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Luke had a good night.  We give thanks, and praise the Lord for this!  His vitals especially his ICP stayed good and steady.  Dr. Jane was in this morning, and as of right now the plan is to operate on Luke’s neck tomorrow.  It is critical that he has another peaceful-restful day leading up to this.  Because of this, the doctors have his room dark and quiet with no stimulation.  We as a family are using this time to re-charge as well and spend time with our children at home.  I say all this so hopefully you will understand when we say we would rather not have visitors at the hospital today.   Ben and Lindsey are planning on a quiet day alone with Luke, and most of the family will be taking a break from the waiting room, so it wouldn’t be the best time to drive over.  We are so appreciative of everything you have done for our family.  Today we just ask for you to get to your knees and lift Luke up in a unified effort.  You know the song says “you don’t have to know what to say, all you have to know is JESUS!”  How awesome and comforting is that!  Cry out to Jesus for my man Luke!!



July 12, 2009 - Posted by | Week 1


  1. Dearest Yoders,

    You guys are in our thoughts and prayers, and have been heavy on my heart this week, we will keep you in prayer, Tyler (my little man), who is the same age as Luke has also been praying for him!! I admire how strong your faith is and pray for it to continue and grow stronger. We love and miss you!– We have the VBS cd and now when we hear the song “Your Powerful”, we think of Luke!!! Keep the faith!!!!!!!!!!

    With much love thoughts and prayers,
    The Pettit Family

    Comment by Shana Pettit | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  2. What a sweet post to read… I worshipped in church this a.m.-my heart weaped before the throne, on Luke’s behalf….we were singing about Jesus being our STRONG TOWER…and that’s the visual I had, for Luke–that God is this HUGE HUGE Tower-like-COLUMN that is UNMOVING-and Luke’s body-back/neck/head-were all resting right up against this tower. Being 1000 miles away-“all I can do is pray,” but that’s the best thing, anyways! Glad to know most are taking today to be w/ their kids/family-I’ve wondered how you’re all doing it, w/ your daily routines/children/responsibilities…..Mike, thank you for the udpate–Love to ALL of you!!!

    Comment by Jessi Cooper-Bowditch | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  3. We pray these JESUS-words over you, Yoder family, yes these peace-filled words from Mark 6:31 — And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves… and rest a while.”

    ALL JOY!
    kerry & kim

    Comment by Pastor Kerry | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  4. We continue to pray for you all and care so much.

    Chad, Carmen, Ginny & Clint

    Comment by The Miller Family | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  5. I am so glad that luke is doing better keep your faith you dont know me but i just wanted you to know i am thinking of you and your son he is in good hand in the hospital and up above just wanted you to know that strangers do care also get rest and take care of your self Love Gloria from Grottoes

    Comment by Gloria Lucas | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  6. So glad to hear that Luke is resting quietly and the family is able to take a breather and recharge. We are in continuous prayer for sweet, precious Luke and pray peace over Ben and Lindsey. We have lots of people here praying; even those that you haven’t met before. I’ve asked everyone in our small group to keep Luke, Ben, Lindsey and the whole family in prayer. Be encouraged and know you have a whole group of people joining together and having faith that God is at work. We love you guys and are thinking of you often.

    Love, Jay, Alyssa (Barch), and Gwyneth Lawrence

    Comment by Alyssa (Barch) Lawrence | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  7. This morning we had a visiting pastor from India speak, he preached out of the 37th chapter of Ezekiel. His message wasn’t what i wanted to share with you but in this chapter the Lord told Ezekiel to phophesy to the dry bones and what to say to them and it came to pass… I was impressed to speak to those parts in Lukes head and neck to “hear the word of the Lord and to come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord” and we know what happened when Ezekiel prophesied as he commanded.. “they came to life and stood up on their feet-a vast army!” So we are praying for Luke!

    Comment by Bill & Debbie Mullet | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  8. Dear Yoder family,
    Please know that you are in our prayers. I keep hearing the song by Mark Schultz, He’s my Son. They’ve been playing it on the radio alot since this has happened. It makes me think of Luke everytime I hear it and brings me to tears each time. We will keep praying for you all. May God grant you sweet peace and rest and complete healing for little Luke. We’re trusting ! Thank you Jesus !
    We are friends of Phil and Sheila.

    Comment by Sean and Lori Bontrager | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  9. Our church family is praying for Luke. The same power that raised Christ from the dead can raise Luke from all that is keeping him down!

    Comment by Linda Overholt | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  10. Dear Ben, Lindsey and family-
    Elaine Hershberger called me soon after this episode went down. We have been upholding your family in prayer ever since. We have faith that our Lord and Savior will bring you thru these dark days and that you can rest in his arms. We love you all and will maintain our prayer vigil. Love-The DeHavens in SRQ.

    Comment by Robert and Gloria DeHaven | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  11. Our hearts reach out to you all during this time. We commit to “pouring out our heart like water…for the life of your child” Lam. 2:19. We will be in prayer tomorrow especially, for the surgery. Please be encouraged with these words from Lam. 3:22 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is His faithfulness!” May you sense the touch of Jesus who will strengthen, uphold, and sustain you.

    Comment by Glen & Jeanne (friends of Glenn & Betty) | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  12. Yes, we will pray one of Luke’s scripture’s over him as his body is preparing for surgery…

    Dear Father,

    Please Quiet Luke and family with your love today and evening….rejoice over them with singing.

    Wendy & family

    Comment by Wendy Watros | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  13. Heavenly Father, I stand in agreement with my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, that you will hear our prayer for Luke, Ben and Lindsey, and the whole family.
    Help us to remember that You are able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the Power that worketh in us. So we step aside, and allow the Holy Spirit to take charge of our lives as HE wills. Dear Lord God, please send your angels to minister to Luke, giving him and the family peace. I know you hear their cries for help. Please dry their tears and wrap your arms of compassion around the whole family. I pray if surgery is needed, you will guide the doctors’ hands as they perform the delicate operation. I pray you would allow Luke’s suffering to end, so that he will be a testimony to your goodness and mercy all the days of his life. Bless Luke’s recovery process and please allow him to know a normal, happy life. I thank you for the knowledge that YOU are in control, Place your loving arms around Luke and somehow let him know that you will never leave nor forsake him and you promise to be with him always.
    In Jesus Name Amen!

    Comment by Michael & Joy Yoder | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  14. Just want you guys to know we are lifting Luke up, I know in my heart the Lord has His hand on him. When we went to church this morn. so many people asked about Luke and told us they are praying for him.
    Love you guys, and we are praying!

    Comment by Gio & Jenie | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  15. I’m so glad Luke is resting better. Just want you to know we are standing in the gap for Luke. When we went to church this morning, so many of our church family asked about Luke, and said they are praying for him. I know God has His hand on Luke.
    We love you guys!

    Comment by Gio & Jenie | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  16. You hold my every moment
    You calm my raging seas
    You walk with me through fire
    And heal all my disease


    I trust in You
    I trust in You


    I believe You’re my Healer
    I believe You are all I need
    I believe You’re my Portion
    I believe You’re more than enough for me
    Jesus You’re all I need


    Nothing is impossible for You
    Nothing is impossible for You
    Nothing is impossible for You
    You hold my world in Your hands

    just wanted to let you know that were thinkin about him and prayin for him and the whole family. God will provide. he always has a plan even when it looks like theres no way out he knows all and has already done so much! we love you and are prayin!

    Comment by autumn urso | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  17. We give thanks to the Lord for the progress that Luke has made so far. Our thoughts and prayers are with you this day and through the night…

    Comment by Vic & Tina | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  18. We continue to lift up Luke and the whole family in prayer. Thank you so much for the updates. You all are so precious to us and we thank God for what he has done and continues to do through Luke’s life!

    Comment by Carol Hilliard and family | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  19. We are neighbors at 1000 Fadley Road, up the hill from the Berchers. Richard met Martha once but I have yet to meet your family. Our granddaughter, Rachel Goehner, was a classmate of Luke’s in Mrs. Barnum’s first grade. Our prayers are with you constantly. If there is anything we can do, please call on us. With ten grandchildren of our own, our house is child friendly and we would be glad to meet and care for Andrew and Maleah or have family members over to our house for something as simple as a change of routine or a change of scenery so-to-speak. We would love to help in some way beyond our prayers.

    Comment by Donna & Richard Esther | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  20. We are neighbors at 1000 Fadley Road. Although Richard has met Martha once, I have yet to meet your family. We want you to know that our prayers are with you and if there is anything at all we can do, please call upon us. With ten grandchildren of our own, our house is child friendly so we gladly offer child care if needed. Our granddaughter, Rachel Goehner, was a classmate of Luke’s in Mrs. Barnum’s first grade. Thank you for the daily updates. I am sure our voices are among a multitude of others lifting Luke and your family up in prayer.

    Comment by Donna & Richard Esther | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  21. Kaylee wanted you to know that we are continually praying for Luke and your family. We appreciate the updates. It’s amazing to watch God work.
    Kaylee and Julie Dinkel

    Comment by Kaylee Dinkel | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  22. Dear Yoder Family,
    We became aware of your son’s accident and this blog and we’d like to tell you that we will also keep Luke and your family in our prayers. Nothing is outside the realm of possibilities with God, as I’m sure you know, from reading your postings. It is an inspiration to see your faith in the face of such a trial, but that too shows us the strength of God. We will also make our church aware by way of our prayer chain in the morning. I pastor the Briery Branch Church of the Brethren. I know Pastor Kerry, who I’m assuming is your Pastor perhaps as I see his comments. May the Lord give you His all-surpassing peace!

    Comment by Randy & Christy Cosner | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  23. We attend Blue Ridge Church of Christ. The church joined hands and hearts this morning and lifted our prayers to Jesus on Luke’s behalf. We will be joining others in prayer for Luke and your family tommorrow as he has surgery. May the Lord give you the strength during this time.

    Comment by Chip & Suzanne Sayre | July 12, 2009 | Reply

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