This was originally a weekly evo for Western Hills.
“Grant, we’ve kinda got an emergency. Have you got a second?”
It was Easter Sunday. We had 10 minutes before the first of three back to back to back services. Just a few minutes earlier discovered that the ‘cloud’ account we had been using to synch all our files was in fact not synching. My presentation, my notes, and the videos for Easter service were all on various degrees of missing or being reconstructed. We had all shown up early to give us some breathing room and now that room was gone. The tech and sound team were going crazy as we watched 8.30 rolling towards us.
It didn’t feel like I had a second.
But I’m learning – God is teaching – to be in the moment with Him.
I got up from the computer to see the last person I’d expect to need anybody in an emergency – Dr. Ken and Lynda Gimple. He was supposed to be part of our mission moment this morning. He and his son (Dr. Stephen Gimple) were headed to Tanzania this Friday to spend some time with young Tanzanian med students to help them learn about healing the body during the day but about healing the soul after hours.
His niece – his only sister’s daughter – had a massive heart attack while running in a marathon yesterday. They performed CPR on her for 30 minutes, it took them 3 minutes to shock her heart back to life. She was currently on a ventilator and heavily sedated. It did not look good and Ken knew all to well what deprivation of oxygen for that long does to the brain.
“I don’t know if she is going to make it. I don’t know if we are going to Africa. I just don’t know… should we hold off praying for Africa until we know for sure we are going?”
All three of us sat for a minute in my office.
Dennis popped in my mind. That Dennis. I remembered God’s word to me – “I’m going to get the words ‘not a chance’ out of your vocabulary.”
“Here’s what we are going to do. We are going to pray for healing for your niece. Then we are going to pray that you and your son have many opportunities to make much of Jesus in Tanzania with these doctors. We are going to pray that right now and in all three services so the whole church can be a part of this.”
I got this email last night from the Gimples.
To all our Praying Family and Friends,
When Ken and I arrived on Monday early afternoon, they had just taken her [Gretchen] off the ventilator. Her body had been rewarmed so she was no longer in a “hibernation state” and they had reduced sedation to see if she would “wake up”! The cardiologist had told Gretchen’s family that he was more concerned about her brain than her heart because she had received intermittent CPR for 30 minutes and it actually took 3 attempts to shock her and get her heart started again. That long a period without adequate oxygen to the brain usually ends up in severe brain damage.
I cannot adequately express the emotion I felt when I went into her room with her mother and Gretchen whispered to us and obviously was very much aware who we were. The neurologist came in the room later in the afternoon and tested her neurological status and gave her an A. He agreed with us that it was a miracle!!
She has continued to improve and become more and more aware. She does have short term memory loss and does not even remember the race, but the doctor said that is common and “he felt it was God’s way of protecting people from fear and remembering a very unpleasant time”.
She and her family still need your prayers, but please praise GOD for this wonderful miracle of not only sparing Gretchen’s life, but protecting her brain and ability to function normally!
Also, Ken and Stephen both plan to leave for Africa on Friday, April 25 as planned.
Ephesians 3: 20-21
Lynda and Ken
Ephesians 3:20, 21 MSG
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 and gently within us.
Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia!