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Big Day!

Luke had an exciting day today.  The doctor came in this morning and told me that Luke will be moving to Kluge Children’s Rehab Center tomorrow morning.  We have heard amazing things about KCRC and the therapists there.  We are so ready to get him out of the PICU and on the road to recovery.  Please continue to pray for complete healing for Luke’s body and mind. His eyes are still a concern so pray for total restoration of them both.  The right side of his body is more responsive than the left side, so pray also for that.   We still do not know the extent of Luke’s injuries and won’t know until Luke is fully awake and begins therapy.  It will be awhile before all of the sedation meds are completely out of his system, so he is still groggy and tired.  He will continue to be on meds to keep him comfortable-given through his G tube, so finding a balance to have him be awake and comfortable is the key.   He is a determined boy and I know that is going to help push him along!  God has given him a fire and a strong will, he is going to do great. 

Luke also went through his first time of therapy this afternoon.  He sat in a wheelchair for over an hour and was more awake than he has been yet.  He follows commands like: thumbs-up, wiggle toes, smile, two fingers (peace sign), kicking, and he will itch his nose or rub his eyes on his own.  Tonight before we tucked him in Ben, Dad, Mark, and I were talking to Luke and he was aware of what we were saying to him.  Ben gave Luke a roll of tape and asked him to throw it.  Luke wound up a few times and when we said to let it go, he did!  He did it a few more times before he was very tired and went back to sleep.  My heart is very full tonight!  As someone told me recently: God is near and God is active!!!



July 21, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Praise God! All such encouraging news! We will continue to Pray for Luke and you and the family.

    Comment by stacey bowles | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  2. Oh dear sweet Jesus…what WONDERFUL news!!

    Comment by Christa Gitchell | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  3. Wow!!! What a Saviour!!! Fabulous news. My heart is overflowing too. We will pray as we have and believe that they will be answered as we ask. Get some rest and we as a family here are there in spirit. Lots of love….Joe and Esther

    Comment by Esther Byler | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  4. What wonderful wonderful news. My heart is so full of joy.
    We will not stop fighting for complete healing. Rest sweetly tonight.

    Comment by Bev Scaggs | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  5. Not even fully awake and Dad has him throwing things!! HA! We are so excited and thankful with and for you!

    Comment by Woody Hochstetler | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  6. God is so good!! What exciting news, we will continue to pray for complete healing.We know your spirit is soaring tonight!:} love ya lots Bob & Fern

    Comment by Bob & Fern Mullet | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  7. Beautiful, Lindsey! While I was at Liberty U, I served on staff as a youth pastor in a small church outside of L’burg. One of our youth was in a wreck and had major head trauma and spent several months at Kluge–until I read that first part of your post, that had completely slipped my mind! I visited him there, on numerous occassions-it’s a nice facility and I pray that your time there, as a family, will be theraputic on ALL levels–wow–who would’ve thougth 14 days ago, he’d be “moving out?” WOW!!! Continual prayers! And I just had to “lol” at the thought of Luke pitching a roll of tape to Ben……so cute! ;o) Has he spoken words yet?

    Comment by Jessi Cooper-Bowditch | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  8. Hi Guys,

    Well, that’s a competitive, sports loving father and son in action…using whatever rolls :)! Praise God for this report.

    Will continue to pray for your concerns listed here and “fighting in prayer” for Luke’s total restoration!


    Wendy and family

    Comment by Wendy Watros | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  9. That is so exciting…thank you Jesus! Wow, if nothing else comes out of this will be impact the power of prayer can have on ones life! God is an awesome God! Prayers and praises continue to go up!

    Comment by Carrie Ashton | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  10. Such Great News!! We continue to pray for Luke and for a smooth transition tomorrow. Kluge is a wonderful facility, he will get great care. I know the Lord will continue to restore Luke!!! Praising God… Jeremy,Dana,Reagan and Riley.

    Comment by The Ream's | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  11. Good news just keeps coming! This is great…. can’t imagine how you must feel… God is soo good!!!!! Still praying!

    Comment by Dwayne & Joy Yoder | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  12. Amazing news!! We rejoice with you! It must have been the best to have a little bit of Luke really back with you today– his personality showing through a little! We are praying daily for Luke and your family! Thank you for the updates!

    Comment by Teresa Barker | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  13. So glad to hear this good news!! Thinking of you guys always and will continue to pray! God is good!!

    Comment by Tonya Brost | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  14. Praising the Lord with you this morning. Our God is mighty to save – there is no doubt! I’m continuing to pray for the completed manifestation of Luke’s healing. With anticipation I read this blog daily. It comes to my mind first thing in the morning, and I can’t wait to check on Luke’s progress. God is doing something amazing in many hearts as we join with you in prayer.

    Comment by Kristi Geib | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  15. What feelings of joy and at least some relief that had to have been to see Luke responding in at least some of the “Luke” ways.
    God is always at work and He says that what He does is for the good of His children. Thank you and all praise to Father, Son and Holy Spirit!!

    Comment by David & Heather Shank and family | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  16. Words cannot describe how we feel right now. Anybody who knows Luke knows how much he loves to play ball. He is active and competitive, and I truly believe his personality shined through last night. Those characteristics will benefit him in the weeks ahead. I know that Luke has a long road, but I know who is walking with him on that road. Luke will fight and he will work hard, and before we know it he will be back on the ball field and at home with his family…where he belongs. I am glad we serve a mighty God. My faith has been increased through all of this experience…I actually prayed for forgiveness last night for putting limits on God…our God is a limitless God. Last night did my heart good!! How I loved seeing those big brown eyes and smile! Luke is a beautiful boy on the inside and out. I can’t wait until he can talk to us, I imagine he will have quite a story. I am still praying for him, and for you both, Ben and Lindsey, you have been so strong through all of this, but I know there have been rough moments as well, God never said it would be an easy road, he only said that you will never be alone. Be encouraged God is doing a good work in Luke and will continue to restore your son. We love and appreciate you and are honored and blessed to be a part of the Yoder family.

    Comment by Maretta | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  17. The Mehegans are rejoicing!!!!!! and will continue to proclaim the greatness of God in Luke’s life and the life of your family.

    Comment by Isaac Mehegan | July 22, 2009 | Reply


    Comment by Gail Smith | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  19. Wonderful news! We rejoice with you! Our family has been where yours is now and we lift you up daily to our Healer. I heard this song yesterday and thought of you.

    Our God is faithful and mighty! I know that your Father will hold your heart today and throughout this journey.

    Joel, Kris, Taylor Anne, Hannah, Olivia

    Comment by Joel & Kris Baugher | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  20. Wow, what great news!! We are continuing to pray for a full recovery!

    Comment by Scott, Julie and Kaylee Dinkel | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  21. What incredible news! Our continued prayers are with Luke.
    Rob, Karen, Ian, Hannah and Karis

    Comment by The Buchanans | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  22. Hi Ben and Lindsay,

    Such wonderful news. I bet it so good to have a part of the Luke you remember back again. I remember it was always so exciting when Faith would wake up and could respond to us. We also spent some time at KCRC with Faith. It is a great facility with lots of thearpists who can help Luke continue to make a full recovery. We will continue to pray for his eyesight and that the left side of his body becomes more responsive.

    Comment by Chan and Kelly Gingerich | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  23. The girls & I just prayed for Luke this morning and then I got on to check his progress! Wow!!! God is so good!! I’m amazed at his progress!! Praise the Lord!! We will continue to pray for complete healing and strength as he moves on to therapy!! We will also continue to cover your family throughout the days ahead! We love you guys!
    Ryan & Kim & girls

    Comment by Ryan & Kim Schrag | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  24. What great news! We are still praying and will continue to pray for Luke’s recovery. Your family’s faith has been an inspiration!

    Comment by DAVID, SUSAN, PAIGE, AND KENDALL PRICE | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  25. I check this blog for updates a couple times a day and then spread the news. We have not stopped praying for Luke’s total restoration and for the Lord hold each of you so, so close. There has been much encouragement along the way and we praise God with you for that. I love what Maretta said, “We serve a limitless God.” It’s overwhelming. Thank you for this blog. So many have seen what a mighty and loving God we serve.

    Comment by Kenton, Nancy, Josh & Daniel | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  26. just wanted to let you know how much this has affected the little children around here. my kids (even though they have never met him) have been so concerned & always ask me to check the blog to see how little luke is doing. when they see their friends who also know about luke, they all talk about him, it’s so precious. i know that many prayers on luke’s behalf have been from little children…we are so happy for you today & we will continue to pray for luke.

    Comment by Charla Rogers | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  27. What incredible news … The Lord is surely in the midst. We are so excited about the progress Luke is making.. we are/will continue to pray for you all. The Lord has made Himself known thru this whole process and will continue to strengthen you all. love Bill & Deb

    Comment by Bill & Debbie Mullet | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  28. Such great news to hear!! Luke’s story just blesses my soul…not that he’s in this condition, but of the miracle working God that has proven he is with your son!! We serve a God with no limitiations, I’m looking for a Luke that was even better than before!! Keep trusting in Him!!

    Comment by Grottoes International Pentecostal Church of Christ | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  29. hey there again, we have been following you guys as a family since this began, we are friends of tony shafer thru our daughter getting hurt in 2007. she too had head trama and her eyes were fixed really far low, just wanted to tell you that took the longest to come back, i would say with lydia it was a good 6 weeks but they came right back and now at 4 she is sassy and rolling them at whatever we tell her to do! hang in there, god is working a miracle for your family too, and he never quits till he is done! 🙂

    Comment by charity cox | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  30. Thank Goodness, The little fellow is coming around. Been praying for him everyday.

    Comment by Susan Eckard | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  31. Praise the Lord for this great news! Kluge is a great place. We have taken Meredith there several times. Continually praying for Luke, even in the middle of the night when I am feeding Charlotte.

    Comment by Ceci Gray | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  32. Ben and Lindsey,

    We have been trying for weeks to find you! A friend of mine at Bridgewater College where Terry and I work (Carrie Ashton) gave me your contact information. When we first read about the accident in the paper involving a Yoder boy and his cousin, we were afraid it might be one of your boys. I told Terry that, if it was one of your boys, we’d start seeing some life at your old house as I was sure one or both of your parents would come from Florida right away. The day after I said this I saw your dad, Lindsey, so I was so afraid the accident did involve your son. When we did learn that it was Luke and his cousin, our hearts sank. We are praying for Luke and for all of you surrounding him, and hope he has a full recovery. For years I took Katie to the Kluge Center for a spinal cord condition she was born with, and THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL. We love it there. Luke will be in good hands. Please know we are thinking of you, and I appreciate reading your updates. Peace.
    Lisa Houff (with Terry, Katie and Jessie)
    5432 Beaver Creek Rd.

    Comment by Lisa Houff | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  33. Dear Ben & Lindsey
    We have been praying a lot about Luke and you guys. We are happy because Luke is healing.

    Caleb Kiser

    Everyday Caleb asks about Luke and if there is any news. He is very excited as are we in the news in this last blog. Caleb is 7 years old and told me today that God must be hearing everyone’s prayers for Luke because he was getting better everyday. And he wanted to share in this comment today. It has been a while since we have seen you guys but we hadn’t forgotten who you were. We will continue to pray for Luke’s complete healing and for strength and health for you Ben and Lindsey.

    Comment by Matt, Shelley, Caleb & Trent Kiser | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  34. What a blessing to start my day, hearing about what great progress Luke has made. GOD CAN DO ANYTHING! He HEARS the cries of His people, and loves them with an everlasting love.
    I just praise Him, for the miraculous way HE brought your little guy back to life, and has continues to restore him. What a work He has already done with the life of your child. And what a testimony you will all have!!
    The physical therapists at Uva are just wonderful. When my daughter had major orthopedic surgery, they were wonderful with her. I am so happy to hear this wonderful news. May God continue to bless you all with the continuous healing of Luke, and the recovery/protection of his eyes. Love, The Crabtree family—Greg,Carol,Ali,Nicholas

    Comment by Carol Crabtree | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  35. To God be the Glory for the Great Things He Has Done!!!

    Comment by Steve and Barb | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  36. I am a friend of Carrie Ashton. We attend Grace Mennonite Fellowship together. Rejoicing in this good news. Blessings to your family. I will continue to pray for Luke.

    Comment by Rajan Shore | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  37. What great encouraging news. We look forward to hearing about Luke’s progress every day and about your faith being strengthened through each step. To the people writing the daily updates, great job, and keep it up.

    Comment by Barb Slaubaugh | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  38. Lindsay, Ben, Luke and Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you, I am glad to read of the progress he has made. I look forward to visiting with Luke again soon. I hope your transition to the ROC goes well.

    Comment by Ben | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  39. What wonderful news! My eyes filled with tears while I was reading how Luke is progressing! You are all in our constant thoughts & prayers!
    Praying, Praying, Praying!!
    Darren, Rhonda, & Noah Warble

    Comment by Darren, Rhonda, & Noah Warble | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  40. Hello, I am the sister-in-law of Jody Shippa (a friend of Maretta)and she told me about your little boys accident, and I want you to know that I have been praying for him every morning. The updates sound so encouraging, and I am so happy for all of you. Luke will continue to be in my prayers. God Bless each of you! Kathy Shippa Page

    Comment by Kathy Page | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  41. Wow! WOW!
    I’m practically speechless!

    Thank the Lord!

    Comment by cindy hochstetler | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  42. We send These lyrics of David Crowder’s song to you…

    O Praise Him (All This For A King)

    Turn your ear
    To Heaven and hear
    The noise inside
    The sound of angels
    The sound of angel’s songs
    And all this for a King
    We could join and sing
    “All to Christ the King!”

    How constant
    How divine
    This song of ours will rise
    Oh, how constant
    How divine
    This love of ours will rise
    Will rise…

    O praise Him!
    O praise Him!
    He is Holy!
    He is Holy, yeah!

    Turn your gaze
    To Heaven and raise
    A joyous noise
    Oh, the sound of salvation come
    The sound of rescued ones
    And all this for a king
    Angles join to sing
    “All for Christ the King!”

    With you, we praise Him… our King Jesus.

    ALL JOY! And still praying for Luke’s journey to wholeness to continue.
    kerry & kim

    Comment by Pastor Kerry | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  43. It is amazing to hear of all the progress that Luke has made in only a short period of time. Praise our Lord for hearing all of our prayers and may He continue to heal Luke in every way possible.

    Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to everyone in the Yoder family and support team as well for their continued strength and spirit as you are all playing a very important role in Luke’s recovery. May the Lord bless you all as well as the doctors and nurses that are caring for him now.

    We will be looking forward to the next update as we know it will show continued success with Luke’s recovery. What a wonderful and uplifting miracle this is.

    Comment by Allen and Kristen Hydrick | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  44. We have been praying for you, it is so good to hear this wonderful praise report. Kluge is a fine facility and They will do their best to get Luke well and functioning. Two of our grandsons, Destin 8, and Luke 3 are wearing the bracelets as prayer reminders to pray for Luke. Praise the Lord, let us rejoice at His great and mighty works. Julia Witmer (Steve’s mom)

    Comment by Julia Witmer | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  45. Rejoicing with you.
    Thank you Jesus!

    Comment by Mark, Jill and Ally Glick | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  46. Again, what wonderful news!!! We can’t tell you how happy we are for you and your family right now. We know that healing will continue in the weeks to come. Many people in our league are praying for Luke and your family. Keep up the good work Luke!! throw that tape! you have permission!! Thank you for the updates.

    Comment by Mt. Crawford Baseball League | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  47. What a mighty God we serve. God is so good. We are rejoicing with you. God has a MIGHTY plan for Luke’s life. All that we has been through will be used one day for the glory and honor of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As a matter of fact God is already using this for him glory and there is more to come. I lean on this verse so many times in my walk with the Lord and thought it might encourage you…Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.–I hope you find comfort to know our family prays for your family daily.

    Patiently waiting on the Lord’s return,

    Vickie, Chris, Jacob and Rachel Earman
    written by Vickie

    Comment by Earman Family | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  48. Trust that things are going well as you move to Kluge! God is so good! He is mighty to heal!
    Reuben & Ruth Ann

    Comment by Reuben Horst | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  49. Way to go Luke!! With the Lords will it won’t be long until your throwing that baseball again. We continue to pray for the Lord our savior to heal your eyes as well as the rest of your body. What great news. Nick,Sarah, Stacey and I wear your wrist band all the time to keep you in our thoughts. Thanks for the daily updates on Luke. Keep the faith.

    Comment by jimmy wood | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  50. We are praising God for this blessing! We pray that the transition goes smoothly and rehab goes well! Continuing to pray for Luke’s complete recovery and strength for the whole family! The Chupps

    Comment by Allison Chupp | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  51. Wow, wonderful news!!! Continuing to pray for Luke and for continued miracles from God!

    Comment by Heidi Rhodes | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  52. Our God is an awesome God!

    Comment by Beth and Bob Richardson | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  53. This is the best news. Everyday the news seems to improve. What an amazing little guy. He is such a fighter. We will continue to pray for his improvement.

    Comment by cathy Anderson | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  54. Matthew & Jen heard about Luke’s accident from A.J. & Amy. Our family has had Luke and his family in our prayers, thoughts and hearts daily. He has made remarkable progress, thank the Lord! Our church here in Maine has also been praying for him. His move to a rehab hospital is wonderful news.

    Comment by The Walters family | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  55. Praise God. Many in Nebraska are praying for Luke. Your faith during this very difficult time is inspiring! May God continue to bless all of you and provide complete healing to Luke.

    Comment by Dawn-Renee Smith, Beatrice, Nebraska | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  56. To the entire Yoder Family:
    We, along with so many others, have been praying and will continue to pray for strength and healing for Luke. We also pray that God will continue to put his arms around the entire Yoder family. May each of you be assured that there ARE better days ahead! Our son, Deacon had such a fun time on the 4th of July playing football and water-balloons with Luke at the Wrights just two nights before the accident. Deacon, along with our entire family have been following your story. We hope that in some way you can find peace knowing that this experience has brought so many closer to God and Luke’s recovery is a wonderful example of God’s greatness.

    Comment by Amy Moore and Family | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  57. What wonderful news! God has some special plans for Luke and your whole family–what a story you’ll all be able to tell of God’s healing, mercy and grace. Prayers are coming from our family each day.

    Comment by Jeremy and Jennifer Mongold | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  58. I was so happy to read the post today! It once again showed me what an Awesome God we serve! My prayers and thoughts are with ya’ll.

    Comment by Summer Mast | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  59. Thank you Jesus, Thank you…..

    Keep fighting Luke, we love & miss seeing you guys at church, we will continue to pray, pray, pray!!!!

    The Pettit’s

    Comment by Shana Pettit | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  60. Praise God!!! We’ll keep praying -esp for his eyes. We picked up our bracelets yesterday from Daily Grind–Samantha said a prayer right away.

    Comment by Kris Whetzel | July 23, 2009 | Reply

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