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2-19-2016 Pastor David (’96) and Carol (Beisbier, ’96) Nothem- “Carol is doing well.  Surgery turned out, and the Doctor feels he got all that he needed to get out, and we are now waiting for the pathology report to see if more is needed.  We thank everyone for their prayers and support.  We serve a great God.” Pastor David Nothem.

2-19-2016 Pastor David (’96) and Carol (Beisbier, ’96) Nothem- Please pray for Carol as she was diagnosed with cancer last week. The doctors informed her that she would need surgery right away, and a substantial payment to the hospital is due the same day as the surgery. David says, “God is truly manifesting Himself and touching many people through all the testimonies and prayers.  Carol is going to have surgery on Tue. 23rd at about 1:00 pm.  Please up hold us in prayer.  God has given Carol and myself peace through this time of trial.  We feel all of your prayers.” You can find out more and, if the Lord leads, help cover medical expenses here.

2-18-2016 Roberta (’07) Shepp- Please pray for Bobbi Shepp and her fiancé, Ray Goesling. Their wedding is in three months, and Ray has just been diagnosed with cancer. They are currently waiting to hear the biopsy results to confirm that he has chronic myeloid leukemia. You can read Bobbi’s update here.

11-10-2015 Leah (Yelland, ’13) and Evan (’13) Haun- At 21 weeks pregnant, Leah and Evan headed to the hospital, facing some scary and unexpected complications with their highly sought after pregnancy. Following a weekend of physical and emotional ups and downs, on Monday, November 9th, their daughter Gillian Marie Haun was born. Soon after, she left for Heaven.  You can help Evan and Leah with medical expenses and some of the burial costs. More information is at

11-4-2015 Nathanael (’98) and Crystal (Girton,’97) Oats- Pray for Crystal Oats as she has been diagnosed with an aggressive type of lymphoma. She will soon begin chemotherapy treatment. You can follow this link for more information.

9-1-2015 Michelle (Hogsett, ’96) Osborne- Please be in prayer for alumna Michelle/Chelle (Hogsett, ’96) Osborne. Chelle is fighting an aggressive and invasive brain tumor. She had surgery earlier this month to remove most of the tumor. The biopsy revealed that the tumor has progressed to a grade 4 GBM (glioblastoma multiforme). Chelle is a mother of four young children, and her husband, Scott, is a pastor at Redemption Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. Please be in in prayer for Chelle, Scott, and their family as they need strength and peace in these times. Also be in prayer for Chelle and the doctors as they decide how to proceed.

2-2-2015 Clinton (’13) and DeAnna Morris– Please pray for Clinton and DeAnna Morris. There was a fire in their home on Monday, February 2, that consumed most of their furnishings and personal belongings, including clothing for their baby. Pray for the Morris family as they wait for the insurance company to act. They are currently in temporary housing. Clinton serves as assistant pastor at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Trumann, Arizona. Clinton writes, “Praise God that no one was home or injured. Also someone called in the fire when it was small, so the rest of the house is standing. God understands why we go through these trials, pray that we accept it.”

11-5-2014 Jared (’09) and Laura (Kirby ’08) Cochran– Jared writes, “I have accepted the senior Pastorate at First Baptist Church of Oregon IL. My wife Laura also had our second child Isaiah born 10/15/14. We have a daughter Georgia 4/19/12. Please pray as we minister in this new position.”

9-24-2014 Jason (’11) and Michelle McDonnell– Jason writes, “We will be having our 3rd child, Lord willing, the first week of November. In August, I became the Youth Pastor for Tri-City Baptist Church in Chandler, AZ. Please pray I will have wisdom as I learn to mentor teenagers to have a heart’s desire to serve the Lord, and for wisdom as I interact with parents.”

8-23-2014 Matt (’09) Abrahamson– Matt writes, “Myles made it through surgery, the surgeon was very pleased with how the surgery went. Myles has been recovering and recovery has been a little slow but always steadily moving forward. Thank you for your prayers.”

8-21-2014 Matt (’09) Abrahamson– Matt writes, “Tomorrow morning (August 22) our son Myles goes in for surgery to repair his diaphragm at 8:00 am. The surgery will last about two hours. Myles is amazing the doctors with his progress and I know that it is because God’s people are praying! It has been a long week since we went in on Tuesday for him to be born but each time we go down to the NICU to see him I am excited to hear the newest developments. The next couple days (post surgery) he will probably regress and become more sick before he gets better but God is good and we are keeping our eyes on Him. Up to this point Myles has been a great example of Maranatha’s verse because all that has transpired in the last two short days of his life can do nothing but bring glory to the name of our great God and Savior. We will keep you updated and are continuing to keep “his” blog updated.”

8-14-2014 Cindy (Roehl, ’79) Borchardt– Jeff writes, “I am sorry that I am sending this out so late. Tomorrow is Cindy’s treatment. She has been doing well and we are praying for a good day. Thank you for your continued prayers. We did have the opportunity to go to Guam this summer to visit our oldest son Jeffrey and family. We had a wonderful time with them. It was a once in a lifetime chance, and we are so thankful for the time we had with them. Praise the Lord for His goodness to us! May the lord bless you!

Psalm 107:21 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!”

7-17-2014 Matt (’09) Abrahamson– Matt writes, “Our unborn son (Myles) has a birth defect that will have a significant impact on his entry into this world at the end of August. My wife Missy has started a blog to inform concerned friends and family and to keep the updated with the last eat news and prayer requests. The blog is at We greatly appreciate all your prayers.”

7-4-2014 Michael (’88) Jones– Michael writes, “I have been blessed with a Fulbright Grant and will be spending the 2014-15 school year teaching philosophy at the University of Bucharest in Romania. This should be a wonderful opportunity for ministry of all sorts. Laura will be with me and will be researching her EdD dissertation on the challenges of integrating Roma children into the Romanian public school system. We have been involved, off an on as opportunities arise, in Romania since 1998 and are thrilled to be able to spend 10 months in the capital. We would appreciate the prayer support of the Maranatha family.”

4-2-2014 Cindy (Roehl, ’79) Borchardt– Jeff writes, “Thank you so much for your prayers. It is an incrediible blessing to know that God’s people around the world are praying for Cindy. The treatment on Friday went very well.  She did not have a reaction to the drug and we were only there for 6 hours. We continue to praise God for all that He has done. May the Lord bless each of you and we pray that you will always stay close to Him.

I John 5:14 ‘And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:'”

3-25-2014 Cindy (Roehl, ’79) Borchardt– Jeff writes, “Psalm 40:5 ‘Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.’

We are so thankful for the Lord’s blessings that continue each and every day. Cindy has been doing well, with good energy and orneriness (just kidding). She will go in this week on Friday for her next treatment. We are very thankful for the prayers and words of encouragement from all of you. Please continue to pray for her. The Lord has been so wonderful! Truly His wonderful works cannot be numbered.”

1-30-2014 Cindy (Roehl, ’79) Borchardt– Jeff writes, “The Lord is good all the time. The Lord has continued to bless in a wonderful way. So many have prayed for, asked about, and encouraged Cindy through this whole time. We are thankful for each one of you. Cindy will be going in for her maintenance dose of rituxan this Friday. She has been doing very well and continues to gain strength. She does have some soreness from time to time and about 4 days after the treatment there is a short time of being very tired. I am tremendously blessed, and all the praise goes to our Heavenly Father. Please continue to pray and may the Lord bless all of you. Philippians 1:3, ‘I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.'”

1-27-2014 JoDee (Watson, ’02) Crocker– JoDee writes, “Please pray for our 6month old son Malachi. He was admitted to the hospital a week ago with an upper respitory infection. Praise God that has healed up but he is still not gaining weight. The doctors can’t find a reason for his weight loss/extremly slow gain. Currently Malachi does not even hit the 1st percentile for his age. Last night we were transferred to the childrens hospital. Here they can do more specific tests and monitor him more closely. We will be here at least a week. Please pray for the doctors to have wisdom and that we will find answers. Pray as we have two other young children at home, Noah and Kallissa. It is hard for them to be without mommy and daddy. The driving and food costs are also extremly taxing as this is the third week I have missed work and my husband has taken a week off. We know that God is good and we pray for his will through this trial. I am grateful to be working in a Christian preschool that is very understanding. God’s strength is perfect and we pray He will make it abundant in our weakness.”