It was a warm, sunny October afternoon when our guests arrived to pray for Elizabeth. We were enjoying the hint of color appearing in the trees in the front yard and the gentle breeze. By 5:20 PM, we had gathered around Elizabeth as she sat comfortably in the middle of our family room. We felt grateful for all the prayer that had already been offered on her behalf, and hopeful about how God might use the prayer and anointing to heal her. (Why? See “She needs your prayers“)
Our family is so thankful for the many people who have prayed, fasted, and invited others to pray for healing! We tangibly felt God’s love through the texts, emails, phone calls and cards telling us of even whole families fasting and praying on her behalf.
So, how did God work?
Elizabeth has experienced a marked improvement in her balance, vision and noise tolerance. Both her doctors have said she is doing better than they have ever seen her do. Elizabeth’s capacity to do more around the house and spend time with others also significantly improved through October and into November. Praise God for all of these developments!
The doctors in Columbus and Dayton both agreed that another round of intensive sensory integration therapy would be the best course of action. She started it on November 17. It will run at least through December 15th. Please continue to pray:
- for the therapy to help her brain to completely heal
- for her to feel God’s presence and love
- for her ability to read and think again without intense pain
- for her ability to resume some kind of schooling
We have felt overwhelmed by your love and support for Elizabeth and for us as you offered a sacrifice of prayer.
“May [their] prayer be counted as incense before You; The lifting up of [their] hands as the evening offering. Psalm 141:2
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we are grateful for the improvement Elizabeth has experienced, and also for you, our dear friends and family who are supporting us in this journey.
Imagine walking when your brain’s ability to process sensory input lags behind, like when audio and video are out of sync on your TV. Imagine an unstable world where focusing the words on a page is nearly impossible and you have no down dial for volume or brightness; where there are unrelenting headaches, dizziness and nausea, and your heart constantly races 50% faster than normal because your nervous system is just trying to keep up.This is the life our 16-year-old daughter Elizabeth has lived for the past two years since suffering a concussion playing field hockey.
Since then she has endured testing and treatment from many doctors and therapists and has tried meds, therapies and treatments we had never even heard of. The past several months have been filled with appointments and exercises we are to do with her. At this point, school is nearly impossible for her since she can’t read, use the computer or concentrate for more than a short time without worsening her headache. She needs your prayers.
On Monday, October 13th at 5:00 p.m. we are inviting a couple of pastors from our church to anoint Elizabeth with oil and pray with us for her. Would you join us on that day through prayer and fasting for her? You can fast from a meal, all your meals or anything else you are willing to fast from. Jesus said that some things are only accomplished through fasting and prayer. We are not trying to persuade an unwilling God, nor are we attempting to obligate Him by the number of people praying or because of our fasting; we are crying out to a loving Father who created and knows Elizabeth and has good plans for her.
Please pray for:
- complete healing of Elizabeth’s brain
- Elizabeth to allow God to use this trial for good in her life
- wisdom for the doctors and therapists treating her now
- the provision and direction to seek further treatment for her
Your prayers and support allow us to serve! Thanks!
Please review our prayer page and support needs and lift up our ministry to the Lord. Click the following: Oct 2014 to print a hard copy newsletter.
“I never really experienced living until I received Christ as Lord,” Neil Konitshek said. When he was 32, God reached into the darkness of his life and provided light. (His Story)
Konitshek was a successful real estate agent in San Diego, but he knew his life was empty. He was invited to the 1988 Super Bowl Breakfast where Joe Gibbs, then head coach of the Washington Redskins, was the keynote speaker. Along with testimonies from NFL athletes, the program included an invitation to enter a personal relationship with Jesus Christ given by Gibbs himself.
Konitshek had no idea what was coming. “At the breakfast, it really hit me. Joe Gibbs spoke about his family and the important things in life. Here I was losing my wife and kids because of my behavior, but I didn’t want to admit that.” When Gibbs led the audience in the prayer, Konitshek accepted the invitation. The next day, he says, he felt a true change in his heart.
Konitshek is currently active in a local church and often participates in street evangelism or outreaches in the city’s bustling nightclub scene. He knows the results might not be seen quickly, but he trusts God is at work. (Source: Teresa Young, AIA Communications)
Please lift up this event and all who attend Feb 4 at 8AM! Countless lives will be changed forever and we can partner in this work.