Members wishing to have prayer requests posted should email David Grabbe.
New Prayer Requests:
Brethren in ColoradoPrevious Requests
Thank you all so much for your prayers. They have meant so much to us during this challenging time. Jim, Cecelia and I have all recovered from COVID. Cecelia, who is 100, does have to gain more her strength back. She seems to be getting stronger every day, however.
Kathy still has the tickle in her throat and the raspy cough and still tires easily, but she reports that the fever is gone and she is 95% better. The doctors were able to get oxygen for Cecilia, which seemed to help her a lot. Her fever is down and she has been able to get more rest. She is not out of the woods yet, so please keep praying for her. Thank you.
Brethren in Fort MillFort Mill, South Carolina
The Delta variant of COVID-19 has spread through the Fort Mill congregation. Most of the cases have shown symptoms of tiredness, a lump at the base of the throat, achiness, and fever. Please pray for your brethren who were exposed. Thank you.
Brethren in MyanmarPrevious Requests
Please pray for church of God members in Myanmar, especially for the young men. The army recently asked the local village chief near the village of church members in Taungoo to send 40 young men to become soldiers. If they do not comply, the army will abduct them by force. The food prices have also risen sharply so many people will face hunger in the near future. Please pray for God's protection of, and providence for, His people. Thank you.
Adcock, PaulPrevious Requests
Paul Adcock is asking for your prayers for his cousin in South Africa, Sarel Pieterse. He was shot in the stomach about ten weeks ago and is still not doing well. Please pray for his healing, as well as for his family.
Baity, Joe and DeboraPrevious Requests
Please pray for Joe Baity. His struggles continue with Covid19. He is unable to move or eat without extreme pain and has developed a very violent cough. We ask for God's merciful intervention and healing. Thank you in advance for your prayers.
Clinton, DeborahSurprise, Arizona
Debbie wrote in an update regarding her recent fall:
“I saw the Orthopedic Specialist today and they did more X-rays to confirm that I fractured my large shoulder bone in 4 places. I have to keep my arm in a sling for support to minimize movement and it will take 6-8 weeks for the fractures to heal. I must get a CT scan next week to see if the rotator cuff is damaged or if any muscles are torn. If there is damage to the rotator cuff or muscle, then surgery will be required...my hope is that I do not need any more surgeries. I am still in a great deal of horrible pain and am not sleeping because of it.”
Debbie also wrote that The Feast is going to be very challenging for her this year and that she is very concerned about her Mom, Jane, who is suffering herself because of all that she needs to do to care for her. Your continued prayers on behalf of both Debbie and Jane are very much appreciated.
Cochran, JosieColton, California
Josie reports that her doctor's office is not going to refuse appointments for those who are not vaccinated, so she will be able to make an appointment after all. She writes,
I would like to thank you, my brothers and sisters, for all the kind and loving prayers you sent up for me to our Father . . .. It is a great and wonderful blessing, and fulfilled prayers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Darling, KennethPrevious Requests
Kenneth Darling is requesting prayers on his behalf. He’s running a fever and not feeling well. Thank you in advance for your prayers.
Dela Cruz, PriscilaThe Philippines
Benjamin is very thankful. He "improved immediately after the prayers." He is asking for your continued prayers so that he can attend the holy days. Thank you.
Though Benjamin's wife, Aurora, and daughter, Priscila, have improved, he is now sick with flu-like symptoms, headaches, joint and back pains, and is having difficulty even standing up. Your continued prayers for the entire family would be appreciated.
Finklea, CarolynPrevious Requests
Please pray for Carolyn Finklea. Clyde writes,
She has been running a fever for the last four days and was tested today for Covid. Her test was positive. She is still sick, but not having any breathing problem! With Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles just around the corner, we’re asking the brethren to pray for a full recovery from this so that we will be able to keep the festivals. Thanks to you all in advance for your prayers on her behalf!
Friddle, RuthPrevious Requests
I'm still coughing, though not quite as much, thankfully! It's difficult to talk very much and I'm still tired. I went to a respiratory clinic on Monday and blood work there showed that my D-Dimer is elevated, indicating that I may have a blood clot. I'm supposed to get a CT scan on Wednesday.
The results from the COVID-19 test that I had on Monday came back tonight as negative, so I will be allowed to go back into the office.
Thank you for your continued prayers.
I feel like my illness with covid has passed and I am gaining strength. However, I keep coughing and it concerns me. I am worried for my heart and lungs, although I don't think I have pneumonia. Please pray that the coughing will stop completely.
Also, although I never got tested for covid to begin with - I really don't think it could have been anything else - I have to have a negative test to go back to work. I'm planning to take a home test this weekend, which my boss will accept. Please pray that it will show negative. Although there are nice things about working from home, I really do need to go back into the office, especially with the Feast just over a week away.
Thank you for your prayers.
Higgins, PatApopka, Florida
After 30 days, David is out of the hospital. Thank you for your prayers on his behalf.
Holley, LawrencePrevious Requests
I just learned this morning that my office mate has been exposed to COVID, so I will remain at home during the Feast. Prayers requested for God's guidance over the next week.
Hucks, JoannRock Hill, South Carolina
Jessica reports that her mother is doing much better. After dialysis, her creatinine levels have stabilized and she should not need further dialysis. She is still in pain because of the broken ribs, but is managing. She will be discharged to a place with advanced nursing care early this week. Thank you for your prayers!
Joann is on dialysis because of the medication-induced kidney damage, though the doctors are hoping it is temporary. Her rib injury is recovering, but her mental state is poor. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Joann's ribs are healing, and she is able to get out of bed and walk short distances. She is dealing with congestive heart failure in addition to the poor kidney function she had prior to being hospitalized, so the doctors are working to balance her fluid levels. She will be starting on dialysis tomorrow in the hopes that it will be temporary. Thank you for your continued prayers.
While Joann is getting stronger physically, she is getting weaker mentally as the kidney failure is causing an imbalance in her electrolytes, and thus confusion. She is also suffering from tremors and will not eat. The decision on whether to start dialysis will be made today. Thank you for your continued prayers.
The doctors are concerned that the medication given to Joann was too much for her system. Her kidneys are failing and she may need dialysis. The doctors are trying to find the right balance of fluid and medication. Your continued prayers on behalf of Joann and the Clifton family are appreciated. Thank you.
Joann is pretty miserable; she is extremely sore, but is allergic to codeine, which is making her itch while she is trying to be still. In addition, not being able to breathe fully is making her start to panic. Please pray for God's intervention and mercy. Thank you.
Please pray for Joann, who fell while hiking and broke three ribs. She is in the hospital in a lot of pain. It is difficult to breath, and there is some concern about the shallow breathing leading to pneumonia. Your prayers for her relief from pain and quick recovery are appreciated.
Lomboy, Bob and NannettePrevious Requests
Please keep Bob and Nannette Lomboy in your prayers as they recover from COVID-19. Bob writes,
We are very grateful for the prayers of the brethren on our behalf. Nannette and I have been home for a week and still on the mend. We continue to gain strength each passing day.
Oliver, EddiePrevious Requests
Please pray for Eddie Oliver, brother of Jeff Oliver, a member of the Living Church of God. Eddie is in the ICU with meningitis, confused and not responding, and also fighting all treatment. Thank you.
Pearson, LauraPrevious Requests
Laura reports that Sarah is awaiting surgery to remove one ovary and Fallopian tube. Your prayers for God's guidance of the doctors and their work would be appreciated.
Laura is asking for your prayers for her youngest daughter, Sarah. Laura writes,
She was taken by ambulance to the hospital last night. Sarah is 39 years old and about 9 weeks pregnant with her first child. If it is an ectopic pregnancy, she would need emergency surgery. Sarah is very stressed and wants everything to be okay. Prayers for Sarah and baby would be dearly appreciated. Thank you.
Sarah is still awaiting an ultrasound and an examination by a specialist, and is afraid. The hospital she is in does not have a lot of resources even in the best of times, so the level of care is a concern. Thank you for your prayers.
Ritenbaugh, Evelyn (89)Charlotte, North Carolina
The Ritenbaugh family is asking for prayers for Evelyn Ritenbaugh. She is deep into final-stage dementia and is not expected to live much longer. She has no strength and is confined to her bed. She will not swallow, which is a sure sign of impending death for late-stage dementia patients. Hospice is attending her daily, but they hold out little hope for any kind of recovery. Please pray for John Ritenbaugh (who is back at home after a brief stay in the hospital for COVID). He is, of course, taking her swift decline very hard. Thank you.
Ritenbaugh, John (88)Lancaster, South Carolina
Please pray for Church of the Great God pastor John Ritenbaugh. He has come down with a flu, perhaps COVID, and it has made him very weak. He fell this afternoon, and he had no strength to get up. Alison Graham tried to pick him up, but his dead weight made it impossible for her to do. She has called for an ambulance to transport him to a local hospital. Thank you.
Update: John has tested positive for COVID. The doctor said his heart enzymes are a bit high, but overall he is responding positively. He said if he were fifty years younger, they would have sent him home by now. He is on two liters of oxygen to help him get some rest. He is not expected to be in the hospital for more than a day or two.
Sakala, MusondaLusaka, Zambia
Thank you for your prayers. With God's help we made it through the fast incident-free. Thank you so much for your prayers.
Please pray for us as we are facing some health challenges and are concerned about making it through Atonement. As we figure out how to cope, we just need God's help to make it through Atonement. Thank you.
At this time of the year, we are again facing security concerns. This is a cause for concern as we will soon be leaving for the Feast. As yet, our security measures are far from complete. Please pray for the Eternal to watch over us and our property, even in daylight hours. Thank you in advance.
Schlosser, LesPrevious Requests
Please continue to pray for Les, as well as Margaret, both of whom have tested positive for COVID-19. Margaret is doing relatively well, but the greater concern is how Les will fare given his recent health conditions. Thank you.
Thomas, MadelynnPrevious Requests
Jennifer would like to thank everyone for their prayers regarding Madelynn. She appears to be fever-free and is just suffering from lingering congestion. However, Jennifer, as well as her husband, Matthew, have now caught whatever Madelynn has been afflicted with. Continued prayers for their family would be greatly appreciated.
Walton, MarciPrevious Requests
Marci is asking for your prayers for her daughter, Angela, who was raised and baptized in the church of God. However, she has been afflicted for the last year and basically unable to function. Angela and Marci would appreciate your prayers for Angela's deliverance and recovery. Thank you in advance.
Whitaker, CharlesBolivar, Missouri
We are sad to report that Charles Whitaker died this morning at 6:40AM. Dolores wanted to make sure to repeat what he told her to do as she left the hospital yesterday to "tell everyone he loves them". Thanks to all for your prayers.
Charles' condition has improved enough that he has been put on the regular visiting hours schedule. Thank you for all of your continuing prayers on his behalf.
Dolores reports that Charles' numbers are better this morning and he is awake and able to correspond with her via text. She writes: "I think all the visiting he had last night encouraged him. He is doing his part"..... She also wrote earlier this morning "Somebody's prayers are working. Here I am sitting 4 feet from Charles texting back and forth. He is very talkative." Thank you all for your prayers.
Throughout his time in the hospital Charles has not been allowed to have visitors but Dolores Reid just received a call from the hospital to let her know that Charles was doing very poorly and it would be "appropriate at this time" for someone to come and sit with him. Please keep Charles in your prayers, as well as Dolores, who is on her way to sit with him. Charles' brother is still two days away.
The Hospital care team has Charles on the CPAP machine 24/7 in hopes that this will continue to help raise his oxygen levels enough to give his lungs a chance to recover. However, both the PA and the Charge Nurse today said his life is on a razor's edge right now where it could go one way or the other. Although they would typically move him to a ventilator if things begin to get worse Charles continues to insist that the Ventilator is not an option he chooses to pursue. He continues to look to God as his healer and your prayers are sincerely appreciated.
Charles' oxygen levels were consistently only up to the 80% range. So the hospital had him on a CPAP machine throughout the day and it seems to have helped. Although still quite sick he is a bit better this evening than he has been for a while. Thank you for all of your prayers on his behalf.
Williams, Lavada (75)Previous Requests
Lavada's sister Jackie has let us know that Lavada is home from the hospital and that she is doing well. Thank you for your prayers on her behalf.
Please keep Lavada in your prayers. 2 days ago her legs became quite swollen and upon examination at the hospital, they discovered a number of blood clots. Her sister Jackie writes: "They did a 'Cath', cleaned a lot of blood clots out. She had a blockage in the pelvic area and they put a stent in. She doesn't complain about pain. Doctor just said they will give her blood thinners because they can't get the clots in the part of her leg from the knee down. He said he has seen a lot of this from someone who has had Covid." Thank you in advance for your prayers.
Recent Requests (Last 2 Months):
Brethren in Colorado
Brethren in Fort Mill
Brethren in Myanmar
Baity, Joe and Debora
Croft, Garland and June
Dela Cruz, Priscila
Lomboy, Bob and Nannette
Love, Azzon (10)
Ritenbaugh, Evelyn (89)
Ritenbaugh, John (88)
Steeves, Jason and Brandi
Williams, Lavada (75)