In the past couple days I have been overwhelmed with school work, and there was also a tragedy in our community yesterday, so I have failed to stay updated on the current events of Steve and Jacque Sullivan. God has been doing some amazing things in Steve’s body in the past couple of days.

There has now been a caring bridge site set up for Steve. Here is the link if you would like to continue to pray for this family. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/missionarystevesullivan

God is just AMAZING!!!

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I’ve been absent from the Facebook updates. I will simply copy/paste Jacque’s Facebook posts from yesterday morning until today. Please keep all of them in your prayers ….

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 8:06 am –
“A GOOD REPORT on Steve Sullivan….. He opened his eyes twice on demand and stayed somewhat calm when doctor told him he had an infection. He would not squeeze doctors hand, as he was falling back asleep, but this is a step in the right direction. Because of positive response , they are going to start wheaning him off breathing tubes over the next few hours. I did not show myself to him or talk because I was crying and couldn’t talk, and even though we don’t know if he would recognize me, I didn’t want my tears to scare him. Thank you precious friends for your prayers ….
A GREAT HYMN
“1. My hope is built on nothing else.. Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ the solid rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.”
2. “When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand ; All other ground is sinking sand ” ”

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 1:26 pm –
“NEW UPDATE: for Steve Sullivan. All cultures are done They changed the type of bacteria. He has
Pneumococcal Meningitus. They still believe he has a metal plate in face that has been severely infected for possibly a long time. The Meningitus might be coming from this sinus infected area. They are doing surgery today at 3:15. No further responses by Steve . Still on ventilator. Pray for no serious complications during

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 8:08 pm –
“Steve Sullivan surgery on his right cheek ( removing puss from an infection under one of his metal plates) went well. He is sedated to fully rest. They are back to wondering if the origin of the Meningitus was there. They tried to take him off breathing ventilator. He breathed 1 1/2 hours on his own. Praise God for that step. They will try again Friday.
They are hopeful there will be no paralysis from the Meningitus, but still concerned about neurological problems.
But we are still praying and believing for perfect healing. Thank you from the family…for all your prayers. I am sleeping at home tonight. Our Mark and Heather are taking tonight’s overnight shift. Tami Baker”

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7:14 am –
“So many precious people have gone on before us to their reward… seemingly, in our mind, before they should have. And so many have lost dear ones that the pain still strongly remains in their absence. Therefore , I feel so truly humbled and thankful for all your prayers for my husband, Steve Sullivan .
But I know it is not just for him but for what little part He has called us to do through us to reach the Burmese. And we do need to pray , ‘thy will be done ‘. And we will trust Him for His decision, because He is trustworthy . But until The Lord gives me the word that He is calling him home I will pray for healing and complete healing. No residual effects from Meningitus, no more depression, no more curse from Satan. Satan, you will not win this battle. Jesus is the victor.
Bless you all today as you continue to serve our Lord and Savior. May God fill you with his strength today , and give you all you need to walk through whatever you are walking through right now. God Bless you. Let us continue to be an army, bringing more people before God’s throne , to experience freedom and salvation through Christ. Help me today Lord, to be your ambassador.
This song was playing on radio as I drove to hospital.
PART of song…..
” Open up the skies of mercy healing waters rise among us hear our cries lord. Let it rise ” ”

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 6 hours ago –
“REPORT ON STEVE.. Steve Sullivan
We are thankful to The Lord he is breathing on his own now for 8 hours, but he is having a really bad day. Don’t be discouraged. I am trying to not be discouraged too. You know the enemy is not going to go down without a fight. In war we don’t give up , or we pray …..God help us to not give up, when it seems our advancement ( in pray ) is to no avail.
He opened his eyes wide a few times today, but seemed very afraid, as it seemed to doctor and us there, he did not even focus on anything and still has not followed any directives. (except (we thought) that one time on Tuesday)
They are preparing to admit him to Bethesda Long term Care next week, if there is no significant change in his neurological condition. ( this is the doctors report, not God’s)
So , well , we just will reload ( our spiritual armor) and advance the hill again. Can you tell I have watched war movies?
It is so hard to see him with a blank look… But yet so afraid, he tries to break loose from his ties. He is in so much pain today…. I have shed many tears for my dear Steve.”

Thursday, April 10, 2014, about an hour ago –
“Just heading home to sleep. I don’t like leaving Steve Sullivan , but I am feeling I really need to sleep good tonight . Am running into walls Had a very long day . Steve looked very peaceful when I left. He has had a wonderful Christian nurse ( sent as an angel) the last 3 nights. What a wonderful thing to leave feeling at peace with her and Jesus there. Plus my wonderful daughter, Lindsey Sullivan and her best friend Erin Chambers is taking the night shift. Thank you girls. Thank you prayer warriors !”

On Facebook, Jacque wrote –

“Concerning my husband Steve Sullivan…… ” Whose report do you believe? We shall believe the report of The Lord”

Vitals are looking better, but still no response and long term prognosis bleak….. But I told the doctors that , that is not acceptable , because we have a 4 year trip planned to Burma
…. Keep praying… Thank you so very much on behalf of our family and Burma.”

Update from his wife, Jacque’s Facebook page –

“Steve Sullivan diagnosed with Alpha Strep Bacterial Meningitus. They are now feeling the origin is from an infected metal plate in cheek from his 1998 fall or a sinus infection. His pain the last week was not from a tooth, it is suspected from this stuff going on in his cheek. Moving in pain, as they took away all sedatives and most of pain meds to wake him up, but still no response on request.
We are believing this is a spiritual attack. Please pray for a breakthrough. God is mighty. He is the healer and our provider. He is worthy of all our praise.”

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Steve and Jacque Sullivan

Yesterday morning, a family that used to go to our church began to experience a nightmare. Jacque Sullivan posted on Facebook that her husband, Steve Sullivan, was brought to the hospital after he fainted and had a seizure in his kitchen. Since then this family has been dealing with the unimaginable. I will post the timeline of events here that was posted on Facebook by Steve’s brother-in-law who is a  member of our church…

“STEVE SULLIVAN – Update & Timeline. Feel free to Share. As of Monday Night 9:30 pm.
• It started Monday morning 3am. Steve woke up and told Jacque, I think I have the flu. I have and terrible headache and I feel like I’m going to throw up. He did throw up and had a fever of 103. He was able to swallow some ibuprofens for the fever. Those were the last words he spoke.
• At 6am he kept walking back and forth between two rooms, laying down here and there. He would not respond to Jacque’s inquiries but it seemed like he did not want to talk because of the extreme headache.
• At 9am Steve walked to the kitchen, stood still and stared into space. He then dropped to the floor in a seizure. Jacque calls 911.
• The ambulance picks him up and he was as stiff as a board.
• At the emergency room, Steve was in and out of consciousness. When awake, he was sometimes delusional, not recognizing anyone and wanting to pull out the tubes in his arm.
• Eventually he was sedated for his own safety.
• The seizures continued and one of them inhibited his ability to breath.
• Steve is on ¾ life support. He is breathing just a little on his own, but not enough to stay alive which is why he is on life support.
• Steve was diagnosed with bacterial Meningitis. They are unsure of which strain. As such, they are pumping 3 broad spectrum antibiotics directly into his neck and spine.
• It will take 48 to 72 hours to culture exactly which Meningitis. At that time they will switch to the appropriate antibiotic.
• Steve has four different doctors and four different opinions of the outcome.
• One opinion is that Meningitis has a 1 in 4 chance of death and they Steve case seems on the worse end. Other doctors seem slightly more hopeful.
• Apparently, Meningitis can also cause a disability equal to the symptoms experienced by the patient. In this case, assuming he recovers, there is the possibility of neurological damage or personality change.
• How did he contract Meningitis?? Doctors discovered a sinus infection and has fluid in or around the nasal cavity behind the check. Doctors want and need to operate and go in and drain the fluid but cannot do so while he is on life support. Previously, Steve never display any symptoms of a sinus infection. It was a complete surprise to the family.
• Steve is still sedated and otherwise non responsive. It is hoped that he is still hearing family, visitors and prayers.
• While in this sedated state, Steve occasionally shakes his legs from reoccurring minor seizures. His fever is still up and down and his skin feels clamy and hot.
• If you know the Sullivan family, you know that they have had many serious physical trials and attacks on their health and the Lord has always generous with his healing touch. Please continue to lift up Steve and their family in prayers to the Lord for Steve’s miraculous healing.”

Since this was posted, Jacque has posted a message to her friends and family….

“My children and Steve’s family and I want to thank you for your overwhelming love and support and prayers for my husband Steve Sullivan. Medically he still has not responded to us and his breathing is still being aided by life support, but we are noticing little changes. Praise God. We are definitely feeling the Lords presence, feeling encouraged and feeling confident that Steve will be healed completely . Psalm 56:13 for you have delivered me from death… Psalm 57:10-11 for great is your love , reaching to the heavens ; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted , O God , above the heavens ; let your glory be over all the earth”

If you believe in our God who can heal, let’s bombard this family in prayer!! Thank you!

(I will post updates to Steve’s progress as I am able.)

Random Thoughts

Posted: February 16, 2014 in Random Thoughts
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-I remember when the Metrodome went up. (Tearing it down now.)

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-Who sets the thermostat for public buildings? My friend sitting next to me in church this morning was shivering so much that it shook the whole row of chairs! That has happened to me many times in different places. #unfair

-I guess the Lego movie has turned out to be the movie of the decade so far. My 14 year old son, movie critic, has declared it “one of the best movies I’ve ever seen”. I’m speechless.

-Yes, Spark is a necessary part of my day. I ran out of my supply yesterday, and I am not working right today. (http://www.advocare.com/131221816)

-I like reading glasses on men. It makes them look sophisticated. …or it reminds me of my Grandpa. Either way is good!

-I turn 40 this year. woo hoo.

-I really appreciate dark chocolate. And coffee with lots of flavored cream. And Raisinettes. And popcorn with Orville Reddenbacher Popcorn Oil and salt. And Mounds candy bars. And M&M’s. And anything with chocolate and peanut butter or chocolate and caramel. …hmmm…ok, I’m done.

-I had deep-fried cornbread yesterday. It was good. Which proves that pretty much anything tastes good deep fried. Yep.

-I love boys. I love this age. I had nothing to do with this. (It’s worth watching this 30 second clip, just for the memories of your childhood!) http://youtu.be/72Dlqzr6pJk

Alive and Powerful

Posted: January 31, 2014 in My Thoughts
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The word of the Lord is living and breathing and active. It is alive. It is relevant for today. This is what God has been teaching me this morning.

A book that I am reading was talking about the difference between the Bible being simply a religious document or a powerful, life-changing tool. After I read that, I read the Facebook post from a gradeschool friend of mine. She was talking about having a double mastectomy due to breast cancer. The day that she got the diagnosis, she had been meditating on this verse: ‘”Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.’ (Isaiah 54:10 NIV) After her diagnosis, she reread this verse and chuckled to herself. She said that the only hills that were going to be removed were on her! And then she wrote that the word of God is “alive and powerful”.

That was a testimony to me. God is wanting us to feast on His word daily, put our trust in His guidance and faithfulness. Please pray for Alicia and her family. Thank you!