Written by Nate shortly after he was diagnosed:
"Well, basically I have Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and it's a good thing! My greatest hope is that God would show His glory though this situation and He certainly already has. I'm really just blessed to be used in such a cool way."
Nate wanted to serve the Lord, and he was willing to go anywhere he was called to go. He spoke often of how he wanted to be used to bring glory to God and bring more people to know what it means to truly have eternal life. He answered a calling to move to Davenport,IA in September, 2011 to be part of a ministry opportunity and affected many lives in the short time he was there.
On June 15th, 2012 Nate was diagnosed with cancer (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia). He returned to Sioux Falls, SD to be treated by an amazing medical staff at Avera McKennan and cared for by his family.
Nate’s immediate response was that he was “so excited” to have cancer because he knew that God would use this to bring Him the most glory!
As Nate battled this disease he experienced many ups and downs…joy would turn to sorrow in a day, and just as quickly back to joy. Many people joined us in the journey and carried our family through with prayer. Initially the cancer was kicked back through chemo which resulted in a lot of struggles,including ADEM/paralysis and many other painful things. Then on October 3rd he received a bone marrow transplant courtesy of his big brother! That road was tough and seemed to involve every possible obstacle out there. He suffered through intense Graft vs. Host disease (making simply existing painful), BK virus, blood infections, and a multitude of other things. On November 26th we received the difficult news that the cancer was still present in Nate’s body.
As we continued to pray for Nate, medical experts moved into the next phase of recovery. Time passed, medicine failed, and God still provided. We knew that He had a plan to save Nate, we just didn't know if it would be through temporary healing here on Earth or eternal healing by passing on from this life into the the presence of his creator. We have come to know and love our Savior in a more intimate way through Nate’s suffering and with all of this behind us, Nate has moved on to a perfect body, worshiping at the throne of God! Never again will he know sorrow, pain, suffering, sadness, or affliction. He will forever know love and joy, and as much as we will miss Nate this side of Heaven, we can’t help but rejoice with him! Praise God that we can hold onto His promises!
A quarter year update - Some events
May 23, 2013 3:30pm
We realize God could have intervened at any time to heal Nate and He chose not to do so. That is His good wisdom and He takes into account our strengths, failings, Nate's personal will, etc. We don't have to like it but we will respect it and thank Him for it.
What really matters is knowing the Lord and loving people and getting the gospel truth to them. We have a platform to share from. We are now qualified to minister to some of those who have tragic loss. We expect to be used in the future.
Our lives now of course still wrap around Micah and the rest of the family. We have a lot of living yet to do. Yet Sheila has so clearly identified the deeper need in our lives: To hear the Lord clearly and then obey His direction. That is our now more urgent objective in the life walk. Get closer, learn to hear more clearly and be more willing to act on His instruction. Less of us and more of Him. We are in our mid fifties and we want the rest of our lives to really count for His kingdom. Youngest son Micah has a couple more years at home and then who knows what journey God will take us on.
As before, the focus is on the Lord most high and what brings Him glory and honor. Nate is doing great in His kingdom and we are getting back in the game. We are so, so happy for Nate and our curiosity over what Nate is up to for the Lord is keen. Perhaps the Lord will grant us a glimpse one day.
Thank you all for your prayers and support. It has made a huge difference in our lives.
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