You may have noticed that Pastor Kevin has not been teaching recently. He is home recovering from surgery that has left him partially paralyzed in both of his arms, and the Lord is using him and growing him through this physical trial.
This came about after a months-long nerve pain suddenly became severe enough to send Kevin to urgent care on March 17th.
Urgent care x-rays showed a need for an MRI and EMG, the results of which revealed the need for urgent surgery to decompress several pinched nerves and his spinal cord. The pinched nerve in his neck paralyzed his left arm before he was able to get to surgery. Three weeks after the urgent care visit, Kevin had surgery to his cervical spine area (a 6-vertebrae laminectomy and fusion of his C7 to T1 vertebrae joint).
This was unexpected for all of us, but we are greatly praising our Awesome God as He was prepared and already had plans in place!
After surgery he was home recovering and unable to drive. His left arm was slowly coming back, but as a result of the surgery, his right arm also became partially paralyzed and continued to cause significant pain. He was dealing with significant inflammation of the nerves in his neck due to surgery that have largely subsided now (June 26). This has allowed his right arm’s partial paralysis to start improving.
Currently (end of June), Pastor Kevin has been at the pulpit for a few Wednesday evenings and is intending to give the sermon on Sunday morning, July 7.
Prayers for the rest of the church leadership are also desired – that we would continue being obedient to the Holy Spirit’s lead! Praise the Lord Jesus as we see His sustaining hand and leading happening in many ways. We are very blessed to simply be where He has us in the moment.
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Update August 16, 2019 – I have recovered to the point of being able to teach on Sundays and Wednesdays, as well as work in the office during the week. I am still partially paralyzed in both arms, although there is improvement every week, and they have recovered enough to be able to drive. Pain is still an issue but nothing like it was. I covet your prayers as I desire to trust the Lord Jesus as He works a work in me through this trial. I have a much greater anticipation and hope for the day Jesus gives me a new body.