Greetings to you all,
Well today, I (Israel) feel well enough to write the update. My lovely wife has been doing a wonderful job letting you all know my State.
Well on Thursday night I had to return to the hospital. My pain grew greater and greater to the point that I could not bear it any more, so now I lay here in my bed again wondering which step the Lord would have me take next. I have found a great peace in the Lord in all of this. I know that the Lord has placed me here. I don’t know what His plan is yet for me, but I know that it is something. I know that my legs are gone but God will give me a new set of legs. I know that I will not be able to do everything with them, but it will be just the things that He has for me to do. I am so looking forward to doing that thing God has for me. I thank God for taking my legs even though it is a trial for me. I have found such a peace and joy in laying here on this bed with no legs. I am just thankful to have my life and it is a great miracle that I can still hold the hand of my lovely wife, and for that I am thankful for beyond measure.
I am doing much better but still in quite a bit of pain. The doctors are still trying different methods of pain killer to keep my pain under control. So please pray that we can find the answer to my pain, so that we can come home.
I would like to personally thank you all for the prayers, love, emails, money, help, and time that you all had given. Each one has given so much. Some may have more to give than others and some may give the widows mite but it all is a lot in the sight of God. I did not ask for it, nor do I deserve it but it is a great gift .You have given a cold cup of water to one of God’s children and He promises to bless you. Again, I say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Sometimes I think the word thank you is just not enough but I have no other words to say, but thank you from the bottom of my heart.
God bless you all,
From Israel & Cori
Just a Little Side Note from the Blog Posters: Tomorrow , October 7th, is Israel’s 26th birthday!
This is a note to say that the concrete pour for Saturday, October 6th , has been postponed until next Saturday, October 13th . There still is a need for workers so if you would be able to help please contact David Hale : 907-232-3007.
Thank you !
Israel and Cori have been very challenged the last two days. It started Tuesday when they were dismissed from Harbourview Hospital with the hospital saying that he was in good enough condition to come home. In this process of preparing him to come home on a flight he nearly passed out and had to go to a friend’s house for the night ( Tuesday) . He was in much pain and was very stressed due to all the trauma of his attempted flight back to Alaska. He slept well that night but the next day he began to be in such pain that he could not function. The treatment he received at Harbourview was not very compassionate and so they decided to try another hospital and got some good care at a Providence Hospital there ( the same one which is in Anchorage). Due to the two hospitals not able to overlap on one patient they could not admit him into the hospital there so he went back to the friend’s house who so graciously had stopped all their plans and helped him into their home making it handicap accessible right away. Today they had to face the reality that Israel has too much pain and he was desperate for relief so they headed back to Harborview this afternoon. They are there at this moment in the ” Observation Center” of the hospital because they have no room for him. They hope to get into a room tomorrow and have some more work on his pain which is baffling the doctors as to why he is still in such pain. The doctors have used all their maximum solutions to try to get the pain and burning sensation under control and without long term success. Needless to say their faith and patience is being tried! They would ask that you all would continue to lift them up in prayer and that the Lord would give the doctors understanding how to find a solution for Israel’s pain.
Positive Notes: Looking on the positive side for Israel and Cori , they have been very overwhelmed and blessed with all your love and care which has been poured out for their house. The progress has already begun. Spenard Builder Supply has really stepped in and have worked with their suppliers and have donated all the exterior windows and doors which are being installed on Saturday.They are working to do other things for them as well.
Hard Rock Plumbing is doing all the labor for the plumbing installation and working with their suppliers to help with the cost of that as well. They have begun the work already and hope to have it completed soon!
Note: We are attempting to pour the garage concrete this Saturday , the 6th . If you have skills and want to help with this please call David at 907-232-3007 . NEW NOTICE: The pouring of concrete has been cancelled until next Saturday, October 13th. If you would be able to still help please contact David Hale: 907-232-3007
Thoughts for Today: ” And He shall sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver: ” Malachi 3: 3 The reality that the Lord Jesus is sitting next to his refining product gives the comfort that He is not far away even in days like these that Israel and Cori are facing but is sitting right there, making sure the fire of affliction does not get too hot but does the job He wants to see done. Truly the Lord loves each of His children and never gives them more than what they can bear.
Big News! Israel got released from the hospital today . He had planned to try to fly home this week but he is not strong enough yet to get on a plane. The hospital feels that he is stable enough to be released but the fact is, between the heart rate and the pain level still going between a 3-7 regularly it makes it hard for him to be able to do anything for a long period of time. A three hour flight does not appear to be the best idea right now. They are staying with a friend in the Seattle area tonight . We need to pray that they will be able to stay out of a hospital and that his pain will stay under control. Sorry that there is no picture for today but they have had quite the day as you well can imagine!
Here is a thought for today that we can pray will be for Israel and Cori. Joshua 1:9 says, ” Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage: be not afraid , neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest.”
Note: We are going to be posting news on Israel every other day from now on and will try to get a post before 10:00 PM Alaska time!