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Dave’s Story

Hello Family and Friends,

 We've created this page to keep you updated and for specific prayer requests about our beloved, Dave. We appreciate your love, prayers and encouragement during this time when it matters most.

"The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." We believe that the Lord is turning hearts towards him during this time. Please don't stop praying! 

Latest Journal Update


Hello All,

I do still update because we are learning that TBI is a lifelong process. So if you are still with us, here is the latest news...

Dave is doing so well! I will say it over and over again, he is a miracle!

He should of never lived, but he did.
He should of never walked, but he does.
He should of never talked, but he tells jokes on the daily.
He should of never smiled again, but he laughs and smiles all the time.
He is alive, well and still improving.

We have been on a 2.5 year eye journey and Dave will be getting his first eye surgery THIS Friday! The time has come after 6 different eye professionals (neuro-opthamologist, optometrist, retina specialist, etc.), and a ton of appointments, lots of waiting and praying, Friday will be the day. 

Dave's eye injury is complex, detailed, and very unique. It is not acuity we are talking about's perception.
Visual perception is one of the top 3 visual changes that someone can experience after a brain injury

I could write a whole entire blog on visual processing, but I will save that for later.

Back to the surgery. The surgeon will be basically aligning his right eye back to its normal alignment. Snipping a few tiny eye muscles and reconnecting them to get the eye to stay straight. This will allow the 'finger counting' peripheral vision that he does have, to become more functional. That is the goal of this surgery. 

Here is where you all come in-
Would you join us in prayer?
Would you pray for Dave that the surgery has no side effects? That he doesn't get double vision after surgery. 
That there will be NO complications before, during or after surgery. More specifically, no more seizures.
Please pray for Julie and myself. That we are given grace and peace as we wait for Dave to come out of surgery. 
Pray for healing- that Dave would experience an abundance of healing not only for his eyes, but also brain. 

Thanks for enduring with us.

I will update again soon!


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Bill and Mari Micheals
By Mari and Bill Micheals
We need an update, how did things turn out!!! Please update,
Jodi Van Zanten-Perks
By Jodi Van Zanten-Perks — last edited
Prayers today for all! O:-)
Meta Moerdyk
By Meta
Glad you shared! I praise God David has done so well. My own TBI will be 11 yrs this month - and there are still changes. You are correct: it is a life journey. How blessed we are that our Conductor is along for the entire ride and the joys. :). Neither of you would be today what you are, due to the puzzling, and yes, blessed providence. Cling to Him , and you will remain on track.
By John & Dorothy Van Zyl
Our Prayers Are With Dave And Your Entire Family! Thanks For Posting. It Is So GREAT, that Dave Is Doing So Well!! God Bless All Of You!!

We are friends of Fred and Harriet
Laurie Oleksa
By Laurie
I am praying that Dave's surgery is completely successful with no negative side effects. Prayers for the surgeon and all of the other medical staff involved in the surgery. Prayers for strength and peace for Marissa and Julie. Absolutely a prayer for no more seizures and for continued healing for Dave's brain. My son's brain injury was 12 years ago and we continue to see healing. God is good!!
Donna Heuker
By Donna Heuker
Praying for God's good and perfect gift to Dave as he goes through this surgery and to you who wait we prAy for strength and a good report when the doctors are finished. Blessings to you all.
Donna Heuker
By Donna Heuker
We are praying for God's good and perfect gift to Dave for better eyesight and no complications in surgery, strength and a good report for those who sit by and wait for the doctors to get it done. Blessings from above.
Jenny Scheffers
By Jenny Scheffers
You are both AMAZING examples of God's faithfulness and healing power. Your patience, perseverance and unwavering faith are such a testimony. May you feel God's presence in a special way on Friday. Prayers ongoing...
Deb Withee
By Deb Withee
Praying for great results as our God is able to more than we think or ask!
Ruth Robb
By Ruth Robb
Very glad to receive this update, Marissa. I've been wondering about your journey and will also pray for a successful surgery and results for Dave. God is glorified in the praises of His people, especially when we can do so in the midst of the trials, and join you in praising Him this morning for the miracle that He's worked in Dave's life thus far!