Phil is even better!

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July 2nd 2009
Published: July 2nd 2009
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I hope the last post wasn't too distressing. Prayers really work, and God is powerful
enough to work through people. It turns out that Phil did have a mini-stroke from a blood
clot in his brain. They found it in a CT scan and gave him an anti-coagulant to start
breaking it down. He has made a great turn around and has his spirit back. I'll let Mitch
give his 1st hand account but I'm just in awe of God's divine intervention and perfect
timing. We'll know more in the morning when we talk to the doctor but we have plenty of
options so we'll keep everyone posted. I do want to let you know that we had a huge network of South Indian disciples praying for Phil today. Binoy called Paul on the way to pick us
up from the hotel who just happened to be at a big leader's meeting. All the brothers were
praying and letting people know about Phil's condition. Combined with all the Americans,
God certainly knew how much we all still need him. Again, I apologize for the frenzied
texts, calls, and blog post. We were really tested in our abilities and our faith and I
think both proved imperfect. In my lesson tonight I used 1 Thessalonians 4:13 and had to
admit that I was grieving when we thought Phil was going to die. But I know Phil's heart
and know that he has a hope that isn't here on Earth as evidenced by the fact that he's trying to evangelize the hospital right now!
Love you all,

Hello Fam - what a day! Thank you all so much for your support and prayers. Chad, JK and

Marianne for getting back so quickly even though it was very early in the morning for you

all. The worst part, as we all know, is waiting when we don't know what's going to happen.

I'm grateful for how GOD moved this morning. I was able to ride in the ambulance with Phil

on the way to the hospital, sit with him while the doctors checked him out (until I was

kicked out of the room) and be with him when he went to the ICU. Laurel and I have always

held Phil and Pat near and dear, the thought of losing him is so foreign. He's doing better

now, when we left the ICU (because the visiting hours are very limited) he was laughing and

telling "stories"! We also had a chance to talk about our rafting trip last year - Keep on

Paddling! Aside from the morning, we had a great message tonight (Thanks Ben) and a good

fellowship. The brothers and Sisters here are so energetic with great questions and tons of

enthusiasm. Its been a great experience and very convicting. They totally throw out their

own plans just to get time to talk, fellowship and help. One brother (Pradesh) changed his

plans for the whole day so that he could translate at the hospital and he owns his own

business! It's a great example of serving. SO, I'll close now, sorry for the random

thoughts and disorganized post.



2nd July 2009

Glory Be To God!!
What a relief to hear Phil is doing much better!!! That was truly a scary message to read, but a vivid picture of what was taking place and the emotions being felt. I will continue to keep Phil and all of you in my prayers. Thanks for being so descriptive in all your posts, I really feel as though I am traveling with you all. Ben, I also appreciate how you express your love for your family in your posts....I know this is very comforting to Jen. Continue to persevere and know that we are with you as the journey continues. Remember the battle is not yours its the LORD's and the victory is already won!
2nd July 2009

Thank you for the update, it is greatly appreciated! I'm so glad to hear that Phil is doing so much better! Wow! I'm so glad that he had all of you there to support him during this difficult and challenging time. Christy Krawczyk
2nd July 2009

To God be all the glory!!!!
2nd July 2009

Praise be to God
Hello Mission Team, This has truly been a 24hrs. to remember. We are so thankful for all the prayers. I thank God for his care and protection over Phil. I don't even have words to express the gratitude I feel in my heart for the mission team and the way you all took care of the situation and of course the Indian brothers and sisters who have gotten right in there to help. There are a lot of prayer groups meeting tonight to pray for Phil here in the US and I know the same is happening there in India.It's at times like this that we see just how much wisdom God has in putting us together in bodies to support and encourage each other. Again, I express my thanks and my love for all of you. I know you have a lot of details to work out now as to how to go forward. May God guide you every step of the way that all will work out for the best. We know He has a plan, Jeremiah 29. Love, Pat
2nd July 2009

Please tell Phil that we are praying for him and we are grateful for his example he sets for us in his 70's. At our midweek lesson, Tomm made the comment "Many people know what it means to be committed as a campus student, but do not know what it means to mature". I believe you have showed us how we can be mature by being committed in everything we do, no matter our age. Phil, I still remember when you left for Grand Rapids; you left children, grand children and great-grandchildren to keep preaching the word. Like every true missionary, "the ends of the earth" beckons .... so, today, you find yourself in India!!! ...far from Detroit, far from the Midwest, far from the US, but close to God and evangelizing even in the hospital. Maybe knew that we always need more inspiration here in Detroit and that there was someone open to the gospel at the hospital and He knew that person would not be reached out to unless you went to the hospital. We will continue to have soft hearts so you do not have to go 'to the ends of the earth' to inspire us to LIVE!
2nd July 2009

WEW!! God continues to amaze me. Being in the medical field and knowing how serious blood clots are, especially ones to the brain. I am so glad that Phil is doing much better. This is amazing since he is at a hospital in a foreign country. That scared me. I miss you all and wish you were home but I understand that God is bigger that Michigan and we must submit to his obedient even to the end. I trust him but I still miss you guys. Continue to give God the glory while representing Christ. Your sister, Pearl
2nd July 2009

Praise God!!! Ben, thank you so much for keeping your head. I feel so bad I could not be there to help you but You had God--more than enough. Please continue to encourage the team and let everyone know we love them dearly. Love YBIC, Brian P.
3rd July 2009

Some Words From Your Sponsor (God, not me;-)
Dear Ben, Deb, Mitch, Laurel, and Phil, When I read of the victories and trials you all are experiencing on the mission field, these words from one of the greatest missionaries resonate in my mind and seem a fitting depiction of what God has made you to those whom you have touched at home and abroad. “But thanks be to God, who always puts us on display in Christ, and spreads through us in every place the scent of knowing Him. But how can they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe without hearing about Him? And how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How welcome are the feet of those who announce the gospel of good things! Therefore, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to Him… by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the message of truth, by the power of God; through weapons of righteousness on the right hand and the left, through glory and dishonor, through slander and good report; as deceivers yet true; as unknown yet recognized; as dying and look—we live; as being chastened yet not killed; as grieving yet always rejoicing; as poor yet enriching many; as having nothing yet possessing everything. Therefore we do not give up; even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen; for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Cor 2:14; Rom 10:14-15; 2 Cor 5:9; 6:6-10; 4:16-18) Love & Godspeed! YBIC, Ramayan
3rd July 2009

I knew that God would answer our prayers, esp. the prayers of the Indian disciples! In my experience, they just seem to "live as if God is who He says He is and apply His divine nature to whatever they're going through" (author and disciple, Robin Weidner phrased it best). Amen that God answers our sometimes mustard seed of faith, too. Wow, did God actually take His breath from Phil (when turning blue) then bring him back to life? If that's not experiencing the power of HIS resurrection, then I don't know what is! Phil 3:10-11
3rd July 2009

Praying for all of you
Ben and Mitch thank you for the details of all that has happened. It's encouraging to hear that Phil is doing better. But it's even more refreshing to hear that the Team is striving to complete the work that was started. I'll continue to pray for all of you. Phil, take care of yourself. See you in Grand Rapids.

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