However there is more backstory to the current situation and with Dwight and Gen's blessing their Son Randy Steele has given a full update.
He writes "Just a bit of a more detailed update on my dad and I’ll included some background that will give some context to what I am writing. It begins with our elder’s retreat in November. Our elders had spent time praying for the church’s direction for the year and the Lord had emphasized several things but one of them was to strengthen our member’s understanding that they are a priesthood of believers - and that they possessed the power and authority of that position.
We developed a series to accomplish that. It was set to begin in January but a week before the series started I had a sleepless night and in the early morning I heard a hissing voice clearly say “If you go through with this series I will kill your Father”. It shook me up (and my dad as well) but we renounced that lie and moved forward with the series. Shortly after dad was hit with a severe tooth infection (which caused him horrible pain and some sleepless nights) but it didn’t happen once but twice. Later his heart was being monitored and while he was in a physical therapy appointment (from an severe accident he had been in that took place in January) they recorded that his heart stopped for 5 full seconds.
That caused the doctors to make plans to put in a pacemaker. It was scheduled for last Friday but he postponed it because mom was leaving for a women’s retreat on that day plus he was going to be preaching that Sunday. He preached on the incredible power of prayer that we possess as a priesthood of believers but really struggled with a weak voice (which is normally not a problem for him). Terry pulled dad aside between services and explained that he had a horrible dream regarding the death of dad and both of my boys (Kaleb and Garren) had received dreams about his death as well. Dad promised he would be careful but later that afternoon he had packed up his truck so that he and mom could leave for the CBNW pastor’s conference that they had been really looking forward to. In his excitement, he put his foot up on the tailgate of the truck to tie his shoes. He lost his balance and as he began falling he twisted in order to catch himself but falling in this position caused a spiral fracture to his femur. He knew he couldn’t get up so he used his cell phone to call mom and get some help. His pain was so bad that he had to take an ambulance to the hospital.
Mom and dad were worried about the cost so they decided to go to the smaller hospital nearby instead of the larger main hospital further away. But the small hospital (Providence Milwaukie) are not comfortable doing this surgery on his femur without his heart issue being taken care of so they are transferring him to the larger hospital much much further away (St, Vincent’s) this afternoon where he can have the pacemaker put in tomorrow but then will have to wait another day or two before they can operate on his leg. All the while Dwight is in severe pain. It has been hard to watch but maybe most disturbing thing was this morning my dad kept telling my mom that something wasn’t right. She kept pressing him to figure out what was wrong. He finally said “It’s me”. She asked what he meant by that. He started to cry and finally said “I am scared”. She replied “Scared? Hon, what do you mean?” With tears in his eyes he said “I am going to die”.
What really shook my mom up because of all these threats from the enemy that has been taking place but the Mayhews and Tademas reminded us of Proverbs 26:2 “Curses will not harm someone who is innocent, they are like sparrows or swallows that fly around and never land”. The enemy is a liar and loves to terrorize even by making these empty threats but we are in spiritual battle and in light of Dwight’s message regarding the power of prayer possessed by the priesthood of believers, we are asking that you join in using that power given to us by God as he goes through the somewhat risky leg surgery (although it will be much less risky when he gets the pacemaker in).
Hopefully that gives you some details and we will try and keep you updated as best as possible. Right now he is in enough pain that he is asking that visitors wait until he is feeling a little better. Thank you all for your words of encouragement. It means so much to both mom and dad."
So with this update, and with permission we have set up a Go Fund Me page to help assist with growing medical costs. Please feel free to share and give what you are able to.
- Gwen & GAry Haase
- Ginger Douglas
- Paul Morris
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