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Luke’s Story

On Monday afternoon, July 6th, Luke, his brother Andrew and their cousin Carson were playing like boys do.  While playing, they climbed on something that became unstable and it fell on Luke and Carson.  It fell on Carson’s leg but Luke took the brunt of the weight.  Luke suffered a major head injury. 

Thankfully Grandpa Mark, Lindsey and Shea were close and ran to help.  Mark lifted the the object off of them and Lindsey tended to Luke to try and help him breathe.  Between all of them they were able to call 911 and portrayed to them the severity of the injury.  Again thankfully the medivac chopper happened to be stationed at the Weyers Cave Airport which is only minutes from the home. They were dispatched immediately and arrived quickly to stabilize him. After stabilizing him he was flown to University of Virginia Medical Center. Upon arrival, the diagnosis was very grim. The neurosurgeon said at this point he had no brain function. As family, friends, and pastors began to arrive, we just covered them in prayer. Later in the evening, we got our first bit of positive news, the pressure on his brain had not spiked as they thought it would. Before leaving for the night, the neurosurgeon that had originally looked at Luke told Ben that at this point he could no longer say that there was no brain function. It was encouraging. At this time, the nurses tried to clean him up and he obviously did not like it, he made movement. Later through the night he did more of the same by fighting against his restraints. The nurses said this was very positive.


July 7, 2009 - Posted by | Luke's Accident


  1. hey buddy,
    thanks so much for posting this and telling us this story.i will keep praying…. luv ya!!! -Cora

    Comment by Corita Akra | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  2. Our family of eight are praying for Luke’s complete recovery.

    Comment by The Wiegand Family-Myakka City, FL | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  3. We are praying for God to touch Luke’s brain and body so that he will be healed! We love your family and hope that God’s perfect plan will come to pass.

    Comment by Danelle Hostetler | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  4. Dear Yoders,
    We are praying, praying, praying! Thanks for the information updates. We thank the Lord for the encouraging news. Please let me know if I can be of help to you in any way.
    Robin Doyle

    Comment by Robin Doyle | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  5. Praise the Lord! We will keep praying! We love you all!

    Comment by Sam Scaggs | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  6. We are praying for precious Luke and your family here on the Gulf Coast. God bless you all!

    The Bartls
    Riviera Community Church

    Gulf Coast, Alabama

    Comment by Michele Bartl | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  7. Paise theLord for His tender mercy. I am praying for a complete recovery and far reaching testimony of what God can do. My extended family in IN,NC, and friends in PA are all lifting Luke up.

    Comment by Pam Barnumpmbarnum | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  8. We were so encouraged seeing Luke today and hearing the ways God has already answered prayer. Hope is certainly a precious gift. Your family is dear to us and we are privileged to lift up prayers on your behalf.

    Love in Jesus,
    The Barlow Family

    Comment by John and Karen Barlow | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  9. You don’t know us personally, but when I heard about Luke’s injury (through Carrie Ashton and my BIL/SIL Tom and Brittany Bates) I prayed and I prayed and I prayed. I have 3 boys as well. My mothers heart was touched and I just lifted your family up all night. I’m praising the Lord for every good report and believing Him for complete healing. May Luke bring Him glory and may your family have peace and comfort and be a witness in the process of Luke’s healing. We serve a Mighty God!!

    Comment by Dawn Mast | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  10. Luke, you are such a precious gift from God. Many times He has used you to show His mighty power and miracles. We pray for more miracles and for complete healing. Please let me know if I can help you all in any way.

    Comment by Lori Blosser | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  11. We are standing with you guys in prayer. May Luke follow in his daddy’s footsteps and walk out of UVA healthy and whole! God is able.

    Comment by Kenton, Nancy, Josh & Daniel | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  12. May God’s grace, peace and hope surround you all. May you experience patience, understanding, love and healing beyond all understanding.

    Comment by Steve Witmer | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  13. Dear Yoder Family,

    May God make a way where there seems to be no way. Indeed, all things are possible through Christ. You are all in our prayers.

    In Him,

    The Baugher Family

    Comment by Joel & Kristine Baugher | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  14. We are so encouraged to hear this report! Christopher and all of us went to bed very sad last night…but very prayerful.

    Thanks for these great details.

    We will continue to lift you all up.

    When coming home from Chris’s ballgame tonight in H’burg,
    he wanted me to keep going to Charlottesville. We would of if we weren’t leaving for N York tomorrow early to visit Jeff’s family.

    Chris wanted me to tell you Lukey that he’s praying for you and that his team won 19 to 4 tonight!

    This blog will really help us while away.

    Much Love,

    Jeff, Wendy, Daniel and Christopher

    Comment by The Watros family | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  15. God is with you and is holding you in His powerful hands. May you guys experience his peace & confidence. We are praying for you guys. God has brought all of you through much and isn’t about to let you go now.

    Comment by Vernon & Laurie Zook | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  16. Hello Yoder family,

    Our family and many freinds have been praying for Carson, your entire family and especially Luke. I am glued to the computer constantly looking for updates. God is amazing and I remember how God worked in Shea’s mom’s life last year and he can do the same for precious Luke. Please know our family is here for you. If you need anything please let me know. If you need a babysitter for the other children…Anything…please know I will love to help you. We are still praying and look forward to Luke using this accident for God’s honor and glory.

    Patiently waiting on the Lord’s return
    Earman Family
    written by Vickie Earman BRCS

    Comment by The Earman Family | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  17. This was what our Jordan prayed tonight, “Lord, thank You that Luke opened his eyes today. Be with his family. There are so many people who are sick and sad tonight. Please don’t let Luke die. Minister to the spirits of everyone.” Amen and amen. We will keep sending prayers your way.

    Comment by Baker Family | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  18. stay with us Luke. You are a strong boy. Our God will not leave you and He will not forsake you. Our love and prayers to the Yoder family

    Comment by Bev Scaggs | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  19. Your family has been on our minds and on our hearts. We are praying for you, for God’s healing, God’s will, and God’s comfort. Our thoughts are with you and we will continue praying!

    Comment by The Keister Family | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  20. We are praying for Luke and all of you! Praying for complete healing!!! It is so encouraging to hear the positive news!

    Comment by Josh, Susan & Lane Crilow | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  21. We are also praying for your little guy. God can and does perform miracles every day! It’s great to hear the positive news after the initial reaction. May God comfort you during this time.

    Comment by Donovan | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  22. Luke, Carson and your family are in our prayers…I remember when Luke was born, because Ben’s mom and dad live across the street from us and our second son, also Luke, was just a couple months old. I remember praying for your Luke then because of his heart, and feeling sympothy for what you were going through because I tried to imagine myself going through that with my baby Luke. God brought him through all of that and as I try to imagine what you face again, I can’t help but feel that God has some pretty cool stuff planned for Little Luke Yoder’s life. Our family prays for God’s strength and healing touch over Luke, His peace that passes ALL understanding over the family, and His wisdom over all of the Doctors and nurses involed.

    Love, Tim, Amanda (Andy Collins’ sis), Adam, Luke & Avrie

    Comment by Masarik Family | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  23. I’m praying for you guys and especially Luke. That all swelling on his brain would go down in Jesus’ name and that there would be no permanent damage. Know that you guys are surrounded by ministering angels and a family of believers who love you! Keep us updated:)

    Comment by Heidi Groff | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  24. Hey Lindsey,

    The news traveled pretty fast through facebook so the prayers were lifted very soon after. I know it has been so long since we’ve seen each other but i wanted to tell you that I feel very strongly in my spirit that the Lord is going to bring about COMPLETE healing for little Luke. So trust in Him and stand in the strong faith that I know you have, and he will recover. God loves that little boy more than you do. I had to learn this myself because I now have two boys of my own and I crumble every time they are hurt. Darah and I send our love and constant prayers.

    Love Cory.

    Comment by Cory Woomert | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  25. Jerralee was heartbroken yesterday when she heard the news. But, we have been in constant prayer since then. I don’t know what will happen but I know for sure that God is good. That we can count on.

    We’re thinking and of you and commit to being in continuous prayer.

    Richie, Jennifer, Joseph, Dana and Jerralee

    Comment by Jennifer Testa | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  26. God is awesome, he will sustain you. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Yoder family.

    Comment by John and Sharon Peale | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  27. We are standing with you guys. God is in control. He will see you through. We love you and are praying daily for you.

    Comment by Ed Heatwole | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  28. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Praying you sense God’s peace and comfort.

    Comment by Joetta Raber | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  29. We pray that you know and feel that you are being cradled in His Almighty Hands. We are in prayer for you and will continue to be.

    While on vacation this summer I stood there in the ocean and just spent time in thought of His awesome ability to still that water….and calm the raging seas. He will do that for you.

    In Christ’s love ~ The Glicks

    Comment by Mark, Jill and Ally Glick | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  30. Please know our hearts and prayers will continue to cover your dear family.

    Comment by Sylvia and Bob Weeks | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  31. We’ve been praying so hard for you guys. We had a church music meeting yesterday where we all stopped and prayed or Luke’s full recovery. God is still in the business of miracles.

    I’ll tell Jillian about the accident now that I know things are looking better. Not sure she would have slept last night if I had told her.

    We continue to pray. Thanks for the updates.

    Comment by paula cook | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  32. What a sad and scary thing to happen. I am so amazed at the things that were in place at the right time. Like the air flight copter being so close to the home. That was truly a God thing. Awesome!!!! We are continually in prayer that Luke will be out from under this oppresive thing and on his way to recovery as God keeps showing us His amazing LOVE.

    Comment by Joe and Esther Byler | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  33. I just got the message today about your boys. I am praying they both will make full recovery! It is a miracle the same nurse is there, and also that Luke is making such positive strides. May God bless your whole family.

    Comment by Donna Garber | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  34. We have been in constant prayer since Monday night. An excerpt from our devotions on Monday night read “God, nothing is too difficult for you. I praise you because you are the God who perfoms MIRACLES!” We claimed that praise for Luke Monday night as we prayed. I just wanted to let you all know that you are loved and we will continue to pray for full recovery for Luke and Carson.

    Comment by Carol Hilliard and family | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  35. Got the message last night from our SS list – Luke, Carson and your whole family are in our prayers. I found this passage in Psalms 147 and hope it helps: He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power;his understanding has no limit.

    Comment by Leah & Chad | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  36. Luke and family – He is with you and your notes show you know this. The testimony of Jesus is shouting to all who hear through your struggle. He is faithful and will keep His promises.
    Praying for you all and watching Him work.

    Comment by David & Heather Shank and family | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  37. I’m Sarah & Alyssa Barch’s mom. I haven’t seen you for a long time, but I want you to know that I have been praying for Luke, & your family since Debbie first posted it. Thankyou for the pictures so that I can have a visual when I pray for him. One of the stripes that Jesus took had Luke’s name on it, & His blood covers it all! What a testimony that boy of yours is going to have! God will use him for great things! God bless you with His peace while you await the healing process to be completed. Much love to you & yours.

    Comment by Debbie Critchlow Wilson | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  38. Ben & Lindsey
    Tears came to my eyes as I read about Luke, but I know that God is with you. Be assured that Dr. John Jane is THE BEST Neuro Surgeon in the nation. When I had my head injury at EMC 27 years ago God placed Dr. Jane in the ER as my neuro surgeon.
    Just know that I am praying for Luke and for Dr. Jane, that he will know what the best treatment is for Luke. I know that God can and is still doing miracles.

    Comment by Kim Miller Shank | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  39. Dear Yoder family,
    We have been praying and praying for Luke and your family. Thank the Lord for such good news today! Our God is an awesome God! We will continue to lift up your family in prayer.

    Scott, Julie, and Kaylee Dinkel

    Comment by Scott, Julie and Kaylee Dinkel | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  40. We are praying for Luke and for the whole family. May His comfort, strength, wisdom and grace give you “peace that passeth all understanding.”

    Comment by Freeman & Esther Mullet | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  41. your whole family are in our thoughts and prayers. We see God’s hand in all of this and He will deliver. Keep the faith no matter how tired you may get. It is going to be a long road to travel but you have so many prayers that are going to keep you going…..”My God will never leave you nor forsake you”

    Blessings to you all….

    Comment by Strickler Family | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  42. Praying for healing!

    Comment by Ray & Ruth Weaver | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  43. Praying for a full recovery.

    Comment by Jalane Reed | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  44. We are all stunned, but praying for all of you!
    May the Lord continue to show His presence and provide His peace.

    Comment by Pam Charette | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  45. Parents…Family, I want to express I also have been attending Blue Ridge Church of Christ for about 3 1/2 years. One thing I can assure you. The folks there are a praying people and I have grown to know them as caring Christians that will continue to lift you all up before the LORD of Mercy & Grace. I wept and prayed for your situation before writing. I believe God is going to restore all, all, and more to your family that the enemy would tell you is lost. Jesus Christ is going to so use this complete healing for HIS glory. HE is going to honor your faith.
    By HIS abundant Grace…….Mel McAllister

    Comment by Mel McAllister | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  46. We were so shocked to hear the news about the boys and we want the families to know that we are thinking about the boys as well as the families. I recognized the catcher stance as being taken at Mt. Crawford!! what memories!! and it sounds like there is a wonderful chance of being many more. We hope that both boys will continue to make improvements with each passing day and will recover 100%. Please know that we are all praying for you all too.

    Comment by Mt. Crawford Baseball League | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  47. We are remembering you and praying for your family. God’s strength and peace be with you.

    Comment by Christy Heatwole Kauffman | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  48. I am believing God for your son’s complete recovery. Our church has been praying as I know MANY others have. Hallelujah there IS a God in Heaven that cares when His children hurt. With out a doubt, He has and will continue to see you through this difficult time. What a wonderful and supreme God we serve. God likes to work when nothing else will!!

    Comment by Jennifer | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  49. We have been praying for all your family and are so thankful to hear that Luke is making good progress.

    Comment by LeRoy, Doris & Adam | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  50. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Strength, continued healing, and comfort for all involved is our fervent prayer.

    Comment by Kathy Dias; Modesto California | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  51. Glen and Betty, and all the Yoder’s along with Shea and Jeff You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless Tom and Jean Renno

    Comment by Tom Renno | July 14, 2009 | Reply

  52. Jesus is truly holding Lukes precious hand and going through the pain for him. He is also holding your entire family “it is then that I carried you”. My stepson was in an auto accident 4 years ago and broke his neck, the “hangman’s bone” and we were told it was a miracle he was even alive and it usually kills you instantly. He went through two 9 hour surgeries and wore a halo for almost a year…today you would never know that anything ever happened to him..Praise Jesus…I know the medical implement is called a halo because it looks like one but I believe it is a halo because Jesus and the Angels have their hands on it, it has saved so many lives. I will continue to pray for your beautiful boy and all of your family. God bless, the Perry family.

    Comment by Barb Perry | July 14, 2009 | Reply

  53. Dear Ben&Lindsey, Thank you for being so open and honest with where you are. Also for just taking the time to share with us. That is just beyond and above!!! I wanted you to know there is another congregation praying for you all. My Moms church in Florida had special prayer for you on Sunday Am. They will continue to pray. You are constantly on our minds.
    Praying that you will feel and know deep in your hearts the lavish love of the Father. Isaac, continues to remind me to pray! Love the Mehegans.

    Comment by Isaac Mehegan | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  54. Still praying for you……..Mel McAllister from Blue Ridge Church of Christ.

    Comment by Mel McAllister | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  55. I am a friend of Kelby’s from Florida and wanted to let you know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    Comment by Xan Simpson | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  56. […] been meaning to post here to get people praying for Luke. The story of what happend can be found here. I don’t know this family but I went to school with Luke’s uncle. Let’s intercede […]

    Pingback by Pray for Luke Yoder « Peaceful Meadows Homeschool – Where learning happens all the time! | July 19, 2009 | Reply

    • we are wondering who this is, we can’t find a name any where?

      Comment by lukeyoder | July 19, 2009 | Reply

  57. hi, we are wearing the armband, and thinking of your family daily, it is a nice reminder to do so. hope good news is continuing. Donna Garber

    Comment by Donna Garber | July 20, 2009 | Reply

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