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.
Do you remember the summer you were 20? Patrick’s and Aaron’s will be unforgettable! They have never met, but together they are about to take the biggest step of faith in their lives!
“I want to learn more about ministry and experience it. It’s new to me compared to how I grew up. I want to bring this experience back home and use it in youth ministry…. I can’t wait for it.” (Aaron)
“I am looking forward to being the Sports Information Director for our team. I want to connect with the other players and with basketball players around the country (of Mexico). It’s a trip of faith. I can’t wait to spread the word of God and faith in Mexico!” (Patrick)
They will be joining eight other basketball players and AIA staff for two weeks later in May. Listen yourself at Basketball – Mexico or click on that link on our team blog.
Patrick and Aaron are not alone. They are just two of about 500 athletes, coaches, trainers and volunteers who will be traveling this summer to experience God using their lives to impact thousands with His love and message of salvation through their love of sports.
How can you make a difference?
The same way Karen and I are! Pray for them and give them a voice to share what God is doing through their lives and the bold step of faith their team is taking.
You can place the following URL http://teamblogs.athletesinaction.org/ into your web browser favorites and read a blog posting each day. If it encourages you, you can share it with your friends and family on Facebook or Twitter.
Your prayers and support allow us to serve with them! Thanks!
Please review our prayer page and support needs and lift up our ministry to the Lord. Click the following: May 2014 to print a hard copy newsletter.
Sharing Olympic-sized Faith Stories
On February 1, 2014, the Barna [Research] Group reported that Americans believe professional athletes influence society more than pastors “by more than a three-to-one margin.” Because athletes have so much influence in our culture, Athletes in Action strives to reach these men and women with the gospel, help them to grow in their faith, and then help them share their faith with others. I (Karen) recently had the privilege of interviewing four-time-Olympian Lauryn Williams about her relationship with Jesus. After writing her story, I posted it online so that anyone looking for information about Lauryn or her sport can find it, and you can read about it here. It was announced yesterday (2/8) that Lauryn will be pushing the #1 bobsled at Sochi driver and fellow believer Elana Meyers! Read about it here.
Free App for Winter Olympians’ Stories
AIA and The JESUS Film Project are partnering to bring the faith stories of Winter Olympians directly into the hands of smartphone users. Through the FREE Jesus Film Media app, videos of the Olympic athletes will join a library of more than 66,000 video clips in some 1,100 languages.
Download the Jesus Film Media app now by going to app.jesusfilmmedia.org on your smartphone or search “Jesus Film Media” in the app store. For more information, go here. You can also use this app to share the JESUS Film itself with people in over 1,900 languages which comprise 91% of the world’s languages.
We value staying in touch with you. In the next few weeks, like many families we will be dropping our home phone number. Please make a note of this change and use our cell numbers. You can find them by using the link Feb 2014 below. If YOU have changed numbers, would you let us know by calling or sending an email soon?
Please review our prayer page and support needs and lift up our ministry to the Lord. Click the following: Feb 2014 to print a hard copy newsletter.
For the Rogers family, May has already been both exciting and perplexing and it’s only half over. Our family eagerly anticipated its arrival because Andrew was graduating from The King’s College and we all joined him to celebrate in New York City. We had the chance to meet Andrew’s professors and fellow students and see some of his world. It was a great weekend! There were 60 graduating seniors and their families, all sharing their journey to this milestone. Can you imagine all these stories coming together to make up the class of 2012 story?
However, that week, Hannah, a long-time friend of the family, passed away. Even though Hannah was a few years older, she and Erica were great friends because they walked a similar path in life. Within 36 hours of returning from NY, Karen, Erica, and I found ourselves traveling so Erica could speak at Hannah’s life celebration. (Our friends, Blaine & Judy, Hannah’s parents)
Erica & Hannah’s sister, Heather
It’s interesting and perplexing how God allows such different stories to be lived out simultaneously. However, God has blessed it, and we are storytellers living part of God’s story of redemption and reconciliation. Regardless of how great or broken our stories are, God delights in each one. They are unique views into His Story that we will hear in eternity. Are you ready to tell your story to others? It may be the story that opens the door to the very heart of God for someone.
If Jesus gave his life this weekend instead of in 33 AD, how would it be shared? Since so much of our lives are shared “in process” through social media, it might look like this;
Have you read the original Easter account in God’s Word lately? If not, take a look : The Easter Story.
What are your memories of the first Easter you really understood the gift Jesus gave you? Share it with us and a friend by posting a comment and forwarding this posting.
Happy Easter! He has risen indeed!
It seemed like it took a half hour for Ellie to get through security at the airport on Saturday. She had a bunch of change in her book bag. You know how it is working with the TSA. As we walked out of the airport, I remember thinking, here we go! Part of me trusts the Lord for everything that will go on during the next twelve days of the St. Petersburg, Russia English Camp. At same time, the list of things that could happen grows every time I consider the possibilities. So even though it’s Ellie’s third project, I find myself at the same crossroads. Do I put on the shoes of readiness from Eph. 6:15 as a part of the Armor of God and experience the gospel of peace, or do I choose the path of anxiety?
The New Testament definition for anxiety means to be “double- minded.” I realize from this point until Ellie returns is out of my control. Parents often face this situation. I also realize worrying will not make a difference and will only ruin my day, so I need to decide to give this to God, flee the temptation (1 Cor. 10:13), and trust the Lord (Prov. 3:5-6). The only way I can do this is to pray and ask the Lord to fill me with the power of the Holy Spirit to believe in Him.
Lord, thank you for your Word, and the power to experience victory over worry. If you relate to being double-minded or dealing with anxiety, click on “Why Worry?”.
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