We have quite a few friends that we need to mention here. However, because of limited space we unfortunately will not be able to give all the details. Trust you understand.
Reverend Howard Rickey – Xenia, OH
When I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior in April 1972 at the altar of my childhood church (Detroit Bethel Church of the Nazarene) Howard was the pastor. At that moment, we were bonded in Christ and he became my spiritual father in the faith, and has been ever since. I cannot find the words to tell you just how much he means to me. A few months ago he called me and told me that he was diagnosed with non-operable pancreatic cancer and was given 6-9 months to live. Well, the cancer spread rapidly and on Monday morning March 25th he took his last breath here on earth, and his first breath in Heaven, and he is now with his Lord, his family, and all of his dear friends who have gone on before and they have now welcomed him into his eternal reward! When his son John informed me of his dad’s imminent Home-going, I replied, “Well when he leaves, he’s taking a part of me with him.” However, thankfully, because of the hope of Eternal Life in Heaven that we have in Christ, it’s just “so long” and not goodbye! Until then, I will cherish all the wonderful memories of our being together! Of our laughing together, crying together, praying together, and praising God together! The old hymn Precious Memories resonates even more to me today! Thank you Lord, for the day that You brought Rev. Howard Rickey into my life. I will be forever grateful that You did!! Folks, please keep the entire Rickey family in your prayers as they are really going to miss him! I will too!
Mike & Janie Davidson – Murietta, CA
Although they now live in California, they are both from Detroit Bethel as well and we have been friends for all these many years. Recently, she too has been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. She has gone through both radiation & chemo treatments and told me on the phone that the tumors seem to be getting smaller. However, she has been dealing with a great deal of pain as she has gone through this difficult process. They are two of the finest people that I have ever known. Please keep them and their family in your prayers. I thank you on their behalf.
Dori & Claude Zion – Anderson, IN
Dori is the daughter of Wes & Dixie Eytchison who are our long- time friends and ministry partners. Dixie has had a kidney transplant in the past and now Dori is getting ready to go on dialysis. They are praying for a kidney transplant for her as well. Please pray for Dori and her husband Claude as they deal with all this, ok? I thank you on their behalf.
Reverend Paul Miller – Des Moines, IA
Pastor Paul and his precious wife Kay are retired now, but I have had many revivals with them over the years. Believe me when I say, they are the absolute best! I cherish all the wonderful Sunday meals with their family after the morning service, and she is, without a doubt, one of the best cooks I have ever met! Well, unfortunately, Brother Paul also has had cancer surgery recently and they removed one of his kidneys. Needless to say, it’s been a difficult time for them, but they are still praising the Lord in spite of what’s going on. Talk about fighting the good fight of faith?!!!I have been faithful to pray for them and ask that you will join me as well, ok?
Linda Leidig – West Harrison, IN
I first met Linda and her husband Kevin many years ago when I had the privilege of holding revivals there where they have been long time & faithful members. What a blessing they have been to me and to our ministry over the years, and I thank the Good Lord for them! Well, after some surgery recently, the doctors located some cancer in Linda and she, too, is now going through radiation & chemo treatments. I have called and have prayed for her/them many, many times the last few months and I know that they would really appreciate your prayers as well. Thank you.
Helen Haines–Clarkston, MI
A couple years ago our daughter-in-law had gone through radiation, chemotherapy and stem cell replacement for stomach cancer. She made it through and is cancer free. Thank you Jesus! The treatments however have left her with some painful medical issues. She is suffering with gastral paresis which means her stomach isn’t emptying the contents normally due to nerve damage and is now on a restrictive diet to help. In addition to that she has bulging and herniated discs that are pressing on nerves that causing severe pain and numbness. The doctor is recommending surgery to fuse some of the discs together which will only keep her from getting worse. She is one of the most positive people you could ever meet. Her attitude through this has been, “at least I have a life to fight for”. If you could keep her, our son, Jimmy and granddaughter Jamie in your prayers for some relief as they face another trial, we sure would appreciate it!