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Gredel Plagenza

Shirley Edwards

Rob Gangle

Manuel Quijano

Danielle Flowers

Jack and Juanita Stephens

Art Gable

Andrew Carlson

Christine Featherston

Randy Zak

Dennis Kuhns

David Miller

Leah Sheppard

Todd Carey

Gayle Rice

Tasseff Family

Selah Wood

Sharon Swanson

Lisa Williamson

Cooper Family

Scott McIntosh

Karen Stevens

Sherry Thouvenin

Debbie Kuhns

Mariah Sattler

Marc Buchholz

Himes Family

Victoria Banit

Blanche Smith

Rachel Petty

Dora Richards

Carol Pettit

Ian Healy

Betty Wolff

Alex Simmons

Kevin and Melissa Nash

Elizabeth Morrison

Clara Meyer

Lois Hudson

Sue Hertz

Mary Grissett

Lorraine Clark

Larry Burns

Mrs. Billingsley

Mary Voltz

Wilkey Family

Lori Powell's Mother

Joe Wengerd

Dave Edwards

Dan Stewart

Larry Wilson

Mike Waddle

Chichaya Family

Vicki Ickes

Vice Family

Pat van Zyl

Kim McCauley's Father

Rose Szymkowiak

Sam Washington

Carothers Family

Jason Lesko

Teddy McClain

Leon Leonard

O’Neil and Gibson Families

Dewyer and Myers Families

Shirley Topovski

Janice White

Darlene Bos

Carson Fultz

Charlie Baun

Lyrae Pinkston

King Family

Gaspar Family

Rusnak Family

Janice Smith


Gredel Plagenza

March 22, 2017

Jeromy and Tara Plagenza are asking for your prayers for their youngest daughter, Gredel. She has been sick for several days. The doctors have made a preliminary diagnoses of Kawasaki disease, which is a condition that causes inflammation in the walls of some blood vessels. She will be admitted to the Madera California Children's Hospital this evening.

 

Update March 23: Upon examination by doctors last evening, the decision was made not to admit Gredel. She is home with her family. The doctors do not believe Gredel has Kawasaki disease as was originally thought. At this time, the specifics of Gredel's illness is unknown. She is doing a little better and is beginning to eat. Jeromy and Tara are very grateful for your prayers and ask that you continue to ask for God's mercy.

Thank You


Shirley Edwards

March 22, 2017

We’d like to request your prayers for Shirley Edwards. Mrs. Edwards went into the hospital on Monday afternoon suffering with an extremely painful left hand. Her hand and her wrist are very swollen and red. She's now in Akron’s City Hospital (Summa). X-rays revealed that nothing seems to be broken, but doctors are apparently planning an MRI for tomorrow as it was too painful to do today. They hope this might reveal more of what might be causing the swelling and pain. Currently, Shirley is on some pretty strong pain medications as well as antibiotics. Please remember her in your prayers and beseech God for pain relief and healing.


Rob Gangle

March 20, 2017

Sarah (Gaug) Gangle, requests your prayers for her husband, Rob. Many of you met Rob at the Feast this past Fall. Rob recently had a kidney stone surgically removed. Although very painful, everything went well. During a follow-up MRI recently, it was discovered that Rob has a mass on one of his kidneys. Initial thoughts from doctors are the good possibility of it being a fatty cyst. More conclusive results will be known next week. Please pray for a favorable outcome and for comfort for Rob and Sarah during this stressful period!


Manuel Quijano

March 19, 2017

About three weeks ago, Manuel Quijano was diagnosed with kidney cancer. He has undergone several tests and after a meeting with several surgeons, radiologists and oncologists, yesterday, he was given the results of lab tests, images and studies they had done about his case. They all agreed that he has liver cancer and do not recommend surgery since it would mean certain death. They recommend other treatment avenues available in cases such as his. The chief oncologist prescribed a treatment which he will be starting as soon as possible. The medicine has to be brought from the USA and will attack, specifically, the type of cancer they found. Mr. Quijano does not feel any pain and he is gaining weight and strength again. He is doing exercises like walking, swimming and riding his bicycle. Mr. Quijano has requested prayers on his behalf.


Danielle Flowers

March 17, 2017

I am in great need of prayers! I'm going on 5 weeks of this illness. I started feeling better last week, but it seems like right before the Sabbath, each week, a new symptom arises. I've missed about a month of services, and I'm getting really frustrated. I think I now have a sinus infection, and an ear infection.

Please pray that God heals me.

Thank you so much!!

Danielle Flowers


Jack and Juanita Stephens

March 7, 2017

We’d like to request your prayers for both Juanita and Jack Stephens. Mrs. Stephens underwent successful heart surgery at Cleveland Clinic and had a stent placed to help blood flow to her heart. After returning home, late last week, she began feeling very short of breath. She was taken back to Cleveland Clinic where she is in an isolation unit with a case of pneumonia. She is slowly improving.

Jack was at home by himself on Friday evening and blacked out. He collapsed on the floor and when he came to, he was unable to get up. He was on the floor for approximately 6 hours until his daughter came over to check on him. He was taken to Wooster Hospital for two days and is now back at his daughter’s home dealing with a very difficult type of the flu.

We would appreciate your prayers for both Mr. and Mrs. Stephens as they struggle with these health challenges.

Address for Cards:

Jack and Juanita Stephens
404 West Oak Street
Orrville, OH 44667

Jack’s Cell: 330-280-6665

Juanita’s Cell: 330-280-3303


Art Gable

February 27, 2017

Peggy Peindl's father, Art Gable, suffered a stroke late this week. She would appreciate your prayers for him.


Andrew Carlson

February 24, 2017

We want to bring to your attention an urgent need concerning our son Andrew. Andrew was cleaning snow off of his home and fell to the concrete below landing on his face/head. Details are not clear at this time. He has been taken by ambulance to the hospital. His wife, Theresa, is on her way there by car. He is conscious. We thank you for your prayers and will update as able.

Thank you,

Wayne and Jill Carlson

 

Update February 25: We were able to speak with Andrew this morning. He is able to sit up in bed. At this point, there is impairment of short term memory, which is not uncommon with a head injury of this nature. Hopefully, we will know more this evening.

Thank you,

The Carlsons

 

Update February 27: Andrew was released from the hospital and is home with his family. He is sore from head to foot and experiencing a great amount of pain at this time, but alive and recovering. Thanks to all for your prayers.

Wayne and Jill Carlson


Christine Featherston

February 16, 2017

Your prayers are requested for Christine Featherston, who is presently in the hospital because of dizziness and passing out. She is scheduled for a heart echo tomorrow and will probably be seeing a neurologist.

 

Update February 17: Christine is still in the hospital and can't come home until the test results come back. We are both very sad that she is not able to be home for the Sabbath. Please continue to pray to our Healer that He will resolve her health problem soon and give us both strength during this continued onslaught.

Steve Featherston

 

Update February 19: First, I want to thank you all for your prayers. It means so much and truly it helps when going through these things, to know that others care and are praying.

I’m afraid we still don’t really have a cause for what has been happening. I know that my heart is working correctly, the MRI of my brain gave up no clues, other than I have one and it too, is working properly. I do have some stenosis of the carotid arteries but that doesn’t really explain my symptoms. I’ve promised Steve I will stay upstairs till he’s around and will just have to do a little and sit. I have been doing that for awhile, but apparently, I need to do less before sitting down. I will see my doctor tomorrow and perhaps, if nothing else, these tests will narrow down the search.

Again, thank you for your prayers.

Christine Featherston

 

Update February 25: I am sorry to have to say that, after two days of relatively good days, Christine is not doing well again. About an hour ago, she suddenly started sweating profusely and became nauseated and light headed to where she barely made it to her chair. If she were not near her chair, she would have fallen! Last night, her right wrist became extremely swollen, as did her entire hands and fingers. I prayed for her, to God, for healing and relief. A few minutes later, she had enough relief as to be able to get some rest. It is not horrible today, but she cannot hold anything in her right hand. If she tries to grip anything, the pain is so intense, she will drop it. The prayers of all of the brethren, I know, contributed to her having some good days and has affected our lives in a positive way. Continued prayers would be very much appreciated for Christine. I am doing my best to pick up the extra duties, but with my health, I could certainly use prayers as well.

Steve Featherston

 

Update March 5: Doing a little better, had to get a few things re-done. The endocrinologist suspects possibly Cushing's Disease, but I am doing better. Steve seems to have the flu. God has kept him going, but last night, he just crashed. Please thank everyone for their prayers they are precious and valuable to us. We thank you and love you all.

Christine


Randy Zak

February 11, 2017

Your prayers are requested for Randy Zak, who lost his job this past week. Please pray that God provides him with a new one, soon, so that he can continue to provide for himself and his daughters.


Dennis Kuhns

February 11, 2017

I've been experiencing some breathing problems over the last two to three years, really, which have become more frequent and severe over the last several months. A series of tests have revealed that the main chamber of my heart is pumping considerably weak. Further tests, including a heart catheterization scheduled for this coming Monday, February 13th, will begin to determine what may be causing this issue and also identify a short term and long term solution. While the medical profession can do some amazing things, ultimately we trust God in His mercy to solve this and we place ourselves into his hands. I would like to ask you to beseech Him on my behalf for His intervention and healing.

Thank you very much,

Dennis

 

Update February 13: Dear Brethren and Friends,

Thank you for your outpouring expression of love and concern for my recent health issue. It has been nothing short of overwhelming. While I still have some questions for the doctor later this week, I received an excellent report from the heart catheterization that was done this morning, in that my arteries are clear. This is obviously a big relief. That's what I know at this point, but what I don't know is why there is a weakness in the main chamber. Short term, I'll be on medication designed to begin to build strength in the heart muscle. Long term is still to be determined and I'll probably know more after I meet with the cardiologist. Your prayers are very much appreciated and I don't take God's hand and His mercy for granted in the excellent results I received today.

With Love,

Dennis


David Miller

February 11, 2017

David Miller is in the hospital, in Wooster, with breathing problems and shingles, extending from his right eye on around his head. He very much appreciates your prayers.


Leah Sheppard

February 3, 2017

We’d like to request your prayers for Leah Sheppard. Leah is currently suffering with kidney stones and the resultant intense pain associated with stones. One of her kidneys is currently blocked and the other is partially blocked. She is being transferred to Akron General Hospital for treatment. Your prayers for God’s quick intervention would be much appreciated.

 

Update February 5: Hello,

I would like to thank everybody for all the prayers, love and concern shown to me, and my family, through our recent trial.

I went to the ER Friday morning around 7am, where I was given Morphine and two doses of Dilaudid before the pain was bearable. After the prayer request went out, I did not need anymore pain medicine for about 23 hours, until after my surgery on Saturday morning. A definite answer to prayers!

Daniel and his family came in from Georgia, but I missed seeing them by one minute when I was taken down for surgery. I asked if we could wait, but they said they couldn't. After I was prepped, the gentleman who brought me down for surgery, went and got all my family and brought them to see me before surgery. Such a blessing, even though it was against the rules.

The surgery went well and they were able to remove the 7x9 mm stone that was blocking my kidney, and put a stent in place (to be removed in the doctors office after a week or two). After the surgery, I returned to my hospital room and rested with Bill, our kids and grand kids, until I was released around 4 pm. I joked with Mr. Myers that in order to have all our kids, and grand kids all together, all I had to do is get "stoned" - kidney stoned.

Thanks again for all your prayers, in Christian love,

Leah Sheppard and Family


Todd Carey

February 3, 2017

Some of you have known that Todd Carey has been dealing with some serious symptoms and health issues for a number of months. Here is an update from Todd and Gloria:


Greetings My Friends,

Some of you have been aware of health concerns that I have been dealing with for the past several months. Gloria and I have spent these past months going from doctor to doctor to find out what has been causing my gait to be unsteady as well as the cause of substantial weight loss over the last year. As we were very concerned, we were also optimistic that once the doctors found out the problem, we would quickly be on our way to recovery. Since we were seeing some improvements of some of the symptoms, we felt confident that things were being managed, even though we continued to search for answers. On Monday, after we spent a full day at the medical center, it was confirmed by three doctors that I am suffering from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Of course, this was not the news we wanted to hear, but now that we do know, we know how to better petition our Father in asking for His divine intervention.

Gloria and I would certainly appreciate your prayers for God’s healing or reversal of this malady, which is usually progressive, trusting that God can intervene and restore at any time. Like you, we realize that our faith and trust are totally in God as we beseech His tender mercies for us.

With much love,

Todd and Gloria Carey

Address for Cards:

Todd Carey
6061 Shiloh Place
Mechanicsville, VA 23111


Gayle Rice

February 3, 2017

Your prayers are requested for a shut-in member in Columbus, Gayle Rice, who is currently in the ICU at Mt. Carmel East in Columbus. Apparently, doctors are considering a tracheotomy for Mrs. Rice, who has suffered from severe breathing problems along with other serious health problems for years. Your prayers for God to give Gayle’s husband, John, the wisdom to know what decision to make would also be appreciated.

 

Update February 7: From Mr. Rice:

"Gayle has made a remarkable recovery and was taken off ventilation. She has to use a bipap at night, but may be out of ICU tomorrow. Thank you and all the brethren for your prayers. God has been gracious to us."

 

Update 1 February 23: The situation for Mr. and Mrs. Rice is not good, and your urgent prayers for them are requested. Mrs. Rice was released from the hospital last Thursday, but since then she has fallen out of her chair multiple times, forcing Mr. Rice to call for help from the local fire squad to help her up. She is barely eating and needs more care than Mr. Rice can provide, so he is attempting to find an opening in a rehab center. Yesterday, he called about 30 different facilities but none had an opening. At this point, Mr. Rice is very discouraged.

Please pray for God’s intervention for both Mr. and Mrs. Rice.

 

Update 2 February 23: Once again, the power of prayer has been dramatically demonstrated! Mr. Rice received a call around 6 pm from a facility near his home that can take Mrs. Rice tomorrow. This is the same facility that told Mr. Rice, this morning, that there were no openings, and two or three people were already waiting for space. Needless to say, Mr. Rice is overjoyed about the development, and wants to thank everyone for their prayers. Let’s all thank God for His intervention for the Rices!

Cards of encouragement can be sent to:

John and Gayle Rice
121 Hill Road N.
Pickerington, OH 43147


Tasseff Family

January 31, 2017

We are sorry to have to inform you that Alex Tasseff died last evening (Monday) at about 7:00 pm. Betty is doing fairly well considering the circumstances. Betty’s daughter and sister-in-law are with her helping to care for her and make the necessary arrangements. As soon as the details for the funeral are confirmed, we will pass that information on to you. Please keep Betty in your prayers.

 

Update February 1: Here are the details of the funeral arrangements for Alex Tasseff.

Funeral home is the:

Paquelet and Arnold-Lynch Funeral Home
1100 Wales Road NE
Massillon, OH 44646

Phone: 330-833-4839


Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, February 4th at 10:30 am.

Calling hours will be precede the funeral from 9:30 to 10:30 am Sabbath morning.

A short committal service will follow the funeral at:

Massillon Cemetery
1827 Erie Street S
Massillon, OH 44646

Following the committal, a light lunch will be served at:

Fraternal Order of Eagles #190
303 Weirich Blvd. NW
Massillon, OH 44647

The Eagles hall is beside Yund’s car wash in Massillon. The Eagles’ members will be providing the lunch. We would like to contribute the desserts for the luncheon. If you would like to help provide dessert, please contact Peggy Summers at:

Home: 330-499-4736

Mobile: 330-323-3134

Let her know what you would like to provide.

Please remember Betty and her family in your prayers.

Address for Condolences:

Betty Tasseff
2229 Allen Ave. NW
Massillon, OH 44647-6157

Phone: 330-832-5557


Selah Wood

January 29, 2017

Our little Selah can't seem to catch a break. She has been sick on and off for the last month. Well, we just got back from the urgent care, and now she has RSV. I'm not sure how familiar you are with it, but it's basically a really bad cold that has settled into the lungs. There is nothing you can do to actually treat the RSV, as it is a virus. We can only make her as comfortable as possible and wait it out. We have to also be on the lookout to make sure it doesn't develop into pneumonia.

We would like to request prayers for God to have mercy on her and heal her right away. We know that only He can fix this instantaneously and we need it to be. Selah has been through so much as it is, and it is heart breaking to watch her go through this, knowing we can't physically make it better. She is absolutely miserable. We also request that you pray that she doesn't lose too much weight while she is sick because we are already having a hard time keeping her weight up. She has lost four ounces in the last month due to all these illnesses.

Thank you so much,

Brian, Sara and Selah Wood


Sharon Swanson

January 28, 2017

Your prayers are requested for Sharon Swanson. She was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer this week. It’s hard news to take, but the family’s focus is on a positive outcome. She has already started fortifying her body with nutrition, detoxification and rebuilding her immune system as she gathers information on all of the treatment options available to her, and there are many.

Address for Cards:

Sharon Swanson
113 S Wendover Trace
Mooresville, NC 28117


Lisa Williamson

January 28, 2017

Lisa Williamson is the third daughter of Louis and Carol Petit. She suffers from a congenital heart condition which flared this past week. She and they ask for your prayers for a full recovery.


Cooper Family

January 27, 2017

Les Cooper died during the night of January 24th. His wife, Kaye, found him, cold in bed the next morning. The shock of it all hit her pretty hard and she was taken to the ER to get checked out. We have not heard of any details after that point, but it sounded like she was recovering from it and would be soon to go home. Les and Kaye lived just outside of Brazoria Texas and were long time members of the Church.


Scott McIntosh

January 27, 2017

Your prayers are requested for Scott McIntosh, 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.

Address for Cards:

Scott McIntosh
9813 Gallatin Lane
Fort Worth, TX 76117


Karen Stevens

January 16, 2017

Karen Stevens (sister to Julie Warner) is suffering from a lung infection and is still in the hospital for daily dialysis because her sugar levels were very high and her oxygen levels were quite low.


Sherry Thouvenin

January 16, 2017

Sherry Thouvenin's surgery, to install a metal plate, to set her severely broken wrist, went well. She and the family thank you for your prayers.

 

Update January 25: Sherry's broken wrist is healing well, your prayers are much appreciated.

 

Update February 5: Thank you all for your many prayers regarding my broken wrist and subsequent surgery. I have a lot of good news to report. There seems to be no nerve damage! Although the elbow remains tender, the pain is improving considerably. I’ve begun physical therapy and am beginning to see steady progress. Complete recovery will take several weeks but I am well on the way. Thank you again for your prayers, cards, phone calls and encouragement.

Sherry Thouvenin

 

Update February 27: I just wanted to give you an update on my broken wrist after my follow-up visit yesterday. The good news is that the bone is healing well and I no longer have to wear the brace! The doctor is pleased with range of motion in my wrist, however, he told me not to expect 100% recovery. My elbow pain remains a bit of a mystery and is being attributed to soft tissue damage. He does not feel I will gain complete range of motion there either, but I will continue physical therapy for a few more weeks and it is helping. Unexpectedly, x-ray indicates that the plate and screws will have to be removed or my thumb tendon could potentially rupture. This is a somewhat rare situation and surgery will probably be scheduled in the summer after the bone is healed from the break. I see the doctor again in 4 weeks. Everyone’s prayers and concern have meant so much to me.

Sherry


Debbie Kuhns

January 16, 2017

Debbie Kuhns is troubled by the continuing effects of a mild concussion caused by a falling tree limb this past week.


Mariah Sattler

January 16, 2017

Mariah Sattler is recovering from a car crash this week. No major injuries, but plenty of head and body aches.

 

Update February 27: Miriah was diagnosed, this afternoon, at the hospital, with a blood clot in her leg. This comes on the heels of her car accident a few weeks ago and the mononucleosis diagnosis after that. She, Jacob and her folks very much appreciate your prayers.


Marc Buchholz

January 16, 2017

From Marc Buchholz:  "I am doing pretty well, and I am able to still eat and drink by mouth, and not have my IV nutrition."


Himes Family

January 8, 2017

Anna Himes, a 90-year-old shut-in, is in the hospital in Grove City due to recent falls and failing health. Apparently, the situation was so bleak last evening that the doctors didn’t expect her to survive through the night, but she did. Her family is asking for prayers from the brethren that God’s will be done.

 

Update January 25: We just received word that Anna Himes died this morning. Thank you for your prayers.

Here is the information for Mrs. Himes’ funeral:

Viewing: Monday, January 30 at 6-8 pm

Funeral: Tuesday, January 31 at 10 am

Newcomer Funeral Home and Crematory
3393 Broadway
Grove City, OH 43123

More information: http://www.legacy.com/


Victoria Banit

December 31, 2016

Victoria Banit is in the hospital with complications of MS and other related issues. She thanks you for your prayers.


Blanche Smith

December 31, 2016

Blanche Smith continues to struggle with health issues. She has great difficulty in sleeping. Only virtually constant motion seems to alleviate the pain and anxiety. Mrs. Smith has appreciated the prayers and concern of her brethren over quite an extended time of trial, and once more requests your prayers.

Address for Cards:

Blanche Smith
375 Foxtrap Access Road
Conception Bay South, NL A1Y 7E9
Canada


Rachel Petty

December 29, 2016

Rachel Petty and her family would like to send a special “thank you” to everyone who has been praying for her during her battle with cancer. In December 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.


Dora Richards

December 29, 2016

Last week, Dora developed an extremely severe toe and foot infection. Complicated by her diabetes, it is giving her great pain, making sleep and rest very difficult, even with pain medication. She would very much appreciate the prayers of her brethren. Home health care has now begun to help deal with the infection.

 

Update December 31: Dora’s health has improved quite a bit in the past few days, but she still has a stubborn and concerning infection in her toes and foot.

 

Update January 25: Dora’s toe infection is very serious. She is feeling somewhat better otherwise and is praying for recovery enough to be able to attend services.

 

Update January 28: Dora’s toe infection has reached the bone as confirmed by her doctor. She continues to need our prayers for God’s intervention.

 

Update March 5: Dora was taken to the hospital with severe nasal hemorrhaging, which is complicated by blood thinner medication. After the doctor installed a nasal balloon (ostensibly to put direct pressure on the affected blood vessel), she was able to go home until her appointment early next week. This is a very uncomfortable treatment. Please pray for her healing and comfort.


Carol Pettit

December 29, 2016

Carol Pettit has been having severe blood pressure swings over the past week and would appreciate your prayers.

 

Update December 31: These past few days, Carol  has been noticeably better and thanks everyone for your prayers.


Ian Healy

December 29, 2016

Ian is the grandson of Carol and Louis Pettit Sr. He has a transplanted kidney and his body is again showing signs of rejection.

 

Update January 25: Tests revealed the reason for the concern, but his doctors think that, with a regimented treatment, it will continue to function for some time. The bottom line is, he still needs our prayers.


Betty Wolff

December 29, 2016

Betty Wolff, of Wisconsin, requests your prayers for her eyes. She is suffering from a detached retina in her right eye.


Alex Simmons

December 29, 2016

Mr. and Mrs. Alex Simmons, of Queensland, Australia, request your prayers for Alex. He has cataracts, high blood pressure and hearing problems.


Kevin and Melissa Nash

December 29, 2016

Kevin and Melissa Nash, of Virginia, request your prayers for Melissa. Melissa is suffering from severe asthma, bronchitis and Fibromyalgia. Kevin lost his job and is looking for another one.


Elizabeth Morrison

December 29, 2016

Isaiah and Elizabeth Morrison, of Louisiana, would like to request prayers for Elizabeth's multiple health problems.


Clara Meyer

December 29, 2016

Clara Meyer, of California, requests your prayers for her severe diabetes.


Lois Hudson

December 29, 2016

Lois Hudson, of Montana, requests your prayers. She is suffering from heart failure, water retention, kidneys are at 30%, restless leg syndrome and her eyes are so bad she can hardly see.


Sue Hertz

December 29, 2016

Marvin and Sue Hertz, of Iowa, request your prayers for Sue. She has severe heart problems, sleep apnea and Fibromyalgia.


Mary Grissett

December 29, 2016

O'Neal and Mary Grissett, of North Carolina, request your prayers for Mary's healing. She has been diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.


Lorraine Clark

December 29, 2016

Lorraine Clark, of Alabama, requests your prayers. She has severe heart and breathing problems.


Larry Burns

December 29, 2016

Larry Burns, of Ohio, requests your prayers for his eyes. He is suffering from Glaucoma.


Mrs. Billingsley

December 29, 2016

Mr. and Mrs. Billingsley, of California, request prayers for Mrs. Billingsley as she is suffering from severe stomach pains.


Mary Voltz

August 25, 2016

Mary has been suffering from increasing, critical heart problems. After consultation with her doctors early this week, she and her husband, Clyde, are now arranging Hospice care. Please, especially, remember Mary in your prayers.

 

Update September 28: Mary has been suffering from increasing, critical heart problems, but she and husband, Clyde, are in good spirits.

 

Update December 1: With a medication change, Mary is doing somewhat better with her critical heart condition. She does appreciate your prayers.

 

Update December 29: Mary is recovering from her light stroke last Sabbath. However, her left leg is still not strong enough for her to safely stand or walk on her own. She and husband, Clyde, appreciate you continued prayers.


Wilkey Family

September 10, 2016

Leon Wilkey had a recurrence of his shingles condition this week.

 

Update December 11: Leon has been in and out of the hospital in Zanesville with some intestinal bleeding issues over the past month or so. He sends his greetings and appreciation to all his old friends.

 

Update December 29: Leon has been suffering more intestinal bleeding and other symptoms the past two weeks. Please remember him in your prayers.

 

Update February 13: Brethren, we are very sorry to report that Leon Wilkey died late on Sunday evening. Your prayers for his son, Ben, during this time of grief, would be much appreciated. We will pass along additional information as it becomes available.


Lori Powell's Mother

December 23, 2016

Lori Powell is asking for prayers on behalf of her and her family. Lori's mother, who is in her 80's and suffers with dementia, fell last night. She is in the hospital with a possible broken hip.


Joe Wengerd

December 22, 2016

Joe Wengerd would like to request your prayers. Later this morning, he will be undergoing out-patient hernia repair surgery. He and Katie would appreciate your beseeching God on his behalf for a successful procedure without complications. The doctor expects that Joe will be back to work in about one week. Thank you for your kindness.


Dave Edwards

December 19, 2016

I'm requesting prayers for my upcoming knee surgery. I injured it at a volleyball tournament. I have a partial tear to the ACL and tearing of the meniscus. Surgery will be on December 27th. I'm asking for prayers that everything goes well with no complications.

Dave Edwards

 

Update December 28: The surgery on my knee went well. I was able to come home with no problems. There's very little pain and I'm able to walk almost normally. I want to say, thank you for the prayers, as I know God had a hand in this with everything.

Dave Edwards


Dan Stewart

December 19, 2016

Dan Stewart suffered a severe fall during an industrial accident. He suffered eye socket and nose fractures, broken arm and shattered kneecap. He's presently at Cleveland Metro and likely to be moved closer to home for rehab.

 

Update December 29: Recovering from his fall from a high lift at work, Dan has been shuttled home and back to the hospital for successive surgeries on his knee and wrist. He and Jackie are hoping that he’ll be able to spend at least a week in a rehab facility which will make the bone and bruise healing plus the physical therapy easier until he can get around on a walker or crutches. They thank you very much for your continued prayers.

 

Update December 31: Dan has been at a physical rehab center in Painesville, Ohio, this past week to receive physical therapy. He is making pretty good progress too! He thanks you very much for your continued prayers.

 

Update January 7: Lots of positives to report this week! Yesterday, Dan’s wrist was casted, which brought rapid pain relief. So much so, that his therapist had to tell him to slow down! Today, he saw the orthopedic doctor for follow-up on his knee cap surgery. Everything looks good and Dan may now begin putting weight on the leg. He is also permitted to walk on it as long as he still wears the immobilizer. He will wear that for 6 weeks, then on to a leg brace. The improvements have been profound! As soon as Workers' Compensation gets the ramp installed on our steps, he can go home! Many thanks for all the cards, prayers and help. We are very moved and grateful.

Dan and Jackie Stewart

 

Update January 16: Dan is now back home and will continue his physical therapy from there. He has, by God’s blessing, been able to make wonderful progress in recovering from the many injuries he obtained in the serious fall at work.

 

Update January 28: Dan has been cleared to walk with a cane rather than a walker, as he improves.


Larry Wilson

December 19, 2016

Larry Wilson fell at home and broke two vertebrae which have been successfully treated. His wife, Rita, and daughter Angie request your prayers for his recovery.

 

Update December 29: After his fall at home and broke two vertebrae, which have been successfully treated, Larry was transferred to a care center for recovery, where he is making some progress. His wife, Rita, and daughter, Angie, appreciate your continued prayers for his recovery.

 

Update December 31: Larry is in Rehab and doing fair. The therapist told us that he is really working hard. Yesterday, he sat in his wheel chair after therapy for 2 1/2 hours. He was able to sit up fairly straight. He was able to hold his head more upright than he did just a few days ago. Tentative release date is January 20th. The goal for coming home is that he can walk 25 feet with his walker, feed and dress himself. Thanks for all the prayers.

 

Update January 16: After some initial recovery at the rehabilitation center, they do not believe that Larry will be able to walk again. Rita has been in touch with hospice and is making arrangements to bring Larry home. They would appreciate your prayers, especially during this difficult transition. They also want to thank everyone for their prayers up to this point, as well as the 100s of cards of encouragement they have received from all around the world.

Address for Cards:

Larry, Rita and Angie Wilson
305 Bills Street
Saint Marys, WV 26170-1206


Mike Waddle

December 15, 2016

Mike Waddle is schedule to have oral surgery today, December 15th. As always, any surgery is a serious event. Mike requests your prayers on his behalf.


Chichaya Family

December 12, 2016

Mrs. Teresa Chichaya, while remaining strong and confident in faith, has been suffering with stomach cancer for a long time. Mrs. Chichaya is Shirley Banda’s mother, Kambani’s mother-in-law.

We have just received a message from them that the cancer has now spread to the other organs of her body. She is in a lot of pain and has been prescribed strong pain killers.

Kambani and Shirley are asking for prayers for their aged mother.

Email: kbanda@zamnet.zm

 

Update January 16: Mrs. Teresa Chichaya, mother of Shirley Banda and mother-in-law of Kambani Banda, died at 12:40 this morning. Mrs. Chichaya had suffered with cancer for a long time. She will be buried in her hometown of Kadoma in Zimbabwe.


Vicki Ickes

December 11, 2016

We are asking for prayers for my mom's sister, Vicki Ickes. She has been battling fatigue, cough and bronchitis for the past 3 weeks. Please pray for her healing.

Have a restful Sabbath,

Neil Topovski


Vice Family

December 7, 2016

Many have been praying for Lowell Vice and his family. Lowell had been diagnosed with ALS several years ago, and it is with great sadness that we let all of you know that Lowell died suddenly in his sleep this past Monday evening. Lowell’s wife, Donna, and their three children are grateful for all of your prayers and request that you continue to remember the family during this time of loss.

Address for Condolences:

Donna Vice
5523 Kennesaw Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70817


Pat van Zyl

December 7, 2016

Pat van Zyl 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 January 5, 2017.

Pat and her husband, Era, would greatly appreciate prayers on Pat’s behalf.


Kim McCauley's Father

December 6, 2016

Kim McCauley requests your prayers for her father. He has been hospitalized suffering from a possible stroke. He also suffers with severe kidney problems.

Thank You


Rose Szymkowiak

December 5, 2016

Rose's hip surgery went quite well on Thursday. Monday will begin post-op therapy. Please pray for a speedy and complete recovery.

 

Update December 31: I would like to thank you all for your prayers, cards, phone calls and loving concern following my recent hip surgery. I am doing well. The surgical incision has healed and I’m scheduled for my six-week checkup in two weeks. I’m hoping at that time to be released to all normal activity. I still have two weeks of physical therapy but my therapist says I’m doing above average and he’s very pleased.

Rose


Sam Washington

December 5, 2016

Your prayers are requested for Sam Washington, 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.

Address for Cards:

Sam Washington
9026 Hillside Street
Oakland, CA 94603

 

Update March 19: Your prayers are again requested for Sam Washington. Sam suffered a stroke in December and was in a coma for several days, but came out of it. The stroke left him paralyzed on his left side. The doctors have now released him for rehabilitation, and he is in Excell Health Care Center, 3025 High Street, Oakland, California. Tess is grateful and thankful to everyone for their cards, phone calls, email and text messages, offers of help, and most importantly – prayers. Sam and Tess have been most encouraged by this outpouring of love and concern.

Sam continues to improve. He now opens his eyes, is more awake during the day, and responds to questions and conversation. The therapists have also been able to get him out of bed and to sit in a reclining chair each day. He is in physical therapy, either in his room or in the rehab room. He is also able to eat and drink soft foods and liquids with assistance. He can now move his left side and can feel hot and cold. He is also able to stand with the aid of a strap and attending therapists. However, he still has challenges ahead. Some of the challenges are in the areas of speech, memory and cognition, and to be able to take care of his daily needs by himself. Sam wants to return home as soon as possible. Please continue to pray for Sam, and Tess.


Carothers Family

December 5, 2016

Please pray for Chris Carothers and his family. Chris' mother died, after making the decision to go off of dialysis on November 22nd. Chris and Margie were able to visit with her the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Last Friday, she quietly slipped into a coma and died peacefully. Chris and Margie will be heading down to Winchester, Virginia to spend time with the rest of the family. Chris' father is having an extremely difficult time dealing with this loss as they were married for almost 69 years. To make matters worse, his father has severe dementia and continues to forget that she died, so he has to relive the knowledge of her death over and over again. This has been extremely difficult on his father and the rest of the family. Your prayers are appreciated very much.

Thanks to all of you,

Chris and Margie Carothers


Jason Lesko

December 2, 2016

We do not want to pass on all of the details at this time, but would like to request prayers for Jason Lesko, Kirk's older brother. He is in the hospital right now, dealing with some serious physical and mental health issues. Kirk was injured in a related incident this week, but is now home and is healing up just fine. Prayers for the whole Lesko family would be appreciated as it is a difficult time emotionally for everyone.

Warm Regards,

Sarah Lesko


Teddy McClain

December 1, 2016

Teddy is a young teen who is recovering from severe bacterial pneumonia which had developed into a rare and potentially life-threatening skin condition. The latest update is that he is improving, but is still in the hospital. Your prayers for his recovery are much appreciated by his family.

Update: Teddy came home from the hospital last weekend. He is now able to take some food and liquids by mouth. Teddy 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. Teddy 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 Teddy’s healing and for his family during this stressful and trying time.

Address for Cards:

Teddy McClain
8133 McClain Road
West Liberty, OH 43357-9630


Leon Leonard

November 27, 2016

My dad asks for a prayer request on his behalf regarding his recent hospital stay. Last Sunday, he went to the ER because of weakness he experienced on his right side. It was determined he had a mini stroke and he was kept for further observation.

By the end of his stay, after a second MRI, a non-cancerous brain tumor was discovered. The doctor believes that he has had this tumor for years. My dad will need to follow up for further information about this tumor and treatment plans.

My dad is grateful that the tumor is non cancerous but would certainly appreciate prayers for God's continued intervention and healing.

I thank you for passing this info along.

Hugs from Lana Leonard


O’Neil and Gibson Families

November 22, 2016

Mary Gibson, in Delaware, Ohio, requests prayers for her 57-year old daughter, Crystie O’Neil, who is battling breast cancer for the second time. She recently checked herself into a care facility to alleviate her husband and two adult daughters of the amount of care she is currently requiring. Mrs. Gibson doesn’t know if Crystie will be well enough to spend Thanksgiving with the family.

Address for Cards:

Crystie O’Neil
5126 Glenaire Drive
Dublin, OH 43017

 

Update December 8: We just heard from Mary Gibson’s family that their daughter, Crystie O’Neil, died within the last 24 hours. The family thanks you for your cards and prayers.

Address for Condolences:

Mary Gibson
26 North Union Street
Suite 108
Delaware, OH 43015


Dewyer and Myers Families

November 18, 2016

As you may have heard, Pam’s dad has been going through a health crisis the past week. We’ve been sending updates to family all along and thought it would be good to share them with you, too. Here are the notes in order. Thanks for your prayers and kindnesses.

Warm regards,

Dave Myers


Prayer requests in order:

November 12: Pam and I would like to request your prayers for Pam’s father, James Dewyer. Dad has lost approximately 40 pounds over the last year, as well as losing a great deal of energy and mobility. We came over here to PA to take Dad to a nephrologist (kidney specialist) early yesterday (Friday). After the examination and sonogram of his kidneys, the doctor recommended immediate hospitalization. Dad apparently has quite a serious kidney or bladder blockage that is preventing his body from cleansing itself. His red blood count is also very low.

We got him settled in the hospital (McKeesport) just before midnight last night and will need to be with him today to help him make the difficult decisions that may await us. We’ll be as available as we can, but would appreciate your prayers for his healing. I’ll update you all once we know more.


November 13: Thanks for your prayers for Pam’s dad. The results of his CT scan showed that he has a large tumor in his bladder causing a blockage in the urinary system. This blockage is of course, putting a great deal of strain on his kidneys and therefore, his general health. The most urgent health issue for dad is to remove this tumor and place a stint in each ureter so that the kidneys will drain properly into the bladder.

So tomorrow (Monday) dad will undergo surgery called “Transurethral Resection” that, due to the size of the growth (10cmx8cmx7cm), will take a minimum of 3 hours to perform. A pathology test will then determine the next stages of treatment. While the ‘c-word’ has not yet been openly spoken, this is a deep concern and likely what we are dealing with.


November 14: Thanks for your continuing prayers for Pam’s dad. He underwent the procedure today to remove the bladder tumor. He is currently back in his room resting. The doctor was able to remove about 75% of the tumor, but unfortunately unable to insert stents in either ureter. As a result, the next step tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, should Dad decided to accept it, will be to do a nephrostomy – inserting a tube through the back into the kidneys to drain them externally. This is a probably a temporary ‘tap’ into the kidneys to reduce the hydronephrosis (build-up of urine in the kidneys). The length of time these tubes will be needed is uncertain.

While the pathology report will not be back for about a week, the doctor is quite certain that we are likely dealing with a high grade tumor (fast growing and likely to have spread). We are working out the details to try to have Dad transferred to Ohio so that family can care for him as he faces this series of challenges.


November 16: Thanks for your continuing prayers for Pam’s dad. He received two pints of blood yesterday and his nephrostomy – inserting a tube through the back into the kidneys to drain them externally – went as planned. His kidneys appear to be draining adequately. The hope is that his condition improves sufficiently so that they can do a dye-test on Friday to see what else may be going on in his abdomen. This will determine his treatment options from there. After the nephrostomy yesterday, dad was a bit on edge – I’m sure due to the uncertainty about what is next. We’d appreciate your prayers for his outlook and demeanor.


November 18: Dad had rest days on Wednesday and Thursday. His blood numbers today (Friday) will be examined to see when he might be able to have the dye test for a CT contrast scan.

I’m back home here in Stow, but Pam is staying on in Pittsburgh to help dad.

Dave Myers

 

Update February 15: Pam and I would like to thank you all for your prayers and kindnesses over the last three and a half months as her father went through his illness. Dad died peacefully this morning, Wednesday, February 15th, just after midnight. Arrangements for his funeral are in the process of being made and we will provide more details in the next few days. At this point we are planning for calling hours and funeral to take place in the Pittsburgh area on Sunday, February 26th.

We rest in the knowledge of the sure hope of the resurrection and look forward to the day of reuniting with him.

Dave Myers

 

Update February 17: The Myers’ would like to thank you for your prayers during the illness of Pam’s father, James Dewyer. As you know, Mr. Dewyer died this past week, likely from complications of the bladder cancer he was dealing with. We are very thankful that he had no pain, was on no medications and died peacefully near his family. In order to give family time to travel, Mr. Dewyer’s funeral will be held over in the Pittsburgh area at the Jefferson Memorial Cemetery Chapel on Sunday, February 26th. Visiting hours will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm followed by the funeral service at 1:00pm. The Pittsburgh congregation has kindly offered to serve a meal in Mr. Dewyer’s honor after the funeral. There will be a private burial on Monday. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and concern.

Jefferson Memorial Cemetery
301 Curry Hollow Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236


Shirley Topovski

November 18, 2016

Good morning, I have a prayer request for my mom, Shirley. This morning, (Friday) she lost her balance in the kitchen and fell on her right side, she could not get back up and was in a lot of pain. The emergency squad transported her to Wooster Community Hospital for evaluation. Please ask the brethren to pray for her and to ease her pain. I will pass on more info as I receive it.

 

Update: She has sustained a broken hip with the possibility of surgery. I have not talked with the surgeon as of yet. She will be here at the Wooster Hospital for several days. She is in a lot of pain and has asked for no visitors as of now.

Thank you,

Neil Topovski

 

Update: Good evening, I just got back from the hospital with my mom, so I wanted to give you an update. My mom suffered a serious break in her hip just below the ball of her hip, she is scheduled to have surgery Sabbath morning around 8am. They will be inserting a rod into her ball and femur. Her pain is under control with meds. I continue to ask for prayers for her successful surgery, guiding the surgeon, doctors and all nurses involved for a full recovery. I will continue to update as needed. Thank you for all your prayers and concern.

Neil Topovski

 

Update November 20: I wanted to give everyone an update on my mom, Shirley. After a rough start to the day today, she did undergo a hip replacement this afternoon. She went through the surgery and recovery with remarkable results. I was able to visit with her this evening, she was in great spirits and felt great. She will remain at the Wooster Community Hospital for the next several weeks undergoing rehabilitation. We all greatly appreciate your prayers. Please continue to pray for a speedy recovery with no complications.

Neil Topovski

330-317-0293

ntopovski@gmail.com

 

Update November 30: The doctors are amazed at her progress, especially at the age of 79. She is at the Wooster Community Hospital rehab unit room 403. She has been getting up from bed with some assistance. She is able to use a walker to walk down the hallway and use the restroom and shower on her own. I met with the rehab team on Monday and they want her to continue in hospital rehab for another week before they make a determination of a date to return home. We ask that you continue to pray for her healing along with helping her gain strength and stamina so she may continue on her way to a healthy, speedy recovery. Thank you for your dedicated and heartfelt prayers.

Neil Topovski

Address for Cards:

Shirley Topovski
6212 Lattasburg Road
Wooster, Ohio 44691

 

Update December 10: I wanted to take a minute to let everyone know that my mom, Shirley, was able to come home late this Friday afternoon. She got out of her car and walked into her house on her own. She was happy to be in the comfort of her own home. Once again, on behalf of our entire family, we thank you for all your dedicated prayers, it was very obvious to all of us that God has answered these prayers and blessed her with a speedy, pain free recovery. We ask that you continue to pray to give her the needed strength and stamina to continue her complete healing and in home physical therapy with no complications.

Have a restful Sabbath,

Neil Topovski


Janice White

November 16, 2016

Janice White began having migraine headaches during the Feast.

Janice: "My headaches have not subsided so I got blood work done yesterday and they scheduled me for a CT scan on Tuesday. They called with results today and changed it to MRI on Monday. My esr (inflammatory markers) are greater than 140. My understanding is, although this is a marker non specific to any one area of the body, it is usually less than 20. My white blood cell count, red cell count and platelets are much lower than they were last time I had blood work done. They want more blood work in next day or so and made an appointment for me to see my cancer doctor on Wednesday as well. Not the news I was hoping to hear. Would appreciate prayers for me as well as the family. My being sick is very hard on Don and the kids as well."

Your prayers for Janice and the White family are very much appreciated.

Address for Cards:

Janice White
600 Zeb Haught Road
Wana, WV 26590

 

Update November 20: The pain was getting too hard to manage, so Don took me to emergency. They have taken lots of blood, put me on different pain meds, IV and were able to get me in for an MRI. No results yet. Praying they know something soon.

Thanks,
Janice

 

1st Update November 26: Janice White has asked us to send a prayer request update. As you know, she was admitted to the hospital on Sunday. We are sending this Sabbath morning and she is still there.

She has had a wide assortment of diagnostic tests (blood work of MANY sorts, CT scans, chest X-ray, Echo and EKG, spinal tap, etc.). They have not pinpointed the exact cause of the inflammation and headaches; however, the headaches were controlled with medication and in the last couple of days have largely diminished.

Meanwhile, she developed fluid on the lung, with intermittent fevers, which was being treated as bronchial pneumonia. One scan did show a spot on one lung that concerns the pulmonologist; some of the blood test results take several days to determine, so he wants to wait until those results come in. The rheumatologist is most inclined to think her symptoms may stem from an autoimmune disorder. Those seem to be diagnosed after ruling out anything else. Her hemoglobin count has varied, but all in the anemic range. Wednesday night, they ordered two units of blood for her, but she ran a fever during the first unit so they stopped it….and didn’t try again until this morning, receiving only one unit.

So, it has been a frustrating time for her, and at this point, she wants to be home with her family and in her own bed, as the hospital routine for this many days is exhausting. Friday morning, they started the discharge papers only to see that she had diminished oxygen levels, so they added oxygen treatment. Between the fevers, the anemia, and the oxygen level, and without a firm diagnosis, the hospital decided not to release her after all. “Hope deferred makes the heart sad”.

Besides the fact that the headaches are mostly gone at this point, there is another extremely positive thing: the doctors have concluded that this is NOT any recurrence of the aggressive cancer that she battled almost six years ago.

So you see, there are both things to thank God about and to continue interceding for healing/diagnosis/endurance. She is very grateful for all the love shown to her and her family by God’s people thus far.

Mike and Janice White

 

2nd Update November 26: Wanted to let all the brethren who have been praying for us know that I was discharged this afternoon.

It truly was a miracle. My oxygen levels were again low for a few hours and the nurse said I wouldn't be able to go home. You sent out the prayer update before the doctor came in. When the doctor came and checked, my oxygen levels had jumped up 6-8 points.

I am exhausted and very weak, and really still don't know what is wrong, but we know a lot of tests came out good, for which we are very grateful. I will have a lot of follow-up appointments in the next couple of weeks. They are still waiting for some of the test results to come back.

Words can't express how grateful we are to God for His intervention and for all the brethren who prayed for us. Appreciate continued prayers as we go forward.

With much thanks,

Janice White

 

Update December 14: Thanks to everyone in the region for your prayers, concern and cards. Although my headaches are gone, after all the tests run by the hospital and visits to consulting physicians since I was discharged, there is no improvement in my energy levels or blood counts and no definitive diagnosis yet. Then, this past week, a new symptom of a skin condition appeared, and today, when a rheumatologist saw the skin, it was as if a light turned on and he immediately sent me for a biopsy to see if it's possibly sarcoidosis, a relatively rare auto-immune disease for which most of my symptoms match. The biopsy results for this may take over two weeks, especially during the holidays. Please continue to pray for healing, especially for my energy levels as well as my encouragement, as the illness has definitely taken its toll.

Janice

 

Update December 28: While in the hospital for a scheduled blood transfusion, Janice was taken to the ER after passing out. She appears to be ok, but is requesting prayers for God’s intervention. The reason for the blood transfusion is, Janice’s hemoglobin levels are very low, and she’s had very little energy as a result.

Janice and her family thank you for your prayers.

 

Update January 20: I wanted to give you an update. I saw my oncologist on Thursday and even though they are still baffled as to why I am so sick, my hemoglobin went up a full point from 9 days prior - to 9.6. Although that is still low, it is the highest it's been since I got sick, so it's very encouraging. I feel like we have rounded a corner and I am beginning to get stronger. Also, my cough has improved greatly which enables me to sleep much better. They took a second CT scan of my lungs and the doctors were amazed at the improvement, especially because I had not been given any medication. God has truly been answering the prayers of the brethren.

Please thank all the brethren for their prayers, cards and phone calls. My family and I have been very encouraged by the love of the brethren and are extremely thankful for God's intervention as I continue to heal.

With Much Love,

Janice


Darlene Bos

October 31, 2016

Your prayers would be much appreciated for Darlene Bos, 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 and her family look to God for the healing of this condition, which she has suffered since birth.

Address for Cards:

Darlene Bos
Rioja 130
4427 Cafayate
Salta
Argentina


Carson Fultz

October 30, 2016

Carson Fultz, 73, 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.

Address for Cards:

Carson Fultz
10844 Easy Street
Bentonville, AR 72712

 

Update December 1: 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.

 

Update January 4: As you may know, my dad, Carson Fultz, had cellulitis in his legs, which stemmed from fluid buildup in his body. It is back again, this time more severe. Today, the family physician, after looking at the sores on his legs, said he must be treated again with high-powered antibiotics.

If there is no sign of major improvement by Thursday morning, he will be admitted to the hospital for intravenous antibiotics that his doctor believes can remove those fluids from his body. 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.

In the meantime, his doctor told him to double up on Lasix (a fluid pill) to hopefully pull some of the fluid off. He is going to start this tomorrow, however, the drug is so powerful it causes major panic attacks which usually hit in the early morning. 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.

Dennis Fultz

 

Update January 20: 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.

Dennis Fultz

 

Update February 3: Carson Fultz 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.

Dennis Fultz


Charlie Baun

October 19, 2016

We’d like to request your prayers for Charlie Baun. He began the Feast of Tabernacles, making the opening night service, but had to return home the next day due to ill health. He became very weak and felt totally exhausted. Preliminary tests indicate he may have had a stomach hemorrhage – possibly from an ulcer. His blood count has been low, but not critical, so doctors have given him two medications to address the suspected issue. Today, he was able to eat some solid food for the first time in two days. He is feeling a small bit better, but is still very tired.

They will monitor his blood count for the time being. If it does not improve over the next week, they will run a scope to see if they can determine where the blood loss is occurring and then strive to treat that issue. In the meantime, Charlie is resting at home.

Thank you for beseeching God for healing and recovery for Charlie.


Lyrae Pinkston

October 11, 2016

Lyrae Pinkston is considerably weakened by Systemic Lupus and asks for your prayers that she not only be strengthened, but healed of this condition.


King Family

October 11, 2016

Prayers are requested for Dick King. Dick and his wife, Gail, thank everyone for the outpouring of love, concern and prayers they have received over the past several years. Dick has been fighting cancer that has now metastasized into his back and his brain, affecting his vision. He recently went under hospice care to help him manage his pain. Gail and Dick would appreciate your prayers for Dick during this challenging and difficult time.

 

Update January 4: Following a long battle with cancer, Dick King, an elder from Redding, California, died January 3rd. He had been in hospice care for about four months and was surrounded by his family at the time of his death. His wife, Gail, and the King family would like to express their deep appreciation for all the love, prayers, cards, emails and personal help they have received over the past several years and months since Dick’s diagnosis.

Dick and Gail have served in God’s ministry for several decades in the Northern California area, and their service is well known and deeply appreciated by generations of members in the area. Dick and his dedicated service will be missed.

Address for Condolences:

The King Family
6091 Alameda Road
Corning, CA 96021


Gaspar Family

October 11, 2016

We ask for prayers on behalf of Ricardo Gaspar. On October 3rd, the Feast of Trumpets, Ricardo was taken to Riverside Hospital for the treatment of his left lung because doctors found a lot of water in it.

The water was drained, but it was mixed with blood. After a series of tests it was found that there is a tumor inside his left lung. The family requests the prayers of the brethren that God would intervene for Ricardo at his time of trouble.

Email: ricardo_gaspar2000@yahoo.com

 

Update February 27: We’re sorry to report that Ricardo Gaspar died the first day of January 2017.

Mr. Gaspar suffered from 4th stage lung cancer since mid-2016. He is survived by his wife, Terresita, and three grown children: Jonathan, John Richard and Johanna Mae.

The brethren miss Ricardo, along with his services in song leading and in giving sermonettes, opening and closing prayers.

Address for Condolences:

Terresita Gaspar
Greensville 1 Subd. Blk 19 Lot 2
RHO St Brgy Estefania
Bacolod City 6100
Philippines


Rusnak Family

October 4, 2016

Robin has been having several ups and downs since we first shared her most recent health difficulties with you.

On Monday, she went through a heart catheterization to see if they could determine if artery blockages were causing her low heart function. After the procedure, George wrote, "Prayers have been answered - no blockage - no stents or angioplasty - no by-pass - heart is weak and blood pressure is way high - so they are looking at big changing of meds. The main concern is getting the blood pressure under control - since coming back to the room it keeps pushing up."

Then Monday, about 6:00 pm, George wrote, "Thank you - but just now a huge change. Instant drop in blood pressure to 50 over 38 and big drop in oxygen also. She was moved to T3 and getting her set - gave her a medication to bring up BP and a breathing tube. Don't know what caused it - this was a wonderful day for her until this - thank you for all the prayers.

Then, this morning (Tuesday) at 8:30 am: "Hi - update on Robin. The incision point of the catheterization began to bleed losing three units of blood quickly. She was moved to T3 and they expect her to be here till Friday. Stable now, except trying to keep her blood pressure down. Thank you for the prayers."

Thanks for your prayers for Robin and the Rusnak family.

 

Update October 7: George Rusnak wanted to thank you all for your prayers and concern for Robin. Things went faster than expected in her recovery and she was moved at about 6:00 pm this evening to a skilled nursing facility, in Stow, where she will be nursed back to health. By Sabbath afternoon she should be all settled and able to receive calls and visitors. She is located at:

Altercare of Western Reserve
5000 Sowul Blvd.
Stow, OH 44224

Phone: 330-653-8722

Thanks again for your prayers.

 

Update October 13: We received a call from George Rusnak, this morning, letting us know that Robin died peacefully in her sleep, this morning, at about 8:00 am. A memorial service is being planned after the Feast of Tabernacles. We will inform you as soon as we have the details. We look forward to seeing Robin again at the last trumpet call. Please remember George in your prayers.

Address for Condolences:

George Rusnak
1928 14th Street
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223-2421

Phone: 330-414-4336

 

Update October 30: A Memorial Service for Robin is planned for Saturday evening November 12th.

A pre-service visitation at Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home will be from 4:30 to 6:00 pm with the services at 6:00 pm. An after-service get-together for fellowship and food will be at the Quirk Cultural Center.

Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home
1930 Front Street
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221

Quirk Cultural Center
1201 Grant Ave.
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223

Thank you – George


Janice Smith

October 2, 2016

Janice Smith was diagnosed, July 1st, 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.

Address for Cards:

Janice Smith
6036 Allington Court
Winston-Salem, NC 27104