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From Ben and Lindsey (Mom and Dad)

We cannot begin to describe what the last few days have been like for us.  We feel completely broken and trust that God will piece us back together again.  Prayer is what we need most.  Luke has made good progress, but he has  a long way to go.   At this time he is still incoherent and in an  induced unconsciousness.  When his eyes do open it is like a blank stare.  His head and face  have multiple fractures that  need to heal.  Please continue to pray for us because the next number of days will be difficult.  They are going to slowly take Luke off sedatives, and no one knows what to expect.    We don’t understand why this has happened and why Luke has to go through so much pain, but we know that God is faithful.  Thank you for your support and prayers, we are thankful for all of you!


July 9, 2009 - Posted by | Week 1


  1. you all have been on our minds alot since we heard about the accident! We are praying of course for Lukes healing but for you all as well…May God give you the grace and strength you need for each and every moment of each and every day, you are covered in prayer!

    Comment by DArv and Tammy Beckler | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  2. I can’t imagine what you feel, b/c my heart aches so bad and he’s not my son…..I pray you’ll rest peacefully tonight. God knows how strong you all are (apparantly He thinks PRETTY STRONG…)–may He feel YOU both, with peace. That is my prayer, as I go to bed tonight. Peace-that surpasses ALL UNDERSTANDING…..Love to you all! (Can’t get over how GORGEOUS all those kiddos are!!)

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

  3. Yes, God is faithful, just as you said. We will not stop praying. We will not stop praying…

    Comment by Elizabeth (Byler) Younts | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  4. Ben and Lindsey,

    He Who has called you is faithful and will perform it.

    Isaiah 41:10 reminds –
    Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous hand.

    2 Corinthians 12:9 –
    And He said to me, (this is to you Ben and Lindsey) “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. (This is the power that you have – His power)

    and finally Psalm 27:5 –
    For in the day of trouble He wil conceal me in His tabernacle (He will draw you close); in the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.

    Our prayer is that He will show you that He is holding you and delighting in you and that His glory is shining in and through you all.
    Dave & Heather Shank and family

    Comment by David & Heather Shank and family | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  5. You have come so far with God’s help. He will not leave you now. I cling to this scripture in times of trouble:

    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28

    May you find comfort and peace for the days ahead as you rest in the loving arms of your heavenly father. Prayers will continue to be lifted up for Luke and for you as well.

    Comment by Gwynne Carpenter | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  6. Dear Lord, You know exaclty what Ben and Lindsey need this new day. We ask you to flood them with Your peace, fill them with Your strength and overwhelm them with your presence. You hold Luke, Andrew, Meleah and every member of this family in the palm of Your hand. What concerns them concerns You. Touch Luke’s body, heal him and make him whole. Protect his body from infection and disease as You heal the broken pieces. Bring forth beauty from these ashes, joy from the pain. Call Your people to our knees, at any time of the day or night, to lift up the specific needs set before us…

    Comment by Baker Family | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  7. We are praying for all of you and we are incredibly touched by the strength God is filling you with. We pray for a full recovery for Luke and know our thoughts are with you. Darrah Family.

    Comment by The darrah family | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  8. Adding my prayers for Luke and your family. Thank you for the daily post.

    Comment by Carolyn Rumble | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  9. Our heavenly Father and Almighty God has purpose in everything that transpires in heaven and on earth. We can always rest that no matter the circumstances, it is always for the good of his own and for his glory. We also know that our mighty King hears the prayers of the faithful. Knowing this, my wife and I will continue to be in prayer for Luke and for your comfort during this time of trial. Keep looking toward the Son.

    Comment by Michael and Sarina Roth | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  10. I am praying for Luke and for your family. My heart goes out to you at this time. God give you peace and heal Luke. Amen.
    Debbie Dunn-Frederick

    Comment by Deborah Dunn-Frederick | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  11. Dear Luke and family,
    May the Lord bless you in your recovery.We will always be looking after the news.You can know that we are thinking of you and praying that God will keep you safe.

    But those who hope in the Lord will renew there strength.They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow wear they will walk and not be faint.
    Isaiah 40:31
    Mom and

    Comment by Kirichun family | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  12. Yoders,

    “If God brings you to it,
    He will bring you through it.”

    I had a very bad ATV accident in 2005, I broke my neck,my back, my arm and busted my head open from my forehead to the middle of my head. There is no doubt in my mind that God brought me and my family through it! I know that the prayers I received helped me and my family heal in more ways than just physically. I know you all have a long road ahead but keep your faith strong and He WILL bring you through it!! We will keep praying for you ALL everyday! Thanks for the updates they make things much eaiser for the younger ones to understand and Nathan really enjoyed seeing the pictures of Luke and the whole family.

    God Bless!!

    The Battons

    Comment by Jeanette Batton | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  13. This morning we continue to whisper in prayer — over and over and over again — this one unmatched Word of comfort on your behalf:


    kerry & kim

    Comment by Pastor Kerry | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  14. My family and I are praying for you and your family Luke.

    Comment by Micah Reid | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  15. We continue to be in prayer for Luke and your family. I continue to be amazed by God’s work and presence in your lives. I am brought to tears every time I read updates and the love and concern of everyone surrounding you during this time. Ben and Lindsey your strength and courage during this time is truly a tribute to the people you are with help from God. We pray for continue to pray for healing for Luke and peace and comfort the rest of your family.


    Todd, Rhonda, Christopher, Madison & Paige

    p.s. sorry we forgot Maleah’s name on the card we sent.

    Comment by Todd, Rhonda & Family | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  16. My prayers are with all of you. The Lord will see everyone through this.

    Comment by Rebecca Houck | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  17. Thanks for the updates. It is very encouraging and certainly makes even my faith stronger to see what God is doing in Luke’s healing process. Your family continues to be in our prayers and in our thoughts. Matt, Noah, Zachary and I pray for healing and strength for your family. Hearing your story makes me even more grateful for my boys. May you continue to feel God’s presence!
    ****, Steph, Noah and Zachary *****

    Comment by Stephanie Shull | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  18. Luke has been led to a facility that’s capable of miracles. He’s truly in God’s care.

    Be assured that you are all constantly in our thoughts and prayers.

    Comment by John R. Mohme | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  19. Thank you so much for these updates. We continue to hold Luke and the whole family before our loving Father in prayer.

    Comment by Kenton, Nancy, Josh & Daniel | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  20. Ben and Lindsey
    We have stayed in constant prayer for Luke and your family. Eli has been very troubled by hearing about the accident and I know prayers for Luke are coming from all ages! We rejoice with the good news we read on the updates but know there are times ahead that will not be as easy once Luke becomes aware of his pain and what happened. Love to everyone!
    Rob, Lisa, Addison and Eli Roeschley

    Comment by Rob and Lisa Roeschley | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  21. We are still praying for Luke and all of you frequently throughout the day.

    “I would have fainted had I not believed that I would see the GOODness of the Lord in the land of the LIVING.
    Wait for the Lord. Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Pslm 27:13,14

    I clung to this verse during a scary time with one of my children, as lay in bedrest for 32 weeks to prevent premature delivery, after going into labor 3 different times between 24-25 weeks. I waited. My precious daughter is a sweet girl who just turned 13.

    Continuing in prayer,
    Carol Crabtree and family

    Comment by Carol Crabtree | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  22. I know the road is long and frightening…Remember He holds you all in the palm of His mighty hand. He is able and He will do it! Wait on Him and He will renew your strength. I think the worst thing ever is watching your child suffer. Be strong in the strength of His might and when you aren’t He will carry you! Praying, praying, praying!!!

    Comment by Robin Doyle | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  23. Ben and Lindsey, we sit in silence with you as we claim His unfailing love. Psalm 33:18 & 22 speak of this unfailing love and the hope it offers:

    The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
    on those whose hope is in His unfailing love

    May your unfailing love rest upon us, oh Lord,
    even as we put our hope in you.

    Comment by Pastor Roger | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  24. Our hearts and prayers go out to Luke and your family. May God continue to heal Luke and to bring you both and your other two children peace and comfort!

    We learned of Luke’s heart breaking tragidy through my husband’s boss who was one of the first to rescue personel to respond and through the Baker’s. Jeremiah 29:11-13

    Comment by Brandon and Ginny Bowman | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  25. God’s people are amazing….as I read all the comments that friends of yours write, I just can’t help but cry. There are SO many of God’s people on their knees for your family’s behalf. We will keep praying here in Ohio for Luke and your whole family!

    Also, the photos that you posted were great….cute, cute, cute kids you all have! 🙂

    Comment by Josh, Susan & Lane Crilow | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  26. Ben and Lindsey,

    My prayers are with you and your son. “For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’ Isaiah 41:13

    “Be strong and of good courage… I will never leave you nor forsake you” 1 Chronicles 28:20


    Comment by Nathan Disbro | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  27. Ben and Lindsey you are in our hearts and prayers for your first born son, Luke and his recovery. May the God of the universe be close to you all and comfort and strengthen you as you travel this rough, rugged road is our prayer.

    Your neighbors, Richard and Bonnie Smith

    Comment by Bonnie Smith | July 15, 2009 | Reply

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