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Nathan Rimpf was severely injured while serving as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army on deployment in Afghanistan. Nathan is on the road to recovery but he could still use your thoughts, prayers, and support.
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It was 2 years ago today that Nathan came home, as a Wounded Warrior. He was wounded in Afghanistan on July 8th. I remember so much about that day and the difficult days that followed. But, on Friday, July 13, 2012 (yes, Friday the 13th!), his dad and I were on hand at Walter Reed to watch the medical professionals unload the biggest ambulance (think tractor/trailer) that we had ever seen. Nathan was the last one of 13 WW’s to be unloaded. My heart was beating so fast and I felt a mix of sheer panic and exhilaration. It took a few minutes for them to transfer his IV’s, etc to start their walk down the ramp to bring him out of the vehicle. I heard him say “I should have an entourage here somewhere” and I was at his side in seconds. It was such a wonderful reunion. I didn't cry and I’m still trying to understand that. I’m the kind that cries at a Hallmark commercial but, what I felt at that moment of seeing him and being able to hug him, talk to him, was just nothing but joy…no tears allowed! We were escorted inside to the elevator and made our way to the 4th floor which was reserved for Wounded Warriors. As soon as the double doors opened, 2 navy nurses were waiting. One put her hand on Nathan’s shoulder and said “welcome home warrior”…..(that’s when I wanted to cry!). This year on the 2nd anniversary, Anton, Bridget and I had dinner at Nathan’s beautiful new home. We helped him to hang the picture posted here over his sofa. As we hung the picture, I asked Nathan what it meant to him. He said “it’s a reminder that God is always reaching out to us and we have to reach back”. Yes, indeed. I told him the picture reminds me of the F15 story….he smiled. For those that haven’t heard that part of the story, Nathan tells it something like this. When he stepped on the IED in Afghanistan, he was flying through the air and he remembered thinking “this isn’t good”. After he landed on the ground, his medic began his work and Nathan realized he was awake, could see, had his hands, arms, etc, and he sent up a prayer…”hey God..you got this, right? You got this?” Moments later an F15 appeared out of nowhere to do a serious fly-by right over their location. Nathan’s guys had radioed their position back to the FOB and the commanders had requested backup. We assume the F15 was somewhere in the area and was able to reach their destination quickly. The screaming engines of the F15 so low over the area was dramatic to say the least. But it was more than drama. It was also a very creative and direct response to his prayer. “YES, NATHAN. I’VE GOT THIS!” I am in awe when I look back over the past 2 years and see all that the Lord has done in Nathan’s life and in the lives of our family. I could NEVER have guessed all that has followed. This sums it up well: Ephesians 3:20-21 – For He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be the glory…forever and ever!
thanks to all those who have been, and continue to be a part of this incredible journey. We are indebted to you!