DAILY PRAYER REQUESTS
The following are anonymous requests:
Pray for my sister’s loss. Ask that she will be comforted and will grow in her knowledge of Christ as a result of all she is going through.
Please pray for the salvation of Alex, Ali, Nick, Natalie, Mike, Sara, Derrek, Kody, Julie and Matthew.
Pray that God will heal my mom.
Please ask God to give me a circle of believers who will pray for me to follow Christ in all that I do. Pray for more of the Holy Spirit in my life.
Pray for my children Greg, Mitch and Ginger.
Pray for my grandmother to walk in the will of God.
Commission Week continues with daily, morning prayer at 6:30 in the Prayer Room and a series of daily outreaches. Pray that God expands our vision for reaching the lost here and abroad and provides all the resources necessary for us to go where He guides.
UPDATE ON DERRICK:
Derick’s mom Cherie sent us the following:
Well, things are amping up for my son Derick and his treatments for his brain tumor.
Derick has been put on a device called Optune. The Optune is attached to his head (sensors are taped down to his head that he must have someone apply every 2 to 3 days) and the Optune zaps cancer cells in his brain. There are wires coming off of his head that are braided together and hooked to the device that he wears like a small backpack. The batteries must be changed out every few hours.
Derick also has started chemo again (pill form) last evening but the dose has almost tripled since he was on the chemo with his radiation. He woke up at 2:30 am experiencing much nausea from the chemo. Also, his Optune device kept shutting down with error codes all night (not good).
This is after a stressful weekend after getting an MRI and misplacing chemo, which he finally found after 2 days. This Wednesday, Derick is to have a phone conference with his oncologist doctor in S.F. to discuss his MRI results.
Please pray Derick can feel well enough to stay organized, that when he needs help he will tell us.
Please pray for good results (no tumor growth) on MRI, as it is his first MRI since surgery where only 60 percent of the tumor could be removed.
Please pray the Optune device will work non-stop as he needs it working 18 hours per day to be effective. Please pray that he would get over the nausea quickly from the chemo. I am still praying for a miracle, for God to heal Derick because he was told by Cancer Treatment Center that a person cannot overcome this cancer, but I know God can help us overcome anything.
As always, we are so very grateful for your prayers and though things are complicated and difficult, we are so grateful to the Lord Jesus for bringing us this far.
UPDATE ON ADDIE:
APRIL 30, 2018 UPDATE FROM THE ABERNATHY FAMILY
Please keep them in your prayers. Some of you follow Hope for Addie on Facebook. You may have already read this most recent post regarding her condition. It’s worth reading again and again. Praise God for this family’s ability to trust in Him in the midst of this incredibly difficult journey. Please continue to support them in prayer.
Each day is a gift. Every smile, laugh, cuddle, or the simplest of things- holding her hand are moments we hold on to. They are so precious. Spend extra time today appreciating the little things in life and really pause and soak them up, there is so much to be thankful for even in the times of our lives that are the hardest.
The last couple weeks have continued to show us how strong Addie is but also the reality and heartbreak of watching her little body grow tired of fighting. We have very hard days with pain that is relentless and consuming more areas of her body. We continue to increase her IV pain meds and the narcotics make her so irritable. She is no longer wanting to eat, no longer wanting to get out of bed, drinking very little and is pale and tired. It’s hard to watch and I so badly want to make it better. We have also been blessed with good days, like going on an adventure to pick out her favorite flowers to plant, a walk around the block to enjoy the sunshine, lots of snuggle time watching movies, reading Pinkalicious books, soaking up the best hugs and kisses, and enjoying every sweet smile.
Thank you to everyone for the incredible support and love you have endlessly showed our family. In the midst of sadness and heartache we are still experiencing so much love and joy. Nothing goes unnoticed... being continually surrounded by family and friends, prayers, phone calls and messages of encouragement, amazing meals, special princess guests, her fav Dutch Bros drink being delivered, flowers, gifts, heartfelt acts of kindness by cleaning up our yard or even bringing by baby goats, piglets and bunnies just so Addie could pet them. I could go on and on. We are so humbled and thankful for all of you and for continuing to walk beside us on this journey. We feel at peace knowing that soon Addie will be free of suffering and no longer confined to her limitations here on earth. She will be dancing free in heaven with her loving father who has a greater love and plan for her than any of us will ever be able to understand.
My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT
Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us.