Thursday, July 21, 2005

Needed: Your thoughts and prayers

The outpouring of support shown to Kari and Aaron so far has been overwhelming. This morning I spoke with Aaron, who said that people have come from all corners of their lives to wish him and Kari well. This means so much to them. Thanks to everyone for that.

However, this is a long battle and everyone's continued support is going to be critical. If you're reading this and would like to let Kari and Aaron know that they are in your thoughts and prayers, please take a moment to comment on this post and let them know.

Blake Engel

16 comments:

Kathy Timmers said...

This was today's prayer from one of the online daily devotionals I receive:

Alone with none but thee, my God,
I journey on my way.
What need I fear when thou art near,
Oh king of night and day?
More safe am I within thy hand
Than if a host did round me stand.

- St. Columba (521-597)

Praying for you, dearest Kari and Aaron, that you continue to be held in the safety of His mighty hand and can rest and heal in Him.
In faith and love,
KT

Desiree Guzman said...

I know that Ethiopia is on Kari's heart. I wanted to share that Aaron & Kari have already touched one family from Ethiopia without even knowing it.

Because of their regular donations to our foundation, a refugee family from Ethiopia will be reunited with their thirteen year old son after several years of separation. Aaron & Kari's donations will pay for his airplane ticket. One suffering heart in Ethiopia has already been eased by their generosity.

We love you both and thank God for you. We know that He is present, and He is pleased with such good and faithful servants.

Susan Colby said...

This is Susan, friend from St. Charles FMC. I have been praying for peace for Kari and Aaron. I know how they are both so sensitive to God's spirit. I was reminded by Jim Cox about the time the rain helped us feel peace when we were in Africa. It helps me to write, so here is what I wrote. I hope it can bring peace to Kari and Aaron.

The Rain

First there was darkness
And then the rain
There were dreams
Dressed in black
Sent from secrets

So we prayed and
We prayed
Until the rain

Covered with
Sweet air

Peace like rain
Refreshed
Wonderful black sky
Released
Its Holy water

And our fear
Was gone

The house filled
With the peace
That the rain
Gave

And we were saved

Now I wish
For the rain
I wish
To be washed
With clean
Cool water

First there was darkness
And then
The Rain

--Susan Colby

I love you Kari and Aaron. I am praying moment by moment for your peace, may it fill you like rain.

Susan

Anonymous said...

Hi Aaron and Kari from the Gage Gator Family.... We love you, had a special prayer session for you and will continue to pray for healing...both physically and spiritually...May God Bless you...

Gage Middle School

Anonymous said...

HI Kari and Aaron,you are both in God's wonderous healing hands. He will heal you both mentally and faithfully. May God Bless You.

Anonymous said...

I know about Kari from my friend charlie timmers...........i have had a chance to hear her voice, and felt the uplifting praise.......kari, my friends have been praying also.........theresa

kathytimmers said...

As a former Episcopalian, I often go to the Book of Common Prayer to find a specific prayer for a special need:

O God of heavenly powers, by the might of Your command You drive away from our bodies all sickness and all infirmity: Be present in Your goodness with Your servant Kari, that her weakness may be banished and her strength restored; and that, her health being renewed, she may bless Your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

I've got this taped to my computer at work and every time I think of you, Kari, I say this prayer. I also listen to KLOVE online all day long and so many songs bring you to mind, especially "Blessed Be Your Name". When you taught it to me at family camp last summer you told me it was your new church home's "theme song" and whenever I hear it or sing it, I lift you and Aaron up in prayer. I can still hear your beautiful voice singing those words and me doing the "guy part" underneath :-)

Every time I light the candles at church, I remember the whole platform being "decorated" with little yellow post-it notes from you saying "Kathy, light the candles" and I smile and lift you up to our Lord.

Our final evening with our Kari before she headed back to Boston was last Sunday. She pulled Charlie and I into a circle, held our hands tightly, and lead us in prayer for you and Aaron. There were tears of joy mixed with the tears of sorrow pouring down my face as I listened to her cry out to God for you.

I could go on and on.......
In love and faith and praying without ceasing,
KT

Susan Colby said...

Hi Kari and Aaron,
I just wanted to say hello, and I am praying still, moment by moment for healing. I know how strong you are. Now it is time to let us help you. Kari, we are holding your arms up. I love you. Susan

Anonymous said...

Aaron & Kari, you are both such inspirations to all of us, you held my hand & my familys hands as we went through the death of my sister, for that I will always be grateful to you, you have touched so many of us in such wonderful ways. God is holding your hands through this journey, & he will be with you every step of the way!!
Love & Peace to you both.
Donie

Hannah Noble said...

Here is a very small list of churches/organizations that I know about that are praying. I understand there is an incredible amount of prayer support. It would be great to compile a list for posterity and encouragement. It would also be great to have a button on Kari's homepage for something like this.
-Hannah Noble, Redlands, CA

Organizations:
Air 1 radio, Joyce Meyer’s Ministries and Life Today Outreach, CBN/700 Club; Free Methodist Church Superintendent’s list;

Prayer Chains other than churches:
ESRI prayer chain, Redlands, CA; Women’s retreat committee FMC;

Churches with Kari on their prayer chains:
-Pomona 1st Baptist, Pomona, CA; Community Bible Church, Burlington, VT; Faith Covenant Church, Burnsville, Minnesota; The Highway Church, Moreno Valley, CA; Gospel Church, Victorville, CA; The Grove, Riverside, CA; Oasis, Redlands, CA; Crosswinds, Moreno Valley, CA; Calvary Chapel, St. George, UT; Discovery, Moreno Valley, CA; Episcopalian Church in Ticonderoga, NY; Vineyard Church in Corona, CA; Upland Free Methodist Church, Upland, CA; Riverside Free Methodist Church, Riverside, CA; Chino New Hope, Chino, CA; Phoenix Free Methodist Church, Phoenix, AZ; The Rock Church, San Bernardino, CA; Brookside Free Methodist Church, Redlands, CA; Harvest Fellowship, Riverside, CA

Individuals from the states/cities/countries of:
Wisconsin; Everett, WA; Oregon; Illinois; Kennebunkport, Maine; Pittsburgh, Vermont; Nigeria; Mexico;

Anonymous said...

Prayer for Kari


Lord God we ask you, hold her tight
within your arms
for though in anguish, here on earth
our faith and prayers we send
for only you can know the path
you have chosen to be hers
and we your loyal followers
hold hands across the miles
and ask you Lord, a leap of faith
a miracle be ours
and You to just be there
for we know from your teachings
never more than we can bear
and though you have seen us beat our
chests in pain
our faith will never fail
And in concluding this my Lord
We offer up in prayer
That we upon the sidelines know Kari’s in your care

Tlc 7-24-05
@theresa pensiero

Charlie said...

Prayer for Kari


Lord God we ask you, hold her tight
within your arms
for though in anguish, here on earth
our faith and prayers we send
for only you can know the path
you have chosen to be hers
and we your loyal followers
hold hands across the miles
and ask you Lord, a leap of faith
a miracle be ours
and You to just be there
for we know from your teachings
never more than we can bear
and though you have seen us beat our
chests in pain
our faith will never fail
And in concluding this my Lord
We offer up in prayer
That we upon the sidelines know Kari’s in your care

Tlc 7-24-05
@theresa pensiero

Brian Wis said...

Aaron and Kari,

Mona and I are praying for you. We are passing the word to others at Ginger Creek Community Church and other friends of yours from Naperville. We are grief stricken to hear what happened but thankful you are both alive. God bless you both.

Katie (Bost) Heuer said...

Aaron and Kari,
I attended church at St. Charles Free Methodist Church yesterday. The love and support for both of you is so great. Pastor Derin's message was "Lord, We Need a Miracle". He asked us to remember 3 things:
Ask Jesus - continue to pray
Be patient and unafraid - just
believe
Watch Jesus work

Know that so many people love you and are praying for you. Please remember, as we sang yesterday, "All Things are Possible".

Love,
Katie

Kendra Barrett Gohr said...

Aaron and Kari...I know it's been a long time, but I wanted to let you know that you are both in my prayers. You are loved by so many people! Stay positive and believe that miracles do happen. I will share your story with the pastors at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Naperville so that the prayer chain can be extended. Love to you both!

Kendra Barrett Gohr

Anonymous said...

Kari and Aaron,
Mr. Barrett and I have n\moved to the UP in Michigan and are retiring on a lake surrounded by God's beauty. I will take you to my small church in Germfask, Michigan on Sunday, actually I will be calling my pastor tomorrow morning to ask for prayers for you. In addition, you will both be added to my sister, Aunt Ricki's Umited Methodist Church in Salem Wisconsin and my mom's at Otterbein Home retirement home in Lebanon Ohio. The ribbon of love and prayer will wrap around you.
Aaron, you have shared so much with so many, now receive back that which you have sown. Love and prayers, Mom "Jan" Barrett