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Keith’s Story

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We would like to explain to everyone what we know happened to Keith late Thursday night, early Friday morning, April 10th, 2009. Keith was in Austin, TX for his future brother-in-law’s bachelor party. Apparently around 12:30, Keith left a downtown Austin bar alone.

He walked a couple of blocks and entered a multi-level parking garage.  Surveillance video has Keith entering the garage and riding the elevator up around 12:55 am. Another surveillance video captures him on the 7th floor sitting on a perimeter 4-foot tall wall, leaning against a concrete support column. He fell asleep while straddling the wall and sat there for approximately 1 hour. At around 2:30 am he apparently lost his balance and fell to the ground below. He landed about a foot or two from the building.

He miraculously landed in some of the only grassy ground cover in an area that is surrounded by concrete. A pedestrian who was walking by happened to see a person falling and was able to call 9-1-1 immediately. Paramedics were on the scene quickly and transported him a couple of blocks to the hospital. This particular hospital is the leading trauma center in Central Texas.

He underwent surgery to relieve the pressure and bleeding of the brain early that morning and has been in ICU ever since. His continued state is that he is in a coma and on life support. However, under these conditions of his first 48 hours, his vitals are considered to be stable and his responsiveness has continued to increase. Thank you for all of your prayers and the constant support that you are giving us.

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**A FUND HAS BEEN SET UP TO HELP KEITH AND HIS FAMILY WITH MEDICAL/TRAVEL/LIVING/MOVING/BABY EXPENSES ETC. **

You can make a donation at ANY City Bank TX location under the Keith Beasley Fund. Check www.citybankonline.com for your nearest location.

You can also make a donation using a Check by Phone by calling 806-771-2886.

A special thanks to Brent Couch at City Bank, Josh Purkeypile, and Brittany Couch for getting this fund going.

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Both families are completely committed to taking care of Keith, and have put little thought into taking care of themselves. That’s where we come in. Although they ask for nothing but prayer, we know that we can help by taking care of the families while they take care of Keith. Meals, lodging and travel are a few basic things we can simplify for them. Below are some email accounts administered by loved ones that will help the family directly utilize the support we can all provide. Please see how you can help below and please continue to pray faithfully.

To volunteer Meals, restaurant gift cards, food deliveries or other food items please email Vonda Ilseng- mealsforkeith@hotmail.com

Latest Journal Update

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Hello! I just wanted to share an update about a website I have started; it's called Perfectly Redeemed (perfectlyredeemed.com) and it is a place where stories of hope and redemption will be shared.

For a while now I’ve felt the Lord prompting me with a simple question: What are you doing with your suffering? I didn’t have an answer but I continued to think about it. What AM I doing with my suffering? Not really anything. In my mind, my situation looked like this: I suffered. I trusted. I persevered. I made it through. I found love again. I married. I had more children. My family was completed and so was my story. I was redeemed.

However, the prompting continued…what are you doing with your suffering? My answer was this: I’m no longer suffering. Thankfully, by the grace of God, I have moved past that time and I have never allowed my suffering to define me. However, I felt there was something I needed to do. I thought about it and prayed and decided that maybe there WAS something I could do with my suffering. So I started a group, a safe place for young widows to share their journeys and receive support and encouragement along the way from other young widows who have walked the road they are walking. I felt that maybe someone out there had suffered and lost and just needed a place to see that they weren’t the only one in that situation. But there was a problem…I only knew two young widows. I asked both of them if they felt a young widow’s group would be useful and they both said yes. So I did it. I felt a little stupid, but I did it. I felt the Lord telling me that it didn’t matter if I knew people to add to the group, that adding people wasn’t my responsibility, I just needed to create the outlet, so I did. Meanwhile, this group of girls is amazing. We are all at different places on the road, but when we look ahead we see others there waiting to help us and when we look behind us we see those we can help. There is much comfort knowing we don’t have to walk this journey on our own.

But I digress…this little question of what am I doing with my suffering has continued to follow me around. As I continued to pray on it, I had a weird understanding. My mind was brought to the parable of the talents where three different servants were each given ‘talents’ from their master. The servant who received five talents invested those talents and received five more totaling ten talents. The servant who received two talents did the same and ended up with four total. But the servant who received one talent buried it to keep it safe and the talent never grew. Essentially this man did nothing with what he was entrusted.

As I thought about this parable, I realized that my suffering is a form of these ‘talents.’ When this parallel hit me I understood that I had my answer. What am I doing with my suffering? Nothing. I have buried it, kept it safe, essentially doing nothing. And I don’t think that’s what the Lord wants from me. I think He has given me talents (in the form of suffering) and He wants to see those talents doubled (in the form of a story – or stories – of redemption.) So I did it. I started Perfectly Redeemed as an outlet that will focus on redemption and God’s goodness in the midst of trials and suffering.

Anyway, I'm sharing this with you today because today is Keith's birthday and I wrote up a little thing about birthdays in Heaven. He would be turning 36. Posting on there reminds me of when I posted on here and, if you're interested, I wanted you to be able to follow along.

As always, thank you for your prayers. I know I would not be where I am today without them and for that I am grateful. Also, one last thing, if you have your own story of hope and/or redemption and want to share let me know! I'd love to add you. :)

http://perfectlyredeemed.com




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alycia pounders
By Alycia Pounders
Judy although we have never met, and we wouldn't know each other from a can of paint :) if we saw one another in the store let me tell you how much I love you, and most importantly respect and honor you for your bravery, strength, dignity, and faithfulness in all you have gone through. THANK YOU for making me proud to know I have a SISTER is Jesus who is as wonderful as you. I'm literally in tears as I read this blog. "What are you doing with your suffering?"........this is such a real question that we have to stop and think about as we go through the disappointments of life. THANK YOU for posting this because you just "reality checked" me with this question. I LOVE YOU MY SISTER and I thank God for you everyday!! :)
Lyn Abercrombie
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Thank you, Judy, for your testament of God's love and leadings! May the Lord continue to bless you!!