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 January 24th. 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
    January 17th. 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
    Living God Ministries, Georgia
    * Dennis Thomas

    Wednesday
    Living God Ministries, 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
    Church of God International, Georgia
    * 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. Kyle Taylor [SDCA Knoxville] shared a request for a 9 year old child, Whitney Willis. She is suffering from neurological problems which manifest as vision loss and epilepsy. Kyle reports that at this time Whitney has gotten her vision back. But as you can imagine, these are very scary symptoms for this child and her parents.
    Please pause to pray and lift up Whitney and her family in prayer.

  7. Sad News:
    Wednesday we received word that our family of faith has suffered a tragic loss. Phillip and Veronika Howell [COG GA] lost their 14 year old son Preston Howell yesterday.
    This family will need the comfort that God can only give, but I have prayed that God will use His church as His arms extended to this grieving family. Please especially lift up the youngest son, Caleb in prayer.
    We will share information on arrangements as it becomes available.

    Sister Ruth Curtis [SDCA Knoxville] updated us on the status of her niece Anna Hatmaker who is in the UT Hospital with full-on liver failure. She is not responsive and the doctors say her situation is terminal.
    There are family members from far away, including Washington state, New Mexico, and England traveling to try to see her while she is still alive.
    Let’s pray for God’s mercy on Anna’s life, and for the safe travel of her family members. Let’s lift up Ruth Curtis and Hope Nicholson as well as they try to be a help to their family members.

  8. From Thomas Clark, COGWA pastor of Bentonville, Van Buren & Mena, AR:
    Many have asked for an update on Carson Fultz’s condition following the prayer requests that went out regarding his serious heart condition. This past January he was told by a cardiologist that medical science had done all it could for him, and he had only a few weeks to live. This past week the cardiologist called him the “miracle patient” because of how well he is doing! He still battles congestive heart failure, and is limited in what he can do, but he is so grateful that God has preserved him and prolonged his life! In fact, during the Feast he became a grandpa yet again to a beautiful baby boy that he wouldn’t have had the chance to see and hold if the doctors had been right! He and his family want to thank everyone for their cards, letters and calls, but most of all for the heartfelt prayers that went up before our Father on his behalf!

    Cheryl Koontz (COGWA: St. Petersburg, FL) requests your prayers for Dad, Bill Starling, who was admitted to the hospital last Sunday due to shortness of breath and pain in his back. After many tests and labs, they are treating him for pneumonia, congestive heart failure and COPD, which the doctors say is treatable although he is going to have to be on oxygen. As bad as all of this sounds, he is in good spirits. Your prayers that God will heal him and the fluid around his heart and lungs will dissipate would be greatly appreciated.

  9. Your prayers are requested for Roberta Miller (COGWA: St. Petersburg, FL) who was taken to Florida Carrollwood Hospital in Tampa after she fell at home. She suffered 3 adjacent broken ribs and some cuts and bruises. She is very sore and will be admitted to the hospital for observation; there is concern about pneumonia. Your prayers would be very much appreciated.

  10. Your prayers are requested for Dorothy Albright, an elderly widow who has been suffering from a respiratory disease; her lungs are functioning at around 15% capacity. She was admitted to the hospital last Sabbath with the flu and is fighting for her life. Dorothy and her family would appreciate our prayers for her recovery.
    Dorothy’s address:
    58 Westwood Village Drive
    Trinity, TX 75862-6967

  11. Below is an update on George Gainey.
    George’s shoulder surgery last Friday Dec. 15 went well. He will be 4 weeks laid up with his arm immobilized and then 3-4 weeks of rehab. He will have his first post op appointment next Tuesday Dec. 26. Because he rather limited with one arm mobilized, my sister Barbie has been waiting on him hand and foot.

    My sister also started her pulmonary rehab. and found out just how bad of shape she is in since she has not been able up to this point to do much in the way of exercising her body as most of us can do, even simple walking which most of us take for granted. Her last lab test only showed 43% lung capacity.
    Please continue with us in prayer for my sister Barbie, her husband George and the brethren in general, some of whom are suffering with severe trials at this time. Thank you all.

  12. Please pause with me to give thanks to our Heavenly Father for the following report on Mr. Ed Martell [COG OH].
    Dad out of surgery everything went well. Doc said we made right decision, foot was even worse than thought and other surgery wouldn’t have worked. Said he won’t be running a marathon but he’s pretty confident he’ll have an active and mobile life. I asked if he was concerned about osteomyletis. He said it was all in the foot and where he cut it off looks great – bone, tissue, muscle everything great where he cut it and muscle and bone was terrible in foot. He’s been wheeled up to his room now.
    Xoxo thanks for caring and praying. Hopefully this is the end of this nightmare!
    Thanks so much for praying for the emergency surgery today. I hope you will continue to lift Ed up in prayer for recovery and healing.

  13. Here is the latest update on Mr. Ed Martell [COG OH] from his daughter Tiffany Lively.
    My dad is very sadly scheduled for amputation surgery tomorrow.
    After much discussion with new orthopaedic surgeon and thought and prayer, he is scheduled for an amputation tomorrow afternoon. It’s heartbreaking and very very hard but we feel it is the right decision as the bone infection ate away at his foot and surgery to repair it only has a 5% chance of working. Whereas an amputation of his leg below the knee has a 99% chance of healing. Praying no more infection, he heals really well and quickly so he can learn how to walk with a prosthetic. If all goes well, he’ll be fitted for a prosthetic within a month to begin that rehab.
    Tomorrow will be so difficult. Doctors are also concerned about his kidneys, bone marrow and anemia he has now incurred from the iv antibiotic and he will then be seeing a hematologist. This just doesn’t end.
    Thank you for praying!!
    Thank you for praying about the decision. Let’s ask for guidance and inspiration for the surgical team, and a good outcome for Mr Martell.

  14. Cheryl Koontz (COGWA: St. Petersburg, FL) reports that her father, Bill Starling, remains in the Ocala Regional Medical Center. This past week he developed an air pocket in his right lung and a tube was inserted to relieve it. He can’t be discharged until the air pocket is released. Your continued prayers are requested.

  15. From Eric Evans, COGWA pastor, Asheville, NC; Knoxville, TN & London, KY:
    Your continued prayers for Mike Bettes and his family would be greatly appreciated. Mike and Teresa spent the night in the hospital after attending Sabbath services and then dining with some of the brethren. Mike is extremely weak and in constant pain. He has endured three weeks of full brain radiation for the tumors, and chemotherapy treatments for the cancer, which have taken their toll on his entire body.
    There will be an MRI conducted Jan. 15 to determine the impact the treatments have had. This has been very difficult, not only for Mike but for the entire Bettes and Collins families (Natasha is Mike and Teresa’s daughter).
    They are very grateful for the prayers, cards and notes of encouragement from the brethren.
    Mike & Teresa Bettes
    1630 Northfield Dr.
    Maryville, TN 37804

  16. From Stan De Veaux, Pastor, NYC, NY.
    Our Dear Friends,
    Thank you very much for your love, concern and prayers during the past week while Jean Marie was in the hospital for a variety of tests. She was released tonight and we arrived home at 8:30 pm. We are still waiting for additional test results which should be available early next week. She is in good spirits and feeling very blessed by God’s intervention.
    Have a pleasant and blessed Sabbath!!
    And yes, we are praying we all will have Good Health, Peace and Safety during 2018!!
    Stan and Jean Marie

  17. Please pause to pray this morning for our dear brother in the faith, Ed Martell. Here is the latest information from his daughter, Tifffany Lively.
    My dad has been admitted to the hospital. This evening he was walking back to his bed and heard a loud pop come from his ankle. Blood started gushing and they called 911. X-ray shows his heel is shattered and he has a compound fracture around the ankle area.
    The doctor in the ER came in to say that he’ll be meeting with an orthopedic surgeon tomorrow morning to have a “long talk.” He doesn’t believe they can do surgery as it would require many surgeries, be very long and painful recovery, if at all. They will be talking to us tomorrow about amputation, his biggest fear.
    We are devastated. He had a few days left of the vancomycin iv antibiotic and was going to get it removed and we were schedule to meet with a reconstructive surgeon next week to repair his foot. This is all just so awful and my heart breaks for him. He is in shock.
    We ask for prayers for sound mind to make the right decision, that we are blessed with good doctors and that if he does get the amputation, that wound can heal and the bone infection is clear.
    We are all so scared. Thank you, Tiffany

    ​Please also add Bobby Franklin to your prayer lists, as he has just been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, and will likely have to be on oxygen from this point on.

    ​And prayers for Marlene Tallie are requested as well. She has a pinched nerve in her right hip and can hardly walk. In addition, prayers are welcomed for David Mason and his wife who are suffering with cold and sinus issues.

  18. From Eric Evans, COGWA pastor, Asheville, NC; Knoxville, TN & London, KY:
    Your continued prayers for Mike Bettes and his family would be greatly appreciated. Mike and Teresa spent the night in the hospital after attending Sabbath services and then dining with some of the brethren. Mike is extremely weak and in constant pain. He has endured three weeks of full brain radiation for the tumors, and chemotherapy treatments for the cancer, which have taken their toll on his entire body.
    There will be an MRI conducted Jan. 15 to determine the impact the treatments have had. This has been very difficult, not only for Mike but for the entire Bettes and Collins families (Natasha is Mike and Teresa’s daughter).
    They are very grateful for the prayers, cards and notes of encouragement from the brethren.
    Mike & Teresa Bettes
    1630 Northfield Dr.
    Maryville, TN 37804

    Russell & Natasha Collins (Christian & Jaxon)
    640 Coronado Crest Rd.
    Maryville, TN 37804

  19. Your prayers are requested for Marilyn and Terence Stevens (COGWA: St. Petersburg, FL).
    Marilyn is suffering from severe pain in her left leg; it locks up and she cannot put any pressure on it. She normally walks with a cane but she can only ambulate around her home by using a metal walker for support. Your prayers for her speedy recovery would be very much appreciated at this time.
    Terence’s right leg is swollen to three times its normal size. The doctors and specialists are unable to diagnose the reason; it is not a blood clot or other obstruction. Terence was anointed for this ailment during the Feast of Tabernacles.

  20. This request comes from Richard Kisel concerning his wife Jane:
    5 yrs. ago my wife Jane had a serious bout of AFIB. She takes meds to keep her heart beat in control. However, the last 2 weeks she has had a problem twice after an active day and then problem began after going to bed. She took a special med that was prescribed each time and the heart beat was gradually restored. She is feeling fine today. Prayers requested for a healthy heart.

  21. We wanted to let you know that the Fast Day was very blessed. We didn’t have a full church as is so cold here some decided to stay home. Even the ones who stayed home kept the fast. So many of you and your groups joined us in our effort to uplift the poor, sick and down trodden up to Our Savior for healing. We pray that all participating in the fast will be blessed for their efforts. All of you are in the prayers of Fellowship of the WORD.
    Danny

  22. Sarah took Olivia back in to the doc today. Her symptoms have not really improved and in some instances regressed. Some of those symptoms are reminiscent of when Olivia was first diagnosed, so we wanted to try and get some more answers and definitely rule out some of the bigger questions.
    It’s all new doctors and locations for us since we switched health plans at the start of the year, but they have redirected Sarah and Olivia to the emergency room in DC. They have better tools there and can do more tests and get faster results than the normal doctor locations. We’ll also meet with the new oncologist there, which our previous one knows and really likes (and initially worked with when she started).

    Dorothy Albright, who was hospitalized due to a respiratory disease, has been moved to a rehab center and is doing much better. Because of the condition of her lungs she can only speak for a few seconds. She did not think she would make it. She stated that she needs a lot of prayers and thanks everyone who have been praying for her.

  23. Please lift up in prayer the family of Jerry Boston and his son-in-law’s family; Jerry Boston lost his fifty-three-year-old son-in-law (he was married to Jerry’s oldest daughter for 15 years) and just so happened his son-in-law’s brother was also in the hospital today at the same time just at a different hospital, thanks Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jerry and Joanna appreciate it

    Please continue to pray for the Family of Sarah Ingram, a member of Covenant Church of God as they continue their journey in life without her presence.
    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
    Earl Thomas (friend of Vonciel and Sherry) pancreatic disease as he undergoes treatment
    Jarmaine Earnest and family –life challenges with little ones, family and job
    Steve Williams healing and strengthen of his heart situation
    Lani Finley – Respiratory problems
    Stephen Deering, has a Cancerous tumor above his knee, he takes Chemo to be followed by removing the infected bone and putting in a plate. Lives in Dublin, Ireland. UK
    Paul Williams of Greenville, SC who suffers with severe lower back pain

    I have learned tonight that two of the people for whom we have been praying have now passed away. Please join me in praying for the families of Salem LaBaron [Utah] and John Gampala [Andra Pradesh India] in this time of grief.

    Sister Carmen Kincade sent out an update on Earl Williams [COGC].
    Earl continues to battle extreme fatigue from the dialysis. In addition, he is now suffering from cellulitis in both his legs. The strong antibiotics used to treat the cellulitis are also causing him difficulty. Please pray for Earl’s healing and comfort. Please pray for Barb, as well, as this is all very difficult on her too.
    Please join me in praying for this man of God and his wife.

    Please continue in prayer for Ed Martell, Jr., Cat Williams, David Mason, Marlene Tallie, Bobby Franklin, and all others already on the prayer list.

    Emma Stalling – Multiple health issues
    Harold Greer – Severe authoritis
    Georgia Brown – Multiple health issues
    Gerald Burke – Prostrate cancer
    Wynn Skelton Health Update
    Hi to all,
    It has been a little while since the last update, however, we had nothing to report until Wynn had his follow-up appointment with the neurologist, Dr. Hamer, who received the results from all the tests.
    From the MRI, there is still the bruising in the brain (front part), which takes about a year to completely heal, although Wynn is feeling no real ill effects from it at this point. It is possible that this is causing some minor sinus discomfort that he has been experiencing for a few weeks. Wynn’s arteries are completely clear and healthy, and heart is strong, no sign of possibility of seizures. He still has some congestion in the right ear, and when Dr. Hamer looked, there was quite a bit of wax mixed with dried blood from the accident (the other ear was completely clear), so the doc is referring him to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist to check it out and get it cleaned, which he thinks will clear up the hearing issue.
    Dr. Hamer is also referring Wynn to a cardiologist to get the right prescription of blood pressure meds. He strongly believes that the beta blocker med Wynn was on, was too high of a dosage when the accident happened, causing the heart rate to drop and passing out to occur. We had already reduced the dosage of that med before the MRI tests, and he has been doing just fine. At this point, there is no need to return to the neurologist, as we hope that the cardiologist will find the right prescription combination. Wynn sees the eye doctor this Friday for the monthly checkup, and hopes to schedule vision testing for new contacts.
    We will most likely not send another update unless something changes, as Wynn is on the mend, working and doing well. He is experiencing a bit more fatigue since the accident, so he is looking at his schedule to see how he can best reduce any added stress. We appreciate all the love, concern, prayers, cards, call and emails that have brightened our days. Thank you again so very much.
    With love, Wynn and Kim

  24. Bill Harkins:
    Stephen: Thank you for your prayers for Jean as she went through a laparoscopic surgery to remove her gall bladder.
    She has never had a minutes trouble with the gall bladder until it failed on the way home from Sabbath service. I took her to the emergency room around 1am, They operated the next morning and sent her home on Tuesday PM.
    Hope, Mary, Nina and Jon have all pitched in to make things a bit easier for us.
    God willing she expects to be at Services this week.

  25. HELLO STEVEN, THANKS FOR THE CALL AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PRAYERS!!
    I AM VERY SLOWLY GETTING SOME BETTER AND PRAY FOR A FULL RECOVERY.
    GOOD BLESSINGS TO ALL YOUR FAMILY, YOUR FRIEND ALWAYS, MIKE RICHARDSON.

  26. Sister Tiffany Lively has provided an update on her father, Ed Martell.
    A lot has been happening, so wanted to provide an update.
    My dad has developed pneumonia and is being treated for that. His kidney numbers are also worrisome but could be caused by the previous iv antibiotic and the recent trauma doesn’t help.
    He’s had three blood transfusions in the last few days and his blood count is good at the moment. His wound appears to be healing well. He was transferred to the rehab facility Saturdayevening.
    We found out that the hospital did not disclose to us that he developed a bed sore there but the rehab facility is working to treat it. How upsetting!! And now they feel he has congestive heart failure and we are awaiting the results. The bad part is, if he does, the remedy they want to use is harmful to the kidneys so they don’t know if they can treat or how. He has terrible swelling below his waist line that is also painful. He also somehow cut a toe on his remaining foot and they are monitoring that so that it doesn’t turn something more serious.
    The last week has been very emotionally draining. And on top of all the medical issues, his spirits are up and down due to the amputation. When it’s low, it’s so low :(. We are all still learning how to cope and what to say.
    Each moment we get a glimpse of hope, we get more bad news about a new problem. We know we worship a God of miracles and healing and pray that He brings my dad through all of his so that He may be glorified. What a rejoicing moment that would be! It’s very scary right now and my poor mom is just a mess. They did have a nice visit together last night which I’m so thankful for.
    We pray for all our sick friends and hope that we all see healthier days ahead.
    Shortly after receiving the update, we received this second one. Thank you all for praying for Ed and his family.
    I guess I emailed too quickly; not knowing the doctor would see him this late.
    My dad does not have Congestive Heart Failure!! And his kidneys look good!
    They will be placing him on treatment for his Edema/swelling.
    Let’s light up the heavenly switchboard and ask for protection and healing for our brother in the faith.

    Sister Mitzi Delpho [ABCOG, Dothan AL] shared an update on her health status on Face Book. Mitzi has been a long-term member of our prayer team and also someone on our prayer radar due ot her multiple serious health issues (#15 under SICKNESS & SUFFERING).
    I would like to ask for some prayers please! A few years ago I started having bouts where I would loose a good portion of my vision then it got better for a while almost back to normal but never quite stopped it just lessened in severity, well it’s back now full force. I can make out colors and shapes and where the words or should I say squiggles on my phone are, but I can’t see to read or drive. Glad my phone has so many features to help if you have poor vision, go iPhone.
    I’m praying it doesn’t last months like it did the first time! They still don’t know the cause though they say it could be related to the EDS or dysautonomia, but with no cause or even a good idea of what keeps happening they don’t know what to do other than wait. They also don’t know if it will get worse or if it will not come back one day. Please pray it comes back again and soon. All things in God’s hands! Blessings!
    Thank you all for praying for Mitzi. Please also remember her family as well (husband Stephen, daughter Olivia, parents John & Annette Currier).

    Below is a status update on brother Skip Martin [COG AR] regarding his emergency medical treatment this week.
    Join me in giving thanks that Skip is OK and keep praying for him to discover the cause of the frightening allergic reactions so he can avoid them in the future.
    My cheek began to swell a couple of nights ago, but never caused any problems. Monday morning, about 6:00 AM, I woke up to a strange sensation in my mouth, which reminded me of November 7, when I had to be intubated. I waited a few minutes, and woke Dianne up to go to the hospital. We got to the ER about 7:00 AM, where I received a steroid shot, a Benadryl shot, and a Pepcid shot. After waiting, and some slight reduction in swelling, they decided to give me two units of plasma. (Our blood has enzymes that fight histamines, but apparently, my blood doesn’t have enough…….at least that is what the doctor believed.) Strangely, about fifteen minutes later, I began to have hives pop up on my upper chest, shoulders, upper back, and behind my right ear. The doctor was shocked, and said, “I’ve never seen that happen before.” Dianne looked at me and said, “I’m not surprised. He hears that quite often.” They gave me another steroid shot, a Benadryl shot, another Pepcid shot, and they disappeared. By now, it’s about 11:00 AM, and they took us up to an “observation room.” They gave me a Claritin D, but I didn’t get any more shots, and they let us go home at 2:30.
    I feel perfectly fine right now. Thanks for your prayers. They made a big difference. The results were much better this time.
    We have a plan to continue trying to identify the culprit/s. This Thursday, I have an appointment with an Allergy specialist, and next week, I have an appointment with our Family Practice doctor, to see if I can stop the three blood sugar pills and start taking insulin. As a type II diabetic, insulin is often used. There are other options we are considering. By next spring, I hope to be taking zero medicines.
    Again, thanks for your prayers, Skip
    PS. Dianne wants me to tell you this…………When we got to the room, I was still a little “slow” mentally because of the Benadryl. The nurse was asking me questions. She asked, “Do you have a religious preference.” She was expecting, Methodist, Baptist, Catholic, etc. I answered, “I don’t eat pork, catfish, or shellfish. At the look of shock on the nurse’s face, Dianne burst out laughing, and said, “she wants your RELIGIOUS preference.” I said, “I told her……….I don’t eat pork, catfish, or shellfish.” At that point, I finally figured out what she was asking, and we all had a good laugh. Dianne finally said, “He’s a Christian.”

  27. Bill Starling has been discharged from the Ocala Regional Medical Center and is now recovering at home. He no longer has the lung tube but is still on oxygen. He is much improved overall—just very tired and weak from the ordeal. The family thanks you very much for all your prayers.

    From Harold Rhodes, COGWA pastor, Mobile, AL; DeFuniak Springs, FL:
    Art and Sandra Dreaden thank you for the prayers and many, many cards of encouragement. Sandra was able to attend her 50th Feast of Tabernacles, in Bend, Oregon, with family and friends. She was also able to attend the Winter Family Weekend in Louisville and so enjoyed talking with many friends, old and new.
    Sandra was doing quite well while in Louisville, but took a turn for the worse around Jan. 5, after returning home. She became much weaker, unsteady and confused. Hospice care came on Jan. 9, and started her on some painkillers and anti-nausea medication. They also started her on Lactulose, which will flush some of the toxins from her system. This has also helped with the confusion so she is able to converse better.
    Art and Sandra are asking for prayers for God’s mercy, comfort, strength and support, but most of all that His will be done.

    FYI: Leo Dubreuil (UCG: Tampa, FL) died on Saturday December 30 at 11 AM.

  28. Please lift up in prayer the family of Jerry Boston and his son-in-law’s family; Jerry Boston lost his fifty-three-year-old son-in-law (he was married to Jerry’s oldest daughter for 15 years) and just so happened his son-in-law’s brother was also in the hospital today at the same time just at a different hospital, thanks Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jerry and Joanna appreciate it
    Please continue to pray for the Family of Sarah Ingram, a member of Covenant Church of God as they continue their journey in life without her presence.
    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
    Earl Thomas (friend of Vonciel and Sherry) pancreatic disease as he undergoes treatment
    Jarmaine Earnest and family –life challenges with little ones, family and job
    Steve Williams healing and strengthen of his heart situation
    Lani Finley – Respiratory problems
    Stephen Deering, has a Cancerous tumor above his knee, he takes Chemo to be followed by removing the infected bone and putting in a plate. Lives in Dublin, Ireland. K
    Paul Williams of Greenville, SC who suffers with severe lower back pain

    Emma Stalling – Multiple health issues
    Harold Greer – Severe authorities
    Georgia Brown – Multiple health issues
    Gerald Burke – Prostrate cancer
    Wynn Skelton – Recovering from injuries resulting from a fall from a tree

    I am passing along this email information from sister Carmen Kincade on behalf of brother Dusti Howell. Please lift him up in prayer as he seeks and perform God’s will for his life.
    Dusti Howell is taking his 9 month Sabbatical in Costa Rica working on several projects in an orphanage there.
    He he requested prayers for several important matters below.
    This was indeed an amazing week. What is happening here looks normal from an American perspective. But I keep hearing Mark and Linda Roth say things like, “We’ve been here 7 years and this is the first time we met with the director of education for all the SOS orphanages, or the director for all the SOS programs.” Yes, Mark and Linda Roth have served at the orphanage for 7 years and this week got to meet with the new orphanage director, and then yesterday, we met with three of the biggest directors of the SOS orphanages for the entire country. For the last two days, Linda Roth delayed her prep work for her ‘Hebraic Roots Teens with a Mission’ teen camp (http://hrtwam.com/, which starts on January 18) to help me assess all the kids. I originally thought this was going to take up to a month to accomplish. Wow, done in 4 days. Also, we got to meet with the top brass from San Jose who came up to Limon yesterday. So here’s what we need prayers for.
    1) Pray that the essential oils alternative treatment option is approved. I showed my ziplock bag of essential oils to the director of SOS education for Costa Rica. I told her the key part of our curriculum was in addressing the deep scars and wounds these kids have suffered. To do this I wanted to anoint the kids with essential oils. The Director of the SOS Education programs for Costa Rica says this alternative treatment will need approval. In the curriculum document add information on the oils. That means I will need more information on the healing qualities of Rose, Lavender, Orange, Frankincense and olive oils. I am completely new with the oils. Can you guys help me out with this? I plan to state in the document that this treatment will be offered to any child that wants it. It will not be forced on kids. However, we will track the kids to see if there is a difference in the two groups.
    2) Pray that our proposal for a digital grand parenting and pen pal program is approved. This will be for church members to be paired with orphans and write letters and become lifelong friends for kids without families. This will also help the kids with English and give them a connection with someone that cares for them and is praying for them. Wow, this proposal will be scrutinized at the highest levels. Currently, any letters the kids get have to be read by the European founders of the SOS programs, which they run in 134 countries. There are so many layers to this that it is doubtful. Letter have to be checked for promises that can’t be kept. No social networking can ever be used with these kids. Most appear to be hidden here so their parents can’t find them. This digital grand parenting idea (to email letters to us here and have us print them off and give them to the kids) has garnered a lot of support from the USA. We are getting lots of names of people that are interested. Please pray that this idea gets blessed.
    3) Pray our container gets through customs quickly. Most of our curriculum and hundreds of books and expensive headsets and solar panels and 24 truck batteries (so I don’t have to be writing in the dark when the electricity goes out) are all in a container that HRTWAM shipped from Florida last week. We believe the container arrived in Limon yesterday. It will then be shipped from where we teach, to the other side of the country (San Jose) where it goes through customs. We will then need to hire a truck to bring it here. This process could take a week. It could take half a year. A buddy of mine at Ambassador College was sent to Nepal to code computers to catalogue humanitarian donations received there, at the request of the Queen of Nepal. However, my buddy sat in Nepal for three months because even the Queen couldn’t speed up the red tape problems and get the computers out of customs. In the end it took 6 months to get the computers through customs. Costa Rica is also notorious for red tape. Our container could be processed quickly or it could take months. Please pray that YHWH moves it quickly.
    4) Pray for the curriculum to be finished ASAP and for its quick approval. I’m done assessing the kids. Before I can teach, I need my curriculum approved. Deanne and I have graduate degrees in Curriculum and Instruction. However, it took me the entire year to develop a curriculum and plan for Legacy Institute when I went there in 2008 for my sabbatical. Here, there want me to come up with a curriculum and schedule and timeline and they want to approve it before I can teach. First, I’ll need God to bless the work of my hands to come up with an overall plan that includes enough of a structure so that we can get this approved ASAP. If this takes me too long, then it could add weeks to getting it approved. I’d like to start teaching next week if possible. I’d prefer to get this going while these kids are on vacation. They go back to school the first Monday in February. Also, this needs to be a really attractive curriculum. I’ve been told to be very, very, very sensitive to these kids. They’ve been through tremendous trauma. They all have good days and bad days. If the kid wants to leave my class, they can leave at any time. My curriculum should reflect an oasis that these kids can’t wait to come to. My goal is to develop a curriculum that kids want to learn and that more kids hear the great news about our program and are added to our classes than leave our classes. By my count 84 of the kids came to get assessed in English. There are 101 kids under the SOS Limon care. Of the 95 that could have been tested, we tested 84. I believe many of the older boys opted out of the testing or refused to come. Maybe these boys will hear about our program and want to come to our classes in the near future.
    5) Pray we can serve the kids in the Heredia House. There are 6 boys in a house several hours from here. They have physical problems or were trouble makers in this house, so they were moved to a house that I believe is closer to treatment possibilities for them. We want to help them if possible.

    Here is an update from Tiffany Lively regarding her dad, Ed Martell.
    I wanted to provide the most recent update after today’s post op appointment with my dads orthopedic surgeon.
    The doctor said his wound is healing very well especially for a diabetic! There is some redness but he said it may be because the cast they put on is too tight. He has him on continued oral antibiotics just in case of infection and is scheduled to have stitches removed on the 29th! What wonderful news!!
    He is in the rehab facility and doing lots of difficult therapy sessions. He still has a very painful bedsore and we pray it heals soon. His toe still hasn’t shown any improvement. He is on barely any pain meds, if any which is also great and his mind isn’t nearly as confused. He is still very tired but the weakness is improving. They did a test earlier this week due to remaining swelling and it showed no blood clots! What a relief!
    Naturally his spirits fluctuate and it is still a difficult transition. We hope to get him in contact with fellow amputees as they can provide encouragement or support like none of us can. He said he really needs that.
    We thank everyone for their prayers and continued prayers. The earliest he’ll be discharged from rehab will be the 23rd but he has to pass several tests before they sign off on him going home. He is very anxious to come home and misses my mom very much when she’s not there.
    Have a safe and healthy weekend,

  29. Much has been happening with Olivia Greider the past few days. There have been many delays, appointments with various doctors, and of course contending with the apparently hurry up and wait hospital routine at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D. C.
    Olivia’s had a variety of tests and procedures, including reinserting her port, an EEG (electroencephalogram), an echocardiogram, a bone marrow biopsy and an MRI. The MRI showed nothing abnormal—no masses or large clusters of leukemia cells. A couple of small places were slightly highlighted which indicates cranial pressure. After examinations by the neurologist and the ophthalmologist, Olivia’s right eye is not tracking correctly, which is giving her double vision. In addition, the blood vessels in her left eye are significantly swollen. Neither of those details are particularly informative in and of themselves, but it indicates that there is cranial pressure somewhere and it could be caused by the leukemia. They also administered chemo into the spinal fluid, which they expect should help relieve some of the pressure pretty quickly.
    The tests revealed there are a significant amount of leukemia cells in her bone marrow. This makes her treatment, as well as her long-term well-being, much more challenging. A bone marrow transplant will be required in the coming months.
    Chemotherapy has been started as well as administration of steroids. Side effects are expected almost immediately with flu-like symptoms, severe mood swings and probably some pain in her legs, etc. The first month of treatment will be really intense and will probably necessitate at least a 4-week stay in the hospital. Treatment after 30 days will depend largely on how the leukemia responds to the chemo.
    The bone marrow transplant should occur at the end of May or the beginning of June depending on how quickly a match is found. Lucas will be tested next week as he is the likeliest candidate; however, if he isn’t a good match, a wider search will be required. If you would be interested in registering as a donor, the test is simple and painless. You can request a kit at https://bethematch.org/.
    As you can see, the situation is lengthy and quite involved and there are many questions yet to be answered.
    However, on a brighter note, Olivia is a fighter. Her older brother, Lucas, has been able to visit and play with her like raising the bed as high as it will go, throwing a glow-stick ball “thing” and laughing together. They were also able to go to the play room. She also enjoyed a visit from her kindergarten teachers and another favorite teacher who showed up with gifts and laughter, providing a lovely distraction.
    She’s on a really high dose of steroids and the effects are in full swing—severe mood swings, irrational emotions, lots of hunger, etc. Other side effects are a bit of nausea and a small headache. She’s wearing an eye patch periodically which helps with her double vision.
    Her mother says, “Liv continues to impress us with her strength and resiliency.”
    Further updates will be forthcoming as available. Your prayers for Olivia and the rest of the family would be very much appreciated.

  30. Tonight we sadly share the news that our sister in the faith, Sharon Johnson, has passed away. She was surrounded by family as she fell asleep and left this temporary existence. She now awaits resurrection to eternal life at the second coming of our Savior.
    Please remember the family, and especially Elder Wade Johnson, in your prayers.
    Wade wants everyone to know that a memorial service for Sharon will be held on Sunday afternoon January 21st at 4 PM at the Seventh Day Christian Assembly (located at 1700 Woodson Drive, Knoxville, TN 37920).
    Thanks to everyone who has been praying for Sharon and Wade in the recent months. May God richly bless you.

    We learned that Jeff Bennett’s mom, Patsy Bennett, [#1 under Sickness & Suffering] has passed away in Michigan this evening about 9:22 PM. Jeff was able to be there with her when she passed. Let’s remember Jeff, his dad, and sister in prayer in this difficult time.
    Let’s also remember Karen and Charley as they travel to Michigan mid-week for the funeral. Let’s pray that the weather will not be too difficult for their drive.

    Many of you have possibly already seen this update / praise report regarding Elder Wynn Skelton [CGI Texas] But it is worth repeating.
    Amy wrote: “Received this message from Kim. Please pass this along. She was having problems sending group emails.
    Thanks, Amy Hi to all, It has been a little while since the last update, however, we had nothing to report until Wynn had his follow-up appointment this week with the neurologist, Dr. Hamer, who received the results from all the tests. From the MRI, there is still the bruising in the brain (front part), which takes about a year to completely heal, although Wynn is feeling no real ill effects from it at this point. It is possible that this is causing some minor sinus discomfort that he has been experiencing for a few weeks.
    Wynn’s arteries are completely clear and healthy, and heart is strong, no sign of possibility of seizures. He still has some congestion in the right ear, and when Dr. Hamer looked, there was quite a bit of wax mixed with dried blood from the accident (the other ear was completely clear), so the doc is referring him to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist to check it out and get it cleaned, which he thinks will clear up the hearing issue.
    Dr. Hamer is also referring Wynn to a cardiologist to get the right prescription of blood pressure meds. He strongly believes that the beta blocker med Wynn was on, was too high of a dosage when the accident happened, causing the heart rate to drop and passing out to occur. We had already reduced the dosage of that med before the MRI tests, and he has been doing just fine.
    At this point, there is no need to return to the neurologist, as we hope that the cardiologist will find the right prescription combination. Wynn sees the eye doctor this Friday for the monthly checkup, and hopes to schedule vision testing for new contacts.
    We will most likely not send another update unless something changes, as Wynn is on the mend, working and doing well. He is experiencing a bit more fatigue since the accident, so he is looking at his schedule to see how he can best reduce any added stress. We appreciate all the love, concern, prayers, cards, call and emails that have brightened our days.
    Thank you again so very much. With love, Wynn and Kim”

    Angie Boston shared a request for the father of a friend. Let’s agree to pray for Keith Davis and his family. Keith is terminally ill and under Hospice care.

    Sister Constance Corbitt received the following request for prayers from a friend named Lynne last evening. Please pause to pray for these folks and ask for God’s merciful intervention.
    I could use some prayers: my husband and I just received word this morning that our daughter-in-law, who is pregnant with twins and is only 22 weeks along, was rushed to the hospital this morning. The water on one of the twins broke, and they are moving her to Scripps down in San Diego to a high-risk hospital for monitoring. We don’t know any more than that, but they have waited 5 years for her to conceive and I am praying they don’t lose a baby. Please add them (Heather & Brian) to your prayers.
    Thank you.
    Lynne

  31. We have an amazing prayer of praise to share on Kurt McCullough and also need to ask for continued prayers for him. If you will remember, Kurt’s issue is a brain tumor. This came Sunday (1/14/18) from Denise, Kurt’s mom:
    “The plan is to have Kurt’s last surgery on February 14, 2018, and the doctor will get everything he can. What is left will get gamma knife radiation to hopefully kill it. It is crazy that it was inoperable for so long and we were forced to change neurosurgeons last spring and he has been amazing! Answered prayers!”

    In addition, we are asking for prayers for our daughter, Allie. She has been having ongoing sinus issues since at least May, 2017, maybe longer. She will have surgery February 15, 2018 at 7:30 am. Something is growing in the maxillary sinus; definitely a fungus but whatever is in the sinus cavity is moving the bone. Because of that fact, the doctor said a sinus cancer is possible, although rare. The doctor won’t know what is there until she operates. Also, if she cannot access all the sinus area through the nose, she will need to drill through the mouth at the gum level to complete the process. We pray that will not be necessary. Allie’s time off work will be at least 2 weeks.
    Please pray with us for Kurt, Allie, and all the others that we learn of on a daily basis, as well as the unspoken prayers of which God knows all the details.
    Count it all joy,
    Cliff & Tina

  32. Monday afternoon Olivia received the chemo shot into her leg, which is very painful. (When she was first being treated for Pre B ALL Leukemia in May of 2015, she received a similar drug that put her into anaphylactic shock.) About 30 minutes after the shot she got hives in her ears and her throat started itching. Her tongue and lips swelled and she became hysterical. The nurse gave her Benadryl which calmed the symptoms but then she broke out in whole-body hives and rash which was treated with hydrocortisone.
    These shots are scheduled to be administered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 4 weeks and then at times over the next few months. She will be pre-dosed with Benadryl or hydrocortisone when she is given the shots and closely monitored for symptoms of anaphylaxis

    Tuesday was a rest day.
    On Wednesday, after much discussion with the doctors, it appears the shots to her legs will be completely removed from Olivia’s regimen of treatment. These shots are painful and frequent, causing Olivia to be very anxious about the ordeal. There is some concern about eliminating this component of this specific protocol. Metabolic tests will be conducted to determine how her body was processing the drug; the likelihood of using this drug again is virtually zero.
    Today, Thursday, is another “rest day” as far as chemotherapy is concerned. Olivia’s parents, Mike and Sarah, and her brother, Lucas, will be tested for bone marrow matches. Tomorrow Olivia is scheduled for a spinal tap and more chemotherapy.
    Sarah says, “Otherwise she is starting to feel pretty puny. Her energy levels are really low, she’s spent a lot of time sleeping and crying and just laying. The steroids have taken full-effect and she is also feeling pretty emotional and has some pain in her legs. We’re hoping some of the symptoms dramatically abate over the next couple days.”
    Sarah add, “Thanks again for all the incredible support and love and prayers and messages and letters and texts, etc.”

  33. Bob Collins called to ask us to please pause to pray for Pam Sanders tonight. She is in UT hospital and will have a heart surgery in the morning to install a stent.

    Janie Brown updated us on Vergie McCoy tonight.

    Please pray for Vergie , I was shocked today when we went to see her. She’s really in bad shape. She’s not given up but I don’t know ,she’s got a road to travel to get well. They’re only giving her ice chips. Has not eaten since she’s been in the hospital (2+ weeks)

  34. Here is an UPDATE on this request. Sadly, the baby who was born prematurely did not survice. Please continue to pray for Heather and Brian and the twin that is still in the womb.

    SIster Janie B rown updated us this morning on Vergie McCoy [#43 under Sickness & Suffering]. Vergie took a turn for the worse this morning about 3 AM. She is in ICU at UT Hospital and on the ventilator. They have called the family in as it does not look good.

    Please pause to pray for Vergie and her family.

    Update:
    Earlier I sent you an email asking you to pray for Vergie McCoy and her family as they had called the family in and had her on a ventilator in ICU. They have since performed emergency surgery to try to stop the internal bleeding; but the bleeding had already stopped.

    Her condition is currently stable and if she stays this good, then they may try to remove her from the ventilator in the morning.

  35. Until last week, Dameon Sitzler has been on our prayer radar for some time for the juvenile diabetes he is learning to live with. Dameon is now in the hospital for complications from the flu. His picture is attached.

    Please pause to pray for Dameon and his family today. Let’s ask for protection of his life and his health.

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