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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Timely Help: Part II

This is part two that I am sharing in hopes others are touched to act in prayer or donation on this family's behalf. 

In 2006, Rita Lehman was diagnosed with Breast cancer. She has been involved in a seven-year battle that we thought was won. She was physically touched by God and has been improving since 2008. However, in February of this year she began having neck pain. It quickly escalated to an emergency room visit in March where we discovered her C2 vertebra had been so eroded by a lesion that she was in imminent danger of internal decapitation. She was life-flighted to Shands Hospital at the University of Florida to have her skull fused to her C4 vertebra. A biopsy revealed the lesion to be malignant. The prognosis with chemo and radiation is not optimistic, offering only some extension of life. 

This long battle has left us financially drained. I have used all of my retirement and savings, not to mention a second mortgage that is culminating on in our house going to auction. We are told that she does not have much time left to win this fight. It can reach a point of no return and we are within weeks.

Through research and recommendations, we have been able to find an FDA approved medical facility that can provide her a good chance of survival. The clinic is called the Burzynski Clinic in Houston, Texas. To be effective, they need to see her soon.

The cost for this facility is far beyond our current ability, with current estimates at $95,000. As a result, we are asking you to generously give to cover the cost of treatment, airfare, lodging (out-patient facility), existing medical bills, and caregiving. If successful, she will be required to return to Houston every two or three months for some period of time.

I am humbly asking for your help. I would not do this if I had another option, but you and Jesus are all we have left.

Please send your tax deductible gift of life to:

Rita Lehman Fund

Destiny Worship Center

122 Poinciana Blvd.

Destin, FL. 32550


Make checks payable to: Rita Lehman Fund/Destiny Worship Center


If you are not able to give financially, would you please pray consistently for Rita to be healed? With man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible. We will be praying that He will bless your giving exceedingly; abundantly above all you could ask or think.


God bless you,

Jake & Rita Lehman  

Timely Help: Part I

Sometimes Time just goes by and words go unsaid, but the email that was forwarded to me could not be left unsaid so I am sharing this in two posts and hope others are touched to pray or donate to help this family. The information to do that is in part 2 of this post.

Dear Friends of Rita Lehman:

Thank you for the response from so many generous people. We are overwhelmed with your kindness and willingness to help us. Our hearts are touched and you have given us hope.

We have had a few requests for more information and I will do my best to keep you informed. Here are a couple of pictures showing just how fast this developed. It has really knocked the wind out of us.

     Lovely Rita at Christmas

        Three months later.


Treatment protocol is a blend of conventional therapy and alternative therapies, such as targeted gene therapy and stem cell replacement. She will be required to return to Houston every two to three months for some period of time. It is hard to know exactly how much the total cost will be as it is based on her response to treatment. New estimates received today are in the $95,000.00 range.

There were earlier estimates of cost released, somewhat prematurely, but we had to get the ball rolling as time is of the essence. They are thinking in terms of weeks for her.

Thank you for your blessings and prayers. I will keep you posted. God Bless.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

What Does it Look Like to Give Biblically in Today’s Culture?

Childhood was a blur, but some of the most cherished memories I have involved giving to someone else.  Giving was always a hands on approach and had an impact on the immediate community.  As a young girl I was involved with our local church.  Being part of a bigger picture that was already established enabled me to in turn have the privilege of serving and giving.  In the sixth grade, a group of us girls from the church worked together to help organize and clean up a boutique that was specifically for underprivileged women to shop for interview and career attire.  The clothes in the shop were all from others who had taken the time to care and serve by giving and were free of charge.  And the receivers were so appreciative to have clothes they could make a good first impression with to obtain employment.  It all started with one compassionate heart. 

Today the opportunity to give and impact someone else's life has been expanded to easily reach communities throughout the globe.  My precious daughter asks for more juice as I write this and I simply open the refrigerator and pour her another glass.  If we run out, she does not understand because we are among the privileged on the globe; there is always more.  Which leads me to think more about just what we have available to us and how different our lives would be if we did not have these blessings.  My son was recently treated for  boil that was infected with MRSA.  I prayed for his healing and wisdom to be imparted to the medical staff who were treating him.  We were able to receive the medical care and medication he needed to heal.  A stark contrast from the descriptions my husband has given about his trips to Africa.  Medical care was deemed the title, "Bring Out Your Dead Day."  In some communities, one day a week families bring their sick miles away, on foot, in hopes of receiving medicine or some sort of medical attention.  We complain about waiting in a temperature controlled waiting room longer than we think we should have to wait and others are thankful for an opportunity to bring their very ill family members miles in the elements for just possibility of medical attention.  My family is blessed to have received the education necessary to raise our family and in turn fulfill our responsibility in ensuring our children have an education.  I can have conversations with my children about their futures.  We talk about and inspire our children to become anything they would like to be and what it takes to do that.  They have so many opportunities available to them.  We are indeed so very blessed.

As you write out your Christmas cards and wrap up the presents, please consider making an impact in the lives of others.  Technology has made it more simple than ever to give; with the click of a mouse you can meet a need.  Compassion has a catalog that gives many opportunities to make a difference for tomorrow.  Click on the link to start giving:  http://www.compassion.com/catalog.htm?referer=128060

 "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." 2 Cor. 9:7 (NIV)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tidy Up

We have six people in our family and the household chores can pile up quickly. These are the basic rules we have in our house.  We have groaners and sometimes the rules can go out the window, but as our kids get older they are learning it is much easier just to do it when it needs done. 

Quick Tidy:

Make your bed every day.

Shoes off at the door.

Everything has a place or goes away.

Always Rinse Your Dishes.

Laundry is done daily.

A basket in every room for quick pick up.

Laundry baskets in all the bedrooms and bathrooms.

Saturday mornings are for cleaning.  You shall not pass go until all surfaces have been wiped down, dusted, swept, mopped, and vacuumed.

I remind myself and children of this verse on Saturdays and have incorporated listing our blessings each week to help keep the murmuring down to a minimum and our hearts in a place of gratitude.

"Do everything without grumbling or arguing."  Phil 2:14 (NIV)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Newtown, CT

As our hearts continue to break with this Connecticut community, words are lost.

Below is what is posted on the Newtown city website:

"In response, United Way of Western Connecticut in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank has created the 'Sandy Hook School Support fund" that will be able to provide support services to the families and community that has been affected."

Please consider donating.


Jesus wept.
          John 11:35


Monday, November 26, 2012

Cleaning house and Cleaning hurts

Cleaning house and cleaning hurts.

After seeing his boil I became weak at the knees. The infection that had started silently within had finally festered and came to the surface. God preserves our life. The area had to be opened and cleaned to allow the infection to be purged out. A gaping hole was left and an antiseptic wicking was put to fill and keep the hole clean. Ten days of antibiotics and more treatments to remove the wicking covered with bacteria and replace with more antiseptic. The gauze was not made of a wicking material trapping the offensive infection instead of letting it be released and then heal.

The holiday season is upon us and our busy lives somehow become even busier, if that is possible. Shopping becomes a chore, preparing for company, keeping kids focused on schoolwork amongst the excitement. And yes the dreaded cleaning. Is the forgotten coat closet or the neglected guest bathroom the visions that dance in your head? With everything added to your already full to do list, the status of your heart can quickly be put on hold allowing other things to creep in and fester. We close our hearts up to what God is trying to tell us this season. Not realizing he is there to clean our hearts daily. By the time we take a deep breath and notice what is going on around us, bacteria full of regrets have festered. Thankfully for us God preserves our lives. He cleans it out through prayer and thanksgiving. He fills our hole with wicking of wisdom, righteousness, and understanding. And pulls out the impurities, leaving a place of renewal.
Of all the things on the to-do list, remember to pray and read God's word, giving you the strength to complete the other tasks.
 You gave me life and faithful love,
and Your care has guarded my life.
Job 10:12 (HCSB)

Next Week:

Practical ways to a stress free holiday and finding those God moments in our lives during busy times.