Friday Evening – Faith Hill and Baby Aaron

Frann Clark sent these today. She has sent them earlier, but for some reason got them back.

Just checked the web site & found the following. It was posted Tuesday night at 9:35. Nothing there for today yet.

There is a picture posted & he looks great–color, build

God Bless You

I am so happy to announce that Aaron entered this world last night around 9:20 CST weighing in at 6 lbs 9 oz and 19 inches long. His mother informed me that he came out screaming (could be that he was screaming at her since her epidural wasn’t given early enough and he just thought you were supposed to scream). He did not have to be incubated and isn’t on oxygen at this time (PRAISE GOD). He is being evaluated today to see what will need to be done. Scott is with him now and Faith is getting ready to go over to CHOP to be with him and she sounds great. I will keep you updated.

Hello everyone-just a quick note as we post these photos of little Aaron. We have had a long day here at the CICU, but really haven’t heard anything from the heart team on a plan. One of the drs did mention this morning that they are looking hard at his mitral valve and a possible additional problem there. We have been anxiously awaiting any more news on this issue, but there has been none.

Please pray for clarity in evaluation of Aaron’s heart and that God will show the cardiologists and surgeons the right path to take for his surgery and treatment. We hope to have some more information tomorrow to allow for more specific prayer, but right now we’re in the dark.

Aaron has only been in this world 24 hours, but we love him deeply already. We love you all for caring for him and praying for all of us.
Well, it appears that you have all summed it up very well with your comments about little Aaron. He does look quite a lot like his older brother and thus, like his daddy! These boys are chips off the old block for sure. It’s a good thing I married a handsome guy. J

Today brought about a lot of news and change after a couple of frustrating days of not knowing what was going on. First thing this morning, Scott and I got to hold Aaron. The doctors decided to stop giving him prostaglandin, also. Then right after lunch and another echo, we got to help with his first feeding. Then about 9 o’clock tonight, he got moved to a private room. This is all good news that bears some explaining to be sure.

Aaron has a complex set of heart defects consisting of double outlet right ventricle (DORV) with a subaortic ventricular septal defect (VSD), mild left ventricle hypoplasia and mild mitral valve hypoplasia. He also has mild pulmonary stenosis. This combination of defects and the physiological makeup of Aaron’s heart are allowing his heart to work well enough to provide sufficient oxygen to his lungs and body at this point. After they stopped giving him prostaglandin (to keep his PDA open and the blue and red blood mixing), his oxygen levels are still ok.

After evaluating Aaron’s heart several times since his birth, the doctors have now decided it would be best to hold off on repairing his various heart defects until he is a little older, if possible. This will allow him and his heart to grow and get stronger, giving the doctors a chance to make a better assessment for repairing his heart in one operation instead of several. Of course, having Aaron undergo only one major heart operation is preferable to several. This can be accomplished if his mitral valve is able to function well enough to sustain his heart function for a few months until surgery. Because of this new goal, they would like to keep Aaron here for 2-4 weeks to evaluate him continuously and guard against any potential problem with his mitral valve or other defects.

Of course, this plan is subject to change if Aaron’s heart cannot sustain this function. The next few days will be critical in determining his care. There is a meeting amongst the surgeons next Tuesday where Aaron’s case will be presented for review. We are waiting to see if he continues to do well and to hear what the doctors have to say after they discuss Aaron’s treatment plan next week.

We realize this is a long post and too much information to really grasp (we are struggling ourselves), so we hope it makes some sense. Scott and I covet your continued prayers as each day passes, mostly for Aaron, but for us as well. We are still commuting b/t New Jersey and Philadelphia and are very tired. We are hopeful that we can get a room at the Philadelphia RMH soon so we can visit the hospital more easily and so that we can spend some more time with my mom and Levi, as well. We apologize that we cannot return each call, email and message to us, but please know that we appreciate each and every one. We could not do this alone and are thankful for each of you and the strength we gain from the knowledge that you are lifting us up before our Father.

More good news from today. Aaron was moved to the cardiac step down unit early this morning, before we even arrived. The is the “lowest” level of care here at CHOP, so we think this is a good thing (even though we’re once again sharing a room). We can only go home from here!For now, we have been instructed to work on getting Aaron to feed well. After all, he didn’t get to eat anything for more than two days. They are watching his oxygen levels and will look at his heart again on Monday, most likely. After the surgeons’ meeting on Tuesday, they should tell us a)how long they want us to stay here locally/or in the hospital and b)when they will want to do surgery to repair Aaron’s heart. We have heard “a month or two” and “three or four months,” so we’re not really sure what to expect. Please pray that God will make the plan clear to the doctors. Of course, we are hopeful that we can come home in a couple of weeks to return later when Aaron is stronger, but we want to make sure God directs this entire situation.

We were pleased to learn today that we got a room at the Philly RMH, so Scott, Mom and Levi are busily moving in there from Camden while I stay with Aaron. Thanks to everyone for praying for this convenience issue. 🙂

We love all of you and thank you for loving us. We will send more news and pics asap.

Not to us, O Lord, not to us; but to Your name be the glory, because of Your love and faithfulness. Psalm 115:1

Thanks to Cheryl for reminding us of this wonderful scripture. 🙂


All of you should be of one mind,

full of sympathy toward each other,

loving one another with tender hearts and humble minds.

1 Peter 3:8 NLT

Billy Carl Strickland said his shoulder is now doing much better. Thank you for your prayers for him.

Mr. Raymond Anthony continues to have several health issues. Please be in prayer for him.

Ben Trappey is making a decision about a mission opportunity between the time he completes his medical classes and graduates. Pray for him and his family as he follows the Lord’s leadership in this important decision.


Kids on Mission Pray

February 22, 2008


“Let the little children come to Me,

and don’t stop them,

because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these,”

Luke 18:16b



Give thanks to God for a chance to have an English club in a Central Asian village. Christian workers met with the regional school superintendent, and he listened with a half-frown on his face. The workers told him why it would be good for students to learn English. It can help when tourists come to town and want go sightseeing. The Christians waited for the superintendent’s answer when we asked, ‘Will you let us have a club like this for children in the village school?’ With the same strict look on his face, he barked out, ‘I allow it!’.

He said they could have a club at every school in the region. They were told they could use any of the classrooms. Wow! That was more than the workers had hoped for. Pray that God uses these clubs to help Christians make friends with teachers, students and families. Pray for this superintendent that he will learn about Jesus and learn to love Him. Pray for all the children that they will fall in love with Jesus too.


e are moving up north. Please pray for my hamsters to live on the plane. RB, age 10 (East Asia)

My dad goes to many places teaching and training the Indian believers. He helps them see how they can begin churches and help people believe in Jesus. Pray for my dad as he travels lots now. Pray that we can have good family times. RACHEL, age 10 (South Asia)

I need help speaking the language. PRESTON, age 8 (Central and Eastern Europe)

One family went with a church group of Bangladeshis to a slum in their city. A few days before, a cooking stove had been left on by accident and a fire broke out. 18 families lost everything. The church group gave each family some food, clothes, and a Bible in Bangla. Please pray for the people in this slum that they may learn to trust God and accept Jesus as their Lord. CHARITY, age 11 (South Asia)

Please pray that my family will stay strong and healthy. SL, age 9 (East Asia)

Thursday – Hatchels

Pray for the Hatchels as they deal with sickness in the week before they depart for home. Mason had a virus Sunday and Monday. Then, Madison got it. Now, Boyd has the flu. Boyd has a trip to Birmingham and Memphis Tuesday. Pray he will be strong enough by them to make the trip.

They are trying to accomplish all the goals they had set. For example, Mallory wanted to go to an art museum. Jennie will take her today. Thank God for all the little things they have been able to do while on Stateside assignment.


Leroy Stringfield wrote from Prattville, Alabama:

. . . . We’re okay. The tornado his our subdivision about a half mile behind our house. Much devastation! We had no telephone,computer or t.v. from Sunday until this morning. I found a brief message from Landrum on the phone messages. So I’ve already contacted him this morning. Sorry about your close tornado. I remember as a 5 year old child in Kentwood that a deadly tornado in Amite deposited a doctor’s body high into a tree–permanent impression! . . . –Leroy

Bro. Butch Reviere is now home and recovering from the infection. Pray for him. His appetite will be back soon. You can minister to him with cards, calls, and homecooked meals. Please continue to pray for him.

Pray for Mrs. Jeanette Rodus. She’s in North Oaks in Hammond still trying to recover from her recent fall. I know she would appreciate your prayers and other ministry actions.

Mr. Henry Harris is feeling better. He had a good visit with his doctor yesterday. Thank God for Christian friends who check on Mr. Henry and help get him to the doctor when he is unable to drive himself. Please continue to pray for Mr. Henry and “Miss” Emma.

Karen Miller’s brother, Aubrey Perry in Alabama, just received another report on is melanoma condition. It was not good. He will begin nine weeks of a new treatment. Please be in prayer for him and his family. Bro. Joey and Karen will be traveling today to visit with him. Pray for them as they travel.



“Blessed [be] God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation,

that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble,

by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

~2 Corinthians 1:3-4~

Powerful Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake Rocks Western Indonesia; Tsunami Warning Issued (Headline from Fox News this morning) Please pray for the people in this area who may have been affected by the earthquake or the tsunami.













Tuesday Evening

Peggy Alford said her brother, Leroy Stringfield, and other family members in Alabama are safe. The tornado hit about half mile from his home. They were inconvenienced with no electricity, phone, etc., but that was minor compared to what happened to many homes in Prattville, Alabama. Thank God for all the lives that were spared in that tornado.

A young man who lives in the East Fort area showed me pictures of damage in his neighborhood. I didn’t know about any damage in that area, just thought it was south of Greensburg and between Arcola and Fluker. Once again, people were very thankful to be spared.