Monday, October 20, 2014

Please Pray For Lauren Hill & Update on Connie Flanders

"And Jesus said unto them...
If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed,
ye shall say unto this mountain,
Remove hence to yonder place,
and it shall remove,
and nothing shall be impossible unto you."
Matthew 17:20
(KJV)

There is a dear girl in Cincinnati, OH, named Lauren Hill, who is in desperate need of a miracle.
A prayer request for her came across my laptop yesterday,
from my sweet cousin and friend, Julie, who is involved in a ministry at the Sisters of Charity,
 located right across the street from the hospital where Lauren is a patient.
The Sisters of Charity are beginning a 9-day prayer vigil today, October 20th,
pleading to God for a miracle healing for Lauren, and that God will spare her life.
This post is to send out a plea for unified prayers to be added
to the prayers already being prayed for her.


I repeat her story here, from information provided during
this WKRC Cincinnati Local 12 News video.
Click the link, if you would like to watch the video in its entirety,
but have a box of tissues handy, because you will definitely need them.
One last game - Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati - Top Stories

"Lauren had suffered vertigo, dizziness, then a collision with a teammate, 
a black eye, and a numb tongue. 
49 days after her 18th birthday, an MRI revealed a brain tumor. 
The actual diagnosis is DIPG: Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. 
This is not a mass, but a cancer with roots at the base of her brain stem 
that has growing tentacles weaving through her nerves. 
Her condition is inoperable.      
The best hope doctors could offer was maybe two years to live. 
 Brent Hill, Lauren's father, said, "I got weak, Lisa got sick, 
and typical Lauren...she wanted to know if she could still play basketball."      

The answer was yes. 
But only if she could do it through chemotherapy and radiation, 
so Lauren agreed to undergo treatments. 
Giving up wasn't an option, and Lauren told her teammates,
 "You better not quit, because I'll come after you. 
If I'm not there, you better be playing. Don't feel sorry for me." 

Lauren's dream to play basketball one more time
will come true for her when her college, Mount Saint Joseph,
 opens its season Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2:00 pm,  
She plans to wear number 22, suit up, and play.

Her basketball coach, Dan Benjamin, said, 
"She's a special person. 
This girl is so strong.  
She's dealing with death, and all she's thinking about is everyone else. 
 Her team first, her family first, and just to give her that one last wish 
would be incredible for our program and our players."     

Lauren told Local 12 News, 
"I never gave up for a second, even when I got a terminal diagnosis...
never thought about sitting back and not living life anymore."      

So the Hills have lived life over the past year...
the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, a Make-A-Wish trip to Hawaii. 
But mostly Lauren likes her time at home with brother, Nate, 
who's a junior in high school, and her sister Erin, who is an eighth grader. 

In September 2014, Lauren had another MRI, 
"I knew in the back of my mind it had grown. 
There isn't anything to say, because they can't do anything," Lauren said.      
Doctors advised the family to get their things in order, as she won't make it past December. 

Lauren wants her story told to bring awareness to DIPG, which has a zero percent survival rate.      Most of those affected are young children. 

Oct. 1, 2014 was Lauren's 19th birthday."

As I watched the video Julie sent to me and listened to Lauren Hill's story, 
all I could think of is how the power of God trumps every medical diagnosis, 
every earthly means of help,
and every impossible situation.

I believe with all my heart God can heal Lauren....STILL,
if it is His Divine will.


I am calling upon you...prayer warriors....to join with me 

and the others in praying for a Divine-intervention miracle for 

Lauren Hill.

Every time I pray for a situation like Lauren's,
and the enemy comes in and tells me it is useless to exert so much energy 
in praying for a situation so grim,
I think of Lazarus.

Remember him?
He was beyond terminal.
He was past the point of having a fatal condition.

Lazarus was DEAD.
For four days.
His predicament didn't keep Jesus from traveling to his tomb in Bethany.
Jesus wasn't daunted by death.
He had power over....even it.

He asked Lazarus' sisters, Mary and Martha, to show him where Lazarus was buried
When He got there, He called Lazarus forth.
Death had no power.
It had no choice...except to release its icy grasp...and set Lazarus free!!

He walked out of that grave, healed and perfectly whole.

Lauren's brain cancer would have no power in the face of a word from The Word.
It would have to release its powerful hold and set Lauren free!!

"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever."
Hebrews 13:8

This kind of praying takes audacious, fearless, courageous, bold faith in a God Who can do anything.
Regardless of how long it has been going on,
what stage it is in,
or the name given to it by doctors.

When I am praying for a case this severe,
I am always reminded of the words from two, old-time ministers from years ago.
My mother was nine years old,
when she was stricken with polio AND rheumatic fever, simultaneously.
Her situation was grim.
Papaw was a man of great faith and earnest prayer,
and regarding not the seriousness of Mom's condition,
he called for the elders of the church to come and pray for her
as instructed in James 5:14,15.
Two men, Bro. Foster and Bro Key came,
and when they saw the fear and concern in Papaw for Mom, they said,
"Bro. McCoy, don't look at the affliction.
Look to the power of GOD."

The prayer of faith was prayed,
Papaw's faith took hold,
and the next morning Mom was out of bed,
downstairs rocking in a rocking chair, singing!
Papaw said it was the sweetest music he had ever heard.

I will never forget that and many other stories of answered prayer.

Where is this kind of faith??

We still serve the same God of Papaw, Bro. Foster, and Bro. Key.
God is no respecter of persons.
He has not lost one drop of His power.
Jesus' stripes are for our healing, as well as they were for Mom's and many others.

Will you join me in this audacious, fearless praying?
Will you ask God to remove the inoperable cancer from Lauren's brain?

I know it may sound absurd and completely impossible.
But, as Max Lucado says,
"Impossible is one of God's favorite words."

I take it a step farther and say,
impossible is not even in God's vocabulary.

Please pray also for Lauren's parents, Brent and Lisa Hill, and her siblings, Nate and Erin.
Only Jesus can comprehend what they are going through.

Let's believe GOD that a miracle will take place, as the body of Christ unites in special prayer for Lauren over the next nine days.
Because the God we serve can do anything!
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Please also continue to pray for Connie Flanders.
I am SO grateful to report that she has been moved to another hospital,
and she is slowly improving,
but she is still in need of earnest prayer.
She is still adjusting to coming off the sedation, waking up, and pain medication changes,
which is causing her to become very agitated/and anxious, at times.
Her two daughters were finally able to go and see her after having to wait a little over a month,
and they, along with Chris Thompson, were able to pray with her.
What a blessing!
She still cannot speak to her family because of the ventilator,
and she still certainly has a hill to climb,
but this family's faith is strong in Almighty God,
and we believe He is going to bring her through to a victorious testimony!
So, please keep up the prayers for Connie!!

God is listening, and her miracle is taking place!

(Click here to read the ORIGINAL POST ABOUT CONNIE,
and here to read UPDATE #1.)

21 comments:

  1. Oh praying for her. I'm so sick of brain tumors and brain cancer. Lord, please heal her!

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    1. Yes, dear Lord, please DO heal Lauren! Bless your dear heart, Caroline! I know you still miss your sweet Kai every, single day. I am still praying for you and Colby, Shawn, and Aki. God bless you all in a special way. Love you, sweet friend.

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  2. So many needs.... we do need to take prayer seriously. Thank you.

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    1. So many needs...and such a GREAT, BIG GOD! So very thankful you are adding your prayers with the others for these needs. You are a blessing.

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  3. Adding Lauren to my prayer list. And yes, God is able to do mighty things beyond our comprehension. I always say the impossible is really "HIM-possible"! Whatever happens, I will pray for that family's faith and their sense of God's presence and His peace.

    Good news about Connie!

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Thank you, dear friend. I LOVE the HIM-possible! YES, praise God! So thankful for you and your faithful walk with Jesus. Love you!

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  4. Thank you for sharing these prayer requests. God is using you in amazing ways in the lives of these women through the prayer you're offering up to Him.

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    1. Oh, thank you, Susannah! What a precious dose of encouragement to read your words here!! God bless you, your husband, and your sweet baby!!!!

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  5. Cheryl, I feel the need for fasting and prayer. I would like to ask for fellow Christians to join with me and my family as we have agreed to fast for Lauren, Max, Makeya, and Connie this Wednesday the 22nd. Many times in the Bible we read how people and even whole nations were called to fast. Jesus didn't say "if" you fast but rather "when" you fast in Matthew 6:16. He also said...Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting Matthew 17:21. We are not suppose to act like hypocrites with a sad countenance and appear unto men to be fasting or go around telling everyone that we are fasting BUT it is okay to call together a fast and agree to fast together for a need. There is power within the realm of spiritual warfare when we fast! Also, praise is a weapon too. I wrote a post about how Jehoshaphat sent the worshipers out before the army. The Bible says that when they BEGAN singing and praising, the LORD set ambushes against the enemy. Needless to say, the enemy was defeated!
    Lets send our praises and prayers to the Lord. He is mighty and able to set ambushes up against sickness, paralysis, and even cancer. Our God is a mountain mover! I hope many will decide to fast and pray this Wednesday for these precious people.
    God bless you, Cheryl for your love and concern.

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    1. Oh, Chris! This is a wonderful idea! There is SO much power in the combination of prayer and fasting. Jesus made that clear when He made the comment that "this kind" goeth not out BUT by prayer and fasting, as you said. You can definitely count me in, and I, too, hope many others will join us. But, even if there are only 2 agreeing in prayer as touching this, it shall be done! I can't thank you enough for your dedication and willingness to bear these burdens, even so far as denying yourself food on their behalf. Love you, dear friend.

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  6. Oh my goodness! Poor Lauren I will be sure to send up extra prayers for her and her family. Glad to hear Connie is making progress even if it is slow because progress is still progress. May God bless these 2 ladies and their families and also the Brown family as well. I will be praying for all of them.

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    1. Thank you so much, Carol, for your continued prayers and support. God bless you!

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  7. Wow -- thank you for sharing her story. I had never heard of this type of cancer before. I am joining you in prayer now.

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    1. Thank you so very much for your prayers, Andrea. I so appreciate your visit here today! :)

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  8. Praying with you for Lauren!
    Blessings,
    Dawn

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    1. Thank you ever so much, Dawn! God bless you.

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  9. Praying for Lauren and Connie. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much, Cathy! God bless you. I haven't visited your place in a while...will hop over there now. :)

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    1. God bless you for helping to bear this burden.

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  11. I had heard about Lauren, but didn't know the whole story. To be told to get your affairs in order and you're only 19 is just not fair. Just not fair.The description of the cancer itself is truly mind blowing. The fact that a cancer like that even exists is truly amazing in itself. I am glad to hear and see she is carrying on with her life and keeps such a positive attitude. Only God knows what she is truly going through and may He be with her and her family through this horrible time.

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