3.22.06, 2:20 p.m. (EST)

March 22, 2006 at 7:26 pm 33 comments

This is Kevin Reeve posting.  Just got off the phone with Dan Zegarski, who related the following:  The biggest prayer at the moment for Mike is about his lung functioning.  Doctors had to increase his oxygen last night.  At this point, they are not forecasting anything but want to wait until 5 days have passed to have a better idea of how he is doing, see how he bounces back from trauma of the surgery yesterday.  No tests being conducted today.  The earliest an angiogram might take place is tomorrow (Thursday) or Friday.

The nurse was clear: Mike is fighting for his life right now, not just because of the injury of the aneurysm, but also how that damage translates to his organs because of the effect on the communication to them from the brain.

Dan added, though, “We have a lot to be thankful for, and lots to pray for.”

Michelle has been, in Dan’s words, an “Abrams tank,” solid as a rock. 

As with any future posts, this post may be commented on, and any comments are welcome.  Please feel free to pass this site’s link on to anyone who knows Mike or even if they do not and are just following this in prayer. 

Entry filed under: updates.

3.23.06, 9:00 a.m.

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  • 1. Carol Reeve  |  March 22, 2006 at 4:20 pm

    Just a note to reiterate our prayers for Mike and his family. The news of Mike’s aneurysm took our breath away last night, but Kevin and I both believe strongly that this is not the end for Mike but merely another chapter in his testimony of how God has impacted his life in miraculous ways.
    Michelle, my heart goes out to you and my fervent prayers are with you.
    Mike, I know you can’t read this right now, but FIGHT! Be strong and courageous. Enjoy your time visiting with angels right now, but please return to us soon.

    – Carol Reeve

  • 2. Mark Lehner  |  March 22, 2006 at 7:39 pm

    We love you guys and you are at the center of our prayers. Mike’s purpose in this world is clear to everyone who has met him. I pray tonight (albeit selfishly) that God will send him back to us. There are to many people in this world who need Mike’s guidance. I’m sure there are alot of people (like myself) who have selfishly kept him in their lives, but at a safe distance…until they are prepared to seek the guidance he could provide when we are ready. The amazing thing is that he knows this, and he would let it drag out till we were old men…always keeping the door open. He (like yourself) is an amazing person of enviable faith. You, Michael,
    and the little ones are in our prayers tonight. We love you

    Mark, Leslie, TJ, and Sarah

  • 3. Meg Lynskey  |  March 22, 2006 at 8:58 pm

    Zelgarski family-
    May the Lord grant you peace during this time. My prayers for your family are for strength and understanding and strong faith in out Heavenly Father to see you through.
    Meg Lynskey

  • 4. Michael Holder  |  March 22, 2006 at 9:23 pm

    From what I have observed, the conflict and resolution of life & death is a very difficult one for most Christians.

    I recall…in great detail…the funeral Mass that I attended years ago with Erik Hofmann. It was for a young girl…a Campaigner kid at that…who had chosen to take her life when faced with the demons which we could only try to imagine.

    Her older sister read a letter…a statement…of faith and hope that reached the deepest part of me. The part that has forever been burned into my memory is her reconcilliation of her sister’s heart, mind and soul at the time of her passing…
    “…I do not know exactly why…but maybe God needed another good angel.”

    There was a string of student suicides that year, and it seems that the more we are not prepared for the passing of someone we cherish, the more we are not detached enough from the world.

    We are Christians…the faithful…and even C.S. Lewis reconcilled war in his mind as an unfortunate matter of chance and circumstance…that when we die it is not the End…but only the beginning…or continuation…of a very long story…with an ending that we cannot even begin to imagine.

    Z…this is my prayer to you and through you…that we may all give our worry, our sorrow and our terror to the only one that could bear it and live through it…and return it to us. In your peaceful sleep, I ask that He repair the parts of you that need repairing, and let the parts of you die that need to die. But…most of all…know in my heart that He spoke to me, through you.

  • 5. Larry Butt  |  March 22, 2006 at 10:27 pm

    Hello Michelle and family, and the Zegarski Family,

    My breath was taken away last night when I heard the news. I had just been with Mike in Colorado last month and we hung out one afternoon. I don’t know what to say other than God has allowed this for a reason. I only hope and pray that Mike gets to figure it out here if that is God’s will. Mike, you keep fighting….you have fought the good fight but the fighting isn’t over yet.

    Michelle, you and the kids are in our prayers too. I know this is a true test of your faith. Kids and their famiIies are watching you and praying for you. I am praying that God surrounds all of you with His very special Angels.

    We love You and your family.

    May God richly bless Mike and all of you

  • 6. Melanie McCord  |  March 22, 2006 at 11:28 pm

    Mike, Michelle, McKaela, and Eli,

    I can hardly think of anything else and continue to pray for a miracle.

    Take every thought captive…I read that earlier tonight as I was at a friends house. She was putting her kids down for bed, I picked up a book from the floor. That is what I read.

    Michelle, I’m not even sure I can fathom what thoughts are trying to fight their way into your head and heart, what thoughts the enemy is using to try to get to you, at the very deepest part of you. He’s an expert at that, you know. I will be praying that in your weakness, God will be strong and that every thought would lead you back to Him.

    Faith, Hope, and Love,

  • 7. Andy Hartley  |  March 23, 2006 at 9:24 am

    Mike, Michelle, McKaela, and Eli,

    I am thankful that you have come out of surgury with a time to heal. We are praying for you Mike, and Michelle, McKaela and Eli. That God would use this time for His greater purpose. That His Holy Spirit would continue to dwell in your body and heal you, as well as, bring peace, comfort, strenght, and hope to your family.
    Romans 15:13
    “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

    In Christ,
    Andy, Tami, Hannah, & Haley

  • 8. Kathy Ripberger (O'Kresik)  |  March 23, 2006 at 9:28 am

    Dear Z family~
    My heart and my prayers are with you, waking at 1am and 4 am with my 4 month old boy I can only think of Eli and McKaela even tho we have never met. Michelle I pray for strength and deep sleep and the comfort of the arms of Our Saviour to completely enfold Mike, you and your children. I pray that your children will know peace in Mike’s absence and that you will know that sooo many love you all. I know that I am not the only mother who is carrying your burden with you. In Constant Prayer,

  • 9. Mark Peterson  |  March 23, 2006 at 11:14 am

    Just wanted you guys to know that there are a lot of folks in Roanoke VA praying for the Mike and his family.
    Mark Peterson

  • 10. Dave & Kate Etling  |  March 23, 2006 at 12:27 pm

    Zegarski Family,

    Mike is a very special person to many of us. We will continue to keep Mike in our prayers.

    Dave & Kate Etling

  • 11. Jason & Heather Lewantowicz  |  March 23, 2006 at 1:37 pm

    To Mike and all of his loved ones,

    We haven’t spoken to Mike in years and yet his condition has brought us the deepest of heart aches. Memories of his zeal for life have flooded to us, what a truly loving man he is. May God bring healing to his body, peace to the family and purpose to this tragedy…our daily prayers go out to you all.

    In Him,
    Jason & Heather

  • 12. Lisa (Brake) and Luong Ho  |  March 23, 2006 at 2:11 pm

    Mike and Michelle,

    I am amazed at the community God has provided you and the encouragement they offer. You are in all our prayers here in Central Ohio. I haven’t seen Mike since leaving YL staff a couple years ago, but our years on staff together taught me so much about how to live faithfully in ministry and with a family.

    Mike, we pray for you in this moment of suspended spirit between our broken lives and the fullness of God’s Glory. We want you to come back to us and your family, but we know it’s a fight we cannot imagine. Keep fighting.

    God Bless,
    Luong and Lisa

  • 13. Mike and Lynn Zak  |  March 23, 2006 at 6:24 pm

    Last Thursday I had coffee with Mike and he was, as he always is, strong, loving, stable, proud of his beautiful wife and children and on fire for the Young Life Ministry!

    Well, every one of us out in Young Life land is on our knees asking for healing, knowing that our Almighty God has a plan, knowing that Mike is accepting of His plan……

    We are all here to help, love and care for you Mike, Michelle, and your wonderful kids in any way we can! Mike and Lynn

  • 14. Heather Schmidt  |  March 23, 2006 at 7:29 pm

    Dear Zegarski Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Walt and I love you guys so very much. There are so many people praying for all of you. May God grant you strength and comfort during this time. We do have a big God and we need to rely on Him to get Mike through this. Michelle, you amaze me with your strength. You and Mike lead such Christ-like lives that whoever meets you knows where you stand.
    Whatever you need please know we are here for you. I spoke with Mike on Monday and had a great conversation about everyday things. He is one of the few people in this world who truly listens when he asks you a question. He never brushes you aside and always finds time for you no matter how busy.

    May we all remember to love others the way Christ loves us and the way Mike and Michelle have shown so many kids the power of Christ and His love for us. God bless you.

    Love and prayers,
    Heather and Walt

  • 15. Terence and Jen Petoske  |  March 23, 2006 at 9:34 pm

    Mike and Michelle and kids,
    We are ferverently praying for your family and are grateful to God that there is a larger Body praying for you now.
    Terence and Jen

  • 16. The Radzinski's  |  March 23, 2006 at 10:00 pm

    Mike, Michelle, and Kids,

    God is continually bringing you guys to my mind, especially in the middle of the night. May God give you strength, hope, faith and peace through each moment of every day.


  • 17. Debbie Dixon  |  March 23, 2006 at 10:06 pm

    Mike, Michelle and family,

    My heart is with you, my prayers on bended knee are with you all and your caregivers. I know Mike from working with him on YL intern interviews two different years and consider it an honor to work with him in this wonderful minsitry. I know you both through Seth and Alexa and have met you Michelle at aCSL meeting more than 5 years ago and heard you speak. Please know that I stand ready to support you in any way I can. You are greatly loved and greatly cared for.

    In Christ’s love,

  • 18. Angela Reeves  |  March 23, 2006 at 11:46 pm

    Zegarski Family –

    My prayers and thoughts are with you all-
    May the love of God continue to comfort you-

  • 19. Rachael Masa  |  March 24, 2006 at 12:20 pm

    Dear Mike, Michelle and Family,

    May the Lord stand close to you at this time to heal and comfort. May He know that everything will be okay and pass his certainty to you.

    I’m so deeply sorry this is all happening. I Thank You Both for touching my life in so many ways. You are in my heart and prayers.

    God Bless you as You Both have done for thousands.

    Rachael Masa

  • 20. Kari (Genzink) Ledebuhr  |  March 24, 2006 at 12:41 pm

    Mike, Michelle, McKaela, and Eli…
    Our prayers are with you constantly…may God grant HEALING and PEACE!!
    Mike and Kari (Genzink) Ledebuhr

  • 21. Bob and Lin Whitney  |  March 24, 2006 at 1:50 pm

    To Mike, Michelle and Family,

    Lin and I want you to know that we are praying for Mike’s full recovery from this and God would be glorified through it all. We’ve shared this with the family of believers at Grace Pointe Church so many others are lifting this up as well. Michelle, may God’s peace be with you right now, and please know that we will do anything we can to help.

  • 22. Lorent and Hayley  |  March 24, 2006 at 2:06 pm

    Mike, Michelle and kids,

    We are thinking about you constantly and praying for Mike’s full recovery. It is amazing to see the support and prayers coming from everywhere.

    Know that the Lord is God. He made us, and we belong to Him, we are His people, the sheep He tends. (Psalm 100:3)

    May God be glorified!

  • 23. Mike and Mitzi Kalin  |  March 24, 2006 at 2:43 pm

    Mike, Michelle, McKaela and Eli,

    Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you constantly, and so many people here are praying for Mike’s healing and Michelle’s strength and comfort. It’s clear from the news on the website that God is responding, and clear in the Bible he will continue to respond. So REST, physically and emotionally, especially Michelle, because God is faithful even as we rest. What an amazing testimony Mike will have to tell.
    Praise God,
    Mike and Mitzi

  • 24. Gene and Sharon Guidera  |  March 24, 2006 at 3:11 pm

    Michelle and Mike (and the whole family),
    Know we have kept you in prayer since Linda Richcreek told us about Mike at our Tuesday evening Bible study. I heard a really neat quote once; maybe it will inspire you: “Instead of telling God how big the storm is, tell the storm how big your God is.” I know a priest who had a stroke about 8 years ago You may know him – he used to be priest at the Catholic church in Glenwood – Father John Vanderbeek. He was in a coma for quite some time and they were planning his funeral. His progress all along was very slow, but once he started to come around, doctors felt he would live but damage was too severe for him to ever act as a priest and psychologist again. Father John is 80 and regained all of his capabilities. We continue to pray.
    Love, Gene and Sharon

  • 25. Mike Harvey  |  March 24, 2006 at 4:42 pm

    Dear Zegarski family,

    Although many of you may not remember me I was friends with Mike when he was at the University of Dayton. We were both first time Young Life leaders when we went to the Frontier Camp in Colorado with the Dayton Young Life Group. Although I receive occasional e-mails from Mike regarding happenings with the Naperville Young Life group I do not do a great job of keeping in touch. That aside I often think about Mike and the profound effect he had on my life in the couple of years we were close friends. Knowing that his dynamic and charismatic personality has been used by God to bring kids to have a closer relationship with Christ shows me God’s plan is working. I can only imagine the positive impact he has had on thousands of lives in Naperville in the past ten years. I also want to thank whoever set up this website so that people who have not kept in close contact with the family can stay up to date and be included in the prayers that Mike and his family are in need of right now.

    God bless,

    Mike Harvey

  • 26. Scott Hamilton  |  March 24, 2006 at 5:48 pm

    Michele and Family,
    All of the staff in the Old Dominion Region are praying for you and for Mike. Be of good courage.
    In Him,

  • 27. THE HAMMOND FAMILY  |  March 24, 2006 at 9:39 pm


  • 28. Emily Bishop  |  March 24, 2006 at 10:57 pm

    There are no words…May our God show HIs greatness through this unfathomable situation….We know that He can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine….You are in our hearts and prayers constantly! We praise HIm for the wonderful work you have done for our Naperville children – now is our time to pray and care for you.

    With love,

    Emily Bishop

  • 29. Nater  |  March 24, 2006 at 11:02 pm

    Hey Mike. It’s probably been 15 years since I’ve talked to you, but you should be happy to know that you look exactly the same as I recall from those fond memories I have of us running around Cincinnati and Dayton without a care in the world, the way that young people do. I’m even a little jealous that you’ve managed to hang on to as much hair as you have. I just want you to know that I’m really pulling for you to get better, because there are few things in this world that can warm the soul more than old friends talking about what’s new and feeling the way that old friends do. I will pray that I can be so lucky as to see you and your beautiful family on my next trip to Chicago, or your next trip to the Carolinas. Be strong my friend – we’re all wishing you the best.


  • 30. Emily Folk (Lee)  |  March 25, 2006 at 12:58 am

    For Mike, Michelle, McKaela, Eli and the rest of the Zegarski family,
    We are praying for you. May God heal and strengthen Mike, give you courage and patience as you wait and all the while may God be glorified. (Which, in reading the above comments from so many located throughout the country, I believe God is already being glorified in this)
    As I was thinking about all of this, a song from “club” came to mind that is from Psalm 40, hopefully it will be an encouragement to you:
    Psalm 40:1-3
    I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.”

    Thanks so much to Mike and all of you who support Mike in the ministry. My experience with Young Life (Dayton/Kettering ’94) was very important in my early years as a Christian and served as a good foundation for my faith.
    We will share the prayer request with our church family here in Michigan. God bless you all – May God crown you with His love and compassion (Psalm 103:4).
    – Emily Folk on behalf of Jim, Emily and Muriel Folk

  • 31. Gail and Phil Ebersole  |  March 25, 2006 at 1:42 am

    Dearest Michelle and Mike, you are in our prayers hourly. I have had such a privilege of watching Michelle grow up. You have always been a leader. I can remember exactly the very place where I talked to Mike about moving to Chicago and what this would look like. I remember driving around with Mike and saying, Why don’t you ask Michelle out?” He said, I don’t want to ruin a good thing, she is my best leader!”..It is a privilege to walk with people like you through your lives. My last memory of Mike was at the 8-12 year Training conference where he prayed with Ken Knipp and myself. You are a precious gift to so many..May the peace of Christ undergird you and the kids right now…We are with you. Much love, Gail and Phil

  • 32. Deb and Marty  |  March 26, 2006 at 7:22 pm

    Jill/Fred et al, God bless you all. My heart really goes out to all of you.
    May Jesus look down on this humble family, who love him so dearly, and give them strength.

    lv, deb and Marty

  • 33. Kari McClowry & Megan Szczsponik  |  April 1, 2006 at 12:39 am

    Zegarski family-
    we just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you, and praying for you everyday. You guys are awesome and its great to see all the support your getting. Stay strong. If you believe, you can achieve.

    Kari & Megan


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