56 year old Kevin and Valerie are high school sweethearts and have been together for 36 years. They have a son and a daughter both in their 20’s. Kevin is an industrial engineer by trade and Valerie a nurse. Kevin’s real passion is raising sheep.
Together they have 40 acres on farmland that was originally his grandfather’s. The original farmhouse from the 1800″s still stands on the property and that is where they lived until about 8 years ago when they built another home on farm. Kevin raises the sheep for 4-H which he was very involved in as a student himself and then with their 2 children. He currently has 40 ewes and 60 babies. Together he and Valerie enjoy hiking and recently spent some time doing so in Colorado and in The Smokey Mountains.
Kevin and Val went to Myrtle Beach this past week for a vacation. It was during this time that Kevin became ill to the point of needing to be put on life support. We were contacted by Val’s brother in regard to getting them back to Indiana to the hospital where she is employed. We worked quickly to get everything in place to make this happen as quickly as possible.
As we leave Indianapolis early this morning we have the blessing of watching the sunrise at 25,000 feet and as always it is spectacular. We arrive in warm sunny Myrtle Beach and head to the hospital that we have worked with on many other occasions. Val is at the bedside and ready to get back to Indiana. She is exhausted but holding up very well. She is thankful for all that her brother has done to help. The staff is very helpful in assisting us with getting Kevin onto our cot.
As soon as we arrive at the airport Hal is ready and prays over Kevin as we place him into the aircraft. Valerie is a little nervous as she shares her fear of heights. We assure her the flight will be smooth and she does not have to look out of her window if she doesn’t want to. Both she and Kevin did very well on the flight. Valerie even looked out her window a time or two.
We landed and transferred Kevin into the ambulance for the ride to the hospital. It is much colder in South Bend than Myrtle Beach but Valerie is so relieved to have him back home. We arrived at the hospital where the staff were waiting and after transferring him into bed we prayed for his recovery.
During our flight back home we dodge a few rain clouds as we once again observe the beauty in the sky that the Lord has put before us.
Please pray that he will come through this and will be able to come off of the ventilator soon.
KNOW THAT THE LORD IS GOD. IT IS HE WHO MADE US, AND WE ARE HIS; WE ARE HIS PEOPLE, THE SHEEP OF HIS PASTURE.
Thank you to Hal, Jason and Chris for sharing this mission with me.