An Update from our Pastor - February 28, 2014
Let me thank you once again for praying for Jo Beth. The “effective fervent prayer of a righteous man” is indeed powerful. Her health continues to improve, a little slowly from my perspective, but we think that daily therapy will help her to stand and move forward to walk. Blood reports continue to be positive and will be checked for an indefinite period of time.
Please accept my gratitude for joining our team and supporting us in these challenging days. It means everything to the Youngs. Joby would like to extend to you her love and appreciation for continuing to stay in the battle with us.
His and yours,
An Update from our Pastor - January 27, 2014
More Good News! Jo Beth returned home after 67 days in the hospital. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
We are grateful that the disease has been minimized through God’s healing touch and medical science. Jo Beth is now working on gaining physical strength and recovering her ability to walk. The challenge remains to protect her weakened immune system from exposure to infection.
We are hopeful that she will be back in church in the next few months. Thank you again for your love and prayers. Please continue to stand in this battle with us.
His and yours,
“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
An Update from our Pastor – January 15, 2014
Good news! Yesterday Jo Beth’s primary physician looked her in the eye and said, “You are a miracle.” Although she remains in the hospital, all of her blood chemistry has greatly improved and she has begun physical therapy which will hopefully get her walking and functioning to a full recovery.
Thank you for being in the battle with us. Your prayers have been powerful and have filled her room with a sense of Shekinah. It has always been our prayer that God would be glorified throughout her illness. The other miracle we celebrate is that several people have been led to personal relationships with Christ and many others have deepened their walk with Him. To God be the glory, great things He has done!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your love and care as we have walked through this valley. The best is yet to be. Stay in the battle.
His and yours,
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
An Update from our Pastor - January 10, 2014
Good News! The book of Romans teaches us about the Good News we have in Jesus Christ. I want to share with you some more good news. Jo Beth’s health is much improved. We are watching her numbers steadily head in the right direction. As we remain in the fight, our family clings to the Good News we have in Jesus - our Healer, our Redeemer, and our Savior. Thank you for standing in the battle with us through your continued prayers and many acts of kindness.
His and yours,
An Update from our Pastor - January 2, 2014
Thank you for staying in the battle with Jo Beth. It is with joy and a full heart of gratitude that I am able to report Jo Beth's condition has remarkably improved! We are encouraged by the steadily increasing numbers that the medical team watches so carefully. We are further encouraged by her strength, communication, and beloved personality that warms everyone's heart who comes into her room.
Thank you, Church Family, for standing in the gap with us. Your prayers, encouragement, and countless expressions of love and concern have lifted our spirits on long days, and made a difference in so many ways.
We still have a battle. She is learning to walk all over again and continues to experience a few mental lapses. However, time is on our side. I know you join me in thanking our faithful Great Physician for the progress and the healing He continues to provide.
Please keep lifting Joby up daily to the Lord, praying specifically for her full health and a complete recovery. He has been our refuge and our fortress and we trust that He will finish this miraculous recovery He has started.
Be confident of our continued prayers for you, our trusted friends and Church Family.
His and yours,
"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!” Psalm 91:1-2
AN UPDATE FROM OUR PASTOR – DECEMBER 27, 2013
Thank you for staying in the battle with Jo Beth. Our Christmas miracle was that she was moved out of ICU into a private room. This was done partially to control her environment and protect her immune system, which has been weakened by her treatment. Joby continues to slowly improve, but is not yet out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination.
Thank you for your prayers, encouragement and many expressions of concern. It has meant so much to us! So many of you have been generous in your offerings to help. The most important thing you can do is to continue to lift Joby up daily to the Great Physician, praying that He will finish what medical science has started.
At this time we claim our family life verse: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6)
It is my prayer that you and your family had a blessed Christmas. In this new year, may God continue to fill your life with His abiding joy.
An Update from Our Pastor - December 23, 2013
Thank you for continuing to remember Jo Beth in your prayers. We’ve been together for over fifty years and this will be the first Christmas we will spend in the hospital. We continue to pray for a Christmas miracle. Although she is a long way from being well, we celebrate the progress she has made and the signs that there may be light at the end of the tunnel.
Tomorrow I look forward to worshipping with you in our Christmas Eve services. Five thousand lighted candles will prepare all of us for the celebration of the Gift of gifts.
Have a blessed Christmas,
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
An Update from Our Pastor - December 17, 2013
Thank you for your many expressions of concern for Jo Beth. Although she is still listed as critical in ICU, she continues to make slight improvement. She is engaged in a war but we are hopeful that we are seeing the first signs of victory. Any significant news about her status will come from the church, so be careful of any rumors you may hear.
Please join me in claiming the healing promise found in Psalm 103:1-5:
Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
Jo Beth and I have never felt more love from and for our church family than at this time. Thank you for staying in the fight with us. In His will, the best is yet to be.
An Update from Our Pastor - December 12, 2013
Thank you for continuing to pray for Jo Beth. Daily her sweet spirit is evident to those who come into her presence. Although there are some encouraging signs, she is still in a battle. Jo Beth continues to be in ICU which is exactly where she needs to be at this time.
There is much unknown about TTP and its treatment. The great doctors on Jo Beth’s team persevere in fighting this disease and are striving to find the right path to restore her to good health. God has given the medical world a lot of firepower, but ultimately Jo Beth is in the hands of The Great Physician.
After three weeks of being in this wilderness, Romans 5:3-5 comes to mind. “There's more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we're hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we're never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary — we can't round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!”(THE MESSAGE)
Through anxiety and tears, I am encouraged by seeing the power of the family of God as Jo Beth is continually lifted up in love and prayer. What peace that provides to me and to our entire family.