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Heide Lehman

Summer 2011

First I want to give God all the glory for the great things He has done! Through a program called “First Place 4 Health”, a Jesus Christ centered healthy living/wholeness program 3 ½ years ago, God has blessed me with loosing 140lbs!

I was a year round athlete all my life so I could eat whatever I wanted in large quantities and I burned it off. Even through college I only gained 15 lbs because I continued to burn off what I ate. Once I graduated college with a degree in Sports Medicine and athletic training and started my job that is when things started to change. Like all of us, work filled much of my time and I didn’t exercise or play sports much. So the weight started increasing. Then I met my husband, Bob, here at this church and eventually got married. I kept gaining more weight. It wasn’t until we started to have children that I reached my highest weight of 300lbs. See I had been very healthy all of my life until this point. During my pregnancies I had high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, and needed bed rest. I was told if things didn’t change these health problems will be your future. That scared me and I started to take my health very seriously. That is when God stepped in.

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Pamela Offineer

August 31, 2010.  Leukemia, the one word I remember the doctor saying slammed me into a shocked silence.  My mind was incapable of forming a complete thought.  After 30 minutes of, well, I’m not sure what, the fog lifted just enough for me to remember that the doctor had also said that he had good news and bad news.  So I blurted out, “But what’s the good news?”

“It’s treatable.” was the reply.  No cure, just treatment, for the rest of my life to save my life.  At the time it didn’t seem like good news, at least not the kind I wanted. That day began a roller coaster journey emotionally, mentally and physically.  I literally began to mourn the loss of the healthy body that I wanted.

Denial – An inconclusive bone marrow biopsy had us convinced that I had been misdiagnosed.  So we prayed that God would help the doctors see their mistake, but God said “No.” 

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Niada Stoneburner

Below is a testimony I wrote to send with the Children's Prayer calendar that I send out each month to other churches, friends and a few others. May you be encouraged by our story.

Last month I alluded to some health issues that we have been facing. Today I want to tell you how thankful I am and how good God is.

Rich has been dealing with a skin problem since last February that began with a small skin lesion which he had removed. It is a long story but the short of it is that the skin condition is rare. The skin is affected by lymph cells that are abnormally in the skin. This condition that has affected his skin can also cause tumors in any major organ so he had a CT scan over all of his major organs looking for tumors. In this process they found a tumor in his kidney along with 3 kidney stones.

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