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Brethren in South AfricaPrevious Requests
Please pray for the brethren in South Africa, who were already dealing with a lock down on top of ongoing power cuts, and are now suffering from significant internet connectivity problems. Their bandwidth was already strained because of the lock down, but now one of the undersea internet cables has broken. While there are other cables, this is adversely affecting the brethren's international connectivity, and thus their ability to download messages from the church website. Thank you.
Abatiell, James (82)Rutland, Vermont
The Banmans write,
We are saddened to announce the death of our son-in-law's (Gabriel Solomon Baer) grandfather, James Sherwood Abatiell, the father of Sara Baer of Boise, Idaho. James was 82 years of age, struggling with myeloma with kidney failure. He died peacefully at his home in Rutland, Vermont, at 8:30 AM Saturday morning with his wife and daughter at his side. The family would greatly appreciate the prayers of our brethren, for God to give them comfort and peace during this time of grieving the loss of a loved one. They will also need God's guidance to direct them through what the next steps are for them in this social-distancing time. Thank you.
Biles, ClydePrevious Requests
Jerry tells us that his father Clyde is scheduled to have surgery on Wednesday morning to remove the cancerous section of his lung. Due to the Corona Virus protocols in place at the hospital none of his family can be at the hospital with him and Jerry would appreciate your prayers for his father and his whole family under these very trying circumstances. Thank you in advance for all of your prayers.
Clinton, DeborahSurprise, Arizona
Deborah urgently needs your prayers. She suffers from neuropathy in her hands and feet, but her mother Jane writes that "today the pain and itching in her fingers is almost unbearable." Your immediate prayers on Deborah's behalf for God's intervention are very much appreciated.
Curran, CarolPrevious Requests
It is with sorrow I share the knowledge of the death of my neighbor Norma with you. She died [Thursday] morning in peace. Please remember Frank in prayer for it is truly a lonely time for him now, as his life begins a new chapter after 67 years with Norma. Thank you for all your prayers on their behalf and to God for His mercy and love!
I want to say thank you to the brethren for their prayers concerning Frank and Norma. Hospice is part of our lives now and that indeed was a blessing from God! They come in three days a week to help with Norma and are in charge of all her medication. Frank is resting more, which helps us all. We are in the process of looking for more help to fill in when I or my daughter, Kasey, are not available. We take each day as it comes and are grateful to God for all He supplies us with. My rash has cleared. God opened my eyes to the cause and I immediately dealt with the issue. Life is a crazy and full of trials, but it is also just so wonderful and beautiful, too, amid the craziness. Thanks be to God for it all! God’s grace and mercy is so awesome!
The young doe who was having problems is doing very well now. An older doe, however, who has seemed ready to deliver for over 2 weeks now, is still not delivering, and it is somewhat worrisome that she is taking so long. We do not know if there might be anything wrong, nor what to do about it if there is.
Other than that, sadly, the track loader starter motor has proceeded to stop working again, and therefore I must once again remove it and see what it will take to repair it.
Both mom and I are still slimming down. Mom will be visiting one of my brothers in Tennessee, accompanied by another of my brothers, but they should be perfectly safe as far as the virus issue. We (so far) appear to be in the best health we have been in for a long time, and are very mindful of not needlessly interacting with the public. Thank you again for your prayers.
Holley, LawrencePrevious Requests
I give thanks to our Great God for your prayers. I move into my new room tomorrow. My prayer is that all goes well.
Please pray to our Great God concerning my brother and his housemates and staff who live and work in a group home for the severely retarded. One of his housemates was tested positive for COVID-19. May God protect and bring them thru this according to His will. Thank you in advance for your prayers.
I thank our Great God for providing three locations to choose from. The size of the rooms vary from large to small. I pray that He will reveal that location that he wants me to be at. Thanks you for all of our prayers on our behalf.
My roommate found a room and he is able to move in by the end of the month. My prayer is that it is God’s will that I also transfer to a new location soon. Thank you for your prayers to our Great God.
The owner of the house where my roommate and I rent rooms has given us a two week notice to relocate since her mom, who may arrive in two weeks, has an underlying condition. I am asking for prayers to our Great God for guidance for both of us for a quick relocation, according to His will. I thank you in advance for your prayers.
Pearson, LauraPrevious Requests
Please pray for Laura, who is living with family members who are confirmed to have the coronavirus. Laura's daughter and granddaughter in particular have been having a hard time recovering from it Because Laura has the symptoms (though not severe), she went to the hospital, and was sent to another facility to be tested. The doctor there said she probably has the coronavirus, but she is doing well for having had the symptoms for seven days, and the doctors will not do a test unless she becomes much sicker.
Because of moving, I was receiving Feast mail into January. . . . I very much treasure being remembered by the brethren. Very late, but I want them to know how much I appreciate them.
I am asking prayer for God's mercy and healing, as He wills. He has been very kind to me and I pray He will be with me through this. We are all in His loving care. Thank you.
Puliafico, Cecilia (99)Previous Requests
Cel was released out of the hospital and is at our place under hospice care. She is very weak and tired, but is talking and walking a little. She is also on oxygen. Hopefully, things will continue to improve for her. Thank you so much for your continued prayers for her, and also for Jim and I that we can manage our jobs and care for her needs at the same time.
We received the results for the Covid-19 test, and they were negative. Cel was moved out of isolation and Jim was able to spend the day with her. She spent most of the day in and out of sleep, is very weak, and eating very little. Communication is very limited and difficult for her. At this moment we are uncertain what her long term prognosis is and we are hoping for more information from the doctors and her case manager today. Please continue to pray for what God wills for both her and for her family.
We are able to login to the hospital and check tests results as they come in, and Cecilia has had quite a number of tests, but there is no news regarding the Covid-19 test. What we are seeing is that this is taking quite a toll on her, and we fear that she may not make it home. We try to call her in her room but she is no longer able to communicate, and the number of her health issues grow. Her family, including three children and four grandchildren, are concerned and saddened that they may not see her again. The inability to spend time at her bedside, because of the present national health crisis, has been very frustrating. Please pray for her, for them, for others who may be trapped by similar circumstances around the world, but most of all for God's mercy and will at this time.
Cecilia's daughter-in-law Kathy writes,
Cecelia’s pneumonia is presenting as bacterial rather than viral, but because of age, other health issues, and the current situation, they decided to test her. We cannot visit her until that test comes back. In the meantime, she is showing some improvement with antibiotics. We have spoken to her on the phone and she just wants to go home.
Please pray for Cecilia Puliafico, who is in the hospital with bilateral pneumonia. She has been tested for the coronavirus and is in an isolation ward until the results come back (probably sometime today). Thank you.
Rafuse, DougCalgary, Alberta, Canada
Max had complained also of being a little feverish before going to the hospital, so they put him in isolation when they heard this. However, Max has again been released after the hospital staff did not find anything wrong. Max said he is feeling much better now. Thank you to all who were able to react in such a short time. I give much thanks and praise to our merciful Father in heaven.
Doug is asking for your prayers on behalf of his eldest son, Max (28). He was taken to the emergency room because of a very rapid heart rate and numbness in one arm. This is the second time this week that Max has been taken to the hospital for the same complaint, though the doctors found nothing the first time. Max’s heart rate has historically been very high, but no one knows what causes it. Thank you for your prayers.
Reiss, JohnPrevious Requests
John Reports that his sister-in-law, Kathy, was successfully taken off the ventilator she had been on in the ICU. The doctors are still puzzled by the stroke symptoms including some residual paralysis, but they do think it was possibly the result of a urinary tract infection entering her blood stream. She is having some additional problems right now with complications from bed sores that may require surgery but she is still doing much better than she had been. Please continue to keep Kathy and her family in your prayers. Kathy's family would like you to know how grateful they are to everyone for all of your prayers.
John Reiss is requesting your prayers for his sister-in-law, Kathy Reiss, who is in an Atlanta hospital ICU. Kathy lives in Mississippi but because of a number of health related issues she was in a physical rehab facility in Atlanta. While on the phone with her daughter she began experiencing stroke-like symptoms and even though they have now ruled out a stroke following a number of tests, Kathy is still experiencing the symptoms, as the doctors try to determine the cause. Of course because of the current circumstances within hospitals regarding the Covid19 protocols it is adding to the stress for the whole family as there are strict visiting limitations in place. John would appreciate your prayers for Kathy and her entire family within this very stressful situation.
John would also like to thank everyone for your prayers on behalf of his co-workers 10 month old daughter Anna, who had been suffering through multiple daily seizures. Anna is doing "remarkably" better following a change to a specifically regimented diet. The main problem they are having now is finding the appropriate foods within the strict guidelines of the diet that a toddler with a finicky appetite will continue to eat . But discovering this dietary issue has certainly been answered prayer and John is very grateful for all of your prayers on behalf of Anna and her parents.
Sagen, AlanRound Rock, Texas
I want to thank everyone for their prayers. After delays and denials, Alan has finally been approved today for MedicAid, which will cover his nursing home fee and requires only a small copay from us. Needless to say, this is a huge relief and blessing! Although I am unable to visit Alan at this time due to the lockdown, I am able to visit with him via FaceTime as I just did a few minutes ago. He looks good, is in good spirits and receiving good care. I'm grateful for everyone's prayer support and for God's merciful response.
Recent Requests (Last 2 Months):
Brethren in South Africa
Brethren in Zambia
Abatiell, James (82)
Clinton, Jane (72)
Puliafico, Cecilia (99)
Valdez, Jesse (73)
Wilhelm, Jeff (37)