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Thursday’s Update

  We are now into the second day at the  Kluge Center.  It was a harder day for Ben and Lindsey,  they are starting to see what life is going to be like for the next while,  and that is hard.   Luke is continuing to make progress,  he didn’t seem to be as motivated today and he was more tired.   He is still doing most of the things they are asking him to do,  like  giving high fives,  thumbs up;  he  even played tic tac toe in therapy.    He loves to give hugs,  and  I was lucky enough to get one tonight.  He is doing good but has a road ahead of him and really does need everyone’s prayers.  Please also pray especially for Ben and Lindsey, their day to day life is upside down,  it is really hard, so please remember them .   We know the Lord is the only way,  so please, please pray.  He is, as we have all said, such a special boy with such a zest for life and we love him so much and we can not wait to see him running and playing with all his other cousins very soon.    Thanks so much for the abundance  of prayers,  it is so awesome to know that so many people care.

Shea  (Aunt)


July 23, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Continued prayers, as always. This new step is going to take a lot of adjusting-I’m sure B&L were just getting into a routine/groove at UVA and now they have to readjust to a new staff, new routine, etc. Prayers for strength. Patience. Understanding. Stamina. And for Luke-STRENGTH! Healing! Restoration! Baby steps are still steps–don’t forget that guys! Press on, as we press in, w/ our prayers! ((Hugs))

    Shea-thank you, for taking the time to write tonight-I know your plate is full too–ya’ll are in our prayers too! Hope Carson has a great day tomorrow!

    Comment by Jessi Cooper-Bowditch | July 23, 2009 | Reply

    • Please tell Ben and Lindsey to take one day at a time.
      KCRC is a fabulous place to have Luke. He will “rally” up as his body and brain heal.
      Encourage them to take care of themselves too. That is so important.
      We have in the past experienced the same things they are and I am confident that Luke will be healed and grow to be a fine young man as our son has.
      I have become a prayer warrior for the family.
      Viv and Randy Burkholder
      Harrisonburg, Va.

      Comment by VIvian Burkholder | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the update, Shea. I know that these weeks have been truamatic for you, Jeff, & Carson too. I just wanted you & Jeff to know that we have been praying for you too. A day like that isn’t soon forgotten but God and life have a way of diminishing the sharp edges of those memories….of course, prayer is a big part of it too. We really appreciate these updates because it allows us to pray in really specific ways. We’re really glad that Carson’s leg is mending so well.

    With our love & prayers,

    Comment by Carol Troyer | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  3. I couldn’t sleep – got up to check on Luke’s progress. Shea, thank you so much for taking the time to write for us. I’m praying for Ben and Lindsey – for strength day to day, for endurance, for courage. We do care even more than we can convey. So many people are praying – people that don’t even know any of you guys but have heard of Luke’s accident. I want to do more to hold you all up – just don’t know what will be helpful yet. We’re happy to hear that Carson is doing well. You are all in my prayers!

    Comment by Bonnie Smith | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  4. Rarely does a day go by that we do not think of the ordeal your family is going through. During times of adversity it may seem like there is no end in site, but the Lord will see you through the many challenges that lie ahead. I remember reading a quote not long ago as if the Lord were saying it: “I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it”. I believe that with all my heart and know that there is a purpose for everything that happens in life…both good and bad. As someone told me long ago, “the rain falls on the just, as well as the unjust”. I pray that whatever the purpose the Lord has for your family and this young warrior will be made known to you in a time of his choosing and you will have the power to understand. Luke and your family have already inspired many people and drawn a community closer than I have seen in recent years. Many people ask for updates and extend their best wishes to everyone. God Bless you all and know that while this is a difficult time, it will be worth it.

    Comment by Steve Powell | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  5. My brother spent a very long time at Kluge and you will soon find that some of God’s own angels work there. I don’t know your family, but I’m praying for a fast recovery and healing for the whole family.

    Comment by Emmy | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  6. We are staying with you! We are committed to pray. It’s amazing how much Luke and Family stays constantly on our minds. Isaac is cheering Luke on. Praying for the Fathers abundant provision of Grace to be poured out. the Mehegans

    Comment by Isaac Mehegan | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  7. I have not had the pleasure of meeting Luke or any of his family but I am one of the 911 dispatchers that was working the day the accident happeneded. I just wanted the family to know I have been praying each morning for God to continue to work his will and power in Luke’s life and to continue to watch over the family. I have been checking the website regularly and am glad to see he is making progress and was moved to the Chidrens Center. Considering the amount of trauma Luke has gone through, he appears to be a very strong boy and God appears to truly be with him. I will continue to pray for Luke and the family.

    Comment by Chris Hoover | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  8. Thanks Shea for another update. The first thing I do every morning is check this blog, then I pray, pray, pray. I’m so glad Carson is mending nicely. He has special parents and a special family. We love you guys and are standing with you. We are sending a fruit bouquet to you all at Kluge to share, a small token of our love. I pray today for encouragment, for B&L. God doesn’t always pay on payday but He always pays on time. Blessings of endurance to the Yoder family.

    Comment by Arlene and Jake | July 24, 2009 | Reply


    Comment by Gail Smith | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  10. Ben & Lindsey:

    When I read the entry that Luke has been moved to Kluge, I was thrilled and anxious for you both. Thrilled for this huge step so soon after Luke’s injury and anxious because I remember our son, Matthew’s move to Healthsouth. I know you are both physically exhausted. Your family has been in my prayers daily. I do know a bit of the roller coaster ride you are on and whenever you cross my mind, I send up prayer arrows on your behalf.

    This verse came to mind as it is one I have taped where I can see it daily.


    I am trusting that Luke will have the same restoration that our son has had. God is good.

    Please call if you need anything at all!

    In His Grip,
    Maxine Arey

    For anyone who reads this, please remember lots of prayers for the parents and other family caregivers. The road they are traveling is exhausting and they may not realize it as their attention is focused on Luke and his needs.

    Comment by Maxine Arey | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  11. I got my bracelets in the mail today and will continue to remember the whole Yoder family in my and our prayers. Each day is a wonderful praise to the Lord for Luke’s progress. Will pray for mom and dad as they are worn out I am sure. Praying God’s extra measure of grace for each day as you wait and rest in Him!


    Comment by Barbara Wing | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  12. Continued prayers for all of you … May Jesus be your strength minute by minute ! May He be everything that you need ! love Bill & Deb

    Comment by Bill & Debbie Mullet | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  13. Madison found this verse and wanted to share it:
    Psalms 27:5-
    For in the day of trouble
    he will keep me safe in his dwelling
    he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle
    and set me high upon a rock.

    Comment by Sarah Yoder | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  14. “God is Love” and you are Loved by God and by us. And
    “Love never fails” simply and profoundly because “God is Love.”

    (We just wanted to send “Love” your way. “God’s Love.”)

    ALL JOY!
    kerry & kim

    Comment by Pastor Kerry | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  15. Praying!!!!!!

    Have any of Luke’s friend’s visited yet?

    How is it for them having visitors in general over there?
    Is it best to lessen their stress by staying back, praying, helping with food, etc?

    I am available to have the younger two over to my home..Carson could come too to make them more comfortable.


    Comment by Wendy Watros | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  16. In my busyness I have been away from the computer for almost 5 days (a real record for me!). But God has tendered your family to my heart and I have not stopped praying for you even though I have not come here to remind you that I am doing so. I’m sorry that although Luke is moving forward that you, Ben and Lindsey, are struggling with your emotions. Please know that I opened my Bible thinking about you and God showed me something I highlighted long ago, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Your emotions may not be quite this extreme at the moment, but know that He is with you when you and Luke reach your breaking points. HE can handle it. I’m so thrilled for Luke’s progress and I won’t give up praying just because he’s moved to Kluge and making strides towards getting better. God has a plan for Luke and we will walk alongside you while HE unfolds it; believing all the while that HE is good and perfect and able. You are loved and prayed for always!

    Comment by Dawn Mast | July 24, 2009 | Reply

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