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A Need for Continued Prayer

We are so grateful to our glorious Father in Heaven for all He has done for Luke. Though we had a positive day, Luke still needs your prayers for a few immediate concerns. First, his sodium levels need to slightly drop and then stabilize in order to remove the ventilator. He is currently breathing on his own with the assistance of the ventilator, but we are asking God to strenthen his lungs so that he has no need for assistance.

Secondly, pray that the damage to his ligaments heal in a timely manner, in order to avoid further complications. Finally, pray that he will sustain healthy eye function post recovery.

We sincerely appreciate the prayers that have been pouring in across the country for Luke. They are clearly working and the continual crying out to God is essential for Luke’s healing.

Our prayer is that Luke will make a FULL RECOVERY. But we need widespread support,  and we believe that God will deliver Luke! We thank Him in advance for what He is going to do!

Thank you!


July 9, 2009 - Posted by | Week 1


  1. After hearing about Luke’s accident from several sources, I have been praying for him and all of you. I’m very glad to find this blog. Thanks for updating and keeping us posted so we can pray more effectively.

    Rejoicing with you for all the good news, and trusting God with you for all the days to come…

    Comment by Davene | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  2. our constant thoughts and prayers are with you … “God can do anything you know far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams ! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, His spirit deeply within us. “Ephesians 3:20 the message and this is our prayer for Luke to work deep within him far more than we could ever imagine guess or request … to the Glory of Our Father…. love from all of us Deb & Bill

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

  3. we stand in agreement with you all, God is doing a miracle and I don’t believe it will be half done. Stay strong and know we’re all standing with you. love ya guys

    Comment by Bob & Fern Mullet | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  4. Our prayers are with you, God says, ask and you shall receive, Nancy is our proof and our miracle, God brings a little bit of joy each new day, so we will continue reading God’s word and practicing what he says, ask and you shall receive, we are praying for complete recovery,
    Carson, give one of your big smiles to Luke, glad your feeling better..
    God be with your beautiful family..

    Comment by Sharon Yancey | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  5. Ben and Lindsey~

    I was so shocked and saddened to hear the news about Luke and Carson. We’ve been out of town and without internet for several days, so this is the first I had heard about it! I am so sorry for this trial that you are enduring, but I admire your strong faith during this tough time. Our family will be joining yours in prayer as Luke recovers!

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6


    Teresa Barker and family

    Comment by Teresa Barker | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  6. Luke and your family have constantly been in our prayers. We are continuing to pray for a full recovery! It is so exciting to see God healing Luke!!!

    Comment by Nicole and Oliver | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  7. Just want you to know that our kids have been praying for Luke, and I’m praying that The Holy Spirit will just surround you with His power. Here’s standing with you for a complete healing in Jesus Name!

    Comment by Jessica | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  8. Our thoughts and prayers will remain with you . And we will pray for even more good news on Thurs. And Carson, you keep that smile shining, it lights up everyone around you. Coach Smith

    Comment by GENE SMITH | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  9. When we heard about Luke’s accident our heart’s just broke as we cried out to the Lord, begging him for healing for Luke and mercy for all of you. Many prayed as Greg announced this on the radio. Greg had called me, to ask about Luke being in school with Nicholas, so after that Nicholas was very concerned to know what happened. I told him, and we prayed together, then he quietly slipped out of the room and went into his bedroom, and locked his door, which he never does. That night, as we prayed together for Luke before we went to sleep, I told Nick he could pray anytime he thought about Luke, and he told me he did that already. I asked him when, and he said, “after we prayed, I went in my room by myself and prayed…and I cried too.” Our great God, our Abba Father, is more powerful and loves us more than we could ever know.
    I am so thankful to hear the news that Luke’s condition has progressed so well. Praise to our Heavenly Father, who is with us always, who never slumbers nor sleeps. We will continue to pray fervently for your sweet boy. My heart goes out to you and if there is anything we can do to help you please let us know…you now have my email….and I do mean that…any need you have if it’s not met…please call us.
    Love to your family from the Crabtrees

    PS IF and when Luke is ready please say in your blog when he would want any of his buddies to come and visit him.

    Comment by Carol Crabtree | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  10. Any time of the day or night, Luke is on my mind. It’s 5 a.m. on Thursday, July 9 and I am wide awake. I am certain that most of your family is unable to rest well right now, and I ask the Lord to multiply what the hours of sleep you do get. “He who began a good work will be faithful to complete it.”

    Comment by Baker Family | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  11. May the Lord continue to uphold your confidence and hope in Him. He is a faithful high priest who knows our infirmities and weaknesses for he was in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin. Many of our folks in prayer meeting last night asked about Luke, so I know that though they do not know him, yet in the Lord he is one of our children, and so we pray and will pray that the Lord will show himself mighty in healing and in comfort to you and Lindsey and Luke’s grandfather. Your servant in Christ, Rocky

    Comment by Rocky Howland | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  12. Praise God – I am sitting a Camp Beulah (New Brunswick Canada) looking at this blog and praising the Lord. Steve had mentioned the accident and many have prayed for the boys, the grandparents and the parents. The children look wonderful and we are grateful to hear thngs are progressing.

    Our Lord is wonderful.

    Comment by Anton T | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  13. Your whole family has been in our prayers. It is amazing what God has done so far. Thank for the updates. They help to pretition and praise in one accord with you.

    Comment by The Hardigree Family | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  14. I’m not sure what just happened… but we’re not “awaiting moderation”.
    That part wasn’t from us…

    Just know you are in our prayers.

    Comment by The Hardigree Family | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  15. Thank you, to whomever is daily updating this blog–I know from past experience when we went through a horrible accident w/ my brother and were staying at UVA around the clock, how DRAINING it can be, to keep everyone updated–so thank you! Not only are we able to intercede on behalf of the whole Yoder/Hoschtetler *sp?sorry!* family, but we are able to pray in specific ways!

    I have been awoken throughout the night this week, “more than normal” and have just taken the time to pray pray pray–thanks again, for allowing us to be apart of this journey, in this way.

    Here’s to a GREAT day crew–God has moved in GREAT ways and He’s going to continue–I’m w/ Fern on this one–He didn’t bring ya this far, to quit now! (And if Luke is ANYTHING like Ben–he’s a spunky little fighter!)

    Comment by Jessi Cooper-Bowditch | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  16. Good Morning! Ben and Lindsey, I was reading again the words to the song which became so special to Luke in Bible School. I believe God placed that song in his heart for a special reason. We claim His powerful strength over you as parents and for Luke as he recovers.

    Comment by Bev Scaggs | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  17. GOD IS GREAT! To see the miracles that God is working on in Luke just strengthens our faith even more! Luke and your whole family are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for your family. With Love, The Prices

    Comment by DAVID, SUSAN, PAIGE, AND KENDALL PRICE | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  18. Hi Lindsey and Ben:
    Just like several of your other friends, I’ve been awake off and on throughout the nights to pray for Luke. Dondra told me the same thing. I believe God is not only working a miracle on Luke; but He is using this to help the faith of many, many others throughout the U.S. (and maybe beyond, with the Internet.) I know you have been through a roller coaster of emotions, and there is a reason for that too. You will be prepared to help other parents in the future and be a great strength to them when they go through trying times like this. Luke sounds so special and I guess he always has been special. God will use him for great things in His Kingdom on earth — so happy to hear he committed his life to the Lord recently. You two sound like good, Christian parents and that’s wonderful and somewhat rare these days. Keep up the Faith and keep up the good work. Our prayers continue and thank you for keeping us updated in this way! Love you all, Cindy Hochstetler-Lincoln, NE

    Comment by cindy hochstetler | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  19. The RMH Treatment Center is sending all of our thoughts and prayers to the Yoder family. We think of Luke and Carson often and continue to pray for continuing improvements. May God’s strength bring comfort and rest to all.

    Comment by Tanna Meadows | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  20. Lord, may you give Ben and Lindsey the desires of their heart for their son Luke. You are so good. You have heard our prayers and we wait in anticipation for what you will continue to do. Bless Luke today. Amen

    Comment by Ed Heatwole | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  21. We are in agreement for a complete healing. God is FAITHFUL! We trust that HIS grace will be more that enough for this trial. He is so ever present.

    Comment by Dave and Gina Barkema | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  22. We are continuing to pray for Luke’s complete recovery and for encouragement, rest, and a peace for you all as a family as you go through this. We prayed for God to make this an amazing testimony of HIS WILL and POWER in your lives and he has been faithful and done that!!! How comforting to know HE loves and cares for us so deeply!!!

    Comment by Matt and Michelle Weaver | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  23. Ben & Lindsey,

    We are lifting Luke and your family up in prayer. God tells us in His word
    that if we humble ourselves before him and call upon his name nothing
    is impossible. What a miracle of healing that has already begun! Praise God! We agree with you in prayer for complete healing!
    We know that you are surrounded by loving family and friends and pray
    for God’s grace and strength for all of you.
    Kurt & Cheryl Kornhaus

    Comment by Kurt & Cheryl Kornhaus | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  24. Ben & Lindsey, My heart cries out for you both and all that you are going through, but I know that at these times – when we have no control – we feel God’s grace and strength the most. We are continuing to pray for Luke’s complete recovery and healing and for much wisdom and guidance for the Doctors. Luke’s story, as it continues to unfold, has strenthened my own faith as I’m sure it has for many of those who hear this story. Our God is AWESOME and still works miracles!!! We love you guys and will continue to intercede on ya’ll and Luke’s behalf.

    Comment by Carmen Eaton | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  25. Ben & Lindsey!

    We have been praying & praying and believing God for a miracle! Now we can see in the natural what we were seeing in faith! Hebrews 11:1 we love you all!

    Comment by Sam Scaggs | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  26. I have been praying for Luke and your whole family ever since Mom called and told me what happened. I am praying with you for complete healing and for strength for all of you as you wait. God is good and I believe with you for great things for Luke. Thinking of you and praying for you!!!
    Love, Tonya

    Comment by Tonya Brost | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  27. Hello Luke,

    You don’t remember me, but we remember you well. As you lay there in bed, many people are praing for you and your complete recovery. While you sleep, there are loved ones around you who are urging you to be strong and know you are a fighter. I’m sure many hands have been layed on you in prayer. You’re mom and dad, grandparents and brother and sister, aunts and uncles, friends love you so much, but did you know that God loves you even more? That’s right. That is very hard to understand even for me, but He is watching over you and loving you and caring for you every step of the way.

    I know it will take some time to recover but I feel you will. When you wake up will be a wonderful time and we will all rejoice together.

    Untill next time, we will continue to lift your body to the Lord, who is already doing “MIGHTY” things for you. God bless.

    Comment by esther byler | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  28. Ben & Lindsey,
    We do not know each other but Nicolette Powell is my sister. She let us know about the accident here in Vermont and I wanted to let you know that you have many people here in VT praying for Luke and your family. I am so thankful for the recovery that he is already making and that God is making himself so powerfully known to you, the doctors, and everyone who is following Luke’s story. The power of prayer is amazing!
    Our prayers are with you.
    Danielle Bluteau
    Starksboro, VT

    Comment by Danielle Bluteau | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  29. Luke,
    I hope you get better soon. My family will be praying for you!
    Your Friend,

    Comment by Rachel Goehner | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  30. Yoders,
    We are joining together with the body of Christ to lift up your family and Luke during this time. Thankyou for sharing your story, and for holding onto the promises of God. May Luke’s life continue to be used to spread the power of our Great God even through this.

    Comment by Brooke Garcia | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  31. Ben & Lindsey,

    We are thinking of you guys and praying for you. We know that Luke is very special and is already a miracle boy. He is going to continue to be a miracle. God must have great plans for him. You are all very special to us and we love you all. We are going to come see you real soon!

    Rich and Jolene

    Comment by Rich and Jolene Shue | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  32. Ben & Lindsey,
    Still praying…still trusting in our Almighty God!! Thanks for keeping us updated on Luke’s progress. The power of prayer is AMAZING!!!!

    Lifting you & your family up!
    Darren, Rhonda, & Noah Warble

    Comment by Darren, Rhonda, & Noah Warble | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  33. We are believing for Luke’s eyes and his breathing and his complete healing. Thanks for keeping us updated so that we can pray specifically. What a faith-builder for all of us as we join with you!

    Comment by Kristi Geib | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  34. Ben and Lindsey,

    We are thinking and lifting your family up in prayer. Our God is an able God, and He will take good care of Luke. Tim is also thinking about Luke, and is praying for a speedy recovery.

    Pavel, Nina and Tim

    Comment by Pavel and Nina Zotov | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  35. Hey Luke,

    We’ve been thinking and praying for you and we know God will do miracles in your life. Your such an awesome boy and we will continue to pray for you and we’re so thankful to have you in our lives. Ben & Lindsey, we know you all have the strength to get through this time of struggle, but we will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We can’t wait to see you all again. God is awesome, God is good.

    Comment by Lauren & Landen Hochstetler | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  36. Our Family, and our church, Harvest Chapel, are praying for Luke and your family! We are praising God for answered prayers and asking Him for continued recovery!
    (We’re part of Jonathan and Charity Yoder’s Small Group)

    Comment by Ann Baxter | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  37. Dear Lindsey, Ben and family,

    I have been slow in responding because when things like this happen I often don’t know what to say. I talked to your dad, Lindsey, the night of the accident as they were driving to VA and he sounded so confident and strong and I was trying my best not to break down and cry. And when I read all the comments from others and can sense your strong faith and trust in God it moves me to tears. We, too, are calling out to our Heavenly Father to move on Luke’s behalf in healing but also that His presence would be so real that others in the hospital will be touched by His love. We, also, appreciate the updates and thank you for doing this for all of us when you have so much on your minds. Keep leaning on Him! Love from your aunt Marlys and Uncle Dan

    Comment by Marlys Slaubaugh | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  38. Loving Lord, for Your glory and for Luke’s good, we ask according to Your perfect will, that You will continue to prove that You are indeed the GREAT Physician. And even beyond the GREAT Physician, may You especially continue to prove to the whole precious Yoder flock that You are their GOOD Shepherd, too. Amen.

    ALL JOY!
    kerry & kim

    Comment by Pastor Kerry | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  39. It is amazing to read each day of the awesome power of God’s healing in Luke. We continue to pray for Luke and your entire family for continuing healing. “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we can be called children of God.” I John 3:1

    Comment by Jeremy amd Jennifer Mongold | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  40. Ben & Linsey,
    We received word through Chad regarding Luke’s accident. We are committed with each of you as a family and friends to pray for the Lord to continue to intervene in Luke’s complete healing. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
    (Isaiah 41:10) John & Mary Derstine & Family

    Comment by John & Mary Derstine | July 12, 2009 | Reply

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