Becky Meeuwenberg, daughter of Susan Stepanek, has been diagnosed with Paget's Disease. The disease causes complications and frailty with the bones. Recently, she suffered a second broken hip. Please pray for healing and strength.
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Bryon Vosburg (United States Navy) is being deployed for six months to an undisclosed location. Please pray for his safety, strength and health throughout this time. Also, please keep Mindy and their children in your prayers as they remain stateside.
Glenn Van Buren, father of Pastor Mike and Noreen, was admitted to Waupun Community Hospital on Friday, April 26. He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and double pneumonia.
UPDATE: May 2, 2013: Glenn has been moved to a rehabilitative room at the nursing home facility in Waupun.
Karen Walker, a close friend of Carrie Taylor, had a heart attack the week of April 15. She was placed in the ICU at Metro Health. In addition to the heart attack, she is also battling pneumonia.
Linda Schafer, sister-in-law of Jim and Carol Schafer, has been diagnosed with advanced lymphoma. She is currently in Florida and has completed one round of chemotherapy. Please pray that she can regain enough strength to return to Michigan and begin treatments at St. Mary's in Grand Rapids.
Matt VanDam, grandson of Harv and Shirley Meeusen, has been diagnosed with stage III lymphoma. The cancer is treatable. However, it is very aggressive in its nature. Please pray for God's healing power to be poured out abundantly in Matt's life.
Peter DeHamer, brother of Ellen and Jim VandenBand, remains hospitalized with severe pneumonia. Please pray that God heals his lungs and strengthens his ability to breathe.
UPDATE--THURSDAY, APRIL 18: Peter has been moved to a rehabilitation center to improve his breathing, walking and overall health. Please continue to pray for strength.
Norm Barkel, father of Matt and Donna Barkel, was admitted to Holland Hospital on Monday, April 8 following a suspected heart attack. Doctors performed surgery--addressing a total blockage, locating two additional blockages (70 and 90%) and placing an auxiliary heart pump. Norm remains in the ICU and is both aware and communicative. Please pray that his heart strength is restored; the heart muscle is currently functioning at 20%.
UPDATE--APRIL 17: Norm is expected to be moved on Wednesday, April 17 to Freedom Inn in Holland for a time of rehabilitation. It is expected that he will require additional heart surgery in the future after he has gained additional strength.
Helengene Doornbos, mother of Chad and Sonya Doornbos, was preliminarily diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Following additional testing, she was officially diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma. Following three rounds of chemotherapy, the initial scans show no signs of cancer. Praise God! Three final rounds of chemo will be administered now as a precautionary measure.
Dr. William Ten Haaf is a local physician at the Georgetown Medical Center. He has spent many years volunteering in Haiti on a regular basis. Dr. Ten Haaf recently discovered that he has extensive abdominal cancer. Please pray as additional tests and discernment follows.
Allie Armstrong, a cousin of Tracey and Dave Beemer, is in desperate need of a stem cell transplant as she battles leukemia. A bone marrow transplant has already taken place in the past--but has not provided ongoing health. Please pray for a willing/ready "match" for the transplant as soon as possible.
Lauryn Kieft, granddaughter of Roger and Char Koppenol, would appreciate your prayers for peace, discernment and understanding. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will fill her mind and her heart with trust, healing and clarity. She is a special young girl with some very special needs; please ask God to provide His healing and encouragement.
Steve Gabriels, nephew-in-law of Rose and Doug Klynstra, is having surgery in Ann Arbor on Monday, January 7 to remove a tumor in one of his ears. The tumor is thought to be benign. However, doctors believe that the surgery itself may cause deafness in that ear--and well as potential paralysis on that side. Please pray for positive results--and ongoing healing.
UPDATE 1/8/2013: Steve's surgery went well; however, they were not able to remove all of the tumor. Please continue to pray that God will protect Steve's hearing as well as his physical strength and mobility.
Jerry Peck, father of Kristin and Terry Milnamow (Braden, Camden, Laina and Joseph) has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He will undergo a PET scan on Friday, December 28--and is expected to begin treatments after the holidays. Please pray for discernment as the correct combination of chemo and radiation is determined.
Jim Schuitema, brother of Carol (Dennis) Murray, has been found to have a recurrence of a brain mass. Doctors originally performed surgery to remove the mass in January 2012. Now, they will be administering a "blockage" drug--designed to starve and shrink the mass/tumor. Please pray that God blesses the treatment and restores health and abundant life for Jim.
Dale and Debbie Grasse, friends of Ron/Alice Emmert, request your prayers. Most recently, Dale has been struggling following a severe heart attack--and limited lung function at only 36%. Doctors are placing him on a new medication to assist with his breathing; he is on continuous oxygen support.
Additionally, Debbie battles periodic episodes with Valley Fever. They reside in Arizona.
Kristiane and Brian Beach, (sister of Alex and Angela Aumaugher), had their second child 5 weeks early this morning (Thursday, November 15), weighing 4 lbs 2 oz. Henry Wright Beach is currently in the NICU at Devos Children's Hospital and family members are awaiting more updates on his condition. Please pray for growth and development for Henry as well as patience and peace for the parents as they go through this stressful and trying time.