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May 3, 2006 at 8:20 pm 5 comments

It appears that Mike will not be having a permanent drain (shunt) installed for now, which is wonderful news. His doctors are satisfied that he will be able to overcome the fluid issue without the artificial assistance of a shunt. Of course, this may be an issue which recurs for awhile, and it could interfere with therapy if Mike needs to be transferred to address it, so please remember this matter in your prayers. (It might seem like a small issue, but anything that can get in the way of therapy is significant.)

Most likely, Mike will return to RML Specialty Hospital early next week. He continues to show alertness, on and off, throughout his days, and we hope to see him continue to build on this foundation.

Heather Schmidt recently asked if everyone's notes were helpful to Mike's family. I know that the words of support and prayer are an encouragement to all who read them; and they are so much more than that. They remind us of the far-reaching impact which Mike and Michelle continue to have, and of their deep faith — a faith which finds expression (also) in a willingness to share this experience and to allow others to lift them up.  It is a real joy to see, even a glimpse, of what Mike and Michelle mean to all of you, and we thank you for that.  I haven't the words to tell you what they mean to us. 

Heather shared her favorite Psalm as well:

I lift up my eyes to the hill-where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you- the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, not the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm- he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Psalm 121

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  • 1. Erin Strong  |  May 3, 2006 at 11:11 pm

    Mike and Michelle,
    We just had our last Younglife Club at Neuqua tonight. It didn’t really hit me until the middle of it that it was my last one! I look back at these last four years and just see the changes through all the high schools and Younglife and just how much everyone and this whole organization has grown. And ya know, that started with God placing you two here to continue to bring people in. Mike, you have such an amazing heart and you have so much faith in teenagers and what they are capable of. You believe that each one deserves to come to know Christ, and start the relationship he longs to have with us. And that is so encouraging. I know you and Michelle lead at a different high school than i go to, but i look up to you both so much in what you have done with Naperville’s YL. Thank you so much. Mike you have touched and impacted the lives of so many people. Seeing all these prayers from people from all over is so inspiring and is just amazing to see how many people you have reached out to. The Lord has used you and is continuing to use you in more ways than we could ever know. I continue to have trust and faith that God will heal your body..his precious creation. Michelle, i continue to pray for your strength and faith and I know the Lord is working in you and through you to bring you closer to Him.
    I just wanted to say thank you to the both of you for all you have done and all you are continuing to do. You have truly affected my life, whether you knew it or not. Thank you and God bless you and your family.

    In Him,
    Erin Strong

  • 2. Connie and Tim Bultema  |  May 4, 2006 at 4:19 pm

    In response to Heather’s question as to whether the comments expressed were helpful to the family, we have to give a resounding “YES”. Personally, we have never experienced such a sense of the unity of the “Body of Christ” as we have in these past months. The love and prayers cross all denominational, age, racial, and geographic lines. Surely, our Lord must smile at this expression of unity which Jesus prayed for the night before He died. (John 17) Reading the comments increases the awareness that we are not alone and there are many people out there who care and who hold the family up in prayer much as did Aaron and Hur with Moses when Joshua fought the Amalekites. (Exodus 17:12) It is also awesome that this loving prayer support continues so faithfully after 44 days. The sharing of various applicable scriptures is also an incredible blessing. It is a constant reminder of God’s presence and grace in this situation. Reading the comments also continues to remind us of how He is blessing the body through this as well. It is encouraging to know that this time of suffering has redemptive features to it and a reminder of how God brings good out of all circumstances to those who love Him. Another blessing is being able to refer interested people to the web site rather than to have to recount repeatedly the latest updates personally or to spend extended portions of time on the telephone repeating these to so many wonderful people who want to stay abreast of the situation. Last, but certainly not least, is the fact that when Michelle gets down at all, she goes to the web site and is immediately uplifted by all of you out there. I’m sure your comments have even more meaning to her as she knows so many of you personally. It is also so humbling to have the support of all those who don’t know Mike and Michelle personally. So, again we say, keep those notes coming. We so appreciate them. They really do make a difference. We have had other family circumstances where we now look back and wish we had had this kind of support. For those especially praying for McKaela and Eli, thanks. They are doing so much better. Please continue to pray for Mike’s healing, strength for the family, wisdom and ongoing loving concern on the part of the health care community, God’s guidance in decision making, and against all the little things that Satan would like to use to destroy the peace in which God is holding His people.
    With gratitude for all of you,
    Michelle’s parents

  • 3. Debbie Dixon  |  May 4, 2006 at 8:06 pm

    Mike, Michelle, McKaela, Eli and your extended families. Rest assured prayers are going up all day and all night by the Body of Christ. The Zegarski and Bultema families are greatly loved. Yesterday in BSF we sang “Standoing on the Promises of God” and my mind kept thinking of each of you. 3rd and 4th stanzas: ” Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord, bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord, overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword, standing on the promises of God. Standing on the promises I cannot fall, listening every moment to the Spirit’s call, resting in my Savior as my all in all, standing on the promises of God.” We stand with you Mike and Michelle et al, on the promises of God!!

  • 4. Barb & Matt Dawes  |  May 5, 2006 at 4:49 pm

    Just wanted to say “we love you guys!” I know that the last week or so has been really hard on you Michelle and we are here (not just Matt & me, or the growth group – but the entire body of Christ here locally) to support you in whatever capacity you need. When Mike gets moved to the rehab center, we know that this will add much more chaos to your schedule, so let us know when we can step in! And remember, we can’t read your mind! Just know that we are all anxiously awaiting Mike’s recovery – we miss his presence in our lives very much! We’ll diligently continue to pray that the Holy Spirit continues to renew Mike until he is back to full health! See you soon my sister, Barb

  • 5. Sara Baum  |  May 5, 2006 at 10:47 pm

    Mike & Michelle,

    Good luck with everything. I know everyone in my family reads your website daily and prays for Mike. I have so many young life memories from high school that I think of now. You guys are such a great family and deserve the best. Best wishes to you guys and you are in my prays daily. It is so weird thinking that I graduated four years ago. I still remember back packing, summer camp, and being a senior leader. Both of you impacted my life so much. I am praying for Mike daily and wish your family the best of everything.

    Sara Baum


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