Members wishing to have prayer requests posted should email David Grabbe.
New Prayer Requests:
Chandler, MelissaPrevious Requests
Melissa is asking for your prayers regarding a custody suit involving her daughter Kayla and granddaughter Emma. Kayla currently has custody, and Emma's father has visited very infrequently. However, this week Kayla was served with custody papers, asking for 50/50 custody. This has come as quite a shock to the family, as Emma has not even been to her father's house, and is essentially a stranger. The court date is set for Tuesday, and the family is scrambling to find a lawyer and put a defense together.
We ask God to intervene in this matter and keep us out of the courts. We pray this can be worked out personally. . . . We are concerned for Emma's well-being.
Clinton, DeborahPrevious Requests
Thank you to all who have continued to pray for Debbie. Her Mother, Jane wrote this encouraging update late last night:
"God is already intervening on Deborah's behalf. The swelling of her legs has "greatly" improved, no more swelling in her arms and her breathing is now back to normal during the day and almost thru the entire night. Last night she slept very well breathing normally with just a "brief" moment of slight congestion however, it passed quickly. Absolute answer to prayers! ...she has been improving in a miraculous way as only God can do!"
Please continue to keep Debbie in your prayers, as her condition seems to be getting worse again. Her Mother Jane writes:
"Deborah has been experiencing severe swelling in her legs from the thigh down to her feet which includes her arms however her arms are a lesser degree. We are concerned about heart/kidney due to all the extreme antibiotic treatment she has endured. This condition has been going on for several days with very little change. We would greatly appreciate Debbie being added to the Prayer Request list for this serious condition. Our Brethren are also in our continued prayers. Thank you so much."
Debbie Clinton is requesting your prayers once again, as she continues to suffer through some difficult health issues related to her diabetes, including serious and chronic leg swelling. Debbie writes:
"It's just not normal for my legs to be this way and the pitted edema is really bad in my feet ankles & calves. Also, for the breathing issues I'm suffering during the night aren't getting any better, with tightness and fluid congestion. I'm having to use a lot of extra pillows to elevate myself, but I end up exhausting myself more with trying to get comfortable and typically cannot sleep in those positions. I've been anointed, so I'm peaceful that God is very aware, but would appreciate God's people praying for me, especially asking God to lead me to know for certain the cause of these things and to guide me in what my part can be to do what I need to do...or stop doing what I may not be aware I'm doing in the way of diet, etc." Thank you in advance for all of your prayers on Debbie's behalf.
The dentist drained the infection and extracted the tooth. I have been taking antibiotics and the affected zone is almost 100% back to normal now. Thank you all again, and of course, thank God for intervening and giving healing!
An x-ray was taken and it is determined that there was a latent bacterial cyst from a partial abscess which ruptured and caused a sudden regional infection. I was given an antibiotic to fight the infection and the tooth will be extracted this Wednesday, followed by more antibiotics. Thank you again for all of your prayers.
Last Thursday I had what seemed like a rather routine tooth filling without complications, but when the Novocaine wore off I was in a considerable amount of pain, and my face broke out in redness and acne, which I have experienced in the past with dental abscesses. Presently, my head is throbbing. I am nauseous and running a high fever. The tooth appears to be loose and may have broken beneath the gum line while being operated on, leading to a sudden infection. Today I will be contacting the clinic for an emergency assessment of the situation, as they have been closed all weekend. Thanks to everybody in advance for their prayers.
Ebersole , CassandraPrevious Requests
Please pray for newlywed Cassandra Ebersole and her family, who are long-time members of the Church of God and attend with COGWA. Cassandra is granddaughter to Cecil and Gail Maranville of the Hickory, NC congregation. Cassandra writes:
On Sunday I was admitted to [the hospital]. After many tests, they found a massive tumor in my chest. It is pushing on my lungs, esophagus, and heart. Luckily my heart isn’t compromised, but my lungs are. The oncologist has performed a biopsy of the tumor and determined it’s Hodgkin’s Lymphoma stage 2-B. While this is hard news, we are very grateful that it isn’t worse or further along. My oncologist is very positive about treatment moving forward, with chemo scheduled to take place on Friday. I’m blessed to have such an incredible support system with all the family and friends, prayers, and love being shown.
Cards can be sent to:
Brendan and Cassandra Ebersole
305 Washington St.
Cumberland, MD 21502
A family member also started a donations page that can be found at:
Fletcher, CarolYork, South Carolina
Carol's scan last week went well. Her neurologist said the aneurysm is completely blocked off and Carol won't be needing another MRI until next year. The Fletchers are very grateful for all the prayers.
Henry, HowardLargo, Florida
Howard was transferred to a rehabilitation facility on Sunday, which was difficult for him. He is still in a lot of pain from the surgery, but is up and walking a bit. As his surgeons removed and replaced the parts of his hip, they either cracked his bone or discovered a new fracture. He will have another appointment next week so that the fracture can be examined. He would like continued prayers from the brethren for God's mercy and healing. He would like to be able to leave the rehab facility as soon as possible. Thank you.
Update: Howard released himself from the rehab facility (against medical advice). He is happy to be home, but would still appreciate your prayers.
The surgeon says Howard's surgery went well. The doctors already have him up walking a little. Please continue to pray for a smooth recovery and rehabilitation. Thank you.
Howard is scheduled to have hip replacement surgery again on Monday at 9:30 AM. There were problems with the previous surgery. Please pray for Howard and the skill of the surgeon, and that Howard's recovery will go smoothly.
Higgins, PatPrevious Requests
My brother Lanny, who is 16 months younger, had an angiogram this week. They found the artery behind his heart blocked 100% and the heart valve called "the widow maker" in very bad shape. Lanny meets with the surgeon on Tuesday about the surgery and the replacement of the valve. Please ask that God guide the counsel of the surgeon and my brother’s decisions regarding the options, and for God’s intervention during the surgery. Thank you in advance for your prayers on my brother’s behalf.
Hill, SheilaPrevious Requests
The day after the prayer request was posted, I was symptom free. I want to thank all of you for the prayers, concern, and love, and especially our great God and healer.
For the past 3-4 weeks, Sheila Hill has had trouble keeping food down, as well as experiencing moderate discomfort related to intestinal/digestive issues. She has had to greatly reduce the variety of food that she eats in order to minimize her discomfort (which is not substantial). She has also found it increasingly difficult to sleep for more than a few consecutive hours. This combination of issues is draining her energy and affecting her overall wellbeing. She has an appointment with her doctor scheduled for this Friday, March 9, to see if there is any solution. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Holley, LawrencePrevious Requests
Lawrence Holley is asking for your prayers for God's intervention in the health and emotional issues with which he is dealing. He would also appreciate prayers for spiritual strength for overcoming. Thank you in advance.
Moreno, VictorPrevious Requests
Ted Bowling is requesting prayer for his brother-in-law, Victor Moreno, who just suffered a stroke. Please keep Victor and his family in your prayers.
Morse, EmmaSparta, Georgia
Emma is having trouble with her knees and shoulders, and would appreciate the prayers of the brethren. The pain is making even minor tasks difficult. She has had numerous X-rays taken and saw a specialist for her shoulder earlier this week. She will see a specialist for her knees on April 10. It appears that more surgery will be needed. Thank you.
Paul, KevinPrevious Requests
Melissa Chandler is asking for your prayers for her younger brother, Kevin Paul, 47. Last fall, he was diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma in the lymph nodes under his arm. Later the melanoma was found to be more extensive. Since the diagnosis, Melissa, her sister, and her sister-in-law have been taking turns transporting Kevin to Charleston every two weeks for treatment. This next visit is especially important; the family is expecting more information concerning some of the symptoms he has been having, which may be side-effects of the treatment. Melissa would appreciate your prayers for God's guidance of the visit and protection during the travel. Please remember the family in your prayers. Thank you.
Preston, SusanAlexander Heights, Western Australia
Please continue to pray for Susan, who is suffering from an as-yet undiagnosed problem with her lungs. It is hard for her to breathe, especially in the current heat in Australia. The muscles she previously pulled in her abdomen are painful, making it difficult for her to walk or do chores, including deleavening. She developed a cough last Fall, and though she got some relief after being anointed, it eventually came back and has troubled her ever since. Her last body scan did not show any lesions in her lungs, just COPD with emphysema dominant. Susan's doctor cannot figure out what is happening, and has prescribed more courses of a double antibiotic. She would greatly appreciate your prayers for God's intervention and healing of the lung condition. Thank you.
Sakala, BupeLusaka, Zambia
Please pray for Bupe, who is experiencing heart palpitations and general weakness. We do not know the cause and need God's guidance healing and intervention.
Sakala, KondwhaniPrevious Requests
We appreciate your continued prayers on our behalf. Kondwhani's work contract has not been signed yet and we still need God's way of escape. There are a number of things in the contract that are not good and this is what concerns me the most. God's divine intervention is our only hope. Thank you in advance.
While it is not about being between a rock and a hard place, Kondwani's new work contract does not seem to be good in the long term. We therefore still request for God to work out another option or way out which will be done according to His standards. Thank you again.
We beseech you for prayers concerning Kondwani's work contract. We still need God's divine intervention for a more mutually beneficial contract, that will be less of a loss on our side and more of a win-win situation. The contract has not yet been signed, so with God's help there is hope.
Sakala, MusondaLusaka, Zambia
In the midst of cholera cases dropping, a new case has occurred in my neighborhood. This is alarming as it puts the whole neighborhood at risk. More so that my home is one of the designated venues for Sabbath services. Kindly pray for God's protection on us from this vice as it has come close to us, right at our doorstep, and at a time when Brethren will be getting together to share meals and fellowship.
Stacey, FayePrevious Requests
Prayers have been requested for Faye Stacey, who is in the hospital and unable to walk. Your prayers for her and her husband Eddie, as they go through this difficult time are greatly appreciated.
Recent Requests (Last 2 Months):
Baity, Joe and Debora
Biles, Ryan (8 Months)
Ebersole , Cassandra
Effenberger, Linda and Efron