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Pastor Dave Health Update

May 5, 2020, 10:00 PM

Dear church,


Proverbs 16:9

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.


I wanted to share with you all that I was admitted to the hospital today (Tuesday, May 5, 2020) in Olathe, KS. I have had a reoccurrence of an ulcer on my left foot. I had an x-ray today, and they tested my foot to see if it is infected. Many of you know my left foot has been a problem for the last two years. I have neuropathy in my left foot.


My wife can attest to the fact that I try very hard to keep my foot clean and protected at all times. I go out of my way for my foot care, and I have consulted numerous specialists on this issue.  I have tried diligently to follow the advice of the countless experts in the field I have consulted. Despite my best efforts, the problems with my left foot are ongoing.


I know, however, that God has his hand in this. I am thankful that God has given me this challenge of a problematic foot. It reminds me of my constant need for him. What a blessing it is to have struggles that God has placed in our lives. He uses these things for his good (Genesis 50:2).


It has been a blessing to get to share with others the miracle of protection God did in my life in 2013 when I fell 50 feet, and I should have fallen to my death. There are so many people that the Lord has directed into my path because I struggled with my foot.  I have seen this ever since 2013. Church, I want to encourage you to make the most of your opportunities to engage people with the gospel. I have been reminded of that with every encounter I have had while in the hospital.


I covet your prayers while I am in the hospital, but pray harder for me to be a witness for the gospel above all while I am in the hospital. Pray that God will direct lost nurses and doctors to my room so that God can use me to witness to the new life I have because of Jesus. Pray that I will speak boldly of my hope of eternal life. Pray that I can articulate the message of salvation faithfully.


Some of you were already aware of the fact that I was admitted to the hospital. I did not try to keep it from anyone in the church or anything like that. I just wanted to get a proper assessment of where things were before I announced it publicly. I am sending this to you all first so that you know what is going on with me, and then I will make sure that it gets posted to social media.


I want you to be sure to pray for my family while I am away. I do not know how long I will be in the hospital, but I am hopeful that it will be a relatively short stay. I look forward to being able to get back together with you and study God's word. And I look forward to what I hope will be a great reunion when we can meet together as a church in a short time.





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