(Many of you have seen repetitive posts from my request for transplant candidates written back in Dec. This was a malfunction of Facebook and not something intentionally sent by me! In light of this, I thought it good to update everyone on where things stand.)
As we near the end of the first half of 2014 I wanted to give an update on my opportunity for kidney transplant. Many of you have prayed and some have even volunteered the use of one of your kidneys. This is very moving! Amie and I are forever grateful for the love and support that you have shown.
After writing to you at the end of last year about the need for a living donor, the response was overwhelming. In fact, the staff at Johns Hopkins was immediately surprised and overwhelmed with many people interested in helping. One worker remarked, “you must be a special guy, ’cause we are getting bombarded with potential candidates for your transplant.” Due to this overwhelming response, the system of screening was quickly overrun (they are used to 1 maybe 2 candidates per patient). At this point, they stopped allowing anyone to be screened until they can follow up on all the candidates that have come forward. The only exception to this would be blood relatives in my immediate family (for which there are several at this point, praise God!).
The greatest need in this season is your prayers that the process, that seems to be moving slower than conceivably possible, would be accelerated and the match identified quickly. Our goal is to have this matching done and a surgery scheduled by the end of this calendar year. We believe that this is the year! Have no doubt, we will stand for healing no matter what! Our hope will not be shaken and the miracle of long life will be achieved by God’s grace.
Thank you again for standing with us and bathing this situation in prayer. Jesus is still on the throne and many lives are being touched in the meantime. The prophetic voice is going forth and Jesus is being glorified!
Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb. Rom. 4:18-19