Pastor John suffered from a ruptured brain aneurysm/stroke on September 11, 2017. During this past year, he spent a month at North Memorial Hospital in ICU, two months at Regency Hospital, and currently is at North Ridge Health and Rehab TCU in New Hope. A trach was necessary to protect his airway and most recently (after 10 months) it was removed successfully! At the end of August, he passed his swallow test. They will now introduce food slowly back into his diet, which will begin the weaning of his feeding tube.
Over the last year, God has given Pastor John the strength to climb some very big mountains to get to where he is today. Our family has been blessed to be able to experience those everyday small miracles of life reminding us that God is the Great Physician. We are a family of faith that believes in God’s miraculous healing power. We believe that by God’s stripes Pastor John will be completely healed from the crown of his head to the tip of his toes. We continually see positive signs, but know this will be a marathon and not a sprint. His journey will take time, support and lots of prayers. In his 30+ years in ministry, he has cared for so many people and we are so thankful for those who now stand beside him extending love, prayers and support.
On September 8, 2018 excitement filled the air as after one year Pastor John finally got to come home for the day! He was blessed by Folkestone's generosity to bring him home in their bus. All nine of his family members greeted him as the bus drove up in front of his new home. It was necessary to sell a few homes and purchase a one-level living home as his family anticipated and has been preparing for this day. There were many emotions swirling around as each one processed what this last year has meant to them. For me (his daughter, Sarah) this year has meant having hope in what God has in store for my dad and our family. It has meant miracle after miracle of God’s healing hands wrapped around my dad and God continuing to guide us around each corner. This year has meant having faith that God can move mountains. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans toprosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.
Pastor John's visit home was full of laughter, conversations, and love. It went smooth from the time he left North Ridge to the time he got back almost 6 hours later! The word around the TCU is he will be discharged to go home very soon (we are praying by Christmas)!