October 31st, Wednesday 9:30 PM Israel’s Last Four Days

Israel is still pressing on. Every day is a new experience, one with a mixture of pain, sleep , medications, talking and reminiscing about the past and looking with new expectation into the future. His spirit continues to be looking up to the Lord and though there are hard moments he continues to press on in faith. There have been a lot of ups and downs this week, dealing with the medications and the side effects that come along with the medications he has had to take. Thanks to his doctor with whom he has been able to communicate with on the phone he has been able to stay out of the emergency room.

From Israel’s own mouth: ” I can say, that through all of this God is completely changing my life.

God has showed me what it means to trust in him,  and sit back with an open hand to let the Lord lead me. I just sit and wait for the thing that I know God has planned for me. I don’t know what that is yet, but I do know  that he saved my life for a very specific purpose. As I sit and look at the trailer and truck that are completely totaled I just can’t believe that God actually saved my life. Looking at the back of that trailer it truly is a complete miracle that I am alive and that by body wasn’t completely crushed and killed instantly. God had to lifted me physically out of the middle of that wreck and as he did my feet were taken off. I know now that God can do miracles and he loves me Very Much!!! and with tears I say this.”

Here is a picture of a beautiful sunset  Israel and Cori were  watching from their home you all are helping to complete!

A reminder about the upcoming event this Sunday night starting at 4:00 . You all are welcome to come even if you don’t like skating 🙂 Israel would love to see you and thank you personally for your support. In addition you might find some goodies at the silent auction! We look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions call David at 232-3007 and he will try to help you.


October 27th, Saturday Night, 9:45 PM Israel’s Progress

Hello to all of you faithful blog readers who like to keep up with Israel and his continued healing progress of his two amputated legs. Since Wednesday, Israel has had his ups and downs still but continues to make headway. The day after his doctor’s appointment ( Wednesday) was one of the roughest days he’d had since being home. The exertion of driving to Anchorage even though he was able to lay down was just too much. Yesterday, Friday, he did much better and slept most of the day. Sleep seems to be his biggest aid right now as it does for all recovery of the human body! He is sleeping a lot. Today he and Cori went to their house which had the electricians working at it again and spent the afternoon looking around again and dreaming! He was tired when he came home but got a nice nap and ate a delicious dinner of spaghetti , one of his favorite meals!

Thank you for all of your prayers and thoughts  regarding Israel’s condition. He continues to daily face the reality that it is quite difficult to do much with your hands tied up wheeling a wheelchair everywhere and that transporting items even to the sink is near impossible. He continues to trust the Lord and is daily encouraged by his dear wife and her support. He is amazed that he is still alive and treasures that thought that God has a purpose for his life!

His house continues to progress forward and much thanks goes out to all the men who have taken their Saturday once again to help on his house today. It is a labor of  love that both Israel and Cori trust the Lord will repay your efforts for.

A comment on the blog came in today which is a very true thought. Here it is for our ” thought for the day.”

“It is a precious thought that you, Israel, will henceforth “walk” on your knees – quite literally – since your patellas will bear your weight, a reminder that, as believers in Jesus, we go forward first by kneeling in prayer. May every day with Jesus be a “prayer-walk” for you both!”

Here is a picture of Israel and his new Ki wheelchair that was so kindly donated to him by the Ki company. It is a much easier wheelchair to move around in ( except on plush carpet :)) and his is really excited about it’s mobility. A big thank you to all those involved in making that very important commodity available to him!

Note: We are going to be posting the blog twice a week from now on due to the fact that Israel’ s progress is slow but yet we want to keep you all informed. We will try to post on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Thank you for continuing to check this blog site out!


October 24th, Wednesday Night, 9:30 PM Israel’s Doctor Visit

Hello to each of you who are so caring & interested in Israel’s progress.

Today has been a better day for Israel than the past two days.

He had a doctors appointment with the surgeon who performed the very first surgery the night of the wreck. The doctor was quite awed at the healing progress he saw in Israel’s legs, & also was impressed at the technique Dr.Smith (the world renown surgeon at Harborview who performed Israel’s final above knee amputation) used to give Israel’s amputated legs added strength for the future.This technique was taking the patella ( the knee cap ), & attaching it to the end of the femur bone. These two will grow together in a much stronger way for weight bearing!

We are SO thankful to God for the surgeons he hand picked for Israel, the way He guided their hands & gave them skill, & the way He is now bringing such an incredible healing to Israel’s body!!!

We realize nerves are the slowest healing part of our bodies & also that this could be a life long issue, so please continue to pray that the nerve pain Israel is experiencing will be COMPLETELY healed & taken away, so that he can function & live without the pain! Along with the healing process comes a lot of reality of what it means to not have your legs and until prosthetic s to be bound to a wheelchair. The pain he experiences from day to day is still very real and sometimes is unbearable. His pain medication is very expensive and without Medicaid aid right now it is difficult to afford . Please also pray that Medicaid may be approved soon so that Israel can get the help he needs.

Both Israel & I thank you for your continued care & prayers!!!

We also want to let all of you “blog readers” know that on November 4th, Sunday , from 4:00 -6:00 PM  at the MTA Sports Center in Palmer ,AK, also known as the Palmer ice arena, there is  going to be a free ice skating time for all of you who have supported and helped in this situation and time for Israel. Israel would like an opportunity to see all of you and give you face to face thanks for all of your faithful and kind support. He and Cori will be there at the ice rink.  This skate will go from 4:00 -5:00 PM. There is going to be a hockey playoff with the Challangers, a group of individual who  use ice sleds to play hockey instead of normal hockey at the end . It is  a sport that those who have a physical handicap such as impaired legs can use to play this exciting sport.  We are also going to have a silent auction to raise money for Israel’s bills . If you or anyone you know has an item  to donate to auction off please contact David Hale with your item. Please contact him via email at davidhaleconstruction@gmail.com or call him at 232-3007. Note: These items will  need to be smaller or else you can make a flyer of the item for people to see.  We invite all to come ! We want to thank Rep. Bill Stoltz for hosting this event and making it possible.

October 20th, 9:45 PM Israel is Still UP and At It!

Praise the Lord , Israel is up and doing well. He has been sleeping up to 15 hours a day which has been helping with his continual recovery. He went  to his house again and spent time with the electricians today . He is not able to sit up too long yet but gains a little strength every day. Cori is doing well and enjoying her days out of the hospital setting . She is faithfully caring for her husband making sure he gets his pills even in the night! Israel and Cori are enjoying their little Sheltie dog, “Suprise”. She is a bright spot in their long days and she loves Israel’s lap!

Israel was very excited to find a computerized prosthetic leg that someone has donated to him! It is getting mailed to him soon. He is hoping to find another prosthetic for his other leg. This person heard of Israel’s situation and was pleased to be able to pass it on to him. Every opportunity he finds to have the future of legs he “jumps at”!

A thought for today: ” Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights,, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1: 17  The Lord loves to give good gifts to His children and Israel and Cori are experiencing the Lord’s goodness in special ways every day.

October 18th , Thursday Evening, Israel’s Continuing Recovery

Israel has now been home for 2 days. Yesterday and today Israel has been experiencing a lot of nausea as he adjusts to his medicines.He is working with the doctors to figure out what they can do to help with that. His pain was not too good today but it is manageable. He moves around real well in his wheelchair, maneuvering around tight corners, onto the couch, into bed, and even into his Honda Element! He is amazing to watch ! He is continuing to thank the Lord for being alive and is trusting Him for his continued recovery though it is slow.

He and Cori went to see their house yesterday for the first time. They were OVERWHELMED at all the generous work and supplies that men and women have donated for it’s building. They stood in awe everywhere they turned and said, ” We are so unworthy of this!” It was an incredible boost  for them ! They are busy in their “spare” moments dreaming for where the lawn will go, how they will decorate, where the furniture will be placed, etc. It is very motivating for them and they feel very undeserving. A big thank you once again to all who have helped financially  physically , and emotionally through letters, notes , and phone calls.

Here is a wonderful thought for today to show God’s grace for His children from the mouth of King David who understood what it meant to need God’s grace.  Psalm 117 : ” O praise the Lord, all ye nations; praise Him,  all ye people. For His merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth forever. Praise ye the Lord. ”


October 16th, Tuesday Evening, 9:55 PM BIG NEWS: ISRAEL IS HOME!

Yes, Israel Hale, Cori , and Cindy Rubio, Cori’s Mom, all flew home today!!!

It was a sudden decision which we here in Alaska found out last minute. It was an amazing trip which started at 3:00 AM , leaving Harbourview  hospital in Seattle and given a cot which he could lie down on for his flight home. Israel was doing great this morning with his pain and the flight went seamless. They landed in Anchorage at 8:40 AM and he then was taken by LifeMed ambulance to the home of David and Heidi Hale, his older brother and his wife, where he and Cori will be staying for the next few months until his home is finished to move into. Israel spent his first day here in Palmer, Alaska with his wife Cori and his Mom, Rose, as they spent joyful moments together. What a happy reunion for everyone! It was such a joy to see Israel alive, smiling, and in strong spirit. He got  three hours of uninterrupted sleep without any nurses and interruptions.  It was refreshing. Tonight  we spent the evening thanking the Lord Jesus for bringing Israel home and for giving him recovery that he had strength to make the trip.

His days are now in recovery here in Alaska. Cori will be his nurse, giving him his medicine faithfully and caring for his wounds. We have found Israel to be in very good spirits and he has a good attitude which will take him a long ways with his recovery for a trauma like this. It is something that only the Lord can give. 








If you would like to see Israel we would ask that you would contact David via the email which is listed in the picture on the blog sidebar or you can call him at, 907-232-3007. This is very important for the recovery process of Israel. He has to spend most of his time in bed and resting and we are trying to keep him away from the hospital. We will try to do our best to rotate people through to see him. We also will be having an event the 4th of November where everyone who would like can come and see him personally.

October 14th, Sunday Evening, 9:30 PM Our Thanks to You!

Five weeks ago today was the wreck that took both of Israel’s legs!!!

With progress there comes setbacks also. Israel has gotten the stomach flu today so he has been “laying pretty low”. He has also had some extreme shoulder pain which has shown up now that the terrible pain he was experiencing in his legs has receded. He is scheduled for an MRI tomorrow to check out the pain, which seems to be from the impact of the crash. Please pray for this MRI, as Israel’s body seems very sensitive to the magnetic pulses involved in it, & it has caused him some apprehension.

It is  encouraging now that Israel has  been fitted with what they call “shrinker socks” to start the process of shaping his legs for prosthetics. These socks have also helped Israel’s pain to lessen!

Thank you for checking in & caring about the progress Israel is making!

Back here in Alaska there are a lot of encouraging things that God is doing on behalf of Israel and Cori regarding their house. Progress has been taken this past week through the many kind efforts of men who have given their time to help put this house together for Israel and Cori’s future. Plumbing work was started last Saturday. A couple professional concrete men helped pour concrete on Friday which did an incredible job on the garage pad for Israel and Cori , working late into the evening finishing it. Saturday, the 13th, 4 plus men , all electricians, came and worked all day installing the electrical parts for the house . It has been a real blessing to see how God has put together so many people to help with the project and to keep it moving along so smoothly.

We would like to thank :

Valley Block and Concrete for their help and support

Brown’s Electric for their support

Lowes for their help in reducing costs to make them affordable

Bull’s Eye Electric for their help with the installation

Hard Rock Plumbing for their help with the installation of plumbing

The well drillers for their help with the well

We also want to thank our church family at Manna Baptist church for all of their prayers, loving concern, and physical help for Israel and Cori.

Most of all we want to thank the Lord for each one of you who have helped in this situation for donating money , supplies , and support  in this time.

We pray God’s blessing on each of you for giving one of His children a “cup of cold water” in their need.  

October 12th, Friday Night, 9:15 PM Israel’s Progress

Israel wants to give God praise for the healing turn he has felt in his body over the last 36 hours. The pain is under control for longer lengths of time without so much pain medication. He got his first real restful night sleep last night without the medicated feeling, & he has been able to sit up longer today!!! The surgeon came  to check in & he is pleased with the progress also!

Israel had a fellow amputee visit today who has also experienced a bilateral, above knee amputation on both legs. This visit encouraged both Israel & I to see that a person can live & walk, to an extent, with prosthetics, living a “new,normal” life!!!

I must also add that Israel’s heart rate is slowing down more each day(92 today)! Every day Israel is doing upper body exercises( which is what he’s doing in the picture) & leg exercises to ” stay in shape “.Today he really got into it!

God IS good, & Israel daily thanks The Lord for taking his legs, because he knows God has reasons & good plans for His children in every situation!

We both want to personally thank those that helped pour the concrete for our garage today & the MANY other of you dear friends who have helped, prayed, & encouraged us in myriads of ways!!!

Walking with Christ as our Guide,

Israel & Cori


October 10th, Wednesday Evening, 9:30 PM Hospital Residency Remains!


Israel continues to be a “resident” at Harborview Medical center in Seattle. The doctors are still trying to get his pain to a level where Israel can sit up more than he does( 5-10 min. stretches).

There seems to be a tingling pain at the sight of his last epidural, which gave us some concern, so he got an MRI last night to rule out any infection at the sight.The results came back as no infection!!! Praise The Lord!

His heart rate has slowed, but continues at a faster rate than normal.

We continue to wait on God’s timing for Israel to return home. His pain needs to be better controlled & Israel can only be flown on a stretcher, as sitting up is still too much for his body to handle.

With these two things needing to be dealt with, it is postponing his coming home.

Having said all that though, Israel is in good spirits & is a daily testimony of a man trusting God as being in complete control!

“He was being a “ham” at dinner time” said Cori, “when a double portion was requested on his menu & two hamburgers were brought to him! His appetite has gotten better, for which we are thankful!

” Thank you to each of you for your care & interest in our challenges & progress, as we walk through this trying experience of life.”


Here is a thought for today: ” But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. ”



October 8th , Monday Night, 10:00 Update on the Birthday Boy!

Israel is getting some wonderful healing sleep these days; it is a special gift from God.

Cori also  had some challenges today due to all that she has been through: stress, late nights, etc. She ended up with a severe migraine headache, at lease that is all that the doctors could figure out for now. It was so fierce that she ended up in the ER room for IV pain treatment. She is  slowly feeling better &  we pray that she can get well enough to continue her much needed encouragement to her dear husband in his painful times.

Cori sent this poem that she said has been a great encouragement to them.

” Our Father tests us

often with suffering & sorrow,

He tests us not to punish us, but to help us meet tomorrow,

For growing trees are strengthened when they withstand the storm,

And the sharp cut of the chisel gives the marble grace & form.

We love the sound of laughter, & the merriment of cheer,

But our hearts would lose their tenderness if we never shed a tear…”

“This abbreviated poem says so well what we see our loving Heavenly Father doing.  He does it in ways fit for each individual child He has. No two methods are the same!” , said Cori

The picture is of Israel opening a special package from his Mom (Rose).

Cori says, “She has been a real mom to Israel & I throughout these trying days & a real ” prayer warrior” . She continues to encourage Israel that Jesus will be his feet & legs, & that we just need to sit at His feet to learn.”


This was Israel’s birthday event a year ago!

Only God knows where we will be one year later.