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November 18, 2017
From Marc Bucholz: I am writing this prayer request to ask all of you for your prayers regarding me being admitted to the hospital for a urinary tract infection, and some ongoing stomach issues. I also found out the IV in my leg has yeast as well. This is not good because it turns into a blood infection when it is in the IV in my leg. I would appreciate everyone’s prayers regarding this hospitalization, and God’s Will on this situation. I will update everyone once I know more. Thanks so much in advance for your prayers.
November 18, 2017
Leon Sexton (brother of Anita Showers), unfortunately, has had another stroke and is in serious condition at the moment. Gloria, his wife, also needs prayers. This is very hard on her. Anita requests that you may feel free to forward this request to other brethren you correspond with.
November 14, 2017
Your prayers are requested for Mrs. Janice Timmons, a shut-in member in Chillicothe. She recently fell and injured her knee, and is suffering with a lot of pain as result. Her hands have also started shaking, which is causing her concern. She is asking for prayers from the brethren to beseech God on her behalf.
November 10, 2017
Mrs. Joyce Upchurch has asked for your prayers
on her behalf. This past Wednesday, she had a defibrillator installed to help
regulate her heart function. At this time, she is experiencing great pain.
Please ask God's mercy regarding the pain and that she might have a full and
November 10, 2017
Good afternoon Brethren,
November 10, 2017
Prayers are requested for Bryant Ellis. Bryant
was hospitalized, Tuesday evening, with what was later determined to be a heart
attack. He also has fluid on his lungs and is on a respirator. It is possible he
could be taken off the respirator as early as this weekend. After he is more
alert, further tests will be administered to determine to what degree his heart
has been damaged. His wife, Karline, and family would appreciate your prayers
for God’s intervention for Bryant’s complete recovery.
November 9, 2017
We received the following update this afternoon
from Mrs. Altom (Chelsey Bredenberg's mother):
Update November 10: Chelsey has
pneumonia in both lungs. It's so bad that the pneumonia is even in the tissue
surrounding the lungs. They are giving her an echocardiogram because of the
stress on her heart.
Update November 15: Chelsey's strength
has improved over the past few days. She and Derek thank everyone for their
prayers and concern, it means so much to them.
Harold Van Brunt
November 7, 2017
Harold is 75 years old and is suffering from a continual high temperature due to his health condition (Harold suffers from Leukemia). Please pray for Harold and Helen during this time of stress and ill health.
November 5, 2017
Cara, Caity and I would like to request prayers
for our dad, Steve Kovatch. He has been having pain in his esophagus and stomach
for the past few months. After having an upper scope this past week, it was
found that he has cancer. A biopsy was taken, however, we will not know the
results until later this week as to what specific type of cancer he has, the
prognosis, treatment options, etc.
Update November 10: I wanted to give you
a brief update on my dad. I was able to go with him, yesterday, to his initial
oncology appointment at Western Reserve Hospital. The doctor we saw, yesterday,
confirmed esophageal cancer. He has a malignant tumor at the bottom of his
esophagus where it meets the stomach. At this point, that is all that we know.
We have requested a referral to the Cleveland Clinic. We are waiting to hear
from them with the next appointment date and time, which we should hopefully
know by early next week. From there, he will be ordered a PET scan to see if the
cancer has spread anywhere else in his body, as well as an endoscopic ultra
sound to determine the stage and size of the tumor in the esophagus. Once this
information is determined, treatment can be decided upon and begin. For now,
unfortunately, we are at a stand still.
November 2, 2017
Sam Dungan is requesting prayers. He has been
Central Serous Retinopathy (fluid on the retina). He went blind in the left
eye within a week. The doctor would like to do a laser procedure if he doesn’t
show improvement within a few weeks. He would love to regain full eyesight
without any further problems. Please pray for God’s guidance and ultimate
October 31, 2017
On Monday, I went to the spinal specialist. He
said I am a mystery to him, but I know I’m not to all of you. He is very
concerned with my lower back and what the MRI showed. He said he does not
understand “how you get out of bed every morning”. I know how, God allows it. My
neck was okay, but the MRI did not vary off enough to get the shoulders and
that’s what is really causing me much pain right now. I’m not sleeping at night,
I hurt constantly and of course it has now interfered with daily living. Getting
cloths on and off, brushing my hair and anything over my head is just NOT
do-able. Because this doctor can only deal with my spine, he has ordered MRIs
done on both shoulders and will be sending me over to a doctor who deals with
Update November 17: I must ask for
prayers for Christine once again. She has found out that she has a torn rotator
cuff in at least one shoulder. Also, her spinal doctor told her, that if she
started having numbness anywhere below her waist, to get into the ER right away.
They will then transport her to Cleveland Clinic for emergency surgery, so she
won't end up in a wheel chair. This morning, she woke up with numbness and
severe pain below her waist. She is waiting to hear back from the doctors to see
if she should go in. She, of course, does not want surgery and especially while
her rotator cuff is causing her such pain. If she has back surgery, she would be
forced to lay on her shoulders, which would be unbearable, so it's a very bad
situation. If we could ask our brethren, to pray to our Father, to once again
intervene and have mercy on her in this ongoing situation, we would very much
appreciate it. We are praying we might even be able to attend services if she
can get some relief.
October 31, 2017
Gayle is back in Mt. Carmel, East, in MICU with
some pneumonia and blood infection. She seems to be responding well to
antibiotics. All prayers are welcomed for a good outcome. Thank you.
Update November 8: Your continued prayers are requested for Gayle. She has been in the hospital for over a week, due to a severe respiratory condition. Today, the family made the decision to remove her from the machine that has kept her breathing, and the doctor does not expect her to live much longer thereafter. Your prayers for God’s will to be done for Mrs. Rice, and to be with Mr. Rice and their family during this very difficult time would be greatly appreciated.
Update November 10: Gayle has died. Details below. Thank you for your prayers for Mr. Rice and his family.
Family will receive friends 4 – 6 p.m. Sunday,
at Cotner Funeral Home where her funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday.
Burial following at Glen Rest Memorial Estate. Messages may be sent to Gayle’s
family by visiting
Cotner Funeral Home.
October 29, 2017
Diane Shamblin was just diagnosed with breast cancer. She requests your prayers for God’s intervention and healing.
October 29, 2017
Bonnie Dorita is homebound due to a chronic health condition. Bonnie would appreciate your prayers for healing and strength.
October 29, 2017
David Hershberger has been experiencing severe sciatica related back pain.
Update November 11: The MRI this week, indicated a disc that is pressing on the sciatic nerve. The next step is consultation about possible therapy before surgery.
Update November 18: David reports that his physician plans an out-patient back surgery on the 28th. Here is his report: “It is evident to me that God is most certainly involved in this trial, providing guidance and comforting answered prayer. The type of surgery is a micro discectomy and is a routine, outpatient procedure to which I am considered an ideal candidate due to my (good) physical condition. The surgeon noted that there were no other issues identified by the MRI, and that I suffer from a “young man’s injury", more common to 25 year-olds than 50 year-olds. The surgery will provide immediate relief from debilitating leg pain, though I’ll experience back pain for a couple of days afterward. I want to thank everyone for their continued prayers and I look forward to returning to normal and getting back to church.”
October 26, 2017
This week, Alan Hood, faithful member of the
Richmond, VA congregation, died in a tragic accident when he was struck by a
vehicle as a pedestrian. To give you a little bit of background, Alan’s mother’s
health has steadily declined over the last year, and he and his wife, Sarah,
have been providing all of her necessary care. They moved her to a nearby home,
and look after her each day. On Monday night, after bringing his mother food and
checking her in for the night, Alan made way for home. He was walking, due to
the fact that his vehicle is in the shop, and Sarah had their secondary car with
their four daughters, running errands in town. On his return, he was struck by a
vehicle, driven by a young man, and later died in the hospital from multiple
internal injuries. After speaking with the police, there appears to be no
negligence by the driver, simply a terrible accident with many in need of our
prayers. Due to the sudden nature of the accident, and with no insurance, his
wife and four young daughters are faced with heavy financial burdens at this
October 26, 2017
Please remember Tom Fair in your prayers in the grieving process after Mrs. Fair’s death during the Feast.
October 26, 2017
Harry is recuperating after treatment for a cancer on his ear. Please keep him in your prayers for God’s complete healing.
October 26, 2017
This past Sunday, Marcia Wehman fell in her
home breaking two ribs. Following her brief hospital stay this past Wednesday,
her family is thankful that it was not a hip fracture. She is in pain and this
has added to her pre-existing mobility issue due to a past stroke. Please pray
for her pain issue and that she can regain her realistic attitude regarding the
October 26, 2017
The foot surgery, last week, to remove the
bone-infected big toe went fairly well, but George has now contracted gangrene
in the surgical area. He is recuperating at:
Update October 29: George is making progress in recovery from foot surgery. At last report, the gangrene condition seems to be abating.
Update November 11: George is home from rehab after his toe surgery and thanks everyone for the prayers on his behalf.
October 20, 2017
We received news that a long-time member, who
was baptized in 1954, Sarah Sprinkle, died yesterday afternoon. She had been a
shut-in in the Dayton area for a number of years.
Viewing: Monday, October 23rd 5:00–7:00 PM
October 19, 2017
Your prayers are requested for Clayton Burrow.
Clayton became sick during the Feast and had to come home. He was subsequently
admitted to the hospital and has been diagnosed with a bile duct blockage caused
Klatskin tumor on his liver. This caused abdominal pain and jaundice. He
will have a surgical procedure this week to remove the left side of his liver.
The hope is that it will grow back within seven weeks. He and his wife, Inez,
appreciate your prayers for God’s intervention and healing.
October 19, 2017
Allan and Joey Levitt from the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, congregation, were killed in a tragic car accident on their way to the Feast of Tabernacles in Cochrane, Alberta, on Wednesday morning, October 4th.
Cards may be sent in care of:
October 19, 2017
Please remember Bill Mullen in your prayers. He fell and lacerated his head this morning, requiring six stitches. He has been admitted into Akron City Hospital.
Update October 22: I was admitted to the
hospital on Wednesday. I had bleeding ulcers and lost 40% of my blood. I'm
expected to have a full recovery. Continuing prayers would be appreciated.
Update October 27: Bill spent four days in the hospital, is on antibiotics, but is feeling great and “can dance a jig.” This is great news indeed! Thank you all for your prayers. Let’s all thank God for His great love.
October 15, 2017
It is with great sadness we inform you of the
death of Marilyn Geiser. As you all know, Mrs. Geiser has been a pillar in the
faith for decades and she will be greatly missed. Below, Karen describes the
arrangements that the family has made for a memorial service on October 21st.
I’m sure we’ll have more details to follow.
Beech Mennonite Church
Reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.
The obituary is published online at
Stier-Israel Funeral Home
September 26, 2017
Betty Catron requests our continued prayers for her son-in-law, Perry Harold. He will be undergoing surgery this Thursday to remove a mass that has been growing under his brain and is pushing up against it, causing severe headaches. Thank you for your kindness and consideration.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Update September 11: Great news...
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.
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,
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.
August 20, 2017
John Cafourek had a major heart attack and
underwent double bypass surgery. Here is his latest update from his wife Sandy:
Update August 31: John is making progress in recovering from a major heart attack and double-bypass surgery.
Update October 19: We sadly announce the death of our brother John Cafourek, 70, on October 12th. Earlier in August, he had a heart attack, but had been recovering well.
He and Sandy went to the Feast of Tabernacles
in Bend, Oregon. While there, he experienced congestive heart failure symptoms
and they both went back to Salem, where John had an echocardiogram. An
unexpected situation was uncovered. He has had a pseudo aneurysm, a hole in the
wall/muscle tissue of the heart.
You can send cards to:
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: 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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
July 15, 2017
Joe is presently at Altercare in Stow recovering from pneumonia. He is receiving physical therapy and making progress regaining his strength. He is beginning to feel better. He and Bess thank you all for your prayers, visits and cards.
Update July 29: Joe is back home again. He and Bess are very tired after his time at the care center to build his strength. They would both appreciate your prayers for more energy.
Update August 5: Joe reports that he is gaining a little strength, but expects it to take some time. Please keep him and Bess in your prayers. They are looking forward to feeling up to attending services and especially being well enough to go to the Feast.
Update September 14: Joe has been experiencing recurring bouts of intense neuropathy pain, accompanied by unusual amounts of anxiety, this past week or so. He and Bess definitely request your prayers for healing. They are very much looking forward to making it to the Feast this fall.
Update November 11: Joe’s doctor has diagnosed three tumors in his lungs and has explained that there is nothing more medically that he can do for him. Joe and Bess ask for your prayers.
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.
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.
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.”
Update: Just a quick update. I don't want people to
worry about me.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
Update August 17: Connie's room number
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 2, 2017
Your prayers for comfort and strength for the
Bowman family of Ontario, Canada, are requested.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Update May 15: We just received the
following text from Jeff Himes:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Update May 24: We have the
arrangements for Mr. Bernie Walls calling hours and funeral service.
Funeral Service: Monday, May 29th, 11:00am
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:
May 8, 2017
Vera Sickles called a few minutes ago with
information on the calling hours and funeral service for her husband, Ralph.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Update May 11: Lori will have bi-op procedure tomorrow. Please pray for favorable results.
Update May 17: We just received the
following from Bill Mullen:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Update October 22: Lori goes in for
surgery on Tuesday. Thanks all who offered prayers. Continuing prayers would be
appreciated for a full recovery.
Update October 25: Lori had surgery
Tuesday. Tissue was sent to the lab. We expect the results Friday. Please pray
for positive results, that this trial is over and God will now heal her. Thank
Update October 27: Lori’s pathology
reports came back all fields clear. Cancer did not go past where it was found in
the beginning and is now gone. No cancer anymore. He said “best news ever!” This
is great news indeed! Thank you all for your prayers. Let’s all thank God for
His great love.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Update October 22: I'm back in New York
and wanted to ask for prayers from the brethren. I had 5 fantastic weeks, saw
our grandson born and made it to most of the Feast. Last Sabbath evening, we
arrived home and my stomach was bothering me. I had bad diarrhea and it was hard
for me to eat. Wednesday, I blacked out trying to walk a little with Don. I
spent the rest of week in bed. Thankfully, I made it here fine but I'm pretty
weak. It could be from a bad intestinal virus, dehydration or the Leukemia. God
knows and He is our healer. I have an appointment for Tuesday, but I'm trying to
see if the doctors can see me Monday.
Update November 3: From Thomas:
Update November 6: Mom had blood work
done today, which revealed her hemoglobin as dangerously low. Both the local
doctors and the ones in New York have urged her to go to the hospital for a
blood transfusion as soon as possible. So, we'll be admitting her tonight. The
prayers of the brethren would be immensely appreciated at this time, as she's
feeling a great deal of discouragement at this setback, though her trust in
God's Will is unwavering.
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.
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
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.
April 26, 2017
Mrs. Jeanie Stinnett is requesting prayers for
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!
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
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.
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.
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.