July 20, 2018

For your prayers -

Michael Foppe (engaged in Synodically Authorized Ministry) and his family welcome your prayers.  Yesterday, Michael and another volunteer were viciously assaulted as they were serving at the Interfaith Food Pantry in Belleville, IL, by a man who entered the building.  Michael was hospitalized with serious facial bone fractures and significant damage to one of his eyes.  Contrary to newspaper reports, MIchael's damaged eye has not been removed.  Though that eye is permanently damaged, there is hope at this time that he may regain some use of it.  We pray for this.

O God, the strength of the injured and the comfort of sufferers, mercifully accept our prayers and give to this your servant the gift of your healing power, that further peril may be averted, and in particular that Michael's damaged eye will find the recovery that is possible.  Send your Spirit to comfort, strengthen, and sustain in faith this family and all who accompany loved ones through serious injury, to cast our anxiety on you, for you care for us, through the same Jesus Christ.  Amen.