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Eloise Shields

Lucy Catrone

Val Maurer

Barbara Hyatt

Ruth McFarland

Mike Arritt

John Cafourek

Nadine Knowlton

Ed Martel

Ryan Powell

Teresa Gueller

Gene Maxwell

Dale Harmon

Sloat Family

Mary Lawson

Margie Carothers

Shirley Showers

Sandra Dreaden

Max Jordan

Joe Gabriel

Gredel Plagenza

Marty Miller

Nancy Elliott

Michael Bettes

Scott Whitaker

Bill Walker

Garrett Roberts

Connie Tuck

Kim Shey

Eleanor Ashurst

Crystal Altom

Bowman Family

Harold Rhodes

Mike Waddle

William Lemmon

Gertrude Himes

Walls Family

Sickles Family

Steve Featherston

Lori Mullen

Chris and LaDonna Teague

Walter Hawk

Bruce Gore

Janice White

Daisy Dobbs

Jeanie Stinnett

Ezra Miller

Shaw Family

Debbie Magruder

Linda Henderson

Jamie  Mendez

Alayna Peters

Jessica Ramsey

Dale Harman

Annika Vorel

Larry Roybal

Bruce Keen

Nero and Wade Families

Sandy Feiock

Ronnie Wilson

Shirley Edwards

Rob Gangle

Quijano Family

Danielle Flowers

Jack and Juanita Stephens

Art Gable

Andrew Carlson

Christine Featherston

Randy Zak

Dennis Kuhns

David Miller

Leah Sheppard

Carey Family

Gayle Rice

Tasseff Family


Eloise Shields

September 19, 2017

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

Audry Pavlik


Lucy Catrone

September 14, 2017

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

Juanita is very concerned, of course.


Val Maurer

September 2, 2017

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


Barbara Hyatt

August 31, 2017

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

Thank you,

Renee

 

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

Here is the longer version...

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

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

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

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

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

Prayers are still greatly needed and appreciated.

Thank you,

Renee

 

Update September 11: Great news...

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

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

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

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

Renee


Ruth McFarland

August 31, 2017

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

Ray McFarland


Mike Arritt

August 20, 2017

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

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

 

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


John Cafourek

August 20, 2017

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

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

 

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


Nadine Knowlton

August 12, 2017

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



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

Thank you,

Brent Knowlton

 

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

 

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

Merry Knowlton

 

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

Thanks for everyone's concern,

Brent Knowlton

 

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

Merry Knowlton


Ed Martel

August 5, 2017

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


Ryan Powell

August 2, 2017

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

Thank you!


Teresa Gueller

August 2, 2017

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

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

Address for Cards:

Teresa Gueller
11021 Brighton Road
Henderson, CO 80640

Email: mteresagueller@hotmail.com


Gene Maxwell

August 2, 2017

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

 

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

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

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

Address for Cards:

Gene Maxwell
1900 Wayne Road
Wilmington, OH 45177


Dale Harmon

July 29, 2017

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

 

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

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


Sloat Family

July 25, 2017

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

Thank you for your prayers and concern.

 

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

 

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

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


Mary Lawson

July 24, 2017

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


Margie Carothers

July 23, 2017

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

The Carothers Family

 

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

 

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


Shirley Showers

July 22, 2017

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


Sandra Dreaden

July 20, 2017

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

Address for Cards:

Sandra Dreaden
2957 Parsonage Lane
Crestview, FL 32539

 

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

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


Max Jordan

July 15, 2017

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

 

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


Joe Gabriel

July 15, 2017

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Gredel Plagenza

July 13, 2017

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

Thank You

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


Marty Miller

July 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

Marty


Nancy Elliott

July 12, 2017

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

Address for Cards:

Nancy Elliott
211 Cedron Chase
San Antonio, TX 78253

 

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

 

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

 

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


Michael Bettes

June 23, 2017

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

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

Address for Cards:

Michael Bettes
1630 Northfield Drive
Maryville, TN 37804-3693


Scott Whitaker

June 22, 2017

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


Bill Walker

June 20, 2017

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

 

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

 

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


Garrett Roberts

June 19, 2017

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Connie Tuck

June 16, 2017

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

Thank you,

Reggie Tuck

 

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

Reggie

 

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

Reggie

 

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

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

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

 

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

Thank you, everyone, for your prayers.

Reggie

 

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

Thank you all for your prayers and support.

Reggie


Kim Shey

June 7, 2017

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

 

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


Eleanor Ashurst

June 3, 2017

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

Al Ashurst


Crystal Altom

June 2, 2017

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


Bowman Family

June 2, 2017

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

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

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

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

Address for Condolences:

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


Harold Rhodes

May 26, 2017

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

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

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

Harold Rhodes

 

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

Harold


Mike Waddle

May 24, 2017

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

 

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


William Lemmon

May 11, 2017

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

Your prayers for Mr. Lemmon are greatly appreciated.


Gertrude Himes

May 10, 2017

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

 

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

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

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

Your continued prayers for Mrs. Himes are appreciated.

Cards of encouragement can be sent to:

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

 

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

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

 

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

Jeff Himes

 

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

Jeff Himes

 

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

Thank you,

Jeff Himes


Walls Family

May 8, 2017

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

Your prayers for God healing and intervention are much appreciated.

 

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

 

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

Address for Condolences:

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

Phone: 330-689-0101

 

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

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

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

Dunn-Quigley Chapel
3333 Kent Road
Stow, OH 44224

Interment: Tuesday May 30th, 11:00am

Sandy Valley Cemetery
W. Lisbon Street
Waynesburg, OH 44688

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

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


Sickles Family

May 8, 2017

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

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

Snyder Funeral Home
81 Mill Road
Bellville, OH 44813

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

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

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

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

With appreciation,

Doug Johnson


Steve Featherston

May 5, 2017

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

Thank you,

Steve Featherston

 

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

Steve Featherston

 

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

Thanks!

Steve Featherston

 

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

Steve

 

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

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

Thank you and God bless each one,

Christine Featherston

 

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

Steve

 

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

Thanks,

Christine Featherston


Lori Mullen

May 5, 2017

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

Thank You,

Lori Mullen

 

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

Bill Mullen

 

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

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

Obviously, your prayers for Lori are necessary and appreciated.

 

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

Lori Mullen

 

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

William and Lori Mullen

 

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

Thank you all,

William Mullen

 

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

William Mullen


Chris and LaDonna Teague

May 5, 2017

Chris and LaDonna Teague 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.

Her husband, Chris, 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 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.


Walter Hawk

May 3, 2017

Thank you, to all, for the prayers that Walter would have a successful surgery. He went into surgery at 1:00. Then recovery at 2:45. The surgeon was pleased that it went well. Your continued prayers would be appreciated that the healing and therapy will finally help Walter to be able to walk without pain.

Thank you,

Dorothy Hawk


Bruce Gore

April 30, 2017

Bruce Gore was admitted to the Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia, late Friday afternoon. He has been suffering from shortness of breath and had a CT scan Friday to see what might be the cause. Based on the CT scan results, he was diagnosed with a bilateral pulmonary embolism. He is receiving treatment with anticoagulants and hopes to be released from the hospital on Sunday. The family would appreciate your prayers for God’s healing and that the treatment will be swift and effective.


Janice White

April 28, 2017

I wanted to thank everyone for prayers on my behalf and ask for continued prayers for my current health condition. Overall, I am greatly improved from this past winter. I'm able to attend Church services more regularly and get a few things done around the house. Unfortunately though, I am still having issues with my blood work and energy levels. My white blood cell count has been very low and this last month, my platelets dropped substantially leaving both my General Practitioner and my Naturalpath concerned. Since I had cancer 6 years ago, both doctors have agreed that if, within the next 30 days, we can not improve my blood work, the next step would be to go to Cleveland Clinic to be further evaluated. I am on both nutritional and homeopathic supplementation at this time. Please pray that God leads these doctors in whatever way He sees fit to help me, and also that He heals the situation so that no further hospital visits would be necessary. Cleveland Clinic would present other challenges, as it's quite a trip from West Virginia and I would prefer not to be away from the family for any length of time.

Thank you so much for all your continued prayers. It is greatly appreciated!

Much Love,

Janice White and Family

 

Update June 2: Mrs. Janice White just found out that she has leukemia as a result of a recent biopsy. Obviously, this is distressing news for her and her family, so your fervent prayers for her healing and strength are requested.

 

Update June 17: I wanted to send an update to all the brethren to thank them for all their prayers, love and support. Don and I decided to seek holistic treatment for my leukemia in NY and arrived here Monday evening. Since we are from NY, we have family we are staying with while we go in for outpatient treatment. We are very pleased with the center we are going to, as they believe in building up the body and allowing it to do what God designed it to do, while trusting God as our ultimate healer. The doctors and staff are upbeat, positive and energizing. At this point, the plan is to spend a couple more weeks here in intensive treatment, come back to WV for a week, and then re-evaluate.

We are extremely thankful for everyone's prayers, love and support towards our entire family. This has been an amazing journey and our spiritual family's love is very encouraging.

Warm regards,

Janice White and Family

 

Update July 4: Janice is back home and continues to steadily improve in energy and overall health. She is planning to return to New York for more treatments soon. The White family thanks you for your continued prayers.


Daisy Dobbs

April 26, 2017

Your prayers are requested for Daisy Dobbs. She slipped while doing yard work this evening and badly hurt her wrist. She is in the ER now to see if it is a bad sprain or a fracture/break. She is in a lot of pain and is requesting prayers from the brethren.

 

Update April 27: Daisy has a very bad break and may need surgery. She is in a lot of pain and has been given pain killers. She will see a surgeon today.

Tony Gary

 

Update April 29: Daisy is scheduled for hand surgery on Tuesday and would appreciate your prayers that it goes well. She told us that she knows God intervened during her fall because somehow she went airborne and landed on her hand instead of falling face-first into some rocks, as would have happened normally. She thanks God that it was not worse than it was!

Daisy thanks those who have reached out to her for encouragement.

 

Update May 2: We just heard from Daisy, that the surgery went well and she is home recuperating. She will be in a cast for a number of weeks, and will be attempting to do everything with her non-dominant left hand.

Daisy wanted us to convey her heartfelt thanks for the prayers, emails, cards and texts. She is deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support she has received.


Jeanie Stinnett

April 26, 2017

Mrs. Jeanie Stinnett is requesting prayers for God’s healing.

Jeanie is diabetic and has been having difficulty with her right foot. She has been told that there is a possibility that her toe may have to be amputated. She will be in consultation tomorrow, April 27th. Thank you for your prayers for intervention.

Address for Cards:

Jeanie Stinnett
275 Keith Valley Road
SE Lot 1
Cleveland, TN 37323

 

Update May 15: Mrs. Jeanie Stinnett wants 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.


Ezra Miller

April 18, 2017

Just a quick update on Ezra's condition. His bad cough and flu/bronchitis symptoms over the weekend and LDUB turned into very raspy, strained breathing last night and this morning, along with a very bad cough.

He appeared to have difficulty breathing normally this morning, and had a fever, so we took him to the ER and it was discovered that Ezra does have mild pneumonia. He seems to be doing okay, all things considered, and isn't in any immediate serious risk.

We continue to ask for prayers for him that God will heal him quickly so he can get back to eating, sleeping, and growing.

Thanks,

Zach and Liz Miller


Shaw Family

April 14, 2017

Annie Shaw 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 spinal tumors.

The breast tumor will be treated/shrunk with oral medications to completely remove and stop the production of estrogen. The spinal 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 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.



Update April 28: It is with much sadness that we tell you that Annie Shaw suffered a fatal heart attack Wednesday afternoon. She began having chest pains and her husband, Don, called 911 immediately. Paramedics were less than a mile away and began working with her as they drove her to the hospital. She was pronounced dead at 5:44 pm. God has chosen to let Annie rest peacefully until the resurrection when He will call her name and raise her up.

Visitation and the funeral will be on Sunday, April 30th, at:

McCoy Funeral Home
150 Country Club Drive SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Visitation will be from 1-3 pm and the funeral service will be at 3 pm.

Please pray for Annie’s family, asking God to comfort them during this difficult time. Don and three of their children and a grandchild were gathered around her bed when she breathed her last, and they were able to tell her goodbye. They are all heartbroken. Thank you for your prayers.

Address for Condolences:

Don Shaw
415 High Street
Christiansburg, VA 24073


Debbie Magruder

April 14, 2017

Prayers are requested for Debbie Magruder, daughter of Larry and Linda Neff. 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.

Address for Cards:

Debbie Magruder
13935 Quaking Aspen Lane
Larkspur, CO 80118

 

Update April 21: Thanks very much to everyone for the prayers and cards regarding Debbie. 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.


Linda Henderson

April 14, 2017

Hal Henderson has sent through an update on Linda's surgery this afternoon. He and I were able to spend some time together at the hospital today, and here's further information on the procedure from this afternoon:

Linda Henderson’s surgery went smoothly today from the surgeon’s perspective. The umbilical hernia was repaired and two abdominal adhesions were taken down, along with a few pelvic adhesions. No other abnormalities were found. She returned home about 6:15 pm and is resting quietly. We are hopeful that this will result in relief of her severe abdominal pain, although, we will have to wait a few days to better assess the outcome.

Hal and Linda thank you for your prayers for Linda’s condition.

Thank you all. Please continue to keep them in your prayers.

Best regards for an uplifting remainder of the Days of Unleavened Bread,

Doug Johnson


Jamie  Mendez

April 9, 2017

Jamie is the daughter of Jim and Sharron Franks. Two weeks ago, she contracted salmonella poisoning from some food she ate. She had to undergo emergency surgery to remove as much of the bacteria as possible and is currently being treated in ICU at a hospital in San Salvador. The family would appreciate your prayers, on behalf of Jamie, that the current treatment will be effective and that she will make a full and speedy recovery.

 

Update April 12: The doctors discovered peritonitis, caused by an extremely rare form of bacteria that she had probably contracted in something she had eaten the night before. She got better after the surgery and was released to go home on Wednesday, March 29th. But, she could never regain her strength and was extremely weak. She was re-admitted to the hospital on Friday, April 7th. She developed the same symptoms and then on Sunday morning, her organs began to fail. At that point the ICU doctor called in the family and explained to us that she may not survive. That was devastating news. In less than a day, suddenly and remarkably, things began to change. Her organs began to work and after removal of fluid from her stomach cavity, she began to improve dramatically. By Tuesday, she was out of ICU and in a regular room. She was also told that the bacteria was finally out of her system and that she would make a full recovery. Today, Wednesday, April 12th, she is sitting up, walking around, with everything back to normal. Her organs are all functioning properly. So, outside of a nice scar on her stomach and many bruises from the numerous needles, she should be back to normal. We were told last night (Tuesday), that she could probably go home on Thursday. The hospital staff are calling it a miracle.

Thank you for your prayers. The day that we sent out the prayer request was the day everything changed. Within a matter of hours, she was no longer in danger of organ failure and she began to improve. Please accept our thanks and appreciation to all who know Jamie and were praying for her.

Jim and Sharron Franks


Alayna Peters

April 5, 2017

Mike Peters requests your prayers for his wife, Alayna, who is experiencing severe neck pain. This pain has caused breathing problems. Please pray for Alayna's healing and extreme pain issues. We will update you as we know more.

Thank you.


Jessica Ramsey

April 3, 2017

Please pray for Jessica Ramsey. She has just been told that she needs to have a C-section as the baby is breech. They will be taking her to the operating room shortly. This is not an emergency C-section, just very unexpected and stressful. Please pray for the safety of Jessica and baby Aza.

Thank you,

The Ramsey and Carothers Families

 

Update April 4: The Ramsey family is happy to announce the birth of Azariah James Ramsey. Baby Aza was born April 3, 2017. He weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz. and was 19 1/2 inches long. After laboring for about 7 hours, Jessica suddenly found out that Aza was breech. Within an hour they we're headed in for a C-section. Surgery went well. Baby is doing great, but Jessica's recovery has been painful. We thank you all for your prayers. Your continued prayers for Jess's recovery would be appreciated too.

The Ramsey Family


Dale Harman

April 1, 2017

Dale has begun chemo again for the skin cancer. It has affected his fingers making it difficult to play his piano. If you know Dale, that’s significant and he would thank you for your prayers.


Annika Vorel

March 31, 2017

Would you mind sending out a prayer request for Annika? She has not been keeping anything down for the past 24 hours and has had a high fever for past 48 hours. She is getting dehydrated as a result and is very lethargic.

Your prayers for little Annika are very much appreciated.

Thank you,

Aaron Vorel

 

Update April 1: Annika is still running a fever, but the nausea and vomiting seem to be subsiding. As a result of her keeping fluids down the dehydration would seem to be a little less of a concern. However, she is still not producing a normal amount of wet diapers and is still quite lethargic and not acting like her normal self. Your continued prayers are certainly appreciated.

Aaron and Desirée Vorel

 

Update April 4: I wanted to provide an update on Annika. She seemed to be improving on Sunday -- no fever, increase in wet diapers, better (but still not typically chipper) disposition -- but Sunday evening, we noticed a rash on her torso. By yesterday afternoon, it had spread to her face and legs, so she was literally covered head to toe. We took her for a follow-up with our family physician. He diagnosed a "viral exanthem", which basically means a nonspecific rash following a virus. She did run a fever again last night, but this morning, the rash, while still covering her body and face, is somewhat diminished, and her demeanor has improved. Signs of dehydration are also almost entirely cleared. She has lost a full pound since Friday, so we'll need to work on fattening her back up, but at this point, it seems she is past the worst and on the mend.

We deeply appreciate everyone's prayers and have been so encouraged by the loving messages brethren have sent. The last few days have been stressful, but we have been bolstered by the knowledge that we weren't alone in asking God to guide our decisions and to protect and heal our little girl.

Warm regards,

Aaron and Desirée Vorel


Larry Roybal

March 31, 2017

As some of you know, I was recently in Houston for a periodical checkup on the situation with the prostate cancer. Unfortunately, the exams show that the cancer has reappeared in the sacrum area near the left ilium hip bone and posterior right rib area where it had appeared before and has also spread to the lower spine area, which is new.

I have returned to hormone therapy and will be taking a specific drug called “Xtandi”, specifically for prostate cancer, which seems to be having very good results with patients with advanced prostate cancer.

We are very grateful to have our brethren who pray for us before God’s throne and know that “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much". That is why we are asking our brothers and sisters in Christ to help us with their fervent prayers as we face this trial also.

We are confident and joyful to have the privilege to learn the many spiritual lessons which God teaches his people as they go through different trials and are confident that God will gently guide us through this difficult time. We know that only God can heal and put our faith in Him, above all things. Please pray also for my wife and family as this is also a difficult time for them.

It is an honor to serve God’s people here in Mexico and we pray that God may allow us to do so for many years to come and give us the strength and wisdom to serve as a good example to them during our pilgrimage through life.

Sincerely,

Larry Roybal

 

Update June 2: 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).

Happy Sabbath,

Larry Roybal


Bruce Keen

March 29, 2017

Emily Keen's husband, Bruce, is in the hospital. We do not yet know what the problem is. He is extremely weak and cannot stand up. It does not appear to be a stroke, but they are not sure what the problem is. Please pray for Bruce and Emily during this time of great stress. Bruce and Emily are the parents of Joanne Paslak. They are the grandparents of Jason Paslak. We will update you as we learn more.

 

Update March 30: My father left the hospital after some tests were run. He has new onset Atrial Fibrillation and an infection. Both conditions are making him feel very weak. God certainly hears our prayers. Today, he was able to get up and walk a little bit. He is on antibiotics, a blood thinner and medication to control his heart rate. An appointment was made to see a cardiologist for follow up, and we will watch closely to ensure his white cell count returns to normal as the infection clears.

My parents are both very tired today and want to be well for the upcoming Holy Days. Thank you so much for your continued prayers and concern which mean a great deal to us.

Joanne Paslak


Nero and Wade Families

March 26, 2017

Mary Wade would like to request your prayers for her daughter, Kim Nero. Many of you are aware that Kim was diagnosed with cancer last August, in several different parts of her body. Kim has undergone various treatments, some have been successful and some treatments have not been successful. The latest issue is a good sized tumor in her upper thigh that's causing a great deal of pain for her, to the point that she has been admitted to the Cleveland Clinic for treatment. In the weeks ahead, they are planning to go to a cancer center in Texas for additional treatment. We would ask you to pray for God to grant her relief from the pain as well as His intervention and healing. Also please pray for her husband, Paul, and their two young sons, Owen and Wyatt, as the family goes through this trial.

Thank you for your concern.

 

Update March 29: As you are already aware, Kim had developed a large tumor near her abdomen (first reported on her thigh). When her doctors checked on that, they discovered another mass on her neck, putting pressure on the spinal column and causing quite a bit of pain. They opted to deal with the growth in her neck area first, so Kim had that surgery today (Wednesday).

The surgeons were pleased in that they were able to remove about 95% of the mass. While it was a difficult and extensive surgery, from the medical standpoint it was successful. Kim is already recovering in her own hospital room rather than the ICU. Their plan to deal with the large abdominal mass (apparently the size of a football) is to attempt to freeze it cryogenically. No date has been set yet for that procedure.

Mary, Dennis Kuhns (Kim's uncle) and the family are certainly grateful for all your prayers!

 

Update April 1: The emergency surgery to remove the tumor which was paralyzing her neck seems to have been successful, but has severe lymphedema (swelling in the lymph system) which causes considerable pain. Please continue to remember her in your serious prayers.

 

Update April 21: Mary Wade just called to let us know the latest on her daughter, Kim. The procedure today, at Cleveland Clinic, to attempt to drain fluid from Kim's lungs, has been successful, in that she is now breathing a bit more easily (with a bit of an oxygen assist for now). They will continue to try to help her remove the excess fluid if it reoccurs, especially in the lungs. The swelling in her legs is kept under control with compression wraps.

Thank you all very much for your continuing concern and prayers. I know it means a great deal to Mary, and certainly to Kim and her family too.

Much appreciated,

Doug Johnson

 

Update April 24: We're saddened and heartbroken to inform you that Kim Nero, the daughter of Mary Wade, died this (Sunday) afternoon with family by her side. Kim fought a valiant fight, but in the end, succumbed to the cancer in her body. She was 39 years old and leaves behind a husband and two young boys. Funeral details are pending.

Address for Condolences:

Mary Wade
5425 High Mill Ave. NW
Massillon, OH 44646

 

Update April 26: Calling hours for Kim Nero are at Billow Funeral Home in Fairlawn as noted below:

Friends may visit from 5-8pm, Thursday, April 27th at:

Billow Fairlawn Chapel
85 N. Miller Road.
Fairlawn, OH 44333

A private graveside service will take place at a later date.

Our family is very appreciative for everyone's thought's, concern and prayers during this very difficult time. We would ask for your continued prayers, especially for her husband Paul, and children Owen and Wyatt.


Sandy Feiock

March 26, 2017

Sandy Feiock is still in the hospital dealing with back surgery. We don’t have an update yet from earlier this week, but will keep you posted when we do.

 

Update April 1: There has been some progress with her back, but more tests were needed for why the lack of motor control for her arms. Please keep her in your prayers.


Ronnie Wilson

March 24, 2017

Since Thursday, Ronnie has been undergoing excruciating back pain due to arthritis and a injured vertebrae. He is pain sitting or standing. He asks that you pray for his healing and relief from the pain so he can return next Sabbath.

Thank you all.


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!

 

Update March 31: Rob and Sarah Gangle sincerely appreciate all of your prayers and concerns pertaining to the mass on Rob's kidney. During a consultation with the doctor today, the CT scan from earlier this week, showed that it is a non-threatening cyst. The doctor did reveal today, that from tests the week before, there was a real concern for cancer! Once again, thank-you!


Quijano Family

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.

 

Update June 16: It is with profound sorrow and great sadness that we announce the death of Manuel Quijano, pastor of the Church in Peru. He had been fighting cancer of the liver for several months, but succumbed to a powerful infection. He died at 12:25 p.m. local time Friday, June 16th. Manuel was 54 years of age and had served the congregations in Peru as pastor for 22 years, since his ordination on May 6, 1995.

Manuel was a faithful and dedicated servant. He loved his family and provided for them. He loved the Church and was deeply committed to serving the members. The members loved Manuel, as they had seen him grow and progress since he was a teenager in the Church, attending Ambassador College in Pasadena for two years, and then serving as their pastor for 22 years. He will be greatly missed.


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

 

Update May 16: So, I won't be going to Cleveland today. The doctor called and said my Vitamin D levels are severely low, below 9 is what they said. So instead of coming in today I am going to take 5-6 thousand IU of D3 Vitamin D for the next two weeks. Check my blood sugar for the next two weeks too. He also said there is something amiss with my hormones, things that shouldn't be, are showing, so we will see what happens in the next two weeks with all my numbers. Praying the Vitamin D deficiency is the culprit and that, once this is fixed, the other things will fade away. Thank you everyone for your prayers, not only for me but for Steve too. He has an appointment today to discuss the low platelets. May God bless you all as He has blessed us through your prayers.

Thanks,

Christine Featherston

 

Update June 27: Christine has had a sudden onset of extreme pain in her throat area and can barely talk and it is moving to both sides. She would like to ask for prayers please.

 

Update June 28: I want to thank everyone for their prayers. That was certainly very weird yesterday. One moment I was fine and the next thing I knew, the pain in my neck was horrible. I could swallow just fine, but to talk, really hurt. This morning, it was in the background, but it is now gone completely. I thank God first and foremost, and all of you that prayed. God bless each one.

Thanks,

Christine Featherston

 

Update August 2: The injections they gave me for my hands only lasted a couple of hours, so I’m back to square one. They have doubled all my medications because I refuse to take any Prednisone again. In three months, if there are still no changes, they will probably start using probiotics. I'm not sure, at all, how I feel about that. I seem to be having more energy, just not getting relief for the pain. I’ve been sleeping in my chair, in the living room, almost every night, because of the shoulder and arm. Tonight, I am having a hard time talking because my throat is swollen.

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

Thank you and God bless each one,

Christine Featherston

 

Update August 25: This has been a really horrible last 2 days for Christine. Her ankle and foot, as well as her shoulders, have been so bad she has had only a few hours sleep in the last 48 hours. She is taking medications, but they are of little help. She would like to ask prayers from the brethren. Christine is not able to even sleep in bed at this point and is hurting so badly. We are praying she will be able to sleep tonight so we can go to services tomorrow. It is so frustrating, but we are confident that all of this will work out for the good of Christine and myself as well as those around us.

Steve

 

Update September 8: I'm in just horrible pain! I could not get out of bed to go to the bathroom this morning and we almost called an ambulance. I could not move my neck at all and it was stuck backward from laying down. The pain went around into the rib cage and caused chest pains with every movement. I took some pain and muscle meds. God allowed relief to come as I can move my neck now, but the pain still runs across my shoulder blades, down into my lower back and up into the left side of my neck. I am doing all I can to stay away from the ER and trust that God will remove this pain and swelling from my ignorant mistake of picking things up I should not have.

Thank you,

Christine

 

Update September 13: I had an appointment with the doctor yesterday (regular doctor) He believes I pulled the trapezius muscle (main muscle holding everything in place). God took care of it and it’s no longer an issue, so I give Him Praise and Honor. The doctor has decided to wait till after I see the orthopedic specialist in October, before ordering any test to determine the cause of the constant feeling of sore throat and swollen glands. He is thinking that the involuntary muscles in the neck are probably swollen. He really felt around much more aggressively this time, but he doesn’t feel a lump of any kind and told me not to worry. I wasn’t really worried, because I know that God is in control, but it does get aggravating to me, because I never know if I truly have something that I could pass on or if it’s just the muscles. He said the orthopedic doctor will most likely want his own tests, so why put me through it twice (glad he thinks ahead). Since they upped my medications, I have had nothing but constant heartburn most of the night and day, so now I’m taking more Nexium both morning and night. I have to call the rheumatologist to tell him, so we can work something out on these medications. I tried to cut them back myself before I saw him because I saw no difference, but the government and insurance companies mandate you must proceed in a certain manner, so the doctors have to try one thing before another, even if the other makes more sense. I am so very humbled by the prayers and concern of brethren and pray that God blesses you for it.

Thanks,

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.

 

Update May 26: I have been offered (and have accepted) an accounting job at Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, the largest wine and spirits wholesaler in the US. I am very grateful and wish to say THANK YOU for the prayers everyone has made on my behalf.

Warm regards,

Randall Zak


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

 

Update March 24: The following is an update on my health.

Thank you for your continual prayers, cards and expressions of concern during these past few months. I had an appointment with the cardiologist this past week. Although the EKG was still considered abnormal, the "gallop" in the heart showed improvement. The heart muscle itself is still weak and considered "high risk" so I have to continue to wear a defibrillator vest. The doctor said it is a three month process to strengthen the heart muscle through medication. At this point, additional tests are scheduled for May to determine the progress and the next course of action. We know that God is present and strengthening us as we go through this trial. Thank you again for your thoughtfulness and concern. It is very comforting to know our brothers and sisters are with us in prayer.

Thank you!

Warm Regards,

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.

 

Update June 19: David checked himself into the Wooster Hospital, today, with what appears to be his recurring heart condition. He also requests your prayers for God's healing intervention.

 

Update June 20: David is still in the ICU in Wooster, but is doing somewhat better. Last night, he ate a good supper.

 

Update June 22: David is feeling somewhat better in the stepped-down ICU, but is still there for now.

 

Update June 24: David has taken a turn of for the worse as of Thursday. He has been sedated and placed on a ventilator. Please remember him in 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


Carey Family

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

 

Update May 15: It is with sadness and loss that we inform you of the news that our brother, Todd Carey, died this morning of causes related to his ALS. While Todd’s death was sudden and unexpected, Gloria is coping as well as a faithful Christian woman and wife could. She is thankful to God that Todd did not suffer to the extent that ALS patients often do. She appreciates the prayers of everyone for her and her two boys, Justin and Bronson, and knows that God will surely see them through this. We will share with all of you details of any arrangements as we have them. We have included the home address for Gloria and the boys.

Address for Condolences:

Gloria Carey
6061 Shiloh Place
Mechanicsville, VA 23111

 

Update May 18: We want to share with everyone, that the memorial service for Todd Carey, will take place this coming Sabbath, Saturday, May 20th, at 2 p.m.

Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists
3051 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185


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