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Monday, August 01, 2005

Video - Joshua's Birthday Party

Video of friends singing to Joshua at a surprise 20th birthday party:

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hey Josh My name is Abigail! I wanted to say get better soon!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Friday, August 19, 2005 10:00:00 AM  

Hey Josh!! estamos orando por vc e sua familia!! melhoras!! e abraços. Joel Junior

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Monday, August 29, 2005 9:09:00 AM  

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Pictures of Joshua's Birthday

Joshua's friend, Jonathas, with whom he is staying in Brazil, just send me this video and pictures of friends giving him a surprise birthday party.

Joshua's Brazilian mom, Marlécia, tells me that Joshua was brought back to their home last week, and has been in much better spirits, especially after speaking with his mom and dad on the phone this weekend. Wednesday the doctors will take his body cast off and re-evaluate his medical condition.

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Pastor John, estou orando pelo irmão.Que o Deus eterno cuide de você e sua familia.
Pr.Rinaldo- Mossoró-RN

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Saturday, August 06, 2005 7:59:00 PM  

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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Letter from Bev

Dear Praying Friends,

We are taking advantage of our "computer man's" (Doug Porter) visit here at the hospital & having him take a brief update home with him to put on our website. I am right at John's side, so in a moment I am going to ask him what he wants to say.

All I have to say is that I feel badly that there has been a lot of "one-way communication" these days. I love to write emails, but because of the situation, it just has not been possible to answer everything. Please be assured that ALL of the emails that we received, I read aloud to John. Many of them made us cry together and touched our hearts deeply. The Scriptures shared were truly up-lifting and all of you have been used by God to encourage us during this time.

Also, we want to thank each person for the cards, letters, & gifts that you gave to us. We read each word as well and once again, they were a great blessing to us. As for the gifts... We tried hard to keep up with thank you notes, but there may have been a few that have "slipped by." We appreciate each one so much.

John asked me to up date you on the following:

John came through his surgery well. His fourth & fifth vertebrae were fused together to stabilize his condition, and it looks as if it did just that. Today John sat up in a chair for one hour! That was huge progress & we are so thankful!

Please pray for Josh. Today is his 20th birthday, as most of you know & we called him today. He is doing well, and we are thankful. Lord willing he will be coming back to the US on Saturday, August 6th.

Pray for John's mother, Frances, as well. She has plans to come back to the US to help out with our family needs at this time.

Jerrod, Jonna, & Jeanne are doing well. They keep trading off helping out at the hospital. They are being troopers, and continue to pray for them.

Here is John's message:

I Cor. 15:34 is the verse our family has chosen for our life verse. "Awake to righteousness & sin not, for some have not the knowledge of God, I speak this to your shame." Your prayers & God's hands have been keeping us together. Keep praying!

Sincerely in Christ
John, Bev & family

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