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My Story

A benefit for Jessica will be held on August 13th 4:00 to 10:00 PM at Jefferson High School in Bloomington MN. Donations can be mailed to Jessica Darling Care Fund c/o Chris and Kevin Horrocks 13626 Upton Avenue South, Burnsville MN 55337-2129



Jessica Darling is the twenty-one year daughter of Mark and Kathy Darling. Mark is the co-founder of Evergreen/> Community/> Church/>/> and founder of The Rock. She has one sister, Celeste (who is married to John Rundquist), and two brothers, Jeromy (who is married to Gretchen) and Micah.

Many of you know that for the past two years Jessica Darling has suffered extremely poor health. It originally stemmed from what they thought was the onset of a severe viral infection, which eventually spiraled her health downhill, involving numerous infections and a culmination of compounding health issues. This eventually caused her immune system, as well as other systems, to break down and with that came great levels of pain. Many top medical specialists (even at the Mayo Clinic) got involved and countless tests were taken to nearly no avail. Some of the doctors even tried treating Jessi with some of her prominent problems, which actually weakened her immune system and made her even worse.

This is when they sought out alternative medical help, where she was initially encouraged to start rebuilding her immune system naturally, to help get her body ready for the next phase of possible treatments. She then, more recently, met with a renowned Naturopathic doctor in Tucson, Arizona who was able to run some very specific and in-depth tests that eventually concluded that she has a severe and toxic bacterial invader that has gone systemic and that has been keeping her body totally unbalanced. She most likely contracted this from food poisoning probably two years ago (rather than a virus) and it has gone undetected all this time.

Jessi and her mom flew down to Tucson, Arizona six weeks ago to a naturopathic medical clinic where Jessi is still currently being treated with Ozone-Oxidation therapy to help detoxify her body of the toxins and to also rebuild her immune system with nutritional IV’s and natural supplements. She is seeing some slow, but positive turn-around results happening and is staying hopeful and courageous and desires to honor God through all of this.

This has been a persevering faith journey for Jessi and her entire family, as they continue to trust in God’s sovereign plan and want for His best timing to restore Jessica’s health. The Darling family is very grateful for the way in which people have rallied to share in their burden by all of their heartfelt prayers as well as their active and financial support.

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Health and Prayer Update for JessicaDear All,We thought it would be good to update you once again on Jessica's current health condition. We are so thankful that God has ... Read more

Angela Skelton signed Jessica's Guestbook.

Jessica, I hope you are doing better,I was just thinking of you and your wonderful family today.We will be thinking about and praying for you. Angela Skelton. Read more

Kristian Hart signed Jessica's Guestbook.

Hi Jessie, I see no one has been on here in sometime, sweetie. I think about you often and wonder how you are. Know I'm still praying for you. Read more

Sarah Reicks signed Jessica's Guestbook.

Hi Jessica! I went to the Rock for the first time last night and your dad showed a video of you. I was so moved I wanted to write you! Thanks for sharing about what God's ... Read more

Tamara A. signed Jessica's Guestbook.

Hi,Jessica I know you don't me and I don't know you but I heard about your story at Big Sandy Camp and it touched my heart. To think of everything you have suffered! Well ... Read more

Annie Alfano signed Jessica's Guestbook.

Dear Jessica~I was a member of your dad's first church about 20 years ago! At the Lord's leading, I got back in touch with him a few weeks ago (after all that time!) It ... Read more

Megan Kalb signed Jessica's Guestbook.

Hi Jessica! Mars Hill Church in Iowa City has been praying for you, and we have been so encouraged that God has been positively answering several prayers lifted up for ... Read more

Ida-Lea Richardson posted a new journal entry.

Health and Prayer Update for JessicaDear All,We thought it would be good to update you once again on Jessica's current health condition. We are so thankful that God has ... Read more

Vida Kent signed Jessica's Guestbook.

Jessica, I have known about your illness for the past at least two years. I use to attend the Urban Refuge and began to pray for you when the appeal was first presnted by ... Read more

Billy Williams signed Jessica's Guestbook.

Jessica, I also don't know you, but since finding out a little bit about your situation, I wanted to let you know that I am praying for you. I think your dad is great, ... Read more

Cheryl O'Connor signed Jessica's Guestbook.

Hi Jessica! We just recently heard your health and prayer updates were on Caringbridge. We have been praying for you for quite some time, and were encouraged to see that ... Read more

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