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LukeThis morning we received more positive news…praise the Lord! Luke’s pressure and swelling have stayed down and he is also moving his arms and legs. The nurse says the way he is moving his arms and legs is very positive. Luke eyes had also opened a couple times earlier this morning.


July 7, 2009 - Posted by | Week 1


  1. We are praying for all of you! Praise God for the encouraging news! Our hearts are with you, and we long to encourage and comfort you in any way we can! Love, Jonathan and Charity

    Comment by jonathan and charity yoder | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  2. I am sooo glad to hear the positive news that Luke is improving. I have been praying for you guys and will continue to do so.

    Comment by Virginia Yoder Stoltzfus | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  3. Jonathan called me this morning and asked whether I would call Martha and find out if these little boys were your’s and Jeff’s. He saw a prayer request for them on Facebook. We were so glad to hear the encouraging news! Ben, I’ve contacted all of the Friends Group and let them know…..the more that are praying, the better!

    Comment by Carol Troyer | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  4. So glad to hear the good news that Luke is improving! Praise the Lord!!! Our thoughts and prayers are with your whole family!

    Comment by Anita Benson Graber | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  5. Lindsey and Ben, we are praying so hard for you guys and for Luke! There are no words for what you as parents are going through, but just know how much you are loved!

    Comment by Michael and Tara Jackson | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  6. We love you guys and are praying, praying, praying, we are there with you in spirit…. God is so good! So wonderful to hear what He is doing!

    Comment by Jenie | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  7. You are constantly on our minds, in our hearts and in our prayers. Asking God for more and more miracles for you and Luke.

    Comment by Baker Family | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  8. I live across the street from Mike and Maretta. We will continue to keep your family in our prayers. If there is anyway to help, let us know.

    Comment by Sheila Keesee | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  9. The hand of God has certainly been laid upon Luke.Your family is in my thoughts & prayers. God has brought him this far, he will carry you all through this!

    Comment by Lynn McNett | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  10. We are so glad to hear the good news! We are praying for you! Gid is able!

    Comment by Eric and Bonnie | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  11. Wanted to let you know that we are praying for all of you. Praying a miracle for Luke. Sounds like some positive things are happening. If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to call.

    Comment by Ceci | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  12. I can only imagine the agony of watching your son suffer!! May God give you grace, strength and hope!! We will keep you in our prayers, and are thanking God for the way things are looking up!!

    Comment by carmen hochstetler byler | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  13. Praying constantly for Luke and your family!!!
    Jenn, Randy, Kaelin and Reece

    Comment by RandyJenn | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  14. Ben and Lindsey~ Our family is praying for you and for Luke. We hope that you feel His presence at this time! Blessings to you all. We will continue to pray!!!

    Comment by Lori (Smith) Hatter | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  15. We continue to pray for miracles to occur for your family! Very encouraging to hear the positive updates. Luke is the miracle child!!
    Much love,
    Amy AJ and Jake

    Comment by Amy AJ | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  16. praising GOD for answering prayers an praying for all of you HIS strength and peace be with you ,believing HE will continue to all of you

    Comment by james and sharon | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  17. We continue to pray for God’s healing power in Luke’s life, and for strength and peace for the family.
    “The Lord gives strength to His people, the Lord blesses His people with Peace.”
    Psalms 29:11

    Comment by Dwayne Yoder | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  18. The power of prayer is awesome to experience. It envelopes you and lifts you – like a constant hug. When we feel so utterly helpless – these prayers create hope and remind us that God is in control. I don’t know how people get through tragic situations without having the Lord on their side. Know that Luke, Carson, and your family are being lifted up to our Lord through prayer.

    Comment by John, Cheryl, Austin & Tyler Long | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  19. The power of prayer is awesome to experience. It envelopes you and lifts you up – like a constant hug. When we feel utterly helpless – this prayer covering gives hope because we are reminded that God is in control. God holds Luke & Carson in his hands. He is the great healer. Know that we are lifting these 2 precious little boys and your family up to the Lord in prayer.

    Comment by John, Cheryl, Austin & Tyler Long | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  20. Oh precious friends–our thoughts and prayers have been with you, since the moment we got the call, last night! Praising God and thanking Him for the progress that has occurred in the last 24 hours! We continue to pray……Love to you all!!

    Comment by Jessi Cooper-Bowditch | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  21. You are all in our thoughts and prayers! We are thankful that things are looking better for Luke. We will continue to pray for him!

    Comment by Troy & Lisa Gerber | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  22. We continue to pray for complete restoration in Luke’s body and for grace and peace to be multiplied to you Ben and Lindsey and the entire family! Much love and prayers!

    Comment by Tonya Yutzy | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  23. Leah and I have been praying for you and your family Ben. We’re praying for complete healing in Luke and for wisdom and understanding for your family.

    Comment by Wendyl Swartzentruber | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  24. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God’s peace surround you.

    Comment by Heidi Yoder | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  25. The elders at Park View Mennonite Church held your families up in prayer this afternoon. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I called Linda O this morning early to confirm that this was Mark and Martha’s family.

    Comment by Shirley B Yoder | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  26. Luke and family,
    You are in our prayers and we know that God is with you and your family at this hard time. My children are praying for you as is our church.

    May you have God’s grace as you need it every day!

    Comment by Barbara Wing | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  27. Awesome! We know God is at work and can do anything he wants. we are praying for all you guys.

    Comment by Harley, Christine, Andre, Mariah, Josiah, Candace Yoder | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  28. Ben Linds and family … our prayers are with you all right now ..may the peace of God which passes all understanding be yours … praying for complete healing for your sweet Luke … love you

    Comment by Bill & Debbie Mullet | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  29. If God is for us, who can be against us?? The prayer chain of Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church, Chesapeake, VA is praying for your family. We’re praying you will receive comfort, hope and strength from our Lord Jesus and the physical rest you need. We’re praying for Luke and Carson’s recovery.

    Comment by Paul and Linda Overholt | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  30. Sometimes God lets it happen if it has the great potential of brining Glory to Him and to draw us closer to Him. You can consider it an honor that He trusted you Ben and Linsey, Mark and Martha, Jeff and Shea, to suffer this trauma to accomplish His mighty work of power, love and mercy that touched all of us. God is obviously not through with you, He wants to do a mighty work through you. His ways and purposes are sooo much higher than ours.
    I just want to give honor and praise to Him for His display of power and grace in your behalf. In your cry to God for help in this time, my you sense a closeness to Him like you have never had before. We will continue to pray for complete healing for both boys and strength for the family.

    Comment by Andy Yoder | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  31. Dear Luke, I am praying for you. I hope you can get up soon and play.
    Love, Isaac Mehegan

    Dear Family, you are constantly in our prayers!!!! Love, the Mehegans

    Comment by Isaac Mehegan | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  32. Praying for you all. On our knees.

    Comment by Robin Bell | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  33. Luke and Carson will both be in my prayers. May the Lord’s tender mercies be with your entire family. God bless you and give you peace.

    Comment by Ruby Bontrager | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  34. Our hearts and prayers are with you since we heard the news. Can’t stop thinking about Luke and your entire family. We love you guys and pray God’s blessings and healing power for you!

    Comment by Telissa & Brian Stumpf | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  35. Luke, Carson, & your entire family are in our prayers! May Gods healing hands surround Luke & bring peace & comfort to you all! We are here if you need anything at all!

    Comment by Darren, Rhonda, & Noah Warble | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  36. Lis and me are praying hard for Luke and your family in this incredibly trying time.

    Comment by Danny & Elisabeth Sarco | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  37. Luke,
    I hope you are getting better.
    God loves you,
    -James Kasch

    Lindsey, Ben and family,
    May God sustain you with His strength and peace. May God continue to display His miraculous power through Luke. You are in our prayers constantly.

    Love, the Kasches

    Comment by james kasch | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  38. Dear Luke honey:
    In Jesus precious name, be healed! You will be in my daily prayers. Isaiah 53: 4 and 5 says, “By HIS stripes we ARE healed.” Hold on to HIS truths and be in peace knowing that our Father God, THE LORD, JESUS CHRIST has his most precious hands upon you.

    With your eyes on Jesus,

    Comment by Donna Scafariello | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  39. I have been following your tragedy thru my brother, Tony Shafer. I have been praying as well as many, many friends I have shared your story with. God is awesome and he is listening. We will continue to pray for your recovery as well as praying for all the family. I am so thankful to hear of your progess and knowing that you are being healed. You all are on the minds of so many. You will continue to be lifted up.

    Comment by Renee Kershner | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  40. Our orayers are for a complete recovery for Luke and strength for you as parents to take care of him. Treva & Frank Graber

    Comment by Treva Graber | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  41. We are praying for GOD’s loving and healing hand for Luke and Carson .We have asked many of our family and friends to also be praying. May the presence of our LORD be seen @ UVA during this time . May others wonder about this peace that passes all understading.
    * Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you . I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27 Love,
    In Christ,
    Dana ,Jennifer,Cassey,Megan,Joshua and Ethan Harris

    Comment by Harris Family From BRCS | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  42. We aren’t sure if you got our message yesterday. Blogging is new for me and not sure if I did it right. We, Mt. Crawford Baseball, want to let you know that we are thinking about Luke, Carson and their families. We know it has been a long and stressful few days and we are so thankful that the boys seem to be improving with each day. It was a miracle that Carson was not injured more than he was and it is a miracle that Luke is doing as well as he is. God truly has been in control this week.

    We recognized the catcher stance as being taken at Mt. Crawford! what great memories! and we feel optimistic that there will be many more!!!

    Please let us know if there is anything that you and your families need. We know that you have so many friends but we want to offer our help to you as well.

    We will all continue to pray for you all.

    Mt. Crawford Baseball

    Comment by Mt. Crawford Baseball League | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  43. Ben and Lindsey – Mark and Martha and Family,
    We are saddened to learn of this accident. Your family has always had a special place in our hearts. I pray for Luke’s healing, for God’s tender care for all of you as you live through this trama with Luke. May blessings from God continue to fill your hearts and lives.
    In friendship and love,
    Patricia and J. R. Copper

    Comment by Patricia and J. R. Copper | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  44. Dear Lindsey and Ben, Our hearts go out to you during this most difficult time as you watch your precious son suffer. God is the Great Physician–we pray his protecting healing hand over Luke. Our love and prayers are for you and the family daily. Barbi (and JOnas)

    Comment by Barb Borntrager | July 10, 2009 | Reply

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