manfred's condition worsened to the point that he needed to be checked by a doctor, but because of the COVID-19 situation no house visit was possible. Manfred was taken by ambulance to the hospital. He was no longer able to speak, swallowing had become extremely difficult, too. A side effect of the virus was that he was not allowed visitors in the hospital, so the doctor called every day for 2 weeks to tell us about Manfred's condition. It was a horrible time and only God helped us get through it - not being allowed to see him and knowing he was so confused and suffering alone.
Finally, we were told that Manfred could not be helped, as his brain had been damaged too severely. He has also now been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease which caused the difficulty in swallowing.
He was sent home last week. He is now just skin and bones and he was supposed to be fed by a tube, but he kept pulling it out. We have decided to stop this artificial feeding since it is extending his life while he is in pain and his mind is gone.
We thank you all for your prayers. God has sent us some answers, but for now it looks like Manfred will be leaving us. God can still heal him, we know that. However, humanly everything has been done and we don't want him to suffer any more.
We kindly ask for prayer support that God may comfort him in his pain and us in our loss that might happen any day now. Thank you to you all from Ursula M., Ester M. & Miria - David R.
Feb 2, 2020
The M. and R. families in Austria kindly request prayer for their husband and father Manfred M. from the Salzburg, Austria, congregation.
5 years ago, Manfred was diagnosed with hydrocephalus (accumulation of too much brain fluid in the ventricles of the brain). Symptoms of his condition were walking difficulties, dizziness, short term memory loss and hearing problems.
In early September 2019, a shunt and valve were placed in Manfred's brain to drain the excess brain fluid. After the operation in September, Manfred was able to stand up straight and walk again and he felt better overall.
But after the Feast of Tabernacles in October 2019, Manfred's symptoms worsened to the point where he cannot walk, and he is experiencing extreme short-term memory loss. He basically requires full-time nursing care at this point. His wife, Ursula, takes care of him by herself, with her adult children helping as much as possible.
We are very concerned about the rapid deterioration since the Feast, since there is no explanation for it. We have consulted different specialists in Salzburg to no avail, so we ask for prayers that the cause of the decline can be determined and treated. Of course, we hope God will provide immediate healing. We don't want Manfred to suffer. His ability to speak is also limited and we don't know how whether he realizes the extent of his decline.
Manfred and Ursula have been members for more than 37 years. They have three grown children, Ester, Miria and Johannes, and 4 grandchildren. Manfred used to give sermonettes and led the men's interactive Bible study at the Schluchsee feast site.
Thank you very much for your prayers. Ursula and Ester M. Miria and David R.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 30, 2020 - Lupi P (Jordan, MN)
As we all isolate and stay in our homes due to the virus, I thought it would be nice to send a quick update on my recovery. Firstly, I would like to thank the brethren for the many prayers and the everyday messages. I could not have gotten through this if it wasn't for the many encouragements and of course the answered prayers. It has now been 8 weeks since my surgery and my doctor is impressed with how quick I'm recovering. I am no longer needing my crutches to move around the house, nor am I required to sleep with my knee brace any longer.
However, when I am out and about of the house I do have to wear my brace til I am a lot more comfortable. During my last visit, my Doctor would repeat how impressed he was at how active I am. He mentioned, and I quote, "For someone who had a major repair on both meniscus and an ACL reconstruction, I am impressed with your recovery."
Due to the virus all my appointments have been virtual. I have a PT appointment tomorrow and won’t have my next doctors visit until my 3rd month mark. I am slowly getting back to my everyday routine and now looking to hopefully return to working again. Thank you!
Mar 3, 2020
Our family wanted to extend our appreciation to everyone for their prayers and messages received throughout the day. Lupi's surgery was successful and was cleared to go home shortly after. She is eating well and in good spirits. She has her follow up and first physical therapy session this coming Thursday.
Mar 2, 2020
As confirmed from my doctor, I will be going through with my knee surgery tomorrow morning at about 10:30AM. I kindly request the brethrens prayers as I go through with this. My operation is considered an outpatient surgery so I should be out same day. Your prayers are greatly appreciated. If there are any changes we will keep you informed.
Jan 31, 2020
Prayer request for our sister Lupi in Jordan. She was walking up the stairs and as she opened the door to her next class she took a wrong step and lost her balanced as her knees gave out on her. She got an MRI and found out that she's torn her ACL and meniscus. She's gonna have surgery but no date has been set yet.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 29, 2020 - Darlene L. (Menomonie, WI)
Just wanted to update you on my situation. (You can share with others). My dad passed away on Monday morning. Dan and the girls hit the road that afternoon to drive to Texas. They got here about 7 pm yesterday.
The funeral will be on Friday. The Texas governor just made changes, so 40 people will be allowed at the funeral instead of 10. That is an answered prayer.
Apr 24, 2020
I flew down to Texas on Tuesay to be with my mom. My dad has been moved into hospice care. I'm currently sitting outside the hospice facility while my brother and mom are inside. Only two of us are allowed to be inside at a time. It is a difficult time made more difficult by all the restrictions.
My mom has been his caregiver almost 24 years, ever since he had a stroke in August of 1996. The last couple of years have taken a toll on my mom's health as my dad became more and more difficult to care for. She is at peace with all of this and prays my dad will pass soon. She is so very exhausted, physically and emotionally.
I know Dan and I came to the brethren just last month asking for prayers on my behalf. I thank you all for that. And of course, we all know God listens and answers prayers. My family could use a little extra strength right now.
Mar 30, 2020
We just finally found out some information about Darlene, and the good news is that the Covid19 test came back negative! So we are very pleased to hear that. Please thank everyone for the prayers and for continued prayers that they can find out what else may have caused the shortness of breath.
Overall, she is doing much better and in good spirits. Tomorrow they plan to do an Echocardiogram to determine what else may be going on, but it sounds like she would be allowed to go home after that.
from Darlene: Dan and the girls are on the way to the hospital to get me and take me home. Please feel free to forward this email on to the brethren. I'm so grateful to everyone for helping Dan and me get through this long weekend.
I went into the ER Friday night because I didn't like the way I was feeling. My heart was racing and wouldn't calm down. That was causing me to feel shortness of breath. I have been having those episodes on and off for the past week or so, and after a short while of resting they passed. But that wasn't the case on Friday.
When they tested me at the ER, my troponin levels were high which could indicate a problem with the heart. They couldn't come up with a good reason why those levels would be high, so they decided to test me for COVID-19. It was a long wait to get those results back. Sunday evening I found out I was negative.
This morning they did an echocardiogram, just to make sure my heart was fine. It is. My heart rate is still a little elevated, but not dangerously, suddenly spiking. The doctor on Saturday starting having me take iron supplements because my hemoglobin levels were low. My official diagnosis coming out of this is anemia. With some supplements and follow up with my doctor, I will be all right. We did have some kind of cold/virus thing going on too, but we all seem to be mostly over that.
Thank you everyone for praying for me and my family!
Mar 28, 2020
Dan L. just called to request prayers for his wife Darlene. The whole family has been struggling with some flu-like, respiratory issues for about 3 weeks. They sought guidance from their doctor and from the Mayo clinic over a week ago, but did not meet all the requirements for COVID-19 testing. Dan and the girls now seem to be recovering, but Darlene's condition is worsening and was taken and admitted to the hospital for further care. She is now being tested for the virus and they are awaiting results.
Please pray for our heavenly Father's healing for Darlene, and His merciful guidance, wisdom and resolve through this trial for her, Dan and the whole family.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 29, 2020 - Dave S. (Rochester WA)
Dave extends his gratitude and love to all who were praying for his health, and for the comforting of his wife, Eunice. For months he had felt and been told that the problem was his heart.
After this last episode he wrote, "God guided the doctors to give me an MRI and found the problem was my gall bladder which was almost full of gall stones and one had lodged in the bile duct. The enzyme that shows heart attack is the same that shows muscle stress, and the gall bladder was under stress. With the removal of the gall bladder, everything is healing nicely and today is the second day I can eat a normal diet without discomfort. I knew people were praying for me but I had no idea how many and the scope of love and encouragement! My mailbox was stuffed with cards from all over the US sent by individuals and whole congregations. Talk about encouragement!!! Thanks, everyone for your prayers! God is so merciful and has answered all of our prayers!! Please give my love to ALL who were praying for Eunice and myself."
Apr 16, 2020
Dave S., a deacon in the Olympia congregation, has been having a series of health issues for a long while, and within the last couple of weeks has had two heart attacks, one that sent him to the hospital and another while there. He was released a couple of days ago, and then yesterday had extreme pain and vomiting. He's now back in the hospital in Olympia, and tests are being done to see if some of the problem may be caused by a malfunctioning gallbladder.
Dave and his wife, Eunice, have been through a lot lately, and are seeking God's blessing of healing with your intercessory prayers. Please also pray for protection from exposure to other illnesses that are spreading during this time.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 28, 2020 - Irene H. (Saskatoon, SK)
Irene is doing much better; she has recovered from her surgery and much of her strength has returned. She wishes to thank everyone for the cards she has received. They have meant so much to her, especially with the seniors' home she lives in being in total lockdown because of COVID-19. The lockdown has confined her to her room at all times.
Mar 31, 2020
Irene is still weak but slowly improving. She has been suffering from gall stones, for which she has been receiving medication to pass.
Mar 9, 2020
Irene is suffering from gall stones, particularly one that is lodged against her liver. The doctors will not operate on anyone 90 years old or older, so they are hoping to dissolve the stone enough with medication for her to pass it. It is a slow process that can be trying on anyone. Please pray that God will heal Irene and give her the strength needed to fully recover.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 28, 2020 - Saber R. (Perdue, SK, Canada)
Lorrie R. wishes to thank everyone for the cards of encouragement that they have received; the love and concern means so much. Saber's fistula has healed but he is still waiting for his chemotherapy treatments to start.
Mar 18, 2020
Lorrie R. is asking for prayers for her husband, Saber. He has a fistula that won't heal and has stage 3 colon cancer. The fistula is the result of complications from his cancer operation. The operation did not get all the cancer, so he needs to have chemo but can't until the fistula heals.
Prayers are needed for Lorrie as well, as she is fulfilling the roles of caregiver and breadwinner. Both Lorrie and Saber are under a lot of stress, and now the Coronavirus scare is adding to that stress.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 26, 2020 - Steve R. (Sugarcreek, OH)
I have an urgent prayer request for longtime SUPERB employee and member Stephen (Steve) R.. Steve survived stage four cancer eight years ago and has been battling stage four cancer again this past year. He is in a lot of pain and his situation has become critical because the tumor is growing again. His doctor has increased his chemotherapy, which has difficult side effects. He has trouble eating and walking. His elderly parents, Ben and Mary Lou R., are here from New England to be with him.
He thanks everyone for their prayers and cards. He requests further prayer for relief of pain, for his surgery to be approved, and for God to intervene on his behalf. We pray that he will be able to win this battle with cancer.
Dec 25, 2013
Steve has made a full & complete recovery.
Jan 19, 2013
We request your prayers on behalf of Steve R., who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his throat area. The cancer has spread to the tonsils (which have been removed), the throat tissue, and the lymph nodes. He will be undergoing treatment at the Cleveland Clinic. Steve is a long-time member of the North Canton congregation. Additional Update: Steve Richmond also had an infection in his throat that required surgical removal. Doctors determined that the infection is still present and would reduce the effectiveness of the cancer treatment plan. Please pray that the infection would clear up so that the cancer can be treated effectively.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 25, 2020 - Dave B. (Coon Rapids, MN)
The exploratory surgery revealed cancer in the colon and liver, and it is quite advanced. The doctor estimates Dave's life expectancy at six months. Maybe an additional six months with treatment.
Apr 23, 2020
Dave B. was hospitalized yesterday at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. He has been experiencing bowel issues for the past week and decided to check himself in. Preliminary examinations are indicating some form of cancer, either in his colon or liver or both. He will be undergoing exploratory surgery today and is asking that we would beseech God on his behalf for His healing, His wisdom, and His peace.

<  >   Prayer Request - Apr 22, 2020 - Jose Q. (Lima, Peru)
Please pray for Jose Quijano, member in Peru. He has been diagnosed positive with COVID-19. He is being treated at home, as he can only be hospitalized if there is an emergency or his condition worsens.

<  >   Prayer Request - Apr 22, 2020 - Roberto Q. (Lima, Peru)
Please pray for Roberto Quijano, member in Peru. He has been diagnosed positive with COVID-19. He is being treated at home, as he can only be hospitalized if there is an emergency or his condition worsens.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 17, 2020 - Woodie & Cheryl M. (Westwego LA)
The M's write: "It is a great comfort to have the thoughts and prayers of the many brethren. With God's intervention, we are on the mend from the COVID-19 virus. Cheryl is in her fourth week and I am heading into my third week. The first week to 10 days were pretty rough with flu-like symptoms of fever, fatigue, a cough, and nasal congestion. This was combined with aches and pains, minor difficulty breathing, and loss of taste and smell. As of now we are feeling much better, but still have the loss of taste and smell, and overall weakness.
We appreciate your continued prayers, as we don't know what the future holds with this virus. And you all will be in our prayers as well. Thank you for the many cards, calls, emails, messages and texts."
Apr 10, 2020
Your fervent prayers are requested for Woodie and Cheryl M. of the New Orleans congregation for their healing from the COVID-19 virus. They have been fighting this virus for a couple of weeks now. Some days it seems like they are on the mend and then it comes back again with a vengeance. Woodie tested positive for it and Cheryl has the exact same symptoms. They currently are under a doctor's care at home.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 16, 2020 - Ruben R. (New York, NY)
I received another brief update from Ruben's wife, Blanca. She said Ruben is home and slowly recovering. She also mentioned that the whole family is doing well. Blanca wanted to pass along their thanks for our prayers and support during this time.
Apr 11, 2020
Ruben was hospitalized on Wednesday of this week for treatment for COVID-19. I received a brief update from Ruben's wife, Blanca, this morning. Ruben is doing much better today and is expected to be home soon. Thank you for your continued prayers for Ruben's recovery and the comfort of his family.
Apr 8, 2020
Ruben R. is an EMT for the New York Fire Department who attends in the New York City area. Yesterday, he was admitted to the hospital for COVID-19. His family is concerned for him at this time. Please pray for Ruben's quick recovery and for the comfort of his wife, Blanca, and their children.

<  >   Prayer Request - Apr 8, 2020 - Kayla M. (Northfield, MN)
I just wanted to ask for a prayer request for Kayla. Today around 4pm just after arriving home from work she was carrying some plates and glass cups up some stairs. She slipped while walking and broke the glasses and plates on her hands. She has a lacerated flexor tendon, a injured nerve on her left hand, and a few more cuts on both hands.
She is doing fine for the time being but feels a stinging sensation from time to time. She will need to go to a hand specialist to find out more.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 3, 2020 - Don S. (Christiansburg, VA)
Don reports the swelling in his leg has diminished and he is feeling much better. He feels sad about not being able to answer all the cards and letters he has received. But he sends his thanks to all those who expressed their love by praying and sending cards. In his 50 years in the Church he has not seen as much love as now. Thanks be to our Heavenly Father.
Mar 10, 2020
Don had scans last week and the doctor said his cancer is smaller and not spreading. He has to see a specialist soon about his left leg. It is still swollen and painful for him to walk and the doctor wants him to keep it elevated. Please pray for Don for he is very anxious to get back to services - he really misses being with his church family on the Sabbath. Thanks in advance for your prayers.
Sep 22, 2017
Your prayers are requested for Don S. of the Roanoke VA congregation. Don is having some serious health problems. Please pray that God would heal Don and strengthen him. Thank you for your fervent prayers on Don's behalf.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 3, 2020 - Gloria B. (Smithton, IL)
We thank God that Mrs. B. is doing much better now! Yesterday she was confused and unable to speak clearly. Now she is fine, and will be coming home from the hospital. She will need to be watched carefully for the next couple of days. Thank God and thank you for your prayers!
Apr 2, 2020
Gloria B., a long time member and deaconess, has suffered a serious stroke. She is in Red Bud Hospital in Illinois. Please pray and ask God for her complete recovery.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 1, 2020 - Shirley W. (Benton City, WA)
Shirley S., a long-time member of the Kennewick congregation, resides in a nursing home which has become stricken with an outbreak of COVID-19 cases. On Sunday, four residents were taken to the hospital. On Tuesday, twelve residents were confirmed to have the virus. Today, Shirley was told by the nurse's aide that she is one of the few remaining residents who has not contracted COVID-19. Also, the facility is now treating all new patients in-house rather than transporting them to the local hospital.
At 80 years old, Shirley is in the high risk category for the coronavirus, along with the fact that her location is now considered high risk. Your prayers for her protection and health would be greatly appreciated. Shirley trusts in God to place a hedge about her. Let us all join her in that prayer. Please also remember the other residents, as well as the medical staff which has been stretched to the maximum in the face of this severe difficulty.
Jan 22, 2019
Her leg ulcers and the pain have all been healed. God is very merciful! She appreciated the cards from all over the world from her brethren. It helped her through a very hard time.
Dec 28, 2017
Upon returning home, Shirley's sores increased once again. She currently has two on each leg that must receive ongoing treatment. Your continued prayers for healing are appreciated. Shirley looks to God, knowing He is in charge.
Dec 29, 2016
Shirley S. has suffered from ulcers on her legs due to poor circulation for an extended period of time. The sores are extremely painful, especially when the bandages are changed, which occurs daily. She cannot tolerate many medicines and pain management is nearly impossible. Due to the ulcers Shirley has limited mobility and has been in and out of hospitals and care centers in recent years. She is asking for your prayers for increased circulation in her legs to promote the healing process. This has been a very difficult trial for Shirley and her family with no relief. Your prayers would be greatly appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Mar 22, 2020 - CharLynn M. (Boyne City, MI)
I would like to send a thank you to our wonderful church. I have received so many cards filled with prayers and uplifting messages. I am truly blessed with being a part of an awesome extended family.
I am feeling less pain now that I have gone to part time at work. Although I still have rough days, I have been able to do many more household tasks.
My appointment at the Ear Institute has been postponed until this virus outbreak is behind us. My hearing so far has not worsened and I think my balance has improved. I am still praying that I will not lose my hearing, but I have faith that God will either heal me or give me the strength to overcome any outcome.
Feb 18, 2020
Your prayers are requested on behalf of CharLynn M., a member in the Gaylord congregation. She is dealing with a few different issues. She has an acoustic neuroma which is affecting her hearing and balance. She has an appointment with a specialist, but would like to avoid surgery or radiation. If it continues to grow, she could end up in a wheelchair and lose her hearing. She is also experiencing severe pain in her joints. This affects her being able to work. She just went from full-time to part-time to try to give her body a chance to heal. Due to all she is dealing with, she says she could really use some Godly intervention. Thank you for your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Request - Mar 19, 2020 - Sylvia D. (Midland, TX)
On Tuesday, March 17, Sylvia had some breathing problems (which she had also experienced last year). She has a prescribed inhaler, but it was providing minimal relief. When her daughter called her that evening, she could barely talk. She had a horrible headache and her ears hurt and felt blocked. She was also weak from not eating, and threw up her pain meds. On Tuesday evening, her daughter took Sylvia to the ER. Some tests, including a CT scan, revealed an acute sinusitis condition and that she had had a small stroke some time back.
She was released that evening and prescribed new medication. On Wednesday, I anointed her. She is feeling better, but very tired from her ordeal. Your prayers for her healing and comfort are deeply appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Mar 17, 2020 - Tom R. (Lizella, GA)
The ablation surgery for Tom resulted in his heart rate coming back down to normal (in the 50's per minute). Unfortunately they struggled to stop the bleeding which led them to cause significant bruising and soreness. He is now back home and beginning to heal. He is most thankful for God's hand in intervening and wants to thank everyone for their prayers and cards. He has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love.
Mar 6, 2020
Tom R., an elder in the Macon, Georgia, congregation, is back in the hospital and will be there until the middle of next week at the earliest. His heart rate is not staying down. He will be having an ablation procedure designed to treat the cause of his elevated heart rate on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. Your continued prayers are appreciated. He thanks everyone for their prayers and for the cards he has received.
Mar 2, 2020
Tom is headed home from the hospital after having his heart shocked back into rhythm. His numbers are all looking good once again. Although it is unknown what caused his heart to speed to such a rapid rate, he is happy to see this outcome. He and his wife, Bonny, would like to thank everyone for their prayers during this recent health scare. They truly appreciate the outpouring of loving support.
Feb 26, 2020
Your prayers are requested for Tom R., an elder in the Macon, Georgia, congregation. Tom has been in the hospital battling with atrial fibrillation. He was sent home after some alterations to medications but that has not corrected the problem and his cardiologist is putting him back in the hospital. This is certainly serious as they need to get his heart rate down in order to avoid a stroke or worse. Your prayers for him, and his wife, Bonny, are greatly appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Request - Mar 17, 2020 - Cathy F. (Oshawa, ON, Canada)
Cathy recently received a diagnosis of aggressive lung cancer and had been waiting for the results of additional tests. Those tests have come back and revealed the cancer has spread to her liver. Without treatment, the average patient in her condition lives only a few weeks; however, with chemotherapy her life may be extended by 12 months. Having already been anointed, Cathy has sought God's intervention and will. In addition, Cathy has elected to pursue chemotherapy and is asking for prayers regarding her strength, treatment and care.

<  >   Prayer Update - Mar 17, 2020 - Gary A. (Batavia, OH)
The family would like to thank you for your thoughts and prayers, as the minimally invasive procedure Gary had to replace his aortic valve on Monday, March 16th was successful. Gary is still in the hospital for observation to determine if a permanent pacemaker will be necessary. All of the doctors who have worked with Gary consistently highlight that he did great and a full recovery is expected. Gary is in good spirits and is looking forward to going home tomorrow. Thank you again for keeping him in your prayers.
Mar 10, 2020
Mr. Gary A., longtime pastor, teacher and administrator of the United Church of God, collapsed while giving a sermon at services a few weeks ago. After anointing and several consultations with a surgical team, he is scheduled to have a procedure to replace his aortic valve on Monday, March 16th at 9:30 a.m. He would appreciate your continued prayers for God's presence and blessing for successful surgery and full recuperation.

<  >   Prayer Update - Mar 10, 2020 - Linda E. (Perth Amboy, NJ)
Linda is now home recovering from treatment for a kidney infection. Doctors said her heart is still enlarged. She has been given medication and instructions to rest. She is very grateful for all of the prayers and cards from brethren. They are very uplifting. Thank you for your continued prayers for Linda.
Feb 29, 2020
Linda E. from the New Jersey-North congregation was admitted to a hospital a few days ago after feeling ill and disoriented. After testing, she was diagnosed with a kidney infection and treated by doctors. It was also discovered that Linda has an enlarged heart. Doctors are continuing test and may keep her in the hospital for observation. Please pray for Linda's healing and encouragement during this difficult time.

<  >   Prayer Request - Mar 10, 2020 - Lucille P. (Dobson NC)
It has been confirmed that Lucille had a stroke last week on her right side. She has been moved to a rehab center, where she will receive therapy for around three weeks, as needed. Her right arm, right hand and right hip were mainly affected by the stroke. Please pray for her complete recovery.

<  >   Prayer Update - Mar 6, 2020 - Vickie D. (Eau Claire, WI)
I just came home from the hospital from seeing my brother Scott. He is out of ICU doing OK. Thank you very much for your prayers.
Mar 5, 2020
Vickie is requesting prayers for her Brother Scott M. Scott had a heart attack this morning and he is having open heart surgery tonight. The family would appreciate your prayers.
Feb 22, 2019
Vickie had an appointment with her doctor in Madison this week. She had an MRI done and a lot of blood work. It turns out that she is doing very well, and will not have to see her liver doctor anymore. Evidently no one else has gotten better and needed to be removed from the liver transplant list. Vickie was told there was no process to have her name removed.... it had to be developed. Thank you for your prayers!
Jul 27, 2018
Vickie went in for a liver checkup a couple of weeks ago, and it is functioning so well that they have taken her off the liver transplant waiting list. Dan has been suffering a couple of weeks with shingles. He is getting better, but would appreciate prayers for complete healing.
Feb 23, 2018
Vickie is doing really well. She won't have to see any Doctor's for awhile now. On Feb. 2 she saw her kidney Doctor, and she told Vickie that they shouldn't have to see her anymore because all her tests results were good. She's doing so well that they are considering taking her off the Live Transplant list. She wants to thank everyone for your Prayers.
Jan 19, 2018
Vickie had her doctor's appointment in Madison Thursday. He said the cyst on her gallbladder hasn't grown. He doesn't recommend operating at this time. This is good news. She doesn't have to go back to the gallbladder doctor until next year. The plan is to watch it over time to see if there are any changes. Vickie would like to thank you all for your prayers.
Jan 5, 2018
Vickie is going in this week to have her gallbladder checked. Doctors have noticed a spot and want to determine what it is. Please pray it goes away, or is nothing serious.
Jul 21, 2017
Vickie went to the Marshfield Clinic on Monday and had blood work done. The result of her liver test was a "Meld Score" of 7. The doctor could hardly beleive it. A Meld score is to determine if you need a liver transplant. It rates from 6 (best) - 40 (worst). So 7 is very good. Vickie would like to thank everyone very much for your prayers. They have truly been effective and God has intervened to heal her.
Jun 3, 2017
Vickie continues to improve. She is on the list for possible liver transplant, but is so much better she probably wouldn't go through the procedure. In fact, if she improves just a little more, she will be removed from the list. Previously, she had to have fluids drained from her abdomen every week or two, but that has not been required for several months now. Vickie would like to thank you all for your prayers. She is very thankful for God's intervention.
Feb 10, 2017
Vickie was admitted to the Marshfield hospital on Sunday after experiencing difficulty breathing and sharp pain in her chest. Doctors determined that her right lung was 80% full of fluid. She had liquid drained from her lung twice and from her abdomen once. Vickie was able to return home from the hospital on Wednesday night. She is feeling much better. She's still experiencing some shortness of breath but it is improving. Thank you for your prayers.
Jan 27, 2017
Vickie went to Madison early this week for a liver transplant evaluation. The news was good. Two doctors said liver is improving. Her regular doctor said her MELD score, which stands for Model for End-stage Liver Disease, went from 20 to 10. MELD is scored from 6 - 40, six being the best. So this improvement means she is low on the list of those needing transplants. She will have bloodwork done every 3 months to continue monitoring how her liver is doing. She's feeling better and would like to thank you all for your prayers.
Sep 10, 2016
Vickie continues to feel better each passing week. Blood tests were done this week and indicate her liver function slowly improving. Fluid retention has slowed, and she has more energy. Vickie would like to thank you all for your prayers and cards.
Aug 19, 2016
There are some signs of improvement. She has been a little more active and has been able to eat a little more solid foods.. Please keep praying that God will restore her health.
Jul 22, 2016
Vickie came home from the hospital on Wednesday. Her hospital stay was a little longer than expected. Her liver is functioning at a fraction of what it should be. Doctors continue to run tests to determine how to help. The family really appreciate your prayers.
Jul 15, 2016
Vickie was taken to the hospital this week, where she had 5 quarts of fluid removed. She was feeling better afterward. Her liver is functioning at a fraction of what it should be. Vickie really appreciates your prayers.
Jul 1, 2016
Vickie and Dan D. are requesting prayers for Vickie. She is experiencing excessive fluid build-up because her liver is not functioning properly. The excess fluids are putting a strain on her heart and is making breathing difficult. This is a very serious condition and we are asking that you pray for God's mercy, compassion and intervention.

<  >   Prayer Request - Mar 2, 2020 - Mary Jo A. (Twin Cities)
Mary Jo A.'s son was killed in a traffic accident over the weekend and is asking us to pray for her and her family. Please ask God to comfort them and give them peace as they suffer through this tragic loss.

<  >   Prayer Request - Mar 2, 2020 - Bonny E. (La Paz, Bolivia)
We ask for prayers for the delicate health of our sister, Bonny E., who is in the Gastroenterological Hospital of La Paz because her hepatic duct was blocked, causing pancreatitis. Doctors say she must remain hospitalized until the pancreas returns to normal. Her family is very worried and asks for our prayers so she may get out of the situation she is in. Thank you for all your support.

<  >   Prayer Request - Feb 18, 2020 - Maureen M. (China Spring, TX)
Maureen M., a widow in the Waco congregation, is requesting prayer for comfort and healing. She has been diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease, which affects her thyroid as well as causing allergies to all types of fragrances, perfumes, chemicals, cleaners and many other things in the environment. She is not able to attend church and is limited in going to public places. Many times after shopping, she is not able to leave her house for several days.

<  >   Prayer Update - Feb 10, 2020 - Ina M. (McKinney, TX)
Ina, an employee at the Church's office in McKinney, Texas, would like to thank everyone for their prayers, cards and messages of encouragement.
As mentioned a few weeks ago, she recently underwent several medical tests to rule out the recurrence of cancer. As of last week, all test results show no cancer at this time! Ina's oncologist will schedule follow-up scans later this summer. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Dec 20, 2019
Ina, an employee at the Church's office in McKinney, Texas, requests your prayers.
A recent CAT scan revealed six tumors - in her adrenal glands, lung and thyroid. This is particularly concerning since Ina had surgery for breast cancer in February of this year. Her oncologist does not believe these tumors are related to the breast cancer (and her doctors still feel they got all of the cancer in February), but nothing can be known until further testing is done.
The oncologist has done blood tests and is scheduling biopsies. Depending on the results, there might need to be surgery.
Surgery will likely be necessary for the tumors in her adrenal glands. The oncologist told her these - even if not cancerous - are likely responsible for problems she's had with serious blood pressure spikes. Resolving the blood pressure issue is critically important, but prayers for complete healing or other possible remedies for her blood pressure are requested. Surgery has been very hard for Ina in the past, and surgery on these glands would probably result in hormone replacement therapy for the rest of her life.
Of course, Ina also desires prayers that none of the tumors be cancerous, since that would be a whole new set of problems.
Ina will learn the results of the blood tests and biopsies - and the proposed course of treatment - on Dec. 30. She is grateful for your prayers for healing, for wisdom and help to make any decisions necessary, and for the skill of the medical professionals she is working with.
Feb 22, 2019
Ina's second surgery, to remove additional tissue margins, went well. During the post-op appointment, the surgeon told her that all signs of the cancers and margins were removed! Ina is very thankful for God's intervention and for the answered prayers. Targeted radiation is recommended as a precaution against cancer recurring sometime in the future. Ina is seeking God's guidance with that decision, and would like to convey her heartfelt appreciation to the brethren for their prayers, love and concern during this trial.
Feb 15, 2019
Ina would like to thank everyone for their prayers for last week's surgery and how well everything went. She wanted to wait until today when she had her post-op appointment to give an update.
While Ina had hoped to report only good news, the doctor gave her both good and bad news. The good news is that her lymph nodes are clear and the HER2 test came back good. The bad news is that the results revealed a second cancer. (Apparently this is rare, but does happen.) It is smaller, but because it is a more aggressive type, she will have to undergo another surgery on Friday to remove this additional cancerous tissue that seems to be in the margins of the tumors that were removed.
Ina requests your prayers for God's will and guidance as the surgeon removes more tissue around both areas where the tumors were removed. As well, she asks for prayers that the cancer has not spread. (The doctor advised Ina that the absence of cancer cells in the lymph nodes doesn't mean cancer cells have not spread to the bloodstream.)
Ina continues to have full confidence that she is in God's loving hands and that He will see her through this next hurdle. Your concern and prayers are appreciated.
Feb 1, 2019
Ina would like to thank the brethren for their prayers concerning her recent diagnosis of breast cancer and the decisions to be made for the best course of treatment. On Monday, Feb. 4, she will have a lumpectomy to remove the cancer and adjacent sentinel lymph nodes. Ina would appreciate continued prayers for God's will and healing during and after the procedures.
Dec 7, 2018
Prayers are requested for Ina M., an employee at the Church's office in Texas. She was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer this week. More tests still need to be done to determine whether she will have a lumpectomy with the removal of lymph nodes or a mastectomy. Ina asks for prayers that the cancer is contained and that God will provide the healing, guidance and wisdom she needs in facing this trial.

<  >   Prayer Request - Feb 9, 2020 - Kristen H. (Kansas City, MO)
Kristen H. was diagnosed with a rare, fast-growing cancer of the spine after sudden loss of feeling in her lower extremities. She underwent an urgent six-hour operation to try and remove the aggressive tumor. Her doctors were able to remove most of the tumor; however, some of the tumor still remains in the spine. After further testing, doctors have concluded that it is a benign grade 2 Ependymoma tumor with aggressive growth rates. The current treatment plan is six weeks of radiation. Please pray that God will intervene and heal her of the tumor, as well as the resulting paralysis. She strongly desires to be there for her 11-year-old son and her husband.

<  >   Prayer Request - Feb 4, 2020 - Bruce H. (Portland, OR)
Bruce H. will be having eye surgery Wednesday morning, February 5, for a macular pucker in his left eye. It has slowly gotten worse over the past few years, with blind spots in his vision. His right eye is starting down the same path, so the hope is to correct the left so that he can continue to drive, since he can no longer depend on his right eye to see everything that is out there.
He has been anointed, and we know that God is aware of our every need, yet we ask for your prayers for a successful surgery to restore his eyesight, for guidance for the surgeon and a complete and uneventful recovery.

<  >   Prayer Update - Feb 4, 2020 - Walter Z. (North Battleford, SK)
Walter has been slowly improving, although he still is not up to attending Sabbath services. The love and concern from the brethren has been overwhelming and he asked me to forward the following thank you:
"This must be made known: the love and concern of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Annie is recovering from an operation and has bad eye-sight problems; myself, I had the flu for over a month. The response is unbelievable, and yet it is; for it happened.
"The cards of love and prayers of concern for our healing come in the mail, five at a time from individuals and church groups. The response was overwhelming. Phone calls and e-mails, what a godly love. Annie and I give joyous thanks for your concerns.
"We are senior citizens in our eighties; 58 years in the Church of God, deacons; June 4, 2020, will be our 60th wedding anniversary; we needed help, and you all responded. God heard, and He replied. 'I would have lost heart unless I had seen the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living' (Psalm 27:13). Never in our church history had we ever received, nor comprehended, such love and concern in our time of need. Thank you all for the love of God's family - something to give God honor and praise for. His loving care, His work (God Bless). This will be remembered and recalled for eternity. May we all turn to our loving Eternal Father in our time of need. He does answer (He has)."
Jan 19, 2020
Anne has asked for prayers for Walter's health. He is suffering from an infection and, as a result, is very weak. The doctor has put him on antibiotics; however, at this time he is still suffering. Please pray for God's intervention and that he will be healed of whatever is ailing him.
Also, Anne has asked for prayers for herself that God gives her strength so that she can be the help for Walter that is necessary, as she is still recovering from surgery.

<  >   Prayer Request - Feb 4, 2020 - Annette W. (Saskatoon, SK)
Prayers are requested for Annette W. She is suffering from extreme exhaustion and tension headaches. Annette is finding it hard to cope because she has not experienced any relief for some time. Please pray for healing, for relief, and for an understanding of the cause.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jan 29, 2020 - June D. (New Westminster, BC, Canada)
June D., a member in the Vancouver, British Columbia, area, would appreciate your prayers. She has been dealing with bone cancer for over three years. Currently, the bone cancer is "static" in that it is not advancing, but she received news on Jan. 24 that two cancerous lesions have been detected on her liver, meaning her health battle must now be fought on at least two fronts. In addition, the medications used to treat her bone cancer generally have a decreasing effectiveness over time. Her doctors, anticipating that, are ready to change the treatment methods for dealing with her bone cancer if patterns change.
She appreciates the prayers, concerns and cards she has received from many brethren, and thanks everyone for their encouragement.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 24, 2020 - Don E. (Apple Valley, MN)
I was able to talk with Don this afternoon and he is continuing to improve and is looking forward to hopefully coming to services in the near future. He mentioned that he is able to exercise everyday and he enjoys being able to do that. He appreciates your prayers and I know we all miss him and look forward to seeing him again soon.
Dec 28, 2019
I went to visit Don on Wednesday in the hospital and when I got there he was packed and getting ready to leave. He said he was feeling good but they are still concerned about his elevated blood sugar. So let's continue to keep him in our prayers.
Dec 23, 2019
My family and I would like to thank everyone for their concerns and prayers for my dad Don E. He is currently in Fairview Southdale, and is actually doing well despite the present difficult circumstances he has faced.
He passed out Sabbath morning, and went to Fairview by ambulance. His blood pressure and blood sugar levels were elevated. By the time I showed up in the Emergency Room, he was awake and in good spirits. I anointed him and in classic Don E. form, he prayed to God and thanked Him for His life, and told God before my mom and his children that he was very happy and content to go and await the resurrection.
He did not go that day, and since then it was learned he had a very minor heart incident. The doctors went in today and performed an angiogram. They then installed stents on two arteries and he is doing very well. Due to his health practices and disciplines over the years, and more importantly God's intervention, he is doing very well. He has gone from being ready and content to go to being ready for many more years of good life!
His blood sugar level continues to be elevated so the family would appreciate your continued prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 17, 2020 - Tom D. (Louin, MS)
I received good news - the size of my tumor has shrunk even further down to 0.1 centimeter, from a high in April last year of 5.7 centimeters. A follow-up will be done in three months with a CT scan. God's mercy as well as everyone's prayers are so inspiring and appreciated.
Jan 3, 2020
I now have an appointment for my next P.E.T. scan: 9 a.m. on Jan. 14, followed by an oncology appointment on Jan. 16. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Oct 2, 2019
The oncologist's report on the recent PET scan shows a reduction in tumor size from 5.7 to 1.4 centimeters. We are waiting to hear from urology as to whether or not they will want to do surgery right away. The oncologist will want to order another PET scan in three months to verify the tumor's condition in either case. We appreciate your continued prayers.
Sep 27, 2019
Tom is scheduled Friday morning, Sept. 27, for a PET scan to determine the condition of his cancer. As you may recall, he went through chemo and radiation therapy recently to try to rid him of a spot of cancer in his abdomen near where his kidney used to be. Please pray for a good result; everyone's prayers are deeply appreciated.
May 31, 2019
Yesterday morning (May 28) I had a blood lab test and chemotherapy, followed by radiation therapy in the afternoon. So far I have been blessed with no complications. The next radiation takes place today (May 29), and the next chemotherapy will be next Tuesday. A local deacon and his wife took us to a hotel near the VA hospital, where we'll be staying Monday thru Friday each week for six weeks of treatment. My wife, Linda, and I thank you all so much for your prayers and loving concern.
May 10, 2019
Due to the recent increased growth of my cancer, with the threat of spreading further, the decision has been made to undergo radiation therapy coupled with chemotherapy. The initial setup for the radiation treatments will be done on Wednesday, May 15, while the actual treatments will start on Monday, May 27. The radiation process will take six weeks, on Monday through Friday of each week. The chemo will be administered as determined by the oncologist. I'm told there will be no threat to my only kidney. This schedule will allow me to enjoy being able to attend the ministerial conference. The continued prayers of everyone will be greatly appreciated.
Apr 5, 2019
Tom D. an elder in the Laurel, Mississippi, congregation, is requesting prayers concerning an upcoming PET scan on Apr. 11. In December of 2014 he was diagnosed with cancer behind his left kidney. It was decided that the left kidney had to be removed, with a strong recommendation to take an aggressive type of chemo. Since the aggressive form of chemo would have been a threat to the remaining kidney, he declined this treatment and opted for an alternative method. Since then he has been checked with CT scans every six months with no growth detected. A PET scan was performed once about two years ago, with no indication of growth. The oncologist felt it was time for another PET scan; test results will be provided Apr. 29. Tom and his wife, Linda, are confident that prayers from the brethren made a big difference along with the alternative means of treatment. Everyone's prayers will again be greatly appreciated.
Sep 23, 2016
Thank you all, brethren, for your prayers, cards and emails. My most recent tests came back clear. We humbly thank you all so much for your love and concern.
Sep 2, 2016
Yesterday (Wednesday) my urologist scheduled a test next Tuesday to make sure everything is okay in my bladder and kidney. He said I would have to be put to sleep for this test. Please pray that God will provide me with another clear result. Everyone's prayers are so deeply appreciated.
Jul 29, 2016
The oncologist at the VA hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, ordered a C.T. scan of my pelvic area as well as my chest cavity. The scan took place July 27. For the pelvic area, there was absolutely no detectable growth in the area of previous concern. For the chest cavity area, there was formerly a nodule at the bottom of each lung. Since 2014 there has been no growth or activity of either nodule, thus not requiring any more tests. The doctor said the test results looked so good that she won't schedule another pelvic C.T. scan for nine months. (Previously it was done at six-month intervals). She said nothing she could give me would work anywhere near as well as what I am doing, and encouraged me to keep doing the same because it is obviously working. My wife, Linda, and I thank you for all your prayers and encouragement.
Feb 19, 2016
I had two appointments at the VA hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, Feb.10.
At the urology clinic, a cystogram was performed to check my bladder. The results were clear. The doctor assured me he would continue helping me keep an eye on things and would see me again in six months.
At the chemotherapy clinic, the oncologist reviewed my previous decision to not take chemotherapy. My decision remained the same. She assured me she would continue helping me keep an eye on the active spot revealed in the P.E.T. scan of Jan. 21.
Our sincerest thanks for everyone's prayers and concerns; they are greatly appreciated.
Jan 29, 2016
I received the results of the P.E.T. scan yesterday, which was done on Jan. 21. The scan showed an active spot in the area where the left kidney removal surgery was accomplished Dec. 14, 2012. They termed this spot a "residual cancer" left over from the surgery. This was not detectable previously in a number of CT scans because those tests could not highlight "active" tissue as the P.E.T. scan is designed to do. The urologist provided options, such as removing the "active" area with invasive (large incision) surgery, but that would have to be followed by strong chemotherapy, which he admitted could damage my only kidney. Sad to say, this could place me in a dialysis condition. Considering the threat to my kidney, I asked if we could forgo the surgery and just keep a close eye on this spot as we had been doing. He said that he would be glad to do that. My next urology appointment is Feb. 10 for further discussion. It is my wish to opt for the continued regular checkups and forgo the surgery. With this in mind, I request prayers for God's further intervention.
Jan 1, 2016
Tom, an elder in Laurel, Mississippi, is having a CT scan on Monday, Dec. 28, to determine if his cancer has returned. He sent a message asking for prayers for a clear test.
Update: "A heartfelt thanks to everyone for your prayers. God has answered you. The CT scan was very good with one exception: One of the lymph nodes was a little larger than the others, but has been that way since a test in 2013. The Oncologist is not concerned, but just to be sure is going to schedule me for a PET scan in the near future. All in all, the doctor feels the Protocel I'm taking seems to be working, so she wants me to keep it up. Thank you guys so much for your prayers."
Jul 10, 2015
Tom's test at the VA hospital came back all clear. He wrote: "God has once again shown His power and His limitless mercy in response to the heartfelt prayers of you all. My wife Linda and I cannot thank you enough."
Jun 27, 2015
The results of Tom's June 9 C.T. scan came back clear June 17; however another test is scheduled for July 7. This will reveal anything the C.T. scan could not detect. They will have to sedate him for this procedure, which he has had three times before. If any small tumors are revealed they will be removed during this test. The doctor is very optimistic at this point. Please continue to pray for God's healing. It is so much appreciated.
Jun 19, 2015
The results of Tom's June 9 C.T. scan came back clear June 17; however another test is scheduled for July 7. This will reveal anything the C.T. scan could not detect. They will have to sedate him for this procedure, which he has had three times before. If any small tumors are revealed they will be removed during this test. The doctor is very optimistic at this point. Please continue to pray for God's healing. It is so much appreciated.
Jun 12, 2015
Tom, an elder in the Laurel, Mississippi, congregation, had a C.T. scan done on Tuesday, June 9, to see if any cancer has returned. He won't know the results until Jun 17. Please pray that the results will show clear. He deeply appreciate everyone's prayers in the past and believe those prayers were a direct bearing on the good results received thus far.
Dec 5, 2014
My visit went well yesterday at the VA in Jackson Mississippi. There was a triple CT scan done immediately following my recent out-patient surgery in which no cancer was found. Yesterday, we went to receive the results of those scans. Again, there was no cancer to be found. The doctor was amazed at how well I'm doing. He said it was a miracle. My next appointment is in six months. A deep heartfelt thanks for everyone's prayers.
May 11, 2013
I had two appointments at the VA hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, including blood work, a C.T. scan and a visit with an oncologist. Everything came out clear. The oncologist was very pleased with the results even though she knows I elected not to take any chemo treatments but to remain on my alternative treatments using Protocell. I have one more appointment on Monday, May 13, for a cystogram to make sure my bladder is still clear. There will be no more appointments for three months. Thanks so much to everyone for all your prayers and please continue so that the cystogram will also be clear.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jan 17, 2020 - Heinke L. (Richfield, MN)
Heinke L. fell this week and fractured her elbow. She also has cellulitis in her right arm, which is the same arm with the fracture. She would appreciate your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jan 17, 2020 - Nora F. (Scotland)
Yesterday, Nora had a test which brought some good news. She does not have cancer, nor a tumor. She does have a very large polyp blocking her colon. They will operate if Nora so chooses, but it is not urgent, and would take place in about three months. Everyone here is feeling some relief over the diagnosis.
Kit and I (John F., Twin Cities) both caught a horrible cold however. I'm going on 12 days now, and it just won't go away. Today, Nora made breakfast for us. And we're supposed to be looking after her. Sigh.
Many of you had written and expressed concern. Thank you.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 17, 2020 - Teanna N. (Twin Cities)
I just talked with Teanna and she had just gotten home from the hospital. She is doing good but still very sore. It will probably be a few weeks before she can return to work. She does appreciate everyone's prayers.
Jan 14, 2020
Teanna had her surgery this afternoon around 1pm. The surgeon said it was more extensive than they thought it would be so she will be in the hospital a couple of days. The family appreciates your prayers for the surgery and her recovery.
Jan 13, 2020
Teanna N. has been admitted to the hospital to have an appendectomy. She would like to request prayers that the surgery goes well.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jan 17, 2020 - Sherry M. (Covina, CA)
Sherry M., a longtime and faithful member and wife of George M., is battling liver cancer and the situation has deteriorated to the point where her doctors have recommended getting hospice care, which she has accepted. She is in good spirits and asks for your prayers on her behalf.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jan 8, 2020 - Mike J. (Camden NJ)
For some time, Mike J. has been suffering with a stage 4 cancerous tumor on his pancreas. He entered the hospital last week, where it was determined that the tumor is causing a blockage on the duodenum (connection between the stomach and intestine). The blockage causes everything to back up as it tries to pass from the stomach to the intestine, and this is creating much pain. As a result, Mike has not been able to eat or drink anything for the last 6 days. In addition, a second tumor was also discovered.
Last night, he was transferred to a different hospital where a procedure was performed today, placing a stent in the duodenum to open the blockage and allow him to eat again. Now that the procedure is completed, Mike is stable but very tired. Prayers for Mike are requested: first, that the stent will have successful results and allow Mike to eat again, and second, for the successful and complete removal and healing of the tumors.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 8, 2020 - Mary C. (Eau Claire, WI)
June sent this update on her daughter Mary;
Thanks so very much for the prayers these last few months. Mary will be coming home this morning, not much sleep of course. Surgery went very well, no more cancer showing up, so no radiation that is great news. Now for the healing process.
Love to all , June
Nov 22, 2019
June C. of the Eau Claire congregation is requesting prayers for her daughter Mary. Mary has a very aggressive and fast moving breast cancer. She will complete her chemo treatment next week and is scheduled for surgery in January. June would appreciate your prayers very much.


Jan 6, 2017
Blanche S., wife of COGWA elder David S. (St. John's, Newfoundland) continues to struggle with health issues. She has great difficulty in sleeping; only virtually constant motion seems to alleviate the pain and anxiety. Blanche has appreciated the prayers and concern of her brethren over quite an extended time of trial, and once more requests your prayers.
Nov 6, 2015
Thank you all for your prayers, cards and emails for Blanche. Unfortunately, she is not doing very well. With little sleep, or rest, constant body pain, and mental anguish she is struggling to get through each day and night. We know that God will heal in His time, but as we wait, sometimes the battle seems almost too much to bear. Please pray that there will be an end to this trial that has gone on for many years. We know that many others in the Church also have severe trials; we pray for God's mercy on them, as well as for this dying world.
Dec 12, 2014
Thank all of you who responded by email with encouraging words, for your prayers, and for the prayers of many others who have been praying. Unfortunately there is more bad news: Saturday morning Blanche was fell down the stairs and broke her left leg in two places. One of the breaks requires surgery. She only survives by walking most of the time; now it seems like even that has been taken away from her, for a while at least. Please pray that she can quickly recover to be able to walk again, and that God in his mercy will say that she has suffered enough.
FRIDAY UPDATE: Blanche had her operation and everything went well. She had a plate installed on the worst break. She has had a lot of pain and discomfort, but is coping, obviously with the help of the loving Father of us all. She is having to deal with the restlessness of having to stay in one position most of the time, so it's very difficult for her. They have been getting her out of bed with a walker to go to the washroom and sit in a chair. This is more progress than I expected in such a short time, but she will need to be able to get around like this well, without assistance, before they let her come home. Hopefully our God will answer the many prayers of His people and give her complete recovery and healing.
Dec 5, 2014
My wife, Blanche, would like to thank you for your prayers and support over the last number of years. On Friday she talked with her doctor about a recent CT scan, that revealed that she has a broken vertebra in her back. He asked if she ever had broken chest bones as there is an abnormality there as well. She also has a hernia, and what he called fat in her liver. For the last month she has had a severe cough, and has taken three series of antibiotics to no avail. She is suffering from depression and loss of sleep also. He didn't offer any further procedures or medication except a strong pain medication, which she declined, and hopefully can avoid taking. She has a very poor quality of life to say the least. We appreciate your continued prayers that God's will would be that she doesn't have to continue suffering as she has been for many years.
Dec 13, 2013
Thank you all for your prayers, cards and emails. Some have requested an update as it has been a while. Unfortunately Blanche isn't doing any better. She sleeps very little because she cannot lie or sit still for any extended period of time. She has to be on her feet almost continuously. Her situation has worsened to where she hasn't been able to attend Sabbath Services for the past several weeks. Her heart rate is erratic and tends to be in the high range, and when she uses the stairs her heart rate goes above 100. She feels like shocks in her body which prevents her from resting. We thank God that this will have to end at some point in time. It's been a severe trial, but with the help of our loving Father we will get through it. Thank you again for your prayers and concern.
Feb 22
It's been some time since there was an update on my wife Blanche's health problems. Quite a few have been inquiring. We know that there are many people to pray for in the church - many of whom have very severe health problems, and many long term health problems. We pray God will give us all relief soon. Unfortunately Blanche's condition hasn't improved, but she keeps struggling on as best as she can. Recently she fell during the night again and caused problems in her chest. Her doctor has put her on pain medication. The sleepless nights continue. Thankfully she can attend services most Sabbaths, but her quality of life is not good most of the time. We do thank all of you for your concern and prayers, and know that our loving God will deliver her in His own time. We pray for faith to endure until then. Thank you again for your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jan 3, 2020 - Chuck S. (New Port Richey, FL)
Chuck S., an elder in the St. Petersburg, Florida, congregation, [and Mitch's father] had emergency surgery for a ruptured congenital diverticula in his small intestine. The surgeon removed 12 inches of his small intestine and performed a successful resection. Chuck remains on an IV antibiotic and has a drainage tube. At times he has considerable pain which the nursing team is managing. He has to pass a few milestones before being sent home. Please pray for complete healing and a cessation of pain.

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 27, 2019 - Mark S. (Wattle Flat, New South Wales, Australia)
Mark and Karen would like to thank everyone for your prayers and expressed concern during this difficult time in Australia with the fires, excessive heat and drought. Over the last five days fires continue to burn near their farm west of Sydney, but the closest fire which was 10 kilometers (approximately 6.2 miles) from their house is now about 25 kilometers (approximately 15.5 miles) away.
According to news reports, about 5 million hectares (12.35 million acres) of land have burned nationwide in Australia over the past few months, with nine people killed and more than 950 homes destroyed. New South Wales, the country's most populous state, has received the brunt of the damage, with around 850 homes razed. Over the last few days there has been a slight reprieve from the catastrophic conditions flaming the fires, but the surge of heat is due to return just a week after Australia recorded its two hottest days on record, consecutively. According to BBC News, on 19 December, the national average maximum temperature in Australia hit an all-time high of 41.9 degrees Celsius (107.4 degrees Fahrenheit). Fire officials in NSW say that they are bracing for similar heat, dryness, low humidity and volatile winds over the next several days.
Your continued prayers for God's protection and blessings upon His people in Australia during this time of distress and tragedy would be greatly appreciated along with prayers for God's mercy for all of Australia.
Dec 23, 2019
Your prayers would be appreciated for Mark and Karen S., members in New South Wales, Australia. They live in a rural area west of Sydney in the state of New South Wales. Currently there are fires about 10 km (approximately 6.2 miles) from their house and farm. While there are not a lot of trees and brush right around their house, they do have livestock which would not be able to be evacuated if the fires continue toward their farm. Currently all majors roads into their area from Sydney are closed to all except residents.
Ongoing hot, dry and windy conditions have created a "catastrophic fire danger" with no end in sight. Smoke inhalation is causing health concerns in many areas as well, and other members in the Sydney area are affected by the smoke and haze.
Your prayers for God's intervention to provide relief and protection for His people and all affected by this catastrophe are requested.
Feb 12, 2016
Mark, 45, a member in Australia, is suffering from severe back pain. In Dec. 2012, Mark was fighting a bush fire when without warning a plane unloaded a full tank of water onto the area where he was located. The impact not only flattened the surrounding trees, but also knocked Mark unconscious. He was miraculously protected, but suffered some injuries, which were later diagnosed as being in his lower back, compressing vertebras L4 and L5. Mark received a spinal injection to relieve the pain and to enable him to work. About six weeks ago, while moving a fencing post, he aggravated the injury and has since been suffering unbearable pain, struggles to sleep, and has trouble walking. Next week he has an appointment with a specialist in Sydney, and will be given another spinal injection. Mark and his wife, Karen, would appreciate your prayers, especially that God will help him cope with the travelling, and that the procedure will go well, providing him relief from the pain.

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 26, 2019 - Lois R. (Midlothian, VA)
Lois thanks all of you for the many cards she received. Most of all she is grateful for your prayers. Her surgery was successful and she has begun a follow-up treatment. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Dec 10, 2019
Lois R. of the Williamsburg, Virginia, congregation, recently had a large malignant tumor removed from her right breast. Lois requests prayers as she recovers. Chemotherapy and radiation are not an option for her, and doctors have opted for an alternative follow-up treatment.

<  >   Prayer Request - Dec 20, 2019 - Evelyn E. (Wasola MO)
Evelyn E. of the Springfield congregation has been hospitalized with difficulty breathing. Her oxygen level is dangerously low and they are trying to raise it. When it's high enough, she is expected to be sent home under hospice care. Evelyn and her late husband, Royce, were baptized in the 1950s and have been foundational members of the church here. Please pray to our loving Father for her healing and comfort for her and her family.

<  >   Prayer Request - Dec 12, 2019 - Carla H. (Crossville AL)
Carla H. of the Gadsden congregation has been battling Stage 4 breast cancer for some time now. The cancer has metastasized to the lungs. Both right and left lungs have tumorous masses that are affecting her breathing and causing pain. Radiation and chemo treatments have been utilized and she is very weak from her ongoing struggle with the situation. Prayers are requested for God's intervention of strengthening and healing.

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 11, 2019 - Brenda A. (Mansfield, IL)
Brenda writes: "I wanted to thank everyone for the many prayers and cards I have received over the past several months. I had a lumpectomy that went very well and I was able to attend the Feast, as hoped. I finished my radiation before Thanksgiving and was able to travel to be with our sons and family. Now I am healing very nicely and am so grateful for all of you. God has been so very good to me and the support from all of the brethren has been such a blessing. There were so many wonderful words of encouragement that were much needed and so very appreciated. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart."
Sep 13, 2019
It has been a busy couple of days. Multiple appointments with several doctors including, oncologist, surgeon, radiologist, and several other appointments. The good news is Brenda's cancer is stage 1 and they do not believe it has traveled into the lymph nodes. This was wonderful news! Her surgery is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27th. They will be doing a lumpectomy and taking two of the lymph nodes to get tested just to make sure they are clear. She will have to go in two days prior to the surgery to have a radiation seed implanted in the cancer area. This helps guide the surgeon to the exact spot for the lumpectomy. Then they will give her about three weeks to heal before starting the radiation treatments. She will have radiation every day, five days a week for about 3 weeks. The pathology test from the lumpectomy will determine if any chemo is needed however they do not think it will be necessary.
Over all this is pretty good new considering what it could have been. With the way the dates of the surgery fall and the radiation treatments we plans to attend the Feast in Branson. We have had a tremendous amount of support and thank everyone for their many prayers on her behalf. God has heard your prayers and has intervened in so many ways already. We appreciate all of you and ask for continued prayers for the surgery and radiation treatments to go well and for her to have a quick recovery and minimal side effects. Thank you, Mike & Brenda.
Sep 6, 2019
Your prayers are requested for Brenda A. Brenda serves as a deaconess, alongside her husband Mike who is an elder in the Bloomington, IL congregation. The Arnolds received news today that Brenda was diagnosed with breast cancer (invasive carcinoma and ductal carcinoma). She has a full schedule of appointments next Wednesday and Thursday with the oncologist, radiologist, surgeon and others to determine what needs to be done and when. Mike and Brenda request your prayers for wisdom - for themselves as well as the doctors - regarding the decisions that will need to be made in the coming weeks and months. Please pray for God's healing and comfort for Brenda. Thank you all for your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 10, 2019 - Chuck F. (Soldotna AK)
Mr. F. writes: "I am overwhelmed with joy from all the well wishes from around the world. Thank you all. God is good. I'm doing well, my mind is sharp. So deeply thankful to God that His way of life and His truth were not erased from my mind. I am speaking well, walking with a walker, able to go to church and be with the brethren. Thanks again for all the love and prayers, they are very much appreciated."
Oct 8, 2019
Your prayers are requested for Charles "Chuck" F., longtime elder in Soldotna, Alaska. Terry F., Chuck's son and also an elder in Soldotna, shared the following details regarding his dad's condition.
Chuck suffered a massive stroke right after he arrived at services in Soldotna this past Sabbath. Thankfully, he was rushed to the local hospital and then later that evening transferred to the ICU in an Anchorage hospital. He remains in the ICU in Anchorage as of today, but is doing much better than the neurologist treating him was inclined to believe. The neurologist said he really shouldn't be conscious, or able to speak, or move his right side at all. But, he is conscious, able to think and reason. He is capable of speaking, but a bit slurred. He can move his right leg a bit, though not enough to walk or stand on his own. His right arm is showing some signs of movement, but currently very slight. Chuck is determined to do all his rehab and work hard at it. He is looking to God for healing and would appreciate your prayers for him. Thank you for your fervent prayers for Chuck, for his wife, Arlene, and for the entire family.

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 6, 2019 - Ali H. (Davisville, WV)
Ali had surgery Wednesday morning and it was very successful. What the doctor had thought to be cancer was not cancer. She is so very thankful. Ali and her husband, Craig, appreciate your many calls, texts, emails, flowers and especially your prayers. a
Nov 25, 2019
Ali H. of the Charleston, West Virginia, congregation, has been diagnosed with early stage uterine cancer. She will be having surgery in December and would appreciate your prayers for successful surgery, a speedy recovery and no need for chemo or radiation in the future.

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 4, 2019 - Robert H. (Springfield MO)
On November 22, 78-year-old Robert H. underwent a 7-hour surgery to remove a kidney containing a malignant tumor. He was released from the hospital on November 29. Last Tuesday, he went to the doctor to have staples removed from the site of the surgery. Within an hour he had to be hospitalized again, as his abdomen tore open, exposing his intestines.
He is now in intense pain. Please pray to our great God for his comfort and complete healing.
Jan 11, 2019
Robert is still suffering from severe pain from a spinal injury he suffered decades ago.
Dec 13, 2017
He is having severe pain in his legs due to a pinched nerve in his back. Doctors have been unable to give him any relief. He does make it to church services most weeks and gets out to shop for groceries through the week. He is seeing a doctor who may recommend surgery to improve his vision.
Mar 30, 2017
Robert H. of the Springfield Missouri congregation has completely lost sight in his left eye. His doctor said it would probably never come back (although in some cases patients recover some limited sight). Robert is 75 years old and lives alone so this situation is causing some disruption in his daily activities. Please pray for God to heal and comfort him.

<  >   Prayer Request - Dec 4, 2019 - Cherylin C. (Monroe Township, NJ)
Cherylin C., a member of the Central New Jersey congregation, was diagnosed this year with a neurological disorder called MSA (Multiple System Atrophy). The symptoms reflect the progressive loss of function and death of different types of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The cause of MSA is unknown. MSA shares many pathologic and clinical features with the better-known and more common Parkinson’s disease, for which it is often mistaken. There is no cure for MSA, and lifespan with the disease typically ranges between seven to 10 years. The doctor thinks that Cherylin, 68, will make 70 years. Cherylin is very thankful for your continued love and support.

<  >   Prayer Request - Dec 2, 2019 - Amara J. (Mankato, MN)
Thanks for the prayers. We feel very blessed by Gods love and mercy!
Amara is still currently hospitalized in the NICU at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She is improving and making progress, and is now off of her oxygen and has been able to feed orally, allowing the feeding tube to be removed as well.
She is still currently requiring IV antibiotics. As long as progress continues, they are planning to discharge her home sometime this week.
We want to express our heartfelt thanks for your concern and prayers!

<  >   Prayer Request - Dec 1, 2019 - Tim M. (Aiken, SC)
Tim M., a deacon in the Augusta, Georgia, congregation, is asking for prayers. Tim was admitted to the hospital last week with abdominal pains. It was discovered that he needed surgery to remove his gall bladder. It was also discovered that he has an intestinal blockage that might also require surgery. Then, this past Friday, the doctors found a small blood clot in one of his lungs. He was put on a blood thinner and the surgeries are on hold until the blood clot dissolves. Your prayers are appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Nov 18, 2019 - Shirley T. (Eau Claire, WI)
Shirley saw the doctor last week; very good news. The lump in her breast is shrinking, there is no cancer in the lymph glands, her skin is clearing up and doesn't itch as much and she is overall feeling better.
Oct 25, 2019
I was able to talk with Shirley this afternoon and she is not feeling well. She got the test results back and the cancer has progressed to stage 4. At this point she is not planning to have surgery and they are giving her a chemo pill. The chemo makes her very weak and she is not able to attend church. She was telling me that she came into the church in 1963 and this was the first feast she has missed in all those years. She appreciates your prayers and if you would like to send her a card I know she would appreciate it. She lives in an assisted living apartment.
Sep 27, 2019
Shirley has been diagnosed with Breast cancer. She is asking for your prayers.
May 17,
Shirley continues to suffer from a bacterial skin condition that that is very difficult to cope with. Her medication has been changed, but has not helped like it should. To make matters worse her son, Carl Tilseth, died this week. He had been suffering from cancer. Please keep Shirley her family in your prayers.
Mar 16, 2018
Shirley has been experiencing serious back and leg pain. She has had back problems for years, but now her legs and feet are swollen. Her doctor tells her that the veins in her legs are not working as they should be, and there is little that can be done to help. The lack of blood flow is causing the swelling. She has not been able to attend services regularly, and is requesting prayers that God will intervene.

<  >   Prayer Update - Nov 18, 2019 - Jim M. (Pinellas Park, FL)
Jim M., an elder in the St. Petersburg, Florida, congregation, is making very good progress in overcoming the sepsis infection. The home health care team has removed the pick line and IV drip from Jim. They still want to check his vitals for about two weeks. He is slowly gaining his strength and believes the sepsis is either gone or under control.
Jim and his wife, Rose, want to express their gratefulness for the outpouring of love, cards and prayers from our brethren.
Nov 6, 2019
Jim M., an elder serving in the St. Petersburg, Florida, congregation, has been hospitalized with shortness of breath, continual hiccups and a urinary tract infection. The urinary tract infection has now entered his bloodstream and the doctors are treating him with antibiotics to fight sepsis. It is potentially a life-threatening condition caused by the body's response to an infection. Jim and his wife, Rose, would appreciate the prayers of the brethren that God would heal him of this potentially dangerous blood infection, the urinary infection and from his around the clock hiccups that are making it very difficult to get any rest.

<  >   Prayer Update - Nov 9, 2019 - Bob R. (La Pine, OR)
My father, Bob R., was able to attend 4 separate days of the Feast, including the first Holy Day and weekly Sabbath. He was able to attend the Senior luncheon as well, which was a blessing to the whole family. We even were able to spend a few evenings with him, although he was quite weak, with travel difficult for him.
As a result, he has decided to go onto hospice, where he is still in his home and receiving quite a bit of in-home care. He continues to decline and is on oxygen most of the time. He has had a lot of trouble breathing and we do ask for prayers that for what time God grants to him he will be able to breathe and be at peace. We are grateful for all of the love and prayers that have come our way and thank everyone for their prayers.
Sep 19, 2019
It's been some time since I posted an update on my father, Bob R. Over the last year he has largely been able to be at home, although through this time he has had a number of procedures to correct blockages to give him better circulation and make his heart stronger. After receiving the first pacemaker, heart valve and two stents, his doctors determined a new upgraded model might improve heart function. For a short time that appeared to be the case. A new echo cardiogram was ordered to see the level of improvement. Before he could get to that appointment, he noticed a sudden decline in strength and stamina. That echo showed he had regressed and it was later determined that he had had a heart attack sometime since the last procedure, although my father did not realize it happened. His heart function has dropped from 25% to less than 20%. He has decided to go on palliative care to help manage all of the physicians involved and to manage his symptoms going forward. We are thankful for all of the prayers on his behalf. He will be 78 next month right after the Feast. At this point we don't know if he will be able to leave his house to go, but we are keeping an open mind.
Jan 18, 2019
Robert has been home since December but suffered a setback when his artificial hip became dislocated twice over a 2-week period. It required an ambulance ride to the hospital where they put it back in place. He is also awaiting a pacemaker upgrade that might increase his heart function from 25% to a level that will allow him to once again return home. Now, he is back in the care facility where he previously lived for 6 months. We are thankful for the many prayers on his behalf.
Nov 6, 2018
I wanted to give this update on my father, Bob R. After the successful heart valve replacement his heart function improved by 10%. They will be doing another echo cardiogram in December to determine if an upgraded pacemaker could bring that number up any higher. Even with the limited improvement, he is able to eat regular food (low sodium) without his heart going into failure. He no longer has most of the heart failure symptoms and is very grateful to feel so much better. He received his prosthetic leg last month and has done very well learning to walk again. The best news is that they are getting ready to release him to go home soon. We are working out home health to help him during this transition and getting everything in place so he can live at home. Our family is so grateful for the many prayers and cards of encouragement through these many months. His outlook is positive and we are looking forward to seeing him home again. Thank you for all your prayers and love for God's people.
Sep 5, 2018
First of all, my family would like to thank everyone for the prayers, cards, and letters of encouragement for my father, Bob R. who has been awaiting a heart valve replacement all these many months. A number of people have asked about his age and so I can tell you he is 76 and until last year was very active and strong. His heart failure came on quite suddenly and the added strain of losing part of his leg due to an infected prosthetic ankle has made mobility almost impossible without the aid he gets from a care facility.
Today was surgery day and beforehand they told us that there was some added risk because his heart needed a larger valve than the largest one they had. That turned out to not be a problem. The surgery went very well and my father is resting in the ICU pain-free and doing well.
The procedure to replace this valve is quite amazing. The TAVR procedure is done with an incision into the artery in his upper leg. They send the new valve up the artery toward the heart with a catheter and place it there. Now he has more blood flow and his heart has the opportunity to heal and hopefully improve function. They noted that his heart muscle is quite weak and it will be 30-60 days before they get a sense of what to expect from recovery. He is scheduled to get a prosthetic leg to allow him to walk again so he can return home. He has been on a highly restrictive diet, which, if his heart improves, can be modified to just a restrictive diet. We know that God has sustained him through all these many trials and we are so grateful for the faithful prayers from the brethren. He has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from all of God's people. Thank you all again for your prayers.
Aug 1, 2018
My father came through the surgery on Monday very well. Two stents were required to open up the whole section of the blocked artery. The doctor said that he could see more blood flow, but said we would have to see what difference it would make. The difference was quite noticeable to the family, however. Upon recovery his demeanor was improved, color had returned to his checks and he actually smiled and said he had not felt that good for a long time. He was able to transfer from the bed to a chair without becoming short of breath. Also, after a couple of days the water retention in his leg, it is almost back to normal. We thank God for this hopeful sign of things to come and look forward to the next surgery in six weeks where they will replace his bad heart valve which should give him the strength to walk on a new prosthetic. Thank you for your prayers.
Jul 27, 2018
These last few days have brought a lot of really good news. First I would like to thank all those who are praying for all of God's people struggling through health problems. Your prayers make such a huge difference and so from our family I would like to say, thank you. My father was not discharged as planned and as of yesterday is allowed to stay in the care facility where he is getting the supervised care he needs at this critical time. The sores on his remaining foot have begun to heal and his surgeons have scheduled the first of two surgeries to address his weak heart function. On Monday morning he will undergo a stent to open up the artery that supplies his heart with blood. With his heart only functioning a quarter of normal, the goal is to remove some of the strain on it so it can improve.
In six weeks they will hopefully have a second surgery to replace the faulty valve. Doctors feel that trying to both in one procedure will be too much for him at this time. Although it will take longer, it is his best chance at success they tell us. We know that God gets the credit all along the way. Doors shut in front of us and then God opens them. We have so much evidence of his involvement that it inspires us each day. We are still bringing him food every day so that we can maintain extremely low sodium intake which is critical to retain his current heart and kidney functions. The hope is that his heart will improve after these procedures, along with his ability to handle rehab exercises, as he is nearing the time to be fit for a prosthetic and therapy will be necessary at that point.
Thank you for your continued prayers.
Jul 23, 2018
I wanted to give everyone an update on my father, Bob R. Four weeks after the amputation of his lower left leg he is healing nicely and they are working to prepare his leg for a prosthetic at some point in the future. There are still many challenges ahead regarding his overall health, especially his heart. He has an appointment on July 24 to determine if he is healthy enough to undergo the heart valve replacement. There are a number of factors that must align for this to take place. Currently he has developed some diabetic wounds on his right foot. These are due in part to the diabetes and to swelling as a result of heart failure. This alone could derail the surgery. An added challenge is that they are discharging him from the care facility tomorrow and we are looking for another facility for him to go that has wheelchair access.
He has been overwhelmed by the cards and notes of encouragement from all over. They mean so much to him as he has been struggling with anxiety, which is a symptom of heart failure. He says, "It has been a blessing to read every card." He knows that his future is in God's hands and recent events have shown us we have little control to exercise anyway. We look to God for his strength and encouragement to get us through these next few days and to guide things from there. Thank you all for your support and prayers on his behalf.
Jul 4, 2018
My father, Bob R., came through the surgery to remove his left leg below the knee very well. He then went through a procedure to examine and biopsy the growth in his upper intestines and we were very happy to learn that it was benign! That means when he is healed enough from the amputation surgery that they will perform the heart valve replacement using the TAVR procedure, and then some time later insert a stent for the blockage. We do not yet have an estimate on when that might take place. Currently he is in a transitional care facility and doing well, considering. Our local area had a donation of a motorized cart from a deceased member, and that is helping him get around. Our family is deeply grateful for all of the prayers and encouragement that have been sent our way. God's people are truly wonderful and we thank you all.
Jun 25, 2018
I would like to ask for prayers for my father, Bob R. For the past year he has been battling a number of health problems, including chronic infections made worse by type II diabetes, kidney disease and various internal issues. In December 2017 he nearly died with a heartrate of 30 beats per minute due to half of his heart not functioning, and he had a pace maker put in. Then in February he fought a massive infection in his prosthetic ankle. This has greatly weakened his already fragile heart and left him with congestive heart failure. For the past month we have had nearly daily appointments with specialists to try to get his heart valve replaced with a newer procedure that does not require open heart surgery, which his doctors feel he would not survive. In a final test to clear the way for the procedure, they found a mass in his intestines that needs to be addressed before they can do the surgery. Prior to the GI consultation appointment (which was scheduled for 6/25), he developed a new infection in his prosthetic ankle. He was admitted to the hospital this past Saturday, and yesterday was a tough day in that he had to have the lower part of his leg removed to prevent the infection from becoming fatal. This has been extremely hard on the entire family, but we have been rallying around him to encourage him through each of these steps. At 76 years old he has much more he would like to accomplish in this life, but he has many hurdles ahead of him. We are grateful to God for His many answered prayers through these trials that could have ended his life. We are asking for prayers that God will lead him through this process and that His will be done. Dad says that he feels that he must play with the hand dealt him and he is trying to remain positive about the whole thing.

<  >   Prayer Update - Nov 9, 2019 - Michelle M. (Bend, OR)
Michelle's husband, Gary, said her heart never reverted to a normal rhythm, necessitating a cardioversion procedure this morning, which was successful. Three attempts produced a normal sinus rhythm. Michelle said she felt like a new person.
Michelle has concerns about complications from the blood thinners and other medications she has to take as a result, but is so very grateful for all of the prayers. She is now home resting.
Nov 8, 2019
Michelle M. went to Urgent Care yesterday afternoon due to a very rapid and erratic heart rate all day and high blood pressure. EKG showed she was in obvious atrial fibrillation (AFib). A decision was made to transfer her to the ER at St Charles hospital to reduce the heart rate, blood pressure, and to administer blood thinners, as well as for observation of any adverse reactions.
This morning, she was still in AFib but with a lower heart rate and blood pressure, but not enough to satisfy the cardiologist.
After several changes in treatment throughout the day, Thursday, she continues to be in AFib, but with both heart rate and blood pressure being better controlled. The plan is to keep her one more night, monitoring her numbers, with the hope her heart will convert back to normal sinus rhythm on its own. If it doesn't, a planned cardioversion (shocking the heart while under sedation) treatment will be done in the morning.
Thus far she seems to be tolerating the meds well, without any rashes or other adverse reactions. She would like to ask for prayers that she continues to do well with the meds and that her heart convert back on its own tonight, but if not, that the cardioversion be successful tomorrow morning, without releasing any possible blood clots. There is a 65-70% chance the cardioversion will work and the heart will stay out of AFib, and she is asking for prayers that it does indeed do that. If it's successful, she should be released tomorrow.
Thank you in advance for your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Request - Nov 8, 2019 - Debi E. (Spotsylvania, VA)
Debi E. of the Williamsburg, Virginia, congregation requests your prayers. She has stage 4 chronic kidney disease and right side congestive heart failure. Her kidney function is at 17 percent, which determines her stage of kidney disease. She is currently preparing for dialysis and is being screened for a possible kidney transplant. Debi would greatly appreciate your prayers for her healing.

<  >   Prayer Update - Nov 8, 2019 - Kevin R. (Elkridge, MD)
Your continued prayers are requested for Kevin, age 43, who has been suffering with kidney failure since May from unknown causes. Kevin is now officially on the waiting list for a kidney transplant, but the waiting list of over 95,000 people is daunting - many die waiting for a kidney. For that reason, the family is hoping that one of them will be compatible as a donor or that a friend or acquaintance might come forward to volunteer as a donor.
One symptom of kidney failure is swelling and pain in the joints, especially the ankles and feet, which was making it painful and difficult for Kevin to walk. Thanks to your prayers, Kevin's ability to walk has improved since his original diagnosis, and he is blessed to be able to work from home.
Please pray for God's intervention - whether He would miraculously heal Kevin without a transplant or provide a matching donor. We know that our awesome God is powerful, and that life and death are in His hands!
Aug 9, 2019
Your prayers are requested for Kevin R., age 43, who was diagnosed in May with stage 4 kidney failure. This condition has caused his ankles to swell and given him pain in his joints. The nephrologist asked him to learn about the different types of dialysis, adhere to a specific diet and get on the kidney transplant list as soon as possible. However, the Johns Hopkins Hospital could not give him an evaluation appointment until October 4th, which is about 5 months after he went to the ER and subsequently became an inpatient. We would greatly appreciate prayers for God's intervention concerning Kevin's health situation.

<  >   Prayer Update - Nov 6, 2019 - Jim B. ( Floral City, FL)
Jim has received so many cards and letters that the mail carrier asked his wife if he had died. He said he had never delivered so many cards and letters to one address. The lung disease has stopped advancing, his lung infection has cleared up and Jim is feeling much better. He is attending Sabbath services regularly. He attributes his improvement to God's mercy and the many prayers that were offered on his behalf. He wants to thank all those who have been praying for him and sent cards and letters, which have meant so much to him. It has been a very humbling experience.
Sep 23, 2019
Prayers are requested for Jim B., an 82-year-old deacon serving in the Ocala, Florida, congregation. He has been struggling with idiopathic interstitial pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable lung disease, for some time. It destroys the lung's ability to take in oxygen.
Jim was on experimental medication that halted the spread of the disease. However, today it was revealed that the medication is no longer working and the disease is starting to spread rapidly. No timeframe was given, but this is a fatal disease. Jim said he isn't afraid of the future because he knows the outcome. Your prayers are greatly appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Nov 3, 2019 - Mike A. (Lansing, WV)
My stent replacement surgery went well. The stent is connected and working. I am home and regaining my strength. I had to stay a few extra days due to my potassium being high, but it is leveled out now. We are thankful to all for prayers, phone calls, cards, and most of all our most loving Heavenly Father.
Oct 24, 2019 - Mike A. (Lansing, WV)
I am scheduled for robotic left ureteral reimplant surgery on October 30th. Please ask God to intervene for the success of this procedure. I ask that this will be a lasting repair, thus allowing me to regain my normal lifestyle.
Sep 18, 2019
I had my procedure yesterday. The doctor was unable to place the stent into my bladder. He tried several different ways, but was unable to do so. Another procedure is being scheduled. It's a type of robotic surgery to put the stent into the bladder. We know God has a plan for this. Thanks for all of your prayers.
Jul 11, 2019
Mike is still in the hospital. His kidney is working. His numbers are coming down slowly. His creatinine was 16+ on arrival. It is now down to 6.3 He is strong enough to be walking some daily. We are so grateful for all prayers, phone calls, texts, cards. We thank our most loving God for all things.
Jul 7, 2019
Rita A. writes: Mike is in the hospital with acute kidney failure. Please pray that his one remaining kidney will begin to function again." Mike serves as pastor for the United Church of God congregation in Roanoke, Virginia.
Sep 29, 2017
The doctor visit on September 25th was positive. Sodium is a little low, but I am to keep taking sodium pills and restricting my fluid. Due to the salt pills we will also be monitoring my blood pressure. Home health has released me but will keep exercising to regain full mobility. We want to thank everyone for the many cards, phone calls, visits and most of all the prayers. We know God has brought us through once again. We are looking forward to a restful Feast of Tabernacles.
Aug 23, 2017
Rita A. writes: "Mike was brought home from the hospital on Tuesday evening. We received news this past Sabbath that his sub-dural hematoma was no longer showing up on his tests. We know this was God's healing. He was discharged under strict guidelines. Home health and his doctor are monitoring his sodium level and he is on a restricted fluid regimen, along with the sodium pills and a diuretic. He is able to walk and stand again with help. His many broken ribs are so very painful but he still won't take pain medicine, he just keeps smiling and saying "no thank you" to the pain pills. The attending doctors and nurses have been amazed at his strength. He is also to start receiving physical therapy on an outpatient basis. Our best to everyone and thanks for the prayer, calls, e-mails, and cards. Thank you for your continuing prayers for his complete recovery."
Aug 18, 2017
Rita A. writes: "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."
Aug 11, 2017
Mike was released yesterday from the hospital trauma unit to his home! His MRI showed that the small brain bleed has not gotten any worse it will be monitored carefully over the next few weeks. He is receiving breathing treatments to helpArritt with the broken ribs in order help prevent pneumonia. His sinuses and other fractures as well as bumps and bruise should heal with time. The family extend their heartfelt thanks all for their prayers and ask that you continue praying for God's healing and Mike's pain relief. Rita writes: "We know our Heavenly Father was with Mike and will continue to help him heal and give me the needed strength to care for him."
Aug 8, 2017
Mike A., pastor of the Roanoke, Virginia, congregation, took a serious fall down at his home going the stairs to his basement. He sustained a fractured spine, seven broken ribs, and has a hematoma at the base of his brain stem that is currently 7 mm in size. He also injured the side of his face. He was taken to the ICU in Charleston, West Virginia, CAMC Hospital for treatment. Your heartfelt prayers for God's guidance, intervention, immediate comfort and ultimate healing is greatly appreciated.
Dec 28, 2015
Mike had his 6 month checkup in December. The bone scan showed no cancer in the bones, but PSA numbers are up again. Please continue to pray that they will return to normal levels. Also would like to thank everyone for their prayers. Rita still has a lot of neck pain from the car accident in May, 2015. Physical therapy is helping, continued prayers are appreciated. Mike had his 6 month checkup in December. The bone scan showed no cancer in the bones, but PSA numbers are up again. Please continue to pray that they will return to normal levels. Also would like to thank everyone for their prayers.
Nov 9, 2014
Mike and Rita would like to thank everyone for their prayers and cards. Mike is an elder in West Virginia who serves in the Roanoke, Portsmouth and Prestonsburg congregations. Mike had a checkup this past week, and his PSA numbers have dropped from 5.5 to 5.1 since the last checkup. The doctor is very pleased with the progress but the goal is 4 or below. Mike is continuing the herbal and nutritional regime. Please continue to ask God to complete the healing.
Jul 25, 2014
Mike and Rita A. would like to thank everyone for all their prayers and cards. Mike had his 6 month checkup last week, which included a bone scan. The results showed the cancer completely gone from the bones. The PSA numbers are still slightly above normal. He is continuing the herbal and nutritional regime; they are doing what they can and asking God to complete the healing. Please continue praying for complete healing.
Jan 15, 2014
He would like to thank everyone for the cards and prayers. He returned to the doctor for a checkup in December & all the numbers were normal and she stated that the cancer was asleep. He would like continued prayers that it not only stay asleep but be completely removed. He will have another checkup in January.
May 24, 2013
The doctor's visit with the oncologist went very well. NO radiation is needed at this time. I am to continue on with the hormone therapy and Lupron shots, every three months, for the prostate cancer. He says the bones for the time being do not need radiation. He says if the cancer continues to grow in the bones, that I will have severe pain and to seek immediate treatment. He doesn't foresee this happening, but I will still be re-checked on a regular basis. The doctor answered so many questions for us. We just know God answered our prayers above and beyond what we were seeking, things we didn't even know to ask were explained to our satisfaction. Thanks again for your prayers.
Nov 7, 2012
He had surgery on the stage 1 cancer & it went very well, with the removal of the kidney. In May, 2013, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The doctor says it is treatable. No radiation is needed at this time! He is having hormone therapy & Lupron shots every 3 months.
Oct 19, 2012
Mike, has malignant cancer on his right kidney. May 17
Mike serves in the Roanoke, Portsmouth, and Prestonsburg churches, and has found out last week that he has prostate cancer. The doctor says it is treatable, and he is scheduled to start radiation treatments this week. He and his wife, Rita, know God is in control, and they are asking for prayers for God's healing. Mike and Rita appreciate our prayers for them at this time.

<  >   Prayer Update - Oct 14, 2019 - Nilda L. (Tacloban City, Philippines)
The L. family of the Tacloban congregation in the Visayas, Philippines, requests prayer for Nilda L. She was rushed to the hospital last Saturday evening because she was very weak. Laboratory tests show that she is suffering from hypokalemia, a deficiency of potassium in the blood.
Apr 5, 2019
Ian L. who attends the Manila Congregation of the United Church of God requests the prayers of the brethren for the healing and complete recovery of his mother, Nilda L., who also attends the United Church of God congregation in Leyte. She was admitted at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center after she collapsed yesterday. She could hardly move and was diagnosed with hypokalemic periodic paralysis. Her potassium level has gone down which appears to have weakened her bones.
Jul 10, 2018
Last Friday, July 6, Mrs. Nilda L. was admitted to Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center after three days of suffering from pain below her stomach. According to her daughter, Maria B., who is taking care of her in the hospital, the 3 ultrasounds that were made all show negative results, as explained to them by the attending gynecologist this morning. Since the pain still persists, Nilda was referred for further examination by a surgeon. The family humbly ask for prayers from their brethren that God will heal her by His mercy and power.

<  >   Prayer Request - Oct 9, 2019 - Charles S.(Nigeria)
We want to ask for your prayers for our son Charles who lives in Nigeria. He got sick today and had to go to the hospital because he was dehydrated. They believe it is food poisoning. He is scheduled to leave on Friday for the feast and would appreciate your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Oct 9, 2019 - Emily S. (McKinney, TX)
Emily's surgery on October 8th went well overall. The vertebra T8 was successfully removed. However, there were a couple of events that showed spinal cord stress that didn't allow correction of the curvature as much as the surgeon would have liked when placing the permanent rods. The surgery took ten hours. Even though there was not significant blood loss yesterday the doctor recommended a transfusion this morning as a precaution.
She may have a long recovery period. At this point the family does not know when she will come home. Probably it will depend on her daily progress. She has to stay flat on her back until Thursday when the bed will be raised a bit at a time until she will be able to sit up and probably start taking steps this weekend.
Oct 4, 2019
Emily's doctor decided to stop surgery after 6 hours and continue next week. He said it was quite a long tedious work!
He was able to add the screws successfully, though, and remove scar tissue from previous surgeries. Fortunately, the spinal cord didn't get stressed. There was a bit of spinal fluid leak but it was repaired. Emily will have to stay on bed rest for a couple of days. Nurses will try to get her up later this week, as long as she doesn't have a headache.
Next Tuesday, the surgeon will remove the T8 vertebra and part of rib bone on each side. He will then stretch the spine and finally add the permanent rods.
Sep 30, 2019
Emily is the young eleven-year-old who has suffered from congenital scoliosis and spinal tethered cord for most of her life. Emily's scoliosis surgery is scheduled for Tuesday October 1st at 8 a.m., and it is expected to last several hours. After meeting with the surgeon last Monday, it was decided to proceed with a three-step procedure. The first step will be to add screws to the spine. The second step (the most critical one) will require removal of at least one vertebra to allow the spine some flexibility to be straighten. The last step will be to add two permanent rods.
The surgeon has an additional date reserved (October 8) to continue the surgery if he sees that there is need to give Emily a break depending on blood loss and how the spinal cord responds. Recovery time can be longer than what she is used to from previous routine surgeries. She probably will be staying at the hospital a few days. Your continued prayers are appreciated through this final phase of treatment. The letters, cards, gifts and visits have been critical in keeping Emily's spirit up.
Aug 29, 2019
John and Maria S. adopted Emily from China over 11 years ago with congenital scoliosis and spinal tethered cord. Emily has had at least one surgery every year. She had a titanium rod placed in her at around 3 years old that had to be adjusted once a year to keep up with her growth, requiring surgery each time. She had the bar for the majority of the past 11 years. The bar had to come out last fall, as it started putting pressure on some nerves, causing a lot of pain Her doctor has suggested a new Halo Traction treatment for her scoliosis that he feels will benefit her.
Emily will be in the hospital for at least 8 weeks, but will continue her schooling thanks to technology that allows her to interact with teachers and classmates. As of today she has been in the hospital for two full weeks with six more to go! She is getting used to it and has made some friends there that help her pass the time. She will also have a final surgery at the end to fuse her spine. Prayers are appreciated for a successful treatment.

<  >   Prayer Request - Oct 8, 2019 - Makenzie K. (Bentonville, AR)
Andrea K. would like to thank everyone for their prayers on behalf of her daughter, Makenzie. They are very thankful that the test for Mastocytosis was negative. After years of trying to diagnose Makenzie's illness, she has finally been diagnosed with Lyme Disease. Treatment will start immediately. Prayers would be appreciated for God to allow treatment to go well and for Makenzie to have the strength to attend services at the Feast. Makenzie has really appreciated all of the cards and prayers which have lifted her spirits.

<  >   Prayer Request - Oct 8, 2019 - Joanne Z. (Woodbury, MN)
Chuck and Joanne Z. are requesting our prayers for Joanne. Her hip is giving her great pain and can hardly move. A visit to the clinic yesterday failed to identify the problem and she has an MRI schedule for this afternoon.
Please pray that God will heal her and that the MRI will give them a better idea of what happened and how to best deal with it.

<  >   Prayer Update - Oct 4, 2019 - Rod F. (Mandan, ND)
There has been good improvement today. Our plans are to be in Fargo for Atonement and on to Minneapolis and to Pondicherry.
Thank you all for your encouragement and prayers and to our great and merciful God.
Wishing you all well and will see some of you soon.
Sep 27, 2019
Rod F, who attends in Fargo has injured his back at work. He is in a lot of pain and has difficulty walking. He and his wife Tracey are planning on going to the feast in India and would appreciate your prayers for healing of his back.
Rod is recovering well from his knee surgery. The swelling is going down and there are no blood clots. At physical therapy this week, Rod was able to bend his knee 80%, and hopes to be at 90% next week. He would like to thank everyone for your prayers and encouragement.
Jan 22, 2016
Rod is recovering at home from surgery on his right knee. The recovery is going slower than he expected, but there are no serious concerns. He has been experiencing an off-and-on low grade fever. Please remember Rod in your prayers as well.

<  >   Prayer Update - Sep 27, 2019 - Sam D. (Grove Hill, AL)
Sam has greatly improved. He is pain free with the exception of a little soreness. Sam and his wife, Shaleena, thank everyone for their prayers for the healing of his back. Very thankful for God's mercy and healing, it looks like they will be able to attend the Feast of Tabernacles in Hawaii this year, which was their goal.
Dec 16, 2017
Sam had his follow-up doctor's appointment regarding his eye yesterday, Dec. 14. His eye is completely healed. His vision is actually better than before the eye issue. The doctor and his assistant were dumbfounded because they said no one heals that fast. It normally takes months for healing. God definitely intervened! Sam and his family are very thankful for all of the prayers, cards and calls.
Jan 17, 2014
Sam recently had his six-month checkup and all went well - he does not need to return to the doctor except as needed. In fact, this is the happiest his doctor has been about his health since the accident (Feb. 18 will mark five years). Sam and his family would like to thank everyone for all their prayers, calls and visits through all of this.
Aug 29, 2014
Sam will have surgery on Wednesday, Aug. 27. He will have his gallbladder removed and hiatal and umbilical hernia repairs. He has been in a lot of pain. He has a complicated medical history that includes blood clotting issues and a diminished lung capacity which makes this a serious surgery and health situation. We are asking for prayers that God will guide all doctors involved, for no complications and for a speedy recovery. Thank you all in advance for your prayers!
Dec 7, 2013
Sam recently provided an update on his health. He still has crackling and wheezing in the lungs and hasn't worsened or gotten better. In the doctor's words, Sam has stabilized, and will only need to return to see him as needed. Sam thanks everyone for the calls, prayers and cards. He has seen that God has answered those prayers, and asks for continued prayers that the lungs would maintain and not worsen.

<  >   Prayer Request - Sep 23, 2019 - Linda H. (unknown)
Linda H. and her family wish to thank all those who prayed for her, and all who sent her get well cards. She has been overwhelmed with love and support.
The latest test results indicated her kidney function has improved somewhat (now working 30 percent) and she does not need dialysis at this time. As soon as she heard of the problem, she asked to be anointed and made some drastic changes in her diet, trying to do her part, and feels better already. She still needs your prayers though, for that and for her difficulty walking. She can only walk for short distances. The whole family still plans to go to France for the Feast and she will have use of a wheelchair when needed. Thanks again for your love and concerns.

<  >   Prayer Update - Sep 23, 2019 - Jan C. (Elk River, MN)
I talked with Dan Creed this morning and he said Jan was home and doing better. She is very sore but the doctor said she may be able to go back to work in a few days. We are all thankful that there were no broken bones. They appreciate your prayers very much.
Sep 22, 2019 - Jan C. (Elk River, MN)
As some of you know, my [Dan] wife Jan fell after services today when her shoe somehow stuck to the floor. She went face first, cutting her head.
She was taken to ER. They scanned her head for brain bleeding and hip for fracture. Thankfully neither happened. They will keep her overnight to observe. Her eye is swollen and they want to make sure the retina is not detached. Also, her wrist is in a splint and they will do therapy tomorrow as she sprained her wrist.
I know many of you prayed for her recovery and God intervened. Thanks so much.
Dan C.
Dec 12, 2015
Hello everyone, Jan and I would like to send our heartfelt thanks to everyone for your prayers and support during Jan's hospitalization. Thanks for the many acts of kindness, including food and offerings to shop for groceries.
Jan was able to come home Thursday afternoon after spending five days in the intensive care unit at the Maple Grove hospital.
Jan collapsed on Sunday after intense chest pressure, shortness of breath, numbness in both hands, and her fingers & nails had turned blue and purple. After the police and ambulance arrived, they administered oxygen and her color improved. She was diagnosed with a bacterial infection, a viral infection, and pneumonia all leading to a condition called Sepsis, which causes the infection to spread throughout the body. Due to the widespread infection, the lactate acid went as high as 5.1. The doctors told us this condition put Jan in a high mortality rate meaning many people do not survive this extreme condition.
Additionally, due to the infection, it was difficult to keep her blood pressure in control which led to Atrial Fibrillation with rapid Ventricular Rhythm. At one point her heart rate went as high as 164 beats per minute. There were many, many test done and the good news is her heart is in good condition and the other tests completed all came back negative.
She is home recovering. The doctors have said it will take some time for her to fully recover after all her body has gone through. They are recommending she not return to work until after the first of the year. We both give God the credit for her speedy recovery and again thank all of you for your many prayers!!!
Dec 8, 2015
After a series of tests, a little more is known about Jan's condition. Evidently she contracted some kind of serious infection that brought on several life threatening conditions. Her blood pressure spiked dangerously, lactate acid levels were at fatal levels, and her lungs collected fluid so that it was extremely difficult to breath.
Jan was given several liters of fluid which brought the lactate acid levels down, and several antibiotics to fight infection. Hopefully blood tests will soon show the exact cause of the infection, and doctors can select an antibiotic that could be more effective.
Although she was originally treated by first responders and in the ER for a suspected heart attack, thankfully Jan did not have a heart attack, and her heart seems fine.
She will likely have to remain in the hospital until at least Wednesday or Thursday, if things go well. Thankfully, she is feeling a little better, and seems to be improving. Please continue to pray that she can quickly regain her health, and that there are no lasting effects from the infection.

<  >   Prayer Request - Sep 14, 2019 - Herman M. (Calasiao, Pangasinan, Philippines)
Bethany M., a Church member in the San Carlos City congregation, requests prayer for his father, Herman M., also a Church member attending with the rest of his family. Herman is now at the Heart Center of the Philippines and about to undergo angiogram and possible angioplasty. Please pray for a successful procedure and the complete healing of his heart ailment.

<  >   Prayer Update - Aug 29, 2019 - Jesse E. (Martinsville, VA)
This past Sabbath Jesse suffered a stroke at the base of his brain stem which affected his right side. He was in the hospital in Roanoke, Virginia when the stroke occurred. He has since begun physical therapy and his speech has improved over the past couple of days. He is in good spirits and is working hard to regain use of his right side. He is still facing surgery for the aneurism in his brain. The plan now is to transfer him to another hospital in Roanoke for that procedure. Please continue to pray that God will be with and protect Jesse and restore him to complete health.
Aug 25, 2019
Jesse is being released from Martinsville, VA hospital. He is very tired and is to go home and rest for a few days. The stroke(s) he suffered seem to have healed for the time being. The doctors at Duke University have reviewed his case and he will be returning there within a week for brain aneurism surgery. We are so thankful to our most merciful God for His intervention. Please continue to pray for complete healing and no complications during the upcoming surgery.
Aug 23, 2019
Jesse E. suffered a stroke Thursday. He also has an aneurism. He was transferred to Duke University Hospital, in Durham, NC. Jesse is in need of urgent prayer for God to intervene and heal him completely.

<  >   Prayer Request - Aug 29, 2019 - Michael A. (Lansing, WV)
I had the urodynamic test Friday, August 23rd. The test results were good and show that my bladder is still working. The next step is scheduled for Sept. 17th. The urologist will attempt to place a ureteral stent from my kidney down into the bladder. If he is able to do so then I should be back to near normal once again. I have had to have three nephrostomy tubes, due to complications for one reason or another. We are praying the current one will stay for three more weeks. Please pray that the upcoming procedure will be effective, that God will direct the doctor and give him the skill and wisdom to be successful. Rita and I want to thank everyone for the many phone calls, texts, emails, visits, and many cards from brethren all around the world. Most of all we are thankful to God.

<  >   Prayer Request - Aug 25, 2019 - Rick C. (Pinson, AL)
Rick C. of the Birmingham, AL congregation, has a condition called extreme neuropathy which is a very painful nerve condition which is accompanied by arthritis in the legs and feet. He has had constant pain and affliction for seven years. All forms of treatment have had only temporary or negative effects. The doctors have done all they can, yet Rick suffers daily with this problem. Even walking has a revengeful effect. He asks for healing and pain relief as he is 81 years old and it wears on him terribly. Thanks for your concern and prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Aug 22, 2019 - Michelle B. (Denton, NC)
Michele is back home now after suffering cardiac arrest and being placed in a coma. She was even able to go to work a couple of days this week. Thanks for your urgent prayers on her behalf.
Jun 11, 2019
Michelle B. of the Greensboro NC congregation collapsed on Monday morning (6/10/19) and experienced cardiac arrest. Her husband Kevin and son Cory were able to keep her alive by CPR until emergency medical personnel arrived. She is in now intensive care at the High Point hospital. What actually happened to Michelle is still not fully known. Tests indicate it was not a heart attack. Scans indicate no brain damage or organ damage. While this is a great relief to the family, they are still very concerned about her condition. Michelle is currently in a medically induced coma to accommodate her intubation (a breathing tube down her windpipe). The doctor overseeing her case plans to revive her sometime this afternoon.
Please pray for God's healing power to be upon Michelle, to protect her life and protect her from any collateral damage cardiac arrest can cause.

<  >   Prayer Update - Aug 22, 2019 - Ruth J. (Wilton, ND)
Ruth of the Bismarck, ND congregation had a CT scan on August 14 and the results were good. There were no new cancer areas and the cancer was evidently contained in the tumor that was removed on December 12. She will not need any follow up procedures. However, Ruth is experiencing painful neuropathy in her hands and feet and is still having low energy and some issues with balance. As a result of the lymph nodes removed during the surgery, she has significant edema in her arm. Please pray for healing and restoration regarding these issues. Ruth relates that she has been so encouraged by all the cards she has received from all around the world. Thanks for your continuing prayers and concern.
Apr 15, 2019
Your continued prayers are requested for Ruth. Following the surgery to remove the cancerous tumor in December she has been undergoing a chemo regimen. She is receiving chemo treatments three times a week every other week and each treatment lasts for four hours. She has had significant nausea from the chemo and it is increasingly difficult to force herself to eat and drink beverages. She is slowly losing weight and is becoming weaker and is always very tired. Please pray for the right decisions in adjusting the chemo, for lifting the nausea, for having more energy and for God's intervention to give her healing of the cancer according to His perfect will and wisdom.
Jan 11, 2019
Thank you for your continued prayers for Ruth J. of the Bismarck, ND congregation. She has been greatly encouraged by the outpouring of cards and messages of prayers and support. She was released from the hospital on December 24. It has taken some time to normalize her blood pressure and to address some edema in her lower legs. In a recent consultation with her oncologist she has been scheduled for a chemo regimen that will begin next week and last through June. Please pray for continued healing, for the correct treatment decisions and for minimum side effects from the chemo and for continued strengthening and encouragement.
Dec 21, 2018
Thank you for your continued prayers for Ruth. She is still in the hospital recovering from the surgery on December 12 to remove a cancerous mass inside her colon. She has had a difficult week. Her kidney function had deteriorated and potassium infusion seemed to turn that around. She began to receive some nutrition orally but something triggered extreme vomiting that persisted for hours this past Wednesday into the night. A tube was inserted through her nose into her stomach and the contents were sucked out. Thankfully that has stopped the vomiting for now. The tube will be kept in place for several days. Please pray that her digestive and elimination functions will normalize and continue to pray that she will be healed from the cancer.
Dec 14, 2018
Ruth underwent surgery on December 12 to remove a cancerous mass inside her right side colon and perform a resection of that part of the colon that was affected. A lymph node was also removed. Thank you for your prayers and concern. She is in a Bismarck hospital and hopes to be discharged this coming Sunday or Monday. She is experiencing discomfort from the incision as would be expected. She has not received the pathology report yet. Please continue to pray that she will receive healing and that the cancer cells have all been removed and that she will return to normal activity and diet soon and not require any follow up chemo.
Nov 17, 2018
Your prayers are requested for Ruth. is a senior member widow in her 80's. Following a colonoscopy and follow up CT scan it was determined that she had a cancerous mass inside her right side colon. She is scheduled for surgery on December 12 to remove the mass and have a resection of the part of the colon that is affected. Please pray that the surgery will be successful and that no cancer will be found elsewhere and for a complete and speedy recovery and God's healing according to His will.
Nov 17, 2018
John J's mother, Ruth J., needs our prayers. She had a colonoscopy earlier this week and was told that a mass of some kind was discovered. She is scheduled for a CT scan this Tuesday morning to further evaluate the situation. Please pray that the mass is not cancerous and that it can be addressed with minimal intervention and that God would bless her with healing.

<  >   Prayer Update - Aug 15, 2019 - Lomax M. (New York, NY)
I was able to visit with Lomax after Sabbath services a few days ago. He has been fitted with a prosthetic and continues to receive physical therapy and care at a rehabilitation center in the area. Lomax had nearly his normal level of energy and excitement when we visited. He and his wife, Marcia, wanted to pass along the following message thanking the brethren for their prayers, cards, and words of encouragement:
"We are tremendously grateful for the generous outpouring of love from you brethren, from all over the world. Thank you for the beautiful prayers, letters, poems, e-mails, calls and gifts, and most of all for your prayers. We received over 180 cards, which gave us a great deal of encouragement and made us realize the love of brethren in times of crisis. God has certainly heard your prayers.
"My amputation on 6/26/19 was successful and healed well. I then went to rehabilitation for 1 month and received my prosthesis on 8/7/19. I need further training on how to walk properly, and with God's help, we plan to attend the Feast in Cincinnati. Thanks be to God for healing me."
Jun 26, 2019
This afternoon Lomax had a successful amputation just below the knee to stop the progression of an infected right foot. The surgery took about an hour and the doctor reported that Lomax is doing fine. He will be in the hospital for at least three days (probably through the weekend) as he rests and recuperates. Already doctors are working with him to get him a prosthesis so he can quickly begin rehabilitation as he recuperates. Lomax and Marcia both thank all of you for your continued prayers and support during this challenging time. Please continue to ask God for their comfort, strength, and healing.
Jun 19, 2019
Local elder Lomax M. has been home from the hospital for the past week after having postponed an amputation surgery due to the infection on his right foot. Nurses and doctors have monitored his progress, but the infection seems to be getting worse. The decision has been made to schedule him for an amputation surgery next Wednesday (6/26/19) before the infection progresses any further. Please pray for the comfort of Lomax and his wife Marcia as well as guidance on the part of the doctors who will be performing the surgery.
Jun 10, 2019
Lomax was originally scheduled to have his right foot amputated last week because of infection that didn't seem to be healing, but the surgery was postponed. Doctors put him on antiobiotics and continued to monitor his progress in the hospital over the weekend. Doctors wanted to perform the amputation surgery this afternoon (6/10/19). After much prayer and discussion, Lomax and Marcia have decided to refuse the surgery. They have seen improvement in his infected toes and would rather wait on God's healing than rush into amputation. His pain levels are up and down regularly, but he is otherwise feeling alright.
Lomax is scheduled to be discharged from the hospital this afternoon. His wife Marcia is going to monitor his progress in the infected toes while he continues antibiotics. Both of them send their thanks for your heartfelt prayers and the overwhelming love shown to them by their brethren everywhere. Please continue to pray for his healing, and strength for both of them.
Jun 6, 2019
Lomax was originally scheduled for a foot amputation surgery yesterday (6/5/19). Doctors wanted to run some tests before surgery could be scheduled. An MRI of his foot concluded that only two toes on his right foot are infected. The family is now faced with the decision to: go home with antibiotics, amputate the infected toes, or amputate the entire right foot. Doctors said that the amputation of the entire foot (actually above the foot) would be best. The family would like to try antibiotics and leave amputation as a last resort. Please pray that God guides them and their doctors. Also please continue to pray for God's healing of Lomax's foot and for the strength and comfort of his wife Marcia who cares for him.
May 31, 2019
Your prayers are requested for Lomax M., a local elder from the New York City, NY congregation. Mr. M. came from a doctor's appointment this afternoon. Doctors told him he will most likely need to have his right foot amputated this coming Wednesday. This comes after having a stent placed in his foot to help blood flow, but the results were not as beneficial as doctors had hoped. Please pray that the amputation surgery is not necessary. However, if the decision is made to amputate his foot, that the surgery is successful and that Mr. M. recovers fully and speedily.

<  >   Prayer Request - Aug 10, 2019 - Gloria A. (Ghana)
Your prayers are requested for Gloria A., wife of Ghanaian pastor, Benjamin A. Gloria is suffering the effects of diabetes and high blood pressure, both of which seem to have come upon her rather suddenly in the past few months. Also, at a recent stay in the hospital, Gloria's urethra tube was punctured by a catheter which was forced. She is currently out of the hospital but continues to be in considerable pain and very poor overall health. Your prayers for God's intervention and healing are very much appreciated.
Mr. A. pastors three congregations in Ghana. This trial has placed considerable stress on him and their children as well.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 28, 2019 - Kurt V. (Bacolod City, Philippines)
We are so happy to update you all that Kurt was discharged from the hospital today Sunday, July 28, 2019 after he was diagnosed with Dengue and was admitted to the hospital for six days. Here is a message from Mrs. Ivy V.: "To our UCG family and family friends, thank you so much for the love and prayers for our son Kurt Stephen during his critical stage. May God richly bless you all. From Joenel and Ivy."
Jul 24, 2019 - Kurt V.
Your prayers are requested on behalf of Kurt Stephen V., the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Joenel and Ivy V. serving our Bacolod City congregation. He was admitted to a hospital yesterday in Bacolod after having fever since Friday night 19th of July. He is suspected of being infected with dengue after laboratory results showing his platelet count kept going down. The family will deeply appreciate your fervent and faithful prayers for Kurt. Thank you very much!

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 28, 2019 - Sharon W. (Campo, CA)
Sharon is home and feeling much better. No pain but the doctors are monitoring her sodium and potassium levels. She sends her heartfelt thanks for your love for her and Harry. They are attentively going through the many cards and letters. They are truly grateful for your prayers.
Jul 18, 2019
Sharon was released from the hospital yesterday with some very good news on her condition. Her treatments and care have brought her to a place of having no pain now. She is resting comfortably at her son's home. They wrote: "Thank you for your wonderful prayers of healing. We know God does the healing in our times of distress."
Jul 16, 2019
I spoke with Harry W. this morning and he reported good news on Sharon's condition. Although she is still in ICU, her sodium and potassium levels are moving into the good range. The doctors are amazed that she is recovering so quickly for someone with her levels so low when she was admitted to the hospital. Harry stated: "We all know that God intervened and once again God reveals Himself to us and the world with healing beyond human comprehension."
They both are so moved by your concerned prayers for Sharon. God listened to those prayers and placed His loving hand upon her. The doctors are saying that if she continues her upward recovery track, they may release her in a couple of days. Again they thank you all for your loving prayers.
Jul 12, 2019
Prayers are request on behalf for Sharon W. She was recently admitted to the hospital with a very low sodium blood count. She will remain in the hospital until doctors can elevate her sodium levels to a normal state. The doctors did say this could be a life threatening situation if not fully addressed with hospital care.
It has been a trying time for Harry and Sharon these last few weeks, and they are fully aware that God does the healing and cause intervention into our physical lives. They remain strong in the faith and truly believe that God will see them through this time in their lives.
Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers, they thank you very much for your prayers in advance.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 25, 2019 - Janice V. (Carrollton, GA)
Although there has been some improvement, Janice's situation remains appreciably the same. She is leaning more toward having the bad heart valve surgery than not. Thank you for your prayers on her behalf - both for her strengthening and for guidance in making the best decision.
May 9, 2019
Janice V. of the Rome, Georgia, congregation requests prayers on her behalf. She has a bad heart valve that is causing heart failure and trouble breathing at times. She is currently on diuretics which helps, but the situation will never get better on its own and will likely worsen with time. She is 80 years old which places her at an increased risk for surgery due to age. She is not afraid of dying but doesn't want to have a "smothering" feeling either. Janice requests prayers for God's intervention and guidance in making the right decision regarding surgery. Thank you.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 25, 2019 - Loretta H. (Soddy Daisy, TN)
In June, Loretta completed a six month chemo treatment and had a follow up PETCT scan. The results were not what she had hoped for. Recurrence after chemo treatments is common with peritoneal cancer. The cancer is aggressive and has progressed and includes new areas. The oncologist recommended a different chemo treatment. As of the first week of July, Loretta started a new chemo treatment: every week for three weeks and off a week, then repeat, for six months. Loretta remains very positive in the face of this severe trial. She and her husband, Ed, and family are so appreciative of all the support that has been shown through the many, many cards of encouragement and the prayers sent up for them. Please continue to beseech our Heavenly Father and His Son for Their interventions of strengthening and healing.
Mar 29, 2019
Loretta would like to thank everyone for the many, many encouraging cards of loving concern that she has received from all over the world, along with the prayers of the brethren for her strengthening and healing. She is so grateful for the friendship and thoughtfulness of her brothers and sisters in Christ, and remains hopeful for a full recovery. Currently, the recovery from her latest round of chemotherapy is lasting a lot longer on her system. She is halfway through the recommended treatment. The next scheduled chemo treatment is April 11. Thank you for your continuing prayers on her behalf.
Jan 11, 2019
Your prayers are requested for Loretta H. of the Chattanooga, TN congregation. Loretta was diagnosed with stage 4 primary peritoneal cancer in November 2017. Primary peritoneal cancer (PPC) is a rare cancer originating in the membrane that lines the inside of the abdomen (the peritoneum). Functioning as a shield, the peritoneum protects the abdomen and produces a lubricant that maintains smooth organ movement when the body is active. The "primary" in PPC means the cancer originated in the peritoneum. PPC is very similar to the most common type of ovarian cancer called epithelial cancer. This is because the lining of the abdomen and the surface of the ovaries come from the same tissue during development in the womb. A gynecological oncologist advised a treatment plan involving chemotherapy rounds, surgery and IP chemotherapy that began in December 2017 and was completed in August 2018.
The aim of the treatment is to keep the cancer under control for as long as possible. For monitoring purposes, a CA125 blood test is scheduled quarterly, as PPC can spread rapidly. In November 2018, the CA125 blood test was not favorable. In December 2018, a CT scan revealed swelling of many lymph nodes and the results of a PET scan showed recurrence of cancer in the lower abdomen. The cancer is not in the organs. Doctors are recommending more chemo treatments, but no surgery. Loretta is asking for prayers on her behalf for God's guidance and healing regarding her struggle with cancer. Loretta is a long time member of God's church, having begun attending as a child with her parents (Arthur R. & Joyce G.) in Baltimore, MD in 1964. Thank you. Your prayers on her behalf are very much appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 24, 2019 - Dudley T. (Grass Valley, CA)
Dudley's condition is still unchanged with the melanoma, blood clots and dementia. After consulting with his doctors and reviewing the last tests, it has been decided to not employ any additional procedures or surgeries for the melanoma. The doctor recommended this given his age and other health concerns -- believing that anything invasive would create more problems than it would solve.
Dudley and Louise want to thank everyone for the many cards and letters from around the world. Dudley looks forward to going down to the mailbox each day to see if any more have come in. Louise said he reads every one of them and puts them back in their envelopes so he can re-read them later. They are thrilled by the many wonderful words of encouragement, care and love. So, please continue to pray for Dudley and Louise and keep the cards coming! Both of them want to thank everyone for their prayers and concern. It has meant a great deal to both of them!
Jun 27, 2019
The family requests your prayers for Dudley T. He recently was recently diagnosed with malignant melanoma. During the CT scan on Friday, June 20, it was also found that he has blood clots in both lungs. He was immediately hospitalized for three days. Dudley will have a PET scan test to see if the cancer has metastasized at a later date. He will also have surgery to remove the three areas of melanoma, but not until he gets off the blood thinners. Dudley is a long time elder of the Sacramento Church and recently received a plaque for his 50 years of service. He is almost 89 years old and also suffers with dementia. In addition, please pray for his wife Louise, who has to administer his injectable blood thinners twice daily besides other medications, as well as dealing the issues associated with Dudley's dementia. This has been very stressful and very concerning to Louise. God has blessed Dudley with excellent health over the years. The doctors were astounded he had never had any prior health problems.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 18, 2019 - Angela B. (Rome, GA)
On Sabbath, June 29, Angela was back in services for the first time since February 16. Although her appetite is good, her nutrient absorption is quite poor. She has gained some strength, but remains weak with little stamina. Overall, her situation is still very fragile. We still go to the wound clinic two times each week. The wound is doing very well and has almost healed except for the two "tunnels" that have not changed. But at least there is no infection present. She has a hernia at the ileostomy site which the doctor rates as a 3 on a scale of 1 - 10. Also, since her right and left rectus muscles (the main belly muscles) were not pulled back together and stitched due to having to let the "wound" heal from the inside out due to the infection, she has an "incisional hernia." One third of the right rectus muscle had to be taken out in order to get clean margins around the tumor when it was removed which greatly weakened her core. The medical diagnosis is that eventually she will have to have more surgery. Of course, this diagnosis is not factoring God into the picture. We bear in mind I Corinthians 10:13 and thank God the Father and Jesus Christ for Their continual intervention of strengthening and healing. And we thank each and all of you, brethren, for your tremendous outpouring of love and support through your cards, emails, calls and most of all, your prayers. Such has been a great source of encouragement. May God richly bless you for your loving kindness.
May 31, 2019
Angela has been progressing very well. She has been off the Wound V.A.C. since April 18. With more mobility, she has gained some of her strength back. In consultation with her oncologist, chemotherapy was recommended as a safeguard, but not stressed as necessary. So Angela will not be having any chemo. Her radiologist outright told her, "You don't need radiation." So she will not be having any radiation either. Obviously, that's great news on both accounts. Her wound has been healing very well with one exception: there's an area of two tunnels that refuses to heal. Today, we received the results of a culture taken and she has MRSA as well as some other bacteria in the tunnels. Immediate treatment is with antibiotics to clear it up. If this fails, more surgery will be needed. At this point in time, this is the specific issue that we need God's intervention of healing with. Thank you for your continuing concern and prayers.
Mar 12, 2019
After three weeks in the hospital as of today (3/11), Angela was discharged and brought home. She was taken off all antibiotics last Tuesday and off intravenous feeding on Wednesday. Thursday she had some true appetite for the first time since her second surgery. Saturday she showed measurable gain in strengthening. And that continued on Sunday. Today the PICC line was removed and she was cleared to go. Although she is still weak, she has gained some solid ground, and her pain has lessened and is more manageable. What remains is for her surgery incision to heal. It is an open wound and is being treated as such. The treatment involves a wound dressing with a medicated sponge and a wound V.A.C. (vacuum) to keep it drained as a preventative to it becoming infected. On average with this kind of situation, it takes several weeks up to a few months for such to heal. It has to close up gradually from the inside out. Every Monday and Thursday of every week, she'll go to the clinic that specializes in this for her dressing to be changed. In the meantime and in between changes, she'll carry a portable V.A.C. with her everywhere. She still has a ways to go, but things are looking so much better than they did. We know that's because of God's love and mercy, and the many, many prayers that have gone up on our behalf. We're so very thankful to God the Father and Jesus Christ for Their merciful intervention and strengthening and for the tremendous outpouring of love and concern of all of you our brothers and sisters in Christ. Your prayers have meant and mean so much. And your flood of cards and emails have been so encouraging. Thank you dear Brethren for the support that you have shown, and please continue to remember Angela in your prayers in the weeks and months ahead. May God richly bless you for your loving kindness.
Mar 1, 2019
The situation with Angela remains about the same since the previous update. Although there has been some measure of improvement (her bowels are working, she has been put on clear liquids, no additional infections have shown up other than what has been there and is being dealt with, and things are "normal" in terms of where they should be at this point with her situation being what it is - all of which we are very thankful for), she is still in a lot of pain and very weak, and in a measure of physical and emotional shock due to the damages to her body. The doctors have continued to keep her on very strong antibiotics and very strong pain medications. There is a constant stream of nurses and medical personnel throughout the day and night doing their necessary jobs of responsible care with all the checkups, blood drawings, testings, etc., that have to be done. The saying that you have to go home to get some rest is very true. Angela is exhausted and worn out. Between the pain and the comings and goings, she can't get more than 1 or 2 hours rest/sleep at a time at the most. Please continue to pray for God's intervention of strengthening and healing, both emotionally and physically. Thank you, dear Brethren.
Feb 28, 2019
Angela's situation is fragile and she still has a lot of pain. They have her on very strong antibiotics and pain medications. They have also installed a PICC line to feed her intravenously since she can't eat or drink yet. She had a very bad and miserable night last night (2/26). Due to her weakened condition she is not up to having visitors right now but is deeply appreciative of the love and concern and ongoing prayers for her. Thank you for continuing to remember her and our family during this very difficult health trial.
Feb 22, 2019
Although the doctor was pleased with the follow up surgery that he performed Monday afternoon (2/25/19) on Angela (it went as he expected), he still has concerns. This surgery was necessary due to a setback in the aftermath of the previous surgery. The intestinal connection done as a result of removing a cancerous colon tumor previously (2/18/19) did not hold but leaked. This contributed to a serious infection. Due to the infection's damages, the doctor could not reconnect the small intestine to the remaining colon, but had to do an ileostomy (the same as a colostomy but with the small intestine instead of the large one). Hopefully, this can be reversed in time. Angela's vital signs remained good throughout the three hour surgery. The doctor cleaned out the infection as best he could and has kept her on strong antibiotics to be on the safe side. Due to this being the 5th time that Angela has had to be cut in the same place (resulting in a lot of scar tissue and a reduced muscular wall of the abdomen specific to the surgery last Monday), there is a measure of open surface wound that will have to heal with time and treatment. Angela will have to remain in the hospital for at least another week, maybe two. This has been and is quite an ordeal for her and for the whole family. Our thanks and appreciation go out to our brothers and sisters in Christ for their loving concern and prayers and to our Great God of loving mercy and power.
Feb 22, 2019
Here is a message from the B. Family:
"Angela B. is in the hospital recovering from emergency colon cancer surgery last Monday. They had to remove 40% of her colon due to the size of the tumor and because it had grown outside the colon. The surgery was successful and the doctor thinks he removed all the cancer. He is still suggesting radiation and chemotherapy treatments as a follow up. Angela is very weak and in a lot of pain. This is her second bout with cancer, the first being endometrial cancer in 2006. We know God has been merciful through this health threat and we are very grateful. Brethren, please pray for a full recovery than thank you for you loving concern."
Angela is in the Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Georgia.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 18, 2019 - Billie L. (Atwater, CA)
Billie and Randy are very grateful to God for His love, care, and intervention on their behalf, and want to express their deep appreciation for everyone's prayers and cards and emails of encouragement. The personal contact has been invaluable as they manage the ongoing trial. The doctors first thought Billie had a life-threatening issue but have discovered a bleeding ulcer that was causing the drop in Billie's blood count. Surgery is not required as this is treatable through medication and diet. Billie remains in the hospital but has a positive attitude. After getting the ulcer under control and her blood count to rise she will likely be released early next week.
Additionally, a retired family member from Southern California who is a nurse, has moved into their home and will now care for both Billie and Randy while they get back on their feet. Billie told me that, while they are somewhat isolated by distance, she feels very close to the family of God, the Body of Christ, knowing they are not alone on their Christian journey. Again, Billie and Randy send their thanks to everyone for their prayers, care, and concern and send their love to all.
Jul 12, 2019
Your prayers are requested on behalf of Billie L., 82, from Atwater, California. She recently was returned to the hospital having difficulty with a severe loss of energy. The doctors believe she is experiencing internal bleeding from the small intestine and currently has a blood count of 4 (which should be 12). Compounding Billie's personal anxiety, her husband, Randy, 82, recently experienced a COPD episode and he is mostly home-bound without an assigned caregiver. She is very worried for his well being. Please ask our Father for healing, strength and encouragement for Billie and Randy as they go through this trial. They live two hours from church services and are about an hour from the nearest member. They do thank you very much or your love, care, and concern.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 1, 2019 - Vera C. (Boomer, NC)
Your prayers are requested for longtime member of the Hickory, NC congregation, Vera C. Vera suffers from a variety of health issues, including difficulty breathing due to congestion around the heart as well as occasional seizures. During a recent seizure and subsequent trip to the hospital, Vera broke her hip. Doctors have determined that due to her age and overall health issues, she is not a candidate for surgery. The pain has been nearly unbearable at times, and she is requesting prayers specifically for God to ease the pain. Please pray for God's intervention, mercy and guidance during this time.
Jan 3, 2018
Vera is back home & in good spirits, but congestive heart failure will likely be an ongoing issue for her.
Dec 22, 2016
Vera continues to struggle with age & health related issues & has not been able to attend church services for some time. She has lost almost all her sight & hearing. Continued prayers are appreciated.
Dec 9, 2015
Vera, 89, continues to struggle with age & health related issues & has not been able to attend church services for some time. Please continue to pray for her due to her fragility & age, specifically her heart, hips, knees & balance.
Dec 5, 2014
Good news! Vera returned home yesterday, and will continue therapy and recovery there. She asked me to "Please enthusiastically thank God's family for the many cards and letters! I lost count at 100 and they keep coming in. There was a time in the hospital that I had almost given up hope that I would make it, but the visits, and then cards just kept coming in and I knew the prayers of God's brethren meant so many were praying for me. It gave me, along with God's Spirit, the help I needed to get better. I am so very grateful for those who took time to do so."
Nov 5, 2014
My wife and I have just returned from Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir, NC, where I anointed Vera. Her walker rolled away from her last evening as she tried to grab onto it while in the kitchen, and she fell. She has four broken ribs, an injured neck and jaw, and her wrists are sore as well. She has had difficulty walking for some time due to the deterioration in both her knees. She is currently in ICU, and I was not given indication as to when she might be moved to a private room.
Please pray that God will, in His mercy, comfort and heal her quickly from this ordeal. Vera is 89 years young, and this fall is very discouraging to her, her "first broken bone except for her little finger as a child." She is having great difficulty breathing. The medication has been causing her to vomit, and this too is very difficult on her.
In spite of her injuries, she was in good spirits, lucid, and was able to converse with us for a little while.


Nov 5, 2014
She fell while trying to retrieve her walker as it rolled away, breaking 4 ribs & injuring her neck & jaw. She is hospitalized & in ICU.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jun 28, 2019 - Leanne Z. (Eau Claire, WI)
Leanne Z. (Eau Claire) had some tests and the results came back that there are some pre-cancerous cells in her cervix. She is waiting on another test to see if anything comes back positive and if it does she will have to go in for more tests. She is requesting your prayers that there is no cancer.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 28, 2019 - Tony H. (Mavis H.'s son, Fargo, ND)
Tony was experiencing nausea earlier this week, and now he has a shot every 4 hours, which is helping a lot. He still doesn't eat very much and has lost a lot of weight. Because of not eating, he has gotten weaker, but still walks to the bathroom with a walker. He is sleeping quite a bit. It is still one day at a time. After the improvement of the nausea, Tony seems to be comfortable and doesn't seem to have pain, which is a miracle in itself. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Jun 14, 2019
Tony's health situation turned very bad on last Friday night. His blood pressure dropped and he was admitted to the ICU. They felt they couldn't do anything more, so they discontinued his meds. The doctor didn't expect him to survive. They decided to have him stay in Palliative Care over Saturday night and gave him from 2 hours to 2 days. He did survive. Tony went home to Mavis' house on Sunday. He is in hospice care and is generally comfortable. Except he has bad pain around his mouth and lips. He has been able to eat solid food and walk a bit. His brothers have been able to visit with him for the past several days. They believe God has intervened to allow them all a little more time together. Please remember Tony, Mavis and the entire family in your prayers as they endure this trial together.
May 31, 2019
Tony's cancer has returned and is very aggressive. The tumor in his liver seems to be blocking his bile duct. His bilirubin is very high and hard to find a chemo to use. His tumor went from .5 inch to 3 inches while trying to figure out how to correct the high bilirubin and other difficulties. He is on a very aggressive chemo. Would appreciate prayers for his healing according to God's will.
Jan 22, 2016
Several new cancerous spots have been found on Tony's liver. Thankfully they are small, and the doctors at Mayo would like to try a less invasive Ablation procedure which involves inserting a small tube and heating the cancer to kill it. The procedure will be on Feb 2nd. As a safeguard, doctors might recommend chemotherapy afterward. Thank you for your prayers.
Jul 24, 2015
Tony met with his doctor this week to scan for cancer. His scan from Monday was clear. The doctor said he was doing fantastic. He has been 7 months on this new protocol; they are going to continue for one year and then decide what they should do. His kidneys and Creatine levels are good. So, this was good news. Thank you for your prayers.
Dec 12, 2014
Tony saw the surgeon Tuesday morning. There had been concern about the fluid in his stomach cavity. Thankfully that turned out to be nothing. He is scheduled for colon surgery on Monday, Dec. 22nd. His liver is cancer-free, which really is a miracle. Thank you for your prayers
Dec 5, 2014
Tony saw the doctor this week regarding the latest scans. The doctor thought he had good results and was pleased. He said they were as good as could be expected. The spots in his liver look shadowy and light gray, like they dissolved. Tony said they compared his first scan and this one, and in the first scan the spots in his liver were black. There will be no more chemo for a while. The surgeon will take a look at the scan and decide if surgery is possible. The earliest surgery could take place is in three weeks. He might have surgery on his colon, or his colon and liver, depending on the opinion of the surgeon. Tony has been having some discomfort in his stomach. The doctor said he had some fluid in his abdominal cavity. They did do a test to see if there are cancer cells in the fluid. He won't hear for a couple of days.
Nov 28, 2014
Tony has finished his 12th chemo for his liver and colon cancer. He can't have any more of this chemo or it will injure his feet and hands too much. Next Monday they will do a scan to see how the cancer is. They will have to decide whether the spots in his liver are small enough and no more than 3 and then they might do surgery. If that isn't an option they will have to decide on some other treatment. We need some guidance and help for these decisions. He has been feeling pretty good; thank you for your prayers.
Aug 1, 2014
Tony had a scan this week. Last time the largest spot in his liver went from 2 inches to 1 inch. It has now decreased to 2/3 of an inch; the other spots have gotten smaller, too. We are very thankful for this. He just finished his 7th chemo treatment and continues to feel pretty good. Maybe in a month they may discuss surgery of his liver and colon. We appreciate everyone's prayers.
May 30, 2014
Tony has had 3 chemo treatments. He went in and had a scan, yesterday. It showed the liver spots that were between 4 1/2-5 cm. had decreased to between 2-2 1/2 cm. (he has 13 spots) It appears his colon growth had decreased by 1/2, also. That was good news. He had his 4th chemo, today. It went okay. Last time he got sick a couple days after chemo and vomited occasionally during the 3 week period. Most of the time he feels good. I wanted to give you an update and thank you for your prayers.
Apr 4, 2014
Mavis would like to thank everyone for your prayers for Tony, her 45 year old son who was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon and liver cancer. Tony came through his first chemo good and has been feeling good. He went back to work this week.
Mar 21, 2014
Mavis' son, Tony, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon and liver cancer. He is 45 years old. He come back from England last Friday to be treated in the US. He will be starting chemo next Wednesday. Please pray for God's guidance and healing.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 26, 2019 - Davey R. (Dobson, NC)
Davey is home now, under the care of home health nurses, dressing his open wound and monitoring his healing. They are still asking for no one to visit because of the need to keep the area as germ-free as possible. Davey and Lynn send their heartfelt thanks for all the loving prayers, phone calls, and the many, many cards. Let's all continue to pray for complete healing and recovery for Davey.
Jun 7, 2019
Davey is doing much better. He was taken off of life support on Monday. His blood cultures came back negative and he is no longer septic. All vital signs are good and his intestines are working. Physical therapy had him up and walking a few steps. The open wound is healing better than expected. Davey and Lynn ask for our continued prayers that there will be no infections or other complications. They express their deepest thanks to everyone for their prayers.
Jun 3, 2019
Due to a twisted intestine, Davey R. had emergency hernia surgery on Sunday morning at Norvant Forsyth Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is currently in ICU listed as critically-stable. He is on complete life support for the time being. He also has sepsis. Please pray for Davey's complete healing including that he has no infections or further complications. We know that we serve a most merciful God who hears and answers the prayers of his children. Thanks in advance for this most necessary and appreciated service.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jun 26, 2019 - Pablito A. (Kibawe Bukidnon, Philippines)
Pablito A. a member of the Bukidnon congregation, underwent surgical operation in his bladder on June16, 2019 at 7:30 pm, due to blood flow found in his urine. The surgeon noted 4 tumors or new growth in his urinary bladder and thanks to the Almighty with His guidance the surgeon was able to remove all those tumors. The entire procedure was successful. Specimens were submitted for histopathology (biopsy) and the biopsy result will come out 2 weeks from now.
His wife requests your fervent prayers hoping that all the results would turn out well and may heal her husband completely.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jun 21, 2019 - Meghan R. (Dallas, TX)
Jerry and Stephanie R. request ongoing prayers for their 18-year-old daughter, Meghan. It has been a while since the last update, so we wanted to send the latest information on her prognosis and treatment. Meghan's health has declined drastically over the past few years. She has had very low energy, has been foggy-brained, has fainting spells increasingly, has had severe pains at times, sometimes all over, even when receiving pain medication, has frequent tremors and numbness in her hands, along with leg spasms. Through a series of medical tests, doctors recently confirmed that she has Chiari Malformation, where a lower part of the brain puts pressure on the brain stem and spinal canal. This causes multiple problems with the body's nervous system. She will need brain surgery, the family have been referred to a premiere Chiari neurosurgeon in New York who also deals with many of her other conditions which will make the operation even more challenging (i.e., Ehler's Danlos Syndrome - weakening connective tissue of joints and blood vessels; multiple nerve disorders, including POTS; Autonomic Dysfunction; brain hypermobility). The family request your prayers for wisdom and guidance for the doctors and for them, as they seek God's intervention and strive to do what is best for Meghan. They thank you all for your concern, giving and prayers.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jun 14, 2019 - Ida W. (Gray, GA)
Your prayers are requested for Ida W., a member of the Macon, Georgia, congregation, who is dealing with serious decisions regarding her health. The issue most prominent at the moment is dealing with an aneurysm. Ida has seen a number of specialists, one of whom shared some very valuable information today. Her aneurysm is in the back of her head on the right side, where she has been experiencing a great deal of pain. An angiogram will be scheduled, likely within the next couple of weeks, which will determine the size and shape of the aneurysm, after which the specialists will discuss options to address it.
Currently her aneurysm has a one to seven percent chance of bursting, but that percentage increases each year. Specialists will need to decide what to do and when to do it after they have finished gathering facts. Obviously this continues to be very serious. Your prayers for God's intervention as well as the gift of wisdom and discernment on what to do moving forward would be greatly appreciated. She and her husband, Bill, know God is capable of anything and they have faith in Him, especially knowing you will be praying for her. Thank you very much.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 14, 2019 - Matthew R. (Dallas, GA)
Thank you very much for your prayers on behalf of Matthew. His spinal fusion went smoothly on Tuesday to correct his Kyphosis (curved back). He is in a great deal of pain as he is now beginning to walk again in order to be able to go home. He actually did some steps today that are similar to those he has to do at home. Doctors expect him to fully recover although the most difficult part of his recovery is the next few weeks. Thank you for continuing to keep Matthew in your prayers. He and his family truly appreciate it.
Jun 7, 2019
Kerri B., a member of the Atlanta, Georgia, congregation, is requesting prayers for her 17-year-old son, Matthew. He is scheduled to have a spinal fusion Tuesday morning to correct his Kyphosis. Mathew will remain in the hospital for two days. The surgeon is confident that this surgery will relieve his chronic pain. Thank you in advance for your prayers for a successful surgery and quick recovery.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 12, 2019 - Sue L. (Prudenville, MI)
Dear holy brethren set apart by God. I want to thank every one of you for your prayers for healing. I finally believe, after eight and a half months of this trial (internal shingles), that I am all better now. It's so wonderful to have people you've never met care so much. Thank you also for all your cards and letters. They were so uplifting. It would be nice to meet all of you one day.
Dec 6, 2018
Your prayers are requested for Sue L. She was hospitalized recently for an infection somewhere in her intestines. She has also been suffering with internal shingles for the last three months. Jerry and Sue are somewhat isolated from other brethren, so it is difficult for most people to visit. She could certainly use some encouragement and relief from the suffering she is experiencing. Your prayers are greatly appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jun 7, 2019 - Maria H. (Bogota, Colombia)
Eduardo H., pastor of our congregations in Colombia and Ecuador, requests prayers for his wife, Maria, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jun 7, 2019 - Daniel C. (Lilongwe, Malawi)
Daniel C., a member of the Lilongwe, Malawi, congregation, was injured in a car accident Wednesday, June 5. While driving, he hit a car which suddenly stopped in front of him without any signal. One of his legs was broken on two places. He was admitted to the Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe. We are asking all brethren around the world to remember him in their prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 7, 2019 - Cliff O. (Apple Valley, MN)
Cliff had shoulder surgery on Tuesday. The surgery went well, but he has been rather sore this week. Thank you for prayers for a swift, smooth recovery.
Jun 1, 2019
Cliff requests prayers that his shoulder surgery goes well. He fell and injured it just prior to Passover, and continues to suffer some pain. He'll be having surgery this Tuesday, June 4. After about 6 weeks he will begin physical therapy. Please pray that God will bless the surgery and recovery.
Apr 25, 2019
A few days before Passover, Cliff fell on the ice and hurt his shoulder during one of our Spring snow storms. He wanted you all to know that he still has some pain, but is not needing pain medication. He is gaining a little more movement each day. He will have to have surgery to repair the rotator cuff, but he won't be having that until after the Feast. He writes, "I would like to thank all of my brothers & sisters in Christ, and most of all our Father in heaven for the healing He has given me. God bless you all, THANK YOU".
Apr 14, 2018
Cliff returned home from the hospital on Monday afternoon. He is recovering well and says he's "feeling fantastic." He would like to thank you for your cards, visits, and calls. It has been a big help for him.
Apr 5, 2018
Cliff's triple bypass surgery went well on Wednesday. He is resting and recuperating at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.
Mar 13, 2018
Tests have revealed that Cliff O. has three blocked arteries around his heart. Two are 80% and one is fully blocked. He is scheduled to have triple bypass surgery on Wednesday, April 4th at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN. He appreciates your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 7, 2019 - Chuck K. (Midland, MI)
Chuck would like to thank everyone for their prayers on his behalf. He is feeling much better. Last week the doctors performed a cardioversion and his heart has been in a normal rhythm since that time. He has been overwhelmed by all of the cards and well wishes from so many people around the world. Thank you all for your love and concern.
May 8, 2019
Your prayers are requested for Chuck K., deacon in the Freeland, MI congregation. Chuck was admitted to the hospital today. His heart rate was very high, which caused him to be tired, weak, and short of breath. I stopped by the hospital this evening and was able to visit with Chuck and his wife, Onalee, and anoint him. It appears that they have the heart under control, but will need to make sure it is stable with medication that he can continue to take at home before he will be released. I know that they would appreciate all your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - May 31, 2019 - Carolyn B. (Twin Cities, MN)
On Wednesday morning Carolyn was going downstairs and fell down the last step. X-rays showed that she has a right shoulder injury. As a result she cannot raise her right arm, making things very difficult. Thankfully the fall didn't affect her knee, which where she had surgery last October. She will begin physical therapy in mid-June.
Nov 2, 2018
Carolyn had knee surgery this week. The surgery went very well, and she is happy to report that her recovery is going faster than her nurse has ever seen. God has obviously intervened to speed things along. She is thankful for your prayers and support.

<  >   Prayer Update - May 31, 2019 - Megan P. (Dickson, TN)
There have been a number of people asking for an update about Megan whose family attends in Nashville. Megan was seriously injured when hit by a car last October. She suffered from life threatening injuries and while in the hospital it was discovered that she was pregnant. There was concern that she wouldn't survive her injuries but God intervened and she was eventually released from the hospital, although she continues to suffer from complications from her head injuries. On May 22, Megan gave birth to a girl named Seraphina Grace. Megan continues to struggle with the lingering results of her injuries and the family ask for you prayers.
Jan 25, 2019
Here is a new update about Megan P. from her parents, Mike and Shari F.:
This is an update on Megan, who was struck by car on October 14 and life flighted to Vanderbilt hospital and placed on life support. Many will recall that Megan was expecting when she was hit and is also a young mother of three small children, who went to stay with their grandparents at that time. When Megan was first admitted to the hospital, she was diagnosed with severe traumatic brain injury, cracked skull base, fractured foot, leg and ankle, damaged temporal bone with brain shifting and many other injuries too numerous to list. Her outlook for survival was grim, as she could not breathe on her own and was unresponsive. She was annointed by our pastor, Gary Petty, and the next day, doctors were amazed to be able to disconnect the life support machines as she began to breathe on her own. She spent six more weeks in ICU and was released from the hospital, only to relapse and return to the hospital for a time, which was when the last update was sent.
Since then, though Megan continues to have ups in downs in healing from her traumatic brain injury, (often a long or even lifelong process historically), we all can certainly see God's miraculous hand in her healing so far! Megan is now living at home with her husband and three children. To speak with Megan, you would not realize anything ever happened to her as she comes across completely normal in her interactions. She still suffers and continues to be treated for several things including: anxiety, insomnia, post traumatic stress disorder, deafness in her right ear, loss of the sense of most of her taste and smell, a numb hand that is now regaining some feeling, and pain in her right leg from the fracture injuries that occurred. Her baby has low amniotic fluid and is now at 22 weeks gestation, due in May. Sonogram of baby has revealed a normal heart rhythm and growth, though there is concern about the low fluid and skull measurements of baby girl, with another sonogram scheduled Feb 4. Continued prayers are greatly appreciated for Megan, her baby and her family as she recovers. She has found extreme comfort and is deeply touched and amazed at the outpouring of love, cards, heartfelt messages and well wishes from church members all over the world. We all know that Megan and her baby are truly a miracle and would not be here at all right now without God's intervention and the continued prayers of his people. Our God is truly amazing! Thank you from all of us in her family.
Dec 18, 2018
Our daughter Megan, as the expectant young mother, was struck by a car on October 14th and was life-flighted to Vanderbilt Medical Center and placed on life support. Megan progressed rapidly after being anointed and she moved to ICU, eventually allowing to be released home before Thanksgiving. It was very obvious that God spared her life. Unfortunately, Megan's mental health continued to decline after coming home and she refused to go to her mandatory follow up treatments. It became clear that further mental health intervention would be necessary for her to recover from the traumatic brain injuries she sustained. As a result, her three children, ages 5, 3 and 10 months are living with us, their grandparents.
Megan has been admitted to Parthenon Pavilion in Nashville to undergo further ongoing residential mental health treatments. Please continue to pray that Megan's brain be completely healed from her traumatic brain injuries and that God will allow her to return home and have a normal life in raising her very young children. Also please pray for a few other residual factors related to the accident that continue to be an issue for her including: 1) She is deaf in her right ear since the accident. 2) She has numbness in her right hand from the elbow downward. 3) She has a healing fracture of her right foot that causes great pain when walking. 4) She is still having trouble eating and holding down food due to her pregnancy and has lost much weight. 5) Her vision remains double at times and she suffers from ongoing, insatiable thirst. 6) And most of all, Megan's brain needs to be "rewired" so that she can think and function logically. At the present time there is a great deal of irrational looping in her thinking, reasoning and conversation and actions that put her at risk to herself and others.
A huge thank you to all of God's people who have prayed, sent words and cards of encouragement to Megan as well as to us and her children during this difficult time. What an inspiration and blessing it has been to witness the love and prayers of the brethren.
Oct 24, 2018
Your prayers are requested for Megan P., the daughter of Mike and Shari F. of our Nashville congregation. They wrote the following:
"Our 25 year old daughter Megan was struck by a car and is in critical condition in ICU at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. She is a mother of 3 children, ages 4, 3, and 8 months and she is also expecting. Megan is in a lot of pain with brain injuries and head trauma, a broken ankle, extremely strained tendons in her neck and head. She started out on a ventilator and unable to breathe on her own. But God was merciful and she was able to breathe on her own two days after the incident. There are days she knows who and where she is and other days she does not know what is going on and is very disoriented and upset.
"Because she was purposefully run over and is a crime victim, only ourselves, our oldest daughter and our pastor are allowed by the authorities to go in to the room to give our support. It has been quite a challenge and is really taking a toll on us because of the logistics involved. We have all three grandchildren in our care now and are trying to figure out all the scheduling as we also have full time jobs to maintain. At present, we must drive an hour in to see Megan at the hospital, take the children with us and then take turns going to see her for about an hour and then leave -- even as she asks us to please stay so someone can hold her hand. She does smile when we tell her that people are praying for her and she says "thank you."
"Megan has attended church off and on the last few years and usually attends the Feast. We think she would really respond well to cards coming in for her. We feel that perhaps this could be the encouragement she needs to understand that God and his people are there for her and it is never too late to call on Him no matter what has happened in one's life. We personally don't know what we would do without our church families and friends around the world. Your prayers will be greatly appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Request - May 31, 2019 - Sandy M. (Macon, GA)
Here is a short note from elder David M. regarding his wife Sandy:
We were in the hospital till yesterday afternoon. They wanted to keep Sandy till the biopsy results came back. The results finally came back late on Tuesday. The biopsy did not pinpoint the cause of the ulcer, but thankfully it was not cancerous. Sandy is taking two meds to coat the stomach and reduce stomach acid. She is also on a very soft and bland diet. She is comfortable with no pain, but weak. She needs lots of rest and sleep and a little exercise as she is able."
The prayers for Sandy's healing are very much appreciated and requested.

<  >   Prayer Update - May 24, 2019 - Miguel G. (Los Angeles, CA)
Miguel G. and his wife, Nohemy (Los Angeles, California), would like to express their heartfelt thanks for all the calls and warm cards they have received over the last couple of weeks. Miguel had successful open-heart surgery on Friday, May 10th. They have no doubt each prayer played an important role towards a successful procedure. They are both in very good spirits, and Miguel's first check-up will be next week. A long recovery is ahead -- but both are committed to making it a positive experience.
May 17, 2019
Miguel and Nohemy G., who attend the Los Angeles, California, congregation, request prayers for Miguel, who serves as an elder there. Miguel underwent open-heart surgery on Friday, May 10, to remove blockage from his arteries. The doctors said surgery went well. He is currently in Intensive Care. Prayers asking for God's intervention for a smooth rehabilitation and recovery process would be greatly appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - May 23, 2019 - Dale S. (OH)
Wish this was good news, but without God's intervention, does not look good... just learned this afternoon that Dale fell at some point in the facility where he was being kept and broke his hip.
With a broken hip, the facility now says they cannot care for Dale and will not accept him back. Insurance says it will not cover the costs for a facility that does care for such patients according to Linda S. who has been helping Dale and Mona by handling their financial matters even before all these latest health issues.
At this point their son David also has serious health problems (just diagnosed as having Lymes disease) and is only mobile about 30 minutes or so a day, spending the rest of the time in bed.
Vernon and Marian say they cannot care for both Mona and Dale and are thinking to put Mona in a home for Alzheimer's patients and have Dale stay with them if other arrangements cannot be worked out. I fear that will be the end for Mona, as her thinking seems to be very clear at times and not so much so at others, but clear enough to comprehend she is alone and apart from Dale I am sure, unless they keep her sedated with drugs as I hear is standard practice in some of these facilities.
This is as much as I know to give at this time in order to help our prayers be beaten fine for them both.
May 22, 2019
To all who knew and loved Dale, who is now 81. I talked with his son Vernon yesterday to get an update on his condition:
The stroke ocurred about 10 days ago and he has now been transferred to rehab facility in Urban, OH. He is slowly recovering and is still having some double-vision problems, with headaches. Does not seem to have lost any motor skills, but is having some difficulty in walking due to being very weak along with the vision problems. Doctors seem to feel he should be able to return to his health situation before the stroke with time. Mona, who is suffering from Alzheimers, has moved in with Vernon and Marion in Rosewood, OH.
May 17, 2019
May 17 [from Susan B.] Prayer request for Dale S. [A.C. faculty member in the'70s] (I would guess they OH, but the message had no info other than what posted below):
Al S. says: I just received this message about Dale S. from Neal K.
Just a quick note to say I just learned Mr. S. has had a stroke and the prognosis is that he is continuing to worsen to the point that he has been moved from the hospital to a facility that cares for stroke victims. The children are coming in to move Mona in with Vernon and Mariam. This is all I know at present...

<  >   Prayer Request - May 17, 2019 - Liberty H. (Clinton, MA)
On Saturday, May 11, my [Mark] wife, Emily H., gave birth to Liberty Lynn Ann. During labor, doctors recommended a C-section, which we agreed to. When first taken out, she wasn't breathing, but that was eventually resolved. However, the medical team felt she might have experienced a traumatic event before being born, and I anointed her while procedures were taking place.
An MRI indicated she had suffered a stroke while in the womb, probably caused by a bacterial infection. The damage cannot be undone by medical means; however, a stroke in an infant has a lower chance of long-term impact than in an older child or adult, as a newborn's brain has a greater ability to reorganize itself to work around the damage.
Whether Liberty Lynn will have any inability is hard to say, but the risk of developmental, learning or neurological problems is much higher than birth without complications. She is doing much better physically than when born, but will remain in the ICU for at least several days until antibiotics have completed. We would greatly appreciate your prayers that there are no further complications so that she can be released soon, and that God will heal her from any negative long-term impact.

<  >   Prayer Update - May 16, 2019 - Samuel E. (Burton, South Australia)
Here is a very positive and encouraging update for Samuel from David, Samuel's father: "Today Sam completed his course of "hospital intensive rehabilitation treatment" and he is doing really well. His speech and motor skills are significantly improved and the ICU doctors said this is the best result they have ever seen for his condition. Now that he has been discharged, the medical team treating him (which included dozens of people), have stated that when he was in ICU they did not think he was going to live. I think this really shows God's intervention and the effectiveness of all the prayers received on Sam's behalf. From Shawn, Sam and myself, we thank everyone for all the cards and gifts we have received for Sam. The encouragement which comes from knowing that there are God's people around the world praying for him cannot be stated enough! For Shawn and I this has been such a hard trial and those messages we received gave us such comfort and strength to continue through. We thank God for hearing the prayers of His people and for directly intervening on Sam's behalf. We are also thankful for the blessing that we share a part in God's one big family that He is bringing together."
Apr 7, 2019
Samuel was admitted to hospital again today following a number of seizures. Initial tests indicate Samuel seems to have picked up a virus which has triggered a recurrence of the seizures. Prayers are requested for God's merciful intervention and healing for Samuel and for God's encouragement, strength and comfort for Samuel's parents David and Shawn, as well as the extended family.
Mar 22, 2019
Sam continues to move in the right direction. He did have a seizure last Friday 15th March, but that was the first one in 2 weeks. David & Shawn met with the medical team overseeing Sam's rehabilitation this past Thursday 21st March, and they are impressed with his progress. He should be ok to come home from hospital next Friday 29th March, and will have at least another month of rehab as an outpatient. David & Shawn will be staying in contact with the neurology team as they continue to work to get Sam's medication correct and monitor any seizure activity. The doctors have said they expect this will take a few years. They have advised, that although he is doing well now, he does have FIRES and he could end up back in the persistent seizure condition he previously reached. Great care must be taken that Sam doesn't get sick, tired or too worked up, as these can result in him going into seizure. With regard to Sam's mental condition and the potential impact previous seizures may have had on his brain development, the doctors can't answer where they expect he will get to, they say only time will tell. David, Shawn and the extended family thank you for your prayers for Sam, and request your continued prayers for them all during this very difficult trial.
Mar 8, 2019
Samuel is making good and steady progress every day. He was anointed again last Sabbath, and since then has not experienced any more seizures. He is now able to walk around and play with all of his toys.
He was able to feed himself a few bites of custard this week which is also another milestone in his improvement. He is eating well and regained all the weight he lost through this ordeal. Next week Sam begins intensive rehab, so we are praying for the success of that. He still does not have the controlled fine motor skills and his speech has not yet returned. But he is responding to requests for a cuddle and has said a few muffled words here and there. He also can point to what he wants, most noticeably every bit of food he can see... mainly ice cream.
We have been blessed with a good room for Sam at the hospital, and this together with his slow but steady progress is giving a lot of relief to Shawn and myself. Sam's grandmother Malou is also sharing the load and staying over at the hospital every 2nd night, which is allowing Shawn and I to spend time at home together with our newborn baby Harper. We appreciate the ongoing prayers of the brethren for Sam, and continue to look to God for His healing from any further seizures, the remaining muscle dystonia, and for Sam's mind and speech to be fully restored.
Mar 1, 2019
Sam has continued to show improvement in a couple of area. He is now able to eat, which is wonderful. He is gaining strength in his upper body and continues to be alert and interactive. There are still some challenges however. Sam has experienced a few "absent seizures" over the last couple of days. This is when a person "blanks out" or stares into space for a few seconds. These seizures are not as severe as the previous seizures. They have occurred much less frequently, and only last approximately 10 seconds at a time. Nevertheless they are still having an impact. Also, there remains some slight "muscle dystonia" - not as significant as previously - but still some light periodic movement. And Sam still needs some assistance with walking. Thank you for your continued prayers for God's intervention, healing and encouragement through this time.
Feb 25, 2019
There is very positive news for Samuel! Below is an update from Sam's father David:
"God has answered everyone's prayer for healing of Sam! After spending most of last week having a seizure every 10 minutes, the added complication of muscle dystonia, and not sleeping for 4 days, Sam had his last seizure at 4:00 am on Sabbath morning. It is now Tuesday and he is at day 3 without seizure and getting a lot of much needed sleep. The doctors don't know why the sudden improvement and cannot explain it, and the nurses are calling it a miracle! He has been moved out from ICU and into a general ward where he is expected to be for a few weeks. He will need to go through rehabilitation to learn to walk, eat and speak again. Although he is extremely weak at the moment and tired after having more than 1000 seizures in the previous 3 weeks, Sam is now able to sit up in bed by himself and is interactive, alert and responsive. Doctors have cautioned us this may be only a temporary reprieve and they need to monitor his condition for at least another 3 months. We continue to ask everyone for their prayers to God for continued healing on Sam and also a prayer of gratitude and thanks for God's mercy and intervention."
Feb 22, 2019
It continues to be a very difficult and challenging trial for Sam, his parents David & Shawn, and his extended family and loved ones. Doctors began bringing Sam out from sedation this past week, and found that he had a collapsed lung, had acquired a viral infection, and was unable to maintain his body temperature. This was very discouraging for all. Once out of sedation Sam began to experience seizures again, although not as many as immediately before sedation. As of today, Friday 22nd February, doctors have introduced more medication into his treatment regime in an attempt to get the seizures and a newly developed condition called "muscle dystonia" under control. "Muscle dystonia" is a neurological disorder that causes muscles in the body to contract or spasm involuntarily. This is currently a bigger issue than the seizures, as Sam can no longer sleep due to the constant involuntary movement which also opens his eyes. At this stage doctors are planning to continue their treatment of the diagnosed F.I.R.E.S. condition. This continues to be an extremely difficult physical and emotional trial for everyone involved. Your continued prayers, beseeching God's merciful intervention, are greatly appreciated.
Feb 14, 2019
Doctors treating Sam took the step to fully sedate him on Tuesday 12th February. Since then they have steadily increased the dosage of anti-seizure medications. The combination of the increased anti-seizure medication plus Sam being fully sedated has resulted in him no longer seizing. Doctors plan to bring him out of sedation on Sunday 17th February, and then start to 'balance out' all the medications to identify the bare minimum medication level Sam can function on. The treating neurologist and doctors and have advised his condition, which is called F.I.R.E.S, is extremely difficult to treat or manage as it is also extremely rare. F.I.R.E.S means Febrile Infection-Related Epilepsy Syndrome, which strikes a healthy child with no history of epilepsy completely out of the blue, essentially overloading the brain. In many cases this syndrome results in death, however even survivors of F.I.R.E.S often have very serious and debilitating ongoing health complications.
Sam's parents David and Shawn, together with the extended family, request your continued prayer to God on behalf of Sam for healing. We know Sam is in God's hands, and only by God's divine healing can Sammy be restored.
Feb 12, 2019
Prayers are requested on behalf of 2.5 year old Samuel E. of the Adelaide, South Australia congregation. In the early hours of Monday morning 4th February, Sammy had 2 seizures at home. The second seizure caused him to stop breathing. An ambulance was called to take him to the hospital where he had several more seizures. Blood cultures were taken and an MRI and CT scan were performed. Sammy was also checked for infection. Results were all clear yet the seizures continued. On the following days Sammy continued to experience numerous seizures. On Thursday 7th February he was transferred to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for 24-hour nursing care and observation. He had an EEG done which revealed that his seizures are "multi-focal" which means the brain electrical pulses were firing from both sides of the brain simultaneously. The situation is very serious because the seizures are varied and unpredictable which makes it extremely difficult for the medical team to assess and treat. Sammy has had no history of seizures and up until his first seizure was a happy and vibrant 2.5 year old boy.
Over the last few days Sammy's health has deteriorated significantly to where he is now experiencing seizures almost constantly - over 150 seizures per day. Doctors call this Status Epilepticus. They have now put in a breathing tube and a constant feed on a sedative to try and break the cycle of seizures. The top neurological team have been appointed to care for Sammy and have stated their "priority 1" is to stop the seizures and "priority 2" is to find the cause. They are testing for autoimmune diseases and for incredibly rare seizure diseases.
Sammy has been anointed and his father David and mother Shawn continue to look to God as our Healer. God knows how He created us and He knows and promises to be our Healer - whether He chooses to work through the doctors or directly intervene with His divine power to restore Sammy to full health. Prayers are requested for God's merciful intervention and healing upon Sammy and for God's strength and wisdom for his parents David and Shawn, who are managing their vigil at Sammy's bedside in conjunction with caring for their newborn daughter, Harper. Prayers are also requested for the extended family at this very difficult time.

<  >   Prayer Request - May 10, 2019 - Edgar W. (Nipissing, ON, Canada)
Prayers are requested for Edgar W. and his wife, Vivian, members of the North Bay, Ontario, congregation. Edgar has suffered from several battles with cancer over the years and recently was diagnosed with leukemia. Doctors are recommending a strong course of chemotherapy and the couple are seeking God's wisdom in order to proceed. Vivian was recently baptized, and she and Edgar are trusting God to lead them through this trial.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 19, 2019 - Anita K. (St. Cloud, MN)
Anita had her surgery last Wednesday to remove what looked to be a nodule in her lung. The surgery went great and it was determined to be non-cancerous. Thank you for your prayers. God answered!
Apr 12, 2019
Anita had her surgery on Wednesday to remove what looked to be a nodule in her lung. The surgery went great. The surgeon doesn't believe it is cancer, but rather an infection. She and Vern are waiting for the lab results before they know for sure. They appreciate your prayers.
Apr 5, 2019
Anita did not have her surgery this week. She was half way to Abbott when the doctor called to cancel. The nurse had not told Anita to stay off her blood thinner medication for 3 days prior. So surgery at Abbot Northwestern Hospital to remove a nodule in her lung has been rescheduled for April 10. She was very happy to receive the get well card from the congregation, and thanks you all very much.
Nov 10, 2017
Anita saw her doctor on Monday. The biopsy of the nodules in her lungs was inconclusive. But the doctor believes they are not cancerous, and recommended a follow-up in 90 days. Anita and Vern would like to thank the brethren for your prayers, e-mails, phone calls and letters.
Nov 3, 2017
The mass in Anita's abdomen was not cancerous. They did not have to remove any of her colon as it was not attached to the mass. They did remove her uterus. A biopsy was taken from the nodules in her lungs, and results will not be known until Monday. Please pray that are not cancerous. The doctor is optimistic that they won't be. Anita was released from the hospital on Friday. Thank you for your prayers.
Oct 24, 2017
Prayers are requested for Anita K. Anita had an appointment with the Oncology Clinic at Abbott Hospital on Monday.She has a mass in her abdomen and nodules in her lungs. Surgery is scheduled for Tuesday of next week at Abbott. We won't know until after surgery whether it is cancerous or not. Thank you for your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Request - Apr 15, 2019 - Jakob Z. (Muntinlupa City, Philippines)
Zisa G. who attends UCG in Manila, requests prayers of the brethren for the full recovery of her 17-month old son Jakob Z. who developed a fever on April 7 and the following day was hospitalized when he started experiencing convulsions. A series of tests were conducted until he was diagnosed with pneumonia. Please pray for the complete recovery of Jakob.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 11, 2019 - Zanetta W. (Hudson, WI)
Great news! Andy and Lisa wanted me to let you know that Children's Hospital in Minneapolis confirmed today that Zanetta DOES NOT have cystic fibrosis.
The family are very relieved and want to thank us all for our prayers.
Mar 22, 2019
Andy and Lisa W. are requesting our prayers on behalf of their newborn daughter. They were just notified that Zanetta's early screening is revealing a positive for cystic fibrosis. This is an early test and she will have to be retested when she is one month old to confirm this. As this does not run in either family, they are praying that this will be found out to be a false positive.
They would like us to ask God to remove any hint of any illness from Zanetta and that the next test would confirm that she is in perfect health.

<  >   Prayer Request - Apr 5, 2019 - Vernon H. (Hammond, IN)
Vernon H's [retired pastor] health has steadily declined since the death of his wife, DeLee, and he is now in late stage Alzheimer's disease. The family would like your prayers for God to heal him, if He chooses; or if this is his time for death, that it would come peacefully and with dignity. Vern has moved twice since his first placement in a care facility and he is now living with his son, Mike. Your prayers are appreciated for the family, as they will need to make difficult decisions about his care very soon.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 5, 2019 - Alyssa D. (Columbia, MO)
Alyssa had surgery March 27 to remove tumors and perform a hysterectomy. The surgery went well, removing all tumors on her ovary as well as outside of her uterus. The doctor checked all surrounding organs which looked normal. The tumors were tested and were found negative for cancer. She was released from the hospital Friday, March 29. She will continue to have checkups and blood work completed every six months with her oncologist to be sure that her levels are normal. Alyssa and Kyle would like to thank everyone for their prayers, cards, CDs, encouragement and love during this time.
Mar 15, 2019
Kyle and Alyssa D. are requesting prayers on behalf of Alyssa. After a recent ultrasound, masses were discovered on her left ovary, as the right ovary was removed a few years ago due to similar findings. One of the tumors has a hard mass which really concerns the doctors. It is thought best to have everything removed due to the fear of more tumors growing back. Alyssa is scheduled for a full hysterectomy March 27. Your prayers for God's intervention, healing and speedy recovery are greatly appreciated.
May 6, 2016 - Alyssa D.
Kyle and Alyssa D. and family would like to thank everyone for their prayers concerning her recent surgery on May 2. The surgery went well, and they removed a large tumor that had grown around the right ovary and fallopian tube. The left ovary also had a little growth on it, so they removed the growth without any problems. On Thursday, May 5, she got the results of the biopsy. The good news is that the tumor is not cancerous. It is called a borderline tumor which can have several different outcomes, which the doctors will be watching. Alyssa will spend the next several weeks recovering. Kyle and Alyssa are very grateful to everyone for the love, prayers and support. They have no doubt that without the support of God's people they would have had a much more difficult time mentally, emotionally and physically enduring this trial! Please continue to pray for Alyssa's complete healing.

<  >   Prayer Update - Mar 29, 2019 - Tom B. (Eau Claire, WI)
Tom would like to thank you for all the cards and prayers. He is doing much better, and no longer needs to wear the neck collar. The doctor is decreasing his medications and he is now able to drive a little. He is still required to lift no more than 10 lbs., and will begin physical therapy next week. He plans to return to work on April 29.
Mar 15, 2019
While at work Wednesday, Tom B. fell and was seriously injured. The River Falls ER doctor thinks he is suffering from extreme whiplash. He is currently at Regions Hospital in St. Paul undergoing tests and being treated by a spine specialist. Thankfully there are no broken bones or bleeding on his brain. But he is suffering pain in his upper extremities, but is in good spirits. They are still waiting to learn what is wrong and how it will be treated. Please pray God will intervene with the pain, and that there are no long term implications.
UPDATE - Tom was feeling better Friday and expected to return home later in the afternoon. He is still in pain from the affect of the fall to his upper nervous system, but he is expected to recover. Thank you for your prayers.
May 22, 2015
Many of you are aware that Tom had fallen a couple of times last week and was admitted to Region's Hospital in St. Paul in the early hours last Monday morning. The Doctors ran several tests and concluded that he had a TIA (mini stroke). The good news is that there are no remaining symptoms and they sent him home with only some lifestyle changes. Tom is doing much better. Thank you for your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Mar 29, 2019 - Rita T. (Bethlehem, PA)
Rita is home and recuperating from the trials of her recent surgery and the passing of her mother Alice. Here is an update from Rita:
"All drainage tubes have been removed, there is no more infection in the abdomen, no more antibiotics and the side effects to the medication are also subsiding. And finally, the taste for water and food is coming back, although I eat very little at a time. The desire for food is still limited but I am seeing that as a positive blessing out of all this--I certainly don't need to gain too much weight.
"I would also like to pass on that I can now look back and see God's hand in all this. It was truly a fiery trial of helplessness, having to totally depend on Him for not just my care but my mother's. With me out of the way (and sometimes I do need to get out of the way, only God knows!), it gave my brother and his children a chance to emotionally draw closer to our mother and share their love with her in her last days. It was an incredible blessing for me to watch and enjoy.
"I want to thank EVERYONE for the incredible outpouring of love through the many, many cards, phone calls, emails and heartfelt prayers of brethren around the world and close to home. Our prayers were answered, perhaps not in a way we expected, but our Father knew what was best. His ways are higher and wiser than ours. I am also reminded that, although I am alone, I am not. I am part of a very large and special family of our Father and His Son, as we all are. Please continue to pray for my complete healing to gain strength and endurance. My next surgeon appointment is April 3. Hopefully he will permit me to drive and begin aquatic therapy. May the peace and grace of our Father and His Son be with all of you."
Mar 1, 2019
Although the surgery for Rita went well on Monday, February 18 she remained on the nasogastric tube until Sunday, February 26. When removed she had no desire for food since anything she drank or ate tasted foul. She still has one abdominal drain which is being left in as she may have an abdominal infection. She is on IV fluids and antibiotics which has their own set of negative side effects. On Sunday, Alice became so weak she could not sit on edge of bed and was not able to express herself. She was taken to the ER and was diagnosed with UTI, dehydration, anemia and stage 4 metastatic cancer with unknown origins. She never complained of pain and still does not but it is obvious she has some pain. She is being provided care at the hospital and once the oncologist has the tests results they will know better the type of metastatic cancer and her prognosis.
Plans are in progress to place Alice in a nursing home with hospice. The nursing home is also agreeable to Rita being placed in skilled rehab/wound care and put them in the same room. Rita and Alice would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of God's love through the many cards, phone calls and visits. Please keep Rita in prayer for complete healing and His peace to cover them both as they face these challenges together with the greater family of our Messiah.
Feb 20, 2019
Rita had her surgery on Monday and overall the surgery was successful. They were able to remove the scar tissue and repair other parts of her intestines and stomach muscle. They were not able to fully repair her stomach muscle and so there will be some more challenges with that. She will be in the hospital for around a week recovering before she can go home and begin therapy at home while being with her mother, Alice. Rita is in quite a bit of pain and please continue to pray that her body heals correctly from the surgery and that the pain can decrease. Through this all Alice has been pretty anxious and depressed about Rita and concerned for her health, so please also continue to pray for Alice to have comfort during this time as well. They wanted to thank everyone so much for the prayers, cards, and love they have received as well.
Feb 12, 2019
As the time approaches, please continue to keep Rita in your prayers for miraculous healing and if the surgery is needed, that it be her last. Also, please keep both Rita and her mother Alice in your prayers that the grace and peace of our heavenly Father and His Son will be with them during this difficult trial. Below is an update from Rita regarding herself and her mother.
"There are so many miracles I cannot begin to list them all. So far the very limited diet is working and I am not having any pain, although I am tired at times. I did meet with the general surgeon and the surgery date is set for Monday February 18. The surgery is still expected to last 3-5 hours by two surgeons with a 5-7 day hospital stay. God's mercy, love and miraculous intervention has been overwhelming as I was able to finalize the schedule of caregivers, two shifts per day - day and night. A system is in place to coordinate the activity of care for my mother, Alice. Some of these new private caregivers have clinical training and experience which is a plus as Alice is struggling emotionally with the upcoming surgery for me. She continues to be a little depressed and with that comes some physical issues that the private caregivers are able to handle. She also has a problem with expressing herself as she knows what to say but cannot find the words but she is getting better. We are already starting the full daily and nightly shifts so that Mom and the caregivers can develop a relationship that is needed while I am in the hospital.
"I have also been able to arrange with her doctor to place her on a visiting nurse practitioner program for the homebound elderly which starts Tuesday, Feb 12. Please pray that we will have no snow so that the nurse and caregivers can keep their appointments. My mother and I cannot say how humbling it has been to receive so many cards from brethren in so many church areas. The outpouring of God's love through all of His people has been very uplifting. We enjoy reading the messages and names of the brethren."
Jan 19, 2019
Rita T. of the Bethlehem congregation has been struggling with an inherited inflammatory illness since birth. It creates scar tissue or adhesions which can affect digestion. During the past 5-6 years she has been struggling with small bowel blockages but with God's intervention and the patience of her surgeon, there has been success in dealing with these conservatively most of the time. About two years ago, there were two blockage that required surgery. The surgery also revealed a mass that had necrotized the appendix. No cancer was found. Rita has been hospitalized twice in the last 30 days and a cat scan revealed that the beginning of the large bowel has been displaced into the right upper quadrant (it should be in lower right quadrant). As a result, the end of the small bowel is abnormally twisted within the right lateral side of the abdomen. This makes the passage of food very difficult. Rita is thus on a very limited diet. She is meeting with her surgeon Tuesday, Jan 22 to set a date for surgery in early February. The surgery may last 3-5 hours with a 5-7 day hospital stay because the surgeon will also take care of some abdominal hernias that resulted from the previous surgery.
To complicate matters, Rita has been the 24/7 caregiver for her mother, Alice, who is 88 and blind. Up until a month ago Alice was independent in moving about the house. She also had an excellent memory and required only minimal hired-aide support. However, she suffered a UTI about a month ago which has affected her mobility and mental status. She experiences fear and anxiety when Rita is not at home. Rita is trying to coordinate round-the-clock aide support before the surgery date.
Please keep Rita in your prayers for miraculous healing and if the surgery is needed, that it will be her last. Also, please keep both Alice and Rita in your prayers so that the grace and peace of our heavenly Father and His Son will be with them during this difficult trial.

<  >   Prayer Request - Mar 29, 2019 - Mark C. (San Angelo, TX)
We (Tim and Cathy C.) would like to request prayers for our oldest son, Mark, age 35, for a health condition that may become life threatening over time. Mark has been residing at San Angelo Assisted Living Center in West Texas for almost 17 years. He is ambulatory but autistic, non-verbal and low functioning. He has recently developed a serious condition of aspirating on some of the food and liquids he consumes daily. The epiglottis is not functioning properly, such that a partial amount of what he swallows can enter his lungs instead of his stomach. In addition, his gag reflex which would normally trigger, has been degraded to the point it doesn't respond the majority of the time. There is the potential danger of him contracting pneumonia and succumbing to suffocation if the lungs become seriously compromised.
The staff doctor's primary suggestion was to insert a PIC line (permanent feeding tube). Mark does not understand this health issue and would not tolerate the PIC line. Besides, this would greatly impact his quality of life because he could no longer eat and drink, something that he loves to do and does well. We are still exploring other more viable options. The family requests your prayers that he remains in otherwise good health, that it be God's will to protect him from serious harm as God has done for him all of his life to this point. We do appreciate your prayers on Mark's behalf.

<  >   Prayer Request - Mar 29, 2019 - Sally C. (Lynchburg, VA)
John C. a member of the Roanoke congregation requests prayer for his wife Sally, age 86. She has fallen several times in the past year. Last week she fell and broke a pelvic bone. She was in the hospital and now is in rehab. She is not eating. John goes to the center twice daily to try to get her to eat. Please pray for Sally's healing and to be able to return home. John could also use your prayers to be strengthened during this difficult time.

<  >   Prayer Update - Mar 27, 2019 - John B. (Bardstown, KY)
Prayers are requested for John, a member attending in Louisville. About a year ago he had problems with a blockage in his urinary tract. The operation then was quite complicated and painful due to the fact that it would not heal and they struggled managing the blood flow due to the combination of meds to thin his blood.
Last weekend the problem re-surfaced. At times John urinated pure blood and once or twice blood clots. The urologist stated the this was due to scar tissue, which needs to be corrected. He is scheduled to be hospitalized on April 5th for an operation on April 9th. Please pray that it may go well and that there may not be any complications. Thank you in advance for your prayers.
Sep 1, 2017
John was finally released from the hospital after various procedures and he thanks everyone for their prayers and cards. God has intervened in His great mercy for John. He and his wife Ann are extremely grateful for God's intervention and all the kindness shown by the brethren. John wrote: "I just got out of the hospital last night after 22 days. I spent the great eclipse on an operating table and did not see a second of it. I had an infected pacemaker pocket, so a temporary pacemaker was fitted and then after other procedures, a permanent one was installed. I was told would be difficult and risky. After three days (since the last procedure) and many transfusions I was well enough to go home. I am still having my blood adjusted and have to give myself shots of a medicine every twelve hours. If all goes well, I plan to be at services this Sabbath."
Aug 23, 2017
Prayers are requested for John B. of the Louisville/Lexington congregation. John has been admitted to the Jewish Hospital in Louisville because of recurring problems on his skin where his pacemaker was located. The pacemaker was removed a week ago and new pacemaker needs to be installed on the other side of his chest. However the removal of the old wires was quite difficult and he has been bleeding extensively on that wound. He has had to have many blood transfusions because of great loss of blood. The wound is still open. Please pray that God may intervene for his wound to heal speedily so that a new pacemaker may be installed and he may go home soon.

<  >   Prayer Update - Mar 26, 2019 - Betty R. (Twin Cities, MN)
Mom went through surgery today and the blockage was removed and the two sections of the colon were successfully reattached. The cancer has not spread to the surrounding tissue. She will remain in the hospital for 3 or 4 more days. There is a 5% chance that complications may arise.
Your prayers are greatly appreciated.
Mar 24, 2019
Betty will be going into 6 hours of surgery beginning at 7:45 a.m. this morning to have a section of her colon removed where doctors believe a tumor has been abstructing her bowel. She is requesting our prayers that God would strengthen her and make the procedure successful. Also, that He would comfort and strengthen Cynthia, Tom, Stephanie, and the whole family throughout the day.
Mar 22, 2019
Mom had a stint successfully placed at the blockage allowing relief of the pressure that had built up in the colon and small intestine. The cancer, confirmed, will be removed when the colon is cleared which will be next week sometime. She is going to have the tumor (blockage) cut out by removing a section (10 inches) of the descending colon on the left side. We don't know the extent of cancer beyond that at this time. It may be localized to the blockage. When she has surgery, on Monday, they will be able to get a better assessment. Her pain has been reduced because the pressure has been released.
Please keep Betty and the family in your prayers.
Mar 19, 2019
Betty went into the emergency room at Methodist Hospital yesterday due to extreme pain. She had a CT scan done today, and a mass blockage was detected at 30 cm from the rectum that was causing a backup all the way up through the colon and small intestine. A colonoscopy is scheduled for tomorrow to determine the nature of the mass, but cancer is suspected and surgery is being recommended to remove the blockage.
Cynthia, Tom and Stephanie are requesting our prayers for God's healing of their mother and whatever is causing the blockage, that it would not be cancer.
Mar 9, 2019
Betty called to ask for our prayers. She is having severe pain today from a bowel blockage issue that she has been battling for some time. She is unable to eat and the pain is so intense that she can't even lie down. Please ask that God would take away her pain, heal her of this affliction, and give her strength to endure.
Dec 29, 2018
Betty is asking for our prayers that God would remove the pain she has been having from blood clots in her lungs, a bowel blockage, and the after effects of pneumonia. She was up all night and would like to avoid going to the hospital again as her previous visits have not helped her.
Please ask God for her healing.
Nov 27, 2018
Our prayers are being requested for Betty R. She was admitted into Methodist hospital very early this morning and was diagnosed with pneumonia and blood clots in the lungs. She had very little rest last night and is struggling with pain. Please ask God to intervene for her healing and comfort.

<  >   Prayer Update - Mar 22, 2019 - Anna B. (Mauk, GA)
It has been determined that Anna B.'s stomach cancer has progressed. The lining of her lungs are thick with it and fluid has been and continually needs to be removed from around her lungs. This fluid is largely full of cancer as well. Her pain levels have increased significantly and she will likely have a drain tube inserted for regular drainage that would allow her to go home. She will also need to be on oxygen as she gets winded very easily due to the advancing disease. Anna is very thankful for all the prayers and the cards, from which she has drawn strength. Discussions with hospice will take place soon to focus on the steps ahead. Thank you again for continuing to ask God for His will and intervention.
Feb 22, 2019
Tom and Anna B., members in the Macon, Georgia, congregation, are requesting prayers as Anna continues to deal with the effects of stomach cancer. While she has been able to continue a fairly normal lifestyle the past fifteen months since diagnosis, and has responded well to the chemotherapy, the cancer has now metastasized to the spine, and for the past couple of months has been causing a great deal of pain. Anna is scheduled to begin radiation treatments on Monday with the hopes that they will reduce the cancerous lesions on the bones and relieve the pain. We appreciate your prayers for a good response to the treatments with no unwanted side effects, while we wait for God's complete healing.

<  >   Prayer Update - Mar 22, 2019 - Wayne W. (Gladstone, MO)
My [Mark] father, Wayne W., has improved greatly over the past couple of weeks. He was admitted into a skilled nursing/rehabilitation facility in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 7. Over the past week and a half his speech has improved and is back to normal. They were able to remove his feeding tube on March 10 and he's now on a full diet. They've been having him walk every day to develop the strength in his legs and it appears he will be able to go into assisted living, with his wife, Janet, in the next few weeks. God is so loving and merciful! Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers, cards and letters.
Mar 8, 2019
On behalf of the entire family, we would like to express our thanks to everyone for their prayers, cards and concern for my father's condition. He has improved a lot since last Friday. After he was given antibiotics for several days for a UTI, he started to wake up and become more alert. Each day this week we have seen improvement. He was able to get his restraints off on Monday and he was very happy about that.
He was given another swallow test on Tuesday. He didn't pass but is improving. They will continue the tube feedings for now but speech therapy is working with him to strengthen his throat muscles. He will be released from the hospital today and will be transferred to Kansas City to a Skilled Nursing Facility where they will continue to work with him. The outpouring of love has been overwhelming and extremely encouraging. We wish to thank everyone for the tremendous response during this health trial. We continue in faith, looking to God for his full and complete healing.
Mar 1, 2019
My family is asking for prayers for my [Mark W.] father, Wayne W., who attends with my mother, Janet, in the Springfield, Missouri, congregation. On Sunday, Feb. 17, while shopping with my mother, he fell and hit his head on the concrete floor, knocking him basically unconscious. 911 was called and he was rushed to the emergency room 70 miles away in Springfield. That evening he was taken to ICU in the neurology section of the hospital. They ran several CAT scans to find out if he had a stroke, but the results were inconclusive. The neurologist did say he had several damaged areas in the frontal lobe of his brain, which controls most or all of the body's motor functions. He is not able to drink or swallow on his own without aspirating so they've inserted a feeding tube into his stomach. He was moved to a regular hospital room on Wednesday, Feb. 20.
He is very agitated at times and struggles to talk and comprehend what is going on or where he is. The last several days he had to be restrained because he tries to remove his IV, feeding tube or anything else that he is connected to. He seems to get better on some days but then gets worse on others. We pray that he will recover well enough to be transferred to a Skilled Nursing Facility in Kansas City, Missouri, so he and my mother can be cared for by the family. We know that God can intervene and heal him at any time. Your prayers for my father and our entire family would be appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Mar 15, 2019 - Jan W. (Willmar, MN)
Jan is now back home, after surrering another episode of gastroparesis. She spent time in a rehab facility after being released from the hospital, and is feeling much better. She appreciates all of your prayers.
Feb 22, 2019
Jan was in the hospital this week, with another episode of gastroparesis. She is feeling much better after receiving treatment and being given IV fluids. She is now able to eat again, and plans to be transferred to a nursing home for a few days of rehab before returning home. Jan asked me to let you know that she really appreciates your prayers.
Jul 13, 2018
Jan continues to suffer from occasional bouts of Gastroparesis, which affect her ability to move food through her stomach. She would appreciate your continued prayers.
Jan 26, 2017
Jan has been suffering bouts with digestive problems for months. The food she eats just doesn't pass through her digestive system. She had an IV last Friday, after suffering another episode, and she has been much better this week. She's struggled late this week with headaches, but hopes to attend church this Sabbath. She is very grateful for all your prayers.
Nov 24, 2017
Jan is having digestive troubles again. Each time it gets better, then it comes back. She has been feeling a little better for a couple of days. Please pray it would improve, and that it doesn't continue to recur.
Sep 15, 2017
Jan was having more digestive problems this week, but was better Friday. The problem seems to come and go. Your prayers are still appreciated.
Sep 7, 2017
Jan is feeling much better. She is able to digest food again, and her latest eye exam went well. Her good eye is still doing well, and the other has not gotten any worse. Jan is very thankful for all your prayers, and very much believes God has intervened to help.
Aug 26, 2017
Jan has been struggling again with digestive issues for about two week. The doctor believes her diabetes might be causing the food not continue through the digestive system, so she is unable to keep much food down. She saw the doctor on Monday, and thought she would be well by now. She is better, but not well yet. She appreciates your prayers very much.
Jul 14, 2017
Jan was feeling worse again this week. Jan has been sick for several weeks with digestive issues. She wasn't able to keep food down. The doctor believes her diabetes might be causing the food not continue through the digestive system. Your prayers are appreciated.
Jul 8, 2017
Jan has been sick for several weeks with digestive issues. She wasn't able to keep food down. The doctor believes her diabetes might be causing the food not continue through the digestive system. She was given a medication that is supposed to help. She has been slowly getting better.Your prayers are appreciated.
Nov 11, 2016
Jan had another shot in her eye this week. Last time the doctor said her eye had gotten a little worse, but this time he said it was looking better. This was good news indeed. Jan really appreciates all the brethren's prayers.
Jul 15, 2016
Jan had another eye injection this week. The good news is that her eye is doing better, and the fluid pressure was not as high. The doctor said she would not have to come back for 3 months. Jan would like to thank you all very much. God has answered your prayers.
May 20, 2016
Jan had another eye injection this week. The doctor said there seemed to be improvement this time. Jan agreed and said that she has noticed a slight improvement. She attributes it to answered prayer, and really appreciates all the brethren's prayers.
Sep 18, 2015
Jan had another eye injection this week. Thankfully there has been improvement since her last doctor visit. Thank you for your prayers.
Jul 18, 2015
Jan's eye doctor is losing confidence that the eye injections are going to be able to help. There was no improvement the last visit. She had another injection, and might have one more, but unless the doctor sees some improvement, there may be nothing more they can do. Please pray that God would intervene and Jan can retain her sight.
Jul 10, 2015
Jan will see her eye doctor on 13th for another injection and to see how her eyes are doing. Your prayers are appreciated.
Jul 3, 2015
There was some concern about Jan's lab results, so she was sent to have more tests. The doctor has become concerned that she might have bone cancer. Initial tests and scan came back negative. But the doctor wants her to have a bone marrow biopsy as well. This will take place on July 8th. She won't know the results until about twenty days later. Also, Jan will see her eye doctor on 13th for another injection and to see how her eyes are doing. Your prayers for both concerns are appreciated.
Jun 12, 2015
Jan had another appointment with the eye doctor this week. Her left eye is no better, but her right eye is a little better. This was good news. She again had injections in both eyes and will return in about five weeks. This week she was also diagnosed with neuropathy and restless leg syndrome. Jan is very thankful for all your prayers, and for God's intervention to help her vision in her right eye.
May 8, 2015
Jan went for another checkup with her eye doctor earlier this week. He found that there is still a slow seepage of blood. He gave her another injection that is supposed to help, but they have not been successful thus far. Jan really appreciates your continued prayers for her eyesight.
Apr 24, 2015
Jan will be seeing the eye doctor on May 5th. The doctor will check to see if the bleeding has stopped, and give her another injection if it is necessary. Jan really appreciates your continued prayers for her eye sight.
Apr 3, 2015 Jan will have another eye injection on the 30th. The doctor has indicated that the treatment doesn't seem to be resolving the problem and her eye continues to bleed. This is very serious and will affect her ability to see. Jan knows that God can heal her, and appreciates your prayers that He would.
Feb 27, 2015
Jan is seeing a little better and is able to do a little reading and writing. But the doctor says she will need another injection in about 5 weeks. Jan wants you to know she appreciates your continued prayers.
Jan 17, 2014
Jan received more injections in her eyes Wednesday. The doctor believes he's done all that can be done at this point. Time will tell if the injections help. Jan realizes that her sight is in God's hands at this point. Please pray God helps her retain her sight so she can read and write. She really does appreciate your prayers.
Jan 9, 2015
Jan and her husband are finally over the flu virus that has been with them the past few weeks. They would like to thank you all for your prayers. It hit them particularly hard. Jan went to the eye doctor on Monday and received laser treatment and an injection in her eyes. The laser treatment has made her sight very blurry so she cannot read, but that should get better. She also has to stay out of the sun for five days. Wednesday she'll receive more injections. Please pray God helps her retain her sight so she can read and write.
Dec 5, 2014
Jan was sick with a kind of flu virus and got better. The her husband cought it and was in the hospital for three days. He is better and returning home Friday afternoon, but Jan feels like she is getting sick again. Please pray she and her husband get better.
Dec 5, 2014
Jan recently saw her eye doctor and received injections in both eyes. She now has permanent damage, and distorted vision in her left eye. Her right eye is starting to bleed again, and she has some distortion in that eye too. Your continued prayers are appreciated.
Aug 23, 2014
Jan's eye's stopped bleeding and are doing much better. Jan would like to thank you for your prayers. God heard and answered! Jan is very thankful for that.
Aug 16, 2014
Both of Jan's eyes have begun to bleed again. This could have serious consequences for her sight. Please pray that God intervenes to stop the bleeding. Jan appreciates your prayers and knows they are helpful.
Jun 20, 2014
Jan's eyes are better. The bleeding has stopped. Her sight is still affected, but it's very good that the bleeding is under control. Thank you for your prayers! Jan will have additional treatments to make sure the bleeding doesn't start up again. Please pray God prevents that from happening, and helps her sight become clearer.
Apr 25, 2014
Jan had another laser procedure on her left eye on Friday. It was done to help stop the slow bleed that she has in that eye. Jan appreciates your prayers very much, and knows they have helped.
Feb 7, 2014
Jan's vision is still distorted but she believes her left eye is getting a little better. She'll go back in for another evaluation in March. Her eye has been slowly bleeding on the inside. She would like to thank you all for your prayers.
Jan 24, 2013
Jan is requesting prayers for her left eye. It is still bleeding inside, although slowly, and this is causing her vision to be blurred. Please pray the bleeding stops, the blood dissolves, and her vision improves. Her right eye is doing well. She would like to thank you all for your prayers.
Nov 15, 2013 Jan's left eye began to bleed last week and she had to go immediately to the hospital to have it treated. It seems to be healing well. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Nov 6, 2013
Jan is requesting prayers. Her left eye has begun to bleed and she has gone to the hospital to have it treated this afternoon. If it cannot be stopped, she could lose sight in that eye. Thank you for your prayers that the bleeding will stop and she'll retain her eyesight.
Nov 1, 2013
Following the death of her son Mark, Jan writes, "Your sympathy and thoughtfulness will always be gratefully remembered and deeply appreciated. Thanks for the beautiful flowers, love, and concern - and prayers."
Oct 25, 2013
Jan would like to thank everyone for your prayers, cards, and flowers. It has been a great comfort to her after the death of her son, Mark.
Oct 18, 2013
Jan's son, Mark, died unexpectedly on Monday night. The cause is not yet known. He had undergone successful hip surgery a few months back. He might have developed pneumonia on Monday. Mark has been living at Jan's home, and died in his room.
Mark's adult children set the funeral for this Saturday at 1 p.m. It will be held at the Harvey Anderson Funeral Home, in Wilmer, MN.
Please remember Jan and her family in your prayers.
Also, Jan wanted me to let you all know that the eye doctor said the pressure in her eye is back to normal. She thanks you for your prayers in that regard.
Oct 11, 2013
Jan is still recovering well from knee surgery. She had cataract surgery earlier in the week, and it went fine. There is some Glaucoma pressure that the doctor is concerned about. Please pray that the Glaucoma goes away so she doesn't have to be treated for that. Jan appreciates your prayers very much.
Oct 4, 2013
Jan had knee surgery on the 1st. Doctors repaired a torn Meniscus. Her knee is sore, but she was able to walk on it today. Her eye surgery will be on Tuesday, October 8th. Jan says your prayers have been very helpful and she appreciates them very much.
Sep 13, 2013 Jan's eye is doing better, and the eye doctor says she can go ahead with cataract surgery, which is scheduled now for October 8th. Her knee is also feeling better. She'll be having knee surgery on October 1st. Jan says your prayers have been very helpful, and she appreciates your prayers for her upcoming surgeries.
Jul 12, 2013
Her son, Mark, had hip replacement surgery next week, and it went well. He is home and walking around. Jan would like to thank you all for your prayers.
Jul 6, 2013
Jan is doing better, and is able to walk around, but still has some pain. She is requesting prayers for her son, Mark, who'll have total hip replacement surgery next week. He is only 49. The arthritis is very bad. He'll eventually have to have the other hip replaced as well.
May 31, 2013
The arthritis in Jan's knee flared up this week and is causing a great deal of pain. Tests were run this week revealing the arthritis, and possible compression. She had a CAT scan today and is awaiting the results. Your prayers are appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Mar 15, 2019 - Florante S. (Bacolod City, Philippines)
Philipino pastor Florante S.'s speech is back to normal and he's on a full diet now, after suffering a stroke on March 3rd. He got to go home today and is in high spirits. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. Our family really appreciates them.
Mar 8, 2019
On Sunday, March 3, we brought Florante S., a pastor in the Philippines, to a hospital for a checkup. His daughter (and my wife), Florlin, noticed slurred speech and a feeling of weakness on his part that morning. He underwent a CAT scan and they found he had a wound on his brain but fortunately no internal bleeding. The doctors determined he had a stroke and he was admitted to the hospital immediately. Although he seems to be in a stable condition, he is having a hard time finding the right words to express himself. Also, he is being fed liquefied food through a tube in his nose to avoid choking. The doctors have asked Florlin to monitor him closely as they expect his health will most likely deteriorate further. The family requests prayers for his speedy and full recovery.
Mar 13, 2015
I would like to send heartfelt gratitude and thanks to all who prayed for the success of my prostate surgery. The operation did not take place because of God's merciful intervention. On Feb. 13, I was admitted to the hospital and was prepared and briefed regarding the surgery. My cardiologist and I discussed whether or not the timing was right. He warned me that my heart may not be fit and could collapse when anesthesia was given, and that he could not take part in the operation and then take the blame if something negative happened. I took that conversation as God's intervention in making it evident that I should not proceed for the surgery for the risk it would involve. The urologist listened to the advice of the cardiologist and the operation was called off. So I was advised to continue using the catheter. Last week the doctor removed the catheter to test if I would still be needing it, and I don't! My family and I praised our loving God for his timely intervention and for the collective prayers of all in my behalf. Again, we send our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to everyone.
Feb 13, 2015
I am making a prayer request for an upcoming prostate gland operation. Though the prostate is benign and not malignant, my bladder had increased in size, stopping the free flow of fluids and causing a great deal of pain. Also, the daily medicine used to stop the prostate enlargement is no longer effective.The doctor recommends surgery in which a stint will be inserted from the prostate gland to the section of the bladder to correct the problem. I ask for the brethren's prayers that our heavenly, merciful Father will guide the hand of the doctor who will do the operation and that God will hasten and complete the healing. Thank you for your collective prayer on my behalf.

<  >   Prayer Update - Mar 15, 2019 - Norma Jean V. (Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka)
Norma Jean (acute bronchitis) is feeling much better now and is thankful for God's healing and for the prayers of all the brethren.
Mar 8, 2019
Prayers are requested for Norma Jean and Rodney V., a couple who are members in Sri Lanka. Norma Jean is suffering from acute bronchitis, which doctors say could turn into asthma. She and Rodney request prayers asking for God's intervention in healing them.
May 1, 2015
Norma Jean is feeling much better and her condition has improved. She would like to thank everyone for their prayers and cards, which have given her great encouragement and joy.
Apr 17, 2015
Norma Jean requests your prayers on her behalf. She is having some ongoing health issues. She has high blood pressure and even though she is taking medication her blood pressure is not going down. She is also experiencing shortness of breath and feels lethargic. Your prayers on her behalf for God's intervention and healing are much appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Mar 15, 2019 - Rodney V. (Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka)
Rodney (shingles) is feeling much better now and is thankful for God's healing and for the prayers of all the brethren.
Mar 8, 2019
Rodney is suffering from a very severe attack of herpes zoster (another name for shingles) which is causing a lot of pain. He and Norma Jean request prayers asking for God's intervention in healing them.

<  >   Prayer Request - Mar 15, 2019 - Fairley B. (Roanoke, VA)
After much testing, doctors still have not determined what was causing the stroke-like episodes that Fairley was experiencing, but God is certainly answering the many prayers. He was able to return to Sabbath services last week and is feeling much better each day. He said he is filled with emotion because of the many cards he received that are filled with encouragement, and is very thankful for the outpouring of love from each of you but most of all your heartfelt prayers.

<  >   Prayer Request - Mar 15, 2019 - Elifazi S. (Blantyre, Malawi)
We have received report from Elifazi S., an elder in Blantyre, Malawi, where most of our members are, that three days of heavy rains caused disastrous flooding of fourteen districts in southern Malawi, affecting more than 400,000 people. To date 56 have died and 370 are known to be injured along with the usual destruction of roads, bridges, houses and a shortage of drinking water and electricity. Some of our members have had walls of their homes collapse and others severely cracked; thankfully there are no reported injuries from any of our members. But Malawi has now again been put on alert for more rain tomorrow, Thursday, when Tropical Cyclone Idai is expected to make landfall through Beira, Mozambique, on the East coast and then inland through southern Malawi and further to Zimbabwe where we also have 270 in attendance. The cyclone is expected to dump heavy rains and winds of up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) per hour. These are very poor countries and our members can ill afford their homes collapsing and having their small crops destroyed. Your prayers are needed for our Father to hedge our members and the countries as a whole from further destruction.

<  >   Prayer Request - Mar 14, 2019 - Rainer B. (Dresden, Germany)
Prayers are requested for UCG-Germany member Rainer B. Rainer is a deacon and has been a church member for 40 years, dating back to when he was baptized in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). After several weeks with digestion problems, Rainer has been diagnosed with a malignant tumor between his colon and small intestine. Tests will be run tomorrow to see if the tumor has metastasized and what kind of treatment would be possible.

<  >   Prayer Request - Mar 12, 2019 - Libby D. (Canton OH)
Please pray for Libby D. who has checked into the hospital (Barbarton Summa) today with pneumonia type symptoms. I am just now going out the door to anoint Libby. Remember, we are beseeching God to apply the stripes and beating that Christ endured for our healing in the process of being the Passover sacrifice for our sins. She thanks you for your prayers in advance.

<  >   Prayer Request - Mar 12, 2019 - Joe S. (Canton OH)
Please pray for God's healing for Joe S. who is in the Dover Hospital for overnight to deal with an irregular heartbeat. I have just returned from anointing Joe. Remember, we are beseeching God to apply the stripes and beating that Christ endured for our healing in the process of being the Passover sacrifice for our sins. He thanks you for your prayers in advance.

<  >   Prayer Request - Mar 5, 2019 - Rodrigo J. (Davao City, Philippines)
Rodrigo J. a member of the Davao City congregation is currently at MDMTC hospital in Davao. Mr. J. was hit by speeding motorcycle last December. And this last few weeks he suffered dizziness and severe headache. MRI examination found out a blood clot in his brain. A medical operation is needed and to be scheduled tomorrow afternoon, March 6. His daughter Stiffe, requests your prayers for a successful operation and speedy recovery of her father.

<  >   Prayer Update - Mar 1, 2019 - Gayle W. (Birmingham, AL)
Gayle is home from in house rehab after fourteen days (a week early) and is doing nicely. She is improving in her ability to move around and do some of the things she is accustomed to. There is still a long road of in home and in house rehab to go but she is improving on a daily basis. The back surgery was very successful and most of the pain in her back and legs are gone (except for the surgical cuts of course). We have received so many e-mails, cards, phone calls, etc that it would be impossible to answer each one individually. Her speedy recovery is a testimony to the effectiveness of the prayers of God's people and we wish to thank each and every one of you from the depths of our hearts. Our Loving Father is an awesome God. In the meantime she will be attending services at the Home Office (electronically of course) until she is able to travel and make a day of the Sabbath. Thank you all, each and everyone.
Feb 12, 2019
Gayle is out of surgery and is resting. Surgery included repair of L1-L5 which consist of rod placement which corrected her nerve damage. She will remain in the hospital for 3-4 days which will also include physical therapy. Dr. Bassett informed us of her having to do a 21 day rehab upon discharge of hospital. We thank you all for your prayers. Continue to remember us through the recovery process. We will keep you updated on Gayle's progress.
Dec 13, 2018
Gayle had an assessment from her heart surgeon and she has now been released for back surgery which is scheduled for February 11th at Druid City Hospital in Northport, Alabama. This is going to be a difficult surgery. Gayle is diabetic and will be required to be on the table for at least six hours. Your prayers are requested that this procedure goes well and that she can return to her normal activities soon thereafter. We want to thank everyone who has offered up prayers and sent cards, e-mails and notes of encouragement. Your love and concern has been greatly appreciated and we know that God is well pleased with his children when they join together in prayer for each other. Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Oct 26, 2018
Gayle underwent a cath procedure on Wednesday and stayed overnight in the hospital. The surgeon placed a stint where a blockage was discovered. There appears to be no further blockages. Gayle will be reassessed in 30 days to determine when she will be able to undergo back surgery. We wish to thank everyone for their e-mails, calls, cards, and especially for their prayers. Please continue to pray that any ongoing procedures will be successful and remove the intense pain Gayle is suffering.
Oct 19, 2018
Prayers are requested for my [Jim's] wife, Gayle. She was scheduled for back surgery on October 22nd which had to be cleared by her cardiologist. Yesterday, after undergoing the required tests, Gayle was notified that she would be needing a cath for possible blockages. The back surgery had to be postponed until this can be resolved. She is to see the cardiologist on Tuesday, October 23 to determine what specific action needs to be taken. Gayle is in continual severe pain due to broken vertebrae from an accident two years ago. Please pray for her healing.

<  >   Prayer Update - Feb 28, 2019 - Dana F. (Twin Cities, MN)
Dana recently fell and broke his pelvis. After surgery he is resting and recovering at home. Please ask God to heal Dana and remove his pain.
Oct 11, 2018
Dana is doing better, though they doctors still want to keep him sedated to limit his movement. He opened his eyes briefly to see Joyce and his sons yesterday and they were confident that he knew they were there. His ICU nurse told Joyce that he may be able to leave the ICU over the weekend if his improvement continues.
Joyce, Greg and Dan are very grateful for our prayers and ask that we continue.
Oct 10, 2018
Dana went into Fairview Hospital this morning to have a stint put in and is now in major surgery. Joyce is requesting our urgent prayers for Dana.
Dana is resting comfortably after undergoing emergency quadruple bypass surgery this afternoon. He was schedule for what was supposed to be a routine procedure to put in a stint, but the artery was so week that it burst during the procedure. Dana then experienced a heart attack, to which the surgery team quickly responded. Another doctor was brought in to perform the bypass and according to his ICU nurse, all went well. He is currently sedated and will need to spend an extended amount of time in the hospital in recovery.
Joyce is doing well. Their sons Greg and Dan were there in support. On the advice of the ICU nurse, she went home to get some rest and will return to Fairview Southdale in Edina tomorrow.
Joyce wanted to thank all of you for your prayers and asks that we continue to pray for Dana's speedy recovery.
Mar 4, 2017
Dana F. is requesting our prayers for healing, as he has been experiencing pain and other complications from a bleeding bladder. He has not been able to attend services and is pretty much confined to his bed. He is undergoing testing to determine the cause and what he may be able to do to arrest the problem, but above all he would like God to intervene as He so often miraculously does. Dana would very much appreciate if we would all keep him in mind in our petitions to God.

<  >   Prayer Request - Feb 20, 2019 - Clarissa H. (Dallas, TX)
Clarissa H. is needing urgent prayers for her vision. She has been closely monitored over the last few years for a posterior sub-capsular cataract in her left eye. Surgery was originally scheduled for the end of March and then suddenly this weekend her cataract turned white and she lost almost all of her vision in that eye. She now has a surgery date of March 6th since the cataract has become so progressive. This is a very high risk surgery now and there are high chances for complications with the protective sac around the lens that could include tearing during surgery. There is also a high chance that there could be multiple surgeries needed after the initial surgery to help correct her vision, or the chance that she may have long term vision problems in her left eye unless God intervenes. The surgeon said it will be like doing surgery in the dark because the cataract is so opaque and the sac is cloudy.
Please, can we collectively lay prayers in faith before our Father's throne for God to be merciful and protect her vision? We pray that if the cataract remains that the surgery and recovery will go smoothly without any complications and that God would use the surgeon's hands to direct the outcome according to God's perfect will. It is also now crucial that Clarissa stays well so this surgery is not delayed or that any damage takes place after the surgery from sickness. We thank you for beseeching God on her behalf. We are resting in the shadow of His wings, our God, in whom we trust! May our Father be glorified through this trial in the end!

<  >   Prayer Request - Feb 18, 2019 - P.(father) (Alexandria, MN)
Good news. Mike's father had a stent put in and is doing well. He is now conscious and conversant. Apparently he has not been feeling well for weeks and scheduled a doctor's visit for this morning. At the visit, his doctor felt his condition was serious enough that he had him air-lifted to St. Cloud to perform the surgery right away.
Mike is very grateful for our prayers and God's blessing that all has worked out for the best.
Mike P.s [Twin Cities] father just had a heart attack and is being emergency air-lifted to St Cloud for treatment. Mike is on his way there as I write and is requesting our prayers for his father. Please ask God to intervene for Mike's father's healing and protection, and to strengthen and comfort Mike and his family through this difficult time. I will update all you when Mike knows more.

<  >   Prayer Update - Feb 17, 2019 - Rae S. (North Ogden, UT)
Here is an update on Rae after talking with her earlier today. She has had some issues with doctor's appointments but finally last week she had a meeting with her primary/oncology doctor and they showed her that the mass she has in her lower abdomen is ovarian cancer. She told me that it is too risky for surgery and that they will begin chemo therapy within two weeks. She is very weak and has a hard time to get herself going each day, and having a difficult time eating and drinking anything. Rae has been very appreciative of your prayers and concern. Please continue to keep her in your prayers and ask for God's comfort and encouragement.
Jan 17, 2019
A long-time member, Rae S., who used to reside in Reno, is requesting prayers for her current condition. She had been suffering for the past several weeks with chest pain, some abdominal discomfort and feeling very weak. We've been communicating over the delays and frustration of being so weak and no answers. We can thank the holidays for much of that. She has now found out that she has a blood clot in her lung and a small area of cancer in her abdominal area. They are not sure if it's a kidney with cancer or ovarian cancer. In addition to all of this she has a highly elevated level of calcium in her blood which is causing some of the malaise and her bones are not being nourished properly as a result. Her oncologist has scheduled an MRI and P.E.T. scan for January 31 to determine a more accurate assessment. Rae is on Eliquist for the lung blood clot, and that seems to be working. She is a bit discouraged due to all of the delays and the unknown. Please pray for God's mercy and encouragement, as well as the wisdom to make some difficult choices down the road.

<  >   Prayer Request - Feb 16, 2019 - Mary H. (Winnipeg, MB)
Your prayers are requested for Mary H. of the Winnipeg congregation. Her brother Dave H. informed me that Mary had not been feeling well this week and she was taken to Concordia Hospital in Winnipeg by her daughter Christine. The initial evaluation is that she is suffering from a congestive heart condition. She turned age 90 last summer and has been doing quite well. The recent death of her daughter Sarah did impact her significantly emotionally. Then she suffered a stroke while in the hospital. She is unable to speak normally. Her heart was racing in what appeared to be AFib and that caused blood to pool in a part of the heart and form a blood clot that migrated. She is presently on an Aspirin IV and being given other meds to control her heart function. Please pray for God's special healing and that a correct diagnosis will be made and proper follow up procedures and treatment decisions will be made. Also pray that our caring God will send encouragement for her and for a speedy recovery and return home to her apartment.

<  >   Prayer Update - Feb 8, 2019 - Cassandra E. (Cumberland, MD)
Cassandra received her PET scan results this past week, officially declaring her in remission! For the past year she has dealt with the diagnosis of Hodgkin's Lymphoma IIB, being treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Cassie and her husband, Brendan, would like to thank everyone for their prayers, encouragement, cards and support, and are very thankful to God for His blessings and mercy. Cassie will continue to have monthly appointments for her port flushes, three-month appointments to see her oncologists and a new scan every six months for the next two years. Thank you again for your continued prayers on Cassie's behalf.
Jan 18, 2019
Cassandra is very thankful for the prayers of the brethren and God's intervention regarding her Hodgkin's Lymphoma and the large tumor that was in her chest. The tumor has decreased tremendously in size, and the signs of cancer have diminished significantly. At this time, she and her husband, Brendan, are requesting your prayers for positive results from her upcoming PET scan on Wednesday, Jan. 23. This scan will be determining if she needs to go back for more treatment or if she can be declared in remission. The scan itself will be about an hour or more long with three different kinds of contrast. The whole process will be between two and three hours. Afterwards, she will not be allowed to drive, and will have to stay away from people (and the dogs) since she will be radioactive for up to 12 hours. The timing for receiving the results is not yet confirmed. Thank you again for your prayers on her behalf.
May 4, 2018
Brendan and Cassandra E. are asking for prayers as she has her upcoming PET Scan on Monday, May 7. As many know, she is battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma. This scan will tell them if the two rounds of chemotherapy have affected her tumor so far. Her doctors are predicting she will either go into radiation therapy or have two more rounds of chemo. Cassie will meet with the oncologist and know the results on Thursday, May 10. Prayers would be appreciated that she will need the least amount of chemo or radiation possible. Cassie and Brendan continue to be very positive, looking to God for her ultimate healing. Thank you for the continual prayers!
Mar 16, 2018
Cassandra E. has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. The tumor is over one-third of her chest, pushing on her lungs, esophagus, and heart. It goes from her ribs back to her spine and down below to the organs. The oncologist is very positive about treatment and plans to start chemotherapy on Friday, March 16. She is admitted to Western Maryland Regional Health (please contact the family before visiting). Everyone is optimistic and remaining positive under the circumstances. If anyone would like to send any cards, please send them to Brendan and Cassie's home. The whole extended family would like to thank everyone in advance for the prayers.


Brendan and Cassandra E. are asking for prayers as she has her upcoming PET Scan on Monday, May 7. As many know, she is battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma. This scan will tell them if the two rounds of chemotherapy have affected her tumor so far. Her doctors are predicting she will either go into radiation therapy or have two more rounds of chemo. Cassie will meet with the oncologist and know the results on Thursday, May 10. Prayers would be appreciated that she will need the least amount of chemo or radiation possible. Cassie and Brendan continue to be very positive, looking to God for her ultimate healing. Thank you for the continual prayers!
Mar 16, 2018
Cassandra E. has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. The tumor is over one-third of her chest, pushing on her lungs, esophagus, and heart. It goes from her ribs back to her spine and down below to the organs. The oncologist is very positive about treatment and plans to start chemotherapy on Friday, March 16. She is admitted to Western Maryland Regional Health (please contact the family before visiting). Everyone is optimistic and remaining positive under the circumstances. If anyone would like to send any cards, please send them to Brendan and Cassie's home. The whole extended family would like to thank everyone in advance for the prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Feb 8, 2019 - Larry L. (Christiansburg, VA)
Surgery to remove my prostate on Monday, Feb. 4 was successful. The surgeon is optimistic that it has not metastasized. He did not see any positive markers which is a good indicator. He will go over the results with my wife, Wilma, and me on Feb. 14. We are so overwhelmed in a positive way about the outpouring of love from our Church family. We so appreciate the many calls, cards, visits and most importantly everyone's prayers. We cannot wait to get back to our circuit and see our family there again. We will be back soon. And, we are thanking our Father for His healing and love.
Jan 11, 2019
I was diagnosed in 2017 with prostate cancer. It was determined at that time that the cancer was low risk for metastasizing and "active surveillance" was chosen as a treatment option. This past year my PSA levels began to rise again and a second biopsy was performed. The second biopsy revealed that the cancer is more aggressive than previously thought. After discussions with my urologist, my wife and I believe surgery is my best choice. He does not feel it has metastasized and believes this to be the best pro-active approach to preventing metastatic disease. I am scheduled for a radical prostatectomy in early February. I would be grateful to you for your prayers asking our Father to guide the surgeon's hands, remove the cancer completely and grant me a speedy and complete recovery. I fully trust Him to manage this health trial according to His perfect will and perfect timing.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jan 29, 2019 - Marcial M. (Bolivia)
His health continues to be delicate. The doctors had to increase the dose of medicine to lower his blood pressure. Unfortunately, the wound has not closed completely. Soon they will make a new tomography and conduct laboratory tests to determine if a new surgical intervention is necessary. The doctors are considering his advanced age and estimating the possible risk that surgery could bring - such as the wound forming a hernia. In such a case, the surgery would be for an emergency. His daughter, Paola again requests that church members continue praying for God's intervention.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 26, 2019 - Olivia G. (Centreville, VA)
Olivia has been home from the hospital for some time now. It's been over 6 months since her bone marrow transplant. She had a biopsy which showed that her bone marrow and spinal fluid are completely leukemia-free! The Graft vs. Host Disease (GVHD) is still an issue. She currently goes to the hospital regularly for ECP treatments (extracorporeal photopheresis), which is a process where her blood cells are passed through a series of tubes and exposed to ultraviolet radiation, which kills off the cells that are causing the problem. It has been a real pleasure to see her attending Sabbath services again! Her positive outlook and bright spirit are truly miraculous! Thank you for your prayers for complete healing.
Jan 18, 2019
Lots of good news! Olivia, who just turned 7 years old, has been home from the hospital for some time now, and her progress, while slow, is steady. It's been over 6 months since her bone marrow transplant. Earlier this month, she had a biopsy which showed that her bone marrow and spinal fluid are completely leukemia-free! The Graft vs. Host Disease (GVHD) is still an issue, however, and your prayers are requested in that regard. She currently goes to the hospital regularly for ECP treatments (extracorporeal photopheresis), which is a process where her blood cells are passed through a series of tubes and exposed to ultraviolet radiation, which kills off the cells that are causing the problem.
Olivia still takes two immunosuppressants, but is being weaned off of her other medication -- certainly a step in the right direction! It has been a real pleasure to see her attending Sabbath services again! Her presence is an absolute blessing to the congregation! Her positive outlook and bright spirit are truly miraculous! Thank you for your prayers for her continued improvement, and for her healing to soon be complete.
Aug 17, 2018
Continued prayers for Olivia G. are requested. Now 45 days after her bone marrow transplant, GVH disease, which is not uncommon for transplant patients, is still causing her to be in constant pain. Last week there seemed to be an improvement, but over the weekend the pain intensified. She is now getting additional meds and will be having an additional procedure called Extracorporeal Photopheresis to eliminate the cells in her blood that are causing the problem. In addition shehhas tested positive for Epstein Barr Virus for which she will be given an antiviral drug. The treatment for GVH Disease unfortunately makes one more susceptible for such infections so her treatment is a delicate balance of different medications.
Please pray for God's intervention to give Olivia a quick recovery, that she will be pain-free, and able to overcome the GVH disease completely. Please also pray for the entire family, as this long-term hospital stay has been difficult and very exhausting for them.
Apr 5, 2018
Olivia was readmitted to the hospital back in January, when it was determined that her leukemia had returned. Since that time, she has undergone a 28-day trial infusion to eradicate the leukemia cells, however a bone marrow biopsy actually showed an increase. She was switched back to traditional chemo this week, where it is hoped that it will bring it back down. The original plan was for a bone marrow transplant in May. This can only happen once she is in remission.
Olivia will have another bone marrow biopsy in a few weeks. If she is not in remission at that time, the bone marrow transplant will need to be postponed at least a month. Please be praying not only for Olivia's improvement and complete recovery, but also for Olivia's parents, Mike and Sarah, and her 9 year old brother Lucas, as this is a very stressful time for them.
Jan 10, 2018
Olivia's treatment concluded in July, and for several months afterward, she was doing well. But toward the end of December, she began feeling ill, and was therefore scheduled for testing on January 9th. The results showed that she had relapsed, and was then admitted to the hospital for further testing, to determine the extent of the relapse, and the course of treatment needed. Continued prayers for her are greatly appreciated.
Jan 17, 2017
Your prayers are requested again for Olivia, who, as you recall, had undergone treatments for lymphoblastic leukemia between May, 2015 and July, 2017. Since her treatment ended, she had been doing rather well, until recently when she started having headaches and other symptoms. After undergoing several tests last week, it was determined that she had relapsed, and the leukemia is again in her spinal fluid, and it is now also in her bone marrow. After several months of treatment, she will need to undergo a bone marrow transplant, probably this spring.
The course of treatment will cover the next two years. Please pray not only for Olivia's complete recovery, but also for strength for her parents, Mike and Sarah, and her brother Lucas, as they are all going through a most stressful time.
Jan 5, 2017
Olivia has been doing rather well lately & her hair, which started growing back, is getting quite long! She has treatments & blood checks once a month. Sometimes, she doesn't feel very well after the treatment. She continues to need our prayers. Her treatment phase will end in 6 months, if all goes as planned.
Oct 15, 2015
Your continued prayers for Olivia are requested. Olivia was diagnosed last May with lymphoblastic leukemia. While the leukemia is now gone, she still has to undergo rigorous treatment to prevent a more serious reoccurrence. These treatments will continue on a regular basis until July 2017. At her appointment two weeks ago, Olivia had a severe allergic reaction to her medication, which occurred almost as soon as it was administered. This was actually a great blessing, in that it happened so quickly, that very little of the medication (only 2 ml) got into her system. If the reaction had not happened right away, it could have been much more severe. The alternative to this type of treatment is a series of 12 shots, given two at a time, three days a week for two weeks. These shots can be quite painful, but after the first week, Olivia has been responding well, which is yet another blessing!
Please continue to pray for Olivia, specifically that she will be able to get through each phase of her treatment without much anxiety and pain, that any side effects would be minimal and manageable and that blood transfusions and hospitalization would not be necessary as treatment continues. Please also pray for the entire G. family, that they might be strengthened through this trial.
Jun 4, 2015
Mike and Sarah G. request continued prayers for their 3-year-old daughter, Olivia, who was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Last week, Olivia began her treatment and all went well. She received another chemotherapy treatment on Wednesday, and afterward, was finally, after 12 days at the hospital, able to go home, which was exciting for her. From here on, her treatments will be on an outpatient basis, which is great news. But she still has a long way to go with all of the treatments and testing.
She may need another blood transfusion on Friday, as her red blood cell count has dropped a bit. Otherwise, her tests are coming back favorable, meaning that at this early stage she seems to be responding to the chemotherapy. On June 24th, she will have another spinal tap and bone marrow biopsy to get a better picture of her progress, and to determine the next course of treatment. Please pray for Olivia's continued improvement, and for a rapid and complete recovery.
May 26, 2015
Mike and Sarah G. of the Columbia, Maryland, congregation are requesting prayers for their three-year-old daughter, Olivia. Olivia was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia that falls into the standard category. This is a best-case scenario in the midst of a terrible time. The recovery rate is 95%.
Treatment begins today, May 26, with a surgery in the morning. They will do a bone marrow draw, implant a port in her chest, do a spinal tap as well as administer her first dose of chemotherapy into her spinal fluid. This starts a month-long intensive treatment of chemo and steroids. At the end of the month they will do another spinal tap and bone marrow pull which will help determine how her body is responding. At the end of the month she should be leukemia free and the rest of the treatment is to help ensure it never returns.
Please pray for complete healing for Olivia as well as strength for the family as this journey begins.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 25, 2019 - Bill C. (Ooltewah, TN)
"I went to the pulmonologist last Friday to get the results of an earlier CT scan. The scan revealed severe scaring on both lungs. The doctor said 'I would rather tell you that you had cancer than tell you that you have every symptom of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.' {Idiopathic=from an obscure or unknown cause + Pulmonary = Lungs + Fibrosis=scaring}. Called IPF, he said the causes are unknown and there is no known treatment. He continued saying that it can be progressive, in that the lungs get harder and harder as scaring progresses until breathing becomes impossible. It doesn't matter if there is any medical cure or not because with God, there is total healing through the horrible beating Christ suffered (James 5:14-18)."
Jan 8, 2015
Thank you so very much for the prayers, cards, calls, e-mails and outpouring of love that each of you has shown to me!!! I am thankful to say that I am doing much better. The stroke affected my left side. For a short while I could not talk or walk, but Mr. Holladay anointed me and our great and awesome God immediately intervened - I am so much better. Now I am in physical therapy three times a week. I still have some trembling in my left arm but it is much improved. I still get tired very easily, but overall I am so much better than I was after the stroke. Now I am very anxious to get back to serving God's people.
Dec 19, 2014
On Wednesday, December 17, Bill was transferred to the Health South Rehabilitation Center. The neurologist believes Bill either had a mild stroke or seizures from deprivation of oxygen. His therapy will work to increase his cognitive skills and physical strength. Both Bill and Betty appreciate very much the cards and letters. They mean so much and give great encouragement to both.
Dec 7, 2014
Your prayers are requested for Bill, pastor of the congregations in Chattanooga, TN, and Rome, GA. He had a stroke sometime on Friday night, and was taken to the hospital early Sabbath morning. His speech and reasoning ability were impaired, along with his mobility. He was anointed Saturday evening. By Sunday, he has made miraculous improvement. He is now able to speak and eat; he is able to sit up and has also stood up. He is much improved over yesterday. The present plans are for him to be moved to a rehabilitation center tomorrow.
Both Bill and Betty, his wife, are elated over the progress so far. Please remember Bill and family in your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 22, 2019 - Darlene H., (Spokane, WA)
Darlene is recovering from colorectal cancer surgery that she underwent on 6/29/2018. She's grateful for the many prayers on her behalf. She continues to struggle with various auto-immune disorders and sleeplessness, which affect her ability to function normally.
Jul 7, 2018
Thank you for your prayers regarding Darlene's recent cancer and prolapse surgeries. The two surgeries were handled in one four-hour procedure. The doctor was pleased with how the process went and feels that he was able to remove all of the cancer present. Upcoming pathology reports will confirm that assessment. Darlene returned home yesterday evening after six days in the hospital. She is under constant family care and has a nurse making house visits. Her recovery from the surgeries is expected to take about three months.
Darlene is grateful for God's clear intervention and mercy towards her. The many prayers of the brethren and cards of encouragement have meant a lot to her. Please continue to remember Darlene as she walks through the recovery process.
Jun 22, 2018
Your prayers are requested for Darlene. She has been suffering for a number of months from the worsening effects of an intestinal prolapse condition. At a recent pre-surgical evaluation, it was discovered that she also has colorectal cancer. Follow up scans have revealed that her cancer is stage 3, having broken through the wall and involving at least one lymph node. Due to Darlene's other auto-immune disorders, it has been determined that pre-op chemo and radiation to shrink the tumor is not advisable, and she will forego those options.
Darlene is scheduled for surgery on Friday morning, June 29, in which both the prolapse and cancer issues will be addressed simultaneously. The doctor has advised Darlene that this will be an in-depth surgery, involving a significant amount of removal and reconstruction, with several days following in the hospital. Three months of difficult recovery are also expected. Darlene's physical condition heading into this surgery is quite weak. She knows she is in God's hands and places her trust in Him. Please join us in prayer for the success of Darlene's upcoming procedure and recovery.
Dec 28, 2017
Darlene's chronic health issues continue. She has had relief from the occasional TIA symptoms in recent months. Consistent pain throughout her body has been a major disruption to her sleep as of late. She appreciates the many prayers on her behalf.
Dec 23, 2016
Darlene's health issues are chronic. The cancer continues to show no signs of reasserting itself and she has been able to keep the migraines pretty well under control. She suffered a mild stroke in October due to high blood pressure and has dealt with occasional TIAs ever since. Her example of rising above her health issues is an encouragement to us all.
Dec 26, 2013
She continues to have chronic pain & cannot sleep well. She has been having regular migraine headaches, eye problems & difficulties in balancing her electrolyte levels. But, at least the caner she had has not returned & for that she is very thankful & is determined to maintain a positive attitude.
Feb 22, 2012
Darlene has Sjogren's syndrome, a chronic autoimmune disease. She has had 2 surgeries to remove cancer in a little over a year's time.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 22, 2019 - Ruben D. (Lepelstraat, Netherlands)
"Today I went to the dermatologist to receive the results from two previous tests. Both the biopsy and echography of my lymph nodes came back clean which means I am free of cancer! I am grateful for God's mercy and faithfulness. Thank you all so much for your prayers and the many letters, cards and encouragement I have received from church members all around the world."
Dec 14, 2018
Prayers are requested for Ruben D., son of UCG-Netherlands elder Wim D. and his wife Anne-Kristel. Ten days ago a birthmark had to be removed from Ruben's arm, and a subsequent examination revealed it to be a stage 1 malignant melanoma. On January 7 Ruben will be treated in the hospital to have the surrounding skin removed to make sure that no affected tissue remains. On January 31 an examination of Ruben's lymph glands via ultrasound will determine whether the melanoma had metastasized.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 22, 2019 - Janice D. (Hayden, ID)
Janice continues to struggle with her chronic health issues. She is most grateful for your prayers.
Dec 28, 2017
Janice continues to struggle with her chronic health issues. Regular severe headaches, radiating down the side of her head and jaw continue to be a disruption to her routine. She is also dealing with the effects of macular degeneration, requiring periodic injections in one of her eyes. She is grateful for the many prayers on her behalf
Dec 23, 2016
No change for Janice. She continues to deal with the many health issues she has had for years. Besides abdominal, back and neck pain, she has headaches that disrupt her regular activities & affects her vision at times. Her diabetes and high blood pressure is under control, no longer needing to take meds for the diabetes and her blood pressure has come down. Please continue to pray for her.
Jan 16, 2015
Janice is now receiving Myofascial Release Treatments. They have helped with the head problems and are now addressing the abdominal and back pain. She is thankful to God for helping her to have relief and be able to get back to church services. She is also thankful to the brethren for their prayers and words of encouragement. Your continued prayers on her behalf would be greatly appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 22, 2019 - Debbie S. (Spokane, WA)
Debbie continues with her health issues. She is grateful for the continuing prayers on her behalf.
Dec 28, 2017
Debbie's tremors continue to be a major disruption to her regular routine. She had the first six-year old Deep Brain Stimulation battery in her chest replaced in September 2017.
Dec 23, 2016
Debbie's tremors did go down by maybe half during the FOT, but they increased after she got home. Her neurologist is now considering the Gamma Knife procedure to reduce her left-hand tremors. The battery in her chest is doing well, but will continue to be monitored. She thanks the brethren for their prayers.
Dec 27, 2013
Her essential tremor has reached what is called a toleration plateau. She can eat & write slightly better. Her headaches & discomfort are reduced but she now has daily itching, due to the voltage needed to reduce her tremors. Please continue to pray for her.
Feb 17, 2011
Debbie will have deep brain stimulation surgery due to tremors.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 22, 2019 - Nestor M.
The health of Nestor M. continues to be delicate. The doctors had to increase the dose of medicine to lower his blood pressure. Unfortunately, the wound has not closed completely. Soon they will make a new tomography and conduct laboratory tests to determine if a new surgical intervention is necessary. The doctors are considering his advanced age and estimating the possible risk that surgery could bring - such as the wound forming a hernia. In such a case, the surgery would be for an emergency. His daughter, Paola again requests that church members continue praying for God's intervention.
Aug 17, 2018
Paola T. a member of the Church, requests our fervent prayers, this time by the serious condition of her father Nestor M. He was hospitalized due to a strong infection of vesicle which it is perforated, with failure in the kidneys which caused swelling in the hands and feet due to fluid retention. He cannot be operated on immediately because his coagulation levels are very low due to the lack of blood platelets, besides there is a lot of risk. The doctors disclaim their responsibility in case something worse may happen. Meanwhile he is receiving plasma to counteract the infection.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 19, 2019 - Joy J. (Sioux Falls, SD)
"Hello to my Church family. A year ago this month, David and I sat in an oncologist's office with a team of doctors who had just diagnosed me with an aggressive HER2+ breast cancer. The lump was found while nursing our son Isaac, who was 19 months old at the time. In the months since that diagnosis, life has both stopped and restarted. I have gone through 6 cycles of chemotherapy, a mastectomy and am currently finishing up 12 cycles of Herceptin; I have 3 cycles left until I am finished. The end is in sight. I have two minor surgeries ahead of me to finish the process of reconstruction.
"The journey that began for us a year ago, has come full circle. From what felt like ashes, God has given us such incredible beauty. Rather than being torn down, we have been built up by the love and prayers of brethren around the world. I have been blessed to receive cards, hats, blankets, slippers, a quilt from a beautiful pair of ladies in California, and money towards expenses incurred while in treatment. I can not begin to thank you all enough. The love of God's people has truly carried us through the fire, while providing for needs that were as yet unseen at the time.
"On the 10th of this month, I had my first "diagnostic mammogram" since my initial diagnosis. It was completely clean. The doctors will continue to monitor the side on which I had my mastectomy, but there was no cancer in the opposite side. This news, as you can well imagine, was joyous. I keep telling David that I would like to have a party to celebrate after the last cycle of Herceptin. It will be a "Celebration of Life" party. There is so much that we are thankful for.
"Most of all, I want to thank all of you. I want to thank you for companioning me through this trial with your love and your prayers, your texts and your emails, your cards and your phone calls, and all the food from our local members who surrounded us with care. Thank you for showing my children that God's people really are a family that can pull together and help one another overcome incredible hardships. You are my delight!"
Jun 15, 2018
My wife Joy had surgery on Tuesday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The surgery went very well and the doctor was pleased with it. He said that, to the naked eye, it looked like he had gotten everything, but we will need to wait for the pathology report to come back. Joy has never done well with anesthesia and so had a rough time of it for a while, but on Wednesday was able to eat and take in liquids. They decided to keep her an extra day for recovery and last night she began to perk up a bit. At about 12 noon, we got a call from the oncology department and they said the pathology report had come back early. There is no residual cancer and her surgeon said that means she is cancer free!!! We give thanks to our Great God, our creator and sustainer, and we want to thank all of you who have been keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. We love and thank you all, even though many of you we have not met yet, though we count that we shall in God's good time.
When the doctors deem that she is ready, she will resume infusions of Herceptin, a "cancer antibody." This will continue through January 2019, but she is done with the chemo. The Herceptin will not have the severe side effects of the chemo. We have been assured that things will now begin to get easier and that Joy's health can begin to recover. I thank God and all of you again so much, and I can't wait to take my girl home.
Jun 8, 2018
Hello my dear family. I wanted to take a few quiet moments to write to all of you and update you on how I am doing and to thank you for your continued prayers. Three weeks ago, I underwent, what I dearly hope will be, my final chemotherapy. This coming Tuesday, June 12th, I will undergo a single mastectomy with reconstructive surgery. After my surgery, I will begin my final 12 cycles of Herceptin, a cancer antibody designed to "interfere" with my body producing further cancer cells. This phase of treatment will take me through next January, at which point, I pray that I will be able to say that I am cancer free.
This journey that I am on, has forever changed me. It has introduced in me an awareness of the frailty of life that I never had before. As I have gone through each round of chemotherapy, my desire to see "the last enemy" defeated has grown in me 100 fold. As my body has been beaten down by the effects of the chemo, I came to the realization that my faith was taking a beating as well.
Before cancer, I thought that my faith was so strong. I was quick to see what someone else should do in the face of their trial. I did not understand the length to which I could become discouraged and weary of heart. I did not realize that I could be "greatly moved" again and again as I struggled to hear God's voice amidst the voice of doubt and fear that felt like it was consuming me. I often worried that I could hear my Heavenly Father saying, "Oh Ye of little faith." For a time...to long a time truthfully... I felt so cut off from my Heavenly Father. I allowed myself to pull far within and had trouble finding my way back out again.
This is where I want to, with such heartfelt sincerity, thank each of you for your prayers and your cards. Whether you know it or not, you have been a life-line to me. When I was unable to find the words to pray, your prayers lifted me up. When I was unable to find hope, your words of encouragement helped me to hang on. When I was blinded by fear and the inability to see the future, your faith reminded me of God's continual faithfulness and His plan that this battle would be won. My brothers and sisters in Christ, you have been a shield wall around me, and for this I offer you my thanks and my love. I will never be able to rightly explain just what you have all meant to me.
Of late, I have found such comfort in Psalm 34. I especially appreciate, as verse 18 explains that "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." In that one brief verse, I realize that I am not alone.
As I finish up my update, what I hope that I convey, is that I do have hope. That hope has come from being carried along on the arms of prayer. Your prayers held me up when I was unable to stand on my own. Thank you. I love you all. And please know that your prayers do matter. I know that now as I have never known it before, and I pray that this knowledge will magnify my own prayers for others in need. I leave you with my thanks, my love, and a greeting ... "until we meet again, or until God's Kingdom comes."
Feb 26, 2018 - Joy J. (Sioux Falls, SD)
This is a prayer update from my wife, Joy Jones. I think she says it best, so I will leave everything in her words:
Hello My beautiful Church family, I want to take a moment to update you all on how I have been doing since starting chemotherapy three weeks ago. When I found out that I had cancer, my first thoughts were of surviving this disease with strength and dignity and faith and style.... I wanted to show my children that their mother would hold fast and hold on and win this battle. I have to admit that in my mind's eye, I was standing valiantly, looking off into the distance with some beautiful music playing in the background. I was going to not just survive... but attempt to thrive during this process.
In truth, much of the past three weeks have been spent in bed, or on the floor of the bathroom. Rather than standing valiantly, I have simply been hanging on and trying to hold fast. The image that I had in my mind of thriving during cancer has modified into one of surviving and getting through this next year, not by my strength, but by my Father in Heaven's strength. I have realized very quickly that I have no strength of my own, and absolutely no control of this process.
So in the midst of what has been a very steep learning curve, I have begun to find incredible beauty in the common place. Having the strength to get out of bed, having days when I am able to be "mom" and "teacher" to my children, my husband holding my hand and sitting beside me at every doctor's appointment, cards that have come in from all over the world with scriptures that I have taken to heart, a pendant with a pair of feet to remind me that when I only see one pair of footprints... it is God that is carrying me, food from members to nourish me and my family during tough days, members staying with my children and with me when an unexpected trip to the hospital took place, and so much more.
The common place has become a place of incredible richness and beauty. It is a place that, quite honestly, I took for granted before this. Being able to cook a meal, help with a math problem, read a book to my kids, do laundry, talk with my husband about scheduling issues was rather mundane... normal... tedious. And yet now, the tedious has become precious. The normal has become a rare treasure. The common place has become a resting place of incredible value.
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers and your cards. They have encouraged me in ways that I do not have the words to explain and are a daily source of encouragement, and I thank you for them. I wish that I could reach out to all of you and hug you so tightly....and I pray that in the days, months, and years to come, I will get the opportunity to thank you and to hug you. You are my precious family, and I love you all. Thank you for praying me through these past three weeks. My next round of chemo is this Monday, February 26th. I would ask for your continued prayers for me and for my family.
Someone asked me recently what verses have I been encouraged by... the two that keep coming up over and over again in card after card are: Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." and Isaiah 41:13 "For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you."
Jan 18, 2018
Your prayers are requested for my [David] wife, Joy. In early December, while nursing, Joy discovered a sizable lump in her breast. After a biopsy of the lump, it was discovered that she has Stage 2 HER2-Positive Breast Cancer, an aggressive type of breast cancer which is fast growing. Joy will begin a treatment protocol in the very near future that will include chemotherapy, surgery and a strong probability of radiation therapy. Joy is the mother of three children, Sarah, age 11, Grace, age 7 and Isaac, age 19 months. She helps in the care of the three congregations we serve and homeschools our two daughters. We ask for your fervent prayers on Joy's behalf that God, the great physician, would provide the healing she needs and that He would strengthen each member of our family as we navigate this trial together.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 18, 2019 - Lonna C. (Bend, OR)
Currently Lonna's doctors do not find cancer in her eye and are working to prevent her loss of vision in both eyes. She has been given two options going forward. She could continue to receive the regular eye injections to hopefully hold off further vision loss due to blood vessels growing in her eyes, though the injections have recently begun to cause very painful recovery for a couple of days afterwards. The other option is to choose laser surgery that would definitely seal the blood vessels and prevent them from growing, alleviating the need for regular eye injections, but the procedure will cost her a portion of her sight in that eye. She is trying to decide which of these two courses of treatment is best for her. Please pray she will make the best decision.
Jan 23, 2018
Lonna would like to extend her thanks to everybody for their prayers, cards and encouragement after the amputation of her toes on her left foot. Lonna was able to return home and is healing very well. Her recovery has exceeded the expectations of the transitional facility where she received physical and occupational therapy. As of Friday, January 19 she has been released to walking, driving, and getting about her life again and was able to return to services! She has some challenges ahead of her as she learns a new normal, but the outlook is positive. Thanks to all and all the praise goes to God.
Dec 29, 2017
Lonna is truly thankful for your prayers for healing after her partial foot amputation. She has been doing well in her physical and occupational therapies and had an appointment today with her foot doctor who said that the foot is healing perfectly! Also, the doctor reported that the latest culture was sterile, which means all traces of the multiple infections are gone! We all thank God for this news and pray for her continued healing.
Dec 20, 2017
Lonna thanks everybody for their prayers for healing from the partial foot amputation. The surgery was a two-part process and on Tuesday the second part of the surgery took place. The surgery itself went well, but in addition to two different infections which initially caused the need for amputation, yesterday she was diagnosed with a staph infection. Unfortunately the treatment for this type of infection causes severe nausea in Lonna, so this creates another challenge for her. Prayers were answered in that she was approved to move into a transitional rehabilitation facility when she leaves the hospital! This is truly a blessing. Please continue to pray for her quick and thorough healing.
Dec 17, 2017
Lonna C. from the Bend, Oregon congregation has had ongoing issues with diabetic wounds on her left foot. On Monday evening, December 11, she fell and broke a toe on that same foot and within two days her toes began to die. By Thursday they had become infected and it became clear that amputation of all the toes on her left foot was inevitable. Surgery took place on Friday morning and it went very well, but recovery and rehabilitation will be a tedious process. We request your prayers for a quick and complete recovery.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 18, 2019 - Robert B. (Eagle Point, OR)
When Robert started the chemo in his doctors explained that it would take many treatments to bring his white cell count down to acceptable levels. He had his first treatment & afterward his white cell count dropped to normal. He had several other treatments which made him ill. His last bloodwork was normal so his doctor has extended the weekly blood checks to monthly. He is still being seen for glaucoma related issues and would appreciate your continued prayers. He has been able to start attending services again and is hopeful that he will soon feel well enough to attend regularly.
Sep 13, 2018
When Robert was first admitted to the VA hospital he was told that to balance his blood chemistry to the point of being able to give him his chemo and other treatments he may need to stay for up to three weeks. He was disheartened because it meant missing some or all of the Holy Days coming up. But after the fervent prayers of many brethren his blood stabilized and they were able to give him the first of 6 treatments that his doctors hope will send his Leukemia into remission. Not only was he able to receive treatment faster than expected, he did not have any negative side effects after the treatment so he was cleared to go home. So instead of three weeks he only stayed 3 days Robert gives all the credit to God and is so thankful for all of the heartfelt prayers from the brethren. When Robert got home he was further surprised and happy to see cards of encouragement to add to his joy. He wants to thank everyone for their participation in his life and is very upbeat about time that God is giving him and wants to use it in the most effective way he can. Thanks so much.
Sep 8, 2018
Robert B. from the Medford, Oregon congregation is asking for prayers on his behalf. He has been suffering from Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (or CLL). Robert has fought this disease for some time now with healthy eating and living and has stayed ahead but in recent months the CLL has been gaining on his efforts. He is currently in the VA Hospital in Portland as they try balancing his blood chemistry in order to treat him. They are working on balancing his potassium and blood sugar so they can administer both steroids and chemotherapy to clear his blood so it can function again. He is requesting prayers for God's intervention.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 18, 2019 - Teddie M. (Dayton, Ohio)
Teddy has had two good weeks. He has been able to attend school without any problems. At this time there are no new infections or illness. We greatly appreciate all the prayers and concern for him as God continues to heal him from the SJS. Teddy is still just above 70% capacity with his lungs and does occasionally have problems with his eyes and has headaches. God is watching over him and he is improving.
Jul 5, 2017
Teddie is doing better but then other problems pop up. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Jan 7, 2017
Teddie is so encouraged by the many cards & the whole family is so encouraged & thankful for the expressions of concern shown for him. God has intervened in his life in many ways already but there are many complications yet to get through. He has severe eye damage, a persistent cough, has blisters & sores, headaches & nausea, joint pain, & problems with his throat, causing him to choke on his food. Please continue to pray for God to guide doctors in his treatment & for healing for Teddie.
Nov 15, 2016
Teddie came home from the hospital last weekend. He is now able to take some food and liquids by mouth. Teddie still has spots on his hands, feet, and body, but the pain is less, and he is not on morphine anymore. He has spots on his eyelids and they are trying to keep them from getting into his eyes. He has a long way to go but they can now see improvement and he is able to walk without pain. Teddie and his family want to thank everyone for their prayers, cards, and love. He will be at home while continuing to heal. Please continue to pray for Teddie's healing and for his family during this stressful and trying time.
Oct 28, 2016
Teddie M. (age 13) has Stevens-Johnson syndrome (a rare, life-threatening skin condition) and was moved out of ICU on October 27 into a regular room. He will probably be in the hospital for at least 2-3 weeks - and that is only if he starts to improve. He is in a great deal of pain and he and his family have asked for our prayers. He is on morphine, but they are trying to limit the amount since it is addictive. The situation is very serious and thankfully he seems to have stopped getting worse. At one point they thought they would have to send him to a burn unit in Cincinnati. Please keep the McClain family in your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 18, 2019 - Richard P. (Chino Hills, CA)
On behalf of the entire family, we would like to express our thanks to everyone for their prayers, thoughtfulness, care and concern for my father's condition. My parents have been inundated with cards, emails and phone calls. The outpouring of love has been overwhelming and extremely encouraging. They wish to thank everyone for the tremendous response to this health trial. We continue in faith, to look to God for his full healing of my father. Thank you once again everyone.
Jan 4, 2019
Back in April of this year, Richard P. (my father) began having labored breathing. After visits to multiple doctors and specialists, it was determined that a middle artery was 80 percent blocked. A stint was put in to help increase the blood flow. Since this artery is responsible for 50 percent of the oxygenated blood, it was thought that his breathing would get better. However, it did not. He was prescribed oxygen 'as needed." As time progressed, "as needed" moved to essentially being on oxygen all the time except when sleeping.
After time elapsed and his breathing was not getting any better, his cardiologist called for a CT scan of the lungs. We received the results Friday, Dec. 28. He has been diagnosed with "end stage Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)". In laymen's terms that is lung scarring. Think of it the same way as if you have a scar on your body from a cut, burn, etc. The same sort of scarring has occurred in his lungs. Because of the scarring, the lungs cannot take in enough oxygen resulting in the shortness of breath. The scarring occurs with no known reason. There is also no cure for IPF. The scarring will continue and limit his lungs ability for oxygen intake. We know that God can intervene at any time. Your prayers for my father and the entire family would be appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 18, 2019 - Mavis H. (Fargo, ND)
Mavis is doing well after her hip surgery. She returned home on Thursday, and appreciates everyone's prayers.
Jan 11, 2019
Mavis is doing much better. Therapy is going well and she expects to return home next Thursday.
Jan 4, 2019
Mavis' hip replacement surgery went well. She did have problems with low blood pressure and lower hemoglobin levels, but that is better now. She is recovering and receiving physical therapy at a nursing home, and hopes to be able to return home soon. Thank you for your prayers.
Dec 28, 2018
Surgery is approaching. Please pray surgery goes well and for recovery without any complications.
Dec 21, 2018
Mavis will be having hip replacement surgery on Monday, Dec. 31st. She has a lot of weakness besides her hip, so please pray surgery goes well and recovery without any complications.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jan 18, 2019 - Hugh B. (Western MD)
I want to take the opportunity to pass on my personal thank you, to everyone around the world, who have been praying for my brother Hugh B., an elder in Western Maryland, who has had Multiple Myeloma. Hugh continues regular check ups at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Treatment options at this time are slowing the progression of the disease with various side effects. It is very heartwarming for my family to know there are so many with such great concern when there is need. So thank you to everyone, the encouragement has been very much appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 18, 2019 - Valerie B. (Owings Mills, MD)
I want to take the opportunity to pass on my personal thank you, to everyone around the world, who have been praying for my sister Valerie B., of Owings Mills, Maryland, who has been treated for recurring breast cancer. Valerie deeply appreciates the prayers and cards and letters from around the world. She continues with chemotherapy. She especially wanted to mention that she has felt the prayers of God's people have been very helpful in her continuing battle. It is very heartwarming for my family to know there are so many with such great concern when there is need. So thank you to everyone, the encouragement has been very much appreciated.
Oct 8, 2018
I [Steve B. (AZ)] would like to ask for prayers for my sister, Valerie Byrd. Val was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in 2016 and after surgery and chemo therapy there seemed to be a good outcome. This past September a bone biopsy on her hip indicated positive for triple negative in this one spot, which seems to indicate her previous cancer didn't metastasize there. The current plan calls for radiation and then chemo therapy. We would also like to include God's intervention to the plan. Thank you for your prayers. I know a card or letter would be very therapeutic for her.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 17, 2019 - Herbert J. (Cincinnati, OH)
He is about the same. He is still having great difficulty with COPD. Please continue to pray for him.
Dec 21, 2017
He continues to struggle with COPD and weakness. Your prayers are greatly appreciated.
Apr 5, 2017
Your prayers are requested for Herbert J. of the Cincinnati East AM congregation. He is suffering from severe COPD that has not only affected his lungs but has also impacted his nutrition. He has been in and out of the hospital and is now at home. He is discouraged because he has not been able to attend services for several weeks. Your prayers for God's intervention, guidance and encouragement for him are greatly appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 17, 2019 - Gary and Angela P. (Davis, CA)
Gary and Angela have been relocated to an assisted living private home. They are able to be together there. Gary still has his issues with asthma and other on-going medical problems, but is functional. Angela continue to decline with dementia and/or Alzheimer's disease. She is good spirits and loves when people contact her.
Mar 23, 2018
Gary and Angela P., long-time members of the Sacramento congregation, have both been in the hospital for more than a week now. Until last night they actually were sharing a room. Gary has severe asthma and a resistant lung infection. He was moved to ICU late Thursday night unable to breathe. Angela has high blood sugar and issues with dementia. She was moved to a room on the adult medical floor until it can be decided where she should go if she has live on her own. It is a scary and frustrating trial for both of them. Please pray for God's mercy, comfort and healing. These health conditions have been plaguing them for years but it has a hit a new low at this time.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 17, 2019 - Fran S. (Saginaw, MI)
Fran has been in and out of the hospital over the past few weeks. She had a bleeding problem and pneumonia. She is back at home now. The cards and letters have been very encouraging for her. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Jul 20, 2018
Your prayers are requested for Fran S. Fran was baptized about two years ago, but has never been able to attend services with us. She should be undergoing dialysis three times a week. However, she also has a bleeding disorder, so she may bleed for three days after a session. Please ask God to provide Fran with strength and encouragement. She so much wants to attend services and the Feast of Tabernacles but is not able to do so at this time.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 17, 2019 - Charles W. (Laguna Niguel, CA)
He is still undergoing treatment for cancer. He is in pain after radiation treatments as well.
Aug 7, 2018
Your prayers are requested for Charles W., a member of the Garden Grove, CA congregation. Charles has an aggressive type of cancer on his face and his wife Donna gave us the latest update:
"We met the medical tumor board at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration facility and came out with worse news than we had expected. The medical team poked and prodded with no regard to pain and gave us no information. Without new x-rays they determined the tumor is near the eye and they want to remove the lower lid. The cancer wasn't all removed from the lip in the first surgery, so they want to do additional surgery. When asked if Charles would be able to talk again the response was that they didn't know. They want to totally remove the nose and give a prosthetic and then do radiation. The first surgery was unsuccessful but he is recovering nicely from it. There is a danger the cancer might spread to his eye or brain. It is all so heartbreaking to see Charles go through this. We are seeking to have him moved to a facility closer to home. It is a two hour drive to Los Angeles so hopefully other options will open up in a timely manner. We request your fervent prayers for Charles."

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 14, 2019 - Paula F. (Mt. Vernon, IL)
Paula's condition remains the same - very much pain in her bowels. Prayers are still needed.
Dec 20, 2017
Paula's condition remains the same -- very much pain in her bowels. Prayers are still needed.
Feb 23, 2017
Paula, a longtime church member is suffering with terrible bowel cramps & painful irregularity.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 14, 2019 - Clifton M. (St. Louis, MO)
Clif remains about the same. Please pray for encouragement.
Dec 20, 2017
Clif has not had a seizure in a very long time! Prayers are still needed.
Dec 28, 2016 Clif has not had a seizure since just after the 2016 Feast of Tabernacles. Please pray that he will remain seizure free.
Jun 9, 2015 Clifton suffered a major stroke. He has been diagnosed with global aphasia, meaning he has difficulty comprehending what is being said & is unable to speak.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 13, 2019 - Allie B. (Cedar Hill, TX)
Allie is now in the post-treatment period & her body now appears to be healing. She goes in for clinic visits once a month for a check-up. These visits are scheduled to continue for several more years. Your prayers for Allie are much appreciated.
Jan 6, 2018
Alliecontinues to progress through the maintenance phase of the chemo treatment with a projected end date of March 2018. After that time we will begin a long post-treatment period. The current balance of chemo drugs and support medicine seems to be finally in a therapeutic range. Although Allie has had to go to the ER several times recently, we are thankful that she has not been admitted to the hospital or had major additional health problems. We feel really blessed that she has been able to attend several camps this past year and we were able to attend the Feast of Tabernacles without going to the hospital. Your continued prayers are much appreciated.
Jul 3, 2017
Thank you for your prayers for our daughter, Allie, now five years old. Allie continues to progress through the maintenance phase of the chemotherapy treatment for acute lymphocytic leukemia with a projected end date of March 2018 for the chemotherapy drugs. In April, she went through a difficult time when an additional drug added to her regimen excessively built up the chemo in her blood stream and she was in the hospital while she recovered. At this time, the doctors are building up the amount of chemo treatment again, trying to balance effectiveness with side effects. Allie also plans on attending Camp Piney Woods and a hospital-sponsored camp this summer. Your prayers that the new treatment plan is effective and that Allie is able to stay healthy enough to attend the camps this summer are appreciated. With love, Greg and Debbie
Jan 9, 2017
Thank you for your prayers for Allie. She continues to progress through the maintenance phase of the chemo. She receives daily, weekly & monthly chemo drugs with a projected end date of March 2018 for the drugs. After the treatments we will be in a monitoring period to detect any possible relapse. She has some nausea & lack of energy, but otherwise is a happy little girl. Your prayers that the cancer is eliminated & that the side effects will be minimal is appreciated. The address is 932 Trail Wood Ct., Cedar Hill, TX 75104.
Aug 19, 2016
From her father: Thank you for your outpouring of love and prayers for our four year old daughter, Allie. This week Allie was able to start the maintenance phase of chemotherapy treatment for acute lymphocytic leukemia. Since being diagnosed right after Thanksgiving last year, she has gone through four phases of treatment with many rough periods and trips to the hospital. The maintenance phase lasts approximately 18 months and continues daily chemotherapy drugs at a generally lower dosage to maintain a suppressed white blood cell count and destroy any remaining cancer cells. Maintenance will also allow us to have scheduled visits to the hospital less often, once a month rather than once a week. We ask for your prayers that the cancer is eliminated and that the side effects associated with taking chemotherapy drugs will disappear or be minimal. With love, Greg and Debbie B.
Feb 5, 2016
After two months of chemotherapy treatment for childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, or "ALL", which is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, Adelaide ("Allie") is doing miraculously well! Allie's first month of treatment was very difficult for her and her family and it included four hospital stays. She was often in great pain and very despondent much of the time during her first month, but her second month has been very encouraging for her parents, her extended family, her local church family, and all who know her and have been watching her progress. Although her first month of treatment was punishing, it was also very effective as her cancer has been considered in remission since that time! It was after the first month that little Allie began to really perk up and become her normal, bubbly, vivacious self! She has been much more engaging, interactive, mobile, and happy this past month. That is not to say that she doesn't still have some very difficult moments, but it has been incredibly encouraging for her family and for all of us here locally. Allie has even been able to attend church with us a few times in the last month and it has been so wonderful to see her at services again!
Of course, Allie will still have to endure at least three years of treatment and won't be considered cured until she has another two years after that without a relapse. During those five years, Allie will face very significant dangers from chemotherapy side-effects and increased risk of infection due to her compromised immune system. She has a long way to go and will continue to have weekly chemo treatments, but it is very evident that she is greatly loved and God the Father and Jesus Christ are with her every step of the way. Her parents, Greg and Debbie, would like to thank everyone for the very generous outpouring of love and support for Allie and for the entire family.
The local church brethren and other family and friends have provided many meals for the family, given gifts to Allie, and shown numerous expressions of their great care for Allie and her family. They have received hundreds of cards and expressions of love and concern and are very grateful for every single one of them. Thank you so much for your continued prayers for Allie - that God will continue to strengthen her, protect her, and heal her.
Dec 2, 2015
Greg and Debbie B. of the Dallas congregation are requesting prayers for their 3.5 year old daughter Adelaide "Allie". She is the grand-daughter of Howard and Sarah B. of Big Sandy, TX and Fred and Sue W. of Dallas/Ft. Worth and the little sister of 5.5 year old Quentin. On November 30th Allie was diagnosed with childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, or "ALL" which is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. She is currently in Children's Hospital in Dallas. On Wednesday, December 2nd she will have surgery for her chemo port, a spinal tap and bone marrow biopsy. Chemo will possibly begin later in that day. There will be intense therapy for many months and treatments will span two to three years. Please pray for Allie's ultimate healing and for God's comfort and strength for the whole family at this difficult time.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 13, 2019 - Jenny H. (Hillcrest Qld Australia)
Jenny had a complicated procedure to take care of a large aneurism of the splenic artery which was life- threatening. The procedure went very well, surprising the doctors. We thank God for His mercy. After being home a few days Jenny had to be admitted back into hospital for pain management due to one third of the spleen dying. The Drs were encouraged at how well she managed this. After about 6 weeks of rest and recovery she is amazed at the energy she now has. It is a new experience for her! Everything has continued to go well for her and she is very thankful. Jenny, Brad, Kaylee and Zach, along with the Bradford and Huthnance families thank everyone for their prayers, cards and support.
Apr 8, 2018
I reported to you about ten days ago that Jenny successfully had an splenic aneurysm packed and made secure from rupturing. The procedure was successful. Several days after coming home from the hospital, she began to develop pains and had to be readmitted. A scan revealed that a 30% infarction (dying) of the spleen has occurred, probably because blood was partially cut off to the spleen. She was warned that should this happen, she would suffer extreme pain for some weeks or maybe more, and most patients opt to have the spleen removed to avoid the length of time for the pain to subside. She is determined to see this through and accept whatever pain that occurs in the process of the remaining spleen to heal, and at the same time pray that she will retain what's left of the spleen.
So far, it seems to working and the pain is under control to the point that she is able to handle it. Each day she seems to be improved a little This will take about two weeks or longer in the hospital, and will go on for longer once she is discharged. They really have to keep a watch on her for any further infarction, or a tear in the spleen. This was unexpected, because the original procedure to stabilize the aneurysm went so well. We are now prayerful that there will be no further complication and all will heal up well. Jenny is in good spirits and is very grateful for the many notes of encouragement and reassurances of prayer from over the world.
Mar 29, 2018
Last week I [Bill B.] sent out a prayer request for Jenny, our daughter with two children, who had a large and dangerous aneurysm on the artery going to the spleen, called a splenic aneurysm. On Monday she had a procedure that went so much better than the specialists thought. In fact, the main person doing the procedure was by his own admission, nervous about how it would go. They packed the aneurysm so well that the artery did not need a stent and Jenny's spleen will be okay with the continuing blood supply. She is home from the hospital and all that's left is the recovery from the procedure. We all thank you for your heartfelt prayers. Please rejoice with us over this outcome. From Jenny and Brad H., Kaylee and Zack, Bill and Jenny B., and Trevor and Les H.
Mar 20, 2018
The family kindly requests your prayers on behalf of Jenny (B.) H. After a couple of months of consulting with many different specialists there has been a decision agreed upon by the doctors involved that Jenny is to have a procedure on the 26th of March to take care of a rather large and difficult aneurysm located on a splenic branch that feeds to the spleen. The best case scenario is that this would cause the enlarged spleen to partially die and cause less stress on the splenic artery as well as take care of the aneurysm. This is quite a difficult procedure due to the size and shape of the aneurysm which has caused the specialists involved to come up with many different plans due to what they can achieve once they are able to get to the needed area.
The specialists have hope that the above can be achieved but ultimately there are many variables which could prevent success of the procedure. Doctors have stressed that this is absolutely necessary for a chance for Jenny to continue to live life as the alternative is that if nothing is done, life expectancy is shortened considerably. Your earnest prayers are much appreciated. Thank you, Jenny, Brad, Kaylee and Zachary.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 13, 2019 - Margie R. (Lawton, OK)
Margie, although weakened by the stroke she had in June 2018, is able to still live at her home and is thankful for that. She would appreciate prayers that she could have enough strength to be able to regularly attend church again. She and her daughter, Judy, a deaconess, appreciate the prayers of the brethren and all the cards she has received.
Jul 19, 2018
Thank you so much for your prayers for Margie R., age 95, of the Lawton congregation who did suffer a light stroke about five weeks ago. She is now back home and making progress, seeing a variety of physical and rehab therapists in her home on a weekly basis. Margie was in the hospital for three days and then spent about two weeks in the rehab wing of the hospital. She is now walking with a cane, but she tires easily and is hoping that God will grant her more strength in the days to come. Her daughter, Judy N., is providing much care for her as well. Both Margie and Judy would like to thank all of you for your faithful prayers on Margie's behalf and for the many, many encouraging, thoughtful cards she has received from around the world. Thank you for your continued prayers for Margie's health.
Jun 13, 2018
Margie R., age 95, and long-time member of the Lawton congregation would greatly appreciate your prayers. She is currently in the hospital after becoming very weak and walking became very difficult on Monday. It appeared as if she may be having a stroke, but after some tests the doctors didn't think that was the case. An MRI showed 90% blockage in some of the blood vessels in her brain. Margie's daughter, Judy N., is a deaconess in the Lawton congregation and she would also appreciate your prayers for her mother and that her mother would be healthy enough to come back home where she and others could care for her. We are all very grateful that Margie has not been in pain and her overall health has been extremely good. Please pray for Margie's quality of life and ask for God's mercy and will to be done as He sees fit. Thank you so much for your love and concern and prayers for Margie and her daughter, Judy.
Jan 15, 2014 - Margie R. (Lawton, OK)
Margie has recovered nicely from her hip surgery and is at services nearly every Sabbath.
Feb 22, 2013
Margie, age 90, fell in her home during the night of February 17, and was taken by ambulance to the Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton, Oklahoma, where she was diagnosed with a broken hip. Her hip surgery went well and the surgeon said he was pleased with the surgery and believes Margie should recover well. She is also having quite a bit less pain since the surgery. It will be about a month before she will be able to start putting her full weight upon the injured leg. She will be moving into a nearby rehab center in a few days. Your prayers for a complete and speedy recovery are greatly appreciated. Margie and her daughter, Judy Noel, want everyone to know how much they appreciate your prayers and they are very grateful for God's blessing and healing.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 11, 2019 - Owen Z. (Terre Haute, IN)
Owen, who turned 4 years old in December, went into the hospital and had both his legs broken surgically to correct his feet so that they would begin growing straight. He now has casts on both legs to hold them in the correct position until they heal. The casts should be coming off in late January. Owen is in great spirits for all he has gone through. After the casts come off he will be fitted for braces which hopefully will enable him to learn to walk. Brandon and Laura Beth appreciate all your prayers on Owen's behalf and for God's intervention and healing.
Jan 12, 2018
A recent MRI showed Owen's brain is not swollen & he doesn't need a shunt, so that is good news. He is getting around fairly well & getting into things like little boys tend to do. is Dad said he will need an operation when he is about 4 to correct his feet so they will grow straight to be able to walk. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Jun 30, 2017
Owen's eating, sleeping, and speech have greatly improved over the last six months, and he continues to receive physical and occupational therapies to help strengthen his legs and body. We continue to wait until he is older to fully determine his ability to walk, but he has progressed to using a walker device occasionally, and he can easily pull up and cruise around furniture. The primary limitation is his poor lower leg strength and that his shin bones have severe rotation, causing his feet to turn inward and he is not able to support gait function. The plan is to have surgery to correct those shin bones when he is 4. We had our bi-annual appointment last week and it was very positive on his brain swelling. They cleared him of any concern of abnormal swelling and he will not need a shunt! This is answered prayers. He is highly self-motivated in his therapies and abilities, and is a happy, healthy boy, full of curiosity and life. We thank God for His continued mercy. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Jan 5, 2017
Brandon said the last trip to Riley hospital in Indianapolis for Owen's checkup turned out very well. Brandon said that there was no any swelling or increased pressure on Owen's brain from the spina bifida condition. Owen is now crawling and trying to stand up with his braces. Although Owen has other problems to contend with he is improving. Your continued prayers to our heavenly Father for Owen are greatly appreciated.
Jun 24, 2016
Here is an update on Owen's condition from his mother, Laura Beth:
We have great news! The results of Owen's MRI today showed that there was no change in the fluid in his brain since his last MRI at the beginning of May. There does not appear to be any harmful pressure on the brain. His doctors noticed today that he actually has fluid around his brain, not just in his ventricles, and as a result, they now have a theory that the fluid might not be hydrocephalus at all. This fluid around his brain indicates that his skull is growing faster than his brain, which is very common and normal. When this happens, the brain does not like the empty space so it fills this space with fluid. That, in turn, causes the ventricles in the center of the brain to swell, acting like hydrocephalus. If this is what is actually happening, then eventually the brain will catch up with the skull and the fluid will decrease both around the brain and in the ventricles of the brain on its own.
This is still just a theory, and they have not yet ruled out hydrocephalus because it is just too common in spina bifida to completely rule out at this point. Our plan is to continue to monitor him through his behavior and MRIs. Our next MRI will be in 2 months. While we are not completely out of the woods yet, we are so thankful for the way things went today. We are grateful that his fluid did not increase. We are thankful that he does not need brain surgery right now. We are so grateful for God's tender mercies toward our son and our family. We were reminded today of the endless possibilities that He has to solve a problem. While my mind could only come up with a few ways this day could turn out, He has ways that we could never imagine. All the glory today goes to our great God! Thank you, once again, for your love, concern, support and prayers for our family! Sincerely, Brandon, Laura Beth, Jude & Owen
May 6, 2016
Brandon and Laura Beth Z. are requesting prayers for their son Owen. Here is a message from them:
You may recall that hydrocephalus is common in spina bifida. Hydrocephalus is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the ventricles of the brain. While Owen had some slight swelling in his ventricles after birth, it was thankfully not enough to require a shunt. Yesterday Owen had a standard follow-up neurosurgery appointment. At this appointment some red flags indicating possible hydrocephalus were noticed, and he had an impromptu MRI (fast spin with no radiation!). The results of this MRI showed that Owen is borderline for needing a shunt. His ventricles are about 1/4 to 1/2 size larger than they should be. Since there is no emergency at this point, we decided to wait on inserting a shunt. Our next step is to talk with our pediatrician and therapists about where he should be developmentally at this point and try to determine if the fluid on his brain could be causing his delays.
Owen is progressing in the gross motor area, but his fine motor skills are very delayed. He is 16 months old and has no words yet and will not eat solid food among other basic things that he should be doing now. It is possible that these delays are caused by the fluid on the brain. We have a follow-up appointment on June 22nd where Owen will have another MRI. They will do a side-by-side comparison of the results of yesterday's MRI and the one on June 22nd, discuss where he is developmentally, and make a decision from there. If there is no change in his brain on June 22nd, we will postpone the next MRI for 6 months. If there is an increase in fluid, we will be having a serious conversation about shunting him. This was a bit of a surprise to us yesterday since we thought we were out of the hydrocephalus danger zone. I was told yesterday that while most who don't need it initially, won't need it at all, there are a few who build fluid slowly over time and eventually do need a shunt. If a child can make it to age 3 without needing one, they typically won't need one at all.
Although we are disappointed with this possibility, we are thankful that it is still just a possibility and that Owen did not need emergency surgery yesterday. We would like to ask for your prayers between now and June 22nd, specifically that God would heal Owen of this fluid on his brain so that he will not need a shunt. Please also pray for peace and guidance for our family and especially for big brother, Jude, as he is beginning to be more aware of what is happening with Owen. We appreciate all of your prayers and the support system that we have! They make all of this easier to bear! Sincerely, Brandon, Laura Beth, Jude and Owen.
Apr 20, 2015
"Thank you all for your prayers regarding our son Owen. The head ultrasound this past Thursday revealed no swelling and the neurosurgeon does not believe he will need a shunt at all. Our next visit is not for six months. The doctor feels confident Owen will not need additional intervention! Praise God! Our next visit will be with the urologist on April 29 to test Owen's bladder and bowel function. Please pray that these tests reveal normal results. Thanks to all the brethren who have been praying to our heavenly Father for Owen's complete healing from spina bifida." Brandon Z.
Dec 29, 2014
Brandon and Laura Beth have a new baby boy, Owen, who was born on December 17, weighing 6 pounds and 1 ounce. Owen has spina bifida, and Brandon and Laura Beth would like your prayers to our heavenly Father on their son's behalf. The surgeon was able to put the spinal cord back in place and close up the opening successfully. Please pray for their family. They need a great deal of love, patience and endurance during this time of trial, on a daily basis. Also pray that God will give them wisdom in navigating the numerous treatment options and confidence in making difficult choices. Thank you for your prayers to our loving Father on their behalf.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 11, 2019 - Shane M. (son of Ed M., St. Paul, MN)
Shane fell out of his bed several days ago. He broke both femurs and crushed his knee. The doctor said he could only basically patch him up. Shane couldn't walk anyway, but this is a real setback. He's been transferred to a care facility in Woodbury, where the care is much better. Your prayers on his behalf are appreciated.
Aug 25, 2018
Shane is and has been either in the hospital or a nursing home since February 9th. Currently he is in Bethel Transitional Care. It all started in February with a very bad UTI, and when he got to the United Hospital the doctor there found a very infected bed sore. At first he thought it was gangrene. He was able to remove all of the infection, then do skin grafts to the wound area. The UTI was treated and he was in United Hospital's Intensive Care Unit for almost two weeks. His hearing has also be affected. Shane would love recover and be able to return to his apartment. Thank you for your prayers.
May 20, 2016
Shane is recovering from surgery very nicely. He's having Botox treatments to help with his legs. He hopes to be able to use his wheel chair again soon. This will be a great improvement and will allow Shane to get out of his bed and enjoy more mobility.
May 13, 2016
Shane was finally able to have surgery to remove his teeth, which has been causing a great deal of pain. 31 teeth were removed in surgery which lasted 4 hours. Ed says that when he awoke, he called and said he no longer feels the pain. Thank you very much for your prayers.
Apr 22, 2016
Shane is requesting prayers as he will be having dental surgery May 5th to pull all his teeth. This is the area where he has been experiencing great pain. Prayers are also requested that his rides show up for his appointments. Shane requires a special transportation service. Apparently, his driver misses quite a few of Shane's Doctor appointments. Thank you!
Apr 8, 2016
Ed indicated this week that Shane continues to struggle and needs all of the prayers he can get. He truly enjoys the cards he receives and has others read them to him.
Mar 4, 2016
Ed reports that his son, Shane, is still not doing well. Shane continues to suffer complications from MS. He is having more problems and seems to be sleeping most of the time. He's is having trouble keeping his eyes open and seems to dose off often. Ed is concerned about possible pain medication that Shane may be taking. Shane is also having a great deal of pain in his teeth and is waiting to for an appointment to have them removed. Please pray something opens up soon. Shane was very appreciative of all of the cards he has received and was very appreciative of one he received from Ireland. He is unable to read them but has Ed and his care giver read them to him. Your continued prayers are appreciated.
Jan 8, 2016
Shane is not doing well. His caregiver has stopped coming to provide care with no prior notice. Shane sleeps about 90 percent of the time and is having difficulty communicating verbally. Ed requests prayers for Shane and himself. Ed tries to see Shane each and every day and struggles seeing him suffer. Please pray that Shane obtains the care he needs and that God intervenes to decrease Shane's pain. Also pray that Ed gains comfort in the care Shane receives.
Apr 9, 2015
Shane has been in United hospital for three days this week with another serious and painful bladder infection. He is doing better, but the infection is not completely gone. He went home on Wednesday having been given medicine that is supposed to help. He appreciates your prayers.
Oct 17, 2013
Please keep Shane in your prayers, he was sent to St. John's Hospital on Tuesday evening (just prior to the Feast) for a bowel problem. While there the doctor looked at his pressure wound and said that will have to have the dead skin surgically removed and treated with antibiotics. The doctor said it is bad and Shane will have to go back to Bethesda again. He does not know for how long, possibly a month.
Aug 23, 2014
Shane is still at the Bethesda hospital recovering from a blood infection. After two weeks of antibiotics, doctors expect him to be released on Saturday if all goes well. Your prayers have been very much appreciated. Aug 16, 2014
Ed M.'s son, Shane was admitted to St. Joseph's hospital after being found unconscious at his home last Friday. He has very low sodium levels, and a blood infection. Here is an update form Ed: "Shane had two infections-one in the Bladder and one in the Blood -the doctors gave him an intravenous antibiotic for each infection. The Bladder is clearing up and now he is taking oral medications for that infection. The Blood infection is still being treated intravenously and he has been moved him to Bethesda for two more weeks. He had a reaction to one of the antibiotics when he first got to St. Joseph's Hospital and he was very confused and did not recognize his nurse that got him to the hospital. He wanted me to tell you thanks for the Prayers and feels that has help him the most! He wants to go back to his apartment but he has to stay the course on the medication until his Blood infection clears." Aug 10, 2013
Shane's wounds are healing; he is still in Bethesda Hospital. He had a ultra sound 2 days ago and he has Kidney stones again. The doctor said he was taking way too much vitamin D and that is what is causing the stones to form. The other doctor says he needs that much Vitamin D (3000 units)
But, his wounds are healing and the therapists are helping him get stronger. Please pray for strength and healing for Shane.
Aug 10
Shane will be going into surgery on Friday afternoon to attend to some wounds that are not healing properly. They have requested our prayers, so on their behalf, please ask God that He would guide the doctors hands and that Shane would be blessed with a full recovery.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 11, 2019 - Don P. (Springfield, MO)
From Mr. P.: "I still have cancer in two areas of my body. The lung cancer appears to be gone. My doctor is keeping an eye on a tumor on my thyroid. My kidney cancer is incurable but manageable. So far treatment seems to be keeping it from spreading or growing. That's the goal. The medication causes some fatigue but I am learning to deal with that."
Dec 13, 2017
From Don: "I was diagnosed with three separate types of cancer in three separate locations (lung, kidneys and thyroid). A recent scan showed that treatment for the lung cancer was successful and it is gone. The kidney cancer is incurable, is being controlled and the scan shows it is shrinking and has not spread. Doctors are still trying to determine a course of action to deal with the thyroid cancer."
Jun 2, 2017
Don P. [pastor, Springfield]: I have just been diagnosed with lung cancer. It is not too far advanced so specific treatment will not be determined for a couple of weeks. Doctors are also checking out spots in my kidneys and thyroid. In the meantime I am scheduled for several tests. Please pray to our Heavenly Father for His healing.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 11, 2019 - Jeanne P. (Bellevue, NE)
Judd & Jeanne have both had slight improvements. Judd's nerve pain throughout his body has slightly lessened, but his heart acts up periodically. Both conditions are serious and innervating. Jeanne is still cancer free with residual hip pain, which requires maintenance meds. Thank you all for your concern and prayers, they are greatly appreciated!
Dec 14, 2017
Jeanne has recovered and re-built to a fair extent from the heart attack in July, but it is working at 56% of normal capacity, barely over the 50% mark considered to be the minimum necessary. The cancer is still in remission, but the meds have given her osteoporosis, and she has suffered from dizziness. The combination has led to bone breakage when she has fallen twice, in addition to continual pain in her pelvis. Despite this, she maintains a positive attitude and a busy schedule teaching piano. Judd's nerve pain has slightly receded, allowing him to come to church most of the time now, but it is still serious and keeps him from many normal activities. The Pattons are very grateful for our continued prayers and look to God for His healing!
Jan 9, 2017
Jeanne is now "cancer-free" with monthly maintenance chemo. She is dealing with the damage done by the disease, mainly by using meds for pain, which varies day to day. She is back to a normal, but with a reduced schedule. Thank you for your prayers and support!
Jun 18, 2015
Jeanne is more than halfway through her course of chemotherapy treatments. Her June 16 test results showed that tumors on her spine and liver have dramatically shrunk to less than half the size they were, and her "cancer markers" (bio markers), have come down from extremely elevated to the normal range, with eight more weekly chemo treatments to go. This is great news, but she is still a long way from complete recovery. She is weak and must take pain medicine. Jeanne and Judd thank God for His mercy and thank all who have prayed for her through this trial.
Jan 22, 2015
Jeanne (husband, Judd) was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy several weeks ago. Her doctor believed the cancer was completely removed, but lymph fluid continues to build up under her arm, causing pressure and continual aching of her right shoulder. This makes it difficult for her to sleep or use her arm for simple tasks. Your prayers for Jeanne's complete healing will be much appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 11, 2019 - Michael R. (Columubus, GA)
He has improved greatly but he & the family would appreciate your continued prayers.
Jan 3, 2018
Mr. Mike R. continues to make steady progress. He is able to attend services once again and is so happy to be with the brethren once again. He needs to grow stronger and gain weight. Please keep him in your prayers.
Sep 1, 2017
We are happy to report that after a long and difficult health trial, Mike has been released from hospital care and has been sent home to recuperate and receive nutritional support which he will need. The many prayers of God's people have been much appreciated. We have seen God's mercy in action bringing Mike through this heavy trial of endurance. The family want to express their deepest thanks for the prayers and support that has been given for Mike and their family. Please continue to remember Mike in your prayers that he may gain much needed strength and body weight. Many thanks!
Aug 16, 2017
Mike has made much progress but continues to have setbacks. He is not feeling good since leaving ICU and is very weak with ammonia levels on the rise which affects his kidneys. He is also on IV fluids to give his kidneys proper nutrition. The family requests your daily prayers for God in order to bring this trial to an end and raise Mike up.
Jul 27, 2017
We are happy to report that Mr. R. continues to make constant improvement regarding the complex health crisis he has been undergoing. God's hand has been very evident in Mike's case. He is considered by the doctors a walking miracle as he continues to regain his health and wellbeing.
Jun 10, 2017
This is an urgent prayer request for Mike. He has suddenly experienced a serious rise in his ammonia levels over the 200 mark. This has placed him in a comma condition once again. The doctor feels that if they can get the ammonia level down Mike will continue to make slow and steady progress. The family thanks you for your continued prayers.
Jun 8, 2017
Mike continues to make slow but steady progress according to the doctors. He takes two steps forward and then takes one step backwards. This is a long projected recovery process that will require much patience as we go day to day. The family deeply appreciate your continued prayers on behalf of Mike and the family.
Jun 3, 2017
Mike is still in serious life-threatening circumstances, after 5 weeks, mostly in ICU. He takes one step forward, and next day a step backward. He is finally breathing on his own. He is very lethargic due to failing liver with ammonia levels worsening. Kidney failure continues to worsen. The family would appreciate your continued prayers on Mike's behalf. Thank you!
May 24, 2017 - Michael R. (Columubus, GA)
The family of Michael R., a long time elder in the Columbus, Georgia, church, asks for your continued prayers. Mike has been improving very slowly after repairing his aneurysm, and there is much to be thankful for. The doctors want to remove the ventilator but there may be a need for a tracheotomy. Thank you for your concern and prayers that all will go well.
May 5, 2017
Michael R., a long time elder in the Columbus, Georgia, church, is fighting for his life from complications that have come up after repairing the larger than anticipated aneurism. There is a severe problem in his lower intestines and he is in a great deal of pain. They have put him in a drug-induced coma and are caring for him in ICU. Please pray for God' miraculous healing.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 11, 2019 - Andrew P. (Winnipeg, Canada)
Andrew is still hospitalized following the kidney transplant. He continues to deal with abnormal abdominal swelling from fluid build-up. A recent setback involved a serious infection that has affected the incision made during the operation. He is feeling weaker and is experiencing shaking of his limbs. Maria still tires easily & is looking for new employment. Please continue pray for the correct treatment decisions & for healing.
Your continued prayers are requested for Andrew and Maria P.of the Winnipeg, MB congregation. Andrew is still in the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre following the kidney transplant. He continues to deal with abnormal abdominal swelling from fluid build up. A recent setback involves a serious infection that has affected the incision made during the operation. It is oozing infected material. He is feeling weaker and is experiencing shaking of his limbs. Maria still tires easily and is not ready to return to work yet and she is looking for new employment. Please continue pray for the correct treatment decision, for continued healing for both of them and for their continued recovery and strengthening.
Dec 21, 2018
Your prayers are requested for Andrew and Maria P. of the Winnipeg, MB congregation. Andrew has been dealing with kidney failure for some time and had to undergo kidney dialysis for most of this past year. He underwent a kidney transplant December 6. He and his wife Maria, who donated the kidney, were gradually recovering from the surgeries. Maria returned home on December 13. However, Andrew is still in the hospital. He had to deal with a blockage in the artery that goes to the kidney that slowly cleared up. Then he experienced internal bleeding when the sutures connecting his artery to the kidney partially let loose. He underwent surgery last Friday to repair the failed connection and as of this Monday things seemed to be stabilized and he was bought out of sedation. He is receiving strong pain medication and the recovery from this latest surgery will take some time. Please continue pray for healing for both of them and for the latest surgery to be successful and that the donated kidney can function properly and for their continued recovery and for encouragement.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 11, 2019 - Grace A. (Paris, IL)
Grace, who underwent surgery for stage two ovarian cancer in May 2018, is doing well. Her doctors are just astounded that she hasn't any signs of cancer since she had no treatments. We know that God intervened with healing for her because of all you brethren who have prayed for her healing. On January 8 Grace had her second follow up tests and she is still cancer free - to the oncologists amazement. Grace still has a small place in her surgery wound that doesn't want to heal properly. She would appreciate your prayers that God would cause her wound to heal totally. This surgery was done on May 10. Thank you to all you faithful brethren for you prayers and to our great God for His mercy.
Oct 6, 2018
We are writing to let all the brethren around the world know that my wife Grace was able to keep the Feast of Tabernacles this year with her family after a long recovery to get her strength back after the surgery after her colon had ruptured on May 10th. The surgeon discovered that Grace had a very large cyst on her ovary which turned out to be stage two cancer. The last visit to see her surgeon to check Grace's wound about a month ago told her he that because of her weak heart he had been afraid that she might not survive the surgery. After many months of recovering from the surgery she met on October 3rd with her oncologist to do a CT scan. The next day we met with her oncologist to obtain the results. He said there no signs of cancer and the blood test showed no cancer markers. The oncologist said that Grace was a very unusual case since she has taken no medicine or any treatments at all since her operation. He was amazed by the test results. We all know that our loving Father and Jesus Christ have intervened to heal her and has heard the prayers of all the righteous brethren around the world who have been praying for her healing. We are so thankful to everyone for their fervent, effective prayers on Grace's behalf. May God bless you all with encouragement as well. Please pass this information on to all the brethren in your congregations. Give God the praise.
Aug 19, 2018
My wife Grace had a visit with her surgeon at the Carle hospital in Champaign, IL this week and she was told that she no longer needs to be carrying around her wound-vac machine because her wound has healed to the point that she only needs a dressing for the next few weeks. Grace is very happy about this good news and is going to be going to Sabbath services today. She wants to give thanks to our merciful God and all you many brethren for your earnest prayers for her healing. Please pray for God's direction as to what kind of treatment will be needed for her ovarian cancer. As of now we are making plans to go to the Feast, God willing.
Aug 3, 2018
My wife Grace is finally home after 70 days in a nursing home rehab center. She is still under wound center care after her surgery but is healing nicely now after a setback of infection. Grace is doing rehab to help her regain her strength. She and I are so very thankful to all you brethren that have sent cards, letters of prayers and encouragement. They have meant more than you can know for both Grace and me. We want to thank our heavenly Father for intervening for Grace to bring her to this point in time. She is looking forward to begin attending Sabbath services again as soon as possible. She still has the ovarian cancer to deal with but she knows she is in God's hands and we are praying for complete healing.
Jun 4, 2018
Here is an update on my wife Grace. She is now out of the ICU from Carle hospital and back in our hometown of Paris, IL. She is in a nursing home rehab physicality where she is getting therapy five days a week to help her get her strength built up so she can hopefully begin to walk again. After so many days in the hospital she has lost all her muscle strength.
We are just so very grateful to our heavenly Father for answering the prayers of all of you loving and caring brethren around the world. We have received so many cards and letters that we can't begin to thank each and every one of you individually so I want to do it in this message. You can't begin to imagine the impact you have made on Grace and I with your kind thoughts. Holding the cards and letters and seeing all the names on them is like holding your prayers to our Father in our hands. Grace was very near death but God was very merciful and answered your prayers. Thank you all so much for your loving kindness. Grace was told by the doctors in the hospital that the cyst that ruptured was cancerous so please continue to pray to our great heavenly Father for her complete healing.
May 14, 2018
My wife Grace was taken to the Carle hospital Emergency Room at 3:00 a.m. Thursday morning. She underwent emergency surgery due to a very large cyst on her ovary which burst. The cyst had attached itself to her colon and caused a small hole in it. This spilled poison into her abdomen and caused her to become septic. Grace has a very weak heart which has further complicated things. All of this has created a life threatening situation. Your prayers for God's healing and a full recovery would be much appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 10, 2019 - Rolf M. (Monheim Germany)
In December Rolf completed a 4-week therapy treatment on an in-patient basis. His out-patient therapy continues now twice a week. His condition is greatly improved, although he is having problems with short-term memory loss.
Oct 22, 2018
Prayers are requested for Rolf M., a deacon in the Dormagen, Germany congregation and a member of the UCG-Germany National Council. Early this morning Rolf had what doctors at a neurological hospital clinic are describing as a major stroke. Rolf's left side was affected and he was unable to move his left arm at all or stand up from a sitting position. He is currently in the intensive care ward at the hospital in Solingen, Germany and will remain there at least three days under observation prior to further treatment and rehabilitation therapy that will probably last 3-4 weeks.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 10, 2019 - Sue R. (Lebanon, TN)
From Sue: "I saw my doctor yesterday and she gave me the results of the c-scan. Everything looked good. I seem to be holding stable right now, thank God! While we were there, she gave my husband, Jim, an examination for cancer of the esophagus. There were some questionable areas so now we have an appointment next week for a PET scan to further check things out. He is not in a lot of pain but has difficulty eating. The cancer has spread to 3 lymph nodes. They tried stretching the opening, which had narrowed so food would not go down, due to the acid reflux that he has had over the years. The procedure could not be completed. They said it is not curable but is treatable. Prayers are welcome - we know God is our Healer.
Dec 12, 2017
From Sue: "I am still required to see the doctor for blood tests every 28 days & I have C-scans every three months . The latest was Nov 30, and the doctor was very pleased with it - no new growth anywhere! The leg pain is still with me but with the nerve blocker prescribed it is much more bearable. Our God is a merciful God. Thank you all for praying on my behalf."
Dec 22, 2016 - Sue R. (Lebanon, TN)
The prayers are working! Most of the severe pain is gone. She was able to get off pain patches as well. She is undergoing monthly treatments with blood tests & meds. Thank you for your prayers.
Jul 13, 2016
My wife, Sue, has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer which has metastasized to a vertebra in her upper spinal column. We earnestly request all Church of God members to pray for Sue's healing. Sue and I were married in 1989 after each of us had suffered the loss of a mate to cancer. Please ask our Heavenly Father to show us His mercy and spare us this further suffering due to cancer.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 10, 2019 - Martina B. (Bad Vilbel, Germany)
After the Feast Martina went for a 3-week therapy especially for ALS patients. She is offered this therapy annually, but hasn't participated for several years because the condition of patients with advanced stage ALS discouraged her. However, this year she went and the therapy proved beneficial. Her condition remains stable, although stiffness in her legs often is a challenge for her.
Dec 14, 2017 - Martina B.
Martina was able to attend the Feast of Tabernacles, utilizing a special transport service from her home near Frankfurt for the 4 hour drive to the Feast site. Her condition remains stable, but her mobility (ability to walk with a walker) has deteriorated slightly since the last update. She remains in good spirits and has a remarkable attitude.
Feb 9, 2017
Martina B. 4 years ago was diagnosed with ALS. Her condition is currently stable, but the ALS makes walking a real trial for her. She has a walker & it is with great effort that she can walk short distances before tiring. She was baptized last year. Please pray for her healing.

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<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 10, 2019 - Tom D. (Lubbock, TX)
My condition is slowly declining. I use a wheelchair more than I have in the past. Thanks to those who are in prayer with me concerning issues I have. I don't drive much anymore. I have a bad habit of falling asleep while driving. I can still drive to our local Walmart (three miles from my home). This means I have had to face the fact that I will never be an astronaut. My lovely wife drives me to church services as well as to local church visits. When she can't take me, I am chauffeured by various men in the Lubbock Congregation. Please remember to pray for our caregivers too.
Dec 12, 2017
My condition continues to be stabilized. I have limited energy, so I have to be careful not to overextend myself. If I do overextend myself my walking becomes sloppy. I define "sloppy" as losing control of some of my muscle groups. When that happens I find it hard to walk and talk. Anyway, Lisa and I are thankful beyond words for the prayers and cards we have received from people across the globe.
Jan 5, 2017
I am feeling better overall. My Generalized Dystonia is a movement disorder which causes my body to move uncontrollably. The best way to understand what it is like to have Dystonia is to watch a video of Michael J. Fox as he deals with his Parkinson's Disease. These two disorders are very similar to one another. My involuntary muscle movements are largely under control. If I overdo it, my body begins to move uncontrollably again. So I am learning to gauge my activities to function more normally on a daily basis.
Dec 24, 2015
The diagnosis for my condition is Generalized Dystonia. This is a movement disorder that affects predominately my neck and legs. Some days are relatively good, while other days I have to use a wheelchair or cane. He is feeling pretty good overall but would appreciate continued prayers.
Nov 16, 2014
Tom was recently hospitalized after passing out at his chiropractor's office. He will see his neurologist on 11/19/2014.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 4, 2019 - Marissa F. (Dickson, TN)
Dear church family, I cannot express how grateful I am that you've kept up with me over the course of three long years now as I continue to fight this battle with my eyes. At this point in time, I am still receiving monthly eye-shots of Avastin for my left eye, while my right eye remains a miraculous result of God's healing hands. The doctor's believe that getting shots in my left eye will be a life-long necessity for me, and that the film of blood spots I see in that eye will remain, which pains me to say the least, but I am infinitely grateful that God has allowed me to keep my sight, even if it is not as good as it used to be.
The main thing I would like to request your prayers for now is guidance as I take a big step in life. I turn nineteen on June 7th, which is when my insurance that has been helping me afford the cost of shots officially runs out. In addition to this, I am engaged to be married on August 11th. With that being said, I humbly request your prayers on how to handle medical costs as my fiance and I become a family of our own. We have faith that God will take care of us as we deal with these unusual costs for a newly married couple. I hold on to the faith that our great God is bigger than IRVAN Syndrome - this uncommon, idiopathic issue with my eyes - and that when he sees fit to relieve me of this trial, He can and He will. He has been merciful to me and I am immeasurably grateful for your prayers for His hand in my life!
Feb 15, 2018
Church Family, I have some news that is both incredible and inspiring! I went in for my monthly eye injections yesterday and to my delight and shock, this is the second month in a row that the internal scans showed zero inflammation in both eyes. Whether it is one of the new holistic remedies I'm trying or an absolute miracle, something is working. Your prayers are so powerful and have been greatly appreciated! They have clearly been making a huge difference in my life. I have waited so long to hear the words that I'm rid of this health trial, and it looks like I may be on the way. Once in and while my eyes would clear up like this before a visit and then randomly flare up again afterwards. But to have clear scans two months in a row? That's all new to me! Please pray that these good results keep on coming. I still had to have a shot in the left eye as a precaution. We want to try slowly drawing down my appointments to every six weeks instead of every four in hopes that it will ween the left eye completely from needing injections. This is a delicate process. Thank you, Lord for positive news! You knew I needed it.
Dec 31, 2017
The IRVAN Syndrome is a rare disease that is considered incurable and progressive. There have only ever been 22 total cases in the world. There is no known cause. It all started with a vitreous hemorrhage (a big blotch of blood trapped in the vitreous gel of my eye). I was very scared, as the doctors told me that my eyes were bleeding internally, but that they had never seen this happen to someone so young. It didn’t improve but got worse. Then, the doctor said he had consulted with several colleagues all across the world, and that he had an idea about what could be going on with my eyes.  Before he saw us, my eyes were scanned once more, revealing to us it was worse than before. It is known to lead to complete blindness - a very scary thing! Since then, I have been undergoing monthly eye injections, which are very painful, with no reassurance that they're doing any good. All I see is progression for the worse in my left eye. I humbly ask for prayers for guidance, for strength & for healing because I want to see my wedding day... my first child... and because I want to testify as to God's amazing healing powers. As for some good news, my RIGHT eye is doing phenomenal. Praise God for the work He has done! I've been able to skip my injection in the right eye for the last two months! It has been such a relief. Thank you for your diligent prayers! It means the world to me!
May 25, 2017
The following is a prayer update from Marissa F. As a reminder, she is the daughter of members in the Nashville, TN congregation. Marissa is 16 years old and will turn 17 in June. She has been in danger of losing her vision in both eyes and has been receiving painful shots in her eyes.
I've just returned from my appointment to some good news and some bad. Having skipped the shot in my right eye last month, I was pleased to see it is remaining stable in its healing! My left eye however has been much more stubborn. Sometimes it responds to the treatment, sometimes it doesn't. This time, despite never having skipped a shot in the left, it was much worse. I did end up needing to go through with shots in both eyes, despite the progress we've seen in my right eye. This is because in past experience, I've been able to go a full 7 weeks without a shot in my right, but if we let it go just one extra week, it flares back into being really bad. Our current goal is to see if we can begin regularly skipping the shot in the right eye every other month, and then gradually not get them at all. We will also be trying to switch to Lucentis instead of Avastin, in order to see what my eyes are most responsive to. This is a much more pricey treatment. As for my vision itself, it has been very good so far. It is 20/20 in my right eye, and usually only a little worse in my left. This fluctuates. The prayers I so desperately need are for the inflammation in the veins of my eyes, especially in the left. Thank you so much for remembering me in your prayers, they mean more to me than I can say! I'm completely reliant on them and can't send enough thanks! Warmly, Marissa.
Dec 23, 2016
The shot Marissa had recently in left eye was particularly painful & there is some bleeding. She describes the pain as feeling like stinging shampoo that won't come out for a whole day. By day 2, it feels like a bad sty. The good news is the right eye has been normal the last 2 times. The left eye still has inflammation but is greatly improved. Continued prayers are appreciated.
May 28, 2016
The following is a prayer update from Marissa, age 15:
As of May 5th, we received some great news that my eyes have improved dramatically! Many people may remember that on my previous retina exam, my vision had improved from 20/60 to 20/40 but the inflammation had actually worsened. We hoped and prayed more specifically for the inflammation to be healed before our appointment in May. The April pictures of my eye looked a lot like the seam on a Ziploc bag that was being "unzipped." You could literally see where the inflammation in the eye was so advanced there were places where my eye was pulling away from out its outer protective layer and on the verge of rupturing. Had this occurred (and it was very thin) I would have gone blind immediately.
During this time, many people sent me cards and prayed for me, which was more encouraging than words can say. I also began receiving Atlas Orthogonal treatments to align my atlas bone in my head (improving blood flow) and helping my scoliotic pain. My back pain improved quite a bit, and when we went back to the retina specialist in May, he was astounded that my vision had improved to 20/30 and my right eye was that of a normal 15 year old. There was no inflammation and my left eye was nearly healed from the inflammation as well, with only a small amount remaining. The Ziploc-effect appeared to be "sealing." To give some perspective of what a miracle this is, they started out comparing my eyes to a 70-80 year old person. My family and I are overcome with grateful emotion seeing as though they told us this was an incurable disease. Before we left that morning for our appointment, my mother and I said a heartfelt prayer together asking God to fulfill the promise of John 14:13 for His glory.
As a recap, not only has the inflammation miraculously improved but my vision has gone from 20/60 to 20/30 in a period of just three months. If my eyes continue on this path of healing, it will become the fastest recovery in the history of this disease. The doctors think two more months of intraocular shots for good measure and then they'll start spreading them way out. We know this wouldn't have been possible without the Greatest Physician stepping in to help and the prayers of all of you! Please continue to pray that when I return to the retina specialist on June 2, these astounding results will have remained that way. With much love and gratitude, Marissa.
Feb 16, 2016
Last week we sent a prayer request about 15-year old Marissa Fooshe who is requesting prayers for one of her eyes and for her back. Your continued prayers for Marissa will be much appreciated. Below is an update from her.
"Dear friends, I thought it was time for a personal update. I hold all your prayers close to heart. This week has been trying. The direct eye injections have been a very painful experience for me. It was excruciating at first and after three days the pain is just beginning to wear off. My eyes didn't take it very well seeing as though the entire half of the white in my right eye turned blood red (not nearly the same as bloodshot) and hasn't faded. I'm not posting any pictures unless asked through direct message because it's not for the faint at heart... my eyes are very light sensitive for the time being so I have to wear sunglasses everywhere I go. My dear friends, I would do practically anything to never have to get them again so I appreciate and depend on your fervent prayers for that. On top of that my braces were tightened a few days ago with power chains and the aching pain of that has not at all wavered. All the pains combined (as well as the scoliosis) have been waking me up multiple times a night and aren't allowing me to get back to sleep. Not only am I on a strict anti-inflammatory diet consisting of about 27 foods, but I'm also desperately trying to only eat things that are cold and soft. I'm kind of surviving off applesauce. All things considered, I'm doing rather well; I am very touched by all the cards and the prayers I've gotten. It truly does make it a little better with all the love and support. Shout out to everyone all across the US, to my brothers and sisters in Jamaica and from everywhere prayers are going up for me. It has really brought me up. All trials are temporary and I know this too shall pass, I'm just infinitely grateful for your prayers as I go through the process. Love, Marissa"
Feb 5, 2016
Marissa is requesting prayers for one of her eyes and for her back. She had an eye hemorrhage several weeks ago and it affected her vision. After being anointed, the vision has improved but it was discovered that she has swollen veins around her retina. This is a serious condition and has shocked the doctors, who have never seen this condition in someone so young. Marissa is only 15 and turns 16 on June 7, 2016. Doctors are very concerned and want to do an MRI to see if she has vascular inflammation throughout her entire body. Marissa also requests prayers for severe pain in her back caused by scoliosis. She wore a back brace for a while but it was removed in November. She has attended United Church of God in Nashville, Tennessee all of her life.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jan 2, 2019 - Kossi F. (Lome, Togo)
Pastor of the Lome and MoeĂ-Hagou congregations in Togo has been diagnose with prostate cancer. He traveled to Accra, Ghana in December and received treatment at a special clinic and he will need to return on January 7 for continued treatment. He asks that God would guide the procedures and his decision making. Your cards and letters of support would be greatly appreciated as well.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 1, 2019 - Grady S. (GA)
His health situation has improved somewhat but continued prayers are requested.
Jul 5, 2018
Grady, an elder, has a serious case of his legs swelling. It is affecting his ability to walk. He is going through tests to determine the problem. He would appreciate your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 21, 2018 - Paul W. (Pinellas Park, FL)
Sandi writes: Just a note to say surgery well done and I'm home. PT will come to the house. Prayers are appreciated, thanks and love to all.
Dec 14, 2018
Paul is doing better and will be going home from rehab this Saturday, 12/15. There will be some follow up with physical therapy at home. Also, prayers for Sandi would be appreciated. Thursday, 12/20, she will be having a total hip replacement.
Aug 17, 2018
Paul has a bulging herniated disc, the worse kind. And the disc below that one is out of alignment. So both are pressing on the nerves at each point. He is scheduled for a cortisone shot Wednesday morning. Prayers are much appreciated, along with the lovely cards and encouraging thoughts, and the phone calls. Thanks to all, Paul and Sandi
Aug 3, 2018
Paul is experiencing an extreme amount of pain, with sciatica in his hip and leg, and today was diagnosed with shingles on his head and shoulder, and urinary tract infection. He would really appreciate prayers for his healing.
Jun 10, 2016
Paul believes he is already seeing improvement since last week's eye surgery. However, the healing process will take several weeks. He goes in to have the eye checked next week. Please pray his recovery goes well.
Jun 3, 2016
Paul was scheduled for Vitrectomy Surgery/Epiretinal Membrane on Friday, June 3rd. The implanted lens after cataract surgery made the left eye for close up and the right eye for distance. The left eye is blurred so he cannot see clearly to read. It may take up to 6 months to regain the best vision. Please pray that his vision will be restored.
UPDATE - Surgery went very well this morning. A follow up appointment will be June 15th. We appreciate your prayers for continued healing. Thank you, Paul and Sandi

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 21, 2018 - LaDonna T. (Ruston, LA)
LaDonna was recently placed on home hospice care. She fell not long ago and has been suffering a number of problems in addition to her decline due to the Multiple Sclerosis. She and her husband, Chris, know that her health can rally at any time and that God can step in at any point to heal her - if that is His will. Hospice will re-assess her every six months. The family knew from the early onset of MS that without intervention, the diagnosis is terminal. Knowing the future she has in the family of God with a resurrected spirit body is comforting and encouraging, but it is still hard to deal with her rate of decline in recent months. Chris has asked for prayers for God's mercy and will for LaDonna and for help for him and the grandchildren being able to accept God's will. They are very appreciative and grateful for all the prayers, cards and expressions of concern they have received.
June 2, 2018
LaDonna had been continually declining due to her MS and some days was unable to get out of bed. Her daughter stated, "At times this disease leaves her unable to speak fluently, walk, stand, sleep, swallow foods/drinks, breathe adequately, or perform everyday living tasks. She also suffers with chronic and severe inflammation, pain and muscle spasms." A few weeks ago she decided to try a stem cell treatment and after one infusion immediately felt a little better. After further infusions, along with other treatments, she is walking again and able to speak in complete sentences. She attended morning services on Pentecost, walking without her powered wheelchair - which she has not done for over a year. She was able to drive to the store last week and did some light shopping. Her husband, Chris, says she is like a different person! The doctor said this will not reverse or cure MS, but can reverse some of the deterioration and should arrest further progression. LaDonna will see him in six months and again in 12 for follow-ups and perhaps additional treatment. The family want to thank everyone for their prayers and all the encouragement, share the wonderful news and ask for continued prayers that God will ensure the treatment continues to have terrific benefits.
May 5, 2017
LaDonna T. of the Ruston, Louisiana, congregation, would appreciate prayers. LaDonna has been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Doctors told her this type does not have remissions as some others have with MS. The prognosis is rather bleak but she maintains her faith in God's ability to heal -- whether now or at Christ's return. Meanwhile she is getting Home Health, and medication to help with the jerking, muscle spasms and rigidity. In addition, she is starting a diet protocol that has helped others with inflammation. She asks that you pray for God to help them have wisdom, peace and strength as they tackle her issues with MS.
LaDonna had been continually declining due to her MS and some days was unable to get out of bed. Her daughter stated, "At times this disease leaves her unable to speak fluently, walk, stand, sleep, swallow foods/drinks, breathe adequately, or perform everyday living tasks. She also suffers with chronic and severe inflammation, pain and muscle spasms." A few weeks ago she decided to try a stem cell treatment and after one infusion immediately felt a little better. After further infusions, along with other treatments, she is walking again and able to speak in complete sentences. She attended morning services on Pentecost, walking without her powered wheelchair - which she has not done for over a year. She was able to drive to the store last week and did some light shopping. Her husband, Chris, says she is like a different person! The doctor said this will not reverse or cure MS, but can reverse some of the deterioration and should arrest further progression. LaDonna will see him in six months and again in 12 for follow-ups and perhaps additional treatment. The family want to thank everyone for their prayers and all the encouragement, share the wonderful news and ask for continued prayers that God will ensure the treatment continues to have terrific benefits.
May 5, 2017
LaDonna T. of the Ruston, Louisiana, congregation, would appreciate prayers. LaDonna has been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Doctors told her this type does not have remissions as some others have with MS. The prognosis is rather bleak but she maintains her faith in God's ability to heal -- whether now or at Christ's return. Meanwhile she is getting Home Health, and medication to help with the jerking, muscle spasms and rigidity. In addition, she is starting a diet protocol that has helped others with inflammation. She asks that you pray for God to help them have wisdom, peace and strength as they tackle her issues with MS.

<  >   Prayer Request - Dec 14, 2018 - Brendan B. (Nashville, TN)
Brendan B., of the Nashville, Tennessee, congregation, lost much of the field of vision in his left eye over the past ten days. After initial diagnosis a week ago of a less serious cause, staff found a retinal detachment late Saturday night. Brendan's surgery went well. The doctor put a silicone band around the outside of the eyeball, an air bubble inside and "spot-welded" the edge of the loose retina with a cryo-laser. He is now home seeking an equally successful recovery. By next weekend he'll have his new "normal" vision and if he makes it six weeks without an issue, a related relapse becomes very unlikely. He is thankful that due to the position of his issue, he gets to recover at a 70° recline (rather than flat on his face, as some must. The family thanks everyone for the prayers offered on his behalf.

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 14, 2018 - Lexter A. (Manila, Philippines)
After a couple of weeks of treatment for bacterial infection, Lam was discharged from the hospital today. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the brethren for your prayers.
Dec 2, 2018
Lam's condition has improved. He has regained consciousness and is a little responsive but still confined to the intensive care unit of the hospital. Culture from his blood sample indicated bacterial infection and he is diagnosed to have leptospirosis. He has been given antibiotics. The family appreciates and requests continued prayers of the brethren.
Dec 1, 2018
Urgent prayers are requested for Lexter A. (Lam), son of Leonard and Annabelle B. of the Manila congregation. Lam was admitted to the hospital on Thursday, November 29 due to high fever and nausea. The doctors suspected dengue fever because his blood test showed low platelet count. There appears to be some complication and he lapsed into unconsciousness this morning. Results of further diagnostic tests are still being awaited for.

<  >   Prayer Update - Nov 24, 2018 - Carson F. (Bentonville, AR)
Doctors have installed a PICC line into Carson's stomach through which they are now able to give him nutrition. As a result he is steadily gaining strength. The cardiologist is happy with his progress, and all vital signs have been steady for nearly a week. He has been able to get up on his feet with assistance twice, which is a big step forward! Last Wednesday doctors inserted two additional drain tubes in his chest to draw out additional fluids that were building up around his heart and lungs. This has relieved a great deal of the stress on the heart and makes breathing easier. His kidneys are also showing improvement. At this point the two biggest issues are, first, the amount of fluid they are still draining out of the chest tubes. This needs to reduce or stop completely before he can be moved out of ICU. He has been in ICU for two weeks now. The other is that he has been unable to pass the swallow test. That means he is not able to take food or drink by mouth because he aspirates at least a portion of it rather than getting into his stomach. The family is very appreciative of your prayers, cards and support. Please keep Carson and the family in your prayers.
Nov 24, 2018
Carson blacked out while driving and was involved in a one-car accident Wednesday evening. When EMS arrived he stepped out of the van and collapsed on the side of the road with a cardiac arrest. EMS had to shock him multiple times to get his heart beating again, and he was transported to the hospital. In the ICU doctors had to give him the most powerful medication they have to bring his blood pressure up to near normal, and it must be given through an IV. But prolonged use causes the kidneys to shut down. Currently, Carson's kidneys are shutting down, but if they reduce the medication his blood pressure drops dangerously low. The cardiologist just told the family there is a 75-90 percent chance he will never leave the hospital. Your prayers for Carson and the entire family would be greatly appreciated.
Dec 22, 2017
Many have asked for an update on Carson's condition following the prayer requests that went out regarding his serious heart condition. This past January he was told by a cardiologist that medical science had done all it could for him, and he had only a few weeks to live. This past week the cardiologist called him the "miracle patient" because of how well he is doing! He still battles congestive heart failure, and is limited in what he can do, but he is so grateful that God has preserved him and prolonged his life! In fact, during the Feast he became a grandpa yet again to a beautiful baby boy that he wouldn't have had the chance to see and hold if the doctors had been right! He and his family want to thank everyone for their cards, letters and calls, but most of all for the heartfelt prayers that went up before our Father on his behalf!
Feb 4, 2017 - Carson F. (Bentonville, AR)
Carson would like thank all of the brethren again for their prayers, cards and phone calls concerning his battle with congestive heart failure. There is no question that God has heard the prayers of the brethren. Carson has lost over 30 lbs. of water weight in the past two and a half weeks. He has been able to get some restful sleep in bed the past two weeks, which he has not been able to do for months. The wound on his leg is also making good progress and is getting smaller each week. He is however having difficulty with side effects of one of his medications that make him feel really weak and horrible. He asks that the brethren continue to pray for God's continued healing and help with the side effects from this medication. Again, thanks to everyone for all of their prayers, it has been very encouraging.
Jan 27, 2017
Our family would like to thank everyone for their prayers for God's healing, and all of the cards (Dad received so many) and phone calls. They have all been very encouraging! He was released this week after spending a week in the hospital due to congestive heart failure. He has made progress getting fluid off, but still has a ways to go. We still desire the prayers of our brethren that Dad continues to get rid of fluids in his belly and that his blood pressure and heart rate stay stable now that he is on new medications. Also, that God will keep his kidneys and liver healthy since they are under stress from the medications. We really appreciate all of the support from the brethren. It has been a great comfort to the entire family.
Jan 6, 2017
As you may know, my dad, Carson F., had cellulitis in his legs, which stemmed from fluid buildup in his body. It is back again, this time more severe. The physician is treating him again with high-powered antibiotics. If there is no sign of major improvement he will be admitted to the hospital for intravenous antibiotics. For the past three to four weeks, he hasn't been able to sleep for more than 30 minutes at a time -- sitting in his office chair because he can't breathe lying down due to the pressure against his lungs and heart. He is doubling up on Lasix (a fluid pill) and starting on another drug to reduce fluids, however the drug is so powerful it causes major panic attacks. Finally, their doctor felt my dad would benefit from having a pacemaker/defibrillator installed. This, of course, is a big decision for him. Please pray that my dad's legs will heal, that he can get relief from the fluid buildup, from the sever panic attacks and for wisdom regarding whether or not to have the pacemaker/ defibrillator implanted.
Dec 3, 2016
Carson and his family would like to thank everyone for their prayers regarding his continued health battle. He continues to struggle with extreme weakness, fluid retention and difficulty breathing, all of which are symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure. He asks that you will continue to pray for the strengthening of his heart and removal of excess fluids from his body so he can breathe easier. Thank you very much for your continued prayers.
Nov 4, 2016
Carson F., 73, a member of the Bentonville, Arkansas, congregation, is requesting prayers. Carson was diagnosed with congestive heart failure several years ago, and has struggled with heart-related issues, including atrial fibrillation, that required medical intervention. Since the Feast he has suffered a build-up of fluid in his lungs that is now making it difficult to breathe and sleep, and is having a great deal of abdominal discomfort and nausea. Additionally, fluid is now building up in his legs, making it more difficult and painful to walk or get around. This is all related to the congestive heart failure.

<  >   Prayer Update - Nov 14, 2018 - Euodias O. (Blaine, MN)
After being retested it was found that Euodias had strep throat and parainfluenza. When we notified the school they informed us that there was an outbreak of it at the school.
Euodias is on his second dose of antibiotic and already shows signs of improvement. He no longer has a fever, he is asking for food and the most telling sign of all is his doing the floss dance again. It is wonderful to have are fun little boy back.
Thank you for your concern and all the greetings and prayers. Please pray for complete healing and for protection from catching these types of illnesses.
Nov 2, 2018
Euodias has been having a fever for the past week. He was taken to the ER yesterday at his pediatrician's request. A first line of test were done and came back negative. One test did indicate an increased level in his system. Therefore a second batch of tests were done and sent to Mayo. He was sent home last night and is to return on Wednesday for more tests to compare levels. Depending on the results the doctors will determine how to proceed with more tests.
Please pray for God's guidance, healing and will. He is sleeping a lot and eating very little.
He says "HI!" to all of you and will miss seeing you today.
David and Tallulah

<  >   Prayer Request - Nov 12, 2018 - Diane S. (Ravenna, OH)
Please pray for Diane S. of the North Canton, Ohio congregation. She has recently been diagnosed with stage-4 breast cancer. The symptoms are very painful, but her faith and determination is strong. Your prayers added to hers will be very much appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Nov 11, 2018 - Gayle C. (Columbus, GA)
Her health is failing. She would appreciate your prayers.
Dec 29, 2017
Gayle C. is our 91 year old deaconess who has multiple health difficulties. Right now she is very weak and needing to regain her strength. Your prayers for her recovery would be most appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Nov 6, 2018 - James C. (Edwardsville IL)
This is a follow up on a prayer request of a few months ago for James who is suffering with liver cancer. First of all, he has expressed deep gratitude towards brethren from all over the world who sent him get well cards. They made a profoundly positive effect upon him! Also, he has completed 5 radiation treatments and should be starting chemotherapy treatments soon. Of course we know that only God can heal. Prayers for his complete healing according to God's will are appreciated.
Jul 12, 2018
Prayers are requested for James C.. Doctors have informed him that he has liver cancer. One option would be to remove three-quarters of his liver. James would appreciate everyone's prayers. Thank you.

<  >   Prayer Request - Nov 2, 2018 - Kaycee D. (Ohio)
We have a card for Kaycee D. She and her husband Dennis are members in Ohio. Dennis is undergoing radiation treatments for stage four prostate cancer. Unable to look after both himself AND his wife, they have to live separately. Kaycee has had a couple of strokes which have affected her short-term memory. She is living in a care facility. We pray for their relief in these multiple health trials and know that Kaycee, especially, LOVES the contact and encouragement from the brethren.

<  >   Prayer Update - Nov 2, 2018 - Rachel P. (Springdale, AR)
Rachel and her family are very grateful for the ongoing prayers for her. She has done well since the stem cell procedure a couple of years ago. She has regained most of her strength and stamina, and has been very encouraged by the follow-up visits with the doctor.
However, in August another routine scan revealed some anomalous areas near where the original cancer was found that made her doctor very suspicious. Before the Feast a biopsy was done that did not reveal any cancer cells. But a second PET scan revealed that the suspicious areas had grown larger, and "lit up" with greater intensity. So her surgeon wanted to perform a "neck dissection" to remove these lesions and problem areas.
After exploring other possible options, Rachel submitted to a guided needle biopsy of the remaining lesions deep in her upper throat last week. This procedure was able to gather plenty of tissue for testing. The results also came back completely clean of any cancer cells, which is very good news!
Now the remaining question is what is causing these areas to show up as abnormal in the PET scans. While her doctor will continue to monitor her condition and these "hot spots," she is asking for the prayers of her brethren that our Father in heaven would heal her of this condition once and for all.
Jul 27, 2018
Rachel, of the Bentonville, Arkansas, congregation, had a routine cancer checkup and received the results of a PET/CT scan. She was informed that she has possible cancer activity in her tonsils and neck area (where the original cancer occurred). Her Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor will see her on Aug. 10 to further evaluate her condition, which may include a needle and/or surgical biopsy, to determine if it is cancer or something else. She has been treated for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma twice previously. Your prayers would be appreciated.
Dec 30, 2015
Rachel and her family, of the Bentonville, Arkansas, congregation, would like to send a special "thank you" to everyone who has been praying for her during her battle with cancer. In Dec. 2015, she underwent stem cell transplant surgery, then her system was flooded with medications to kill all cancer cells. This treatment also destroys all immunities, which is why her own stem cells have to be reintroduced into her blood within a few days. Last week she had scans and tests to determine the success of this procedure. She is thrilled to announce that with God's help this procedure was a success, and she has now been declared cancer free! She is very grateful for the love and support of her brethren.
Jul 18, 2015
Rachel of the Bentonville, Arkansas, congregation, and her family would appreciate your continued prayers. She was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for the second time. She underwent treatment for the disease about six years ago, but it has now returned. She is undergoing a treatment that hopefully will eliminate the cancer permanently. She had a series of chemotherapy treatments to reduce the size of the tumors, and later this month and into August will have a massive dose of chemo that is intended to destroy all the cancer, but will also destroy all her immunities. Before being given that dosage, doctors will harvest some of her stem cells from her blood, and after the treatment will reintroduce them to her system. They should regenerate her bone marrow and immune system in a few weeks. She will be required to be in complete germ isolation for about a month in this process. Thank you for your prayers and concern.
Mar 13, 2015
Rachel, from the Bentonville, Arkansas, congregation, requests your prayers. Six years ago she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma cancer and underwent treatments. Last week it was confirmed that the cancer has returned. After removing one lymph node and doing a bone marrow biopsy doctors determined that it is exactly the same type of cancer, but it has not yet progressed into her bone marrow. She will have three days of chemotherapy every two weeks until she can be referred to another treatment center for an Autologous Stem Cell Transplant (your own bone marrow cells). At that point she will be placed in total isolation for 30 days, and given a massive dose of chemotherapy drugs to kill the cancer. It will also kill her immune system as well as her bone marrow (thus the need for isolation). Afterwards she'll be injected with her own bone marrow again, and her immune system and bone marrow should regenerate. Statistically, in 30 percent of cases following this treatment the cancer never returns again. It will be four to six months before this treatment, which is why she'll need to have smaller chemo treatments three days a week every other week to keep the cancer in check. Your prayers for Rachel, her husband, Corwin, and her 14-year-old son, Colton, and 10-year-old daughter, Emma Rae, would be greatly appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Nov 2, 2018 - Ralph M. (Fargo, ND)
Ralph's latest checkup shows he is cancer free. He may have to deal with some future spots of skin cancer, but cancer is not present anywhere else, which is wonderful news. Thank you for your prayers.
Jun 29, 2018
Ralph continues to improve, and is recovering as a pace that the doctor believes is good. The surgeon, oncologist, and cardiologist examined him this week and said he is doing well. Best of all, no chemo will be required. He hopes to be able to attend services in the next couple of weeks. Ralph and Joyce are very grateful for your cards and prayers.
Jun 15, 2018
Ralph had colon surgery Friday morning at 9 a.m. and was done at 11:30 a.m. The surgeon gave us the good news that all went well and that Ralph made it through the surgery without any problems. The cancer was removed and he is resting quite a lot today. He will be up and walking as soon as he feels up to it. We want to thank everyone for all the thoughts and prayers. We appreciated them so much.
Jun 8, 2018
Ralph will be going into surgery on June 15th to remove a recently discovered colon cancer. He and his family would greatly appreciate your prayers for a successful operation.

<  >   Prayer Update - Nov 2, 2018 - Mark E. (Haltom City, TX)
Mark has been home from the hospital for several days now. Thankfully, he didn't have to go to another rehab facility and he is under a home health care plan where he is staying off his feet and receiving IV antibiotics to clear up the infection in his foot. Mark and Glenda would like to thank you all for your tremendous outpouring of love and concern as they have received hundreds of cards from around the world. Please continue to pray for complete healing.
Oct 16, 2018
Mark and Glenda have been very appreciative of so many prayers and cards of encouragement from brethren around the world and would like to thank everyone for them. But, our prayers are once again requested from Mark and Glenda for Mark's foot wound that has been badly infected due to complications with diabetes. Mark was in a rehab center from September 17-October 4. When he was released from rehab his foot wound was looking much better. Unfortunately, after being home a week he had to be readmitted to the hospital this past Thursday when his wound was once again checked.
Another foot surgery is scheduled for today, Monday, October 15. There is infection in the bone and the surgeon plans to clean out the wound and assess how much tissue and bone will need to be removed from the foot. Your prayers for a very successful surgery and God's blessing and healing for Mark are greatly appreciated.
Sep 12, 2018
Mark E. of the Dallas/Ft. Worth congregation, has been in the Baylor Medical Center in Grapevine, TX for over a week. Due to complications with diabetes, a nasty wound on Mark's left foot has not been healing. There has been one surgery on his foot to clean out, remove infection and suture the wound. But now another surgery is scheduled for tomorrow around noon to do essentially the same thing. Apparently there is now a moldy, fungus growing in the wound and it must be determined if it is just something passing through the system or if it is actually in the bloodstream. If there is a blood infection it may be very difficult to treat and may keep Mark in the hospital even longer. Mark's potassium levels remain low and this may be why he is still having difficult eating as he is usually nauseous. Mark and his wife Glenda are asking for your prayers that God will intervene to speed up the healing processes and to rid Mark's body of all infection. Also, the constant, persistent hiccupping continues to be a great source of annoyance and agitation. Thank you for your prayers on Mark's behalf.

<  >   Prayer Update - Oct 19, 2018 - Joe B. (Eau Claire, WI)
There is good news this week. Doctors were able to close Joe's abdomen on Monday. On Wednesday the ventilator was removed and so far Joe is doing fine without it. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Oct 12, 2018
Dustin B. (Eau Claire) is requesting prayers for his father, Joe B., who was in a motorcycle accident on Saturday, September 22nd. His pelvis, abdominal organs, and left arm needed extensive surgical repair, but the doctors are hopeful for a positive outcome. At this point, infection and secondary problems, like blood clots, etc. are big concerns. He's still in the ICU, but the doctors said that shortly after they close up his incision, they can take out the ventilator tube and then move him out of ICU. Your prayers for Joe and the family are appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Request - Oct 4, 2018 - B_family (South Africa)
I [Cindy] would like to request a congregational prayer request for a South African couple I met in Wales (Susan and Grant B.) with two beautiful small children. They grew up in the church. They left South Africa and their farm a year ago or so, for fear of harm to their children and themselves. Child trafficking and violence (was/is) a major concern in their region. Children go missing on their way to school. Susan's father on his death bed asked Grant to take his daughter and grand children out of the country to live.
Apparently passports have a rating system and South Africa is rated 97th, making it difficult to find a home in another nation. They have been traveling about in a travel trailer for the last year, desperately trying to find work in a nation that will take them.
They are asking that God open doors very obviously - in the nation that they are meant to be in. They are specifically targeting Ireland. They are also asking that God will help them sell their farm, many people just loose everything but they do have a chance to sell their farm for under the sale value.
I am asking for a prayer request that God grant them a good price for their farm and that the right doors open for a new safe home and nation for them.

<  >   Prayer Request - Sep 12, 2018 - Bill B. (Geneva, MN)
Bill B. of the Southern MN congregation is facing several health challenges. Due to complications with diabetes, Bill has a sore on his foot for quite a long time that has not healed. He will be undergoing surgery to perform a skin graft in attempt to close this open wound. At the same time Bill is facing the need for rotator cuff surgery, cataract surgery and will undergo angiograms on his heart and legs to diagnose a possible blockage in his heart and circulation issues in his legs. All of this is happening at the same time and has been a bit overwhelming just as we enter the Fall Holy Day season. Bill is requesting your prayers on his behalf that God will intervene and provide comfort and healing.

<  >   Prayer Update - Aug 31, 2018 - Andrew C. (Jeffersonville, IN)
Ted and Teresa C. would like to thank everyone for all of the prayers, cards, Facebook posts and gifts for Andrew C. Andrew came home Aug. 20 after his heart surgery, and he continues to do very well. He had a check-up Monday, Aug. 27, with the cardiologist and all looks very good. The doctor mentioned that the transplanted donor valve should last 10-20 years. Thank you again to everyone for their prayers, cards and concerns for Andrew. God's hand was very evident in the surgery as well as the very rapid and successful recovery.
Aug 17, 2018
Andrew had his second open-heart surgery, Wednesday, Aug. 15. The delicate and risky surgery took close to eight hours, with Andrew spending four hours on bypass, but all went very well. The surgeons commented on how smoothly the surgery went and how quickly Andrew's heart went back into synchronous rhythm after being taken off bypass. Not even 24 hours after the surgery, Andrew was able to get out of bed and appeared to be healing very quickly. Today, Aug. 17, they have Andrew walking around, helping him gain his strength back; they will also be moving him out of ICU into a regular room. The cardiologist said that Andrew will more than likely go home sometime on Sunday, which he is looking forward to. The family is very thankful to everyone for their prayers, cards and calls of encouragement during this difficult time. But most of all, they are thankful for God's comforting and directing hand that has been very evident in all that has transpired over the past couple of weeks.
Aug 10, 2018
Thursday (Aug. 9), Andrew C. underwent open-heart surgery to remove membrane and scar tissue around the aortic valve. The surgeons were able to remove most of the scar tissue but discovered that the left ventricular outflow track is too small and needs to be enlarged in order to prevent the heart from squeezing too hard. The pressure coming from his heart is approximately double what it should be. In order to correct this issue, the doctors are recommending that Andrew undergo another open-heart surgery called the Ross Konno procedure. In this procedure, they remove one artery/valve, move an artery/valve and then insert a new artery/valve from either a bovine or human cadaver. This surgery will likely occur in a week once Andrews heart has had sufficient time to recover from today's surgery. At this time they intend to keep Andrew in the hospital until the next surgery. The family would like to thank you for all of your prayers thus far, and are very appreciative of your ongoing prayers and concern for Andrew and their entire family.

<  >   Prayer Update - Aug 25, 2018 - Sue C. (Eau Claire, WI)
Sue has been suffering from a UTI and the flu. The flu is on the mend, and she is on antibiotics. She won't be able to attend the Feast this year, and hasn't been able to attend on Sabbath lately. She would appreciate prayers.
Dec 22, 2017
Sue was taken to the hospital on Monday for shortness of breath. Doctors diagnosed her with heart failure. Thankfully she is doing better and is home now. Please pray that she would have a full recovery.
Nov 24, 2017
Sue recently fell and broke a rib. She also continues to suffer from the leg sore that hasn't healed for a year. After further examination, a doctor in Marshfield believes it will help to do a skin graft over the affected area.
Aug 18, 2017
Sue continues to experience pain from the sore on her left leg that hasn't healed because of circulation issues. She's also experiencing pain from neuropathy, and a lack of circulation in her left foot. Her foot has gotten worse and she saw the doctor this week. She's now on different medications that the doctor is hopeful will be more effective. She really appreciates your continued prayers.
Jul 29, 2017
Sue is having continued severe pain in her legs from the neuopothy. The sore on her leg is still there, causes some pain, but is slowly improving. She hasn't been able to attend services for a few weeks, and she will have to improve more before she can attend again.. But she is looking forward to seeing the brethren again. She very much appreciates your prayers.
Jun 9, 2017
Sue's nurse became very conserned early in the week because of a red streak that was going up Sue's leg. It was extending upward from the sore. The nurse wanted her to go to the doctor right away because it seemed to be blood poisoning. Sue requested anointing and not long after it was better. The pain in her leg is still pretty bad, but she has been able to attend services the past few weeks, and hopes to again this Sabbath. Thank you for your continued prayers.
May 27, 2017
Sue has been experiencing pain and infection in her leg for months. Slowly, it has gotten better. She was able to attend services last Sabbath for the first time in months, though she stays home during the rest of the week. Your prayers continue to be appreciated.
Apr 14, 2017
Sue has not be able to return to Sabbath services yet. The sore on her leg has not healed enough to make it safe. The wound is being treated more aggressively, with a tube and pump to try to keep the wound dryer and allow it to heal better. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Mar 3, 2017
The cellulitis in her leg is better, but she still has an ulcer on her leg that is caused by diabetes. Please pray it would improve. She really hopes to be able to attend services in a week or two, and appreciates your cards and prayers.
Feb 18, 2017
Sue is still suffering from several health problems, including cellulitis in her leg. She has been in quite a bit of pain and discomfort. Please pray for God to intervene and bring healing and comfort.
Feb 4, 2017
Sue's cellulitis in her leg has gotten better but it has been a very slow process. Please pray God would speed the healing.
Feb 5, 2016
Sue was able to attend services last Sabbath and is getting around better after suffering a broken hip. But this week she developed a cellulitis infection in her leg. She is taking antibiotics. Thank you for your prayers.
Jan 22, 2016
Sue has returned home and is recovering well. She has less pain, but is still on pain medication. If things go well, she hopes to be able to attend services next Sabbath. Thank you for your prayer.
Dec 26, 2015
Sue was moved from the hospital in Eau Claire to a care facility in Neillsville, where she continues to recover after surgery to insert two pins into her hip.
Dec 18, 2015
Sue slipped and fell this evening, breaking her left hip. The doctor decided that a hip replacement was not necessary, and opted to insert two pins to keep the fractures together, and hopefully to heal. The surgery was short, and much less invasive that a hip replacement. The surgery went well, and Sue is recovering well, though she was tired today. She was able to stand up, but it was painful - which is to be expected. She will be in Sacred Heart Hospital for a few days, then be moved to the same care center she was in a few months ago. She should be able to take some phone calls by Sabbath.
Nov 6, 2015
Sue recently had cortisone injections to help relieve the pain in her hip and back. She is getting around much better as a result, and hopes to be able to attend services again if things continue to improve. Thank you for your prayers!
Sept 4, 2015
Sue is back home now and is feeling better. She is glad to be off the medication for back spasms, which was making it hard to concentrate. She is feeling better than she has for some time. The doctor is considering injecting that 4th vertebra and not doing the procedure that involves blocking the nerve pain.
Aug 14, 2015
Sue fell this week. Fortunately she did not get hurt badly, but she is sore. The doctors put her on some muscle relaxants which appear to be the cause of the fall. She has been admitted to the hospital for tests. The overall problem is that she is weak, and with the medication it makes it difficult to get around on her own. She will be admitted to the nursing home tomorrow for a week, but the problem becomes what to do then. Please ask that God would intervene on Sue's behalf and give her comfort and strength so she is able to go home where she wants to be.
Jul 24, 2015
Sue was moved to the assisted care section of the hospital, and continues to be monitored and treated for pain. As long as she can lay down, her pain level is tolerable. Obviously when she moves, sets up, etc. it is quite severe. Social Security has to decide if/when they will allow her to go ahead with testing and what can be done about it. She previously had the three stress fractures in her lower back fused, and probably will have to have similar treatment for the recent fourth fracture. That greatly reduces the pain, but does not get rid of all of it. Sue would be satisfied with a more manageable level of pain. She's already looking forward to healing so she can return to services.
Jul 18, 2015
Sue was admitted to Memorial Medical Center Wednesday. She has had spells the past few days where she has been disoriented and falling down. They are also doing pain management because of the severity of it. It can take more than 15 minutes just to get her in or out of bed because of the back spasms caused by any moving. They did a CT scan and it showed a 4th compression fracture in her spine, besides the 3 older ones. They are going to do a MRI but have to wait until Tuesday when the mobile unit is in Neillsville. Hopefully this will determine if the pain is being caused by the sciatic nerve. Sue is at the Memorial Medical Center, in Neillsville.
Jul 10, 2015
Sue will be seeing the doctor this week because of the increased pain she's experiencing. They will be giving her shots to try to dull the nerves, and may recommend surgery soon to try to lessen the pain. It has been almost unbearable at times.
Apr 3, 2015
Sue's infection what was causing cellulitis in her legs continues to heal. She plans to be back at church this Sabbath for the first time since surgery. Thank you for your prayers.
Mar 27, 2015
Sue's infection what was causing cellulitis in her legs is getting better. She hopes to be well enough to come to church to attend on the First Day of Unleavened Bread. Thank you for your prayers.
Mar 20, 2015
Sue has developed staph infection in the bloodstream. She has been recovering from hip replacement surgery, which went very well. Her recovery form the surgery has gone well, but the infection is causing trouble, and can be dangerous. Please pray God would intervene to heal the infection so that it doesn't spread and continue to cause other problems.
Feb 27, 2015
Sue was doing well enough to go home earlier this week. She continues to improve and hopes to be able to return to church services next Sabbath. Thank you for your prayers.
Feb 13, 2015
Sue's hip replacement surgery went well. She was in some pain the first night, but was in good spirits and doing well overall. Her heart has done well, maintaining normal rhythms. She now faces weeks of physical therapy. Please pray she continues to recover without complications.
Feb 11, 2015 Sue was pretty miserable until around 11:30 p.m. Monday evening, when they were finally able to get the pain medication balanced. The doctors didn't want to give her too much too early because they were afraid it would affect her breathing and heart rhythm. Beyond that, she had a pretty good night, not experiencing any heart problems. She has been eating and they've had her up and walking as well. She is currently in Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, but plans to be transferred to a hospital closer to home for more therapy before she's able to return home. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Feb 9, 2015
Sue's surgery went well. She was in some pain this afternoon, but in good spirits and doing well overall. The main concern tonight is that her heart stays strong and normal. In the past, she's experienced atrial fibrillation during the night after surgeries. Please pray she continues to recover without complications.
Feb 9, 2015
Sue is having hip replacement surgery this morning (Monday). She has endured a great deal of pain over the years, and hopefully this will help. The main concern is that her heart stays strong and stable during surgery and the recovery phase. Sue has experienced atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) during or after past surgeries. Please pray the surgery and recovery goes well.
Nov 24, 2014
Sue was having serious chest pains around 9:00 last night, and was taken to the hospital in Neillsville. A blood test showed elevated enzymes indicating she may have been having a mild heart attack. They kept her overnight for observation, and are running more tests today. She is resting comfortably and may or may not be discharged today depending on the test results. She is at Memorial Medical Center. Thank you for your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Aug 24, 2018 - Herman S. (Greensboro, NC)
Herman S. of the Hickory, NC congregation, wishes to express his deepest, heartfelt thanks to everyone for their prayers, cards and notes of encouragement. Herman is back home now and awaiting his prosthetic legs. He is in excellent spirits and has been keeping himself busy around the house with a few small carpentry projects and planning a winter garden. Travel is still a bit of a challenge, so plans for attending the Feast are still being worked out.
May 11, 2018
Herman of the Hickory, NC congregation continues to improve after the amputation of his left leg and right foot. Doctors are impressed with his progress, strength and attitude. He will be fitted for his left leg next week, and hopefully his right foot the week after that. He wishes to thank everyone for their prayers, cards and well wishes. Please pray that the healing process continues to go well and that he can return home soon.
Apr 23, 2018
Herman continues to recover from the amputation of his left leg and his right foot. He has been fitted with a compression sock for his left leg in order to get it ready for a prosthesis and will be doing the same for his right leg soon. Mr. Spencer has been a tremendous example of a positive attitude and encourager to all the brethren here, as well as the other patients at the facility. He would like to thank everyone for their prayers, well-wishes and cards.
Mar 16, 2018
Herman is requesting your continued prayers. After several treatments in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, doctors have determined that the wounds on his leg are not responding sufficiently. Because of this, Herman's right leg will be amputated on Monday morning. Despite this devastating news, Herman remains in good spirits. Please pray for God's intervention, healing, comfort and guidance in both the surgery and all of the decisions to follow.
Dec 7, 2017
Herman would like to thank everyone for their ongoing prayers and outpouring of love! After his surgery to remove his leg above the knee, he was transferred to a rehabilitation center in Greenville, TN, where he is in good spirits and regaining strength. He has been undergoing physical therapy twice a day and has been able to sleep much better now that the pain is subsiding. In addition, he will be fitted for a prosthetic leg soon.
Nov 29, 2017
After Herman's return to the hospital in Boone yesterday for additional evaluation of his leg, the doctors determined that due to the spreading infection, they will need to remove more of his leg above the knee. Surgery is scheduled for tomorrow at noon. Mr. Spencer is in good spirits, but asks for our continued prayers. Please pray that all the infection is removed, as well as for God's healing, comfort and encouragement, especially for Herman, Tim and Herman's daughter, Anne.
Nov 14, 2017
Your prayers are requested for Herman S. of the Hickory, NC congregation. Due to an ongoing, serious infection, Herman's left leg was removed below the knee last Friday. The surgery went well, but Herman now faces a long and difficult recovery process. He is in good spirits, but please pray for God's comfort and healing for him, and for guidance for the entire family during this difficult time. Herman is a long time member of God's church and has served the many congregations he has attended over the years faithfully. For the past several years, he's had the blessing of serving alongside his son, Tim, of the Charlotte congregation.

<  >   Prayer Request - Aug 19, 2018 - Soleza T. (Tacloban City, Philippines)
Antilla T., a long time church member in Visayas, Philippines requests prayer for her 96 year old mother, Soleza T., who has been admitted to hospital for one week. She was discharged on Thursday, August 16. However, today we received this text message: "Please pray for Mom. Today she complained of hard breathing so we bought a large oxygen tank and a regulator. May God lengthen her life after we did everything humanly possible."

<  >   Prayer Update - Aug 17, 2018 - John Q. (Eau Claire, WI)
Thank you brethren for your calls, cards and words of encouragement. The first hospital stated "the patient was bleeding profusely and there was a large scalp laceration and skull fracture." They were not staffed for such procedures so they prepped me for surgery and transported me to Mayo Emergency. An MRI there revealed no skull fracture nor brain bruising. God obviously intervened between hospitals.
Aug 10, 2018
John tripped and fell on Tuesday morning, hitting his forehead hard on a rock. Unable to stop the bleeding, he went to the hospital, where the doctor believed John's skull was damaged enough to require surgery. He was transferred to another hospital in Eau Claire where an MRI revealed no internal bleeding and no significant damage to his skull, though he does have a concussion and quite a few stitches. He was sent home Tuesday afternoon, and was told he would have a bad headache for several days. John is thankful to God that the injury was not more severe, and requests prayers for a quick recovery. He is requesting no calls for a few days, until he's a feeling better. Thank you.

<  >   Prayer Update - Aug 17, 2018 - Jesus R. (Bogota, Colombia)
Your immediate prayers are requested again for Jesus R. (Bogota, Colombia). Jesus is not doing well. They did an endoscopy procedure today and discovered that there were serious problems with the portion of the stomach not removed from the previous recent surgeries. The doctors have decided the remaining portion has to be removed completely. Another surgery will take place on Thursday, August 16th. This is a difficult setback for the family. We are asking for prayers for Jesus, his family and the Colombian brethren with this discouraging news.
Aug 10, 2018
Jesus had surgery as planned on July 28. Most of his stomach was removed during that operation. He is still hospitalized. They had to do an additional surgery on Tuesday August 7 to implant a drain due to infection from where the stomach meets the small intestine. This was causing him much discomfort and he was not healing properly. In addition, yesterday they had to remove fluid from his left lung. Please continue to pray for his complete and speedy recovery, as well as for his family's comfort and strength.
Jul 26, 2018
Your prayers are requested for long time faithful member Jesus R. of Bogota, D.C. Colombia. Three months ago he was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Since that time he has undergone multiple treatments of chemotherapy. He is going to have laparoscopic stomach surgery this Saturday. After the surgery he will go through a minimum of four more chemotherapy sessions.
Please ask God to provide him, his wife Amparo, and family with strength and encouragement. He so much wants to attend services and the Feast of Tabernacles but is not able to do so at this time.

<  >   Prayer Update - Aug 7, 2018 - Barb C. (Royalton, IL)
Barb would like to thank everyone for the cards, letters, prayers and love expressed to her concerning her recent medical difficulties. She had been admitted to the hospital with a gangrenous foot due to complications from diabetes. It was decided that the best course of treatment would be to remove her leg just below the knee. This guaranteed that the infection would be removed and that she wouldn't have to deal with future infections in the same area. Thanks to God's guidance and Barb's faith, the operation was successful. She has had some ups and downs but the infection is completely cured and the leg is healing very nicely. She is going through rehab and is much healthier and more upbeat. They expect that she will be able to return home later this month.
Jul 12, 2018
Barb C. of the Cape Girardeau, Missouri congregation is requesting prayers. She has been dealing with circulation issues due to diabetes for a while now but it is starting to take a toll on her. One of her toes and possibly some of her foot have turned gangrenous. She is in the hospital now on strong anti-biotics but it is likely that she will be having some toes or possibly a foot amputated soon. Understandably the entire ordeal has been discouraging and upsetting for her. Prayers are needed that the doctors might take as little as possible and that God will restore the function and circulation to her lower extremities. Prayers would also be welcome for her peace, comfort and well being. Encouraging cards and letters would also be greatly appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Aug 3, 2018 - Jim C. (Ladysmith, WI)
Jim is in a nursing home in Ladysmith, WI, and is unable to attend services. He is unable to walk, but gets around in a wheelchair. He has been suffering from a pinched nerve in his neck, which has been very painful. He appreciates your prayers.
Feb 23, 2018
Jim requests prayers that God will intervene to help strenthen his legs so he can walk again. He currently is not able to walk at all. It's very discouraging for him to not be able to get around on his own. Jim lives in the LadySmith, WI nursing home.
Aug 27, 2016
Jim recently had to be moved into an assisted living facility. His legs have been giving him problems for years. He is now unable to walk without assistance. He hopes to purchase a mechanical wheelchair soon.
Feb 13, 2015
Jim requests prayers for 'restless leg syndrome' which he's experienced for years, but has gotten worse. It causes uncontrolled twitching in his legs which affects his sleep and makes it difficult to get around. He is currently unable to drive. He is now 87 years old. Your prayers are appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 27, 2018 - Gwendolyn S. (Odessa, MO)
Gwendolyn had the Arnold Chiari 1 malformation surgery on Monday, July 16, and we are very happy to report that the surgery went very well. Gwendolyn is currently no longer having pain in her arms. She came home from the hospital on Thursday and is doing well. She is still having some pain from the surgery but that will pass within the next few days. The incision in her neck should heal within six weeks. She has a follow-up visit with the surgeon in two weeks for a checkup. After that she will have an MRI in six months to confirm everything is as it should be.
The family very much appreciates the prayers that everyone offered up on Gwendolyn's behalf. It is very evident that God answered these prayers. Gwendolyn has also really appreciated the many calls and cards that she received. She read many of the cards after the surgery, and she very much looked forward to this activity the second day in the hospital.
Gwendolyn asks that you continue to pray that there would be no infection. Also that all of the symptoms - headaches, dizziness and pain in her arms, head, and neck - will be gone.
Jul 13, 2018
Gwendolyn S., a seventeen-year-old girl in the Kansas City congregation, requests prayers for God to heal her of a brain malformation. One year ago, Gwendolyn went to a neurologist to determine what could be causing headaches and dizziness which had been occurring for six years. Two MRI's confirmed that she had Chiari 1 malformation, a condition in which the brain grows into the spinal cavity and spinal fluid pools, causing pressure on the spinal canal. Due to worsening conditions in the past six months, multiple neurologists have recommended surgery. If her condition worsens, permanent nerve damage could result. The surgery will involve removing part of her skull and opening room to relieve the pressure and restore the spinal fluid flow. Gwendolyn has been anointed and the hope and prayer is that she will be healed prior to surgery. Please pray that she will be healed, but if she must have the surgery, that it will be completely successful with no complications and a speedy recovery. Surgery is scheduled for July 16.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 27, 2018 - Denice L. (Greenville, PA)
Denice and her husband, Roger, of the Meadville, Pennsylvania, congregation, express their appreciation for the many cards of encouragement and concern they've received, and the prayers of so many of their brethren. Denice's cancer has spread further, and she is now in hospice care (in their home). She is able to take in a certain amount of liquid nourishment; she is experiencing only low levels of pain, which is in itself nothing short of miraculous. Roger is able to read many cards she has received to her, as her eyesight has deteriorated to the point reading would be difficult. She continues to focus on the goal before us all, and they are both doing all they can to carry on faithfully and firmly in this trial. The cards are a great source of encouragement and strength for her. Both their sets of parents live on the same property, and are tirelessly sharing in the care for Denice. Thank you all for "sharing the load" with them in this trial.
Jun 8, 2018
Denice L., a member in the Meadville, Pennsylvania, congregation, requests prayers for several rapidly manifested symptoms, the most serious being what gives all evidence of being cancer. Thyroid function impairment compounds the issue, but the greatest concern centers on abnormalities showing up on her liver and in breast tissue. She is currently at home, having been released from a brief hospitalization to try to determine the causes. Denice and her husband, Roger, appreciate the concern and prayers of their brethren as they ponder what direction to proceed with further testing and treatment.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jul 20, 2018 - Joe B. (Fargo, ND)
Joe is having problems with his diabetes the past few weeks. He will be seeing his diabetes specialist on July 24, and would appreciate prayers that it can be better managed. His diabetes is making it hard to deal with the heat of summer.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 20, 2018 - Andrea W. (Lewisville, TX)
This past Thursday, July 12, my [Dave W.] mother, Andrea W, had surgery for breast cancer. The surgeon felt the procedure was successful and that all breast cancer was removed with clean margins and no signs of cancer in the lymph nodes. We will know for sure in a week during the follow-up appointment. As part of the reconstructive surgery, a skin graft was used. Prayers that the graft would take without complication would be appreciated. She is at home resting and with the help of family her recovery is taking place much faster than expected. We would like to express our sincere appreciation for all the prayers, cards and flowers sent by the brethren since the original prayer request was sent out. We have certainly seen God's hand at work, His love and the love and support of our worldwide church family. Prayers for my father, Roger, who is having difficulty with anxiety because of her surgery, would be greatly appreciated.
Jun 8, 2018
My [Ralph] wife, Andrea, was scheduled to have surgery on Monday, June 11, for her recently diagnosed breast cancer. Andrea felt she needed more time to research and determine which type of surgery to have. After talking with her surgeon, it was determined that (since Andrea's cancer is a slow-growing cancer) she can safely wait until the second week of July to have surgery. A specific date will be determined next week. Andrea and I have been so appreciative for the cards (including a hand-made "comfort blanket") that began to arrive in our mailbox from you, our brethren! We have read each one and we are comforted and strengthened by your love, words and prayers. Thank you!
May 25, 2018
On Wednesday before Pentecost we got the results of recent biopsies that my wife, Andrea, had the week before. The biopsies show that she has cancer in two areas of her right breast. Surgery is scheduled for June 11. We would appreciate your prayers for God's guidance and intervention.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 12, 2018 - Lee C. (Canadensis, PA)
After spending a week sedated and on a respirator Lee became responsive early this week and has been making progress as the week has gone on. They were able to fully remove the respirator and he is able to talk softly and move his arms and legs now which is huge progress from just a couple days ago. It definitely seems that God intervened! They did receive the biopsy results and cancer was found in his colon and liver, but not in the lungs or pancreas as they doctors believed. They are hoping to be able to move him out of the hospital in the next week or so and transfer him to a rehab facility. Their plans were to move to Tennessee in July and are hoping to be able to find a rehab facility in Tennessee to be closer to two of their daughters there.
The family asked me to pass on their thanks for all the love and prayers to our wonderful Father on their behalf.
Jul 2, 2018
I am very saddened to report that Mr. Lee Cole has been diagnosed with liver cancer. Mr. Cole is an elder who recently retired from pastoring three churches in eastern Pennsylvania.
He had been having ups and downs but then wasn't able to keep food or water down, so he went to the hospital on Saturday. While there, they did some tests and discovered the cancer late Saturday night. Mr. Cole is still at the hospital in an induced coma state as they try to determine the next steps to help him.
His wife, Laura, doesn't have much information yet but is understandably very devastated. Some of her children are coming in to town and will be joining them.
Please keep Mr. and Mrs. Cole, along with their family, in your prayers at this extremely difficult time.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 4, 2018 - Mark B. M. (Pangasinan, Philippines)
He writes: "First of all, I would like to thank you for all of your prayers and well wishes. I have been touched and moved by all your wonderful messages, thoughtful words and reminder that God is in control over all things. My cancer (nasopharyngeal carcinoma) has been successfully removed. I underwent radiation and chemotherapy treatments. My recent MRI showed negative of any sign of possible existence of the cancer and that all remaining tumor is benign and decreasing in size. Again, thank you all for your prayers.
Although the cancer is gone, I am still experiencing the side effects of the treatments. Some of these side effects are: severe hearing loss, weakened immune system, peripheral neuropathy (pins-and-needles sensation in both hands and feet), weakened muscles, and inactive salivary glands. I have learned that some of these may be permanent, some may improve, and some may be gone after some time. Nevertheless, I am truly grateful that God gave me a new lease on life. May I request you to please continue praying for my full recovery and that all these side effects may go away.
I know that God gives us health trials for us to appreciate and value the life He has given us. Trials test our faith and trust in the Almighty. I believe everything that happens in our life is a blessing. This trial is a blessing in disguise that has provided me deeper understanding of the things that are important and of value in this life."
Jun 26, 2017
Mark B. M., a member in the San Carlos congregation, was diagnosed with stage three nasopharyngeal carcinoma and will undergo a two-month combination treatment of chemotherapy and radiation therapy beginning on Wednesday, June 28. Prayers on Mark's behalf will be greatly appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 21, 2018 - Peter C. (Western Australia)
The family want to extend their heartfelt gratitude for the prayers, cards and messages sent following Peter's cardiac arrest on April 6. On Tuesday June 19, Peter underwent an angiogram and other tests to ascertain the next step in his treatment. After viewing the results the heart specialist has recommended that the best option in the long term is for Peter to undergo a double heart by-pass. This operation is scheduled for this coming Tuesday 26 June. Peter, his wife Toni and the family would appreciate your prayers for the success of this operation. They are asking for God's hand to guide the surgeons and assist in Peter's recovery from the operation. Thank you for your continued prayers on behalf of the family.
Apr 16, 2018
Peter had the second stent placement on Friday afternoon which went well. So well, that the doctors saw there to be no need for him to spend another day in hospital. Peter was then discharged from Fiona Stanley late Saturday and will be, along with Toni, staying with his daughter Tameryn (and son in law Nathan) for a few weeks. Doctors have been impressed with his recovery, he will need a third stent to be put in, in a few months time but this is not urgent. The doctors reassured that the chances of Peter having another heart attack is low, and added that no one ever has zero chance of having one.
Continual prayers are welcomed as Peter recovers. The outcome as you can imagine has put such relief to his loved ones. Please pray for continual strength to the family. If we could have additional prayers for Yasmin who has been struck down with tonsillitis and no doubt not helped due to the worry and stress of the past week. Again, we cannot thank each and everyone of your for your support and prayers for Peter.
Apr 12, 2018
Here is the latest update on Peter who suffered a heart attack on the Last Day of Unleavened Bread while presenting the sermonette. He remains in a stable condition in the coronary care unit at the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth. Tests have confirmed that he did suffer a heart attack which caused the cardiac arrest. On Friday evening Peter had a stent inserted which has assisted his recovery greatly. If they had not done this procedure he would now be requiring open heart surgery. Further tests and scans have also revealed narrowing of a number of arteries and blood vessels and it appears necessary for further procedures to insert more stents. It is not known when this will occur. Other positive news is Peter is now able to get out of bed and move round which is not only encouraging for himr but also all the family. Please continue to remember Peter, Toni and the families in your continuing prayers for Peter's return to full health.
Apr 9, 2018
Peter is in the process of moving from the ICU to the CCU. Another tick in the right direction! He is a lot more alert but tired and weak. Blood pressure is still a concern as it is high. He has sat in a chair but not allowed to walk until he can get that blood pressure down as he got dizzy when standing. Bit by bit, he is kicking goals but a long journey still to go. We are all (including Dad) so humbled to know how loved we are. God has truly shown his mighty power with this miracle. We can't thank each and every one of you enough for not only the CPR on Dad but all the other things on that day, supporting my sister and the kids when she was there by herself. Everyone just rallied together and prayed. We worked as a team just like Dad said we ought to in his sermonette. The outpouring of love has truly been felt by us all.
Apr 5, 2018
Your urgent prayers are requested for Peter C., a member from Western Australia who collapsed while delivering a sermonette on the Last Day of Unleavened Bread in Mandurah. He went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to the emergency room at the local hospital in Mandurah. He has now been transferred to the intensive care unit at the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth where he is in an induced coma until tomorrow. The cause of Peter's collapse is unknown and more tests will be conducted.
Update: Sunday April 8: After suffering a heart attack at Last Day of Unleavened Bread services, Peter remains in the intensive care unit at the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth. Below is an update from his daughter, Tameryn.
Last night (Saturday) when we left, they were looking at putting him on his feet and giving breakfast before moving him to the cardiology unit/ward. Mum just tried to call but they are all doing their shift handover we think and not picking the phone. At this stage he is still in ICU, he was awake, and becoming more aware of the surroundings and situation. He recognised all of us, and asked for the grandkids. So still positive signs. Kept asking where he was, how did he get there and what happened. He is being his cheeky self and in good spirits. Colour is good. Vitals good. They said a good sign of good CPR is broken ribs and that someone very strong was working on him. Dad was told that he received CPR and who was administering it, but we don't know how much he has info he has retained. He has a chest infection but the good sign is that he is clearing it himself. We know more when we go see him.
Toni and the family would really appreciate your prayers for Peter's full recovery and God's strength and comfort at this traumatic time. Updates will be provided as they come to hand.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jun 21, 2018 - Randy K. (Houston, TX)
Toni K. requests your prayers for her husband, Randy who is battling cancer.
Randy has made impressive improvements from the first (of three) rounds of chemo. However, there is concern about his lack of use and feeling in his right leg and foot. The hospital took images over the weekend and doctors will be getting with them in the next day or so to recommend next steps. Please pray for God's guidance in what those next steps might be as there could be some very serious ramifications.
They have felt God's involvement and guidance throughout this trial and ask that you continue to ask for God's guidance and comfort.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jun 17, 2018 - Meaghan W. (Raleigh, NC)
Meaghan had an ultrasound on Wednesday at 18 weeks. They found a number of severe abnormalities with the baby which the doctor says will either lead to the baby dying during the pregnancy or within a year after birth. Meaghan and Paul ask that we all pray for God's healing upon the baby, but also that He would be merciful. Meaghan and Paul do not want the baby to suffer in any way, either in pregnancy or upon birth. Please pray for them, and pray also that God gives them peace of mind in the days, weeks and months ahead.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 13, 2018 - Bruno A. (The Colony, TX)
I am very happy to report that Bruno is up and walking without a cane and without pain! A few weeks ago when the initial prayer request was sent out, Bruno was in a great deal of pain and was barely able to hobble due to his chronic back issues. He is now back at services basically pain free, walking briskly, and doing very well. Bruno would like to thank you for all of your prayers, cards, and expressions of love and concern on his behalf. He said the numerous cards were all a great encouragement to him and he definitely felt the love and warmth of our brethren. Thanks for letting your lights shine brightly and thanks to our great God for His intervention and healing!
Apr 27, 2018
Your prayers are requested for Bruno A., a member of the DFW congregation. Bruno has had serious back issues since he was a teenager and young adult. He has herniated disks, an extra vertebrae, and some congenital back problems. He has been on medications for years to help manage the pain, but lately he has been determined to go without pain meds due to their side effects. Bruno has not been able to work for quite some time and he has not been able to attend services for many weeks due to the pain he is experiencing. He is hopeful to return to services soon and to begin working again.
Please pray fervently for God's speedy intervention and healing, and until that occurs, strength for Bruno to endure the pain and suffering he is experiencing. Thank you very much for your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jun 8, 2018 - Art T. (Houston, TX)
Donna T. writes: My husband, Art, had 6 stem cell injections on Monday. He got very sick after he ate that evening and had chills and fever, and the next day, he got disoriented and fell in the hallway. I had to get a neighbor to come over and get him up. I got the walker we have out for him, and he couldn't hardly walk with it. This all happened during supper time. I called our son Mark and he came over to help me get him in the van to take him to the ER. They thought he had pneumonia at first and then they decided today that it was a blood infection from the stem cell injection. He will be having walking therapy for several days and will then home assistance after he gets home for his exercises. He is at St. John's Methodist Hospital in Nassau Bay. Please pray that he recovers from this quickly and that he will walk normally again. Thanks so much. I appreciate all of you so much.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 6, 2018 - Janice W. (Houston, TX)
Janice had eye surgery today. She notes, "Surgery went well. Home resting. I can see, at least out of one eye. Thanks for your prayers."
Jun 4, 2018
Many thanks to everyone who prayed for me regarding my knee replacement surgery. I had my 6-week check up Thursday, May 31 and it was a positive report. The surgery was done on April 16 and all went well. I was in the hospital one night and came home the next day. Pain has been minimal. The worse pain has been the physical therapy. A home nurse visited for the first 2 weeks. She was amazed at the progress I made in that period of time. I now go twice a week for physical therapy and have made significant improvement but have a long way to go. I was able to return to work on a part time basis the third week from the surgery. I have been blessed tremendously and I am extremely thankful for that. Thank you for your prayers and thanks to our great wonderful Eternal God who heard your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 5, 2018 - Irma T. (Bolivia)
Irma T., a long-standing member of the Church in Bolivia, is again in a very delicate and critical condition, she was being administered strong painkillers. After having had many digestive discomforts, she underwent an exploratory operation because CT scans revealed no greater clarity. During the procedure, the surgeons found that the small intestines were seriously compromised by a complication called radiation enteritis, due to the radiotherapy she was previously subjected. For that reason, Irma felt burning and very strong pains. The surgeons could not operate the intestines because they are melted and its structure is inoperable. They only removed three feet of large intestine to reduce the digestive path and make their digestion less painful. Surgeons say she will not be able to eat any solid food again,

so she is feeding nutriment through catheter, only.
The whole Bolivian congregation is very sad, praying for her and we are also going to fast this week. On behalf of Irma's family, we ask the members of the Church, may accompany us with their fervent prayers so God may intervene soon in her deteriorated health.
Oct 27, 2017
Irma T., a longtime member in Bolivia, recently had surgery for a colostomy. Afterwards she was recovering very well, but suddenly her energy began to decrease due to the formation of adhesions and flanges in the intestine. For that reason she had on-going digestive issues and could not attend the Feast of Tabernacles. So she needed a second surgery. Actually she is recovering once more, thanks to our Father's blessings and the care of her daughters. We ask God to heal her, with continuous prayers from the members of our congregation and from the brethren outside our area. Thanks in advance for your prayers and for the messages of encouragement she really needs.

<  >   Prayer Request - May 25, 2018 - David R. (Chesapeake, VA)
David R. of the Williamsburg, Virginia, congregation, was transported by ambulance to the hospital Sabbath morning due to alarm signals being sent by his pacemaker. He and his wife, Carol, were gathered with the Williamsburg and Roanoke brethren for Pentecost weekend together. It was determined that one of the leads of his pacemaker had broken. This happened in 2013 and the old lead could not be taken out at that time. A new lead was added and he has had three leads since 2013. Doctors now say there is not enough room for a fourth and two old leads will have to come out. Doctors agree that this is a very risky surgery. They would not attempt the surgery in at Sentara Hospital in Charlottesville or Norfolk because they do not have a doctor qualified or willing to take the risk. David was transferred to University of Virginia Medical Center overnight where they have a doctor qualified to perform the surgery. Doctors will meet today to plan the surgery and it is expected to happen tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. Please pray for God's intervention throughout this process. David and Carol fully trust in God to work His perfect will in this situation. They greatly appreciate your prayers. UPDATE - David successfully underwent surgery on Tuesday to replace a broken lead in his pacemaker. They were not able to remove both of the broken leads, so one was left inside. His vitals are good now and he is smiling and talking with us. His pacemaker was also replaced with their latest technology. Doctors said they expect him to be released from the hospital in a couple days. He knows our Father intervened and is very grateful for your prayers on his behalf. Please continue to pray for God's help during this recovery process.

<  >   Prayer Request - May 23, 2018 - Laura G. (Houston TX)
Laura G. requests your prayers for her surgery on Thursday at MD Anderson Hospital on Holcombe. Specifically, she would ask that in your prayers you would pray that our merciful God would guide the surgeon's hand in removing the mass in her ovary area. Additionally, it would be appreciated that if it is God's will pray that the mass would be benign and successfully removed.

<  >   Prayer Update - May 18, 2018 - Jerry R. (Woodbury, MN)
Jerry would like to thank everyone for your prayers and cards. He had a very serious kidney infection and fever caused by a kidney stone. Doctors wanted to remove the kidney stone, but they found the infection was too severe to complete the operation. The antibiotics did a great job of reducing the infection. The stone was too large to pass without surgery. The surgery was moved up to today (Friday, May 18). It went well and he was able to return home this afternoon.
May 11, 2018
At first the doctor wanted to operate because the stone was causing infection. But it was later determined that there was too much infected tissue to continue with the operation. So Jerry was given antibiotics and returned home. He is currently feeling better. Surgery is now scheduled for June 15.
May 4, 2018
Jerry went to the Regions Hospital ER late Friday afternoon suffering from kidney stones. While the stones would normally pass, this episode has caused an infection. Surgery was scheduled for Friday evening. Your prayer for a quick recovery are appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Request - May 17, 2018 - Bob L. (Houston, TX)
Many have expressed interest in my medical treatment, so I thought it would be good to give an update.
First, Lori and I wish to thank everyone for all the outpouring of concern: the phone calls, the E-mails, all the beautiful cards and personal well wishes. It is very comforting. Of course, everyone's thoughts and prayers are especially cherished. We can see God's hand in the situation and feel the prayers. Please continue your support.
The treatment consists of a combination of testosterone reducing hormone medication plus radiation. The hormone treatment started with pills then followed shortly with a hip administered shot. After the shot takes hold, the pills are dropped. The effects produce a lethargic state and condition akin to menopause in women. These shots may need to continue a year or two.
The radiation regimen is five days per week for nine weeks and my treatments are a little over half completed. There is no sensation with the treatment but the radiation does cause inflammation in the surrounding areas giving me some bowel and elimination irritation, which has proven to be minor. The main problem with the radiation is a restrictive and bland diet that accompanies it.
Unfortunately, there is no way to determine the overall effectiveness of the plan other than future PSA readings, which will start in a few months. There is no defined tumor nor any way to see the cancer that is present, and there have been no symptoms. They say that if you see symptoms, it is too late. Cheery thought! If the PSA begins to rise in the next year or two, then the program was not completely successful and additional treatment may be called for. My Oncologist said that even without additional treatment I have an 85% chance of living 10 more years.
Bob and Lori

<  >   Prayer Request - May 17, 2018 - Lisa G. (Houston, TX)
Lisa G. requests your prayers on her behalf. Her blood pressure is dangerously high and she is having problems getting it under control. Please pray that God would mercifully intervene to help her with this problem.

<  >   Prayer Update - May 11, 2018 - Mike B. (Maryville, TN)
Mike B. received the results from the latest tests, and they were mixed. The scan showed that everything in the brain is staying pretty stable. Mike had a P.E.T scan done a few days later and it was not very encouraging. It showed quite a bit of growth and spreading. The doctor said it has spread to his liver and possibly to the bones. There are a lot of lymph nodes on the right side of his neck that are swollen. The current treatment that he was receiving was stopped because it wasn't effective. He is now undergoing immunotherapy. Mike, his wife, Teresa, daughter, Natasha C. and grandsons, Christian and Jaxon have been wonderful examples in the face of adversity. The many cards, letters and prayers are greatly appreciated! Please continue to keep them in your prayers.
Jan 5, 2018 - Mike B. (Maryville, TN)
Your continued prayers for Mike and his family would be greatly appreciated. Mike and Teresa spent the night in the hospital after attending Sabbath services and then dining with some of the brethren. Mike is extremely weak and in constant pain. He has endured three weeks of full brain radiation for the tumors, and chemotherapy treatments for the cancer, which have taken their toll on his entire body. There will be an MRI conducted Jan. 15 to determine the impact the treatments have had. This has been very difficult, not only for Mike but for the entire family (Natasha is Mike and Teresa's daughter). They are very grateful for the prayers, cards and notes of encouragement from the brethren.
Mar 18, 2016
Mike has been at services for the last two Sabbaths. He still has a low count on his white blood cells but is feeling better than he has in a while. Mike, Teresa and family send their appreciation to everyone for their prayers and cards and ask that we continue to pray for his complete healing.
Feb 19, 2016
Mike has been in the hospital since last Tuesday due to stage 3 lung cancer, a severe urinary tract infection and consistently high fevers. He is now considered "neutropenic" which means that his white blood cell count is critically low, and his body is unable to fight anything off. He is unable to have physical contact with others due to being neutropenic, which limits visitation. Nutrition is another major concern as it is painful for him to eat or drink anything. Mike truly appreciates all of the cards, letters, prayers and outpouring of love and support.
Dec 9, 2015
Prayers are requested for Mike, a member of the Knoxville, Tennessee, congregation Mike has been diagnosed with Pulmonary Adenocarcinoma (Lung Cancer). He is still feeling well though he has had a persistent cough for quite some time. The latest tests have simply confirmed the problem. Your prayers for God's intervention are very much appreciated for Mike and his family.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 27, 2018 - Michelle M. (Spokane, WA)
Michelle M., the wife of Mark M., elder, Spokane, WA:
"I was informed Thursday morning that I would need to have the bones in both my feet fused since the arthritis is so painful it is oftentimes difficult to walk.
"Later in the afternoon, I was informed that I have ductal carcinoma breast cancer. My doctor said it is "active" and needs to be addressed immediately. The next step is probably a surgical biopsy with tests to determine the full extent of the cancer. From there, a decision will have to be made on how to go forward. My guess is that I will have to postpone any surgery on my feet, so I would appreciate your prayers that my feet would improve, making it possible for me to get around.
"I am also asking for your prayers in regards to my sleep disorder. I get very little good sleep and I know a night's rest is essential. I will keep you posted as I find out more."

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 27, 2018 - David F. (Billings, MT)
It has been just over two weeks since 33-year old David, a member of the Billings. MT congregation was hit and run over by car while riding his motorcycle home from work. David suffered severe injury to the brain and was in Intensive Care for two weeks. This past Tuesday - although still unconscious since the accident - he was in stable enough condition and had progressed to the point he could be moved to Long Term Care Facility that specializes in helping individuals be weaned from respiratory equipment and recover from traumatic brain injuries.
We are so happy to report God has certainly heard the outpouring of prayers on David and the family's behalf and has intervened - helping David to make progress! Some of the medical team cautioned the family it could be many months before progress would be seen or they could determine the extend to the injury to the brain. However, God in His loving compassion and mercy has hastened his recovery, which has been of tremendous encouragement to the family (wife Cassie, Mom Annie, Dad Dennis, and Grandmother Jane.. plus aunts & uncles) as well as the Montana brethren. I will share the message from Annie that reports on the wonderful progress made this morning (Friday). It articulates clearly the progress David is making better than I can!
"The speech therapist was here this morning. DJ raised his left eyebrow at her and grimaced when she said she was going to brush his teeth. But he also opened his mouth on command and didn't bite down so she could brush. She was very happy to see voluntary swallowing. The physical therapist was here at the same time with three CNAs. She asked if we wanted to leave because it might be hard to watch, and I politely declined. (Cass was outside making a call, then she rejoined us.) They pulled his med. pole around the bed and sat him up on the left side of the bed! He responded appropriately when asked if he was in pain (shook his head slightly, no), to - look at me, - reach out with his hands, move his legs. In fact, he didn't just move his legs, he extended them out almost completely! The therapist asked if we wanted to go to that side of the bed so he could see us. Cass ran over, and he smiled at her! Then I got to go over and talk to him and tell him what a great job he was doing. They should be fitting him for a helmet today or Monday. The therapist was very pleased with his work today, and said we should be encouraged. She saw purpose in his eyes, and she was impressed with how much he could do already. He's on assisted, not controlled breathing with the vent, and that means weaning from the vent will be shorter. He worked hard this morning, and now he's sleeping again. He'll get a rest from workouts this weekend, and resume next week. DJ is on his way back to us. God is faithful, kind and merciful!"
Thank you all for your past and on-going prayers on behalf of David and his family. It has been an extremely emotional roller coaster ride for them. The road to complete recovery will certainly take time. Your continued prayers will be much appreciated but we also give thanks for God's love and mercy in helping David make such good progress in such a short period of time!
Apr 12, 2018
We are asking your prayers on behalf of David F., age 33, and his family - wife Cassandra (only married two weeks ago), Dad & Mom, Dennis & Annie F., and Annie's mother, Jane.
Wednesday night, while riding his motorcycle home after completing his shift at Outback Steakhouse David was hit and run over by a car. Miraculously, David did not suffer any broken bones but did suffer severe head injuries. (He was wearing a helmet). David (aka DJ) has been in the Intensive Care Unit since the accident. He was put into an induced coma to help keep him calm and help his brain to recover. CT scans have revealed he has a number of contusions (concussions, bruises) to the frontal part of his head and brain that the doctors are very concerned about. Until he is allowed to come out of the coma the state of his brain and the extent of the damage to it, if any, is unknown. (If he does well they plan to begin the process of leaving him "wake up" this Saturday evening, April 14th.)
As you would certainly expect and understand, this state of not knowing his condition is challenging for the family. I would ask you to pray that God in his mercy and love, would completely heal David and restore him to the same state he was in before the accident - with full memory, full control and full use of his body and mind, and free from pain and headaches. So, yes... the situation and condition David is in IS very critical and serious. Your prayers on his behalf are much appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 27, 2018 - Clayton B. (Seagrove, NC)
We have been waiting to send an update regarding Clayton, a member of the Greensboro, North Carolina, congregation, so we could share some very good news. Clayton became ill during the Feast at Pigeon Forge last year and was hospitalized. He was subsequently diagnosed with a malignant tumor on his liver. Part of the liver was removed along with the tumor on Dec. 16 and Clayton remained hospitalized for five months, also spending some time in rehab facilities. For a long time, he was unable to eat and was sustained through a feeding tube. He lost too much weight and became very weak. However, he began to improve and recently had the tube removed. He has been home about five weeks, is able to eat and continues to improve daily. Clayton says he knows God heard your prayers and in His mercy has healed him. He was able to attend Passover and the holy days and is now attending Sabbath services. He very much appreciates all the cards and prayers. He said it made his long days and nights bearable.
Dec 1, 2017
It has been some time since an update about Clayton, but the family had been waiting on the biopsy reports from tumor removed from his liver. Half of his liver was removed in a surgical procedure on Monday, Nov. 13. 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.
Oct 20, 2017
Your prayers are requested for Clayton B., a deacon from the Greensboro, North Carolina, congregation. Clayton became sick during the Feast and had to come home. He was subsequently admitted to the hospital and has been diagnose 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.

<  >   Prayer Request - Apr 24, 2018 - Vanessa C. (Houston, TX)
Vanessa C. requests prayers for her daughter who is 20 weeks pregnant. She went to the dr. today and found out that it will be a girl. The baby's name will be Summer.
However my daughter is being referred to a specialist because there is a chance that the baby has down syndrome or the problem could be that the baby ingested some blood from a tear in the placenta as I understand things.
This was determined by the way that the baby's colon glowed on the ultrasound. My daughter will be contacted within 3 days by a specialist to determine what is taking place.
Thanks for your prayers,

<  >   Prayer Request - Apr 20, 2018 - Patricia G. (Banner Elk, NC)
Patricia G., of the Hickory, North Carolina, congregation, requests your prayers. Among the many things Patricia is dealing with are sarcoidosis (an inflammatory disease causing coughing, shortness of breath, or chest pain), fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, Fuch's dystrophy (a disease of the cornea), celiac disease coupled with IBS, and narcolepsy. As she deals with these physical complications, she also struggles with depression and anxiety issues. Patricia is only able to attend services a few times a year. She and her husband, Larry, are having a very difficult time coping with all this as Larry is also dealing with chronic health issues of his own.

<  >   Prayer Request - Apr 16, 2018 - Giovanna P. (La Paz, Bolivia)
Our daughter, Giovanna, a former member of the congregation of Bolivia, when she was descending the stairs of the house yesterday, fell down and broke the tibia of her right foot, which is swollen noticeably. She was immediately taken to a health center where X-rays were taken having confirmed fracture of the tibia below the right knee. The delicate situation of the fracture is a reason for study on the part of surgeons. Today she will undergo surgery for which reason, our family requests the prayers of all members of the Church, so that God can intervene during her operation and recovery.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 14, 2018 - Burt D. (Mandan, ND)
Burt recently fell a couple of time and hurt his hip and ribs.;His ribs particularly sore. Please pray both his hip and ribs heal quickly.
Jun 17, 2016
Burt is still recovering from hip surgery. He is doing fine, and would like to thank you all for your prayers.
May 20, 2016
Burt's hip surgery went well. Unfortunately, he got out of bed on Tuesday morning and fell, injuring his hip again. Doctors determined he would need more surgery, but once he was under anesthesia they were able to reset his hip without surgery. He is recovering and is in good spirits.
May 13, 2016
Burt will undergo hip replacement surgery on Monday, May 16th. Your prayers that the surgery goes well and for a speedy recovery are appreciated. The main concern is for infection after the surgery.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 12, 2018 - Faith H. (Fulton, MO)
We wanted to give you an update on our daughter Faith Hoselton (age 5.5). We thank our God that she came out of surgery with no complications and she is resting comfortably in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). She is sore from the surgery, but the pain medication has helped to keep it under control. She is feeling better each day and has shown sparks of her normal confidence and 'sassiness.' When the nurse was updating the next shift nurse about Faith's age (she said she was 5) -- Faith interrupted and stated that she was 5.5˝! And moments later, "I'm almost 6! It's good to see her beginning to "be herself" again. Mom is with her every minute -- even through the sleepless hospital nights.
We hope she will be discharged by Friday. As for the surgery, the neurosurgeon was hoping to decompress an artery on the left side of the brainstem that was not visualized on an MRI (this was thought to be the culprit of her vomiting). But when she got in there, she was not able to see the artery because of the scar tissue. And with the scar tissue being so close to the brainstem and surrounding anatomy, the risk was too great to take it out. But she did remove some other scar tissue and a small piece of the skull to allow more room for the brainstem in general, in hopes that this will take pressure off the vomiting centers. We now pray to our merciful God in Heaven that her problem will be resolved. Thank you for your heartfelt prayers and the cards that we so speedily received. They certainly help lift us up in our time of need.
Apr 5, 2018
Brian and Carole H. of the Fulton, MO congregation are requesting prayers for their daughter, Faith (age 5.5).
Brian and Carole wrote: "Faith has had daily vomiting issues for the past 5 years. Despite many different treatments, this continues to occur multiple times a day. She is scheduled for brain decompression on Tuesday April 10th, to decompress areas that effect vomiting. Please pray that God would be with the neurosurgeon during this delicate procedure and that our beautiful daughter will finally be rid of this issue for good. Thank you so much for your prayers. We will update you as soon as we can after the surgery."
Jan 9, 2017
Faith is making progress in many areas. Since using a feeding tube, she is gaining weight & is always actively rolling around in her wheelchair at services keeping up with the other kids. She still has the problem of vomiting, often even prior to eating. Prayers for her healing are appreciated.
Mar 19, 2014
Faith is home, and doing great. She has gained all her weight back and a little more. In fact, so far she has not been nauseous, and she has only vomited 3 times in the past week. That is a record for her. She has had a ravenous appetite as well. The past week has been such a blessing and maybe this rotovirus has been a blessing in disguise. It truly has been a remarkable week! God has done more through this sickness than all the doctors have done over the past 2 years! Please pray that her vomiting days are past. Brian and Carole thank all of our wonderful brethren for your prayers, cards and concern for their daughter, Faith.
Sep 30, 2014
It has been a few months since our 2 year old, Faith's Chiari (pronounced KE-ARE-EE) decompression surgery. A follow-up MRI showed better spinal fluid movement and she has recovered from the surgery nicely and seems to be moving her head around just as before. Unfortunately, it has seemed to do little to help her vomiting issues. So, we have sent her medical records to Mayo Clinic to see if there is anything they can do to help her. We expect to hear something back within a month to let us know if they will set an appointment for her.
As we head into the Feast season, please pray that we can find some relief from Faith's vomiting. There have been only 2 times in the past 1 1/2 years that she has gone for any extensive period of time with minimal or no vomiting - and that has been at the Spring and Fall festivals. We continue to look to God for his comfort and guidance and thank everyone for your thoughtful cards and prayers. Words cannot truly express our deepest appreciation.
Jun 13, 2014
Brian and Carole H. wanted you all to know that their 2-year-old daughter, Faith, had her surgery to decompress her brainstem. The surgery went well. They found she had a great deal of scar tissue that was causing most of the compression, and once it was removed the cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) began to flow. She still has scar tissue further down the spinal canal, but they don't yet know the implications. Now we are eager to see if this improves her daily vomiting and any other issues.
She is currently in the pediatric intensive care unit and plans to be moved to the main floor later today (Thursday). They think she might be able to go home on Friday or Saturday. She is able to hold her head up when she is held, and with pain medication she moved her head once and has smiled several times - mostly when family or friends sing the Disney movie "Frozen" music!
The family writes: "Though we don't know you all, we are all members of one body and feel close to everyone. Thank you for your petitions to our Father in heaven, and for the cards of encouragement and support. We will give you another update soon to let you know how she progresses."
May 28, 2014
Faith's surgery scheduled for May 27 had to be postponed due to an equipment issue at the hospital. It will be rescheduled about a month from now. Your prayers for her and her family during this time are appreciated.
Oct 18, 2013
Faith has recently been able to eat 'table food'. She chokes every so often and will even throw up, but she's doing so much better. She saw the neurosurgeon in St. Louis on Oct. 15 regarding the Decompression surgery. He was happy to hear that she's vomiting less and eating more but he was extremely unhappy with her weight. Before the Feast she weighed 17 lbs 15 oz and today she weighed 17 lbs 12 oz. He wants to give her 3 months to see if she can gain weight, if not he will think that the Chiari Malformation is the problem and will want to do the surgery. We would appreciate prayers that God will continue helping Faith to eat well and gain weight to avoid this major surgery around her brainstem.
Sept 4
Faith, daughter of Brian and Carole. The surgery would be scheduled after the Feast. Please pray for God's continued intervention and guidance for the family as they face this current health concern for Faith.
The Neurosurgeon in Columbia just called about Faith's MRI. She sees a syrinx (fluid collecting on the spinal cord). This is caused by the Chiari. So she wants to do a decompression surgery, which means they would cut out a piece of Faith's skull to make more room for her brainstem which is being tugged downward by her spinal cord a.k.a Chiari. She thinks this is causing her vomiting. It may or may not make it better but it would make it so she doesn't get worse. If the Chiari/Syrinx is left alone she could lose feeling in her upper body. Obviously this is not the news we were wanting to hear. But we do want to help her so that she can eat and gain weight.

<  >   Prayer Request - Apr 12, 2018 - Lourdes J. grandchildren (Bulacan, Philippines)
Mrs. Lourdes J. of the Manila congregation requests prayers for her grandchildren, Abigail G., age 7, Cailin G., age 11 and Miguel V., age 6 who were all hospitalized at the Far Eastern University hospital after their platelets have considerably gone down due to Dengue Fever. Abigail and Miguel were confined since Monday and Cailin just this morning. Please pray that God will completely heal them from this Dengue Fever.

<  >   Prayer Request - Apr 5, 2018 - Barry R. (Roanoke, TX)
Barry R., an elder serving our Fort Worth, Texas, congregation, suffered a heart attack yesterday. Extensive tests have revealed five blockages in his heart and bypass surgery has been scheduled for this coming Monday. Barry, his wife, Donna, and his entire family would appreciate your prayers for God's intervention and healing.

<  >   Prayer Request - Apr 4, 2018 - Nola W. (Ottawa, KS)
Nola and Bill W. request your prayers for Nola. She has been recently diagnosed with nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy with macular edema. She is currently undergoing monthly treatments and managing her diabetes to improve her condition. She has already seen God's hand in finding appropriate doctors for treatment and is looking to Him for the blessing of healing that He offers. This condition will require monthly monitoring, but she has already seen God's comfort and encouragement as she faces this trial in faith. Your prayers for Nola are deeply appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Mar 30, 2018 - Mason D. (Eau Claire, WI)
Mason, who was hospitalized with salmonella, was able to return home last Sabbath. He is doing much better, and the family appreciate all of your prayers.
Mar 23, 2018
Jason and Michelle D. (Eau Claire) are requesting prayers for their little boy Mason who was admitted to the hospital earlier this week. Test results showed that he has salmonella. He is improving and they hope to bring him home on Sabbath. Thank you for your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Mar 23, 2018 - Delores F. (Noel, MO)
Delores and John F. of Noel, Missouri, wish to express their heartfelt thanks for the many cards and prayers since their automobile accident this winter. They have been attending church services since last summer and were shocked at how many cards they received from church members all over the world. Delores is still wearing a body brace and using a walker at home, but she and John are grateful to again be able to attend church services weekly.
Feb 16, 2018
Delores F. of the Northwest Arkansas congregation was injured when the family car slid off an icy road into a ditch. She is at home wearing a back brace and using a walker while recovering from cracked ribs and vertebrae. However while at home, Delores suffered a small stroke and was hospitalized in Springfield, Missouri. A blood clot problem was resolved and she now recuperating at home. Delores and her husband John look forward to returning to church services when they are able. Your prayers for Delores would be much appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Mar 23, 2018 - Amy W. (Bella Vista, AR)
Amy wishes to express her appreciation for the many cards and prayers for her well-being since her liver transplant surgery last August. The first six months were the most cautionary to minimize human contact because she had to avoid any illness. She is now becoming more and more independent and recently was able to driver herself for 3-4 hours to Little Rock, Arkansas, for a checkup. In June she will again travel to Little Rock to have a stent removed. Her life becomes more normal as time progresses.
Aug 19, 2017
A suitable donor liver became available for Amy. She went into liver transplant surgery at 4:00 a.m. (CT) today (Sabbath, August 19) at UAMS hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. Surgery is expected to last until noon. Your prayers for quick healing and comfort would be appreciated.
Aug 5, 2017
Amy has had a series of medical tests including heart catheterization to see if she could withstand liver transplant surgery and if she would be able to thrive thereafter. The family received word on Wednesday night, August 2nd that Amy has qualified to be placed on the liver transplant list. Amy and her parents went home to Northwest Arkansas on Thursday. Now they await the telephone call notification that a donor liver will be available. Presuming that a donor liver is found, the Walmsley's will be back in Little Rock, Arkansas, for an extended stay.
Jul 25, 2017
Your urgent prayers are requested for Amy W. -daughter of Sandy and Bonnie W. of the Northwest Arkansas congregation. On Tuesday morning (July 25th) Amy was transported by ambulance to Little Rock, Arkansas, for immediate consideration for a liver transplant. She has waves of pain and related complicatons as her liver fails to fully function. Your prayers and encouragement for Amy, her parents, and the rest of the family would be appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Mar 5, 2018 - Ruth L. (Antipolo City Philippines)
Samantha Hope was born to Ruth on March 2, 2018, at 8:40 am, via a C-section delivery. She weighed 6.6 lbs. and measured 19.9 inches long. Upon initial evaluation, doctors deemed both mother and baby to be in good condition. Further tests will be done on the baby so that precautionary measures can be taken to ensure her wellness in the long term. Thank you for your prayers and concern for Ruth's pregnancy and safe delivery. We request for your continued prayers for the long term health of Samantha Hope. Your prayers are much appreciated. Thank you.
Feb 9, 2018
Ruth's right knee pain is significantly less now. She is also able to bend her right knee almost as much as her left knee with minimal discomfort. Please pray that she will no longer need surgery to correct her knee after her pregnancy. Ruth is to have a caesarean section delivery by the end of February or the beginning of March. Please pray for a smooth delivery and a healthy baby. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Jan 29, 2018
Ruth is 33 weeks pregnant at 40 years old and has a torn cartilage in her right knee. Moving her right leg proves difficult as she is unable to bend her knee beyond a certain point. Due to her high-risk pregnancy, doctors cannot yet do the necessary surgery on her knee nor give her proper medication for the pain. We request your prayers that Ruth's right knee be healed, that her knee problem does not adversely affect her pregnancy and that she delivers a perfectly healthy baby.
Sept 9, 2016
We thank you for your prayers for the comfort of Ruth and Ian and expressions of sympathy regarding the death of their stillborn son. He would have been named Ezekiel John. The funeral service was conducted by Mr. Rey Evasco on August 28.
Jun 28, 2013
She continues to have pain & numbness in her back, legs, arms & head. She also experiences weakness. Tests done show the curvature in her neck is curved in the opposite direction, & that she has a disc bulge in 3 places. Physical therapy & meds have not helped thus far.
Mar 23, 2011
Ruth, daughter of Benny & Gloria L., had surgery to correct the instability in her spine. She had a follow up x-ray last week & it showed the implants (screws, etc.) remained intact in her spine.

<  >   Prayer Request - Mar 2, 2018 - Lucyanna D. (Eau Claire, WI)
Lucyanna, the daughter of Jason and Michelle D., was diagnosed with Salmonella, treated, and was able to return home last week. She began experiencing spiking fevers again, and was readmitted to the hospital in Marshfield, WI on Wednesday. She continued to be treated for Salmonella, and was able to return home today.

<  >   Prayer Update - Mar 2, 2018 - Ali M. (New York, NY)
I had the chance to visit with Ali on Monday. She is doing very well overall and is nearly back to her old self. Ali is now home at the care and rehabilitation center she was before. She started physical therapy this week to help her regain strength. Ali is still a little confused at times, but she is aware of this confusion. It bothers her that she can't remember things as well as she did previously. She could use prayers for her continued healing.
Feb 7, 2018
Ali M. is a member of the New York City congregation. She has been living in a care center for a while now, but was sent to the ICU at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center this morning. She seems very confused right now and apparently has been confused all morning as well. She doesn't realize where she is and sometimes refuses to let nurses and doctors even check her vital signs. Her oxygen levels are low, but that's all the information I have right now. The hospital isn't able to give any information except to family so we aren't sure exactly why she was sent here. She needs urgent prayers for her healing and stability.

<  >   Prayer Update - Feb 28, 2018 - Ray W. (Arlington, TX)
Last Friday Ray, long-time elder in the Dallas/Ft. Worth congregation, suffered what was referred to as a "progressive stroke" which got worse as the day and night continued. Ray is no longer in the ICU and is in a regular room at Medical City Arlington. Another MRI was done today to ensure there was no bleeding on the brain and, thankfully, that was the case. Ray presently has very limited use of his left arm and left leg, but was up walking a few steps with some help earlier today. He was able to put full weight on his left leg. The physical therapist says he is doing great for only the third day. He now has a feeding tube since he was having difficulty swallowing. Once the feeding tube is removed he will be moved to a rehab center. Please pray for God's intervention and healing and for a complete and speedy recovery.
Feb 5, 2016
Ray is making good progress as he is recovering from quadruple bypass surgery. He has had some pain and difficulty sleeping since his surgery on January 20th, but overall he is doing very well and is definitely moving in the right direction. Ray, his wife, Linda, and his daughter, Tanya, are very grateful for God's blessing and healing and for your prayers, cards, gifts, and expressions of your love and concern. Please continue to remember Ray and family in your prayers for a complete and speedy recovery.
Jan 25, 2016
Due to a minor infection, Ray's heart bypass surgery has been postponed until the infection clears up. Thank you for your continued prayers for Ray and family.
Jan 19, 2016
Your prayers are requested for Ray, long-time elder in God's Church, as he will be having heart triple-bypass surgery tomorrow morning, January 18. Ray was experiencing chest pains throughout this past Sabbath and was taken to the ER at the Arlington Medical Center in Arlington, TX Saturday evening. After several tests it was determined that the best course of action would be bypass surgery. Please pray fervently for a successful surgery and for a complete and speedy healing and recovery for Ray. Your prayers for God's strength and comfort for Ray's wife, Linda, and for their daughter, Tanya, would also be greatly appreciated. Ray and Linda have served very effectively in the DFW area for many years and they are greatly loved and appreciated. Thank you very much for your prayers for God's healing and comfort.

<  >   Prayer Request - Feb 23, 2018 - Shirley B. (Springdale, AR)
Long-time member Shirley B; has requested our prayers for complete healing of her atrial fibrillation (also known as AFib). This heart condition causes episodes of rapid heartbeat that results in extreme weakness and periodic hospitalization. Shirley and her husband Oliver have been married for over 60 years and are a fixture in our local congregation. They would appreciate our prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Feb 18, 2018 - Bob M. (Freeport, OH)
Bob was hospitalized in December after an adverse reaction to antibiotics. While there the doctors informed Bob that they believed he may have stomach cancer. The doctors urged him to see a specialist immediately. Bob and his wife Nancy left the hospital and the first thing they did while driving home, was to call me and ask for prayers, knowing God can heal. On Friday Bob received the results of his most recent blood test and the doctors indicated he was no longer anemic and in fact was above the low normal range. Thus he will not have to have the tests that were scheduled for February 22nd. Bob said, "God gets all the credit because my blood went back to normal really quick . So thankful." Bob and Nancy want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love through cards and prayer!
Dec 29, 2017
Bob, of the Cambridge, Ohio congregation experienced a severe reaction to an antibiotic, causing extreme swelling of his tongue and restricting his ability to breath. Bob took himself to the hospital yesterday and while there, routine lab results revealed his blood count was very low, so they kept him overnight for observation and administered two units of blood. This morning, the doctor informed Bob that he believes Bob may have stomach cancer. The doctor said there is a slight chance it could be a bleeding ulcer, but he really did not think that was the case, so he insisted that Bob schedule an appointment with a specialist as soon as possible.
Bob, and his wife Nancy, would appreciate everyone's prayers for complete healing.
Apr 24, 2016
Bob, of the Cambridge, OH congregation, who was involved in a head-on collision while traveling to Passover, is still in the hospital. Unfortunately the attempt to reset his right foot was not successful. The foot would not stay in its proper alignment, so the doctors took him into surgery Friday and installed a plate across the top of his foot to hold it in place while the bones heal. The orthopedic doctor has cleared Bob, but he is not able to put any weight on his right foot, for now. A reexamination of his neck determined that there are broken bones in his neck, but the doctors do not believe it will cause him any harm while they heal. Right now, it appears that he will be released to go home on Monday. Thank you for your prayers.
Apr 21, 2016
Bob, of the Cambridge, OH congregation, was on his way to Passover services and was involved in a head-on collision caused by a driver crossing over into his side of the road. The initial diagnosis included a fracture in his neck, a rupture to his internal organs, three broken ribs, a fracture and dislocation in his right foot. Bob had to be transferred to Akron General hospital about 90 minutes away. I was able to be there when he arrived and anointed him.
His latest diagnosis is now that the apparent fracture in his neck is actually damage to the muscles in his neck, not a fracture of the bones. The rupture to his internal organs does not appear to be causing any internal bleeding and will not require surgery to repair. He does have three fractured ribs, but the damage to his right foot does will not require surgery. The doctors are resetting the dislocation at this time. Bob would appreciate your prayers for a full and complete healing.

<  >   Prayer Request - Feb 16, 2018 - Don T. (Mobile, AL)
Prayers are requested for Don T., an elder in the Mobile, Alabama, congregation. He was admitted to the hospital in critical condition on Thursday. His blood pressure had dropped significantly and his transplanted kidney is infected. They are having to keep him in ER because intensive care is full. Thank you for your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Feb 16, 2018 - Helen J. (Fargo, ND)
Helen has been experiencing some severe pain in her right hip. It has lasted quite a while now. The pain is almost unbearable at times. She is requesting prayers that God will intervene to help. She thanks everyone for you prayers.
Apr 15, 2016
Helen is still suffering from continuous pain in her hip. She is unable walk much. She is able to take medication at night to help her sleep. She might need to have surgery to relieve pressure on her sciatic nerve. Helen and Earl would like to thank everyone for all your prayers and encouragement.
Dec 15, 2015
Helen could use your prayers. She is having severe pain in her hip and down her leg. The pain is almost unbearable and has been that way for a couple of days. She's seen her chiropractor once, but it has not helped. She'll be back to see him tomorrow. Please pray God would intervene to ease the pain.
Nov 27, 2015
"My right hip has been bothering me for over a week now. It is quite painful. The chiropractor wants me to go to my doctor and get x-rays taken to see why my right hip isn't responding to his treatments. Please pray my hip bones are not deteriorating or any cancer will be found. I do not have an appointment yet with the doctor as his office is closed today so will make an appointment Monday. Thank you for your prayers."
Nov 20, 2015
Helen would like to thank everyone for the prayers for her left eye. She had cataract surgery and will need one more eye injection the week of Thanksgiving. Hopefully that will be all. She is seeing better with her left eye. Also, she and Earl would also like to thank everyone for the cards they received during the Feast, and the box of Feast gifts. She says that Earl loves his lap blanket, and enjoys pointing out the "little neckties" on the blanket.
Sep 11, 2015
Helen had a mole removed from her shoulder last week. Tests have confirmed that it is Melanoma. She'll be seeing a doctor about this soon. She is also having trouble with her left eye. She'll be having cataract surgery in October, then the doctor will try to correct a problem with her macula. Please pray it all goes well and she can see better afterward.
Jan 31, 2014
Helen received a report back on her biopsy and everything was clear. She thanks you all for your prayers.
Jan 18, 2014
Helen's surgery this past week went well, and the two lumps were removed from her mouth. She was feeling pretty good the days following the surgery. The doctor said that he didn't believe they were cancerous, but they wouldn't know for sure until the test results come in.
Dec 13, 2013
The doctor found there are actually two lumps in Helen's mouth, and surgery to remove them is scheduled for January 14th. The doctor believes they are non-cancerous, but says there is no way to know for sure until they are removed and a biopsy is complete. Helen would like to thank everyone for your prayers, and asks that you continue to pray no cancer is found.
Dec 7
The doctor found there are actually two lumps in Helen's mouth, and surgery to remove them is scheduled for January 14th. The doctor believes they are non-cancerous, but says there is no way to know for sure until they are removed and a biopsy is complete. Helen would like to thank everyone for your prayers, and asks that you continue to pray no cancer is found.
Nov 30
A routine visit to the dentist revealed a lump in Helen's mouth. She expects the lump will have to be removed. Please pray that it is not cancerous. Nov 15
A routine visit to the dentist revealed a lump in Helen's mouth. She will be seeing a specialist soon, but will probably have to have it removed. Please pray that it is not cancerous.

<  >   Prayer Request - Feb 16, 2018 - Paul B. (Rome, GA)
Dana and I have been truly overwhelmed by all the prayers and cards sent by so many brethren - most of whom we have never met. The love and concern of God's people is so incredible. Our Heavenly Father truly heals and answers the prayers of His people. When the doctors first began my surgery, they almost didn't go through with it because there was so much damage to my heart. But then decided to proceed. They did six bypasses and removed several calcium deposits. Recovery is going smoothly and I am getting stronger everyday. With much love, Paul and Dana.

<  >   Prayer Request - Feb 5, 2018 - Dennis F. (Billings, MT)
Longtime member of the Church of God, Dennis F. was taken to the emergency room on Tuesday, January 30th complaining of chest pain. He has since been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and chronic kidney disease. He is also retaining much fluid and experiencing considerable discomfort. The stress test on Friday was long and painful and it drained Dennis of much strength. Prayers are requested for Dennis' recovery and return to good health. Also prayers for his wife Annie, son David and David's fiance, Cassie M., all of whom are supporting Dennis in this health trial. Dennis remains in the hospital but the family is hopeful he will be released soon to a short term care facility where he can regain the strength he needs to return home. Dennis has been an integral part of the small Billings congregation and his absence is sorely missed.

<  >   Prayer Request - Feb 2, 2018 - Allen H. (Plymouth, NC)
Allen H. of the Williamsburg, Virginia, congregation request your prayers. Allen has been battling prostate cancer for several years now and his PSA level just rose significantly over the last several weeks. Doctors want him to try a new experimental drug and he is praying for healing and wisdom to know what decision to make. Odessa, his wife, suffers from arthritis, especially in her lower back, and her pain levels have greatly increased recently.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 30, 2018 - Susie J. (Nashville, TN)
Johnny and his wife Kim sent this update regarding his mother, Susie, who had neck surgery yesterday. "Mom is in her room now and is doing fine. She is expected to be released tomorrow. She will need to rest and recover over the next several weeks. Praise to God in the highest! Thanks to all for your prayers. She had been suffering for a long time."
Jan 28, 2018
Johnny and his wife Kim J. are requesting prayers for his mother Mrs. Susie J. She will be having surgery tomorrow (Monday January 29) to try to relieve a disorder in her neck that is causing her constant pain. Johnny and Kim and the family thank all of you for your prayers and concern.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 21, 2018 - Joyce F. (East Bethel, MN)
Joyce is home from the hospital and is doing much better. The surgery revealed no blockages or heart issues but the doctors still do not know what was causing her pain. She is scheduled for more tests in the coming weeks, but is doing OK for now. She and Dana are very grateful for our prayers and ask that we continue to ask God to intervene for her.
Jan 19, 2018
Dana took Joyce to Mercy Hospital today as she was experiencing chest pains. She is going through some minor surgery to determine the cause of the pains and is asking us to pray for God's intervention. Please pray that God would take away the pains, reveal the cause, and give her guidance on how best to deal with it going forward.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 10, 2018 - Jordan S. (Melissa, TX)
Here is an update from her parents, Sam and Shannon: "We are very happy to share that she is doing remarkably well considering how she was this time last year! Thank you to everyone who has continued to pray for her, sent cards, & emails and for your constant encouragement. It's been tough going the past (almost) 2 years, but our girl continues to improve! Jordan's diagnosis now is Chronic Pain Syndrome. In late August, Jordan was admitted to a place for physical rehab. There she spent a couple of weeks with 12 different doctors and medical professionals working with her to teach her nerves, muscles and basically her whole body how to function properly again & work through the severe pain. It's a slow going process but she's doing so well! Jordan is now attending 3 classes per day at school and is beginning to enjoy life a whole lot more! She's able to navigate several stairs again and her walking has improved a lot. We're excited to see her having come this far!"
Aug 23, 2017
"Our sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who have helped in so many ways to make this next step a reality! As well, our deepest thanks for the many, many, prayers, cards, texts, calls and just encouragement for Jordan! They are appreciated more than we can express. On Monday August 21st, Jordan was admitted into the Cook Children's Rehab facility where she will be for a couple of weeks going through an intensive chronic pain rehabilitation program. The first two days have gone well -- albeit there has already been some emotional times working through the pain. Jordan has nine medical professionals working with her so it is pretty full on during the day.
"The nursing staff has been wonderful so far -- even inviting her to "hang out" at the nurses station during the evening -- probably so they can keep her laughing! They really have quite the fun group there so pestering her is making it so much more of a relaxed environment! Happy medicine is just what she needs. Your continued prayers for her ongoing recovery would be greatly appreciated, especially during this time of much pain and big changes for Jordan. We know this rehab isn't a quick fix and there is still a long road to go but she'll get there! Our deepest thanks again."
June 14, 2017
Sam and Shannon asked me to pass along a prayer request and update for their 14 year old daughter, Jordan. Next Monday, June 19, Jordan will be having a 2 1/2 hour evaluation regarding admittance to the Cook Children's Intensive In-patient Rehab Facility in Ft. Worth. We would ask for your prayers that those doing the evaluating will be able to ascertain the best way to be of help to Jordan and that she will have an opportunity to be admitted to their program and gain many valuable benefits of being there. Jordan has, evidently, been having some anxiety issues at the idea of going to this facility and being away from home for 2 to 3 weeks. This is somewhat troubling to her as you can well imagine. Her heart has been racing at times and she has also had two recent tests that have shown she has abnormally high levels of protein in her urine that could indicate some type of kidney function issue. It is likely once she is admitted to this facility they will have her wear a heart monitor for a few days to check her heart function.
Please pray that the heart and possible kidney function issues will clear up quickly and that God will intervene where necessary to heal Jordan of the issues she is facing currently. During the evaluation next Monday, Jordan will be seeing a neuro-science doctor, a physical therapist, and a pain management team. Please pray everything will go well and they will be able to put Jordan at ease and help her move forward in getting back to normal and being able to return to school this fall doing very well.
Thank you for your fervent prayers for Jordan, which are greatly appreciated!
Apr 5, 2017
After 14 months from Jordan's re-injury, we do have some good news! A multi-disciplinary medical team at Boston Children's Hospital this past week conducted numerous tests on Jordan, including a flexion and extension cervical MRI. It appears her cervical spinal cord injury has finally healed so the risk of permanent damage is now removed. This is a tremendous blessing and an answer to many prayers.
However, the doctors said Jordan is "severely functionally impaired and her degree of disability is huge. Her nervous system is on hyper-drive and her body is still responding as if the spinal cord is injured." Her condition was equated to that of an amputee, such as one with shrapnel in the leg - the pain is excruciating. Then, once the limb is removed, the patient continues to suffer from phantom feelings and intense pain - as if the leg were still there and the wounds still intact. They emphasized her condition is very real and they are extremely concerned.
Their recommendation is admission into an intensive inpatient program where a multi-disciplinary team can work with her on a daily basis until her body heals. It may take weeks or month depending on her body's response. Right now the lead doctor is currently working on finding the right facility for treatment. Few of these exist nationwide, which may mean taking Jordan to Virginia, Maryland, California or Ohio. We just don't know yet. The doctor is also trying to see if there is a facility in Texas which would mean she is closer for the family to visit, but everything is up in the air right now.
Thank you for your many prayers, cards, emails and texts of encouragement. They are deeply appreciated! Please thank our Father for healing her spinal cord and please continue to pray for Jordan's full body healing and that the best possible inpatient program is found for her. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Jan 9, 2017
Jordan's Cervical Instability and Spinal Cord Injury hasn't improved at all. Upon returning from the Feast, her physical abilities declined & she has lost quite a bit of weight. She's unable to navigate stairs or walk any distance. She is also now experiencing frequent swelling in her throat. We've decided to try physical therapy again & her school is helping to get her back into school. Please pray she will do well with one class per day & be able to increase up to 4 classes per day. She will be in a wheelchair for her own safety while on campus. She may look "normal" on the outside but the pain, discomfort & weakness she endures takes a toll on her & our family. It makes life really difficult. Again, thank you for your prayers & we ask for you to continue to pray for her.
Sept 20, 2016
Thank you seems so inadequate but we are deeply thankful to everyone for your love, support, cards, gifts and prayers for Jordan over the past seven months since she was re-injured. It's hard to believe she's been struggling for so long again, but at least now we have a diagnosis! Since our last update in early July, Jordan's had the functional MRI's and X-rays done and Dr. Brock said Jordan has a cervical instability injury. Her spinal cord and the nerves, particularly in the C1-C2 region (at the top of the spine) are being pinched/pressured by swelling and the blood flow is being restricted to that area causing hypoxia of the cord. It not only explains the leg weakness, foot numbness and overall body and back pain, but the pain in her arms and numbness in her hands. We never made that connection because we always understood this to be solely a back injury! It's a neck injury! It's also explains how she was re-injured simply running track because when the neck bends forward it causes the hypoxia and swelling to increase, especially when being pounded.
Dr. Brock has referred us to seek a neurosurgeon. We met with a really super neurosurgeon but he agreed that he really can't help Jordan. Jordan's injury is a functional one and not something that can be surgically fixed. Since then, we have tried some laser therapy, nerve regeneration supplements. So far with the laser and supplements, Jordan has begun showing some improvements over the past 2 weeks. She is now walking a bit better. Traveling is still painful, so with the Feast fast approaching please pray for Jordan's continued improvements and that she can make the journey to the Feast. Jordan would also love to personally write thank you cards to everyone who has so lovingly sent her a gift, but even with trying to do school work at home every day for an hour, the ability to hold a pencil is painful. With the lack of physical activity and energy being spent, Jordan has also struggled with having any sort of appetite and has lost a great deal of weight. But, we are positive that things are beginning to turn around and praying continuously that God will heal her and make it possible for her to enjoy the Feast with us! Once again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts and please keep Jordan in your prayers!
Jul 13, 2016
This is an update regarding Jordan S., daughter of Sam and Shannon S.:
Our heartfelt thanks to everyone for their continued prayers and encouragement of our daughter, Jordan. Just yesterday she received a large poster in the mail - with a F-R-O-G on it! - from Camp Cotubic, signed by all the campers! What a wonderful and uplifting surprise - thank you so much! Yesterday was also a big day for Jordan and us, as we took her to see another doctor who had been referred to us as "the one to go to who will figure this out for Jordan" and he sure did! It was hard not to get our hopes up for answers after 9-10 neurologists and many other doctors over the past 3+ years! Dr. Brock said he is 90% sure on his diagnosis, but Jordan will need to have a functional MRI of her neck and thoracic region to fully diagnose her. From the five MRI's she has already had, the most recent one showed a darkened area at the base of her neck in the spinal cord which he is concerned about. He believes that is where Jordan received the hardest impact and damage when her sister fell on her in 2013. It shows probable intermittent ischemia (loss of blood flow to the spinal cord). As well, he said she suffered a spinal contusion/spinal cord shock/severe stretching of the spine in 2013 and that was now re-aggravated. He said the ischemia gives rise to the fact that her condition was able to heal and return when aggravated. The severe stretch of her cord (like an over stretched elastic band that doesn't go back to how it was before) means it's not very strong and that region more easily slips/moves, stretching the cord as she moves. Dr. Brock encouraged Jordan to stay positive and realize that she very easily could have been paralyzed from the neck down. If the blow had happened to an adult, they would be paralyzed from the neck down. He said the fact that she isn't paralyzed and can get around as she still even does now, is huge!
Jordan is to have the functional MRI as soon as possible and from there we will see how to move forward with getting her the correct help - be it surgery in her neck or continued specialized PT or? Jordan has been such a trooper through the past 3.5 years. We know the severe pain, spasmin and lack of quality of life as a young girl have taken an emotional toll, but she continues every day to plod on and doesn't complain! She's just thrilled that as of last week she began to once again be able to slowly navigate the stairs in our home by herself - that's a tremendous accomplishment! As a dear friend texted me last night: "At least we now have a road to recovery not a road to nowhere!" We can start calling her injury what it is and start working to help her, targeting where her spinal cord is actually injured. Our deepest thanks again, Sam and Shannon.
May 5, 2016
The following is an update from Sam and Shannon S. regarding their 13 year old daughter, Jordan. Thank you for your prayers for Jordan. Our family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for the many prayers, words of encouragement by phone, email and so many, many cards from our brethren all over the world for our daughter Jordan! We are deeply touched and humbled by the outpouring of love and concern for our daughter. Jordan has received a number of packages from brethren and congregations which have been such a boost to her morale. Thank you so very much for your love and kindness - we wish we could thank you all personally. One package arrived with a few (toy) frogs....an acronym for Fully Rely On God. And that is so aptly all we can do right now as we still do not have any answers. We know God will heal Jordan in time and thankfully Jordan is remaining very positive.
On April 13th, Jordan suffered a significant setback after a strenuous day of testing with the neurology team at the Dallas Children's Hospital, and is just now beginning to show some improvement from there. While she was previously able to slowly navigate the stairs in our home by herself and carefully walk the distance to the neighbor's house and back, she is now only able to make it to the front door of our home and has to be assisted carefully up and down each step of the stairs now. Jordan's legs are tremendously weak and shaky, as are her ankles and knees which falter every which way as she walks/climbs. Her pain level is manageable but as you'd expect of a 13 year old, she would rather be up and running again! Her physical therapy has been suspended until Jordan is back to where she was prior to the neurology testing in April as the PT team are concerned they may now do more damage than help.
Please continue to pray for Jordan's healing, and that she remains mentally positive. The doctors are baffled by her condition as it is worse this time than when her spinal cord was first injured in March 2013. Jordan has a brain MRI next week and an EMG nerve conduction test and muscle testing the following week. Hopefully - as much as we'd rather nothing was wrong - one or both of these indicate what is causing her condition.
We simply can't express just how much we appreciate your prayers on Jordan's behalf. With love and sincere thanks, Sam and Shannon, Jordan and her sisters."
Feb 23, 2016
Our sincere thanks to so many brethren around the world for their prayers, cards, emails and texts regarding our oldest daughter Jordan and the major setback she has suffered from her previous spinal cord injury. Your kindness had been a tremendous encouragement to her every day, especially since she is currently housebound and unable to leave as riding in a car is very painful. Walking over 150 feet becomes very painful and causes back pain and spasms. This means she is unable to function as a normal kid would. Last Monday, we finally got to see the neurologist. On Friday, Jordan was re-evaluated by her physical therapist (PT) and will now start physical therapy again. PT wanted to wait until neurology had seen her.
The neurologist and physical therapist are somewhat baffled as to why she has suffered a setback but both agree Jordan is now at risk for these. We had thought her regression was about 40% but the PT (who had worked with her before) said after an hour+ of testing her for strength and mobility, she estimated it to be 'more like at 80 percent.' Jordan's walking, sitting, standing, rolling over - simple every day movements are a struggle for her and increase the pain and spasming in her body. Jordan has also been struggling with pain in her hands, her right leg and knee and her feet, which she did not have last time. After testing with both the neurologist and PT, Jordan lost feeling in both feet for about 2 hours each time. Please keep praying for young Jordan, and especially that her mental state remains positive. She understands more this time, as well as remembers the pain of PT and recovery; and as well, just wants to feel 'normal' again. She wants to know why her condition doesn't have a name, which is something the medical community is unable to label yet as it involves nerves, sensory (she can't take touch on her back) and muscle.
We also met with school officials last week and Jordan was approved for 504/Homebound services. This means the school will be providing a daily teacher for her at home for an hour. We are also incredibly blessed as the teacher assigned to her is one she greatly enjoys and whom Jordan has been taught by for the two previous school years. Our families also bonded last year when they suffered the loss of their oldest child in an accident. Unbeknown to her when she stepped up to the Homebound position, it was for Jordan. We believe, as does the teacher, God is providing help for both of our families. Again, thank you so very much for your prayers and encouragement. With love, Sam and Shannon.
Feb 12, 2016
Sam and Shannon S. request your prayers for their oldest daughter, Jordan. They write, "Jordan suffered a bruised spinal cord just shy of three years ago. Jordan struggled for two years afterwards to learn to walk, run and accept simple touch on her back again. Two weeks ago this Monday, Jordan was re-injured during athletics, while running track at school for the first time since her spinal injury. It's possible the jarring has re-injured her, but we are unsure how or why. She has again been suffering terrible back pain, spasms and cannot handle simple touch on her back as the pain is so bad. She's back to only being able to walk short distances without creating more pain and spasms. She is currently unable to attend school and remains at home under doctors care. Jordan will be seeing a neurologist on Monday, February 15, and depending on the outcome of testing, will again start physical therapy. We ask for your prayers that God in His mercy will heal Jordan and as well, help her at this time to keep fighting to return to normal and stay positive through it all. With our thanks, Sam and Shannon".

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 9, 2018 - Lisa S. (Blue Ridge, TX)
Lisa still struggles with vision, memory, and left arm control. Although we think we see some improvements we would greatly appreciate prayers for her full recovery.
Sep 14, 2017
On Tuesday, September 5th, Lisa started on 6 weeks of proton beam therapy (radiation). She is undergoing 4 weeks of full brain and spin and an additional 2 weeks just on the area the cancer tumor was previously located. The oncologist says that the type of cancer she has needs to be treated with radiation to help ensure it doesn't come back. To the best of our ability, we have researched alternative treatments and they don't really seem to exist.
Although the proton beam is better than traditional radiation it still has a lot of potential negative side effects (too many to list). We are asking for prayers that the treatment will be effective and she won't suffer any negative side effects. We also ask for prayers that her vision, memory, and left arm, will continue to improve so that she might make a full recovery.
We appreciate the love and concern of the brethren around the world. Lisa rejoices in knowing that she is thought of by so many people. She does not understand how so many people care for her and still surprises her with a smile when a card comes in for her which is very frequent. She makes sure to tell mom to keep them all as she would like to send them a card back, but we are not able to reply to all of them so we wanted to send our gratitude through this email update. From Matthew and Fernanda, Lisa, Jonathan, and Hannah.
Jul 24, 2017
Lisa and family are now all home and doing well overall! It has been a very long haul for them, and Lisa still has to go into the hospital for, hopefully, just one last round of chemo-therapy treatments and radiation treatments after that. But, there was no evidence of cancer after the last treatment and the upcoming ones are designed to kill off any remaining cancer cells. Lisa is continuing to make good progress, moving around and walking on her own now, and she jumped a bit on their trampoline last evening for the first time. Of course it has been very encouraging to see such progress over the last several months. Lisa does have some issues with her memory and she also has some very troubling and disturbing thoughts at times. The family would like to thank you for all the cards of support and encouragement and, especially, for all the prayers that have gone up on Lisa's behalf. Your continued prayers for a complete and full recovery are greatly appreciated.
Jul 3, 2017
Lisa continues to make steady progress in her recovery. She is just about completely walking on her own now and she is very alert, coherent, and expressive. Her memory is improving, but she is still having some issues with her short term memory. She is eating on her own now and will, likely, have the feeding tube removed very soon. She is making remarkable progress and we are all very grateful to God for His blessing and healing. Thank you so much for your continued prayers for her complete healing. She will have another round of chemo to begin in about a week and it continues to prove very effective in combatting the cancer. Your prayers for minimal side-effects would be greatly appreciated. Lisa continues in a rehab facility, but there is hope she will be able to return home before too long. Of course, her family is looking so forward to that day!
May 25, 2017
I had a most encouraging visit with Lisa yesterday. It is nothing short of miraculous and is very evident to me that God is certainly hearing our prayers and intervening to heal and restore Lisa! She recognized me right away and called me by name. We had a wonderful visit and she responded to my comments and questions in ways I doubted possible just a few days ago! She has come such a long ways from when the doctors gave her a 10% chance of surviving her second major brain surgery over a month ago. I told Lisa that I had been praying for her and that she was having people from around the world praying for her and she responded emphatically, "Thank you so, so, so, so, so much!"
Fernanda, Lisa's mother, had a large stack of cards that brethren have sent from around the world and she is beginning to read them to Lisa now that Lisa is awake and responding. They will, undoubtedly, be a great source of encouragement for Lisa and her family! She is now having physical therapy three times daily and they are getting her up and helping her walk again! She still has a long ways to go, but she is so much better! She cannot stand by herself and she has to be supported nearly 100% when walking, but she is able to move her legs and she is making such good progress. She does tire very easily, but her color is good and she is receiving the strength she needs in powerful ways from the Almighty! She is still being fed through a tube in her stomach, but she did take a sip of apple juice for the first time yesterday. Once she is able to swallow properly they should be able to remove the feeding tube and she should be able to eat normally once again.
Fernanda said that there isn't anyone in the hospital who has seen Lisa's condition who is not now thoroughly shocked at her remarkable progress. This is indeed a testimony to God's greatness and His glory and His power to heal and His willingness to intervene and heal as He sees fit! Thank you so, so, so, so, so much for your fervent prayers for Lisa and her family. They are so very grateful for them and may we continue to even step up our prayers for Lisa and her healing! She is finishing up a round of chemo in the next day or two, but the effects of the chemo, I believe, have been minimized by God's protection and blessing. Her blood count is vastly improved and the tumor seems to be greatly diminished and will, hopefully, be completely gone in time.
Your continued faithful prayers are desired and greatly needed - again, thank you so much for your faithfulness as Lisa's family! Matthew, Lisa's father, has had to return to work, but Fernanda continues to stay with Lisa around the clock. Jonathan and Hannah, who are home-schooled, are also there with Lisa in the hospital. It is likely that Lisa will be moved to a rehab facility in the near future. Thank you for your prayers for the entire family.
May 17, 2017
Lisa, age 8, has made some remarkable improvements since being so close to death about a month ago. She has been having chemo treatments that have been keeping the malignant brain tumor in check, but she has been holding up well to the treatments. We especially appreciate your prayers in that regard. In the past week she has improved dramatically in her overall look and in her responses. Even though it is still often difficult to tell how much conscious thought is behind her responses, she actually spoke out for the first time a few days ago in regard to a feeding tube that was in her nose. She cried, "Take it out" and yesterday surgery was performed to insert a feeding tube directly into her stomach so she would no longer need the one through her nose. She had pulled it out a couple times in the last several days, also showing much more response than previously. Although she has spoken only the one time, we are hopeful that, as she heals further, she will begin to respond and speak normally.
Lisa will be having another series of chemo treatments starting soon, so we again ask for your prayers that the chemo will be effective and that Lisa will be strong and virtually unaffected by its potential adverse effects. We realize fully that it will take God's intervention and healing for Lisa to survive this awful ordeal, but as we all know that "with God all things are possible!" Lisa is surely in God's hands and her life will be determined by His will. Of course, we pray that it is God's will at this time to heal and to restore her. Let us all strive to diligently pray for Lisa's healing and do our part faithfully in prayer for her.
Matthew and Fernanda, and their other children, Jonathan, age 10, and Hannah, age 6, greatly appreciate all your prayers, love, gifts, and concern for their beloved Lisa! Your support is a tremendous encouragement during these very difficult times.
May 4, 2017
Lisa remains in the Children's Medical Center in Dallas. Although Lisa has had a low-grade fever for some time now, tests have not revealed an infection and we are grateful for your prayers in that regard. Lisa started a five day chemo treatment plan today and your prayers for the chemo to work very well and for her body to be able to withstand the effects of the chemo are greatly appreciated.
It is believed that Lisa may have suffered some damage to her brain stem when she had a stroke just before the last surgery that was undertaken a couple weeks ago in spite of a very low chance of survival. The family has been told by their doctors that it could take up to six months for the brain to heal from all that Lisa has been through. Lisa's vital signs have been stable and she seems to be relatively peaceful most of the time. Of course we are all praying for a miracle and that Lisa will heal much more quickly. Your continued prayers for God's intervention and complete healing are greatly appreciated.
Apr 21, 2017
Lisa has been taken off the respirator and is now breathing on her own. Her vital signs are stable and she has been resting comfortably for the most part. Although her eyes are often open wide and, at times, she seems somewhat responsive the doctors say she is still in a coma. She received a chemo treatment early in the week and it is now beginning to take its toll. Her immune system is very compromised now and risk of infection is much greater. Matthew and Fernanda would like to thank all of you for your prayers, visits, cards, gifts, and for your love and concern for Lisa and their family. Please continue to pray for Lisa's complete healing.
Apr 14, 2017
Lisa has opened her eyes since her last surgery. Her vital signs are stable, but she is not currently communicating with anyone. The doctors didn't feel they could wait longer for her to recover, so they have begun treating her with chemo-therapy because of the aggressive nature of the tumor. Your continued fervent prayers for Lisa and for the family are greatly appreciated.
Apr 12, 2017
Much has happened since the last update just five days ago regarding 8 year old, Lisa S. Lisa had to have another surgery to insert a second drainage shunt as the first one was not working well. And then yesterday morning a med-port was inserted in which to administer the chemo-therapy, a spinal tap, and another MRI was taken. In the afternoon Lisa went into a coma due to swelling of her brain and pressure building up in her head because of the aggressive cancer that has continued to grow. It was determined that although the chance of survival was very low, around 10% according to the doctors, surgery should be attempted to prevent Lisa's imminent death. Lisa's parent's Matthew and Fernanda gave this update this morning, "This text can't begin to explain all that has gone on in the last 24 hours with Lisa. She almost died yesterday afternoon due to the tumor pressure on her brain and she fell into a coma. Brave doctors performed emergency surgery on her late into the night while we cried out to God to spare her. Doctors gave her a 10% chance going into this. She is still alive today, thanks and glory to God our father." Last night's surgery resulted in more of the tumor being removed to lessen the pressure and swelling in her head. The hope is that she will recover from the surgery and be able to start the chemo-therapy treatment tomorrow. Thank you for your continued fervent prayers for Lisa and her family and for God's mercy and will to be done.
Apr 7, 2017
It was determined that Lisa's cancer is of the germ cell variety and that it is treatable by chemo-therapy and radiation treatments. The plan is to begin chemo treatments this coming Monday. Please pray that God will strengthen Lisa and that the treatments will be very effective. Your continued prayers for Lisa and her family are greatly appreciated. The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, love, cards and support.
Mar 30, 2017
Matthew and Fernanda S. would like thank all of you for your prayers for their daughter, Lisa. Lisa was in surgery nearly all day yesterday and it was determined that the large tumor is malignant. The surgeons were not able to remove all the tumor and Lisa will be having another MRI this morning to determine just how much of the tumor was removed. Biopsies were done and it will take a week or so to have the complete pathology which will reveal the exact type of cancer that has invaded Lisa's body. The surgeons believe it is an aggressive cancer, but we pray that it will be the type that will respond well to chemotherapy. Children are often very resilient and we also pray that God will strengthen little Lisa and help her to withstand the adverse effects of the chemo. Of course, we do not want to limit our all-powerful God in any way and we realize that He may intervene to totally heal Lisa at any time according to His divine will.
Matthew and Fernanda greatly appreciate your prayers, love and concern and they also appreciate your phone calls and texts of encouragement and support and we ask that you continue to reach out to them, but please do not expect them to respond to your messages at this point. Of course, their number one focus will be to care for Lisa and their other two children, Jonathan and Hannah, as they seek God's direction, will, and guidance regarding the many decisions they will need to be making in the near future. Please continue to pray fervently for God's blessing, intervention, and healing - and for God to guide and direct the family at this difficult time. Of course, prayers for the entire family and for God's peace, faith, comfort, and strength to be upon them are greatly appreciated.
Thank you again for your wonderful support of a very cherished family in our congregation. When one of us suffers, we all suffer together and hold each other up by the power of God the Father's loving Spirit and that of His Son who died for each of us according to Their plan of salvation for us all. May God speed the coming of His Kingdom!
Mar 29, 2017 - Lisa S. (Blue Ridge, TX)
Your prayers are requested for 8 year old Lisa S., daughter of Matthew and Fernanda S. For the past ten days, Lisa was having some headaches and had been diagnosed with strep throat. She was treated with antibiotics, but her symptoms were continuing and she was getting weaker and had lost about six pounds, which is a lot for her small body. Her parents took her to the ER Tuesday morning, where a CT-scan revealed an abnormal mass or tumor about the size of a tennis ball in the middle of her brain, just above her spinal cord. Lisa was coherent and responsive Wednesday morning at the Dallas Children's Hospital before she was taken to begin surgery just a short time ago. Please pray for God's intervention and healing to be upon Lisa and that everything will go well with the surgery which will last most of the day. We are all looking to God for His deliverance from this health trial for Lisa and the family. Thank you for your fervent prayers on their behalf.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 3, 2018 - Mary Ann A. (Mobile, AL)
Mary Ann suffered a V-fib (ventricle fibrillation) condition.  We thank you for your prayers for her continued recovery.  We give God the credit for His miracle of restoring her health.  She is doing well overall with the help of an implanted ICD/Pacemaker. We would appreciate your continued prayers.
Jun 21, 2017
Mary Ann is recuperating from her heart defibrillation that nearly took her life and we thank you very much for your prayers toward her complete recovery. We believe that God performed a miracle on her behalf. We ask for continued prayers.
Jan 5, 2017
I am happy to provide a brief update regarding my Mom's heart fibrillation at Winter Family Weekend. In short, Mary Ann is doing incredibly well! The medical staff at the University of Cincinnati West Chester Hospital raved at the progress she made over the five days she was there. Repeatedly they stated that her improvement was nothing shy of miraculous. Last Thursday, she had a procedure to implant a heart defibrillator. The surgery was a success, and she was discharged on Friday. As I write, my Dad and Mom are home in Mobile, Alabama.
On behalf of the family, we are sincerely grateful for the many prayers on her behalf. We have been tremendously moved by the personal stories connected with this event and how it reminds us of God's greatness and the importance of faith in our calling. We wholeheartedly agree. At this point, we ask for your continued prayers as my Mom continues to heal and she resumes her normal routine. Thank you, in advance, for acting on this request. Since many have asked for my Mom's address, I offer it below:
Dec 28, 2016
We want to thank everyone for their prayers for Mary Ann A. who experienced heart fibrillation while watching a Winter Family Weekend volleyball game this past Sunday. Thankfully, the many members on the scene with medical background administered CPR until a Medical Emergency Team arrived. Once at the hospital, she experienced -- what many in the emergency room could only term -- a miracle. The staff termed her rapid improvement "a win!" She is currently doing very well and waiting further testing to determine the cause of the incident. The Aust family wants to thank everyone for their prayers to date and for ongoing prayers as she continues to recover.

<  >   Prayer Request - Dec 29, 2017 - Tom B. (North Bay, ON, Canada)
Prayers are requested for Tom B., a recently-baptized member of the North Bay, Ontario, congregation and has Parkinson's Disease. This disease causes all kinds of mobility and balance problems. This last Friday evening Tom fell in his apartment, hit his head and also suffered a stroke. He was not found till Sabbath morning around 9:00 a.m. He is currently in the local hospital and is paralyzed on the right side. Tom knows that God can heal him according to His will, and said that he is waiting on God to see what He's going to do. Your prayers for his complete healing would be greatly appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 21, 2017 - Donna M. (Stevens Point, WI)
From Steve M.: "My mom has greatly improved. She kept the feast in the Dells and is steadily gaining strength."
Aug 16, 2017
Donna's recent surgery went very well. They were able to remove all of the tumor with about 6 inches of intestine. She is recovering very well and is now is living alone at home. Her energy and her stamina is not where it used to be but is continuing to improve little by little. She's looking forward to feeling even better and attending the Feast of Tabernacles. Donna thanks everyone for their prayers, love and all the wonderful cards and calls of encouragement.

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 20, 2017 - Viva Z. (Bonner Springs, KS)
Viva's situation remains about the same. Please continue to pray for her.
Jan 9, 2017
Her cataract surgery went extremely well & her vision is greatly improved. She is delighted to be able to see much better. She just celebrated her 90th birthday. Continued prayers are needed for the cancer on her right leg & foot. It is not healing properly & needs daily attention. It also limits her ability to walk easily. She appreciates the prayers, cards & encouragement of the brethren.
Jul 15, 2016
Prayers are requested for Mrs. Viva Z. of the Kansas City congregation. She will be having cataract surgery on her right eye, Tuesday, July 19. Viva suffers from several health issues including Parkinson's which make this a difficult and high risk type of surgery. She very much enjoys reading and since she may eventually require surgery on the other eye she would be greatly encouraged to have her vision improved. Please pray for God's healing and guidance during the surgery and for strength and comfort as she recovers.
Jun 23, 2015
Viva Z, a longtime member of the Kansas City congregation, has suffered for over a couple of years with a skin cancer on her right leg and foot that is steadily worsening. Radiation treatments have not helped and it is now very painful and requires her to take pain medication that is not providing adequate relief. She is also suffering from the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease that prevents her from doing many things she would like to do, including attending services, which she greatly misses. Please pray for God's mercy and intervention to extend healing and comfort as she faithfully and patiently trusts in Him.

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 20, 2017 - Fran M. (Tonganoxie, KS)
They remain about the same. Please continue to pray for them.
Sep 6, 2017
Prayers are requested for Fran M. in the Kansas City congregation. Over the past few weeks, she has suffered complications from blood clots in her left leg resulting in the loss of her left leg below the knee. Originally she was out of town in Colorado, had to be transferred back to Kansas City and underwent surgery here. She has spent a week in the Heart Institute at St. Luke's Hospital and now is in the rehabilitation section of the same hospital. Today when I saw her she was doing physical therapy, which involved transferring from her wheelchair to the bed, lying down, turning from one side to the other and then rising and transferring back to her chair. She also was being assisted in learning to transfer from her wheelchair to get into a small car on the floor of the rehabilitation center and then back to the chair. She is trying to remain positive, yet suffers from discouragement with the loss of her leg. Your prayers for her continued healing, comfort and encouragement would be greatly appreciated.
Her husband, Roland, also has been in the hospital to monitor heart related issues and he needs prayers for recovery and strength as well. They will eventually be moving to a location that will allow them to get the care needed for these serious conditions. God's merciful hand has been evident throughout this trial and they continue to look to Him for healing.

<  >   Prayer Request - Dec 17, 2017 - Marc B. (upstate NY)
I wanted to update you on my health situation since I am still in the hospital. I had IV antibiotics for my urinary infection and my blood infection for about two weeks. These antibiotics are going to be finishing Tuesday, December 19 for the UTI and blood infection. I am asking for your prayers though because I am unable to go home from the hospital because my stomach is not absorbing food and nutrition. The doctors are having a hard time with knowing what to do because they do not want to put another permanent IV in my body for IV fluids and nutrition, but if my stomach does not absorb regular food and fluids they may have no choice. Please pray for God's will on the situation. It is up to Him as to what will happen!. Thank you all in advance for these ongoing thoughts and prayers.
Please keep Marc's serious health condition in your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 16, 2017 - Antionette & daughter, Misty W. (Grants Pass, OR)
Antionette and Misty continue to have health problems that impact their ability to attend. No specific details are needed but they have expressed their appreciation for prayers.
Jan 5, 2017
She has herniated disks, muscle spasms, & she needs shoulder surgery but it has progressed too far for a replacement. The pain affects her sleep & her focus. She also suffers from burning mouth syndrome. Her daughter, Misty continues to have great difficulty walking due to knee and hip pain. The doctors want her to wait until she's older to do surgery on her knee. Her spine has herniated and bulging disks. She has migraine headaches as well as polycystic ovarian syndrome, and nothing alleviates the symptoms. She also has severe food allergies. Misty continues to hold down 2 jobs. They need God's intervention & are appreciative to all for their continuing prayers.
Jan 15, 2014
Since she fell into an empty swimming pool she has had continuous pain. Her wrist was broken & some vertebrae in her back were damaged. This has caused more hip & knee pain as well as more migraines. She now has begun having stomach issues. She trusts God to heal her in His time. Her adult daughter, Misty, who lives with her is on a breathing machine & has pain in her feet but is still holding down 2 jobs. She has polycystic ovarian syndrome & a pituitary tumor. She is on meds, but doctors have had a hard time getting the dosage correct. It is difficult for her to walk with all the pain.
Jan 18, 2012
Antionette has a number of health issues, particularly pain in her knees & shoulders. Her left shoulder is very painful & is getting harder to move.

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 15, 2017 - Lonnie B. (Jacksonville, AR)
Lonnie's cancer is considered to be in remission. He will have periodic blood testing for monitoring and alerting him if there is any change in his situation. Lonnie is very grateful for all of the prayers on his behalf and thankful to God for his mercy in the outcome of his treatment.
Jul 3, 2017
Lonnie's last check-up showed that his PSA level was slightly elevated from the previous level and a repeat blood test has been ordered. To ensure that there hasn't been any spread of the cancer, an examination of his prostate and bladder has been scheduled. The increase in his PSA level was expected, since he only received radiation treatment for the cancer and a final baseline PSA level isn't expected for several months. These tests are precautionary in nature and are to ensure things are progressing as expected. Anyone who experiences cancer is naturally concerned, but Lonnie knows that the final result is not in our or anyone else's hands, but in God's hands to handle as He sees fit. Lonnie continues to put his hope and trust in God to work this out for his good according to His purpose. Lonnie would greatly appreciate the continued prayers of his brothers and sisters in Christ.
Jan 6, 2017
The treatment for Lonnie's prostate cancer was finished 6 months ago. His tests have been encouraging. His PSA value is at the expected level and will be monitored for the next six months. The side effects from the treatment have been mild and he feels blessed for the outcome. Lonnie thanks everyone for their prayers.
Dec 16, 2015 He has completed the radiation treatment & hasn't experienced any side effects of any consequence. He is still receiving treatment to keep his testosterone level low, to allow the radiation to have maximum effect on the cancer cells. At the end of this treatment, doctors will be able to determine what the next steps will be in his care. Lonnie thanks everyone for their prayers and cards.
Jun 22, 2015
Lonnie, a deacon from the Little Rock congregation, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in March of this year and is presently in the middle of radiation treatments, having completed 28 of 45 treatments. He is not able to have surgery because of a lung condition and other health issues. So far he has not had too much trouble dealing with side effects. Lonnie asks for your prayers for God's intervention and healing and that the radiation will continue to perform its job without damaging surrounding healthy tissue. Lonnie thanks you for prayers on his behalf.

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 14, 2017 - Jerome S. (Lincoln, NE)
Jerome is doing much better now. He lives a normal life for the most part, and can once again give sermonettes. The throat cancer is gone, but he has periodic checkups to see that it does not return. He continues to deal with the injury to his throat/neck and surrounding area, as it gradually improves. Everyone's prayers are greatly appreciated! as well as encouragement through cards and other support!
Jan 7, 2017
Jerome has cancer on the back of his tongue. Jerry continues to recover slowly as he deals with the residual effects of the radiation. On January 20th he is going in for a laser "touch-up" on the transplant of skin from his arm to his tongue, which is hoped by all to be the final trip to the surgeon. This, too, is a risky procedure because it will be his sixth anesthesia, and the risk of complications increases with each use. God's healing is still needed! Thank you for your encouraging cards, messages, and especially prayers!

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 14, 2017 - Sam M. (Kendrick, ID)
Your continued prayers are requested on behalf of Sam. Last week Sam was given the all clear from his urologist regarding the bladder cancer he has received treatments for over the last number of months. However, in the past several days since that appointment, Sam has experienced a very rapid decline in health. A scan conducted earlier this week shows that Sam has cancer spread throughout his brain. He is currently at home under hospice care, continuing to decline rapidly. Please pray for God's comfort for Sam, his wife Gladys and the rest of the family as they walk through this difficult time of life. Sam is a faithful man who puts his trust in God, looking first and foremost to His kingdom.
Aug 5, 2017
I am pleased to share with you a positive update regarding the condition of Sam's bladder cancer.
On April 12th doctors went in to remove Sam's bladder, which was eighty percent full of the cancer tumor. They found the cancer had also spread into the surrounding lymph nodes. The surgery was halted and put on hold until the cancer could be shrunk through the chemotherapy treatments which have since followed.
This week Sam was given a complete workup and the cancer was found to have diminished dramatically. The tumor in his bladder has shrunk by eighty percent! There is also no sign of the cancer in his lymph nodes or any other part of his body. Sam's doctor now reports that the planned surgery to remove his bladder and prostate is not necessary. Sam will undergo radiation treatments in the upcoming weeks with the expectation that the cancer will be completely eradicated.
Sam and His wife, Gladys are grateful for God's merciful intervention, as well as the continuing prayers of their fellow brethren.
Apr 15, 2017
Sam has gone through various up and down's over the course of the last two months. The source of the bleeding turned out to be ulcers in his small intestine and the bleeding stopped long enough for Sam to gain strength and the condition was treated and the sores were able to heal. That allowed for Sam's heart valve to be operated on and the improvement in circulation was a boost as well. On April 12th the doctors then went to remove the bladder and found the cancer had spread to the surrounding lymph nodes and had to stop. Sam now needs to take chemotherapy to address the spread of the cancer before the bladder can be removed. He is in a lot of pain at the moment but he is able to get up and move around some. Sam's attitude is good but this has been a long process and it is continuing. Sam and Gladys and their family deeply appreciate the many encouragements they have received and the prayers.
Feb 15, 2017
Your prayers are requested on behalf of Sam M. Sam was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer, filling eighty percent of his bladder. The doctor recommended surgery to have the bladder completely removed as soon as possible. However, since the diagnosis, Sam's overall condition has deteriorated rapidly, and surgery is not currently an option.
On Monday, Sam was admitted to the ICU in Spokane due to passing significant amounts of blood through his bowl from an unknown source. He has received multiple transfusions to date. On top of this, he has been diagnosed with heart disease and a narrowed aortic heart valve, which is contributing to his struggle.
The family requests prayers that the source of Sam's bleeding can be determined and stopped so he can regain the strength he needs to address the other serious health issues he is facing. Sam has stated that he is in God's hands. He looks to Him in faith, trusting in His perfect will. Please also remember Sam's wife, Gladys, as she is sick at home and not able to be at his side in the hospital.

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 13, 2017 - Austin V. (Citronelle, AL)
Austin really has had no change, except to express his sincere gratitude for the plethora of cards of encouragement & prayers he has received!
Nov 5, 2017
Austin V., age 58, member of the Mobile, AL congregation was diagnosed with Colorectal cancer (CRC), also known as bowel/rectal/colon cancer, just before the Feast of Tabernacles this year. He's currently undergoing treatment and having difficulty at various stages of the regimen of chemotherapy with complications due to the side affects. Prayers are requested for God's healing hand, comfort and for wisdom in making decisions for some of the choices he'll still be making.

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 12, 2017 - Gerry R. (Hopkinsville, KY)
Gerry's situation remains about the same with no appreciable change.
Jan 6, 2017
Gerry's situation remains about the same, with no appreciable change. Please continue to pray for God's intervention and strengthening during this difficult time in their lives.
Oct 7, 2016
Linda R. is requesting prayers for her husband, Gerry. He fell and broke his hip a while back and had to have surgery. Currently, he is in a nursing home. He also has dementia. Linda also has health issues herself to deal with even as she tries to be there for Gerry as much as she can be. Gerry and Linda are long time members of God's Church and are part of the Paducah, Kentucky, congregation. Please pray for God's intervention and strengthening during this difficult time for them. Thank you.

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 12, 2017 - Ramon G. (Orange Grove, TX)
Ramon went to MD Anderson 2 weeks ago & was given a clean bill of health! They say no cancer! Thank you for your prayers.
Jun 21, 2017
After several rounds of chemotherapy which has left Ramon with severe pain in his legs, back and hips, doctors at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Hospital now are not sure that he has melanoma. They are going to gather several doctors to review his records to try determining just what is wrong. Please pray for relief from the terrible pain he is experiencing. Also, pray that a proper diagnosis can be made and especially for God's intervention to heal whatever the problem is with Ramon.
Apr 13, 2017
Ramon and Maria want to express their thanks for the outpouring of love shown by the many cards they received from all over the world. Ramon was told he'd have to be on dialysis because of poor kidney function; but after his last check up the doctor said it's a miracle that the kidneys have improved measurably and dialysis will not be needed. We're requesting continued prayer for Ramon because of the blood disorder and the effects of the chemo that he is now undergoing. Also, pray for Maria because of the stress all this has put on her.
Feb 16, 2017
Ramon is now back in a San Antonio hospital where he is on a drip medication to stabilize his blood pressure so that doctors can administer chemo along with steroids. If all goes well he can be sent home and then return to hospital every three weeks for a shot. Your prayers, cards and well wishes are much appreciated.
Feb 14, 2017
After four months of being sent from hospital to hospital and undergoing many painful tests, Ramon was informed that he has a very rare blood disease. The doctors believe his condition is the result of having been subjected to agent orange during the Vietnam War. Ramon has lost much weight in the last three weeks and his color is poor. His blood pressure continues in the high range and medications are not stabilizing it. Please pray that God will intervene and heal Ramon. He is at home and must decide on what course of action, if any, he will take.
Jan 13, 2017
Ramon has been home from the hospital and has been monitored on an outpatient basis. The Drs. have no idea what is causing his illness. His kidneys were biopsied with no definitive results. He is going to be sent to San Antonio to a specialist for further testing. Please continue to pray that God will intervene and heal him. He and his wife, Maria want to thank all that have shown their concern by the many cards he has received from all over the world.
Ramon has been in & out of the hospital several times during & since attending the Feast. He has been suffering from high blood pressure. As I write he has been admitted to the hospital once again & is in ICU with his lungs filling with fluid. The doctors believe that he has COPD. Please pray for Ramon & his wife Maria, who has been under a great deal of stress handling all the work around their "ranchette" while Ramon has been incapacitated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 11, 2017 - Sharon R. (New Brighton, MN)
Hi, I'm back home from the hospital. They've started me on plavix(blood thinner). They drew a lot of blood and will be checking for vasculitis and other autoimmune diseases as they feel that this was a contributing factor in my stroke. Thank you and all those who are praying for me. It certainly is nice to know that I have a family of believers who care for me!
Sharon
Dec 8, 2017
Sharon went back into Unity Hospital in Fridley this afternoon and wanted everyone to know that she will not be at services tomorrow. She noticed signs of a stroke returning and doctors wanted to monitor her for a few more days just to be sure. She hopes to be released by Monday, but is asking us to continue praying for her.
Dec 6, 2017
Sharon is feeling much better and is being released from the hospital today. The blockage that caused the stroke has dissipated and she has been placed on an aspirin and low cholesterol regiment to thin her blood and diminish the possibility of recurrence. She is very grateful for our prayers and concern.
Dec 5, 2017
Sharon is about to be transferred to the ICU of Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids and will begin interventional radiology to treat a tear they found in one of the ventricles of her heart. She is regaining some control of her left side, but it still experiencing slurring of her speech and problems with movement. She is very grateful for continued our prayers on her behalf.
Sharon is in the ER at Unity Hospital in Fridley. She admitted herself after having severe headaches and the doctors have told he she suffered a stroke. She is having difficulty using the left side of her body and will be kept in the hospital under observation until they can determine the cause and an appropriate treatment.
She is requesting our prayers for God's healing and His wisdom to know how to handle this going forward.
Sep 10, 2017
Sharon R. has been in the hospital for severe headaches and was just released yesterday. She is still having daily migraines however. To date doctors have not been able to tell her what is causing them and she is having side effects to the medicine they gave her in the hospital. She is barely functioning and is not eating much due to the nausea and headaches. She is requesting our prayers for God's intervention and healing.

<  >   Prayer Request - Dec 8, 2017 - Ron F. (Carl Junction, MO)
Prayers are requested for Ron F., a deacon in the Joplin, Missouri, congregation. Ron, 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).

<  >   Prayer Update - Nov 29, 2017 - Chevy V. (Royce City, TX)
Chevy and his family greatly appreciate the many prayers, calls and cards of concern and encouragement they have already received regarding the prayer request that was sent out a few weeks ago. Chevy is awaiting the results of some blood tests and will be having a colonoscopy on December 8th. Afterwards, he will follow up with the gastroenterologist to discuss the results. In January he will have another appointment with the oncologist to further discuss the colonoscopy results and have another CT scan. The oncologist wanted to have enough time for the inflammation to fully resolve after multiple infections in August. This will help assess and properly diagnose his situation. After we have more information we will send out another update. Thank you for your continued prayers for Chevy.
Nov 12, 2017
Chevy V. was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2007 which has been in remission for many years. At the time of that diagnosis, he was given just days to live, but these 10 years are a testament of God's healing for which we have been so thankful. During the past year Chevy experienced growing fatigue which prompted a doctor's appointment and bloodwork. He was diagnosed as positive for Epstein Barr and Mono. In August this year, Chevy was hospitalized for cellulitis on both feet and sepsis in his blood. Surprisingly, to the infectious disease doctor, she discovered he also had pneumonia and a gut infection -- all unrelated, but indicating a compromised immune system. He also suffers from chronic pain and inflammation.
Recent CT scans show that Chevy has enlarged lymph nodes in the chest, groin, and abdomen. Today we received the sobering results from a colon screening that indicated possible cancer. In the weeks ahead, Chevy will be getting biopsies by the oncologist and further tested via a colonoscopy. We ask that you will join us in praying for God's guidance as we obtain additional results and have to make choices. We will seek alternative treatments where possible as Chevy is still suffering from the side affects of prior cancer treatments. Above all, we know that God has the power to heal again. We ask your fervent prayers that God will allow Chevy many more years of good health with his wife Denise and two-year old son Benjamin and for comfort and encouragement along the way.

<  >   Prayer Update - Nov 11, 2017 - June C. (Eau Claire, WI)
June had hip replacement surgery on Tuesday. They got her up early Wednesday morning to go for a walk. So far today she been walking, doing steps and learning how to get in and out of a car. She came home Thursday, feeling pretty sore. She is continuing therapy every hour at home. Please pray for a speedy and smooth recovery.
Jun 23, 2017
June's hip is feeling much better. She had had severe pain in her lower back and leg. She has a therapist who specializes in lower back injuries and after a few sessions there is much improvement. She would like to thank you all for your prayers. Please continue to pray for her full recovery.
Jun 15, 2017
June is having severe pain in her hip. She will be having physical therapy to see if that helps. If it doesn't she may have to have hip replacement surgery. She would appreicate your prayers.
Dec 12, 2012
From June C. regarding her daughter Judy:
As you know my daughter Judy has been dealing with cancer for over 20 years. God has certainly blessed her in this, as outside of not always having a lot of energy and the sleeplessness, she has had a fairly normal life.
She will began chemo again this week, 4 treatments, then followups at intervals of 2 - 3 months for 2 years. The lymphoma is in her left eye now, she had heart tests yesterday in Madison to see if her heart is strong enough for the treatments.
Her cancer is extremely slow growing or she would not have been able to live so long, 2 years ago she combined low dose chemo and other treatments, together called ITP. She had the other intravenous done in the Dells. A Dr. Waters, (he may have been in Church at one time), who for many years has a homeopathic clinic. He now agrees that she should do the regular chemo, as it continues to move around and what he does is not stopping it.
So, prayers would be appreciated. Thank you, June

<  >   Prayer Update - Nov 11, 2017 - Ann C. (Mattoon, IL)
Ann C. has bone spurs up and down her spine which are very painful and she also has diabetes. She is requesting prayers that God to heal her of these problems. Ann is a cancer survivor and knows that only God heals. She doesn't want to take prescribed pain medicine because of the side effects and is looking to God for relief and healing.
Mar 2, 2016
Ann is requesting your prayers for God's intervention because she has cancer again. This time it is between her ribs around her breastbone. This is a different type of cancer than she had before. Ann will have more testing done in the next two weeks to see if the cancer has spread to other places. Ann said she was very thankful for all the cards and letters she received during her last battle with cancer.
Oct 27, 2015
Ann, of the Terre Haute, IN, congregation has requested prayers for her congestive heart failure. During a check-up it was determined that she experienced a heart attack in the past. It was also discovered that she may have problems with the arteries in her heart. Ann will soon have tests for cancer and also asks for prayers that she will be found cancer free. Thank you in advance for your prayers and concern.
Jun 2, 2014
Ann has cancer in her back and stomach. She is getting a biopsy this coming week to find out if she has cancer in her lung, as well. She would appreciate everyone's prayers for her complete healing. She also requested prayers for her son, Randy, who has bladder cancer. Ann wants to thank all of you brethren for your prayers to God on her behalf.
May 17, 2013
Ann wants to thank everyone for all their prayers on her behalf and for all the cards. Ann has completed her chemotherapy but hasn't yet received the test results from the treatment. Ann is very grateful for all your prayers to our heavenly Father on her behalf, and wants your continued prayers that the test results will be good.
Apr 5, 2013
Ann's cancer has returned again. During a routine cancer screening, it showed up as a spot on her left shoulder bone and was confirmed. Ann is requesting prayers of the brethren that God would intercede on her behalf with complete healing.

<  >   Prayer Update - Oct 28, 2017 - Karen L. (Los Angeles)
Happy Sabbath, and thanks to all who prayed for my mother. She was released from the hospital today. Although she will still receive 5 more days of IV antibiotics to conquer the infection, they will be able to administer the IV from my parents' home. Thanks again, and please pray that the final 5 days yield a complete recovery.
Oct 26, 2017
I (Katherine B.) am requesting prayers on behalf of my mother, Karen L., a member of the Los Angeles congregation. She had an insect bite that became severely infected, leading to an abscess. She also developed cellulitis that has spread over a large part of her leg. After 2 trips to the ER, she was admitted to the hospital last night for IV antibiotic treatment. Please pray for a full recovery, and that she can soon go back to the comfort of her home.


I (Katherine B.) am requesting prayers on behalf of my mother, Karen L., a member of the Los Angeles congregation. She had an insect bite that became severely infected, leading to an abscess. She also developed cellulitis that has spread over a large part of her leg. After 2 trips to the ER, she was admitted to the hospital last night for IV antibiotic treatment. Please pray for a full recovery, and that she can soon go back to the comfort of her home.

<  >   Prayer Request - Oct 20, 2017 - William H. (Georgia)
We were thrilled to hear this morning that William is being discharged from the hospital today. He is not strong enough yet to fly home and the doctors want him to stay close by for a few days. God has been merciful to us and we deeply appreciate the prayers and concern of so many. We look forward to having him/them back in Georgia, hopefully sometime next week.

<  >   Prayer Request - Sep 30, 2017 - Marian B. (Phoenix, AZ)
Marian B. is a faithful, longtime Phoenix member who has been declining in health and continues to grow weaker. Thankfully she still isn't suffering pain nor does she need medication for it. She has lost more weight and is a mere fraction of herself. She is thankful for the visits of the brethren who come and often have Bible discussions with her. She looks earnestly to the Kingdom and those visiting are spiritually boosted and encouraged by her sterling example. Marian is under hospice care and wants God's will to be done. Please pray for Marian and her loving son David, who constantly is by her side.

<  >   Prayer Update - Sep 22, 2017 - Walt T. (Tucson, AZ)
Walt is gradually recovering from the hard impact fall while riding his mountain bike near Pinetop, AZ on August 28. The fall resulted in a pelvic fracture, a fracture of the left hip socket, and a bowel obstruction. Thankfully, all of these required no surgery. In order to heal the fractures, he currently cannot bear any weight on his left leg for at least six more weeks. Walt will be discharged from rehab this Tuesday. He'll continue to be in a wheelchair and learning to use a walker. Walt and his wife Ann deeply appreciate the many prayers, cards, and calls of members from around the nation at a time when so many others are suffering from illnesses and from natural disasters.
Aug 30, 2017 - Walt T. (Tucson, AZ)
Prayers are requested for the recovery and rehabilitation of Mr. Walt T., an elder in Tucson, AZ. He suffered a fall while riding his mountain bike in the White Mountains of Arizona. Walt has several fractures in his left hip but it looks like surgery will not be necessary. Even so, it appears that his rehabilitation will take an extended period of time. Walt is generally in excellent health, so his prognosis is good for a full recovery, but at this point he is in pain. Thank you for your prayers for Walt.

<  >   Prayer Update - Sep 14, 2017 - Jimmy B. (Holliday, TX)
Jimmy was released from the hospital a few days ago. His recovery was quite remarkable as he did not have any cracking and swelling of his arms even though they were both badly inflamed and swollen. Jimmy and his family would like to thank you all for your prayers and cards of concern for him.
Sep 8, 2017
Jimmy B. from the Lawton congregation was bitten in both hands by a young rattlesnake Tuesday afternoon. He is still in the Critical Care Unit in the United Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls, TX. His blood pressure has been very high and both hands and arms are badly swollen from the venom. Anti-venom is being administered until the swelling begins to go down and he has already had 30 doses It appears that he is beginning to get better as the swelling has not gotten any worse. Please pray for God's blessing, intervention, and healing for Jimmy. Thank you for your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Aug 23, 2017 - Milton J. (Franklinton, LA)
Milton, age 81, a longtime member and deacon of the New Orleans, LA congregation was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this week and the prognosis is not optimistic at this time. He's been given a year or less. He has suffered numerous health challenges as of the last few months, including his dear wife Elaine's death on July 13th. Prayers are requested for God's healing hand, and for wisdom in making decisions for some of the choices he'll be making.
Jan 2, 2017
Milton had another doctor visit this week to determine what course of action to take regarding the cancer on his kidney. The cancer has diminished in size and the determination was to do nothing at this time.
Sept 22, 2015
Milton, the only deacon in the New Orleans congregation, has cancer of the kidney and is due for surgery shortly after the Feast at which time they intend to remove the whole organ. Please pray that they are able to attend the Feast and that God will intervene on each of their behalves.

<  >   Prayer Request - Aug 19, 2017 - Victoria and Romeo C. (Bacolod City, Philippines)
Last Sunday, Mrs. C. was admitted at the Doctor's Hospital here in Bacolod City, Philippines after suffering from a suspected urinary tract infection and possible complication because of hyperglycemia (hereditary on her part). It has been more than a week that she lost her appetite making her body very weak to the point that she partially passed out at their home last Sunday.
Mr. C. also was not able to attend Sabbath services for almost a month now because of osteoarthritis. He experienced severe back pain and he can hardly walk. They have tried chiropractor procedures and he slightly recovered/improved except for a still painful left knee. Challenging on his part because during week days when Mrs. C. will normally report for school and his son Reuel attends to his small business, Mr. C. is left alone at their home the whole day.
The family has been faithfully serving the Bacolod congregation and they are really a big help for the church. Please help us in praying for God's healing and intervention for Mr-Mrs. C. Thank you very much.

<  >   Prayer Request - Aug 15, 2017 - John C. (Salem, OR)
Mr. John C. (pastor in Salem/Eugene/Roseburg, Oregon) went into surgery Monday morning. The double bypass was successful; however, the heart was worse than the surgeon had expected from the preliminary tests before surgery. It was swollen and inflamed, and there was damage. His organs are receiving blood well. The carotid arteries were not occluded and there is plenty of access to the brain. We don't know exactly how his recovery will go or when we'll go home at this time.
Our entire family would like to thank each and every one for the many prayers extended on John's behalf. It is truly overwhelming and so gracious of everyone to care so deeply for him and all of us.
Thank you and love to all. -Sandy C.

<  >   Prayer Request - Aug 11, 2017 - Carl L. (Battle Lake, MN)
(Larry L's brother) A prayer request is being made for Carl L. who has been in the Good Samaritan Society Nursing home in Battle Lake, MN for 2 1/2 years. Carl has bi-lateral neuropathy in his legs along with Parkinsonism. He and his wife Cathy would appreciate your prayers. Carl is a shut-in who has not been able to attend servcies for some time.

<  >   Prayer Update - Aug 11, 2017 - Gene M. (Wilmington, OH)
Gene M., a member in the Cincinnati/Dayton, Ohio, congregation, 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 till 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.
Aug 4, 2017
Gene M., a member in the Henderson, Kentucky, congregation, had a serious cerebral hemorrhage and went in for surgery on Wednesday. After surgery, there could be lasting damage to his kidneys along with other complications. There is also the possibility that the procedures will require additional surgeries to stem the damage from the stroke. His wife, Linda, is with him but all other family members live some distance away. The Maxwells would appreciate your prayers for a rapid healing.

<  >   Prayer Request - Aug 11, 2017 - Fred M. (Everson, WA)
Fred M. is 91 years old and a long time and valued member of the Sedro-Woolley, WA congregation. Six weeks ago a drainage tube was installed going into his left kidney when it was discovered that the kidney was not draining properly. He is scheduled to have a stent installed in the ureter which leads from the kidney to the bladder on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at the local hospital. However, it was recently discovered that he has a heart arrhythmia and was told that this potentially puts him at risk during this surgical procedure. He also was recently told by his primary care doctor that preliminary results of blood testing indicate that he may have leukemia or bone cancer. He knows that God is in charge regardless of the outcome, but would appreciate prayers on his behalf for comfort, peace and God's healing.

<  >   Prayer Update - Aug 4, 2017 - Teresa G. (Henderson, CO)
Nearly a year ago (Aug. 10, 2016) a prayer request was sent out for Teresa of the Berthoud, Colorado, congregation. She was suffering with diabetes and kidney failure, with a host of symptoms. Since then it has been a rocky road with numerous critical times, 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 and 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.
Aug 11, 2016
Teresa, of the Berthoud congregation, is in the hospital due to chest congestion, fluid retention, and various problems and complications with her dialysis. The underlying problems are diabetes and kidney failure. She has a light case of pneumonia, also peritonitis, which is nearly cleared up and possibly gone. She has experienced numerous other problems over the last several months and would appreciate your prayers.
Apr 29, 2016
Teresa, of the Berthoud, Colorado, congregation would truly appreciate your prayers. She is not yet 40 but has a serious case of diabetes which has resulted in kidney failure and a host of other problems. Her symptoms have multiplied, it seems. She recently also suffered a mini-stroke and still has numbness in her left hand. She experiences a great deal of fatigue, chills, difficulty walking, nausea, diarrhea, and much more. Her husband, Nathan, works full time as an electrician, and they have a six-year-old son, whom Teresa's mother takes care of during the day when he's not in school. She was just recently transferred from the hospital to a rehabilitation center. It is anticipated she will be there about two weeks.
Jan 29, 2016
Teresa is doing a little better at present. Yesterday morning she underwent surgery to install a catheter in her stomach area. This is pursuant to doing her dialysis at home, which she greatly desires. She wanted to convey her and Nathan's deepest gratitude for the numerous cards and concern. They have been overwhelmed by the extent of it and have found it extremely encouraging.
Jan 15, 2016
Prayers are requested for Teresa G. of the Berthoud, Colorado, congregation. She has a very serious level of diabetes and that has branched out into other major problems. Right now she is in the hospital with 15 percent kidney function, high blood pressure, high potassium, a light case of pneumonia and other problems. Of course these problems are an outgrowth of diabetes. Teresa is only 39 years old, is married to Nathan, and has a five-year-old son, Jeremiah. Please also pray for Jeremiah, as he is very distraught about his mother's condition and has even told her he doesn't want her to die. And, of course, Nathan needs God's help as well in continuing to work at his job as an electrician and take care of Teresa's and Jeremiah's needs. Your concern and prayers are much appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jul 29, 2017 - Mark S. (Wheeling, WV)
Mark S., age 61, a member in the Wheeling, West Virginia, congregation, 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.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 21, 2017 - Nancy E. (San Antonio, TX)
Nancy has been recovering well from 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 wishes to thank everyone for all the prayers and cards received.
Jul 14, 2017
Your prayers are requested for Nancy E., a member of the San Antonio, Texas, congregation. 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.
Update: 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.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 18, 2017 - Morley B. (Fredrickton, NFL, Canada)
To all my brothers and sisters in Christ. I wish I could express how much I enjoyed getting your cards but they haven't invented the words yet. When you live in a place where regular gatherings with brethren happens mostly on Holy Days, the cards I received is in my mind, a way of fellowshipping and I can use all God's help I can get. I have recieved cards and love - from places I had to look on Google to see where they were. I plan on replying to all. Thank you from bottom of my heart.
May 2, 2017
Morley B. of the St. John's Newfoundland, Canada congregation has just received confirmation from his doctor that recent test have shown that two growing tumours are located inside the pituitary gland. Doctors have not yet confirmed if they are malignant. Morley is experiencing very strong headaches and much fatigue. He is not able to work. Doctors now must determine the proper course of action. Please ask our Heavenly Father to intervene and heal him or to bless the medical treatments doctors will choose. Morley is the father of two teens, Joshua and Winston and is married to his very supportive wife, Shelley.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 8, 2017 - Lindsay S. (Melton West, Victoria, Australia)
Lindsay and his wife Lisette would like to express heart-felt thanks to all who have been keeping them in their prayers for so long! An urgent prayer request was sent out around the world at the time of the accident and since then God's miraculous healing hand has been evident in Lindsay's progress. Lindsay has now regained a lot of feeling, movement and strength in his arms, hands and legs. He was sent home, and now is able to wheel himself about his home with the assistance of a wheelchair. For some time Lindsay had been working to build strength in his back and legs, and the congregation was thrilled and delighted recently when he walked himself into services for the first time with the assistance of a walker! There is still some way to go. Please remember to thank God for hearing our prayers, for His miraculous healing upon Lindsay, and for His great encouragement and comfort on us all. We are excited to have Lindsay and Lisette back among the congregation on a more regular basis. Their positive smiles and encouraging fellowship is a blessing to us all!
Sep 25, 2016
God's healing hand has certainly been evident in Lindsay's life over the past months, & there has been significant improvement in his condition. Since leaving the rehabilitation hospital, he has continued to receive daily treatments at home, to strengthen his arms, hands & legs. He has enough strength in his arms to be able to wheel himself around in his wheelchair. He & his wife, Lisette have just moved into a house modified for his restricted mobility, for which they are very thankful. They are grateful for your continued prayers as well.
Feb 4, 2016
It has been seven weeks since we have been able to provide an update regarding Lindsay. You will recall Lindsay was involved in a serious car accident on 18 November 2015, and the early diagnosis was quadriplegia. All that has taken place since then is nothing short of miraculous. Lindsay still has such a positive approach and outlook. The last update was just after Lindsay went into the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Hospital on 9 December where he began the long and arduous process of rehab. At that point, there was some partial use of his left hand, he was able to move his left leg, but had only slight movement in his right arm and no movement in his right leg. Even that was a significant and profound improvement over his initial condition.
To say he has come a long way since then is an understatement. When I walked into the Rehab centre on my recent visit, the first thing I saw was Lindsay raising both arms high into the air in an expression of jubilation - not because he saw me - but because he was in his wheelchair playing carpet bowls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xaU7c-VW9Y and was excited about the game. That was my first indication of how far he had come in the intervening period. He was also able to scoot around in his electric wheelchair and pick up some of the carpet bowls from off the floor.
When I saw Lindsay in December, he was struggling to pick up 100 grams of weight. Now he is working with a 5 kilo weight in his right hand (the weaker arm) and a 10 kilo weight in his left hand. He is able to fully use his left hand for fine and major motor skill activity - from using a knife to eat his meal to (obviously) playing carpet bowls. Lindsay has also been able to stand (with assistance). He has control over his left leg but his right leg lags behind in ability. However, Lindsay remains determined to do all he can to improve his overall functioning. He is also gaining independence in being able to go to the bathroom. He uses a board to slide himself from his bed to this wheel chair, and is then able to go to the toilet without assistance. The bowel functioning is still not great and he needs some medication and a suppository but this has become a manageable process. Lindsay and Lisette continue to be so grateful for God's intervention and healing as well as for all the visits, calls, cards and prayers of members around the world.
Dec 1, 2015
There are times when someone's response to extreme adversity reminds us there is a God because the response can only be motivated by God's Spirit. Facing this trauma, Lindsay has evidenced what God can do through someone who is listening. I hope each of us are encouraged - and even humbled - by what I trust is being conveyed in these updates. There is nothing quite like perspective!
If you are not on Facebook, what I am about to convey is going to sound very strange. Have you ever seen a man - a senior, normally conservative man - do the Chicken Dance while in a wheelchair? It is something that has to be seen to be believed - so you have to see it on Facebook if you can. Lindsay was able to sit in a wheelchair for the first time today and was taken outside into the sunshine, along with his family. His son, David, motivated by how positive and energetic his dad was, jokingly said that he could do the Chicken Dance. And that was all it took!
Lindsay's condition continues to improve steadily. If you have seen the Facebook video, then you can see that he is able to move his arms a little. He is able to move his fingers on this left hand one by one, though his right hand does not at this point have the same dexterity. He is able to move his left leg but not his right leg at this point.
It is Lindsay's attitude that speaks the greatest volume. He continues to be positive and optimistic - and so very grateful for God's blessing and for his family. Lindsay is now able to receive visitors on a limited basis as he is now out of ICU and into an intermediate ward.
Nov 27, 2015
Since Saturday, there have been some small but significant and positive steps. Lindsay voluntarily moved his right arm up. While he still has no movement in his legs, he has been able to know when someone is massaging his leg-and which leg is being massaged - so he does have some slight sensation on the skin of his legs. He is also learning to breathe on his own, with the physiotherapy helping him in this regard. The family is so very excited and encouraged from Lindsay's progress and his positive attitude toward his situation. He is already showing a determination to do all that he can to improve. There is no doubt there has been intervention and courage from God. You cannot help but be so encouraged, inspired and thankful to the Great God that this man who has been through and is going through so much difficulty, can be so positive only eight days after the accident and on the first day the breathing tube is removed from his throat. Such is Lindsay's attitude and mindset that he was asking after the wellbeing of others.
He continues to have slight but obvious improvement in movement in his arms - he is able to provide some resistance when someone is pushing against his hands-and was able to move his left leg in a kicking motion as well. He is breathing by himself now, with no assistance. These things by themselves are important and significant, but in light of Lindsay's positive attitude, almost seem secondary. The impact on Lisette, David, Sarahjane and all the family is profound. The social worker commented that the waiting room at ICU has never seen so many smiles, laughter and such positivity. Keep praying! It's bearing fruit. Lindsay has a long way to go but is not concerned at the prospect. And his family is with him every step of the way.
Nov 19, 2015
On Wednesday morning 18 November, Lindsay was driving to work when an out of control vehicle hit his car. It came to light today that the vehicle that hit Lindsay's car was the focus of a police pursuit. Lindsay was trapped in his car for about an hour before being cut out and air lifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital. At the hospital it was determined that Lindsay suffered a severe spinal cord injury to his neck. He was transferred to the Austin Hospital which has a specialist spinal cord department. Lindsay had an operation on Wednesday night at 11 pm to insert and fasten a metal plate to the vertebrae in his neck. While the operation was successfully completed, it was determined on Thursday that the worst held fears of the family have been realised with the damage to his spinal cord so severe as to result in Lindsay now being quadriplegic. To say that this is a tragedy is an understatement. Lindsay has unbelievable challenges ahead, along with his wife Lisette and family. Lindsay and Lisette are grandparents and have attended the Church of God for 38 years.
The family's love and devotion to Lindsay is so very evident and their determination and commitment to do all within their power to help him is firm and resolute. Your love and support is also needed as are your ongoing prayers for Lindsay and his family. We know God is great and can perform miracles. Never stop asking! There are many small, slow steps ahead. The first is today when another operation is needed to remove a damaged disc in his neck and sure up the vertebrae with a special "bone cement." Physiotherapy has already commenced with Lindsay needing physio to help with his breathing due to the loss of muscle function below the neck. Lindsay is in an induced coma while these procedures are taking place with communication not likely until the weekend or later. Please pray for God's healing and that all that takes place from here on enables improvement in Lindsay's condition and provides comfort and strength for him and his family.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 5, 2017 - Jerry Z. (Brookings, SD)
Jerry is doing well and continuing to recover from prostate cancer and a heart attack. His cancer treatments have been difficult and long, with serious side effects and pain. Recent tests show the cancer psa numbers are at zero which is wonderful news.  Doctors are experimenting with different treatment which should cause fewer side effects.  His heart continues to function far beyond the doctor’s expectations and he would like to thank everyone for the prayers, cards and encouragement. Continued prayers of healing and encouragement are appreciated.
Jan 12, 2017
At my last checkup, the Doc said all my numbers were great. She does not know that God was there helping her to give the right treatment. My cancer Doc is also very happy with the numbers. He said my original psa numbers were 55 & as of my last visit they are now 0.033! He wants me to take hormone shots for 3 years. This shot can make some men feel really bad; I am one of those that it hits hard. I am very weak from it. It makes it hard to walk very far and I can easily lose my balance. Other than the side effects of the hormone treatment, I am doing well. I would like to thank everyone for your prayers. People of all ages have prayed for me, even as young as 2. It shows the love that God's church has for each other. God has answered those prayers for me.
Nov 5, 2015
Jerry wishes to express his thanks to all the brethren who have been praying for him as he has battled prostate cancer. Jerry had a thorough medical exam yesterday and doctors were very happy with his progress. Jerry's prostate-specific antigen (PSA) numbers are looking very good. When he was first diagnosed with cancer his numbers were at 49, yesterday his numbers were 6.5. Jerry will continue to be on hormone treatment for the next two years as they hope to erase his PSA count completely. It will take a while for Jerry to recover from the whole treatment process, but he says he knows the prayers of the brethren have sustained him through this trial. He sends his thanks to all of you, and may we all praise our Heavenly Father for his mercy and love.
Apr 30, 2015
Jerry (72), elder in the Sioux Falls, SD, Church, has been diagnosed with a slow-growing type of prostate cancer. He also has a mass in his chest. Test results should identify it and answer whether it is malignant or not. Some time ago his spleen was injured in an accident, and it has recently begun to give him problems. He has had a chronic problem in his lungs caused by mold exposure several years ago. Post-polio syndrome, causing weakness in the legs, is also setting in gradually. All these long-standing problems have been at bay, but in the last few months they've all presented so that they must be addressed. Jerry was anointed and has put this in God's hands in faith. Your prayers are requested for God's healing and restoration so that he may continue to serve.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 1, 2017 - Bobbi S. (Vancouver Island, Canada)
Bobbi is residing temporarily at a care facility, while waiting for space to become available in the care home of her preference.
Dec 30, 2013 - Bobbi S. (Vancouver Island, Canada)
Bobbi is out of the hospital & at home, but very weak. She continues to have treatments.
Nov 26, 2013 - Bobbi S. (Vancouver Island, Canada)
A big 'hello' to everyone and a huge and heartfelt 'thank you', for all the cards, messages and especially your many prayers. As I have been unable to attend services since early September, I have been able to look at the cards several times, and feel closer to everyone. I am feeling better and a bit stronger; have even 'gained a pound'. My physician has said 'the quality of life is more important now, not the quantity'-wise words for me at this time. I leave myself in God's hands, knowing He is not finished with me yet. Please continue to ask God for my further improvement-I want to be going back to services as soon as possible. Thank you again, in Christian love.
Oct 7, 2013
Bobbi has extreme back pain due to a spinal compression fracture of at least one vertebrae. She has been hospitalized several times. There is nothing the medical profession can do for her except give her painkilling meds.

<  >   Prayer update - Jul 1, 2017 - Bill E. (Circle Pines, MN);
I want to thank everyone, who has been aware and praying about my husband's mini strokes and speech difficulties. He is out of the hospital now and doing some better. It will take some time to recover, but he is progressing slowly. The doctors could not find blot clot/blockage areas they expected to find on the Trans Esophageal Echo cardiogram. Apparently, the clots/plaques have been absorbed by the body. The prognosis is good for a full recovery of speech with therapy.
Jun 30, 2017
Bill suffered several mini-strokes this week, impairing his speech. Doctors believe blood clots formed around his heart and traveled to his brain. After hospitalization, Bill was able to return home on Thursday night. Scans of his heart did not reveal any additional clots, which is good news. However, doctors aren't sure why they formed in the first place. Bill is being given a heart monitor to wear for about a month so doctors can get a better idea of what's happening. It will take some time and speech therepy before Bill is able to speak normally. Your continued prayers are appreciated.
Jun 28, 2017
Please pray for Bill E. Dusty sent this request this morning:
We'd like to request prayers for my dad. Mom brought him to Fairview Hospital in Wyoming this morning after he'd been feeling poorly and slurring his speech. He's having tests now to determine the cause. Please pray for God's intervention on Dad's behalf.
Scans done at Fairview in Wyoming, MN Wednesday morning revealed that Bill has had several mini-strokes. He was transported to the University of MN Medical Center for further testing. Doctors believe that small blood clots have been forming in his heart and traveling into his brain. Thankfully they have found no evidence of broken vessels in his brain. More scans will be done on Thursday to determine why clots are forming in his heart. He is feeling relatively good, with no additional symptoms other than difficulty speaking. He prefers not to have visitors yet, but appreciates your continued prayers very much.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 26, 2017 - Cathy B. (Capetown, South Africa)
Cathy (aka Cathy Clayton), was checked into hospital a couple of weeks back. She had a viral infection with coronary complications. With this being after her lung transplant in the last 6 months, this was taken seriously by her doctors. She had several tests and it was found that several arteries had developed around her heart. As such they were short-circuiting blood flow back to the heart and creating strain on her heart.  The doctors have opted to leave the arteries. The infection was treated by an antibiotic IV.  She is due to return home possibly this week and will return in a month or so for a checkup. Cathy and her husband Vivien are very grateful for everyone's prayers and support! Over the years that Cathy has had cystic fibrosis and recently with her lung transplant, their friends, family & church have provided support and encouragement which has helped immeasurably.
Jul 1, 2016
Cathy is out of the hospital & waiting to find out if a lung transplant may be possible in the near future. She continues to remain positive & strong with the support of her husband Vivien. Considering her circumstances she is one of few people who is always positive & an inspiration to others. Continued prayers are appreciated.
Dec 10, 2015
There is no cure for her condition. She is again not doing well at all and it takes her a couple of hours each day to get going after physio every morning. Her condition has been quite bad again the last two weeks and she will be checked into hospital next week if things don't improve. Please keep her in your prayers. We know, in this life only God can heal her and it is such a condition that only gets worse and does not end quickly.
Oct 22, 2015
Cathy, the wife of elder Vivien B. of the Cape Town, South Africa, congregation, has for many years suffered from Cystic Fibrosis and as such needs daily physio to remove fluid from her lungs. The fluid also makes her susceptible to lung and other respiratory infections, for which she is often in the hospital. Each time, the antibiotics must be stronger and stronger. She has a permanent intravenous "port" in her chest, to make these drips quicker/easier. Her current "port" requires replacement, so she must again go into the hospital for an operation under local anesthetic. Please keep Cathy and Vivien in your prayers that the operation will go well and successfully.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jun 23, 2017 - Charles R. (Abbotsford, BC)
Charles is being treated for a rare form of cancer technically called Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia also referred to as simply WM. New symptoms include intermittent immobilized joints and muscles, fever, etc. WM is considered an incurable disease but is treatable. The chemo treatment is being administered two days a month for six months, after which the results will be tested. Prayers on his behalf, as well as his wife Kassie are greatly appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jun 23, 2017 - Michael B. (Maryville, TN)
Prayers for Michael B. of the Knoxville, Tennessee, congregation are appreciated. 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 neuro-surgeon 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.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 22, 2017 - Emily G. (Talwood, QLD, Australia)
Emily has been in rehab for the past four weeks and is expected to finish her rehab in several more weeks. To bring you up to date, Emily has lost her leg at the hip from an accident that almost took her life. She sustained burns and her leg was crushed while being trapped under a horse trailer for about 5 hours. All this happened on February 2. She has come through the many surgeries and is successfully negotiating her rehab treatments to where she has a good ability to take care of herself with the aid of wheelchair and crutches. Getting out of the hospital is very close now, and she is looking forward being in her own home with her parents on their cattle property in south central Queensland. Her progress has been remarkable and she has demonstrated an extraordinary resilience learning to cope with this kind of disability. She is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and concern for her expressed in the many cards and emails you have sent. She wants me to pass on her deep gratitude for the care, thoughts and prayers of you all. We look forward to seeing Emily move on to a life she loves and in which she will thrive.
May 16, 2017
Emily continues to heal after the major 12 hour surgery that transplanted skin and flesh over the area where her leg was removed. The surgeon is pleased with the healing but it is not without its issues. When moving about she pulled some stitches, so now has to stay in bed until she heals sufficiently to begin moving around again. It will be another week before the stitches come out and then move on to the beginning stages of rehab. The extreme pain has diminished from the early stages after the surgery. Emily wants everyone to know that she attributes the healing of this extreme wound to the prayers of everyone around the world. Your unfailing support has meant so much to her during the past 15 weeks since all this began. She is confident of further answered prayers as she moves into rehab to recover her strength, mobility, and quality of life.
Apr 25, 2017
On Wednesday Emily will have what we hope will be her final surgery. The surgeon will take the flap from her stomach and swing it around to cover the pelvic wound. This type of surgery has been done before, but not on this scale. It will last about eight hours followed by two weeks of considerable pain. With the many prayers of God's sincere people, we are looking for a successful surgery with a minimum of pain. Three weeks from now it is expected that she will be in rehabilitation. We appreciate the support from all of our friends - it seems we have all become family a bit more as we have all shared in her experience. Thanks to all for the many cards, notes, and prayers. We will keep you updated after the surgery. We deep love and affection from the family to all of you.
Apr 12, 2017
The scheduled beginning of the reconstruction of Emily's wound begins tomorrow, Thursday at 7:30 a.m. Emily lost her left leg at the hip in an accident on February 2nd. The reconstruction will be done in two stages. The surgeon will first take a strip from across her tummy and prepare it for the final surgery in the next two weeks. They will do this in such a way to avoid taking any muscle. In two weeks' time the final stage will be when the strip will be attached to the wound area. This is a serious procedure in that there are no good alternatives if this doesn't work. We are asking for prayers that this graft will take, and that the surgeon will have the skill to make this repair and skin graft as he has meticulously planned. The next three or four weeks is a critical period. Thank you for your prayers. Emily is greatly encouraged when she hears that many people are praying for her.
Mar 22, 2017
About eight weeks ago in a freak accident a horse trailer fell over Emily and crushed her legs. She has since lost the entire left leg to the hip. The surgery was extreme to reach all and any infection and candida of which the existence of either was life threatening. Kidney failure was a problem. Her kidney are now working close to 100%, which the renal doctors didn't expect. It appears at this time that the infection and candida and gone. The wound is covered by a vacuum pack und redressed until reconstruction Emily will have to have a successful muscle transplant and then followed by skin grafts. Skin grafts are also needed in her other leg. She asks for prayer for patience, resilience and courage. Emily is certainly receiving help. Pain management is the order of the day most of the time. She is really a courageous girl and remarkably encouraging to others. She has become a favorite in her hospital ward. The reconstruction process will take additional months and then comes the rehabilitation process. We have to stick with her in her time of trial. Emily thanks everyone for their prayers and words of encouragement. She is overwhelmed by the numerous cards she is receiving from so many people from places she has no idea where they are.
Feb 28, 2017
After Emily's surgery on Tuesday, February 28, Maree and David and Emily's family received a devastating report. When opening up the stitches from the amputation, they found serious infection. There will be further surgery to determine its extent. It is certain that she will now lose her leg above the knee and serious concern that she will lose the entire leg. This means that she will never walk because there will be nothing to attach a prosthesis. The hamstring muscle was also taken out. As you can tell none of this looks good. I realize that I am giving you a blow by blow of what is happening, but we need to know what to pray for. What we need now is for the doctors to find that the upper part of her leg can be saved. Let's all pray for God to help in this time of need. We have come this far. Emily will need help when she understands what has happened. David and Maree and the family are shaken by this turn. I know everyone is deeply concerned and would do anything to stop any further problems developing.
Feb 16, 2017
We sent out a prayer request about a week ago for Emily. She is a 24 year old young lady who lives with her family on a cattle property in south central Queensland. When she was repairing a horse trailer, it fell on her trapping her for almost 5 hours in 47 degree Celsius (about 120 degree Fahrenheit), suffering 2nd and 3rd degree burns until her sister found her and used a front end loader to lift it off her. Her left leg was crushed and it was felt at that time she would lose it. However, the damage was such that to this point they have been trying to save it. She has just gone into surgery for about the 7th or 8th time to clear away dying flesh, but the real danger this time is an infection has occurred and if not controlled and cleared she will lose her leg. She is also back on dialysis again as her kidneys aren't working as they should. It has been a roller coaster ride for the past 10 days. Thank you all for your faithful prayers for Emily.
Feb 8, 2017
Prayers are requested for Emily G., who had a severe accident on Thursday on their farm, a 7-hour drive west of Brisbane. A horse trailer she was working on fell on her as she was in a kneeling position, pinning her under the trailer. The temperature that day was 47C (117F). There was no else on the farm at the time, so she was pinned there for almost 5 hours until her sister found her. Emily was taken by helicopter to the Brisbane hospital where she was placed in an induced coma and is on dialysis and a respirator.
Emily is suffering from compartment syndrome, and due to lack of circulation the muscles in one leg have died. The doctors have cleaned up burns and opened up the legs to relieve pressure and have waited as long as they could to see if there was any healing and recovery in her left leg. Yesterday, Emily had surgery again and three or four dead muscles in lower leg were removed, which means the lower leg has to be amputated by Friday. Surgeons also removed one main muscle in upper leg, and the family is asking for prayers that the upper leg can be saved.
Prayers are also requested for Emily's father, David, who is battling Emily was taken by helicopter to the Brisbane hospital where she was placed in an induced coma and is on dialysis and a respirator.
Emily is suffering from compartment syndrome, and due to lack of circulation the muscles in one leg have died. The doctors have cleaned up burns and opened up the legs to relieve pressure and have waited as long as they could to see if there was any healing and recovery in her left leg. Yesterday, Emily had surgery again and three or four dead muscles in lower leg were removed, which means the lower leg has to be amputated by Friday. Surgeons also removed one main muscle in upper leg, and the family is asking for prayers that the upper leg can be saved.
Prayers are also requested for Emily's father, David, who is battling melanoma at this time. David and her mother, Maree, are at Emily's bedside.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 21, 2017 - Robert C. (Morganton, NC)
Here is an update from Mary C. on June 19, 2017: "We were at the hospital on June 16 from 11:00 am and got home at 6:00 pm. The surgery went well, there were no complications. They removed the little toe and some of the bone from the foot. Robert went in for his follow up (after surgery) appointment this afternoon. The doctor said his foot looked better than he thought it would. Robert is to stay off his foot completely until the next doctor appointment next week. We want to thank everyone so much for your prayers, cards, calls and concerns. We are very thankful for God's intervention! Please continue to pray for God's complete healing.
Jun 14, 2017
The MRI taken today showed a nasty (doctor's word) infection in the bone which has caused the side of Robert's right foot to deteriorate into multiple pieces. The doctor stated "Robert will need surgery to remove the little toe and the other infected bone parts and pieces. They are hoping to not have to take the side of the foot." Robert is scheduled for surgery this Friday, June 16. He and his wife Mary are asking for fervent prayers that God will intervene so the doctor doesn't have to remove his foot, as well as that no complications occur during surgery. Robert asks for comfort and complete healing according to God's will.
Jun 9, 2017
Robert, a longtime member and deacon of the Hickory NC congregation, has been having difficulty with an infection and wound in his left foot for some time. At first the doctor thought perhaps it was cellulitis. He had a x-ray Wednesday and this morning the doctors office confirmed the x-ray revealed the infection has traveled into the bone. They referred him to the orthopedic specialists and is scheduled for a MRI tomorrow. Robert continues to have severe pain in the foot along with swelling and fever. Robert and Mary ask for your prayers that the infection doesn't spread, wisdom to make the right decision with treatment, and for God's intervention for complete healing.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 9, 2017 - Brandon B. (Summerfield, NC)
Brandon had surgery recently to remove a large cancerous brain tumor. Surgery was very successful and Brandon is now resting at home with his family. God provided one of the nation's top brain surgeons for the task. Cancer cells likely remain and left untreated would grow again. Step 1: surgery (super successful); Step 2: chemo and targeted radiation; Step 3: tumor vaccine that will boost his immune system to target the cancer cells to prevent further regrowth; Step 4: continuous monitoring. The medical team is very confident in this proven approach and are very optimistic that Brandon will do very well throughout the course of his treatment. The family are confident God will continue to guide, comfort and deliver from this trial. They are thankful for the continued support of family, friends, and neighbors and for the medical teams at Duke.
May 21, 2017
Brandon B., age 33, fell down early Saturday morning then began to vomit some blood. His wife Sarah Jo took him to the ER where staff scanned his head and discovered a large brain tumor. Brandon is scheduled to undergo surgery after the swelling on his brain is brought under control (estimated Wednesday). Surgeons will attempt to remove the tumor tissue and then a biopsy will be done. Doctor's suspect the tumor is cancerous but cannot make a final determination until the biopsy results are returned. The situation is developing rapidly and is dire. Brandon is in pain. His wife, family and friends ask for your prayer to our Father Creator requesting Brandon be both protected and healed.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 3, 2017 - Larry R. (Mexico City)
I continue to fight the fight against a very aggressive prostate cancer which has now metastasized to the bones. I am now taking a very strong medication. This week my oncologist said that I must continue this process indefinitely with the hope to control and stop the cancer from spreading. Of course my wife, Blanca, and I look to God for healing and are very thankful for His mercy and the great love He has shown us during this difficult trial. The trial affects the whole family and we ask you to please remember them also.
We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all our brethren for the multiple cards and wonderful words of encouragement which have strengthened us so very much during this trying time. We know that we are not alone and are humbled by the many expressions of love we have received from our brethren in many congregations around the world. Words fail to express our gratitude and we hope that 'Gracias' is a big enough word to express what we feel.
We love you all and ask God to allow us to continue to serve His children in Mexico and also be good examples to all as we go through this trial together.
The words of Habakkuk are also present in my mind: "Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places' (Habakkuk 3:17-19).
Jan 15, 2015
My wife and I have concluded our visit to Houston at Memorial Herman Hospital to conduct all the exams pertaining to the advancement or containment of my prostate cancer. It has been two long years since I was first detected with advanced stage three cancer. We are very pleased to announce the miracle which God has performed in our lives. As of this date, I was informed that I am now cancer free. Nevertheless, as with all cancer patients, I will need to be tested every twelve weeks, in order to monitor that the cancer cells do not return and grow. We would like to thank all of you for your prayers, cards and encouraging words. We have been able to make it up to this point with the loving hand of our merciful Father and with strength we have drawn from all of you. We are very grateful with our God for His loving hand in our lives - for allowing us to serve Him serving our brethren, and for the time He gives us to continue doing so. Once again, we thank you all for your prayers.
Jan 8, 2015
My wife and I would like to once again thank all for the wonderful cards of concern and support. We are also very grateful for the many prayers which have been elevated on my behalf during this battle with prostate cancer. I have now finished all chemo, radiation and hormone therapies and will be going to Houston, Tuesday, Jan. 12, for several days of tests and overall evaluations. Overall I have been feeling great with only minor discomforts due to side effects of the hormone, radiation and chemotherapy. However, we do not know if the cancer has been contained or has continued to spread. The results from the tests will determine if the cancer can be treated with only occasional hormone therapy or if more aggressive intervention will be necessary. We ask for your prayers so that no further interventions will be needed. We thank God for all of you and for your heartfelt prayers for both of us. Hopefully God will allow us to be at the end of it soon. We are confident that He has our best interest at heart and are so thankful for the many lessons we have learned and are still learning as we trustingly put our lives in His hands. Once again thank you for your prayers and love. We will keep you updated on the results as soon as we are informed.
May 15, 2015
I would like to update everyone who has been praying for me about my progress in my fight against cancer. I went to the Oncology Clinic at the Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, last April, six weeks after having finished 40 sessions of radiotherapy in Monterrey, Mexico. I had extensive lab tests and a follow-up consultation with my oncologist, who informed me that my prostate cancer is on the expected stage according to the treatment received so far. I am to continue receiving hormone therapy to maintain my testosterone at its present level, which is close to zero, for eight more months. After that the treatment will be suspended to see how my body reacts without it. I will return to Houston every three months for evaluation exams. The next two visits - in July and October - I will again have extensive lab tests and follow-up consultations. Then, in January 2016 I will have MRI, CAT, echo and bone scans. Results will be used to compare evaluations which will be every three months. The oncologist's opinion is that my testosterone will be back at its normal level in 12 to 18 months. He will be monitoring my condition to prevent the cancer cells growth, if they start feeding again from my testosterone. If that happens, he will put me back in hormone therapy with a different drug cocktail which is now being tested with apparently very good results. But the best scenario would be if there is no change in the cancer cells and I could continue without further medication. Nevertheless, apparently I will need to be evaluated regularly indefinitely, as most cancer patients go through. My wife and I are very grateful to God for his intervention in my treatment, which has been successful up to this point. We are also very thankful for the prayers of our brethren who have been with us since the beginning of this trial. We know we are all in our God's loving hands and he has our best interest in mind, so we humbly accept his blessings and his will in our lives.
Aug 29, 2014
This is to inform and thank all of you for your heartfelt prayers and words of encouragement during all my 42 chemo sessions and my fight against what has been a very aggressive stage 4 prostate cancer. Last week I was unable to receive chemo because the plackets in my blood were at an all-time low. My body is beginning to show signs of fatigue due to the aggressiveness of the treatments; however, I have been feeling relatively well in spite of it all. My wife Blanca and I are very happy to inform you that I have finished all seven rounds of chemo sessions this week. I have been feeling fine overall and was able to finish the whole treatment with relatively very few bad days and side effects. I am more than aware that this has mostly been thanks to all of your prayers. We will be traveling to Houston this week so I can go through many evaluation tests to determine if the cancer has subsided or not. Based on what is found, the medical staff can determine which course of action will be needed from here on. I ask for your prayers so that the results may be favorable and that I may soon go into remission if that is God's will. I also ask you for your prayers for my wife who has had to carry the largest emotional load through this trial. She has truly been an inspiration to me. We will continue to trust in God in whatever He decides and will continue to fight this battle alongside all of my brothers and sisters in the faith as long as God allows me to. Thank you once again for your prayers. I struggle to find the words to express my appreciation for you all.
May 9, 2014
Larry continues to receive chemotherapy treatments, and will I will probably go into radio-therapy and a possible operation for removal of the prostate gland afterward. This will all depends on his test results at the end of the 5th cycle. He will again be traveling to the United States for a thorough evaluation with the doctor who is overseeing his treatment. His last exams which were conducted in May in Monterrey indicate that he now has metastasis in his bones and the cancer has advanced to three vertebras in his spine as well as to his right rib.
He writes: "My wife and I send you all a very heartfelt appreciation for your prayers and cards as we all pray to our Father to continue to intervene, as he already has, in helping me feel strong and positive during this difficult time. I have truly been blessed with so many prayers which have helped me continue working and getting on with my life as always. I lack the appropriate words to express my appreciation for what I have received from God and the brethren. I feel truly surrounded by sincere concern and heartfelt and effective prayers since I have never felt any kind of pain until now. The side effects have also been minimal."
Feb 14, 2014
I started my second cycle of chemotherapy this week and have been feeling fine. I am back in the comfort of my own home in Mexico feeling strong, happy and very encouraged. I received the results from my P.E.T. scan this week and the results are very positive. It shows that I no longer have metastasis cancer in my bones as I did before. It also seems that my body is reacting very well to the treatment. I am sure that all the prayers that have been elevated to our Father in heaven. Thank you so very much for your prayers, cards and wonderful words which have been very encouraging. I am sure that God, in his infinite mercy, is intervening in all of our lives for the best and am confident that he will continue to do so. In the meantime, I will continue to serve God's people as God gives me the strength and health I need to do so.
Jan 31, 2014
After many weeks away from home in Houston, Texas, for chemotherapy, my wife, Blanca, and I are finally back home in Monterrey, Mexico, with the congregation and family. We are very encouraged and grateful for all the love, compassion and consideration we received on behalf of the Church and all the brethren who have sent us their love through cards, calls and prayers.
I am doing fine and feel very strong and encouraged knowing that I am in God's hands and will continue to work in the ministry as long as God allows me to. I have returned home even more committed to serve the brethren here as we draw closer to the Kingdom of God with every passing day.
Next week, God willing, we will be in Tabasco, Mexico, visiting the congregation and accompanying Mr. and Mrs. Leon Walker on their annual visit to this region. I will then return to resume my second cycle of chemotherapy. I am confident that I will be feeling just as strong as I did during the first one.
Once again thank you from the heart for your love and prayers.
Oct 10, 2013
Please pray for Larry, pastor of the congregations in Mexico. He has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The cancer has spread to his seminal glands and his condition has been diagnosed as Stage 3. He has begun treatment.

<  >   Prayer Update - May 19, 2017 - Angel C. (Eau Claire, WI)
The tests this week came back normal. Thank you everyone for your prayers. She is feeling better.
May 12, 2017
Martin and Leanne Z. (Eau Claire) are requesting prayers for their daughter, Angel. Angel has been experiencing pain and discomfort on her left side of her belly. Angel's ultrasound came back normal. But tests Friday morning reveal she has some complications with constipation. The Doctor is going change her medication for constipation. She is also requesting a blood test for celiac disease. They also found a small stone, so Angel needs to drink more water. Thank you for your prayers.
May 5, 2017
Martin and Leanne Z. are requesting prayers for their daughter, Angel. Angel has been experiencing pain and discomfort on her left side of her belly. She was scheduled for an ultrasound Friday morning, May 5th. On Friday, May 12th she'll go to Marshfield to see a stomach specialist to run some tests. Please pray all is well, and she will be relieved of the pain and discomfort.
Mar 25, 2016
The surgery to implant a Baclofen Pump on March 22nd went well. Angel was recovering well until it was time to go home. She was not able to sit up without becoming sick and experiencing headaches. These symptoms can be normal, but the can also indicate a spinal issue where the incision was done. Please remember Angel in your prayers.
Mar 18, 2016
Leanne C. (Eau Claire) sent the following prayer request for her daughter, Angel: I would like to send out a Prayer Request for Angel, she will be going to Marshfield Hospital to get the surgery for her Baclofen Pump on March 22nd. What they will be doing is putting Angel to sleep so they can surgically implant the pump into her side and run a tubing into her spine that will release Baclofen medicine for her tight muscle tone in her legs. Angel has had a rare disease called Schizencephaly and Cerebral Palsy since she was an infant. Angel is 12 years old.

<  >   Prayer Update - May 12, 2017 - Chris T. (Lillie, LA)
Chris and LaDonna T. want to express their deep appreciation for prayers on their behalf. Chris has begun to get some relief from the chest pain he's been having. LaDonna is scheduled for a procedure on Thursday to burn nerve endings around a herniated disc in her neck that is causing severe headaches. She is not strong enough for surgery so the doctors felt this might give her some relief. She would appreciate prayers for that procedure and that she might be able to get Home Health to start coming every week as she really needs their help. Camelia T., a granddaughter they are raising, recently fell off a horse and hyper-extended her elbow resulting in a floating bone chip and tearing the tendon that goes behind the elbow. She has a doctor's appointment this Friday to discuss treatment and they would appreciate prayers for her as well.
May 5, 2017
Chris T. of the Ruston, Louisiana, congregation, is suffering from severe chest pains. Doctors ruled out any issue with his heart, gave him anti-inflammatory and pain medication and sent him home. He is their sole bread-winner since his wife LaDonna had to stop working a year ago and would appreciate prayers for God's healing or at least guidance to figure out what is causing the pain.

<  >   Prayer Update - May 12, 2017 - Annie S. (Christiansburg, VA)
Annie S.'s family, of the Roanoke, Virginia, congregation, would like to express a heartfelt "thank you" for the outpouring of love for them during this very difficult time. It was expressed in calls, emails, flowers, letters, cards and most importantly, prayers. It has been so encouraging to them to know of all the love and prayers for them.
Apr 14, 2017
Annie S. of the Roanoke, Virginia, congregation, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She recently began experiencing severe pain in her lower back, which quickly became worse every day. Tests determined the cancer is a type that feeds off of estrogen. It has spread to her spine but not to any major organs. The tumor in her breast is too large to remove and will have to be shrunk for surgery to become an option. The same is true for the two spine tumors.
The breast tumor will be treated/shrunk with oral medications to completely remove and stop the production of estrogen. The spine tumors will be treated with radiation, reducing the pain, helping her to walk and hopefully all will be eventually removed by surgery.
Overall this is very good news since an earlier prognosis was that nothing could be done. Annie has been anointed and is confident that God is in complete control and will work His perfect will in her life. She is grateful for prayers on her behalf.

<  >   Prayer Request - May 6, 2017 - Wayne D. (St. Paul, MN)
Wayne has been battling painful leg ulcers for the past 3 weeks.
Jan 12, 2013
According to Wayne's son Cody, Wayne is experiencing water retention swelling plus newly re-opened sores on his leg.

<  >   Prayer Request - May 5, 2017 - Jeanie S. (Knoxville, TN)
Jeanie S. wishes to express her thanks to everyone for the outpouring of love and concern for her health and specific request regarding the potential amputation of her infected toe. On her recent visit, the doctor was surprised that her toe was healing beyond his comprehension. He wanted to know what she was doing to get it to heal so well and so fast; he said that she made his day! Your prayers and cards of encouragement have been a great source of inspiration for Jeanie and she is humbled by the wonderful response from her fellow brothers and sisters in the Church.

<  >   Prayer Update - May 2, 2017 - Nancy E. (Charlotte, NC)
Nancy writes: "God gets all the thanks and glory for my pretty remarkable recovery from the stroke I suffered in early February. After anointing and the many prayers of brethren and friends, I was pretty much back to normal within a two week period. The doctors and physical therapists were confounded by my quick healing, especially given my age....86. Although home therapists were routinely scheduled, the gentleman who came realized there was no need and canceled all further visits. I was told not to drive until I saw a neuro ophthalmologist, who said 'normally when he saw a stroke victim they came in a wheelchair or at least with a walker.' I was given a clean bill of eye health with no driving restrictions. Thanks to all God's faithful brethren for their prayers and concern. He does hear!"
Feb 2, 2017
Nancy E., age 86, a longtime member and deaconess/elder's wife of the Charlotte, NC congregation suffered a series of strokes over the last few days and is currently in the hospital undergoing a series of tests. My wife and I were able to visit with her late evening yesterday as well as today and I anointed her per her request. She had been experiencing dizziness, and pain in her legs as well. She'll be undergoing therapy/rehab for the immediate future. She is in good spirits, and able to converse in her normal positive manner. Prayers are requested for God's healing hand, and for wisdom in making decisions for some of the choices she will have to make.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 27, 2017 - Renee W. (Wellington, OH)
Renee, the member from the Cleveland, Ohio, congregation, who battled a serious foot infection leading to amputation of her right foot in February, is home. In the last five months, she has also had a lumpectomy to remove a cancerous tumor from her breast.
She is upbeat and encouraged in looking ahead. Her oncologist says he sees no further evidence of cancer at this time. She is progressing well toward being fitted for a prosthetic foot, re-learning how to walk, and rejoining everyone at services (she's only been able to attend one Sabbath service since early November). She still tires easily, and will continue to need in-home physical therapy, but she is very grateful for the improvement in her condition.
She and her husband, Ray, want to thank so many who have prayed for her and written them many cards.
Nov 24, 2017
Renee W. and her husband, Ray, members of the Cleveland, Ohio, congregation, request your prayers. Renee has been in the hospital for over two weeks, battling a very serious infection in her foot, with two surgeries required so far. The situation is complicated by her diabetic condition. Following the second surgery Nov. 20 (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.

<  >   Prayer Request - Apr 21, 2017 - Steve K. (Twin Cities, MN)
Steve K. had cryosurgery on Wednesday to try to eliminate any remaining prostate cancer cells. He and the family would like to thank everyone for your prayers about his recent surgery. The surgery went smoothly and the doctors are optimistic that they were able to get all the cancer cells that they had detected. He was able to return home Friday and is resting comfortably. Steve will continue to have blood work over the next several months to see if anything else shows up, so your continued prayers would be much appreciated. Thank you!

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 21, 2017 - Ruthie S. (Twin Cities, MN)
Ruthie continues to recover from hip surgery and is doing well. She's able to get around with a walker. She is currently living in a care home hoping to be able to get to her new place when she's well enough. If you wish to visit, visiting hours are between 1-4 p.m.
Mar 3, 2017
Ruthie is feeling pretty good after breaking her femur and having surgery to reinforce it. She says her leg is wrapped up pretty good, but she is feeling very little pain and is able to get around a little. She is now in transitional care at Ebenezer Ridges Care Center, Burnsville.
Feb 24, 2017
Ruthie fell last week and brock her femur. She had a metal support surgically implanted to help support her femur. She continues to recover and has been in good spirits. She says she is not in much pain and is able to rest comfortably. She wants you all to know that she appreciates your prayers and believes they are helping.
Sep 30, 2016
Ruthie was in the hospital for tests last week after experiencing some unusual chest constriction. Nothing serious was detected. The doctor gave her some medication and released her to go home, requesting her to come in right away for tests if she experiencing the same feeling. Ruthie has also been having pain in her hips which has kept her from getting around easily, and will be keeping her from attending the feast this year. Your prayers are appreciated.

Feb 1, 2013
Ruthie had a minor heart attack this week. She was admitted to the hospital where tests were run to determine if there was heart damage. She was feeling better and released the next day. Test results will be in next week, and should reveal if there was much heart damage or other problems. She's home, and feeling better, but gets tired very quickly. Please pray she recovers fully and there are no additional problems.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 21, 2017 - Jane B. (Twin Cities, MN)
Janes writes: I've been having painful back/hip/leg problems for over a week. It is very painful for me to walk, I look like I'm imitating a duck! Been to two doctors and they are not sure what is the cause. They gave me meds for muscle inflammation. I did injure my tailbone two months ago, but that problem resolved itself.
Have to go to therapy next Monday. Would appreciate prayers - thanks.
Apr 14, 2017
Jane's eye surgery went very well. She went back to the clinic for a post-surgery evaluation, and was told that everything looks good. She will go for another evaluation in a couple of weeks. Thank you for your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 21, 2017 - Debbie M. (Larkspur, CO)
Thanks very much to everyone for the prayers and cards regarding Debbie M. She began to improve early in the week and is now able to walk a short distance with a walker. The overall progress is slow but noticeable. Some of the symptoms are poor muscle strength, inability to walk, nerve pain, muscle spasms and breathing problems. She will be in rehab until at least Sunday. After she goes home she will receive in-home care for about six weeks. Continued prayers are greatly appreciated.
Apr 14, 2017
Prayers are requested for Debbie M., member of the Castle Rock, Colorado, congregation, and daughter of Larry and Linda N. She has had longstanding autoimmune issues, but a little over a week ago she experienced a severe reaction to an infusion. There are many symptoms, including excruciating pain and weakness in her muscles, inability to even stand, abdominal pain, tachycardia, high blood pressure and nausea. It is hoped that the effects of the infusion will wear off in the next week or two and that a diagnosis and effective treatment for the long term problem can be established.

<  >   Prayer Request - Apr 20, 2017 - BeJay R. (Twin Cities, MN)
I [Daisy] would also like to ask for prayers for BeJay. He went in for a routine eye exam this last Friday and was told that he has the early stages of Macular Degeneration in both eyes. When he get back from Florida we are going to look into finding and going to an Ophthalmologist.

<  >   Prayer Request - Apr 11, 2017 - Elijah W. (Hudson, WI)
Elijah had several seizures last week, one lasting almost five minutes in length. This is a concern as he had been seizure-free until last November when we noticed a small seizure lasting around 30 seconds. Since that incident he's been sleepy and not quite himself at times, but nothing we were able to confirm as seizure activity until last week.
After having a seizure during school and two at home in a single day, we took Elijah to Children's Hospital in St. Paul for overnight observation and medicine to calm his brain. The EEG captured some extra electrical activity in Elijah's left temporal lobe, and he has started taking an anticonulsant. We've been told by a neurologist that the type of epilepsy Elijah has been diagnosed with can be difficult to control with anti-epileptic drugs.
We're asking for prayers that the medicine is able to control his seizures, that Elijah be healed of epilespy, and ultimately for God to completely heal Elijah.

<  >   Prayer Request - Mar 30, 2017 - Terry Y. (Duluth, MN)
Dorothy Y., from our Duluth congregation, is requesting prayers for her husband Terry. He has already lost one leg and now an infection has set in that is threatening to take his remaining one. Doctors are working to prevent the spread of this infection, but He has told Dorothy that he would rather die than be without both legs.
Dorothy is asking us to pray that God would heal this infection and preserve her husband from any further amputation.

<  >   Prayer Update - Mar 22, 2017 - Becky C. (St. Paul, MN)
Becky was told to be at Mayo by 7:00 this morning and they are doing surgery for the breast cancer mass on her spine all day Thursday. I'll try to keep you informed by email as I hear news. Thanks.
Mar 21, 2017 - Becky C.
My [Michelle R.] sister-in-law (Carol R's daughter) Becky C. has asked me to put in a prayer request. After surviving breast cancer and thyroid cancer, she has now been told that she has a mass that is growing on her spine and it has put so much pressure on her vertebrae that it has caused a fracture. There is a real urgency because they don't want it to harm her spinal cord. A biopsy was done yesterday at the Mayo to see what type it is and results will come back in a couple of days. Surgery to remove the mass will probably be within a week or two. They've also done other scans to see if it has spread elsewhere. Prayers would be greatly appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Request - Mar 4, 2017 - Mary Jo B. (San Tan Valley, AZ)
Urgent prayers are needed for Mary Jo B. of the Phoenix congregation as she has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Doctors have told her the cancer is in her organs and throughout her body. She has faith that God is able to do all things. God has given her strength during this time, but she does have pain. Physicians have said the cancer will eventually spread to her brain and she knows she is subject to God's will. More than anything she desires to be in God's kingdom. Please pray God will intervene and stop the cancer.

<  >   Prayer Request - Mar 4, 2017 - Ellen N. (Scottsdale AZ)
Prayers are requested for a longtime member of the Phoenix congregation Ellen N. who will turn 95 in July. Ellen fell from her wheelchair and fractured her spine, and she has been hospitalized since then. She has had serious complications, and she has not been able to eat for several days. She has had trouble breathing and an inability to properly swallow. Please pray for her overall health that she will regain ability to swallow and that she will not require intravenous feeding.

<  >   Prayer Update - Feb 15, 2017 - Carolyn & Chuck C. (Bend, OR)
Chuck would like to thank everyone for the prayers, cards, and letters. He is grateful for answered prayers that he did not need surgery for his broken arm (socket ball fractured at shoulder). His pain is virtually gone even when he moves his arm. He knows he still has a long recovery ahead and must be very careful so as to not fall or injure his arm further, but he is so happy at his progress. He uses a walker and wheel chair to minimize the risk of reinjuring his arm. Chuck has been truly overwhelmed and comforted by the love of the brethren and realizes how much it has contributed to his healing.
Jan 14, 2017
Chuck was concerned that the fractured ball at the end of his arm at the shoulder would require surgery. The recent snow had delayed the follow-up appointment for his broken right arm and it was yesterday that he was able to be seen. His doctor recommended not having surgery right now because his arm might just adapt to the damaged socket and hopefully not need to be repaired. He also told me the pain has almost disappeared and he is doing the exercises recommended to keep his shoulder mobile. Chuck told me this was an answer to prayer and he was overwhelmed by the cards and well wishes he received from around the world. He wanted to pass on his profound thanks to everyone who has been praying for him as it has greatly encouraged him.
Jan 5, 2014
She wants to thank everyone for the cards and letters (there must of been close to 130). It helped them heal knowing everyone was praying for them. She is much better but please keep praying for Chuck! His COPD is no better!
Feb 15, 2013
Carolyn has been diagnosed with colon cancer. She requests our prayers for healing.
Feb 8, 2013
Carolyn has colon cancer & he has Parkinson's & COPD.

<  >   Prayer Request - Feb 3, 2017 - Jason D. (Eau Claire)
Jason is recovering from hip surgery. The initial recovery period was pretty painful, but he is doing better. Please pray for a quick and smooth recovery.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 29, 2017 - Flora C. (Blantyre, Malawi)
Please accept my heartfelt apology for announcing this sad news to you very late. Flora C. miscarried in the seventh month of her pregnancy, on December 19, 2016. It was shocking, disappointing and frustrating for the whole church here in Malawi. On behalf of Flora and Dennis, I want to thank all of you for your love, outgoing concern, prayers and the cards you sent to Flora and Dennis wishing them well. It is our prayer and hope that God will give them a child someday in the near future. Flora and Dennis have now recovered from that heartbreaking experience and are now doing fine spiritually.
Aug 24, 2016
Your prayers are requested for Dennis and Flora C., dedicated members of the Blantyre congregation, who have been married for 12 years without a child. Over the past few years, Flora has had a couple of miscarriages. Flora is currently five months pregnant, she is not feeling well and experiencing some unusual bleeding and body pains; I have anointed her. Dennis and Flora are requesting your prayers for God's intervention so that the baby they are expecting may be born into their family without any problem. Your prayers will be very much appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jan 27, 2017 - Scott M. (Fort Worth, TX)
Your prayers are requested for Scott M., who was recently diagnosed with a form of cancer. Scott is 30 years old and this is his second encounter with the disease. Recently, during a check-up by his oncologist, an enlarged lymph node was discovered. Surgical removal has been recommended, but due to the node's location and the fact that Scott has had chemotherapy in the past, the surgery is considered to be quite difficult. One doctor characterized it as "risky." The surgery will probably be scheduled within the next few weeks. The procedure will be lengthy and Scott may have to take two months off from work for recovery and rehab. Scott would appreciate your prayers for God's complete and total healing, guidance for the surgeon and his full recovery without complications. He thanks you in advance for your concern.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jan 25, 2017 - Marita W. (Angle Park, South Australia)
Prayers are requested on behalf of Marita W. of the Adelaide, South Australia, congregation. For some weeks Marita has been unable to attend services, being in considerable pain, and experiencing some fainting spells. A recent ultrasound has revealed the cause of the problems, it found that Marita has numerous large blood clots in her left leg, and additional clots at the back of her neck. The blood clots in Marita's leg have caused great pain, and the clots in her neck have resulted in Marita fainting due to lack of blood to the brain on a few occasions. Medical staff have confined Marita to bed, and are treating her with blood-thinning medication.
Please remember Marita in your prayers, asking for God's merciful intervention on her behalf according to His perfect will. Marita would certainly appreciate reduction in pain and healing from the blood clots which are considered life-threatening. Marita would love to be with the brethren at services again but has stated that, except for God's miraculous healing, this will not be a possibility for quite a long time.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 17, 2017 - Rafael M. (Rowlett, TX)
Rafael M. is currently under observation, no medication or chemo needed at this point. He is regaining his strength and the red blood cell count is going up. The doctors and nurses are amazed at how well he responded to the treatment. We are very touched by all the cards we received from all the members of UCG. We are sure that their love and prayers were the main reason for this miracle of which the doctors are amazed.

Jan 10, 2018
The last test lab results came in, and there is no trace of cancer. In addition, the red blood cell and hemoglobin count are both completely normal. I consider this an additional blessing, since the doctor had told me that I had to accept an anemic condition going forward. Thus far the doctor has been twice shocked, first by my recovery; and, now by these subsequent improvements. I thank God for healing me, and all the loving members of United for their prayers and encouragement.
Nov 10, 2016
Raphael and Sylvia M. request your prayers for Raphael's healing. Raphael was diagnosed with a rare blood disease just prior to the Feast - a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer. At the time of diagnosis the cancer was considered stage 4 as it was in the bone marrow and in the spleen. Raphael's white blood count was extremely high, but after completing Phase 1 of chemo therapy, which consisted of six treatments, Raphael's white blood count is now only 25% of what it was prior to beginning the treatments. Raphael was anointed immediately after realizing he had cancer and he and Sylvia certainly believe that God has been intervening and blessing Raphael with healing. They also believe that the prayers of the local brethren and our sister Lawton, OK congregation have made a huge difference. They are now requesting your prayers as a worldwide family of brothers and sisters in Christ. Raphael and Sylvia believe they will be able to begin attending Church this coming Sabbath as Raphael has been feeling pretty well. The next step is to have no treatments for a few months and see how Raphael is doing. The doctors will be closely monitoring his progress. Your prayers for Raphael and Sylvia are greatly appreciated!

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 9, 2017 - Becky C. (McKinney, TX)
It has been just over 6 months since Mom's brain surgery. She has recovered most of her physical strength. The side effects from the surgery have left her with some anxiety, sleep issues, headaches, & minor cognitive issues. She feels extremely blessed to have had so many prayers & a mostly positive outcome. She would like to thank all of the brethren for their prayers & cards, as these were greatly encouraging to her.
May 24, 2016
Becky was admitted to the Baylor Medical Center on May 13 with what she thought was an infected mouth ulcer. Results from a CT scan soon revealed a very serious sinus infection and a 7.5mm brain aneurysm. After several days in the hospital, doctors determined that they could not treat the aneurysm with coiling, a less invasive treatment, because of the complexity and location. Additionally, the doctors had trouble treating her severe sinus infection with Zosyn. Infectious Disease was called in and they switched Becky to Merrem, a very strong antibiotic to which she had a severe allergic reaction (bloody vomiting and a total body rash). Becky's neurosurgeon would like for the sinus infection to be cleared before he performs brain surgery to clip the aneurysm, an invasive form of brain surgery that contains significant inherent risk factors. Please pray that her sinus infection is healed and that her aneurysm remains stable while she awaits surgery to repair it. At this time, she is scheduled to undergo brain surgery to repair the aneurysm at Medical Center of Plano, Wednesday, June 1 at 11:30 a.m. Prayers that the surgery is successful, non-complicated and that God would guide the doctors and treatment she receives, would also be greatly appreciated.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 9, 2017 - Guy B. (Wichita Falls, TX)
Guy reports that his internal melanoma currently is in remission. However his doctor wants him to remain on regular 3 week treatments to ensure that it does not reactivate. He feels well, but experiences weakness & disequilibrium. Thank you for your prayers and support.
Oct 16, 2015
Guy, long-time elder in Lawton, OK, has been doing remarkably well and we are so grateful to God for His blessing in this way. Guy's wife, Barbara gives the following extremely encouraging update:
"We received the results of Guy's latest PET Scan this week and thought it would be a good time to let you all know what we found out. Much of the melanoma is gone from his body, as we knew from previous x-rays and from how well he has been feeling. However, in typical melanoma fashion, it has spread to a couple of new areas - his neck and his nose. Therefore, he will continue the treatments, and hopefully soon, it will disappear completely. We sincerely appreciate everyone's prayers and support for the past two years. The results have been amazing. Two years ago Guy was given five months to live and one year ago he had very little strength or energy. Now he is able to do almost anything he wants to. (Right before the Feast he joined three of us in a 5.6 mile hike)!"
Thank you again for your continued prayers for Guy and Barbara who do so much in selflessly serving the Lawton congregation in so many ways!
Jan 15, 2014
Guy has finished radiation treatments and the chemo pills he was taking. On January 8th he began an infusion program to boost his immune system. He will be given a dose of antibiotics intravenously every three weeks until four doses are given. Guy and Barbara are hopeful that this treatment will be effective in ridding Guy's body of the melanoma tumors and that he will have minimal side effects. So far he has been doing very well and has been to services most every Sabbath. Of course, he tires more easily and has to pace himself. Guy and Barbara wish to thank everyone for their prayers, cards, and concern for Guy and for the tremendous support they have received from around the world.
Nov 22, 2013
An update from Mrs B: We met with the oncologist today (Thursday, November 21) and found out that Guy has melanoma in other soft tissue besides the lungs and the brain. The doctor seemed quite surprised to see that, too, because Guy appears to be so healthy. And because of this the oncologist is recommending a combined attack with both chemo and radiation for the next four weeks. We ask for your prayers that this aggressive treatment will be effective in reducing these lesions. And thank you for all your previous prayers that have accomplished so much through God's continued mercy and power.
Nov 14
Guy was released from the hospital last Friday, November 8th. He was doing so well that the doctors decided he could do his rehab at home. His wife, Barbara, writes "Just wanted to let you know that Guy is making tremendous progress. Just four days after arriving home, he is walking and talking almost like normal, though still a little slow. We appreciate beyond words all the prayers, offers of help, cards and words of encouragement. God has been very merciful to us in His great healing power. He has also given us excellent medical help and wonderful encouragement from all our family and friends. Next week we will meet with the Radiation Oncologist. He is also an M.D. He will have the results of the PET scan and will be able to tell us if any melanoma was found by the PET scan. Thank you all for being there for us." Please continue to pray for God's intervention and healing for Guy.
Nov 5
Guy is now recuperating in the Kell West Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls, TX. Overall, yesterday's surgery went well and Guy was alert, responding well, answering questions, and eating shortly after the surgery was complete. The surgeon said that he is quite certain that the brain lesion or tumor is cancerous, but he also said that this type of cancer generally responds much better to chemo and radiation than the more aggressive cancer that originates in the brain. He said that the cancer had metastasized to the brain, but had originated somewhere else in Guy's body. The family will be meeting with an oncologist in about a week after the pathology report is complete. At that time they will discuss Guy's treatment options. Please continue to pray for God's intervention and healing for Guy and that God would also guide the oncologist and the family in determining what course of treatment to pursue. Thank you for your continued prayers for Guy, his wife, Barbara, and the entire family. The family is very grateful and appreciative of your love, prayers, and concern.
Oct 31, 2013
Guy has been experiencing headaches, weakness, & a loss of communication skills. After an MRI & other tests, a fluid-filled lesion was detected on his brain. Surgery will be taking place soon. His wife, Barbara & the entire family would appreciate your prayers for Guy.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 9, 2017 - Genevieve L. (Wylie, TX)
Genevieve is continuing to deal with neuropathy in her feet - and feels so blessed that she is not diabetic! She is confined to her wheelchair. She is getting OT/PT 3 times a week, plus she has a nurse checking on her twice a week. She has enjoyed the many cards she has received from friends & her church family! She also wants to thank everybody for their prayers and concern!
Dec 23, 2015
Genevieve has had a rough go of it since the first prayer request was sent out for her on December 4. She was recovering well in a rehab center and making good progress, when she had a gall bladder attack and had to have her gall bladder and gall stones removed. As she was recovering from those surgeries she evidently had a very bad delayed reaction to the anesthesia medication or some other medication and had to be readmitted to the hospital. But, she bounced back very quickly and is now back in the rehab center where she will hopefully continue to improve and get to return home in the near future. Genevieve and her daughter, Cathy, are very grateful for all the cards they have both received during her illness and they are especially thankful for all your prayers. Please continue to pray that Genevieve will make a complete recovery and be able to return home soon. God's hand and His blessing has been evident throughout her health trials. Thank you for your continued prayers on her behalf.
Dec 4, 2015
Genevieve, a long-time member in WCG and UCG has been very recently diagnosed with pancreatitis and the doctor said she has about a 40% chance of survival. She went into the hospital in late September with a bowel obstruction. After surgery and a short stay in the hospital, she had been recovering in a rehab center. She was making good progress and looking forward to going home soon, when she developed the pancreatitis just this morning. We know if it is God's express will to intervene and restore her health she will, indeed, survive this health trial. Regardless, let us all pray for her healing and that she will be able to get back on the road to recovery very soon. Also, don't forget to pray for Cathy C., her daughter and a DFW member, and for the rest of the family that God may strengthen and comfort them at this difficult time. Thank you very much for your fervent prayers for Genevieve, Cathy, and their extended family.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jan 6, 2017 - Raymond G. (Corpus Christi, TX)
Raymond has been home from the hospital and has been monitored on an outpatient basis. The doctors have no idea what is causing his illness. His kidneys were biopsied with no definitive results. He is going to be sent to San Antonio to a specialist for further testing. Please continue to pray that God will intervene and heal him so that that all this testing and indecision will be over. Raymond and his wife Maria want to thank everyone who have shown their concern by the many cards he received from all over the world.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 6, 2017 - Angela M. (Milwaukee, WI)
Thank you for all the prayers for my [Vonnie's] daughter Angela. She is doing much better. The doctor told her she could go back to work next week but can't lift anything. She can still have problems for up to a year. Please continue to pray for continued progress.
Dec 16, 2016
Vonnie would like to thank you for your prayers for her daughter Angela. She was able to return home from the hospital earlier this week. She will need lots of rest, and will not be able to exert herself for a couple of months or more. Vonnie is very grateful for your prayers and God's intervention. Please continue to pray for a complete recovery.
Dec 3, 2016
Thank you everyone for your prayers for my daughter Angela. She has good days and bad, meaning pain levels go up and down - two days ago up to 10. She had not up for visitors. Yesterday Tricia and I were able to visit for over an hour. Please continue to pray for her recovery. Her attitude is good.
Nov 23, 2016
Angela was taken to the hospital in Milwaukee on Tuesday with bleeding in her brain. She underwent surgery to relieve pressure on an aneurysm, and thankfully the bleeding stopped. She will have to stay in the hospital for 20 days to be monitored. Please continue to pray for her recovery.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jan 5, 2017 - David G. (Lake Tapps, WA)
Dave's back surgery lasted about 6 hours. The doctor said everything went really well and he expects a good outcome. He installed rods and screws to hold the vertebra in place and cleaned up scar tissue and damage from earlier surgeries. Dave will have a lot of incision pain for a few days but his nerves are all in good shape now. He will have a long recovery in terms of the bone actually fusing. We appreciate everyone's continued prayers for a good recovery. Thank you all very much.
Dec 30, 2016
David and Patty G. request your prayers for David's back surgery coming up on January 4th. His back will be fused at lumbar 3 in the lower back where he is missing some bone in the vertebra from an earlier fracture and surgery. The surgery has some serious risks involved. Dave has been off work for a year now and would love to resume as normal a life as possible after the surgery. Thank you for your prayers for God's blessing and intervention on Dave's behalf.

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 28, 2016 - Melissa W. (Westland, MI)
From her father, Gary: Melissa is still fighting her illness. There has not been any improvement in her condition. She is still fighting a lot of pain with no real lasting relief in sight. Please continue to pray for her healing.
May 7, 2015
Your prayers are requested for my daughter, Melissa. She is once again being treated in Florida for her RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy) when she developed a blood clot in her left leg. The clot runs from the middle of her thigh to below her knee. One of the main blood vessels is 100 percent blocked and if not opened could cause major damage to her leg to the point that she could lose it. A procedure to dissolve the clot is being scheduled for tomorrow morning. Please pray God will be with her and this will be successful. We thank everyone in advance for their thoughts and prayers on her behalf.
Mar 2, 2014
Melissa is requesting prayers on her behalf, as she is still fighting her illness for which there is no cure. The illness is called RSD (Reflective Sympathetic Dystrophy) which attacks the central nervous system and causes a great deal of pain. Additionally, this illness had been contained in her right leg but several months ago it moved into her right shoulder and arm. She was recently taken to the emergency room where it was discovered that another blood clot has developed in her right leg. This is the second time she has had this happen. Please pray that God will heal her and the pain she is suffering will cease, the blood clot will dissolve in her leg, and God will heal this illness once and for all.
Nov 12, 2014
Melissa has been fighting RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) for about three years now. We have tried many medical facilities with no success on any treatments offered. The only thing that we found was doctors wanting to pump her full of powerful drugs to ease the severe pain she fights with this illness. Up to now that is the only course we could take. I am sure that God had his hand in what was to come next. Our whole family was on the Internet trying to find another solution, which happened right after the Feast. We located a facility in Florida where a Dr. Spiegel has been treating people with RSD for 8 years using a different method. Dr. Spiegel use Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. This is where one is put into a pressure tank, taken down to 33 feet below sea level and 100% pure oxygen is put into the tank. Her treatments last 90 minutes. This is the first time that we have been given a measure of hope. Melissa has been responding in a positive way. We were originally told that it would take between 10 to 15 sessions before we would see any signs of improvement but we saw some after only 5 treatments. At this time Dr. Spiegel is telling us that by the end of 30 treatments we should see anywhere from 50 to 75 percent improvement in Melissa. Please continue to pray that God's hand will continue to watch over Melissa and her improvement will continue and go beyond the 75% that the doctor is predicting.
Oct 20, 2014
We are requesting prayers for Melissa, as her condition has become worse. The RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) has now affected her right leg, right arm and hand. The illness locks up her joints, causing great pain. She has had three episodes in the last five days. Melissa has continual pain which is controlled by drugs and the use of a spinal implant, but it never completely goes away. She has been fighting this illness for three years with no cure in sight from the medical profession. We know that God can heal, please pray for her God's intervention and that this ordeal will come to an end. Thank you in advance for all of you prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 25, 2016 - Doreen N. (Austin, MB Canada)
Doreen has been home for some months following her second leg amputation in June. She is free of pain now & gets around at home with a wheelchair. She has kidney dialysis 3 times a week & because of so many on dialysis she has to go in on Saturdays. Please pray for her healing & a good solution so she doesn't have to go in on the Sabbath.
Jun 24, 2016
Your continued prayers for healing are requested for Doreen. After several attempts to arrest a serious infection failed, her left leg had to be amputated on May 28. However, an infection developed in the stump and it did not respond to antibiotics. She had been in a great deal of pain following that latest surgery in spite of being given strong pain meds. A further amputation of her leg above the knee was performed this past Wednesday, June 22. This will impact the function and usefulness of any future prosthesis on this leg. Thankfully the pain levels have dropped following this latest surgery.
Please pray that the pain levels can be quickly reduced and that the leg stump will heal up without any further complications or infections. Please pray also that her kidneys will be healed and that she will recover normal kidney functioning so that she does not have to remain on dialysis long term. Thank you so much.
Jun 3, 2016
Your continued prayers for healing are requested for Doreen of the Winnipeg, MB congregation. She has struggled with advanced diabetes for some time and is prone to infections that are slow to heal. Her right leg was amputated in May of 2014. She has been struggling with a serious infection in her left foot and also has had to be placed on kidney dialysis. Several attempts to arrest the infection have failed and her left leg had to be amputated on May 28. She has been in a great deal of pain following the surgery in spite of being given strong pain meds. This has been very discouraging but she is trusting God for His help to endure this. Please pray that the pain levels can be quickly reduced and that the leg stump will heal up without any complications or infections. Please pray also that her kidneys will be healed and that she will recover normal kidney functioning so that she does not have to remain on dialysis long term. Thank you so much.
Mar 9, 2016
Your prayers for healing are requested for Doreen of the Winnipeg, MB congregation. She has struggled with advanced diabetes for some time and is prone to infections that are slow to heal. Her right leg was amputated in May of 2014. Now she is struggling with serious infections in her left foot and has been placed on kidney dialysis. She has been told that her left leg will need to be amputated. She has been so spunky in dealing with all of these health trials but this is such discouraging news.
Please pray for a healing miracle from our mighty and merciful God so that the sore on her foot will be quickly and completely healed and that she might not have to endure the amputation. Please pray that another sore, on her hip, will also be completely healed and that she will recover her kidney functioning so that she does not have to remain on dialysis. Thank you so much.

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 22, 2016 - Becky B. (Destin, FL)
Becky is still suffering from migraines and is still in need of our prayers.
Nov 10, 2016
David and Becky B. request your prayers for Becky who has been suffering for some time now with migraine headaches. She has sought help from doctors and others and especially from God. At times, her migraines are so painful, they contribute to feelings of depression. Your heartfelt prayers are requested for her condition. Thank you for remembering Becky in your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Request - Dec 22, 2016 - Jackie L. (San Jose, CA)
She can now read without her glasses! She is making good progress & wishes to thank everyone for their prayers & support.

Jackie has an eye disease called Keratoconus. This condition has grown increasingly worse over the past 9 years. It is now at the stage that doctors say that to avoid becoming completely blind, she will need a corneal transplant. Cataracts have also developed. She knows of a procedure now being used with some success. Two other health problems she is also dealing with are a low-functioning thyroid & high blood pressure.

<  >   Prayer Update - Dec 22, 2016 - Marci S. (Roseville, CA)
Marci wants to thank everyone & let them all know that she is so much better, & says that all the prayers, & lovely cards of support have meant so much to her this past year. She believes she is as healthy as she will ever be now, & knows that you are part of the reason for that & thanks you. Jan 25, 2016 - Marci S. (Roseville, CA)
Marci sent the following message regarding her health trial. "My pulmonologist reported that recent x-ray's indicated that spots attached to my lung walls are no longer evident. After 2 1/2 months this is the first improvement we've been able to report. Thanks and blessings to all who have been praying for me."
Jan 12, 2016
Last week Marci was placed on a two week regimen of very strong steroids, with a four week follow-up with more steroids. The side effects have been very tough on her. This was a last ditch effort prior to the option of lung surgery, which she really hopes to avoid. The steroids seem to be giving her some relief, but she is still having coughing spasms. Marci has asked me to convey her appreciation and gratefulness for all the cards and letters of encouragement. She said they have really been an encouragement for her in dealing with this trial. She has a long way to go and knows that God is in charge! Please keep praying for God's mercy and intervention. This has been a very difficult challenge for both Marci and her husband Dan.
Dec 25, 2015
One of our unbaptized members, Marci, has been in and out of the hospital for the past four weeks. She became sick around November 1st and was diagnosed with Bilateral Bacterial Pneumonia. This is an infiltrate cellulose fibrous type of pneumonia from some airborne source that settles in the lung lobes. Marci has had fever, chills and sweats and a very bad, almost convulsive, dry "non-productive" cough from which she almost passes out. All of this has led to loss of appetite where she has lost 24 pounds in 6 weeks, weakness and fatigue due to extremely low oxygen saturation, which is very a-typical for pneumonia. The doctors have had her in the hospital twice for a total of 14 days and can't determine what she exactly has. They have experimented with seven different antibiotics along with nine chest x-rays, a horribly painful bronchoscopy procedure for lung biopsies and two CT scans. One of the IV drugs she was on was nick-named a "gorilla drug" that was so powerful it infected her veins and they started to collapse. The doctors had to go to her legs and even feet for IV sites. All of the tests have come back negative for anything known. She has had 50 vials of blood drawn, many swabs, cultures and the biopsies and they have involved the Center For Disease Control in Atlanta for help.
Marci is still running a fever off and on, and they wanted to put her back into the hospital to do more tests. She said no, unless they come up with something more directed in her treatment. She is taking breathing treatments at home to keep her oxygen at a level that she can keep breathing. As she said: "I have had a long conversation with God and Dan [her husband] and decided that since the doctors have failed with plan 'A' and 'B', I will wait until they come up with a tangible plan 'C' and then reconsider." So now, the pulmonologist and Infectious Disease Specialist have called in an Endocrinologist since they now think she may have an "auto-immune" disease that has attached to her lungs! Tomorrow or Sunday they plan to have her back in the lab for more tests and blood-work. Marci and Dan are asking for prayers for God's direction, intervention, comfort and encouragement. This trial has been very discouraging for them both.

<  >   Prayer Request - Dec 9, 2016 - Sam W. (Oakland, CA)
Your prayers are requested for Sam W. of the Stockton, California, congregation, who has been diagnosed with several health problems including hypertension, possibly sleep apnea and noticeably gradually-worsening cognitive impairment. Sam has an appointment with a neurologist in January for further tests in hopes of having a more specific diagnosis and potential treatment plans. These are challenging times for both Sam and his wife, Tess. Thank you for your concern and prayers.

<  >   Prayer Request - Dec 9, 2016 - Pat Z. (London, South Africa)
Pat, a member in the East London, South Africa, congregation, is experiencing progressive lameness in her left arm and leg. She also experiences great pain daily in her lower back and pelvic area. Doctors have ascertained that the lameness is not due to a stroke. Pat has an appointment with a neurosurgeon on Jan. 5, 2017. Pat and her husband, Era, would greatly appreciate prayers on Pat's behalf.

<  >   Prayer Request - Nov 23, 2016 - Gilbert S. (Woodbury, MN)
From Grace: Gil has experienced serious bouts with vertigo (he would not make a good drunk!) the dizziness causes severe nausea and puts him out of commission, however he is now much better.

<  >   Prayer Update - Nov 18, 2016 - Madeleine S. (Manila, Philippines)
I just wanted to update you on Madeleine's status. Dr. Ancheta called about 3:00 am after finishing the surgery. Madz's left fallopian tube did rupture so it had to be removed. She lost a considerable amount of blood so it was necessary to give her a transfusion. However she is stable and recovering and will soon be brought to a private room. Thank you for your continuing prayers.
Nov 17, 2016
I have some sad news to share. After the Feast, our hopes were high that we would finally be blessed with a baby and thankfully we were but wanted to delay the announcement until after the third trimester had passed. Today we had an ultrasound exam and the baby had a good and healthy heartbeat but was not where it is supposed to be. That explained why Madz has been having pain on her left side. So we are scheduled to have the ectopic pregnancy removed tomorrow afternoon before the fallopian tube ruptures in order to prevent having further complications. We are requesting prayers for a safe laparoscopic surgery and speedy recovery for Madz.

<  >   Prayer Request - Nov 13, 2016 - Joe L. (New Prague, MN)
Joe had a seizure this morning and passed out while at work. He was rushed to the Mayo Clinic in Mankato where they are currently doing tests. As this has never happened to him before, they are doing everything they can to determine the cause. His sister Anna is with him and the rest of his family is currently on their way to see him. Dave Schreiber is also heading up from Albert Lea to anoint him.
Joe says he sounds and feels OK, except for a nasty bump on his head, but he would appreciate our prayers for his healing, also to understand better why this happened and to learn how best to treat the cause going forward.
I'll keep you all abreast of Joe's condition as I learn more

<  >   Prayer Update - Nov 4, 2016 - Darlene B. (Salta, Argentina)
Your prayers would be much appreciated for Darlene B., a nine-year-old girl from Salta, Argentina. Darlene was born with a condition of the optic nerves in both eyes, and is unable to see normally. She was anointed during the Feast, and she and her family look to God for the healing of this condition, which she has suffered since birth. Gracias! The family is Spanish-speaking, but I'm sure they would appreciate cards to let them know we're praying for Darlene and her vision problem
Nov 7, 2014
Antonio and Giselle B. request prayers for their five-year-old daughter, Darlene, who has a degenerative condition of the eyes. The family attends the Cafayate, Argentina, congregation.

<  >   Prayer Update - Nov 4, 2016 - Cliff W. (Little Canada, MN)
Bypass surgery is not necessary. Future blockages should be able to be avoided through diet and exercise.
Oct 7, 2016
Consultation at the Mayo Clinic is scheduled for Oct 13. Cliff is looking for an alternative to surgery.
Sep 16, 2016
Cliff had a heart attack late last week. Emergency surgery was performed to place stents in a clogged artery. Bypass surgery will be necessary in the near future, but he is hoping this can be done after the Feast. He went home on Sunday, and is doing well. Cliff and his family certainly appreciate your prayers for God's healing, a quick recovery and wisdom.
Consultation about bypass surgery is to be done Oct 4, with the surgery to come after the feast.

<  >   Prayer Request - Oct 10, 2016 - Sean B. (Port Orchard, WA)
Matt and Shawna B. request prayers for their son Sean, age 16. Sean has had a problem with the aortic valve in his heart since he was very young, and now that he's older there is more chance for this to become serious. On September 12th he had an echo cardiogram at Seattle Children's Hospital, and the results were distressing for the family. Sean's valve had increased from a previously measurement of 3 to a 4.3. A mild range for this condition is below 4. At 4.3 it is considered an aneurysm/dilated aorta. The doctors have restricted Sean's activities including running cross country, which he has been training for, as long distance running will add stress to his heart, possibly causing the aortic valve to rupture.
Today, October 10th, Sean will be going in for an MRI to verify the results of the echo cardiogram. The family is asking for prayers for Sean's healing, and that the MRI results will show Sean back at a safe level.

<  >   Prayer Request - Oct 7, 2016 - Janice S. (Winston-Salem, NC)
Janice, a deaconess in the Greensboro, North Carolina, congregation, was diagnosed July 1 with cancer of her spleen and the mesentery located near the spleen. The doctors and she felt her quality of life would not be enhanced by chemotherapy and radiation. For two months she had experienced no pain, but the pain has progressively gotten worse. She is asking for prayers, particularly for God's comfort in this time of her life. Please also pray that she will be able to attend the Feast this year, and that her appetite returns for her to have the strength to go.

<  >   Prayer Update - Oct 7, 2016 - Jerry C. (Leeville, SC)
Jerry, a deacon in the Columbia, South Carolina, congregation, would like to thank everyone for their prayers, cards and letters he has received from the brethren all over the world. He is progressing well from his triple bypass surgery, but he still has a long way to go. Jerry and his wife, Bea, will not be able to attend the Feast this year and would appreciate your continued prayers for a complete recovery.
Sep 2, 2016
Prayers are requested for Jerry, a deacon serving in the Columbia, South Carolina, congregation. Jerry was experiencing severe chest pain and after a heart catheterization found out that he had one artery completely blocked and two others partially blocked. The doctors have recommended and scheduled triple-bypass surgery for this Monday, Sept. 5. Please pray that God will intervene and guide the surgery.

<  >   Prayer Request - Oct 7, 2016 - Liz B. (Brisbane Australia)
Liz has been out of the hospital and home for the past two weeks after over four weeks in the hospital and on life support for over one week. Her liver had failed and was on the transplant list twice during this time, but her liver began showing signs of recovering. Since then it is functioning well and she is monitored with regular visits to her medical team at the hospital, along with regular blood checks. Her doctor and other medical staff wondered if she was a "believer" because they cannot account for her liver function to return the way it has.
We had the funeral for the baby after Liz was released from the hospital and now are moving forward to normality and Liz recovering completely. It is estimated that it will take about 6 months for her to get back to what she was before. Liz and Randall are deeply thankful for the many urgent prayers sent up for her and the family. It has been clear that God had powerfully intervened on several critical times and we continually thank God for his kindness to see us through this. We will never forget the many expression of faith and care by way of messages and card sent from our church and many others who are not members of our church.
Aug 30, 2016
"When they brought Liz to the hospital Saturday their baby's heartbeat could not be found and it was soon determined that their baby girl had died. However, they could not deliver her until Liz's clotting factors were elevated so she would not lose too much blood from surgery. Thankfully, her clotting factors improved and their beautiful baby girl was delivered last night. They have named her Nicollette Anne. She was perfect in every way and she looks like a beautiful blend of her big brother and sister. We are all heartbroken as you can imagine from this loss. Liz is doing better than expected post-op but her liver is quite damaged and they don't know if it is going to recover. She remains in ICU on dialysis to support her kidneys as we wait for her to wake up after the anesthesia. She also has high ammonia levels, which need to come down.
"We are only 24 hours into this and they really just don't know how things will go the next 24. She was taken off the liver transplant list, so we see this as a good sign. They have told us to prepare for the possibility that she may not make it out of this. God's mercy never fails. We know he has gotten her through this far. She is getting amazing care. She is such a strong, amazing woman, mother, wife, sister and daughter. We really want her here with us to raise her two beautiful children. Please pray for her and all the family. We are grieving and hurting. We are grateful that Liz is still alive and that there is a hopeful outcome. Thank you everyone who has sent encouragement and kind words. It means so much. We will let you know of any changes."
Aug 27, 2016
Urgent prayer are requested for my (Bill B, Chicago) sister-in-law, Liz (Ryan) B.. Liz was 36 weeks into her pregnancy when last night she was taken to the hospital by ambulance. The unborn baby sadly has died and Liz's life is in danger. The doctors are not giving Liz good odds of surviving this ordeal. Liz and Randall live in Brisbane Australia and have one boy and girl. Prayers are requested at this time for Liz and that she can be healed.

<  >   Prayer Update - Oct 7, 2016 - Carol W. (Kenmore, NY)
Carol and Jim thank you for your prayers given for her surgery. The procedure was performed with great difficulty due to scar tissue and chemo damage from previous cancer surgery. The surgeon stated that he wanted to stop the procedure at one point but persevered to successfully reverse the colostomy. She is scheduled to go home in the next day or two. Internal healing will take three months. Please continue your prayers to our Great God. While elated over the answered prayer for Carol's healing, they are sad to not be able to physically attend the Feast of Tabernacles. However, they are very appreciative of modern technology and the technical staff who so skillfully manage the webcast so they can see live services.
Sep 23, 2016
On Thursday, September 29, Carol will have surgery to repair a fistula in her colon and have a reversal of the colostomy resulting from surgery in February. We ask that you pray fervently for guidance of the surgeon's hands in this complicated and elicate procedure. Although scared both Carol and Jim know she is in God's hands and He will heal. Please ask God to give Carol and Jim and their family comfort and peace as they face this difficult trial.
Jul 29, 2016
In late February Carol, from the Buffalo, NY congregation, suffered a perforated colon. At the time the surgeon expressed concern that she would be in ICU for up to two weeks if she survived. The following morning when her husband, Jim, entered her room, Carol was sitting up, alert, talking to the nurse. She became known as the "miracle woman" by the surgical staff. Her healing has slowly continued until several weeks ago when she was diagnosed with a fistula (a leak) in the colon. The doctor attempted to patch the fistula four different times with no success. She will now need major surgery which cannot be scheduled until six months after the original procedure. She has an appointment with a surgeon on August 4 to schedule surgery and discuss the possibility of reversing the colostomy.
Mr. W. wrote the following: Hopefully on August 4 we will get some closure on when this surgery will take place. This has been too long and too hard on Carol not only physically but emotionally. We are both scared to say the least about what is to happen next. From my understanding the surgery will be extensive. We are both praying that God will help us both to endure and to give us more faith and more of His Holy Spirit to help us overcome our weaknesses and to restore Carol's health and comfort her and give us both His great peace.
We ask that brethren worldwide will continue to pray for Carol and Jim and that God will heal her and allow her to return to serving Him and our brethren.
Mar 11, 2016
Carol was released from the hospital. She had the choice of going to a rehabilitation center or home. She chose to go home, which is obviously big progress. She will be connected to a pump 24/7 in order to drain the wound until it heals in about eight weeks. Nurses will come three times a week to change the dressings. Otherwise, she will be lovingly cared for by her husband. Thank you for your continued prayers for both Carol and Jim.
Mar 4, 2016
Carol has undergone emergency surgery for a perforated colon. She is a seven year cancer survivor but chemotherapy treatments have deteriorated her internal organs and toxins passed into her the body. The doctor told Carol's husband Jim, that the surgery would take hours; that she would be in intensive care for at least ten days; she would be sedated and not cogent and because of the toxins, death was a possibility. Although the tissue was beyond repair, God began to answer our prayers immediately. When Jim returned to the hospital the following morning, Carol was awake and alert.
We visited her that afternoon and she was quite communicative. Two nurses from the surgical suite came to Carol's room so they could see "the miracle." After three days she is in a regular hospital room. Please join our local brethren in thanking God for taking care of Carol through the surgery. Also, please pray for the healing of Carol's colon and removal of the dangerous toxins from her body. Both Carol and Jim know she is in God's hands.

<  >   Prayer Update - Sep 30, 2016 - Leslie R. (Inver Grove Heights, MN)
Leslie is thankful to have had several days of improvement this week. She wishes to thank you all for your prayers during her long illness. She truly believes God hears the prayers of you all and is answering them. She is hoping to be feeling well enough to see everyone during the upcoming holy days.
Feb 12, 2016
The very aggressive, multiple antibiotic treatment that Leslie was undergoing has become much too hard on her body. After consulting the doctors, she will not have that treatment at this time. Rather, she will be treated for one particular issue that is causing her to have difficulty breathing and has been affecting her heart and energy levels. The doctor believes she will eventually have to return to the heavy antibiotic treatment to defeat the Lyme disease. Leslie appreciates your continued prayers and encouragement.
Jan 8, 2016
Leslie had her third consultation with a Lyme specialist. So far, both medical doctors and her naturopathic doctor agreed about her situation. The medical doctors will begin a new treatment of four antibiotics. She will also continue care under the naturopath at the same time, continuing those antibiotic treatments. Herxing is a serious issue, almost as serious as the infections themselves. Leslie is quite nervous about this long course of treatment because she will be taking the medical antibiotics for at least six months, combined with 5 months of the naturopathic treatment she has been doing. Leslie is very appreciative of your encouragement and prayers.
Nov 20, 2015
The doctor is encouraged to hear that Leslie is having some good days, now that those Herx reactions have subsided. But Leslie is, and will experience more sick days as it is time to add a few new medications to attack the Babesia & Bartonella more aggressively. Increased Herx reactions could come back, but she hopes to eventually have more good days. It seems the treatment is on the right track, but it's a long haul. Leslie says she is feeling encouraged and has been able to listen to some of the FI classes. Thank you all for your prayer, cards, and encouragement.
Sep 11, 2015
Leslie has been undergoing an aggressive treatment for Lyme Disease that will continue for several months. After suffering for years, the doctors believe she exhibits the classic symptoms of chronic Lyme disease, along with up to four other co-infections, including Babesia and Bartonella, that have impacted practically all her major organs. The antibiotic treatment itself causes severe symptoms and is very difficult to endure. This disease has kept her from attending church and various other family occasions, which adds additional emotional anguish including loneliness, depression, and discouragement. Please pray for God to heal and strengthen her, physically and emotionally, as she progresses through the treatment.
Sep 3, 2015
Leslie continues to suffer the effects of her Lyme disease treatment. She is four weeks in, and is still waiting to see results. She has four co-infections that has impacted all her major organs. The aggressive antibiotic treatments will not cure her of Lyme, but hopefully will help send it into remission. Please continue to pray for her.
Aug 28, 2015
Leslie would like to thank everyone for your prayers. The effects of her Lyme disease treatment is severe, but she believes they are less extreme and that she is coping better because of your prayers and God's intervention. Please continue to pray for her.
Jul 10, 2015
Leslie has recently been suffering with more chronic pain & fatigue. This is an ongoing problem that gets better occasionally, and worse at other times. Please remember her in your prayers.
Jan 23, 2015
Leslie has many of the chronic symptoms of Lyme Disease and its co-infections. On Wed., Jan 7th, she had blood work done to look for a positive for Lyme. So far the culture has shown no indication of Lyme, but it could take at least 8 more weeks to show. Even then, they will continue to monitor the culture for another 16 weeks. Please continue to pray that God will make the cause of all Leslie's symptoms evident, and intervene to give her relief and encouragement.
Jan 3, 2015
Leslie recently saw a doctor who is a member of an International Lyme Disease board. Evidently Leslie has many of the chronic symptoms of Lyme Disease and its co-infections. On Wed., Jan 7th, she had blood work done to look for a positive for Lyme. If no positive is found after what could be several weeks, she will undergo another round of blood work. The chronic fatigue, pain, depression, sleep problems, headaches (the list goes on) are all symptoms of Lyme & its co-infections. Leslie writes, "As many of you know, these issues have affected my life & those who are close to me for many years. The good news is that if positive, it's treatable, through a course of multiple antibiotics for as long as 6 months, which has its own set of issues to consider. This is separate from the spinal issues, but if I could get some pain relief & energy, I could get part of my life back. Please pray that God restores & strengthens my spiritual health; that decisions are guided by God & please, may His will be done for me."
Jan 3, 2014
Leslie is asking for the prayers of the brethren. Over the past several months, there has been an increase in spinal pain in both frequency & intensity. Medications & other pain management therapies are not effective anymore. Her desire is to be off pain medications completely & does not want another surgery. A recent MRI showed the progression of the disk degeneration, spinal stenosis & arthritis diseases that affects her entire spine. Leslie is on a waiting list for an appointment with a spine specialist to see if various types of injections, a pain implant or other options might be effective. She knows the prayers of the righteous avails much! Leslie is depending on God's guidance. She thanks you, and is grateful for you all.
Oct 26, 2013
Leslie is feeling better continually and is now able to attend services regularly. She credits God's healing.
Sept 6
Leslie's back/hip flare-up is better. She's very grateful for the relief. The stomach issues persist & an EGD (a camera to take a look) will be performed next Wednesday. She says, "I sincerely appreciate the brethren and their prayers."

<  >   Prayer Request - Sep 29, 2016 - Dave B. (Coon Rapids, MN)
Dave was taken to the emergency room at Mercy Hospital on Wednesday, where he was diagnosed with a blood clot in his lungs. He was in intensive care all last night but is doing better this morning. Doctors told him they caught it just in time and if not, he would not be alive. He is presently on blood thinners and morphine to control the pain, and they are monitoring his condition very carefully.
Dave is requesting that we ask God to heal him and help him to recover quickly.

<  >   Prayer Request - Sep 23, 2016 - Charlotte S. (Princeton, MN)
Thanks so much for all of your prayers for my mother, Charlotte S., who suffered a stroke and heart attack on September 11th. Over the last two weeks she has made a great deal of positive progress. Doctors determined that the damage to her heart was not as serious as they initially thought so they are able to focus primarily on stroke recovery.
She has recovered use of her left leg and is now able to walk again. She is currently in a rehab facility undergoing daily therapy to regain the ability to swallow, speak and the use her left arm and hand. Your continued prayers for her continued recovery are greatly appreciated.
Sep 12, 2016
Tony S. is asking for our prayers for his mother. Yesterday she suffered a significant heart attack and stroke. She is currently in serious condition at U of M hospital with paralysis on the left side of her body and inability to speak. She has atrial fibrillation which puts her at risk for additional strokes but they cannot give her blood thinners at the moment to prevent clotting because of a greater risk of bleeding to her brain.
Please pray for her heart to regain strength and normal rhythm to be restored. Also please pray that her paralysis would begin to show signs of improving.

<  >   Prayer Request - Sep 16, 2016 - Liz F. (Gene F.'s wife) (Eau Claire, WI)
Liz had her doctor's appointment on Monday September 12th. Gene reports that all went better than expected. It seems that the hormone treatments are working very well and the doctor does not see any need to see her for until January (three months). Gene would like continued prayers for Liz (and himself) as she is also dealing with a crushed vertebrae and needs help doing most things including just moving from room to room. Gene is positive the prayers have been of help in her health and his ability dealing with the situation. Please pray that the hormone treatment (estragon blocking) continues to help, that Liz is able to deal with her pain, Gene is able to stay strong in helping Liz, and that both stay strong in their faith looking to God for his support and that his will be done.
Aug 27, 2016
Gene would like to have continued prayers for his wife Liz and himself. She seems to be having more pain but continues with the estrogen blocking treatments which seem to help some. Their son Lance comes over from time to time to give Gene a break from caring for Liz, Gene is afraid that the cancer may have spread into new areas. Liz will be going in for her next checkup on September 1st.
Apr 8, 2016 - Liz F.
Gene says that Liz has received radiation treatment and is now receiving estrogen blocking treatment (attempting to starve the cancer). She has had some bouts of hallucinations and has had some trouble with memory.

<  >   Prayer Update - Sep 16, 2016 - Joshua B. (Mindanao, Philippines)
Joshua B. (Ambago, Philippines) Prayers are requested for Joshua, 12-year old son of Mr. & Mrs. Josepilar B., Jr., of the Butuan City, Philippines, congregation. Joshua has been diagnosed as having a congenital bicuspid aortic valve disease with severe aortic regurgitation and narrowing of the aorta. He is due for a heart surgery at the Philippine Heart Center in Manila but that is delayed since he is not in physically condition for the surgery. For the past three weeks he has a recurring fever (every seven or eight hours) up to 39+ degrees Celsius (102+ degrees Fahrenheit) due to infection which has not yet been cured by antibiotics. His parents request prayers for God's intervention and guidance for the operations, that may take place at any time, and for speedy healing thereafter.
Jan 17, 2015
Last week Joshua was taken to Davao City to make sure that he would be scheduled for the aortic valve replacement. Unfortunately his valve size is 17 and that size is currently not available to the mission surgeons. Joshua underwent a second echo test and is waiting for the availability of a valve.
You prayers are requested for Joshua, 10-year-old son of Jundy and Nelia B. of the Butuan City, Philippines congregation. Joshua is at Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City for an urgent aortic valve replacement due to congenital heart disease. Several years ago Joshua had a valve replacement, but it is no longer effective due to the increased size of his heart. The family requests your prayers for a successful operation and healing process for Joshua.

<  >   Prayer Request - Sep 15, 2016 - Geraldine H. (Yuma, AZ)
Your prayers are requested for long time member Geraldine H. who last evening was taken to the hospital emergency room. Geri had become disoriented with some dizziness which caused alarm for her family. A battery of tests are scheduled for her today to determine the cause. Please pray that the tests will come back showing no major disorder. Geri and her family members thank you in advance for your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Request - Sep 15, 2016 - Meredith E. (Duluth, MN)
Meredith and her family would like to thank all of you for your prayers for her recovery. The doctors have released her from the hospital this morning and she should be able to return to work by Monday. She has some deep cuts and abrasions but the doctors expect these to heal quickly in plenty of time for her to enjoy the Feast. She is very grateful for God's obvious intervention and for the love and support she received from all of us.
Sep 14, 2016
Prayers are requested for Meredith from our Duluth congregation. She was in a motorcycle accident tonight while trying to avoid a deer. She was flown by helicopter to St Luke's Hospital in Duluth.
She was wearing her helmet, but has a small sternum fracture (breastbone) and a possible small elbow fracture, as well as lacerations on her elbow and knee. She may also have broken her left leg.
She will be in the hospital undergoing tests tonight and we will know more tomorrow. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Request - Aug 28, 2016 - Mark B. (Fargo, ND)
As you know Mark and Katherine B. have started moving, today Mark and Alvin were taking two car loads up to Fargo. Mark had issues with one of the cars, while looking over the engine the radiator blew and Mark was splattered with the hot fluid. They went to the ER in Alexandria, Katherine said the worst seems to be Mark's nose and that it has already blistered. Mark was treated and they have left the ER and are continuing to Fargo. Mark is addressing getting the car towed also.
Please pray for Mark to be healed and the pain is taken away, the car to be addressed timely and that they will be able to continue with the move as planned.
They close on the house Tuesday.
Thanks, everyone! Mark was released from the hospital and he and Alvin are en route in both vehicles to Fargo.
Mark has first degree burns with some blistering on his nose. Thankfully, he had his sunglasses on, so his eyes were not impacted. The doctors expect him to be fine and the pain seems to be subsiding which is a blessing.
Thanks for your continued prayers!

<  >   Prayer Request - Aug 24, 2016 - Bill B. (Atlanta, GA)
The family is requesting prayers at this time on behalf of long-time member Bill B. of the Atlanta, Georgia congregation. Bill fell last evening at his home and was taken to a nearby hospital to determine the cause of his fall. (Bill fell a month ago and made a miraculous recovery following a local prayer request and an anointing). The initial diagnosis from this last incident is that Bill fell because he had not been taking a prescribed medication. Billy, his son, has since learned that the hospital visit likely saved Bill's life because doctors found he was dealing with a serious untreated infection. Your prayers are requested at this time for Bill's full recovery.

<  >   Prayer Request - Aug 16, 2016 - Bill J. (Belpre, OH)
Bill, pastor in Athens, Ohio, and Morgantown and Parkersburg, West Virginia, was admitted into the local hospital in Parkersburg, West Virginia, this morning with a heart attack. Bill had played racquetball this morning and experienced what he thought was a severe acid reflux, but was further weakened and went to the hospital.
His wife, Cheryl, is flying home this afternoon (she was visiting her grandchildren in Fort Worth, Texas, this week). Cheryl talked with Bill on the phone midday, and the doctors confirmed that while Bill did have 100-percent blockage in one artery, they feel the stent they put in should suffice for now. Bill will be hospitalized for the next few days for monitoring and should be released to go home by Wednesday. He will need time to recuperate from the heart attack. Both Bill and Cheryl would appreciate your prayers for God's intervention and regaining of his strength.

<  >   Prayer Request - Aug 11, 2016 - Bradley H. (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Bradley and the family have been very encouraged by the many messages they have received. Bradley will undergo surgery on Monday, Aug. 22, to remove the calcification in the patellar tendon and to strengthen the knee joint with a tendon transplant from his hamstring. Once again, Bradley is asking for your prayers that the procedure will be successful and that the pain will be put in the past.
Jul 29, 2016
Bradley, 24 years old, has been suffering increasing pain from acute knee tendonosis -- a degeneration of the patella tendon -- for the past eight to nine years. Besides physiotherapy and other treatments, he has sought relief through three operations which made little difference. During the past 18 months his condition has further worsened into constant, extremely high-level pain that is very debilitating in that he just started working as a qualified engineer. He is unable to drive long distances and has trouble sleeping as the pain wakes him often. On Tuesday, Aug. 2, he will see a physician specializing in knee tendonosis. Bradley needs God's intervention and is asking us to pray. He attends the Johannesburg, South Africa congregation along with his parents, Mark and Leanne, and sister, Claire.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jul 13, 2016 - Rick H. (Montana)
From Dana B. (Twin Cities): I request prayer for my brother-in-law, Rick H. He has prostate cancer. Rick and my sister Lisa live in Montana.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jul 8, 2016 - David K. (Jackson, Murfreesboro, Nashville, TN)
David is fast losing his battle with cancer after several years of suffering from a rare disease known as MEN/Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. The MEN, (multiple endocrine neoplasms) causes tumors to grow on multiple endocrine glands. This is an inherited disease causing many years of debilitating symptoms, surgeries and suffering. In some cases, as in David's, these tumors have now become malignant and are threatening to take his life in the short term. Please pray that God will completely intervene and heal David or comfort him with a peaceful and pain-free death so he may rest until his resurrection. Also please pray for the peace and comfort for his wife, children and parents.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jul 1, 2016 - Nancy K. (Mocksville, NC)
Ron & Nancy would like to thank everyone for their prayers and for the many cards and emails received since Nancy's spinal surgery on May 12. Nancy spent five days in the hospital followed by 21 days in an acute inpatient rehab unit. On June 7 she was admitted to a skilled nursing facility for additional therapy and was discharged June 24. She has made considerable recovery, but still has a long way to go - especially in regaining use of her left arm. She had an appointment with the neurosurgeon today and he was pleased with her progress. She also had an appointment with her oncologist and received another report that she is cancer free. She will continue to have follow up visits with both doctors. Thankfully, she is able to walk with just the use of a cane and is able to get in and out of the car, take care of personal needs and do some minor chores around the house. She hopes to get back to attending services before long. She will be having continued physical and occupational therapy from a home health care agency for four or five weeks, likely followed by some outpatient therapy visits as she continues to improve.
May 13, 2016
Nancy, and her husband, Ron, who pastors our congregations in North Carolina, are requesting prayers for God's intervention and healing. Nancy had surgery for endometrial cancer last October and has recovered well from that. Last August, she started having increased loss of use of her left arm. Due to a long-term medical condition, she already had limited range of motion in both arms. Investigation and treatment of the increase loss of arm function had to be delayed until after the cancer was treated. Now her increased loss of mobility has spread to her right arm and upper legs and there is danger of it getting significantly worse.
MRI's showed she has spinal stenosis, a compression of the spinal cord interrupting the flow of spinal fluid. The neurosurgeon said without surgery, the condition will get worse quickly, so they have opted for the surgical procedure. The surgeon is giving Nancy an 80 percent chance of improvement. Currently she is able to walk with the aid of a walker but tires easily. She also is wearing a neck brace to support her head.
Surgery on May 12th went well and the doctor is pleased with the outcome. She spent the first day post-op in ICU, but is being moved to a regular room today (Friday). She is up in a chair beginning to do basic exercises. She will need several weeks of physical therapy to regain strength and mobility. She is not in pain as she has some nerve blockage. For now, that's a good thing. We really appreciate everyone's prayers, emails and cards. She has really enjoyed hearing from many friends and brethren around the world.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 30, 2016 - Pauline F. (Las Vegas, NV)
She remains the same, in a care facility.
Dec 16, 2015
Pauline, 87, had a difficult year after a fall in January that resulted in the shattering of lower bones in one of her legs, along with a long and painful recovery. After having surgery and a steel rod placed into her injured leg and ankle, she can't move her toes or flex that foot. She also is still suffering somewhat from reflex sympathy disorder, which causes random shooting pains in her legs. Her immune system has taken a toll, as she continues to have recurrent respiratory and sinus infections that make it difficult to breathe and leave her very exhausted. Prayers are appreciated.
Nov 13, 2014
Pauline has pain & weakness in her legs. The pain has diminished some, but other symptoms have been increasing.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 24, 2016 - Heamasi T. (Tonga / Blackwater Australia)
Heamasi T., an elder in Australia, is struggling with ill health and has requested prayers for God's intervention. This week he had medical tests resulting in advice from a specialist. The treatment prescribed last year is now ineffective. Heamasi will need to undergo chemotherapy as soon as possible to control the prostate cancer from spreading further. The first treatment will be Monday, June 27. Thank you for your prayers for God's healing and guidance on Heamasi's behalf, and for his wife, Kelela, during these challenging times.
May 8, 2015
I would like to let you all know that since I have started my medical treatment a month ago, there has been a great improvement in my health. I have gained a few kilos, my energy level has increased and my appetite has returned. My family and I are so grateful and thankful for everyone's prayers and cards which have given me great courage and hope. My next specialist appointment will be next month and your continuous prayers in this journey will be very much appreciated.
Apr 3, 2015
Heamasi, an elder who recently moved to Blackwater, Australia, from Tonga, requests your prayers on his behalf. Heamasi writes: "After going through some medical tests and scans in the past weeks, the results confirm that I have a prostate cancer, and it's spreading to the bones. I had an appointment with the specialist yesterday, and there is a treatment process including taking medication, which I started today, to help slow the cancer from spreading. I will have a review in two months' time to see if the treatment is working. I would like to ask for your prayers for God's healing and guidance in this process. Thank you for all your continuous prayers."

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 24, 2016 - George O. (Illinois)
My [Sheri K.] dad, George O., was scheduled to have a follow up colonoscopy tomorrow to see if things had improved since being on the antibiotics and probiotics. Unfortunately, we found out today that the VA is not approving this procedure with the doctor he has been seeing and not at the hospital where it had been scheduled. My sister, Rebecca, spent many hours on the phone today trying to get this approved, rescheduling the appointment to a later date, only to be told late today that the VA would never approve it without it being through their doctors at their facilities. So, no colonoscopy this week, and we begin trying to get it scheduled through the VA. We would appreciate prayers that this goes smoothly and quickly, and that Dad is able to have the procedure soon so that we can find out what the next steps in this journey are. Thank you very much for your continued prayers. Sheri K.
Dec 26, 2015
From Sheri: Dad was moved to a nursing home for some physical and occupational therapy. There are still many unanswered questions, but he does not have a bone infection, which is good news. The joints of his feet are still stiff, which makes it difficult for him to walk smoothly. Hopefully this will improve so that he has more independent mobility. Thanks again for all your prayers and words of encouragement...they mean a lot!
Dec 13, 2015
Dad is in Stage 4 kidney disease, which we originally thought was causing the problems on Friday and Saturday, but that seems to be stable. One of the tests revealed that he has some major ulcers which have contributed to his pain and discomfort. This is one of many things going on, and he has a ways to go, but hopefully will continue to improve. His gout is bothering him, and he has some wounds that may or may not have been due to a fall. Your continued prayers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.
Dec 13, 2015
Hello. I am writing to request prayers for my Dad, George O. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital yesterday. He has been admitted, but they're not sure what is causing his problems. They have been running many tests for the past 24+hours.
My main concern is his pain. He appears to be in pain, but when asked, most of the time he either says no or doesn't answer the question.
Becky and I are here in Illinois along with the rest of our siblings. Thank you very much.

<  >   Prayer Request - Jun 4, 2016 - Shirley B. (Spencer, WV)
Shirley, of the Charleston, West Virginia, congregation, has been diagnosed with Renal Stenosis. This condition currently affects 60 percent of her right kidney. Shirley will undergo tests on June 23 to determine if stints can be inserted. There is no guarantee that stints would improve this condition. Shirley and her husband, Paul, would appreciate your prayers on her behalf, for restoration of her right kidney function and to protect her left kidney from developing the same condition. Thank you in advance.

<  >   Prayer Update - Jun 3, 2016 - Cara M. (Hutto, TX)
My (Tim M., Arkansas) newly pregnant daughter Cara M. was suddenly stricken with appendicitis and then hospitalized for twelve days. Following the appendectomy Cara was sent home with a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC line) and receives IV administration of medication for 20 hours per day to treat her onset of severe morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum). Her activity is greatly restricted and she can only lie on her back. Her sisters from Houston, TX, Portland, OR, and Chicago, IL have alternately taken turns assisting Cara and the family's two young daughters ages 3.5 and 1.5 years at home in Austin, TX. When Cara reaches 20 weeks of pregnancy she might be able to remove the PICC line. She would appreciate everyone's prayers and care.
Apr 25, 2016 - Cara M. (Hutto, TX)
(From Tim M., NW Arkansas) My daughter Cara M. of Austin, Texas, experienced abdominal pain and vomiting Thursday evening following Passover. Cara and her husband Eddie have two daughters ages 3-1/2 and 1-1/2. Following is a request for prayer from my son-in-law Eddie M.:
"I'd like to request prayers for my wife, Cara. Thursday evening after Passover, she began to vomit and have abdominal pain. The vomiting wasn't completely surprising as we recently found out she is pregnant. However, her abdominal pains continued increasing and eventually we made a trip to the emergency room. The staff was able to reduce the vomiting, buy didn't appropriately address the cause of the abdominal pain before discharging us. After the pain further increased we made a trip to a different ER, where we received better care. The doctors were somewhat limited in the tests they could administer due to the pregnancy, but eventually concluded that her appendix was on the verge of rupturing. She had surgery about 3 a.m. Saturday and the doctors feel it went well. We also had an ultrasound this morning so we were able to see the baby. Please ask the Church to pray for Cara's full recovery and for the health of the baby. Although the doctors were careful about how they administered treatment, some of the procedures do increase risk of developmental problems during pregnancy. We place our trust in God to guide and direct us during this time.

<  >   Prayer Update - May 6, 2016 - Josie D. (Steinbach, Manitoba)
Josie would like to extend a "Thank You" for everyone's prayers and cards. She reports that she has been completely healed from the Bells Palsy. She is still dealing with a stomach issue, but it will take some time to get better. She and Maurice were able to visit Jolene and Andy for the spring holy days, which was very encouraging.
Mar 25, 2016
While in treatment for a stomach condition I developed symptoms of partial paralysis to my right side of face. Blurry vision and numbness in lips and unable to blink. Could be a mild case of Bell's palsy. A CT scan is scheduled for next week to rule out anything more serious. Prayers are appreciated for Gods intervention to remove this discomfort and prevent any vision damage...... Thank you very much.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 29, 2016 - Robert C. (Ft. Worth, TX)
Robert has been doing well since his double bypass heart surgery this past Tuesday. He has not been in a lot of pain since shortly after his surgery and he is now up and walking quite a bit. As is often the case in bypass surgery, due to some loss of blood Robert did have a one unit blood transfusion this morning. Both Robert and Reba greatly appreciate God's blessing and healing and your prayers for Robert. They would also like to thank everyone for the many cards, calls, visits, and expressions of love and concern for them. Please continue to pray for Robert's complete and speedy recovery.
Apr 22, 2016
Your prayers are requested for long-time church member, Robert C. Robert is scheduled for double by-pass heart surgery this coming Tuesday morning, April 26. He and his wife Reba would appreciate your prayers for a very successful surgery and for God's blessing and healing all along the way to a full recovery. Thank you very much for your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 22, 2016 - Michelle D. (Eau Claire, WI)
Jason and I want to say thank you so much to everyone that prayed for us and our baby girl. After concern about an ultrasound showing a possible brain abnormality, the doctor did another growth check this week and also looked a little closer at her brain. Everything in her brain looks normal. The scan does show that the baby's right lateral ventricle is measuring bigger than her left one, but it's all in an normal size range. Which is good and doesn't cause any concern because there's no signs of any blockage of fluid nor is there any signs of trauma. The doctor mentioned the right ventricle has not changed since the last 10 weeks. The specialist would like to do another scan to recheck her brain in 6 weeks for any changes, but she's very confident everything will continue to be normal. Your continued prayers are much appreciated. Thank you!
Jun 12, 2015
Michelle requests prayers for her Bells palsy and Lyme Disease. She had a follow up appointment with her doctor on Wednesday to see if the levels of Lyme went away after treatment. The test showed Lyme is still present but the percentage level has gone down which explains why Bell's palsy hasn't gone away 100%. She is still experiencing some nerve issues on the right side of her face. She was put back on antibiotics for a month to treat the Lyme Disease, and was referred to see a Neurologist in two weeks. Thank you for your prayers.
Aug 16, 2014 Michelle had stomach surgery Tuesday, Aug 5th, and returned home on Thursday. She has been experiencing some pain. Please pray the pain subsides and she has a smooth, quick recovery. Thank you for your prayers.
Feb 28, 2014
Michelle has been experiencing abdominal and back pain. She went to urgent care this week where doctors did an ultrasound and found her spleen and liver to be enlarged. At this point they don't know why, but initial tests came back normal, and negative for various problems. She was advised to go in for an MRI and/or CAT scan on Friday. Please remember Michelle in your prayers.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 22, 2016 - Aubrey K. (Rogers, AR)
Aubrey and her family would like to thank everyone for their prayers during the time of her back surgery. The initial surgery went well, and the doctor inserted two metal rods on either side of her spine to help straighten it. They waited as long as they could to give her as much time to grow as possible. From this point forward her lower body may continue to grow a little, but her torso is now as long as it is going to get. She is just slightly shorter than her mother now, and she said she's just fine with that! She had her post-surgery check up with the surgeon this week, and the x-rays show she is healing well, and the spine is staying in line with what the doctors were able to do. She still has 10 months of rehab ahead of her, and is to be quite limited in physical activity during that time. But slowly they expect to be increasing what she is able to do, until she is once again back to a full activity load. Aubrey's mother, Andrea, said they were so very grateful to everyone for the prayers and support. They have no doubt that without the support of God's people they would have had a much more difficult time mentally, emotionally and physically enduring this trial!
Mar 4, 2016
Thirteen-year-old Aubrey and her family would like to thank everyone for their prayers on her behalf. Aubrey underwent back surgery at the Children's Hospital in St. Louis on Tuesday, Feb. 23. To correct the very severe abnormal curvature of her spine doctors had to fuse a number of vertebrae from near the base of her skull down to her lower back, and they inserted two steel rods along either side of her spine. Fortunately, doctors did not have to go further down her spine, which will enable her to bend and have mobility in her lower back that is lost from there up.
The surgery itself went very well. Initially the pain medications made her very sick, but after she was anointed that reaction ceased, and her pain levels are now manageable. The doctors are pleased with her level of recovery, and she has been dismissed and is able to return home. She will be under activity restrictions for a full year as she heals, but it is expected that she will be able to return to most normal activities. They are grateful to God for His hand in this process, and also thank you all for the love and concern that has been shown to them.
Nov 13, 2015
Your prayers are requested for Aubrey K. of the Bentonville, Arkansas, congregation. Aubrey, now 13 years old, was born with hemi vertebra. Some of the vertebra in her back are only half the size they should be, causing the others to collapse on them. As a result she has severe scoliosis, that is worsening rapidly now that she has entered her teen years. The curvature of her spine is currently worsening about two degrees a month, and is now impacting her ability to breathe properly because of compression of her chest and abdomen, and is causing more frequent pain. Aubrey is scheduled to undergo a spinal fusion surgery in which the doctors will also insert a titanium rod to straighten her back on Jan. 27, 2016. Where the rod is installed she will lose mobility. Aubrey and her family would appreciate your prayers that the surgery will go well, and that doctors do not need to insert the rod any further down her back than currently planned. The further down they must go, the more mobility Aubrey will lose.

<  >   Prayer Request - Apr 20, 2016 - Maria B. (Tacloban City, Philippines)
Mr. and Mrs. Nicanor and Nilda L. of the Tacloban City Congregation, Philippines, are asking prayers for their 23 year old daughter, Maria B. (also called Berna) who is suffering from acute mastitis, an inflammation of the breast caused by infection. According to Mrs. L. Berna has been quietly suffering from pain in her left breast for more than a year. When Berna felt the pain increasing she was accompanied by her mother to the doctor on April 18 for a mammography examination. It was then that the infliction was discovered. Mrs. L. has reported that Berna's pain is increasing continuously. Fervent prayers are requested from all brethren worldwide for God's mercy upon Maria.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 18, 2016 - Pat A. (Twin Cities, MN)
Prayers for my dad please. He goes in tomorrow for a round of chemo and then the stem cell transplant. He will be in the hospital about 35 days and then hopefully to the Hope Lodge where he will need to be watched at all times. The whole thing will be at least 100 days. Please pray for strength physically, mentally and spiritually.
Thank you all for your prayers and support. It means so much!
Feb 16, 2016
Following is an encouraging update and a continued prayer request from Laura for her dad Pat, who is in North Memorial undergoing treatment for Leukemia.
As many of you have heard Daddy's cancer cells came in at 0% last week. He will have another biopsy next week sometime and if his numbers are still below 5% he will not need another round of chemo at North Memorial. We are waiting for his white blood cell count and hemoglobin to continue to rise. They said that if his numbers rise like they should it may be possible for him to go home for a couple of days before going to the University of Minnesota for his stem cell transplant. It is unclear if he will have more chemo at the University of Minnesota but we are praying that he does not have to. Today he has a bit of a cough and the sniffles. The nurses said they could hear a little bit of rattling in his chest. Please pray that the antibiotics that he is on takes care of the problem and it doesn't get any worse. We ask that you continue to pray that the cancer cells say at 0% in his body. We are also asking prayers that his white blood count and hemoglobin count continues to climb, though we don't want them to climb too quickly because the doctors say that this could be a sign that the cancer is back. I am also asking you to pray for Daddy's spiritual and emotional strength through this trial . He has been very strong and feels God's love but as many know when you go through a trial it's hard to stay positive all the time . Dad has said that he is up for visitors, but please make sure that you are healthy. We want to say thank you for all the prayers on the behalf of Daddy and our family. It is very comforting to know so many are going before the throne on behalf of Daddy.
Jan 25, 2016
Last week Pat was diagnosed with acute leukemia and will be undergoing treatment at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale for at least the next month.
Pat and Nancy are long time Church of God members in the Twin Cities area and would very much appreciate our prayers for God's intervention and comfort.
Nancy shared this: "I want to thank each and every person that is including I and Pat and our families in your prayers and thoughts. The word leukemia seems like such a big word and so overpowering right now. But to know all of your prayers are going up like incense before the throne of our mighty God is so comforting. We feel that power. We know God is on His throne and know He hears your prayers and that His love for us and our family is more than we can even grasp. Thanks again and know how much your love, thoughts and prayers mean to us."
Please pray for Pat's healing and that God will strengthen both Him, Nancy and their entire family at this difficult time.
Jan 22, 2016
Pat and Nancy, long time church of God members in the Twin Cities area, are requesting prayers for Pat who this week was diagnosed with acute leukemia. He will be staying at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, MN for at least a month undergoing treatment. The family asks for prayers for his healing, strength and comfort as they face this trial.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 18, 2016 - Gladys M. (Lewiston, ID)
Gladys is in the recovery process following a lower lumbar fusion procedure. Today while sitting in an adjustable office chair it lowered too quickly and she received a sudden jolt. Please pray there was no damage caused and that she can continue to steadily improve. The hospital advised that she rest with pain medication and then if the pain does not subside she will need to be checked. Overall she is doing well and the Morden's appreciate the love and prayers from everyone.
Apr 8, 2016 - Gladys M. (Lewiston, ID)
Gladys will be having a lower lumbar fusion and sciatic nerve repair procedure on Monday, April 11th. It will take 2.5 hours for each procedure beginning at 5:30 a.m. Sam and Gladys are requesting prayers that God will bless the operation from the beginning to the end with His loving care and healing.

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 15, 2016 - Hopeton H. (St. Catherine, Jamaica)
In the previous prayer request on behalf of Hopeton Hepburn, a deacon in the Jamaica congregation, I had written that he was scheduled for surgery April 11. This is to inform you that his surgery was rescheduled by the hospital for next month, May 10, 2016. Kindly keep him and his sons in your prayers.
Feb 12, 2016
Prayers are requested for Hopeton, a deacon in the Jamaica congregation. He was diagnosed recently with prostate cancer and is scheduled to undergo surgery on Apr. 11, 2016. Hopteon lost his wife, Jackie, to breast cancer just before the Feast of Tabernacles in 2014, so kindly remember their two sons, Curt (a baptized member) and Dean-Paul (a student in high school) in your prayers as well.

<  >   Prayer Request - Apr 8, 2016 - Walter H. (Wooster, OH)
Thanks for your continuing prayers for Walter. He was released from the hospital late Saturday and has been recovering at home since then. He says that his kidneys seem to be working better from his perspective. He was in for a blood test yesterday (Monday) and the results that will come back on Thursday will tell a fuller story on kidney function. His energy level is still lower than normal as he told me I'm not quite "up for the gym" yet. He is eating but his appetite has not yet completely returned to normal. Overall he is pleased that things are progressing and wanted me to be sure to thank you all for your prayers and concern. As he said, "I'm on the edge of the woods, but not completely out, so I'd appreciate everyone's prayers!"

<  >   Prayer Update - Apr 5, 2016 - Esther S. (Anaheim, CA)
This is a prayer request for Esther, wife of Garden Grove elder, Dan. Unfortunately, the cancer in Esther's body has returned after some 6 years of remission (initially, she had been given only 6 months of life). She is at home, lucid, and without pain unless when she is moved around, but her condition is quite serious.
Dec 24, 2013
This is Esther with an update. I've been doing quite well and even gained back some strength in the last few months. However, recent CT scans should a new, but very small tumor in the left lung which was treatable with cyber-knife therapy. The doctor does not expect it to be a problem as cyber knife has a very high rate of success. I'll have another CT in March to check on it. Thank you to all our brethren for their prayers and notes of encouragement. God is good and does hear us!
Feb 15, 2013
It has been several months since we [Dan and Esther] have sent an official update on Esther's cancer condition. It will be two years since she was diagnosed with 4th stage lung cancer and some tumors were later discovered in her brain. During the last year, Esther has gone through chemotherapy, whole brain radiation and gamma knife radiation. She has had some success with all this and, thankfully, her condition is considered stable at this time. Tumors have been shrinking and no new ones have appeared. The gamma knife radiation treatment resulted in getting rid of 10 small tumors that had shown up in the brain. Only 2 remain, and they have been reduced in size and are not expected to be a problem. They will be watched closely. The doctors are well pleased with Esther's progress and we are very thankful to recognize that our loving God and our Savior Jesus Christ, have been actively involved with us each step of the way through this long process of healing. We are thankful and encouraged by the prayers, cards, e-mails, and words of love that have been poured out to us by so many throughout Esther's sickness. Your continued prayers would be much appreciated.
Apr 21, 2011
Esther has metastatic lung cancer, stage 4 (non-small cell).

<  >   Prayer Request - Mar 26, 2016 - Diane B. (Milford, OH)
The test results have come in and show cancer is in Diane's lymph system and is classified as Stage 2. Surgery to remove the tumor is scheduled for Friday, April 1 with further treatment to take place in about 6 weeks. Your prayers for God's wisdom and guidance through this process and for His healing are most appreciated and for God's intervention that the cancer has not affected too many lymph nodes.
Diane serves in the Home Office many ways including executive secretary. She writes: "It is difficult to put into words the heartfelt gratitude I feel for all the support - the cards, emails, offers to help and the many prayers have brought a sense of calm and peace - I wish I could thank each of you and return the comfort and peace you have given. Thank you for praying that good will come, not just for me, but also for all who are affected by health trials. God truly is the God of mercy - He knows exactly what we need and when we need it! Knowing that God is with me makes all the difference - no matter what the trial may be."

<  >   Prayer Request - Mar 24, 2016 - Don M. (Vancouver, BC)
Don underwent amputation of his left leg on Monday. The doctors determined that the operation successful and Don was allowed to return to the Evergreen Care Home where he now resides. Don, an elderly member of the Vancouver congregation, has suffered with type 1 diabetes for several years. He had his right leg amputated earlier. He also lost his wife Vera to cancer in January. Don is very appreciative of the many prayers on his behalf and is in good spirits despite the ordeal.
Mar 20, 2016
Don will undergo amputation of his left leg as early as this Monday, March 21st. Doctors determined it is an emergency situation and needs to be carried out as soon as possible. Don, an elderly member of the Vancouver congregation, has suffered with type 1 diabetes for several years and had his right leg amputated earlier. He also lost his wife Vera to cancer in January. Don is aware that his life is in God's hands and has accepted his situation. Prayers for success of the surgery and recovery are greatly appreciated.
Nov 20, 2014
Vera and her husband Don have both been suffering from health issues for the past several months. Vera is battling Leukemia and her latest tests show the whi