Prayers

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  1. The women in Montgomery have decided to offer a regular time for calling in to personally share their joys and their struggles as a way of encouraging each another in the daily walk of faith. The Lydians will be together on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. (Central Time). The number to call is 1-712-770-4700 and the code is 112165 #. Please plan to call for the next gathering on November 22nd. And, pray for God’s direction and blessings on this heartfelt desire to give hope and strength to the scattered wives, mothers, and other women in the Church!

  2. Please include the new men and boys telephone outreach called “Sons of God” in your prayers. If God will use His servants to turn the families in the church back to His way, then it will require strong and Godly leadership from the men in this generation and beyond. The next meeting is planned for
    December 6th. The meetings are at 6:30 p.m. in the central time zone. The number to call is 1-712-770-4700 and the code is 112165 #. More information about this effort to prepare and support our men as priests and kings in their families is included on the “Schedule” page.

  3. OUR DAILY BREAD

    Note: Presenters should plan to record their message after 9:00 p.m. on the night before their scheduled day.

    Sunday
    Churches of God, Alabama
    * Whit Moorer
    Logan Moorer
    Larry Cobb
    Kevin Crowe

    Monday
    Celebration Church of God, Oregon
    * Wade Higgins

    Tuesday
    Watchman’s Voice Ministry, Mississippi
    * Terry Beam

    Wednesday
    Churches of God, North Georgia
    * Holland Corbitt

    Thursday
    Living God Ministries, Oregon
    * Bill & Esther Glover

    Friday
    Churches of God, Florida
    * Bill Harkins
    Larry Sharp
    Ray Wendle
    Morgan Pinkerman

    Saturday
    Churches of God, Atlanta, Georgia
    * Dennis Thomas
    Eric Dettry
    Paul McIntyre
    Mike Rogers

    * Administrator

  4. Our Morning Sacrifice
    Sunday – Friday at 6:00 a.m. [Central Time Zone]

    Following each scriptural reading (5 minutes or less) all the participants are invited and encouraged to offer up prayers of thanks and praise to our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ and to bring specific needs to the attention of those present inviting all to united prayer for God’s comfort and deliverance.

    The list of needs on the Prayer page of http://www.haggai114.net is a good source of current requests for intercession from the body of Christ.

    Call: 1-712-770-4700 and enter 112165 # to join your brethren in this spiritual act of worship and service.

  5. OUR DAILY BREAD

    Daily 15-minutes Bible messages are available every day by calling the following number:

    Call 1-712-770-4709, Access Code 112165#

    Enter the Reference Code as follows:

  6. Prayer Request for Cynthia Kelley Adams from Mike & Debbi Kelley:
    Our daughter, Cynthia Adams was diagnosed with Breast Cancer about a week or so ago she spent this past week undergoing biopsies, ultra sound, mammogram, an MRI, and a PET scan to determine the type and extent of the cancer.  The PET scan showed it to be only in one area – for that we are very thankful. 
    Those who know Cynthia, realize she is a very health conscience person.  She has been a fitness trainer and is the mother of a beautiful 3 year old son, Caleb Isaac and wife of a loving husband.  We know God answered their prayers when He gave them Caleb.  We are beseeching God to heal Cynthia so she can be the wife and mother God wants her to be and be able to continue to teach Caleb God’s Way until he is grown.  We also ask God for wisdom for Cynthia to make the best decisions possible in her treatment and to guide the doctors and caregivers along the way.  She would prefer to heal this nutritionally; however, this is a very fast growing cancer so time is urgent.  Please also pray for her husband, Brad, as he is involved with her care while holding a full-time job and helping with a 3 year old when he comes home.  That can be a tremendous about of stress to say the least.
    Thank you all for your prayers.  We know there is nothing too great for our Creator.
    If you would like to send cards of encouragement her address is:
    Mrs. Cynthia Adams
    169 Leon Hughes Road
    Gurley, AL 35748

  7. Elder Stephen Seachord [Fairview TX COG] shared the following for Terry Gaddy. You will recall that Terry had corneal transplant surgery and then a serious heart procedure.
    Talked with Terry and Betty Gaddy last night after their doctor appointment. 
    They both really need your prayers for Terry.  They went to a doctor yesterday for a 2nd opinion about his disease. 
    The doctor said Terry cannot continue taking the chemo treatments right now. 
    The white substance on his eye is infected and needs to be cleared up because it can go to his brain and be life threatening. 
    The doctor said he will need transfusion of anti-bodies at least 2 times each month. 
    Please continue prayers for them.   
    If you want to send encouraging cards,
    please mail to P.O. Box 866112, Plano, Texas 75086-6112

     
    Sister Laura Maynard shared a bit of encouraging news about family who were victims of the Santa Rosa CA fires.
    Good news for Bob Royer and Family – they have temporary housing for a month (about 20-25 miles away from the home they lost) and then will have a permanent rental in a neighboring town just about 7 miles from Santa Rosa, CA.
    Photos from the fire:  My brother’s house – I believe the documents are from celebrating his 25 and 30 year employment as a Fire Captain with Novato, CA, City Fire Department.  The little toys are fire engines, etc, and his equipment/uniform – all lost.  Thankfully, being a retired fireman, they do take care of their own and he is getting much needed assistance, etc.  Many are much less fortunate, especially the many folks who were renting and did not have insurance, etc.  And those who’s places of employment burnt down.
    When you look at the picture you will see the sad irony in the ruins of their home. Let’s continue to pray for the victims of the fires. They may not be on the front page of the newspaper, or lead sotry on the nightly news anymore. But their situations are still very severe.

  8. James and Rona Britton, (COGWA: Houston North) request your prayers for their grandson. Britton Dickey, who has been diagnosed with a tumor on his spine which is causing tingling in his hands, legs, and body as well as overall weakness. Britton is currently getting several medical opinions regarding treatment. Your prayers for wisdom for Britton on how to proceed and for his healing would be appreciated.

  9. Jennifer Orsburn had five-way bypass surgery on Thursday morning, October 26 to correct two blood clots.  She has congestive heart failure; her heart is working at 10-15%.  The doctor also informed her she has had several heart attacks.  A port will also be implanted in her neck to open some clogged vessels. Her friend, Rachel Smith (COGWA: Asheville, NC) reports that Jennifer’s surgery was successful!  She was in ICU at the time of Rachel’s writing.  Jennifer thanks everyone for their prayers.
    Her home address is:
    Jennifer Orsburn
    77 Sam Bradley Gap Road
    (B)
    Old Fort,  NC  28762

  10. Please continue to pray for  Cartess Ross, who was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer  and given only 6 months to live. He had chosen to call on God for healing and not man’s medical treatment. Ask our heavenly Father to heal Cartess according to his faith that God can heal him, in the name of our Lord and our Savior, Jesus Christ.

    Rosemary’ and Steve’s daughter and husband that lost their baby during childbirth
    Andrew Foston – for palliative care as transition into Hospice
    Temeisha Quick – Mother’s car situation and grandparents property be protected from vandalism; and her to be granted favor to be blessed with funds for a car
    Christiane (and Glenn) Williams’s with loss of her mother
    Earl Thomas who just had surgery to remove Cancer from his pancreas. He is having follow up appointment to begin Chemotherapy. Earl has been having Sabbath School from his home for years and fellowships and giving Sermons with various 7 Day churches in the Atlanta area.
    Reginald Jenkins enlarged prostrate , husband of Anne Owens Jenkins, formerly of Atlanta (friend of Sherry)
    Prayer for all people impacted by Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey and Nate.
    Jarmaine Earnest and family – home challenges with water leak with possible mildew and mold seeking 100% insurance assistance for repairs, job situation to supplement one income family now, medical bills relief with hospital costs, grace with current job for acceptable ratings, and all parents to lead family in God’s will
    Sarah Ingram recovery and healing of heart attack
    Steve Williams healing and strengthen of his heart situation
    Marilyn Walton job (and hiring contractors) in Savannah and protection and care of her grandchildren
    Joe & Theresa Edwards health issues 
    Earl Thomas who just had surgery to remove Cancer from his pancreas. He is having follow 

    Angela Boston asked that we add Dan Butler to our prayer list for healing of his back.
    Tamala Taylor received the test reports she was waiting on. She has been diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty-liver disease. Please pray for her to make the necessary adjustments to improve her situation and let’s pray for God to mitigate the negative effects of the condition.
    Elder Wade Johnson reported that he planned to take Sharon Johnson home from the rehab center today. Please pray for an easy transition and that sister Sharon will be more at ease and able to recover in familiar surroundings.
    Carmen Kincade shared that sister Rebecca Hollon is having the NG [nasal/gastric] tube removed and replaced with a PEG tube. This will enable her to go home from the hospital. Please continue to pray for God’s mercy for Rebecca and the whole Hollon family.

  11. Here is the latest from Elder Wade Johnson for his lovely wife, Sharon Johnson:
    I have made arrangements for Sharon to go home Wednesday morning. It will be a difficult adventure caring for her, under these circumstances but she is not doing well at the Rehab center. She needs to be home where she can feel safe and comfortable.
    Living with her for 56 years has been an adventure and one I would not trade for anything or anyone. We ask for your prayers.

    Sister Carmen Kincade updated us on two of our prayer targets in the Cincinnati congregation, Rebecca Hollon and Earl Williams.
    Rebecca is still in the hospital. She has up and down moments. The goal right now is to find a viable way to drain the fluid that will allow her to return home. The current method requires her to be at the hospital. Please continue to pray for Rebecca; for healing and comfort. Glen has specifically asked for prayers for the decisions that are having to be made. Please also pray for Conner as he is trying to process all of this. As you can imagine, this is extremely difficult on all of them.
    Earl is improving. He is receiving physical therapy and growing stronger. He continues to receive dialysis 3 times a week. The rash and swelling have improved and he is upbeat and talkative. Let’s thank God for these improvements while continuing to pray for his complete healing.

    A memorial will be held on Sunday Oct 29, 2017 at 6 PM at the Seventh Day Christian Assembly in Knoxville TN to remember our dear friend and brother in the faith, John Michael McCray.
    Pastor Swiger, Elder Truan, and Elder Johnson will conduct the service. Doors will open at 5:15 PM.

    Thank you for your ongoing prayers for his widow, Dora McCray, his children Brian and Sarah, and the rest of the family.

  12. This update on Audrey Nicke, Mother of Deb Paz, is from Evelyn Dailey 
    Just got a text from Deb, “We’ve been praying for a miracle and God answered our prayers.  They took the tube out and she’s responsive and alert.  They still have to do tests and evaluations.”

  13. The following prayer request is for Deb Paz’s Mother, Audrey Nickel.   Deb Paz is the secretary/administrative assistant for Joe Tkach, GCI.
    Prayers are requested Audrey Nickel.  Mrs. Nickel was vacationing in Florida with her siblings and suffered a stroke and brain bleed.  She is currently in a medically induced coma in ICU.  The doctors are waiting to remove the intubation tube until Deb and her brother arrive in Florida to be with her. Deb and her brother were en route to Florida last night and should arrive at the hospital sometime this morning (Monday).  Let’s pray for God’s gracious mercy to be with their Mom and the entire situation today.  He is able to do exceedingly above all that we may even think to ask.

  14. Recently one of our church members, Bruce Shuler, who many of you are familiar with, was involved in a major car accident.

     A driver ran through a stop sign and hit his car, causing his car to cross over the median and onto oncoming traffic and eventually into a light post. Fortunately, there were no vehicles coming in the other direction so his car was not struck a second time.

    However he did sustain a number of injuries, among them a torn rotator cuff, sprained wrist and fingers, a gash on the top of his head and bruises on his legs. In addition to dealing with severe neck spasms, he also lost a prosthetic eye during the accident that he is having replaced next week.

    He is in good spirits and was able to begin working one of his regular jobs again, but he is going to need physical therapy and is having an MRI of his shoulder taken to determine if surgery is needed.

    Please keep him in your prayers so that he may be able to recover fully.

    One last note, Bruce’s car was totaled in the accident and he was working a second job as a delivery driver. He is currently unable to continue this work until he replaces his vehicle. His family has setup a go fund me page where anyone can contribute towards him replacing his car. 

    You can visit the page here: https://www.gofundme.com/for-mr-bruce-shuler
    or by searching for Bruce Shuler on the go fund me website.

    Unfortunately, the driver that was at fault had expired insurance.

    Thank you for your prayers,
    The Church of God in Miami

  15. Lemiell McGarity ask for prayer regarding the principle of the school where she teach. He recognizes her as a believer and asked that we pray for him: Cartess Ross, who was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer  and given only 6 months to live. He had chosen to call on God for healing and not man’s medical treatment. Mr Ross recognizes the Way of God so request our heaven Father to heal him according to his faith to believe that the God we serve can heal him, in the name of Jesus.

    SDCA Knoxville, TN
     
    Friends and Prayer Partners,

    Sister Laura Maynard shared the following requests for her brother and her dad:

    Bob and Vicky Royer’s home burned last week in Santa Rosa, CA, now the effort to find housing means they have to wait in long lines for just a very few rentals left in that area.  So many are homeless now.  Let’s pray that they can find housing soon.

    I’d also like to ask for prayer for my father, Harry Royer – 92 yo, he and my step mother (Denyse Royer – 88 yo) fell coming out of a restaurant a few days back.  Denyse was ok, but Dad had to have 11 stitches, etc.  He says he has a “shiner” now on that eye.

    Sister Dora is safely back in TN, as is brother John McCray’s body. We will have the arrangements sometime on Monday and will be passing them along at that time.

    Thanks for your continued prayers for the family and friends in their time of grief.

    Thanks for caring and praying.

    Ken Swiger
    Pastor

    CGI Atlanta

    Eric Dettry Asked for pray for his granddaughter Alexis, she has had another seizure and really needs our heavenly Father’s intervention to remove the cause of her seizures, in the name of our Lord, our Savior, and our healer, Jesus Christ.

  16. Rod Matthews, GCI Mission Developer for Southern Asia and the South Pacific, who is battling prostate cancer, was scheduled for surgery on Friday, October 20. It is likely that he will be hospitalized for 3-4 days followed by several weeks of recuperation at home. Rod reports that he is in good health otherwise, and is feeling well. He wrote that, “It’s a real blessing to be part of a worldwide caring family, all in the measureless care of our Heavenly Father.”

    xxxxx

    Tom Smith, pastor of GCI’s congregation in the Pittsburgh, PA, area, was admitted to the hospital recently experiencing shortness of breath. Initial tests indicated he had a mild heart attack. A heart catheterization confirmed the diagnosis and stents were inserted to open two blocked arteries and medications were prescribed to deal with his congestive heart failure.  The doctor told Tom’s wife Pam that if Tom had not come in immediately when experiencing shortness of breath, he “probably would have come in on a stretcher.” Thanks to the many who already have been praying for Tom. Prayer is requested for his full recovery.
    Cards may be sent to:
    Tom and Pam Smith
    346 Steele St
    Monroeville, PA 15146-4656

  17. Please pray Rosemary Williams daughter in Italy who lost a baby at child birth a few days ago, for God to comfort the family.

    Please pray for Amanda Atkins, my granddaughter, who’s baby boy, my 12th grandson, was still born.

    Friends and Prayer Warriors,

    I am saddened to share the news that our dear brother in Messiah, John McCray, has passed away today in Florida as a result of brain injuries incurred in a massive stroke after the Feast of Tabernacles.

    Please join me in praying for his wife, Dora McCray and his adult children Brian and Sarah. Let’s ask God to provide comfort and solace to the family.

    Funeral arrangements will be in Maryville TN and I will pass them along when they become available.

    Our dear friend and brother Anthony Kimmons [COG MS] shares the following update on his recent health scare.

    Hello Friends,

    I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and concerned messages last night and today.

    I am home safe from a visit to the local hospital overnight, and want to fill in the details for those of you who might not have the whole story.

    For those of you that had no idea anything happened, please accept my apology for you being out of the loop.  We have had a very fast paced and confusing 20 hours.

    Yesterday, I spent a normal day at work, came home and cut grass till dark, had supper, etc.

    Pam went to bed a little early.  About 10:15 I went into the kitchen to get the coffee pot ready for the next morning.  As I was doing that, I started to feel dizzy.

    I sat down at the table to steady myself, and got to feeling better. When I stood up, I realized something was still wrong.  I was sweating profusely, felt nauseated, and my head started swimming again.

    I called for Pam to come help me, and she said my symptoms acted like a heart attack, even though I was not having any pains.  I asked her for an aspirin.  When she put one in my mouth I passed out and fell into the floor.  She thought I had died.  She said I was cold and clammy and had turned grey.

    She called 911 for an ambulance while working with me on the floor.  I woke back up while she was still on the phone, and realized I had an aspirin in my mouth.  I chewed it up and swallowed it, and asked Pam for some water.

    I started feeling cold, and she helped me to the couch to wait on the ambulance.

    I had a couple of more dizzy spells while headed to the hospital, and they said my blood pressure was really low.

    On arrival, they ran several EKG tests which did not show a heart attack.

    So that started a series of numerous tests in hopes to find a cause.  These lasted through the night, and until about noon today.  The results of these tests so far have been very good news that ruled out a lot of things.

    These included the following:

    EKG’s that showed no heart attack.

    Blood enzyme tests that showed no heart attack.

    CT Scan of the head that proved I did not have a stroke, or tumor, etc. , (and showed I actually do have a brain).

    CT Angio contrast scan of the lungs that showed the lungs clear and without any blood clots, normal arterial function, etc.

    All kinds of blood tests that show normal balances, levels, amounts, numbers, etc. that a person should have.

    And finally an Echo Cardiogram (Sonogram exam of the heart) that proved all functions of the heart and valves and rhythms and ratios and sizes and spaces and flows, etc. all appear normal and very healthy, especially for a 60 year old.

    So after ruling out a lot of very bad things, we still do not know why I had an episode they called a “Syncope and collapse”.  They sent me on home this afternoon.

    I am scheduled to go get a portable heart monitor tomorrow morning, and wear it for a day or so in case I have another spell in hopes to catch some more data.

    From friends I have talked to, a lot of folks either had a similar episode at some time, or know someone who has, and they never determined the cause.  Others have had a followup pace maker installed that prevented future episodes.

    Who knows what will turn out in my case?

    I like to think that either that is what happened, and there is no large cause for worry, or I did indeed have something serious and have already been healed of it.  I will gladly be thankful for either scenario.

    I just wish that others we know and love that have been suffering with health issues could get some good news as well.

    Please continue to pray for them, and offer up a prayer of thanks on my behalf.  It is hard to describe the feeling of realization that you may have been given a second chance.

    With love for you all, Anthony and Pam

    Let’s keep Anthony and Pam in our prayers and believe for a good report.

  18. Last week as Mark Jauch was doing what he loved to do, serving the Lord, he had a heart attack and passed away.  Mark was in Branson, Missouri with his sister, Karen Rogers, when he had a massive heart attack and died. Karen said he went the way he always wanted to, quickly and without a lot of pain.
    Sympathy cards may be sent to Mark’s sister at:
    Karen Rogers
    1795 Kessel
    Ava, IL 62907

  19. From Daniel Harper:
    Thank you for your prayers for our eight-month old son, William. He has spent the last few days on life support, but today was a good day. He was given the chance to breathe on his own today, and he responded well. He has been discharged from intensive care here at St. Mary’s Hospital in London and placed in their pediatric ward. He tested positive for the flu. He is also being tested for other infectious diseases, and results will not be in for several days. We have seen God’s intervention for William and all our family through all this. Please continue to pray for his speedy recovery.
    ***
    From Ron Kelly, COGWA pastor, Greensboro, Hickory & Raleigh, NC:
    Your prayers are requested for Clayton Burrow, a deacon from the Greensboro, North Carolina, congregation. Clayton became sick during the Feast and had to come home. He was subsequently admitted to the hospital and has been diagnosed with a bile duct blockage caused by a Klatskin tumor on his liver. This caused abdominal pain and jaundice.  He will have a surgical procedure this week to remove the left side of his liver. The hope is that it will grow back within seven weeks. He and his wife, Inez, appreciate your prayers for God’s intervention and healing.
    4483 Fork Creek Mill Road
    Seagrove, NC 27341
    ***
    Chuck Sinon (COGWA Elder: St. Petersburg, FL) requests your prayers for his sister-in-law, Patty Sinon. Patty recently had a mammogram which indicated the need for a biopsy.  Patty’s husband, Jay, requests for prayers for a good result of the upcoming test.
    ***
    On a personal note, while on the road home from the Feast in New Braunfels, TX, we learned of the passing of Kit Holloway.  We met Kit and his family after we moved to California in late 1972 and Kit became one of my “bestest buddies.”  We enjoyed countless hours playing ping pong, sharing many church-related activities and just being together.  We moved to Texas in 1977 and formed a business relationship.  That activity eventually ended (on pleasant terms) and our friendship remained intact.  Years and miles physically separated us, but phone calls and emails maintained our mutual feelings.  For the past several years he and his wife, Elaine, have fellowshipped with the Church of God Big Sandy.  Elaine, has fallen into poor health the last few years but Kit remained strong until he suffered a stroke on May 23 and was admitted to a nursing facility in Gladewater. TX.  His battle ended about 3 AM on Wednesday morning.  He will be missed.  I ask you to remember Elaine and the children, Cheryl, Lance and Dawn as well as the grandchildren.

  20. Elder Stephen Seachord shared the following update on Terry Gaddy.

    Betty Gaddy called and said when Terry was at the doctor office, started coughing again
    and running a fever and the doctor sent Terry to the hospital. 
    Terry is totally exhausted and not having any rest from sore chest and ribs. 
    Terry is at the Methodist Hospital in Garland on Renner Road. 
    Please remember them both in your prayers.

    Thanks for lifting Terry up in prayer.

    Pleas join me in pausing to pray for the request below shared by brother Skip Martin [COG Arkansas] for Suzette White.

    Ken Swiger
    Pastor
    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Skip Martin 
    Date: Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 9:58 PM
    Subject: FW: Prayer request
    To: Skip Martin

    Danny Akers asked me to send this prayer request.  Please pray for Suzette White, and her family.

    Subject: Prayer request

    I have a friend of over 50 years in Hot Springs whose wife is having a heart procedure tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. Her name is Suzette White.  Suzette’s medical procedure is tomorrow morning at St. Vincent in Little Rock.  It is called a CARDIAC ABLATION, where electrode catheters are inserted into a major vein leading to the heart and the areas causing ATRIAL FIBRILLATION (irregular heart rhythms).  The problem areas of the heart’s atria causing the fibrillation are then destroyed with electrical charges. It is a relatively dangerous procedure which carries a number of risks, but not having it done is more risky according to her doctor. Please pray that all will go well for Suzette. Thanks.

    May God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer.

    Ken Swiger
    Pastor

    Praise report from: William P Goff

    Thank you brethren for your prayers, and praise our Heavenly Father for healing Haron so quickly. He is back at the orphanage and doing well. Praise God.

  21. I am always happy to share PRAISE REPORTS regarding those who have been our our prayer list. Please see the update below from Rick & Eileen Beltz regarding George Gainey.

    Join me in giving thanks to the Almighty God, our Father.

    Ken Swiger
    Pastor

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Rick Beltz 
    Date: Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 12:12 PM
    Subject: George Gainey Prayer Update
    To: 

    Hi all,

    We just received another update this morning from my sister Barbie about her husband George. It reads as follows:

    “After eight of the longest months of our lives and by the grace of God, George finally returns to work on Monday 10/16! He’s starting at four hours a day till he builds up his stamina. Praise God!” 

    We hope you all had a successful and inspiring Feast. Thank you all again for your prayers over the past several months for my sister and her husband.

    ICL,
    Rick & Eileen 

    United Christian Church Birmingham, AL

    Many of you may remember Morris Patterson from years past.  Morris passed away late last week of leukemia.  His funeral will be Wednesday, at Bolton Funeral Home, 207 Hwy. 47 South, Columbiana, Alabama. 

    Visitation will be at 1 p.m., and the funeral will begin at 2.

  22. Elder Wade Johnson [SDCA Knoxville] shared this update for his wife, Sharon Johnson.

    Sharon is in room 115 at NHC Oak Ridge. She undergoing Physical therapy to strengthen her body especially er legs. She can’t walk. It is a tough go for her and my heart hurts to see her struggling both physically and mentally.
    We don’t know how long this process will take.

    Thank you all for remembering lift Sharon and Wade up in your daily prayers. Let’s pray for their strength 

    Here is the latest information on John McCray. Copied with permission from Cheryl Miller’s Face Book page.

    1am update on John McCray. I just called & talked to John McCray’s nurse (Dora asked me to do that earlier.) She said he has not made any changes, still on Bipap (Not CPAP, I think Dora may have misunderstood,) but he is resting well. She gave him a dose of Haldol (that’s what worked last night) early in her shift to help him stay calm and not be agitated throughout the night. She was watching him as we spoke. Said he was sleeping peacefully but the medication should be all worn off by morning in time for the Doctors and therapists to come to see him. She said his MRI isn’t officially scheduled yet for Monday but the Doctors would be there in the morning to see how to proceed & if they can attempt the MRI Monday as they hoped. 

    His nurse said they may just give him a larger dose of Haldol instead of something else since it’s working so well for him. But, the Docs make that call. I did stress to her he had a bad reaction to whatever they gave him before they tried earlier. She said she will pass that along to everyone making the decisions tomorrow. 

    The Case Manager will be there to start working on helping Dora while she is there, managing insurance questions and once he is much more stable, her job is to try to figure out how to get him to TN for Rehab. It may not be possible, some insurances refuse to pay for transfers. Hopefully we will know more over the next couple of days. 

    Tomorrow (well, I guess officially today now) may be overwhelming to Dora so please be patient if you are trying to reach her. There will be A LOT of people coming to see him, evaluate him, try to decide the best way to treat him at this time…. It will be a stressful day for Dora so please keep both John & Dora in your prayers. Ken Swiger, Carol Truan, Sheila Parton Davis, I promised to share updates, that’s all I know at this time. Please share with all those praying.

    Also, Carol Truan asked for prayers for her and David as they try to be a help and blessing to John & Dora.

    David and Carol Truan and Cheryl MIller have provided updates this afternoon.

    They say that John does have some responses and had tears when Dora came in and when they moved him in the bed today. He is not intubated, but rather has a CPAP full time to keep his airway open.

    They did an ultrasound on his carotid arteries and they are showing up as clear. They also did a chest xray today. They plan to try to do the MRI tomorrow. They hope to leave John to just rest most of the day today. They decided to not give him any more sedating meds as they think that may have contributed to the breathing struggles yesterday.

    Tomorrow Dora will meet with the social worker to learn the options available to her for housing while John is in the hospital.

    Here is the latest information on John McCray from Cheryl Miller:

    Just got off the phone with Dora. She said John McCray has remained calm all day, they just did another breathing treatment and are keeping him on CPAP most of the time. David & Carol have been there and he knows who everyone is. He squeezes peoples hands and let’s them know when he needs the bed up and down. He still has no movement on his right side and cannot speak but he is calm, breathing well and is responsive. The plan is still to attempt the MRI again tomorrow. John is EXTREMELY claustrophobic so he needs lots of prayers that he can get through that ok. Dora is calm and David & Carol have been a huge support to her. She said to thank everyone for the prayers and to keep them coming. Feel free to share!

    Let’s give thanks that John is able to respond to stimuli.

    Thanks for your prayers for John and Dora.

    Here is an update on the Cossey family (on our prayer list under Special Needs) from sister Laura Maynard. These are relatives from the California fire zone. The devastation there is terrible.

    I heard from Debby Sue Cossey (Special Needs – Cossey Family) the other night.  They live on a hillside in Guerneville, CA, and were ready to run from the fires if need be.  I think they are still doing fine in that regard.  

    Both she and Nelson Cossey are extremely depressed and anxious over the two sons who are on the streets of Santa Rosa using drugs.  They heard from Jacob on Monday, but then nothing.  No word from Joshua.  Several homeless encampments have burned, but no casualties are reported.  Nelson has some major health issues as does Debby Sue that are aggravated by all this stress.  

    We talked for about an hour or so on the phone.  I really wish they were part of a church, but they are going to listen to sermons on line as Debby Sue says she is in desperate need of spiritual strength and hope.  She is truly running on empty since her mom died a few months back and now seeing so many of their friends dislocated by the fire.

    Let’s keep them in our prayers.

    Friends and Prayer Warriors,

    Please pause to pray tonight for a brother in Christ, Mike Mayfield. Here is the request shared by Darla and Roger Bright:

    Please put Mike Mayfield on your prayer list. He is a long time member of the COG that lives in Indiana.He could not make it to the Feast this year because of medical issues and found out this past thursday that he has kidney cancer. He is a great friend and brother in Christ. So please send out to your list. Hope you had a great Feast as we did. God is good.

  23. I learned just now that our dear friend and brother in Messiah, John McCray [SDCA Knoxville] has suffered a stroke and is in the hospital in Fort Walton Beach Florida.

    Elder David Truan is enroute to the hospital as I type this. We do not know the extent of the damage from the stroke just yet, but I will pass along the information as it becomes available. For now, please join me in praying for the effects to be no more than temporary and not severe. Let’s also lift up John’s wife [Dora McCray] in prayer for strength for this trial and peace in knowing that it will be alright.

    Thanks for being instant in prayer. Let us fervently pray for John and Dora.

    Update 10/14/2017: 

     just spoke with Elder David Truan who is on-site with John and Dora McCary in Fort Walton Beach. John has been admitted to the hospital. His condition is basically unchanged; no speech, and partial paralysis (right side).

    They gave him a sedative to prepare him for an MRI (he has a history of claustrophobia and violent reactions to MRI enclosures). However, instead of calming John, the medication caused him to be hyper and irritable (apparently this is NOT a very unusual thing to happen). So, they were unable to perform the MRI today. 

    They put him on a CPAP and got him to be a little calmer after a while. He is back on oxygen now. They are going to try a different sedative tonight to calm him and help him rest so that they can try to do the MRI tomorrow. He is apparently aware of his situation, but is very restless and keeps removing his heart monitor connections (John has previously had a heart attack).

    Let’s pray that God will guide the medical professionals to use the correct meds to calm him and let him rest tonight. Let’s also pray for Dora.

    Update 10/14/2017: Cheryl Miller has updated me on the status of John McCray. She and Phil are there with Dora and John at the hospital.

    They have moved John to ICU. He is really struggling to breathe and they are concerned about his respiratory status. He is also physically restless and extremely agitated. He is still trying to pull off his electrodes/connections.

    Dora has been there all day. She rode in the ambulance with John. At some point Phil & Cheryl will take her back to the condo to get some rest once they get him settled in ICU.

    Please continue to pray fervently about this situation. Pray for John to be calm and get some rest. Pray that he will not have another stroke and will start to breathe more easily.

    Please note the update below on Tina Hargis from sister Tamala Taylor.

    Hello Ken, Here is a copy a text I received from Tina Hargis who is on our pray list. Tamala Praise report: my pathology report came back tumor 1 cm in size, we’ll differentiated cells, no metastasis. They also took one of my lymph nodes, they call it a sentinel node and checked it— no cancer cells. I believe in the power of prayer, and thank all of you who knelt and asked the Lord to heal me, help us make wise decisions, and for wisdom for the doctors and nurses who cared for me. I have an appt. Tuesday, October 24 with an Oncologist in Atlanta to follow up and see what I need to do to to discourage growth of lingering cells, etc. Thank you again for you interest in me, cards, phone calls, e-mails, taking the time to pray and ask the Lord to be with me during this scary time. Blessings to you!!

    Elder Danny Jacques of the Fellowship of the Word congregation in North Carolina shared the following request for a Church of God member in their state.

    Virgil Prindle has been fighting cancer of the trigeminal nerve (affects the eyes and jaw). He has been trying herbal remedies to remove the cancerous growths with some level of success for a while. but now he has severe bouts of pain that come and go. He has been unable to eat or drink for up to 8 days. After the pain subsides he is sometimes able to drink a half cup of water.

    Let’s pray for our God to do what the doctors cannot on Virgil’s behalf. Join me in praying that our Heavenly Father will find it in His will to bring healing to our brother in Christ.

    Thanks for prayer

    Ken Swiger
    Pastor

    Greetings,

    Praises to our Almighty Father and His Beloved Son Jesus Christ. The Kenyan Brethren had a wonderful feast, but the past few days “Haron” the overseer at the Sengera Orphanage took sick. They brought him to the local clinic where they diagnosed typhoid and brucella. .But today he was unresponsive, unable to talk. He was transported to a hospital in Bomet Kenya (long distance away) Currently they are running tests. Please pray for him. Haron oversees our 17 church orphans in Sengera.
    Thank You
    bill Goff

  24. From Bruce Gore, COGWA pastor, Atlanta, Jefferson & Macon, GA:
     
    Daniel and Cindy Harper, serving in the ministry in the French work, as well as our local congregations, called with a prayer request from the ministry this morning. They are in London and have had to admit their little baby, William, to the hospital. He is in the ICU and clinging to life. We will provide updates when they are available. Thank you for your prayers.

  25. From Ben Light, elder, Salem, Oregon, United Church of God:
     
    It is with the heaviest of hearts that I notify you of the death of John Cafourek.
     
    John was in surgery yesterday for 9.5 hours and the surgeon was able to repair a leaky valve—and replaced it with a cow valve. His heart had restarted and was pumping on its own. The surgeon said it was a miracle that he had survived as long as he had with the leak where it was located.
     
    John made it through the surgery successfully, and the initial prognosis looked good. As the night continued, however, his condition deteriorated. The doctors struggled to control the bleeding, and his body would not respond to efforts to warm him up. His heart finally gave out a little after 1 a.m. Pacific time this morning.
     
    As you might imagine, Sandy is devastated and it’s been a very long couple of days for her and the family. No one has had any serious sleep since he was admitted.

    John has served God’s people for many years, in many different congregations, and was a shepherd in its truest sense. The sheep always came first. We’re going to miss him terribly, but we praise and thank God for the example he set and for the time that we had with him. Precious in the eyes of God is the death of His saints. We all look forward to the fulfillment of God’s plan, and the resurrection of his saints–when we will see him again.
     
    More information will be forthcoming with regards to his memorial service.

  26. From Phil Sandilands, COGWA pastor, New Orleans, LA; Laurel, MS:

    Sam Dungan of the Laurel, Mississippi, congregation, is requesting prayers. He has been diagnosed with Central Serous Retinopathy (fluid on the retina). He went blind in the left eye within a week. The doctor would like to do a laser procedure if he doesn’t show improvement within a few weeks. He would love to regain full eyesight without any further problems. Please pray for God’s guidance and ultimate healing.
    93 Low Road
    Grove Hill, AL 36451

  27. Dear Brethren, my brother-in-law, Allen, was admitted to the hospital today for a urinary tract infection that needs IV antibiotics. His pacemaker battery is also low, and they want to replace that, but he needs to be free of infection first. He is being monitored and will be re-evaluated next week for the surgery.

    My step-son-in-law, Greg, had his follow up Pet Scan after being on Keytruda (for the throat cancer to the lungs) for about 6 weeks. The report stated some of his tumors are shrinking, and they are all very encouraged. They have approved him for another 6 weeks of the treatment. Meanwhile, he feels great and has had no side effects from the medicine. He is very strong and energetic.

    William Cole, has had more skin grafting and his leg is looking better and better. There is an area that keeps requiring new grafting because it was muscle deep, but I think they are hopeful about it. He still needs physical therapy for more complete healing and use of his leg, but he is so much better. He is home, and all treatments are outpatient. We are all so grateful for your prayers for everyone!

  28. Jennifer Orsburn had successful five-way bypass surgery on October 26.  At that time it was reported that she has congestive heart failure; her heart is working at 10-15%.  Yesterday, November 2, Jennifer suffered a stroke on her left side and she also has a blood clot.  She was anointed by Mr. Steve Ferenchiak yesterday evening.  He mentions, “Right now it doesn’t look good but we know it is in God’s hands.  And those are good hands for Jennifer to be in.”  Your continued prayers are deeply appreciated!

  29. Betty Foston and children on passing of Andrew Foston
    Rosemary’ and Steve’s daughter and husband that lost their baby during childbirth
    Temeisha Quick – Mother’s car situation and grandparents property be protected from vandalism; and her to be granted favor to be blessed with funds for a car
    Christiane (and Glenn) Williams’s with loss of her mother
    Earl Thomas (friend of Vonciel and Sherry) pancreatic cancer as he undergoes Chemo treatment
    Reginald Jenkins enlarged prostrate, husband of Anne Owens Jenkins, formerly of Atlanta (friend of Sherry)
    Prayer for all people impacted by Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey and Nate.
    Jarmaine Earnest and family – home challenges with water leak with possible mildew and mold seeking 100% insurance assistance for repairs, job situation to supplement one income family now, medical bills relief with hospital costs, grace with current job for acceptable ratings, and all parents to lead family in God’s will
    Sarah Ingram recovery and healing of heart attack
    Steve Williams healing and strength of his heart situation
    Marilyn Walton job (and hiring contractors) in Savannah and protection and care of her grandchildren
    Joe & Theresa Edwards health issues
    Jerald Burk Prostrate Cancer 

  30. Good morning brethren. Please pray  that our heavenly Father intervene on behalf of Samuel and Seth Williams, my son-in-law and grandson who both are running very high fevers with flu like symptoms. Also pray that Tuova and Eli be protected from it. 

  31. Jennifer Orsburn had emergency surgery Friday due to swelling of the brain.  She came out of the surgery OK and is opening her eyes and is responding to commands.  She has movement on her right side and a little movement on her left side.  The nurses and doctors are continuing to monitor her closely

  32. Thanks so much for your prayer on behalf of the Williams family. There has been very little change in their condition today so I ask that you continue to pray for the family especially Samuel and Seth. Thanks again for your prayers.

    Lemie McGarity

    SDCA Knoxville, TN

    Please pause to pray for our sister Evonne Butler [SDCA]. We were told today that she is suffering from pneumonia. Let’s pray for quick and complete healing.

    Angie Boston asked us to pray for her friend Mary Lou Caldwell who has financial difficulties. We also need to pray for Angie Boston as she is having car troubles.

    Let’s also remember our brother in the faith, Ronald Schemenauer [COG Indiana] who has broken his leg as a result of falling at a work project in his farmhouse.

    Please pause to pray for brother Ted Maynard this evening. Ted is in the hospital with a high fever and a bad infection in his foot. Ted is a diabetic and must keep on top of his health issues. Sister Laura Maynard promises to keep us updated.

    Please also pray for me, Ken Swiger. I have been very sick all day with projectile vomiting and severe pain in my stomach and abdomen. 

  33. To all you wonderful brethren,
     
        This is Kim, and I am writing from Wynn’s personal email account as we finally got his computer and things back from the deer lease, where they were left when the accident occurred.  This way, I can use the email addresses he has on file, as he has some that I don’t have in mine.  I am sure many of you have received some information, but I hope to fill in some gaps, as well as, give an update from today.  I apologize if I have outdated email addresses, so please feel free to share this email forward to others.
     
    I took Wynn to his primary doctor yesterday to begin the process of getting in to see the specialists he needs to see.  Just to refresh, Wynn fell last Wednesday evening, Nov. 1, about 15 feet from his bow stand at the deer lease.  He remembers feeling a little nauseous and dizzy and thought he should get down.  Apparently, he started down, passed out and fell, landing mostly on the right side of his face and body.  He was taken by ambulance to a small hospital 40 minutes from the lease, and then airlifted to San Antonio University Hospital early Thursday morning.  I brought him home on Friday.  He has bilateral bone fractures (below each eye) and a right temporal bone fracture (skull fracture, side of head).  He had some bleeding in the brain, which stopped, but there is swelling that has to diminish, and that is causing most of his pain.  His right eye is swollen shut, and the eyeball itself is swollen.  Unfortunately, he had his hard contacts in his eyes when he fell.  We were able to get him to pop out the left one, but we are unsure if the right eye still has the contact.  We won’t know until he sees the eye doc.  He does have blurry vision in it, if he manually raises his eyelid.
     
        The primary doctor set up appointment schedules, and we go to an ophthalmologist tomorrow, to get the eye checked.  We have an appointment with the neurologist on Nov. 28 to check what might be possibly causing this passing out scenario, and the neurosurgeon is waiting to see the records from San Antonio, to check the bone fractures, and assess when we need to see him for further tests.  We don’t think there is going to be any surgery involved, just mainly concerned for the swelling.  The primary doctor predicts up to 6 weeks of recovery, but of course, we don’t know how that will involve driving or anything at this point.
     
    Today has been a nice turning point for Wynn… God is certainly merciful.  His pain and swelling is subsiding somewhat, and he had an appetite today, in which he has not wanted food since the accident.  He ate a little breakfast and lunch, bathed this afternoon which relaxed him, and he is able to manage.  He was tired out, I think, from talking on the phone a couple of times, and TV noise bothers him as his brain is trying to process what he is watching, so he’s resting and walking around.
     
    Thanks for everyone’s prayers, love and concern, and I will continue to send updates as we progress.  Please feel free to contact me at my email of kimster819@suddenlink.net, reply back to this one, or text me at 903-239-1092. 

  34. From Kim Skelton; wife of Wayne Skelton, Elder, CGI, Tyler, TX

    Wynn fell last Wednesday evening, Nov. 1, about 15 feet from his bow stand at the deer lease.  He remembers feeling a little nauseous and dizzy and thought he should get down.  Apparently, he started down, passed out and fell, landing mostly on the right side of his face and body.  He was taken by ambulance to a small hospital 40 minutes from the lease, and then airlifted to San Antonio University Hospital early Thursday morning.  I brought him home on Friday. 

    He has bilateral bone fractures (below each eye) and a right temporal bone fracture (skull fracture, side of head).  He had some bleeding in the brain, which stopped, but there is swelling that has to diminish, and that is causing most of his pain.  His right eye is swollen shut, and the eyeball itself is swollen.  He does have blurry vision in it, if he manually raises his eyelid.
     
    I took Wynn to his primary doctor today to begin the process of getting in to see the specialists he needs to see. The doctor today set up an appointment with an ophthalmologist on Wednesday, to get the eye checked (we think his contact may still be in the eye but somehow at the side, just not sure).  Have an appointment with the neurologist on Nov. 28 to check what might be possibly causing this passing out, and the neurosurgeon is waiting to see the records to check the bone fractures.  We don’t think there is going to be any surgery involved, just mainly checking the swelling.  The primary doctor predicts up to 6 weeks of recovery, but of course, we don’t know how that will involve driving or anything at this point. 

    Appreciate everyone’s care and concern, and most of all, their prayers.

    Kim

    PS  I might add that you pray for Kim too.  This has been a very stressful time for her too.  To be told your spouse is being airlifted because of head trauma and you having to drive 6 hours to get there, I’m surprised she’s standing.  I think the primary doctor’s prediction of 6 weeks is very very conservative but maybe with all our prayers, he’ll be right.

  35. Samuel and Seth Williams are doing much better.  Samuel is still weak from the high fevers and dehydration but has returned to work yesterday.  Seth still had a slight fever this morning but seems to be doing much better. Thank all of you for intervening on their behalf.

    Lemie  

    CGI Update on Wynn Skelton

    From his wife Kim:
    I took Wynn to his primary doctor today (Nov. 6) to begin the process of getting in to see the specialists he needs to see. Just to refresh, Wynn fell last Wednesday evening, Nov. 1, about 15 feet from his bow stand at the deer lease. He remembers feeling a little nauseous and dizzy and thought he should get down. Apparently, he started down, passed out and fell, landing mostly on the right side of his face and body. He was taken by ambulance to a small hospital 40 minutes from the lease, and then airlifted to San Antonio University Hospital early Thursday morning. I brought him home on Friday. He has bilateral bone fractures (below each eye) and a right temporal bone fracture (skull fracture, side of head). He had some bleeding in the brain, which stopped, but there is swelling that has to diminish, and that is causing most of his pain. His right eye is swollen shut, and the eyeball itself is swollen. He does have blurry vision in it, if he manually raises his eyelid.
    The doctor today set up an appointment with an ophthalmologist on Wednesday, to get the eye checked (we think his contact may still be in the eye but somehow at the side, just not sure). Have an appointment with the neurologist on Nov. 28 to check what might be possibly causing this passing out, and the neurosurgeon is waiting to see the records to check the bone fractures. We don’t think there is going to be any surgery involved, just mainly checking the swelling. The primary doctor predicts up to 6 weeks of recovery, but of course, we don’t know how that will involve driving or anything at this point. Appreciate everyone’s care and concern, and most of all, their prayers.
    Update today, Nov. 7:
    He woke up feeling amazingly better, swelling subsiding a tiny bit, as well as, pain subsiding. Only one one pain pill now as needed. He has been walking, and he actually had an appetite, which he hasn’t had since the accident. He ate a little breakfast and wanted a small burger for lunch… and I always say that when a man wants a burger, things are looking up! Smile
    He tired out easily and is now sleeping again, but he is progressing a tiny bit. Thanks all, for love and prayers.
    Kim

    SDCA Knoxville, TN

    Friends and Prayer Team,

    I am hapy to share this PRAISE REPORT from sister Joanna Carroll [COG AL] on behalf of her son, Mark Medina [#46 under Sickness & Suffering].

    Here is text from Joanna’s email:

     I wanted to thank everyone & you for the prayers for my son Mark Medina his eye surgery was a success. He’s doing well & back at work. Thank you so much.

    I am forwarding this special request to you. Please scroll down to read about baby Connor Beers [Maysville KY]. The family lives 2 hours from the children’s hospital in Cincinnati. Sister Keri Aschenbrenner shared the request and sister Sharon Richardson passed it along to me. Keri wrote: “I know they have high deductible emergency insurance, so financial help is probably the main thing.  Her paypal email is:  ohiofab1@yahoo.com.”

    Thanks for pausing to pray for Connor and his family.

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Sharon Richardson 
    Date: Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 3:18 PM
    Subject: Prayers for 5 month old baby and family
    To: Sharon Richardson

    This is heart-breaking; I can’t imagine the shock and stress this family went through (and will be going through for a long time) upon learning of Connor’s diagnosis. I don’t know any more than what is revealed in the letter below, but I will try to get more details and send them on to you.  See photo link above….
     
    Sunday the 29th,  after seeing some concerning issues with baby Connor,  I took him to children’s hospital.  I wasn’t sure what we were dealing with,  but felt it was something quirky or minor and we would be back home in a couple of days.  Nothing could have prepared me for what we were  going to find out over our 7 day stay there.  Our world is turned upside down and our hearts are shattered.  

    His official diagnosis is Semilobar Holoproencephaly.  Basically his brain did not fully develop when he was in utero,  and I hold strong beliefs that it was caused by the medication #zofran which I took during his pregnancy  because  I lost 30 lbs  the first 11 weeks.  At that time I felt I had no (legal) options.  

    So…what we know… After a week in the hospital,  he is home with oxygen for some apnea episodes he has. He is healthy and from the outside,  you would never no that on the inside things are SO wrong. His smile lights up every room he enters.   He will never be “normal”.  He will always be a special needs baby with ever declining/poor health.  And that we need to live the time we have with him to the fullest.  

    What we don’t know…how much time that is.  It could be days,  weeks,  years.  There is such a wide spectrum of this condition that some do not survive birth, and others outlive their care at a  pediatric  hospital.  

    We know some things that will be affected and what we will have to do when the time comes, so we will be having to make some life decisions based on his future care.  We will need to live close to a children’s hospital,  and we need  to live in a state with legal use of medical marijuana to lessen the dependency and consequences of pharmaceuticals.   

    To the few people who I had told and offered prayers and support,  thank you.  And to everyone else,  prayers for our future with baby  Connor are appreciated.
     
    Felicia

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    Here is an update on George Gainey [previously on the prayer list for throat cancer]. Please see the request/update below. 

    Let’s ask God to have his perfect will in the lives of the Gainey family, and that he will provide complete recovery from the shoulder injury.

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Rick Beltz 
    Date: Tue, Nov 7, 2017 at 11:42 AM
    Subject: George Gainey Prayer Request
    To: 

    Hi all,

    We just received another update this morning from my sister Barbie about her husband George. It reads as follows:

    “George’s shoulder has been bothering him really bad for a month or so.  X-Ray had shown arthritis. Then his right had started weird stuff and he was unable to clench a fist, opening a doorknob became near impossible.  Shoulder continued to hurt so he went for an MRI yesterday.  Not good.  He has two torn tendons at his rotator cuff.  Surgery is a must or it will only get worse causing complete loss of his right arm. No clue how it happened either, obviously from lifting something he shouldn’t have but of course he won’t fess up.
    He has to stop working now, have the surgery and who knows what happens after that.  I swear, he just cannot get a break.  Even with having a few flaws, who doesn’t, he is one of the greatest, nicest, gentlemen I have come to know.  Why all of these medical issues are attacking him only God knows.  
    I will keep you posted. However it is now certain this property is no longer an option.  Neither one of us can keep up with it anymore. I don’t even know where to start anymore.”
    Thank you all again for your prayers over the past several months for my sister and her husband.

    ICL,
    Rick & Eileen 

    Our God is an awesome God! 

    My last communication with you on behalf of Ted Maynard was quite bleak. They were talking about amputation. Ted told me this morning that if they didn’t amputate his foot they would have to keep him on IV and just put him in Hospice. The infection in his bloodstream was very bad and was now in his bones.

    After talking with Ted we paused to pray fervently for God to heal him and use the healing as a testimony to the doctors and medical professionals.

    I just got off the speaker phone with Ted and Laura and they shared some wonderful news. There has been a miraclulous turn-around. The doctor indicated that their diagnosis must have been wrong. There is no infection in his bones and they are sending him home TODAY with just some antibiotics.

    Hallelujah! Our God reigns! 

    Ted and Laura asked me to express their thanks for your prayers and to let you know that prayers work! We will pray that a seed of faith was planted in someone because of this miracle.

    Please join me in giving thanks to our loving Heavenly Father.

    Please pause to pray this morning for our dear friend and brother in the faith, Skip Martin [COG Arkansas] who is in the hospital today and intubated. It sounds like a serious allergic reaction, but he didn’t respond to Benadryl and they don’t have the diagnosis yet. Please see the request below shared by sister Sharon Richardson.
    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Sharon Richardson 
    Date: Tue, Nov 7, 2017 at 10:37 AM
    Subject: RE: Skip Martin
    To: Sharon Richardson

    I just spoke with Dianne and Skip is in the hospital, sedated and intubated.  They went to the hospital last night because Skip was having difficulty breathing/swallowing.  He had taken Benadryl but it wasn’t helping, and the doctor still doesn’t have a diagnosis, but found that his tongue was VERY swollen.  An ENT will be consulted and Dianne will let everyone know the results….she is running on fumes after getting no sleep and has asked several different people to get the word out.  It’s impossible for her to call everyone she wants notified.  Please pray for a speedy and complete recovery….Skip is quite agitated and will most likely have to stay at least until tomorrow.
     
    Thank you for praying for God’s intervention!
     
    Shay
    When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.

  36. Here is an update on our friend and fellow-believer, Mr. Ed Martel (thanks to his daughter, Tiffany Lively) who has been battling long against a diabetic wound on his foot.

    Unfortunately, my father has received horrible news in regards to his foot and wound.  He had MRSA and Gangrene and they fear it is in the bones.  They are calling in an infectious disease doctor.  A piece of his bone came out during his weekly debraiding appointment of his foot wounds, which alarmed the doctor.  It takes a while to culture the bone so they meet next Friday.  

    If it is, the guess is that he will be placed on iv antibiotics for 6 weeks,  he had terrible reactions to antibiotics and the doctors are very worried about how he will respond since they are so strong.  My mom will have to change the iv once a day which is a half hour process.  She is so upset and scared because she has no idea what she’s doing and the doctor warned her that if he’s given too much, it’ll kill him.  Also, if in the bones, its likely he’ll lose at least one toe.  

    My father was anointed at the feast by many elders (I believe the count was 12).  We were thinking he was going to begin skin graphing sessions and this news is a huge setback and blow to us.  He has been experiencing severe back pain and goes to a chiropractor tomorrow to see if it’s an adjustment type of fix or if something is wrong with his kidneys.  

    We greatly appreciate your fervent prayers.  We are grateful to each person who pauses in their busy lives to lift my father up in prayer.  He is such a wonderful man of God and we pray the infection is not in his bones and his toes and foot may still be saved, let alone his life at this point.  We believe our Father can do anything and pray he intervenes.

    He turns 57 on Monday the 13th.  

    Thank you all,
    Tiffany Lively 

    Please pause to pray with me for Ed’s healing, and for strength and courage for his wife. What a great present that would be for his birthday.

    UPDATE ON Ted Maynard [diabetic foot wound] – Ted was experiencing swelling and pain in his foot last night and went to the ER at UT Medical Center. They changed his antibiotics and gave him something for pain management. Please join me in praying that Ted’s wound will heal now and the pain will subside.

    Sister Sharon Richardson updates us on the status of Skip Martin (see the email below). Always glad to share positive results to our prayers.

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Sharon Richardson 
    Date: Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 10:19 AM
    Subject: Morning Update on Skip

    Yahoo!  Thanks to our Heavenly Father for hearing and answering the prayers for Skip!  He has been extubated, is awake, alert and talking!  The swelling went down but the task to discover the cause of this is still ahead of him; this may mean keeping a diary of every single thing (food, medications, etc.) that he puts in his mouth.  It could turn out to be a lengthy procedure, but they do need to know what’s behind this so that it won’t keep occurring.  It is uncertain at this hour whether or not he will go home today, but I wanted to pass on the good news as soon as I talked with Dianne— she was eager for all of you to hear the good news asap.  How wonderful it is to get to tell you about it!  
     
    Shay
    LORD, help me live the life I say I believe.

  37. Update for Wynn Skelton from his wife Kim Skelton; 11/8/17

    He is actually feeling a tiny bit better and swelling in right side has subsided some. I called Dr. Mullins yesterday, and he suggested Wobenzym from Granary to get that swelling down. It already is and he has only taken one pain pill this morning instead of two. Ate one egg, two pieces turkey bacon and a piece of toast!!
    He is still very tired but not as excruciating pain, thanks to God’s mercy. Day at a time, and I am getting rest!!
    For those of you who would like to send a card:
    Wynn & Kim Skelton
    403 Mari-Beth
    White Oak, TX 75693

    xxxxx

    Larry and Bonnie Greider (COGWA: St. Petersburg, FL) request your prayers their daughter, Karie Wohlgemuth, who had been admitted to the hospital for tests to determine the cause of her very high heart rate. So far, attempts to control it with drugs have not been successful and may not be until the cause is discovered.

  38. Hi to all,
     
    I am using the update I sent the other day, because I am finding more email addresses to send to.  This will fill in the newbies and update the rest of you. 
     
        Yesterday, we went to the ophthalmologist, and received the good news that his right contact was NOT in his eye, and that was a major relief.  He appears to have no damage to the back of the eye, but it is swollen and drying out, so we have gel drops to apply.  The 7th nerve (cranial) which goes from behind the ear to the face is damaged, which causes numbness on the right side of his face.  That will heal, though.  The only cause for possible concern is if the orbital bone fracture under the eye (called a ‘blowout fracture’) has pinched the eye muscle.  The CAT scan from the hospital should show that, and the neurosurgeon just received the records.  We have a follow-up with him locally on the 21st.  If the eye muscle is pinched in the fracture, there would have to be surgery.  We just have to have swelling subside and see what the scans show.  Otherwise, he will have double vision for awhile.
     
        His appetite is returning, and he is walking.  We took a walk down our street and back, and though he is still in pain, it is diminishing a bit.
     
        Thank you again for all of your care and concern.  Please feel free to share with others. 
     

  39. Please pray for Donna G. Finley who on Wednesday night had to be taken to the emergency room for severe abdominal pain. After ex-rays, she was diagnosed with having aq sist on her pancreas, three (3) kidney stones, and an umbilical hornier. Beseech our Heavenly Father to remember the broken and beaten body of our Lord and Savior Jesus, which he crushed on our behalf, and apply it to the problems now facing Donna Gaye, and her family that she may be comforted and given strength to endure unto healing in the name of Jesus.

    SDCA Knoxville, TN

    Dear Friends and Prayer Partners,

    Here is a message from our brother Skip Martin:

    “I’m home from the hospital.  I’m pretty weak and for some reason, I’m sore all over.  They said sometimes steroids will do that, and they loaded me up with steroids every day, which also sent my blood sugar through the roof.  Now, I have to do the steroid phase out over several weeks.
     
    They have no idea what caused the allergic reaction, and maybe never will.  Looking forward to a shower and sleeping in my own bed.
     
    Thanks for your prayers.”

    Here is an update from Phil Miller on the request we recently shared.

    17-year-old Jeremy Blackburn [Phil Miller’s kin from North Carolina] is now in and out of consciousness. He is still mostly paralyzed, but can move his finger and is pointing to cards to communicate at this time. The doctors fear he may be septic and have a staph infection. He is currently having seizures. The events leading up to his injury are being looked at to determine possible causes, but we need to continue to pray for his full recovery.

    Thanks for caring and praying

    Ken Swiger
    Pastor

    Announcement:

  40. From Harold Rhodes, COGWA pastor, Mobile, AL; DeFuniak Springs, FL:

    Prayers are requested for Bryant Ellis, a member of the Mobile, Alabama, congregation. 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.
    441 W. Lagoon Ave.
    Gulf Shores, AL 36542-6125

  41. Karie Wohlgemuth has been released from the hospital as they believe they have found a drug that may help keep her very high heart rate down. At this time it appears her heart has a “slipped” beat that throws it into high rhythm.

  42. Update on Donna Finley. She has been scheduled for further test; CT Scan and MRI to determine what they are dealing with and the best course of action to take.

    SDCA Knoxville, TN

    Dear Friends and Prayer Warriors,

    Elder Wade Johnson called a few minutes ago to let me know they are transporting his wife, Sharon Johnson, to UT Medical Center via ambulance.

    Sharon is in a lot of pain but has trouble communicating the type of pain or the location. Wade expects them to do some scans and tests to try to determine where it is she is hurting so that they may begin to relieve her of the pain.

    Brother Wade does not expect them to keep her in the hospital povernight as she is in palliative care, but will keep us updated.

    Thanks for joining me in prayer for Sharon to have pain relief and a restful Sabbath.

    Sister Karen Spivey [SDCA Knoxville] shared that her mom has been very sick for over 24 hours with a likely stomach virus.

    Please be in prayer for Patricia Spivey [79] and ask for God to provide relief for the miserable symptoms she is experiencing.

    UPDATE: Ted Maynard saw his regular podiatrist today and had his sore doctored. Please join me in praying for the diabetic sore to heal.

    Sister Sharon Richardson shared an update on the earlier request for Mrs. Eslinger [UCG – MO].

    she was seen by a doctor who gave her a diagnosis—something none of her doctors had been able to do! She was Congestive Heart Failure and Emphysema and was given medication for both. She is already feeling and doing much better. Thanks for asking me…I’ll send this out to my group as well.

    Thanks for praying for her.

    I was asked for an update on my condition as well [Ken Swiger]. I have recovered from the ugly stomach virus. Thank you to everyone who prayed for me. God bless you all.

    Thank you for praying.

    Ken Swiger
    Pastor

    United Christian Church, Birmingham, AL

    Please be in special prayer for Cat Williams. Cat has been forced to take medication she tries to refuse (which I believe is in violation of Alabama law), was accused of attacking a nurse, and has been denied ministerial visits (evidently at the request of some of the family). Cat has been a long time member and deaconess in the church, and doesn’t deserve to be mistreated. Efforts are underway to seek a remedy, but it is unknown when or if a solution can be reached.

    Pastor David Duff

    Announcements:

    Christian Ambassadors;

    All brethren in the metro Atlanta are invited to join us as we come together to fellowship and praise our Lord and our Savior Jesus Christ to the glory of our Heavenly Father. We meet at 4161 Rainbow Dr, Decatur, GA 30064. You can join us by phone by calling 605-475-3200 Ext 694474. We begins at 1 P.M.

    United Christian Church Birmingham, AL

    Dial-In for live services: 515-739-1030. Enter code: 367-717-860. Services will begin at or around 1:30 p.m. central.Sermon: Wheat and Tares Speaker: Fred Mobley

    Unity of the Spirit and Fellowship Conferenc

  43. Here is the latest update on Wynn Skelton, minister in CGI:

    Another update from Kim Skelton:

    Yesterday, we went to the ophthalmologist, and received the good news that his right contact was NOT in his eye, and that was a major relief. He appears to have no damage to the back of the eye, but it is swollen and drying out, so we have gel drops to apply. The 7th nerve (cranial) which goes from behind the ear to the face is damaged, which causes numbness on the right side of his face. That will heal, though. The only cause for possible concern is if the orbital bone fracture under the eye (called a ‘blowout fracture’) has pinched the eye muscle. The CAT scan from the hospital should show that, and the neurosurgeon just received the records. We have a follow-up with him locally on the 21st. If the eye muscle is pinched in the fracture, there would have to be surgery. We just have to have swelling subside and see what the scans show. Otherwise, he will have double vision for awhile.

    His appetite is returning, and he is walking. We took a walk down our street and back, and though he is still in pain, it is diminishing a bit.

  44. This request comes from bill Goff, our brother in India. Please join us as we lift this 13 year old boy up befre our heavenly for His help in dealing with the complications he is suffering.

    Hi,
    There is a young 13 yr old church boy from New Zealand named: Daniel-Peter who is suffering from concussion complications. Please pray for him. He needs our Heavenly Father’s help.

    Thank you so very much.

    bill Goff

    Grace and Truth Ministries Fairburn, GA

    Please continue to pray for the Finley Family that our Heavenly Father intervenes to correct the health issues Donna Gaye
    has.

    SDCA Knoxville, TN

    Dear Friends and Prayer Team,

    Please pause to read the following email about the recent tragic murders in a Texas church. The email was sent to Elder Jim O’Brien [COGC].
    Jim,
    The shootings at Sutherland Springs have affected us. We had a cousin, Peggy Warden, who was killed and her grandson, Zach Poston was shot 5 or six times. He is still in critical condition.

    One of our employees is a nephew of the Pastor of the church and was present with his wife and daughter. They witnessed the execution of his cousin and most of their friends.

    These were all very peaceful people dedicated to service to the community, true examples Christian values. Please pray for comfort and healing for all.

    Terry Post
    Pastor
    South Texas Church of God
    Join me in continuing to pray for the suffering survivors, victims, and their families.

    Angie Boston asked us to pray for her friend Sondai Russel who is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday for a brain aneurysm. Let’s pray for God to protect Sondai and provide a good result to the surgery.

    Sister Karen Spivey updated on her mom’s status. Patricia Spivey [#74 under Sickness & Suffering] is still struggling with dehydration due to uncontrollable vomiting that has stretched into a second day. She is hospitalized now and they have got her on an IV with medication that has stopped her vomiting.

    Let’s pray that God will relieve Patricia’s nausea and permit her to become rehydrated. Let’s pray also for our dear sister Karen Spivey as she tries to help her mom.

    I am sharing a video with you today because I know that although you are faithful in prayer for others; there are times when we all may feel overwhelmed with the challenges and tribulations in our own lives. I shared this on Face Book just now, and I want it to be available to all of you.

    Church of God International Elder, Ed Szlankiewiesc, shares a personal testimony about him and his wife, Linda, [both of whom have been on our prayer list in the past couple of years] and their serious health issues. If you ever feel like you have been abandoned or forsaken by God, this message will resonate with you. It was very meaningful to me.

    The video is of an entire church service, so it lasts about 1 1 /2 hours. But the sermon only makes up about 1 hour.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX97LiuGTyk

    If the link is not clickable, just copy/paste the address into your browser to watch the video.

    I pray that this will be a blessing to you. Let’s continue to lift up Ed and Linda in our prayers.

  45. I took Wynn to his primary doctor yesterday to begin the process of getting in to see the specialists he needs to see. Just to refresh, Wynn fell last Wednesday evening, Nov. 1, about 15 feet from his bow stand at the deer lease. He remembers feeling a little nauseous and dizzy and thought he should get down. Apparently, he started down, passed out and fell, landing mostly on the right side of his face and body. He was taken by ambulance to a small hospital 40 minutes from the lease, and then airlifted to San Antonio University Hospital early Thursday morning. I brought him home on Friday. He has bilateral bone fractures (below each eye) and a right temporal bone fracture (skull fracture, side of head). He had some bleeding in the brain, which stopped, but there is swelling that has to diminish, and that is causing most of his pain. His right eye is swollen shut, and the eyeball itself is swollen. Unfortunately, he had his hard contacts in his eyes when he fell. We were able to get him to pop out the left one, but we are unsure if the right eye still has the contact. We won’t know until he sees the eye doc. He does have blurry vision in it, if he manually raises his eyelid.

    The primary doctor set up appointment schedules, and we go to an ophthalmologist tomorrow, to get the eye checked. We have an appointment with the neurologist on Nov. 28 to check what might be possibly causing this passing out scenario, and the neurosurgeon is waiting to see the records from San Antonio, to check the bone fractures, and assess when we need to see him for further tests. We don’t think there is going to be any surgery involved, just mainly concerned for the swelling. The primary doctor predicts up to 6 weeks of recovery, but of course, we don’t know how that will involve driving or anything at this point.

    Today has been a nice turning point for Wynn… God is certainly merciful. His pain and swelling is subsiding somewhat, and he had an appetite today, in which he has not wanted food since the accident. He ate a little breakfast and lunch, bathed this afternoon which relaxed him, and he is able to manage. He was tired out, I think, from talking on the phone a couple of times, and TV noise bothers him as his brain is trying to process what he is watching, so he’s resting and walking around.

    Thanks for everyone’s prayers, love and concern, and I will continue to send updates as we progress. Please feel free to contact me at my email of kimster819@suddenlink.net, reply back to this one, or text me at 903-239-1092.

    Many thanks,

    Kim Skelton

    Reply Reply to All Forward More

  46. I know it has been a few days since I wrote an update, but I wanted to wait until we had the next ophthalmologist appointment. Wynn is doing so much better! It has been two weeks since the accident, and the swelling has virtually all gone away, the bruising has faded tremendously around the eyes, and he has not taken pain medicine for a couple of days. He is now aching from sitting so much!

    He is walking around, and the ophthalmologist is impressed with how much the swelling has gone down in the right eye. Still looks like no permanent damage, and the eye is about halfway open, though it is an effort to blink because of the slow process in the healing of the nerve damage on the right side of his face. Still putting gel drops in that eye. He does have some slight double vision in the right eye, when looking to the left, up and down, but that should heal. We go back in a week for another look at the healing of the eye.

    Still trying to get the CAT scans from the San Antonio hospital, and I do think Wynn’s regular MD requested those today. Wynn wants everyone to know how much he appreciates the prayers on his behalf, and thank you all for the cards, emails, letters and food! His appetite has returned, and he has been out raking leaves a bit!

    Thank you all so much for your love, care and concern. We will keep you updated. If you don’t hear from me for a week, it is because things are continually progressing and we wait for results from the next appointment.

    Wynn and Kim

  47. Below is the latest update from Donna,

    I am doing better. God has healed my diverticulosis. My Colonoscopy was good. I was diagnosed many years ago with it, now its gone. I’m having an MRI done on 29th. I believe God has healed the cyst on my pancreas. I thk u all for or prayers. Love u all and hope to see u soon.

    .LCG Baton Rouge

    From Vanessa Randall:

    My PaPa in Baton Rouge, LA, his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth Morrison, and our entire family would like to request prayers for my PaPa.

    Isaiah Morrison, Sr. has been experiencing fatigue, weakness and shortness of breath the past couple of weeks. He went to the doctor last week and blood tests revealed his blood count was dangerously low. After being hospitalized and treated, a bone marrow biopsy revealed that he has a form of Non-Hodgkins lymphoma that is now in the bone marrow called Mantle Cell Lymphoma.

    This news saddens us to report, but is also a shock since his medical team reported that he has no other health issues, and is otherwise a healthy 81-year old man.

    He, his wife Liz, as well as their entire family appreciate your thoughts and prayers, as well as your understanding for privacy at this time, as he was just discharged from the hospital today and would like to rest.

    God’s will is what we pray for, and our understanding of His plan, love and mercy comforts us.

    In God’s love,

    The Morrison Family

  48. Mark Wine (COGWA: Dallas, TX) died unexpectedly just before midnight November 18 while at his home with his family. Paramedics were called when he became unresponsive while talking with his daughter, Anna Kate, but they were unable to revive him. Your prayers for his wife, Heather, and Anna Kate would be greatly appreciated. He will be buried in Virginia alongside other family members. Memorial service plans are pending.

  49. The following prayer request is from Wanda Green, member of the CGI Auburndale, FL Congregation on behalf of her great-nephew, James Castleberry,

    James was involved in a motorcycle accident this morning. He has multiple fractures and injuries, including a fractured skull. Things are not looking good, and he is only 23 years old.

  50. Renee Williams and her husband, Ray, members of the Cleveland, Ohio, congregation, request your prayers.
    Renee has been in the hospital for over two weeks, battling a very serious infection in her foot, with two surgeries required so far. The situation is complicated by her diabetic condition. Following the second surgery Nov. 20 (a skin graft to close the wound), her doctors are pleased that there appears to be no further infection, but the minimal circulation levels in her foot give them concern.
    In addition, Renee learned just days before being admitted to the hospital that she also is dealing with breast cancer. They would very much appreciate the prayers of their Church family, and thank you all in advance.

    20765 Quarry Rd.
    Wellington, OH 44090

  51. There is much to be thankful for, and thank you for your continued prayers on Wynn’s behalf. We saw the neurosurgeon in Longview on Tuesday, who evaluated the situation and suggested that Wynn have his one follow-up visit with the neurosurgeon in San Antonio, who saw him in the ER. He explained that because that ER doctor saw him right after the accident, he would want to see the progress that has been made in the few weeks after. All the current neurosurgeon can see is how Wynn is presently, and he has no measurement to go by, even with evaluating the CAT scans. He brought up the possibility of something called carotid cavernous fistula in Wynn’s right eye (you can look up those symptoms!), however, the ophthalmologist saw Wynn the next day, and said he did not believe that was the case, as he has already seen behind his eye, and the symptoms and swelling are diminishing rapidly… so much so, that his vision is almost normal and has no more double vision! He still has to watch eye strain, but now, he doesn’t have to see the ophthalmologist for a month!

    The neurologist will be the one to order the MRI (that was definitely suggested by the neurosurgeon) and a possible CT angiogram. So the neurologist will be the one to see how everything is healing and what could possibly be attributing to the amnesia from a few months ago, and the passing out a few weeks ago. That appointment is early Monday morning. Wynn is mobile and able to get out and about some, resting when he needs to rest. So back to work next week, on a limited basis, and we will check with the neurologist on a time frame for driving and resuming other regular activities.

    You have been wonderful with the calls, emails, cards and care. We will keep you updated at least on a weekly basis till everything is back to normal.

    Thinking of you all,
    Kim and Wynn

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