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Prayer for Jim Whorton

Dear Friends,

South African preacher Andrew Murray famously said, “Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only in unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect the unexpected things ‘above all that we ask or think.’”

My wife, Bev, and I have experienced this the past two years. When we first discovered her breast cancer had returned and was going to require a double mastectomy, we were privileged to be joined by thousands of followers of Christ around the world praying for her healing. Six months later, the cancer had spread to her bones, and for a year she experienced daily excruciating pain.

Then remission . . . then remission with more good days than bad days . . . then almost pain free.

We have another prayer request, this time for Jim Whorton, the Compass North Florida Director. Jim and his wife, Christy, are extraordinarily godly people. They have had a massive impact on Compass worldwide by their example and prayers.

Recently, Jim began to experience something usual: his eyelids wouldn’t open on command; it’s called Blethora Spasm. Many prayed for Jim’s healing, and the control of his eyelids is much improved. However, just as with Bev’s cancer spreading, Jim’s condition has migrated to his neck and shoulders (medical name for this is Bystonia) and in his words, “I have become a Bobble Head!” He can’t keep his head steady and erect, and is experiencing relentless severe pain.

Soooooo, would you please join us in praying for this amazing brother in Christ to be healed?

Thank you VERY much!

Warmly in Christ,
Howard Dayton

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Bev Cancer Update 7.2.13

My wife, Bev, and I met with her oncologist this afternoon to learn if her breast cancer has metastasized to her bones. There was good news and there was challenging news.

Many of you have joined us in praying that the spots on her pelvis and spine would not be cancer, or if it is, that the breast cancer would only be attacking the bone. He confirmed that it is the breast cancer and that the only place it is in evidence is in the bone. The strength of the bones have been compromised, but they can recover much of the lost strength.

The doctor also told us that this cancer is never completely eradicated. According to him, the best we can hope for is that the cancer would go into remission and there is a very high likelihood this will occur.

We have been overwhelmed with the prayers, encouragement and the helpful counsel of so many of you personally.

Bev is going to fight this cancer three ways: (1) Spiritually, by prayer, staying in God’s word, meditating on His promises and love, and staying connecting to her family and friends. (2) Medicine, by using the best doctors and treatments available. (3) Alternative treatments, by eating a really healthy diet and getting good advice on how to strengthen her immune system.

Sooooooo, the initial treatment will be medication designed to block the Continue reading Bev Cancer Update 7.2.13

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Update on Bev

First of all, my wife, Bev, and I want to thank so many of you for praying for her health after she was admitted to the hospital for what the doctors suspected was breast cancer metastasized to her spine.

After five days in the hospital and five comprehensive tests including a bone biopsy, the oncologist still believes her breast cancer has spread to her spine and both sides of her pelvis. We are scheduled to meet with him on Monday to learn the results of the bone biopsy.

We are praying that it isn’t cancer, however, if it is, the best case would be for it to be the breast cancer that only is affecting the bone. The treatment for this would be taking a pill that is very effective. If it is a different type of cancer, the treatments can be more difficult.

Despite the uncertainty and the waiting, we have felt an amazing sense of God’s peace. This is rooted in recognizing the Continue reading Update on Bev