39 thoughts on “Prayers

  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 February 14th. 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 February 21st. The meetings are at 6:30 p.m. in the central time zone on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. 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.


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

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

    Celebration Church of God, Oregon
    * Wade Higgins

    Living Waters Today, Georgia
    * Dennis Thomas

    Living God Ministries, Georgia
    * Holland Corbitt

    Living God Ministries, Oregon
    * Bill & Esther Glover

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

    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 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.


    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 on the “Gifts” page of this website.

  6. 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 (, 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.”

  9. 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)

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

    Sister Janie Brown 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.
    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.

  11. 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.

  12. Melvin Huntley: a mass on his kidney
    Jean Harkins: recently had gallbladder removed; problems with heart afib
    Joe Ferguson: colonoscopy revealed polyps; results in 7-8 days
    Linda Gilmore: knee surgery problems; illness
    Krislyn: great-granddaughter of Melva Howard; child seriously burned
    DeVane Paul and Norma: mass on throat/jaw; additional problems

  13. spoke with Wanda Brown tonight. She has been having some pain in her upper chest that hurts through to her back. She went to a walk-in clinic today and they did an EKG. She said they told her the results show that she has had a heart attack and has a blockage. They wanted her to go to Knoxville to the hospital and suspect she might need a stent.

    Wanda plans to wait and see her cardiologist on Monday. But as you can imagine, she is anxious about the whole situation. Please pray for relief from the chest pain and for a good report from the cardiologist.

  14. Here is a listing of folks who are fighting colds, flu, etc.

    Wade Johnson – on the upswing and feeling better. He left the house to do some necessary shopping on Monday. Thanks for praying.

    Mike and Janie Brown – It was originally just Mike who was sick, but Janie got sick as well. Let’s keep praying for their quick recovery.

    Ruth Curtis and Hope Nicholson – originally it was just Ruth who was sick and was being treated for the flu, but Hope became ill with the same symptoms as well. They are doing a little better and appreciate your prayers.

    Ken & Becky Swiger – we were tested for the flu today, but thankfully it came up negative. I am fighting an Upper Respiratory Infection and Acute Sinus Infection. Becky has an infected lymph node behind her ear and is also battling an Upper Respiratoy Infection. We appreciate your prayers.

    Joanna Carroll has provided us an update on Becky Burney (who was previously on our prayer list for Breast Cancer).
    I believe I asked you to pray for Becky Burney. She lives in Priceville Alabama near Decatur, anyway she has a form of breast cancer and they have put her on hospice now so please pray for her comfort. She said it’s hard for her to focus. She’s only in her early sixties, she’s a mother and grandmother and was in the Gulf War thank you.
    Joanna Carroll
    Let’s continue to remember Becky and her family and friends in our prayers.

    Elder Stephen Seachord [Fairview TX COG] shared this update on Eddie Burgess who has been on our prayer list for cancer treatment.
    The email includes a picture of Eddie. t is always good to have a face to associate with the names on our prayer list.
    Let’s give thanks for the good report and keep praying for complete healing.

  15. To all: my wife and I want to thank you all for your heartfelt prayers on behalf of Cheryl’s father, Bill Starling, who died this afternoon. We are encouraged by God’s mercy in allowing my Father-in-Law to rest after running the Spiritual Race he has been running for so many years. Your continued prayers for comfort for the family is greatly appreciated. Arrangements have not been finalized, but we will update you as soon as possible.
    With kindest regards,
    J F Koontz

  16. Susan Brunner (COGWA: Ocala, FL) reports that her mother, Judy Chapman, suffered another stroke early yesterday (Wednesday, January 31). She is now paralyzed on both sides. Her heart is very weak and she is in a coma. Family members are with her now. Our prayers for God’s mercy that she will not linger and will soon be at peace are requested.
    Shanna Kamens (COGWA: St. Petersburg, FL) reports that her brother-in-law, Allen Spratling, has been from the hospital and will be in Hospice care at their home. The family thanks you so much for your continued prayers for everyone.
    Also, Marcie Bailey’s brother, Herbert, wishes to thank everyone sincerely for their prayers. His colon cancer surgery went extremely well and he recovered much faster than he thought he would. He has a colostomy, which should be temporary, and hopefully reversed in a few months after everything heals. He says he knows it was the prayers of the people that got him through so beautifully.
    Since her blood counts took an unexpected jump, Olivia Greider has been granted almost a month-long furlough from the hospital! Hopefully she will stay free from fever to enjoy this respite. She is scheduled for chemotherapy and a spinal tap for tomorrow (January 2), but those can be done as a regular outpatient appointment. Your continued thoughts and prayers are requested.

  17. Your prayers are requested for Jorge Quintana (COGWA: Temuco, Chile) who has just been diagnosed with rectal colon cancer. Fortunately it hasn’t spread but he needs to go through a surgery and is waiting on a public health list.

  18. Erin Giessner’s ultrasound this morning showed a blood clot, which means there was a small rupture and bleed. She and baby are doing fine, but that was the cue … so it’s Baby Day!
    Her C section has been scheduled for about 6pm this evening. Please pray that everything goes well, and that baby Matthew has no complications. Erin is 33 ½ weeks along, so we are expecting him to need to be in the NICU for a while.

  19. Janie Brown updated us on the status of her friend Vergie McCoy. Janie and Vergie have been friends for 40 years.
    Vergie’s son told Janie that the doctors have informed the family that she will not get any better. At this point they are providing palliative care to keep her as comfortable as possible.

  20. Rose McTiernan (COGWA: St. Petersburg) has been released from the hospital and is at home. She’s very tired and will be on antibiotics. She, and Jim, thank everyone for their prayers and concern.

  21. 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 Greeneville, 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

  22. Joanna Wayne:
    Baby Joanna continues to improve every day. We are very thankful that there has yet to be a day of regression. This past Sunday Cortney was able to hold her for the first time though she hadn’t even turned 25 weeks old yet. Monday she had her one week brain scan which revealed no bleeding in the brain and was a very good sign towards her full recovery!
    She is already up to 4 ML of milk every feeding and seems to be handling it well. She has has gained a whole ounce from birth weight, tipping the scales at a whopping 1lb 5oz. Knowing how hard Joanna is fighting is helping Cortney fight as well through all adversities that come from the effects of this difficult situation. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
    Let’s continue to remember this innocent baby and her family in prayer.

    Bob Collins shared a request this afternoon for a friend who is in the ICU at UT Hospital today. Ken Faust had a stroke which has affected his left leg. But he also has internal bleeding that has caused the deoctors to discover stomach, liver, and esophageal cancer.

  23. From Susan Brunner:
    It is with sadness and relief that I tell you that mom died this morning (5 years to the day that her mom died). She is at peace now and awaits her resurrection. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult and unexpected ordeal.
    Cards may be sent to:
    Gerald Chapman
    1294 Oxford Ave.
    Pasadena, CA 91104

    Ben Chapman (Susan’s brother)
    279 Ohio St. Apt 7
    Pasadena, CA 91106

    Susan Brunner
    9510 E Lazy Oak Dr.
    Floral City, FL 34436-4646

    Your prayers are requested for Barbara Ames who took a bad fall on Friday. She is at home and being taken care of, but she’s in a lot of pain.

  24. From: David Wyatt-Mair
    Sent: February 4, 2018 1:41 AM
    To: John Plunkett
    Subject: Cape Town

    Greetings John and Tricia and Family,
    Well you may have heard, but we are in the grip of a serious drought, well that’s an understatement. The city (4 million people) is about to actually run out of water. We tried buying some to keep as drinking water but even that is being rationed now or there just isn’t any. Irrigations and plumbing parts are being sold out as people try rig up something at home. As from 01 Feb last Wednesday we are on level 6B restrictions (50 Litres a day per person.)
    We have cut our consumption for a number of months to average for the three of us to 29 Litres per day – that’s for everything, whether cooking, drinking toilet flushing and laundry. We are using well point water in the washing machine. Annetjie feeds it in to the powder tray as soon as it starts taking in water. This stops it and it washes as per normal. Thankfully we have a pool that we keep topped up from the well point but you can’t drink it. Listeriois has broken out in SA as Cholera did/has in Zambia.
    We are really staring a catastrophe in the face. Water will have to be collected from 200 points – allocating 25 litres per person per day – it’s actually a logistical nightmare and for most impossible. There are no containers to be found anywhere. The next best thing is a 20 litre paint tin. When a small delivery arrives in the shops – If you were there at the time – you could buy some in the scramble. Try even buy a plastic bucket? Just everything is sold out. And the prices are escalating like crazy.

  25. Barbara Ames visited the doctor today and she suffered a broken pelvis and a fracture her #4 vertebrae when she fell on Friday. Further details will be forthcoming. Your prayers for her recovery would be very much appreciated.


    Renee Williams, of the Cleveland, Ohio, congregation, had a follow-up visit with the infection specialist who has been treating her foot. Unfortunately, they found she has developed gangrene in her foot, with a spot on one toe. Under those circumstances, the surgeons believe her foot needs to be amputated (below the knee), so the infection doesn’t spread to the rest of her body and put her life at risk.
    Renee is in very good spirits, all things considered. She has had so much pain from this infection, going back to late October/early November (with no positive prognosis), that this actually gives her some hope to be able to begin to “put my life back together,” in her words. While not looking forward to the process, she sees a chance to return to a much more normal pattern on beyond. The surgery will be scheduled as soon as possible.
    Thank you for your cards, continued prayers and concern for Renee, her husband, Ray, and the whole family.
    20765 Quarry Rd.
    Wellington, OH 44090

  26. Sheila Butler shared sad news with us this afternoon regarding 4 year old cancer patient Bentley Lawton [#37 under SICKNESS & SUFFERING]. Here is text from her email:
    Well this is how quick things happen…little Bentley passed away at 225 this afternoon. Please keep the family in prayer
    Thank you for praying for Bentley and his family. At this point we need to continue to pray for his family as they go through this difficult time.

    New request: Angie Boston asked us to pray for a friend and coworker, Shannon Harmon. He is suffering from painful ribs due to an accident. LEt’s pray for his recovery and relief from pain.

  27. Skip Martin I have angioedema, from an unknown substance. In other words, something causes my lip, cheek, or tongue swell. The medical term is “idiopathic angioedema. There have been numerous blood and allergy tests, which don’t show anything that I might be allergic to. Sixty-four food allergy tests, and not a single one was I allergic to. However, two tests ruled out hereditary and acquired angioedema. That was very good news, as they could have indicated a serious underlying problem such as cancer. I’ve decided that this is a good thing, as I am meeting lots of people at the ER. One of the male nurses has played bass for Gary Gasaway, Matt Pierce, and Perry Osborn, who are all friends of mine. Also, I have a free pass to the treatment area without having to stay in the waiting room. All I have to do is stick my swollen tongue out at the receptionist. She says, “You go back there, right now.”

  28. Please send up urgent prayers for Veronika, Philip, and Caleb Howell. They are having a very hard time following the recent death of their son, Preston. He died in their home under very tragic circumstances and this makes it extremely hard for Veronika to remain there. They have to make the important decision as to whether they will remain in that house or move elsewhere. May the Lord God rebuke the adversary and all his spiritual oppression. Pray for the light of truth and freedom to shine brightly into their lives.

  29. Here is an update provided by Elder Stephen Seachord on behlaf of Eddie Burgess [#8 under SICKNESS & SUFFERING].
    Tomorrow I’m scheduled to have my two uriteral stents removed in an office procedure. Not quite sure what to feel about it as I’ve heard widely varying reports about that procedure and it’s impact.
    The stents have been such a source of pain – glad to see them gone.
    For the first time today my labs didn’t look so good, everything is down and man can I tell it. I am really “sick” and in a significant amount of pain.
    There is no way I can tell you how much your prayers are appreciated right now.
    This last chemo session #7 has taken a real toll; nothing short of brutal.
    Thank you dear sweet friends – this is the worst thing I’ve ever experienced.
    Let’s keep praying for Eddie. God is still wathcing over us, even when we are at a low point in our lives.

    Bob Collins shared that he and Lamar Plemmons spent about 3 hours with Ken Foust [notice the correction in the spelling of his name – #21 under SICKNESS & SUFFERING] at the UT hospital on Sabbath and that he was in good spirits, but desperately needs a healing touch from God.

    Angie Boston is experiencing anxiety on behalf of her employment situation. Please pray that God will permit the KFC to pass their inspections and everyone can continue to work

  30. Shanna Kamens (COGWA: St. Petersburg, FL) and her family thank you all so very much for all your love, prayers and concerns for her brother-in-law, Allen Spratling, who passed away last night in peace and safety.
    Cards for her sister and family can be sent to:
    Kim Spratling
    3223 51st Street West
    Lehigh Acres, Fl. 33971

  31. Please pause to pray for Mr. Ed Martell [#44 under SICKNESS & SUFFERING this week]. He will recall that he has been through a lot with severe back pain and infection in his foot and leg that resulted in an ugly break and amputation. His daughter, Tiffany Lively, shares an update with us this morning.
    We wanted to let you know that the nurse (along with my mom), noticed that the “area of concern” on my dad’s wound has gotten worse. The home nurse called the orthopaedic surgeons triage nurse and the doctor wants to see him right away.
    We are going this morning. Of course, my dad is so scared and upset. Perhaps it’s irritation from the cast? He is so fearful of an infection given how the infection went last time…
    We would greatly appreciate prayers. It would be so glorious for this to be done so he can start to learn to walk again. These set backs have just been constant. His back is “back” to excruciating pain and he fears that means a serious infection has returned.
    I will keep you posted on what we find out.
    Thanking you in advance, Tiffany

    Elder Stephen Seachord [Fairview TX COG] shared an update on Terry Gaddy who had heart valve replacement surgery yesterday.
    Terry came through the surgery well, but he will need to have a pacemaker installed. Both Terry and Betty thank you for your prayers. Please lift them up in prayer during the recovery and upcoming pacemaker surgery.

    I received an update on Brandon Morgan [#53 under SICKNESS & SUFFERING] who has been suffering with lymphoma and non-cancerous spots on his spleen. Janie Brown provided the following update:
    Update on Brandon – He went to the clinic again today. This makes 5 days in a row. He got more meds. through his port and the results of his ultrasound from yesterday. The fungus levels in his body are going down, and the ultrasound shows the spots on his spleen are getting a little smaller. (His mom posted this yesterday)

  32. From Bill and Jeanne Harkins, CGI, Auburndale, FL Congregation.
    Jeanne and I would like to thank all of the brethren for their prayers for Jeanne’s health problems. On December 31 she was diagnosed with total failure of her gall bladder. On January 1st the surgeon removed the offending organ through laparoscopy, which is a minimally invasive procedure. They sent her home the next day.
    The following weekend she was hit with an attack of Atrial Fibrillation, which is a rapid and erratic heartbeat. The following Sabbath she was back in Auburndale, playing the piano for services.
    Since then she has bounced back to normal. Wish to thank the Great God, and the brethren, for their healing love and prayers on Jeanne’s behalf..

  33. Olivia Greider has been attending school for 1/2 days since she’s been on furlough from the hospital and she’s loving it. She’d like to go full days, but she comes home and naps for 1-2 hours every afternoon. The school, her teachers and her class have been incredible – welcoming and encouraging and amazing.
    The results from the spinal tap last week showed 0 (zero) malignant cells so they are going to forgo the spinal tap today (Friday) tomorrow since the news was so positive.
    A match for the bone marrow transplant hasn’t been located as yet. [If you would like to be considered as a donor you can contact Be the Match at
    She is scheduled for a bone marrow biopsy today (Friday) and the results, due the middle of next week, will really help determine their next steps.
    Otherwise she is doing great. She has energy, is filled with laughter and the family is loving all being home together.

    Tom Kosharek (St. Petersburg, FL) recently fell off a ladder while working in his shop. Some have asked how he is doing. After requesting prayers for healing, the next day he awoke expecting at least many aches and pains only to discover there were none. He thanks you for all your prayers and concerns.

  34. James Jackson (Sherry’s father) hospitalized for complications from diabetes
    Pearl Jackson – sciatic nerve and bad cold
    Lani Finley – Respiratory ailments
    Marsohnell Montgomery of Claremont, FL (Vonciel’s cousin) – Comfort during this time of grief on unexpected death of son and daughter-in-law
    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

    Phil MIller asks that we add a friend to our prayer list. Let’s pray for Tony Van Winkle. Tony has been knocked down by the flu and has multiple health issues that he faces. Let’s ask for God’s mercy and healing for Tony.

    Tiffany Lively updates us on her dad, Ed Martell.
    I’m pleased to provide a good report and thank everyone for their prayers and for God’s answering of them.
    They took the staples out! The wound Does not look infected; small area of the tissue is having a hard time healing. Doc wants to give it more time to heal. Plan b would be surgery to clean out tissue not healing but he said let’s let the body try to heal on its own first.

  35. Stephen Seachord updates us on Terry Gaddy who had both heart valve replacement and pacemaker installed in the past 24 hours or so. Terry is doing well from both procedures and thanks you for your prayers.

    Wanda Brown updates us and is scheduled for a stress test for her heart health and also an endoscopy and a colonoscopy. Let’s pray for her to come through these tests with no problems and receive a good report on each one.

    Wade Johnson is feeling pretty well, but is struggling to get rid of a case of bronchitis. Let’s lift him up for more complete healing.

    Ruth Curtis and Hope Nicholson are both mostly recovered from the virus that knocked them down for a couple of weeks. Let’s pray that they do not relapse or catch anything else this season.

    Becky Swiger is recovered from her infected lymph node and upper respiratory infection. Thanks for praying.

    Ken Swiger is recovered from sinus infection and upper respiratory infection. However, apparently suffering from a kidney stone (CT Scan today, results tomorrow). Thanks for praying.

    Please pause to pray for our sister in the faith, Carrie O’Rourke [Downs ILL]. Here is text from Brian on her behalf:
    Late last week they discovered a brain tumor which needed immediate operation. The surgery went well…. but this popped up a little bit ago.
    Carrie needs prayers for quick relief of pain in her head this morning. The surgeon visited this morning and needed to apply pressure to the incision area by tightly wrapping her head to reduce some seapage. Shortly after her head is in a lot of pain and she wants it off. (The wrap that is, not her head)
    The nurse is getting the ok for some pain meds to help with relief so she can sleep a little.
    Let’s reach out to the Heavenly Father for pain relief for Carrie and a complete and quick recovery.

  36. From Andy Burnett, COGWA pastor, Dallas & Sherman, TX:
    Richard Cleveland, a member of the Dallas, Texas, congregation, underwent a colonoscopy this past Thursday, and doctors discovered a cancerous growth in his large intestine. Surgery to remove the growth will probably be scheduled for late February or early March. Richard also has been diagnosed with a condition that is causing a progressively diminishing capacity in his lungs to oxygenate blood. As a result, he experiences low energy levels and tires easily. Richard thanks you in advance for your prayers.
    2501 FM 2911
    Big Sandy, TX 75755

  37. To: John B Wilson
    This is a time that the flu and other winter illnesses have really taken a strong hold on so many people. This season’s flu is being touted as the worst in many years. Already, there have been a high number of deaths, especially among young people.
    As many of you know, our granddaughter, Elizabeth has been in New Zealand studying and training for discipleship and missionary training. Part of her final period has been and will be spent in several different countries in the area. Earlier this week, she left Papua New Guinea for South Korea. She called Susan, our daughter, to ask for prayers as she is sick, but didn’t provide any details. Knowing Elizabeth, it takes a lot to get her down. Of course, we are concern as South Korea is having an epidemic of Norovirus as well as the flu. The South Korean government has called in segments of the armed forces to replace over 1000 security personnel that have been quarantined.

    Also, this week Mason Garton, the 17 year old son of Susan’s good friend, died this past Wednesday as a result of the flu. He became sick with it last Friday and it developed into pneumonia.

    Susan called us this morning to let us know one of her friend’s two year old son is in the hospital being treated for the flu and pneumonia. He has Downs Syndrome and a heart condition.

    Michael and Ericka Deering have been fighting upper respiratory infections as well as the flu. Michael has been dealing with it for several months, now. Ericka’s mom has been in the hospital for problems related to dementia, but we just heard that she is somewhat better now, after some medication changes.

    Brother Chitti and Sister Ruth Gampala have been struggling with Typhoid Fever since the death of Brother John Gampala almost two months ago. The last we heard from them, they are still down with it.

  38. From David Baker, COGWA regional director, Australia, Asia & Philippines:
    It is with great sadness that I learned today that Norman Julag-ay died at around 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning in the Philippines. Funeral arrangements are still being made. As you can imagine this has been a terrible shock for the Julag-ay family and the brethren in the Philippines. Your prayers for God’s comfort for the family and brethren is much appreciated. Cards and letters can be sent to his wife and family at the following address.
    Teresa Julag-ay
    Purok Masagana
    Bgy Alijis, Bacolod City
    Negros Occidental

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