Meet my friend, Jon, the #InvincibleIntercessor. He is a ‘wounded warrior’ with the biggest heart. Jon walks with Jesus, and is a Prayer Warrior, Counselor, and Friend to many on social media, where he is known as ‘The Intercessor’. Give him a follow on Twitter: The Intercessor @ Justice4AllCQ
For many years, Jon enjoyed a career working for the State of Ohio as an electrician. He also had a business on the side doing remodeling. He is a loving dad to his son and daughter. Before his back was injured, he loved riding his Harley, and won awards for his Archery Skills. He was, and still is, known among his friends and business associates as an excellent grill master.
Jon’s health began to deteriorate when he was diagnosed with severe Spinal Stenosis. After a second surgery to try and stabilize his spine, doctors told Jon that he would never walk again. He was in a wheelchair for some time, and spent months in a rehabilitation facility.
Jon learned to walk again with the Lord’s help, after crying out to God that he did not want to live. God rescued him from that valley and gave Jon the will to live, and a purpose for his life. Jon has a vision for using the land he inherited to bless others, and living only on his small disability pension, he followed the Lord’s direction to make his home there.
Jon suffers from 4 types of Arthritis, and he has advanced Spinal Degeneration and Spinal Stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a medical term for narrowing of the spinal canal. This causes Jon to experience symptoms of pain and pinched nerves in his neck, arm, and back, as well as weakness, numbness, and tingling in his legs. Jon suffers from Saddle Parenthesis which causes numbness from his groin to his toes. He is medically disabled.
There are still days when Jon cannot walk at all due to his chronic pain and the loss of feeling in his legs. He doesn’t take conventional pain meds, relying instead on God’s grace and mercy on days when his pain is off the charts.
He has made his own version of a ‘tiny house’ out of an old pavilion on land he inherited. This pavilion was built using lumber from an old wooden swing set that stood on his land, with foraged tin for the roof. God recently provided funds for a new roof, as the old tin roof leaked. Jon gets water from a rainwater catchment system and also hauls water from a spring nearby. In winter the pipes from his catchment system regularly freeze.
Here are some pictures of the process. The structure below is what Jon converted into a shelter last winter.
His son lives with him in these cramped quarters. His son suffers from a rare spinal disease, Scheuermann's Kyphosis. Two years ago, at age 16, Jon’s son had Spinal fusion surgery, and has limitations due to his disease.
Psams 1 comes to mind when I think of Jon. It speaks of the man who chooses to walk ‘out of step’, with the world.
‘Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take but whose delight is in the law of the Lord.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.’
Jon and his son are asking the Lord to provide a modest home before Winter.
Their temporary residence presents many challenges, and The Intercessor is believing God will provide a home. Please pray about helping
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