Voddie Baucham is a faithful servant of Christ. He has been a dear friend for nearly twenty years and serves with me as a board member of Founders Ministries and founding faculty member of the Institute of Public Theology. As his newsletter below indicates, he is facing a serious medical trial. Christians around the world are praying for him and his family. Many would also like to help out financially, realizing that as he, Bridget, and their family walk this path, they will face significant expenses.
In response to many requests to help out directly, I am setting up this fundraiser to assist the Bauchams as expenses mount. All gifts given will go directly to the Bauchams. Kristen Ellis (listed above) is an authorized representative for the Bauchams Medical Trust and will be assisting transferring the donations directly to the Baucham family.
As the President of Founders Ministries, and in behalf of our board I encourage you to give as you are able to help our brother.
- Tom Ascol, President of Founders Ministries
02-14-21 UPDATE: Over the last 24 hours I have consulted with people associated with the planned medical care for Voddie. They have told me that conservative estimates for his anticipated treatments is one million dollars. That is why I have raised the goal, in hopes that we can provide all that our brother will need and alleviate him of any financial concerns in seeking treatment. Thank you for your generosity in giving.
From Voddie Baucham:
Brethren, if you have ever considered supporting us in prayer, please do so now. We are walking through the darkest valley we have ever faced. Not only have we experienced a great deal of loss in recent weeks, but we are also facing a family health crisis.
At the end of my Winter Preaching Tour, I felt unwell. I thought I had just worked too hard (17 preaching dates in 18 days, 7 sessions the last 3 days, etc.). However, as it turns out, I was experiencing heart failure!
I had first noticed the symptoms at the end of December when Bridget and I returned to Dallas to bury her mother. I experienced fatigue, and shortness of breath, among other things. However, I chalked it up to traveling with heavy bags and restrictive masks (not the trifecta of a hereditary heart defect, last February's mysterious "pneumonia," and untreated sleep apnea).
Six days after bringing Bridget back to Lusaka, I turned around and embarked on what ended up being the busiest tour I've ever done. On the way home, there were stretches when I felt what I could only describe as being waterboarded every two or three minutes. That night, upon arriving in Lusaka, I contacted our family doctor. The next morning I was at a medical center doing a series of labs and tests that revealed the worst. I was experiencing full-blown heart failure.
As I write this update, Bridget and I are making arrangements to fly back to the USA, where I will undergo a series of labs, exams, and treatments. Some of those will be significant. Hence, the call to prayer and plea for help.
1. Please pray that the Lord will grant us traveling mercies.
2. Please pray that he will grant me strength for the journey. Right now, it is challenging just walking from the bedroom to the kitchen table; I don't know how I am going to survive a 36-hour trip.*
3. Please pray for God's providential healing.
Please pray for my dear wife as she walks through yet another valley—this time with her 'rock' leaning on her.
Please pray for our children. They are terrified. May the Lord use this to teach them to trust in the Father who never gets weak or sick.
4. Please pray for the doctors who will treat me.
5. Please pray for finances to come through as we are currently uninsured and will have to cover everything out-of-pocket.
6. Please pray for our witness as we endure this trial. We often think our faith shines brightest when we are on mountain tops when in fact, it is the dark valley that offers the sharpest relief and clearest contours.
7. Please pray for me as I strive to lead my family while facing the reality of my own dependence.
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