Please continue praying for the recovery of Miriam Pacheco of Winona Lake, Indiana. Miriam, a leader in the Women of Grace organization and Grace Brethren International Missions board member, had colon surgery this morning (Monday) for removal of a benign tumor.
Dr. Jim Childs of the Kittanning, PA, Grace Brethren Church, has been moved to a rehabilitation facility to continue his recovery from a horrendous fall over a 250-foot cliff early in April. You can keep up with Dr. Childs’ progress at www.caringbridge.org/visit/jimchilds.
Phil Dick, former Grace College coach and athletic director who is battling lung cancer, is having some side effects from recent treatments. You can keep apprised of how to pray for Phil by clicking on www.caringbridge.org/visit/phildick
Pastors Gary Austin (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Howard Johnson (Davenport, Iowa) are both facing major cancer treatments in the coming days. Tomorrow Howard will enter a hospital in Chicago for a stem cell transplant procedure in which he he will be re-injected with previously-harvested stem cells from his body after he undergoes massive chemo treatment to kill any remaining cancer cells. He expects to be away from his church for at least four weeks.
Pastor Austin will have surgery at the University of Iowa on Tuesday, May 8, for removal of a cancerous tumor in the colon and rectum. Pray for Gary and Jean and also for their daughter, Debbie Momeyer, who will be coming home from France for Gary’s surgery and also for some medical treatment of her own.
Dick Coldren, who is from the Columbus, Ohio, church and is the father of Christi (Mrs. Bruce) Barlow, is also in treatment for prostate cancer. This recent update from Christi says, “Thank you for your prayers. He came through his emergency surgery on Wednesday morning. The situation was life -threatening and we are thankful to the Lord for sparing him and helping him through the surgery. We, along with our daughter, Hillary, and her husband, Jake, saw him for several hours yesterday in the hospital in Columbus. The surgeon is very pleased with his recovery thus far. But, the pain from his cancer continues to hinder his ability to get up and walk. We continue to pray – 1st Resort! – for God to intervene in his body in this struggle versus cancer. We are so grateful to the church family for their prayers.”