Wanted: One Kidney!
Dear friends and family in Christ,
Today it is my joy to announce that The Lord has opened a new door of hope for Amie and I in way of receiving another kidney transplant. This opportunity has been 13 years in the making. Many of you are well aware of my status as a kidney dialysis patient 3x a week for the last 18 years (with a brief interruption from Jan ’99 till Nov ’00 when I had my first transplant). After receiving my first transplant, it was immediately discovered that the original disease in my body had attacked the new kidney and would soon cause it to fail as well. This disease, that was previously undiagnosed, was determined to be a problem in my blood and would thus attack any new kidney introduced to my body. These medical facts led to many years of seemingly hopeless wandering in a wilderness of sickness and, on several occasions, even being close to death. In fact, this past May ’13 I was placed on life support in ICU at the Baton Rouge General and things looked grim. But all praise to our God and Savior who rescued me from the grip of death and restored me to life and ministry!
Getting to the point, there is now an open door for another transplant due to some medical advances in the arena of the disease that doctors say I have (FSGS). This will not be an easy process and, of course, I covet your prayers as anything of this nature will be very serious and have major risks because of my long battle with kidney failure. Amie and I have faced many battles already and feel as though this Goliath of sickness will now be defeated in Jesus name and will not taunt us any longer!
Having fulfilled all the requirements and tests with Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland I have now been officially placed on the donor list and have a green light for transplant. Waiting for a deceased donor would take many years and is not the best scenario for me. We are now in the process of looking for a living donor that will be the best match. This primarily has to do with blood type and antigen match (too complicated to explain). There are 3 basic disqualifications from the donor testing process. 1. Diabetes 2. Obesity 3. High Blood pressure.
Many people over the years have felt prompted to give me a kidney if such an occasion should arise. This process must be initiated and completed by personal pursuit. I can have no virtual involvement in the process due to regulations that guard against coercion or bribery. Below is listed the information for those who would like to be tested (a simple blood test is all that is needed, a kit will be mailed to you). Amie and I ask that no matter what The Lord puts on your heart that you would keep this process in prayer and agree with us for a speedy match and a successful transplant. Our heart is to go to the nations of the world and make disciples. This has not been possible outside of America up till now and we know that The Lord is faithful to fulfill His Word. We have asked and He WILL give us the nations!
Donor intake line for Johns Hopkins:
Danielle Griffin 410-614-9345
Questionnaire online: johnshopkins.trcareportal.com