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Prayers Requested for David Ogden

Dec 16, 2004

Russ and Betty Ogden of Indianapolis request prayer for their son, David, a Grace Brethren pastor in Florida. David is a single parent, having lost his wife to cancer several years ago. We will post updates here as they are available. [UPDATE: Russ and Betty have decided to go to Florida and are leaving 9 a.m. Friday, Indianapolis time]


Our son, David, pastor of the Grace Brethren Church and School in Okeechobee, Florida, is in Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart, Florida, with pulmonary embolism– that’s the medical term for blood clots affecting both lungs.

He is in Critical Care Unit. His condition is serious.

A few weeks ago he got a scrape on his right leg that became severely infected. The hospital in Okeechobee did surgery to clean the wound. It appeared to be healing, but difficulty breathing alerted friends to admit him to the larger hospital in Stuart.

Dave’s son, Ben, will fly down tonight from Baltimore. Ida Frushour, his mother-in-law, will go from Ft. Meyer to Sebring tomorrow to look after Doug, Elijah and Bethany. Betty’ s brother, George Ralph, lives in nearby PalmBeach Gardens and will monitor his condition.

His cousin, Doris Russell, lives in Stuart and has been in to see him, but he was sedated.

Russ is registered with the hospital to approve medical procedures while David is sedated. We will decide tomorrow morning whether or not we will go down. We urgently ask your prayers for David’s full healing and for God’s guidance to us in this crisis.

“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress, I shall not be shaken” (Psalm 62:5, 6).

Yours in Christ, Russ and Betty