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Doctor Update…..

Ben and Lindsey just returned to the visitors lounge after meeting with the Neurologist, Dr. Jane.  Their faces were gleaming with optimism at the results of the MRI. Though there are some ligament concerns at the base of his skull  (linked to his eye sockets), the damage appears to be minimal (considering the severity of the accident). A specialist will be taking a second look at the MRI to determine any more specific, bone-related issues. But overall, the doctors feel positive that his injuries can heal over time without surgery and with rehabilition. 

Luke is in a “medically induced unconciousness”  and will stay that way until the doctors feel that his vitals are where they need to be. He is breathing on his own about 50% of the time which is HUGE progress since yesterday (PRAISE GOD!) After talking to Dr. Jane, Ben asked, “Is it a possibility that he will recover from this?” The doctor paused and looked both of them in the eyes and said, “Absolutely – we are expecting it.”

Stay tuned for more good news – we know that God is still working…



July 8, 2009 - Posted by | Week 1


  1. Our God is SO good, and He LOVES performing miracles!!! What great news! We will continue to pray and believe for complete healing for Luke! We also pray that your family will continue to feel His presence like never before!

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

  2. Our prayers are with you. May God bless each of you during this time. We have 3 boys and I can’t imagine what this could be like. Prayer is powerful and it works.

    Comment by Eric, April, Kody, Kendal and Danny Mason Payne | July 8, 2009 | Reply


    Comment by Jenie | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  4. Praise God!!!!! We’ll keep praying!

    Comment by Richard and Kris Whetzel and family | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  5. Praise God for this good news! Please know we have been praying since we heard the news. Karis has really been praying for the Lord to touch Luke. Our hearts and prayers go out to you.
    The Buchanans

    Comment by Rob Buchanan | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  6. Praying for you and Luke! Praise God and all the miracles He is creating for Luke!

    Comment by Lisa@verybusymomwith4 | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  7. I have goosebumps and chills knowing GOD is at work!!! He is THE AMAZING HEALer!! We are praying for your family!

    Comment by Carolyn Yoder | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  8. We will press in and pray harder. Now is not the time to slack, but to take our prayers BOLDLY to the throne. Especially thinking of Lindsey. My mother’s heart cannot begin to comprehend what she’s going through, praying the blood of Jesus to wash over her mind, memories and emotions.

    Comment by Baker Family | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  9. We are praying that the Lord will be your Rest and your Hope day-by-day, even minute-by-minute and we know that “HE will keep you in perfect peace because your minds are fastened on HIM.” We continue to trust HIM with you concerning your beloved and HIS beloved Luke. ALL JOY! kerry & kim

    Comment by Pastor Kerry | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  10. Wow – I got chills when I read the words the doctor spoke. Our GOD is amazing!! Praising GOD for progress that is being seen! Believing HIM for Luke’s full recovery! Praying that you feel the power and presence of GOD like never before….may HE wash over you – filling your heart, soul, and mind with HIS peace. Lifting you up from Sarasota…

    Comment by Jessica Miller | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  11. Praise God! I know that every bit of good news is big encouragement! Noah has been praying for Luke every night since Monday. As a Mom, I can’t imagine what this must be like for you all, but God is working and prayer is very powerful! Thinking of you all!!!

    Comment by ****, Steph, Noah and Zachary ***** | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  12. Praise God! I know that every bit of good news is big encouragement! Noah has been praying for Luke every night since Monday. As a Mom, I can’t imagine what this must be like for you all, but God is working and prayer is very powerful! Thinking of you all!!!
    ****, Steph, Noah and Zachary *****

    Comment by ****, Steph, Noah and Zachary ***** | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  13. Lindsey – you don’t know me, but I am a good friend of Michelle’s and went to highschool with Ben…I just want to say that there are people all over the place that you may not even know, thinking of you and praying for Luke, you and Ben, and kids. Much Love.

    Comment by Karen Baer | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  14. Praise the Lord! We are standing with you all, praying, and believing with all of our hearts for a total healing. We have been amazed at the hand of the Lord, and will continue to lift each one of you up. God bless you all, and love you very much!

    Comment by Ricardo and Shelbly Pedrotti | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  15. We are praying for Luke and his complete restoration. He WILL be completely healed. He has a major calling on his life and he WILL be healed and we WILL praise God for it!!

    With love from the Dennis family in Florida (Dave, Anne, John, Sydney, and Taylor)

    Comment by Sydney Hinton | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  16. What wonderful news!! We will continue to pray for a complete and quick recovery for Luke. I have enjoyed having the boys in Children’s Church. Your family is in my prayers. May the Lord give you supernatural strength and peace to sustain you through this difficult time. Pam (Blue Ridge CoC)

    Comment by Pam Michael | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  17. don’t know if my other comment made it or not, but please know we are praying for you. our church is praying for you too.

    love, the cooks

    dear luke:

    i hope you recover before school starts. God loves you.

    love, jillian

    Comment by paula cook | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  18. Praise the Lord! Our hearts and our prayers are and have been with you! We serve an amazing God who is so faithful! We will continue to pray for each of you. Lindsey, you are constantly in my thoughts, and I am praying for God’s peace to settle around you. My mom wanted me to tell you that she is praying for you and Luke and you will always be one of “her kids.”

    Comment by Tishana Mullet | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  19. My prayers are with Luke, Carson and all of you. God’s blessings of presence are obviously with you. Love, Dot

    Comment by Dot Smucker | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  20. We are praising God that the report has come back with such positive words. Doctors generally are more pesimistic,(so they don’t say things out of line) and to hear the words from the Dr’s is music to my ears. My heart is broken for you and have found it difficult to think of anything else. Emmalene , Elizabeth, and I have had it on our Facebook and are so blessed to see so many people reaching out and prayng for Luke. God is so powerful and is visibly working on Luke with higher power than we can ever imagine. Keep us posted and we will cotinue praying for Luke and his complete recovery. “Call unto Me, and I will show you great and mighty things whitch you know not” Jer. 33:3 Love you guys very much and talk to you soon.

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

  21. Luke is a fighter , with GOD on his side he will make it all the way back. Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys.

    Comment by GENE SMITH | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  22. Carson, I hope you are feeling better and are back on your feet soon. Our prayers are with you too. Coach Smith

    Comment by GENE SMITH | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  23. With our God, all things are possible. We are believing with you all for a full recovery of both Luke and Carson. Our thoughts and prayers are with you ALL, unceasingly.

    Comment by Bill and Becky May | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  24. Praise God from Whom ALL blessing flow! We are continuing to pray! May everyone see great things happen!

    Love, Todd, Rhonda and Faith Wilmore

    Comment by Todd Wilmore | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  25. What an awesome God we serve! Good news. Praying for continues progress.

    Comment by Sarah Fawley | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  26. Thank you for your testimony to God’s greatness in all of this -you are lifted up in our prayers and we take delight in seeing how God CAN and DOES move mountains if we allow Him to do His work. Luke is a miracle and he has an amazing testimony to share with others!

    Comment by Eric, Crystal and Kyan | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  27. Praise God! I just prayed for healing for Luke, asking God
    to knit his bones and ligaments back together and for Lindsey, that she would have the traumatic images in her mind of Luke would be washed away and replaced with new ones of him frolicking and playing as he did before the accident. May the Lord bless and keep you all, and may you always remember His faithfulness, mercy and grace. Peace be with and upon you.

    Comment by Eric Gregory | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  28. To GOD be the glory for the positive report on precious Luke! We are praying constantly for him, Lindsey, Ben and the rest of the family. Keeping faith that we will continue to hear good reports.

    Comment by Alyssa (Barch) Lawrence | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  29. Wow! God is so good. Psalm 40:2, “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” Thank you Lord!

    Comment by Ed Heatwole | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  30. Wow! God is so good! Psalm 40:2, “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” We rejoice in the miracles of God. Ed

    Comment by Ed Heatwole | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  31. Praise God…He truly IS our Master Physician!!!!! Rejoicing with you and praying too!

    Comment by carmen hochstetler byler | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  32. Hi Yoder family,

    You don’t know me…I saw your blog on Heather Baker’s Facebook page. I am praying for you and know that God will bring complete healing to Luke’s body!

    God Bless!

    Comment by Jen | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  33. You can count on continued and constant prayers from Nebraska. God breathed life into Luke and He can abundantly sustain that life. He probably has wonderful plans for him.

    Comment by Verlin Hochstetler | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  34. Wow! Continuing to stand with your family…

    Comment by Dave and Barb Witbeck | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  35. I am also expecting his complete recovery. Dwayne and I are praying for complete healing for Luke and peace for you throughout this healing process.

    Comment by Kristi Geib | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  36. Wow! That is very encouraging news! We are praying for all of you, and I’m so happy to see this positive report!

    Comment by Missy Simmons | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  37. We are praying for you and we are seeing Gods hand at work. What a blessing it has been to get to know you better this baseball season and the song Luke sings is one Collin sings all the time and each time we hear it we will be reminded of the precious Luke who we are so thankful for as well as seeing such loving parents who are a great example of keeping God at the focus during such a trying time.
    We are praying and many others in our homegroup are as well.

    Comment by The Brunks | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  38. WOW!!! What great news- you all have been so heavy on my hearts and I thank God for the great news and all will continue to lift Luke and he whole Yoder family in my prayers! We are praying and believing for a COMPLETE recovery. God is good!!

    Comment by Allison Chupp | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  39. Continued prayers guys! So encouraged to hear the good reports! Precious Linds–may God bless you with a sweet refreshing night’s rest, tonight–and a renewing of your mind/spirit/body…..((Hugs))

    Comment by Jessi Cooper-Bowditch | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  40. It is truly amazing to see God work! Continue to put ALL of you trust and faith in the Lord. We will continue to pray for Luke and and your family.

    The Scott Familly (Kevin, Amanda, Karlee Kamron, Kylah, Aiden, and Jackson)

    Comment by Kevin | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  41. God is Good! We were so thankful to hear this news. We will continue to pray for Luke and your whole family!!!!!

    Comment by Troy & Lisa Gerber | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  42. We are praying and praying. Got chills reading this update b/c I know our God is big enough! so thankful you have positive doctors! I can’t wait to continue hearing more good news!

    Comment by Elizabeth (Byler) Younts | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  43. Praising the Lord for such awesome news!!! Lindsey your faith is so inspirational! I pray that God will continue to give you the strengh that you have already shown. It was great to see you today and to meet your family. What a wonderful,faithful family Luke has!!! Riley’s excited to hear the great news and can’t wait to play with Luke at the playground again!! We Love you and are keeping you in our prayers!

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

  44. Thank you Jesus! We are sooooooo unbelievably happy to get this news. We love you guys and are praying constantly for Luke. I can’t wait to see what great things God is going to do with Luke’s life.

    Comment by Tony and Beka Mullet | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  45. Praise God! We will continue to lift you and your family with prayers. Please know that there are many, many people who have joined together in prayer for Luke’s recovery and thanksgiving for Luke’s progress. We also pray for God’s comfort and peace during this challenging time.

    Sheila Keesee

    Comment by Sheila Keesee | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  46. Yes, we are believing God for COMPLETE healing for precious Luke! We know He can do anything! Please know that you have been, and will continue to be, in our constant prayers.

    Comment by Tom & Brittany Bates | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  47. WE want you to know that we are covering your family in our prayer time. WE are encouraged to hear the news of Luke and praise GOD for what he has done and is going to do. If you need anything please feel free to call on us. Psalm 145: 9-10

    The Justice Family

    Comment by Clayton, Marsha, Lindsey, Mariah, and Allie | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  48. Praise God for the good news on Luke.We will continue to keep him and your Family in Prayer.May God fill you with peace and comfort as Luke continues to heal. God Bless all of you.

    Comment by Opperman Family | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  49. What a wonderful surprise to come to this blog and hear such wonderful news. I have been praying your your little boy several times a day, as have SO many people like me, who don’t even know your family. Is there a doubt in the world that prayer is powerful and that God is great?

    Comment by Christa Gitchell | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  50. We are praising God with you and excited about the wonderful news! Thank you, Lord!

    Comment by John and Karen Barlow | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  51. WOW! He is such a miracle in so many ways. To hear your hearts and see you guys trusting with such faith and grace is an amazing testimony to me and so many others. God is there…and knows the rest of your story. He is going to use it to bring glory to him. Wow, I can’t wait to watch and find out just how awesome our God is.

    Comment by Richard and Heidi King | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  52. God works miracles! As I looked at the picture of Luke in his hospital bed, I am amazed how alike he looks to my little friend Carlene. Carlene was hit by a car while riding her bike in Staunton back in October. She was also airlifted to UVa and put in an induced coma to reduce her brain swelling. God has healed Carlene so miraculously through the wise doctors and nurses at UVa and I feel confident that He will do the same for Luke. Prayers are constantly being raised for your family! -amy-

    Comment by Amy Draper Shoop | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  53. We serve an AWESOME GOD! We will continue lifting up the whole family in prayer!

    Comment by Jill Bear Bussiere | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  54. We were priveleged to spend some time several years ago in Virginia with Ben and Lindsey and their children. I said then that Luke and Andrew had the brightest eyes with the most twinkle of any boys I had seen. We are lifting all of you up to our awesome God in prayer, and hoping and looking forward to seeing that twinkle again soon in Luke’s eyes! Woody and Marilyn Hochstetler

    Comment by Woody Hochstetler | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  55. Lindsey and family….Praise be to God that Luke is doing better!! You are in our prayers. My kids both say “Hi” to Luke and hope he gets better soon. Thinking of you from North Dakota….Andrea, Ben, Luke & Kalyn Utenis.

    Comment by Andrea Utenis | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  56. Amy Shoop passed on the information to me about your boys and i am so sorry that something like this has happend. Nothing i say can make you feel any better about the situation at hand with your son with brain trauma. However August 31, 2008 my 9 year old daughter was hit by a car and air lifted to UVA with sever brain trauma and was in a coma for a total of 9 days. The last 4 days of her coma was medically induced due to her constant thrashing around. Your son’s Doctor is the best Dr he could have. Trust me i did the research when Doctor Jane Sr and Jr was treating my daughter. Average people would look at your sons picture and respond with “OH MY GOODNESS IM SO SORRY” I however will not because he looks just like my baby girl did just months ago and my comment to that picture is The worst is over. It’s all down hill from here, he can only get better. He will recover amazingly well you will see!!! I left you my email address if you would like to talk with someone who knows exactly how you feel. I will pray for your strength and mental stability because i know howi felt helpless. Family support is a must and it seems like you have that. Good luck to you and your entire family.

    Comment by Paula Barney | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  57. Several years ago, a close family member of mine was placed into a “drug-induced coma”. It is a scary thing to see your loved one go through but sometimes very medically necessary to heal.
    Your story is an incredible one. I am very touched with what you have shared.
    May you continue to receive positive news through the awesome power of Gods healing. We are praying for you.

    Comment by Jason and Angela Bibeau | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  58. We are praising God with you for the healing of your precious son Luke!
    Our family and our entire church is praying for your family–We love you and just want you to know that there will be many continuous prayers from Buckingham, VA to our loving Heavenly Father to bring you comfort, encouragement, and healing thru this time!
    Michael, Joy, Forrest, Charlotte, Lacey

    Comment by Michael & Joy Yoder | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  59. Thankful for a Holy God who holds a little boy in his arms and comforts a mom and dad with a good news form a doctor.
    Thankful for Steve Wingfield posting this prayer need so many can be encouraged by this miracle.

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

  60. Dear Yoder family–
    Although you might not know us we wanted to let you know that you are in our daily prayers. We understand what you are going through, just know that UVA pediatric neurology is one of the best in the country!! God is powerful and can heal with absolute amazement!! We have seen the power of prayer work and it is such a miracle. God bless you and we will pray for you and your entire family to have comfort during this time.
    with love and Gods power Chris, Sarah, Elizabeth, Noah and Gabriel Hilty(BRCC)

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

  61. Ben and Lindsey you have been on our minds and in our hearts since we heard the news of Luke’s accident. Our prayers are with you and your entire family. Thanks be to God for the healing taking place in Luke’s body every minute that passes. God has a plan for that little boy’s life way bigger than we know and God’s will be done!
    Lindsey as a mother I will be praying some extra prayers for you and what you are going through right now. Just call on God and he will comfort you.
    We will continue to thank God for the mighty healing that is to come in the days ahead for Luke. We will also be praying for Carson and his healing!

    Comment by Matt, Shelley, Caleb & Trent Kiser | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  62. Prayers do work…Amazing things can happen!! My husband had Dr. John Jane, Jr., as one of his doctors at the University of Va. Medical center–Luke you are in excellent hands with UVA and the Lord there with you—You will be on the road to recovery…it may not happen overnight, but it will happen..I’ll continue to pray for you, your family and your cousin..

    Comment by Melanie | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  63. Praising God for each day’s progress!

    Comment by Amy Wenger | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  64. Dear Yoder family, I was just reading about your sons accident and feel that I need to let you know your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I can’t imagine how I would react if it was my own child. But I pray for your family, Luke, his doctors and nurses. I hope he recovers quickly and hurries home to family and friends. No you don’t know me, just needed to let you know I am praying for you. Best Wishes, Karen Robertson

    Comment by Karen Robertson | July 11, 2009 | Reply

  65. To the entire Yoder family…..we just wanted to let you know that we are still praying and thinking of you all. What a wonderful gift that you have such a close and loving family and wonderful network of Christian friends. Blessings and love….Doris Cline

    Comment by LeRoy, Doris & Adam Cline | July 11, 2009 | Reply

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