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Kay Odle's Medical and Bereavement Fund

$50,050 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 474 people in 2 months
Created January 2, 2019
Kay Odle,  a dear widow of Reverend Larry Odle,  mother, grandmother, sister,  friend, and  sister in Christ, was severely assaulted on New Year’s Day.  The attacker was high on several drugs when he assaulted her. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital where it was determined she has a brain bleed, a broken nose,  an orbital fracture and severe bruising of her face; Not to mention the emotional and mental trauma she has endured. This happened just over one month after her husband, Reverend Larry Odle, went to be with the Lord.  

As you can imagine, all of this, compiled with the financial stress is overwhelming.  She has no husband to comfort her, nor to help provide for these medical expenses. Her family is here to provide all that they can,  and will.  However, may it be that we,  as a community, rally around Kay to not only show her emotional,  mental and spiritual support,  but also in a very tangible way, relieve the financial burden of medical expenses now and for future recovery. Kay qualifies as a true widow, in a Biblical sense,  and it is our responsibility to help care for her. 

1 Timothy 5:9-10 says, “A widow should be put on the widow’s list if she is at least sixty years old, the wife of one man, and well known for good deeds such as bringing up children, entertaining strangers, washing the feet of the saints, imparting relief to the afflicted, and devoting herself to every good work.” 

Who of us, who knows Kay,  has not been blessed in some way by her giving spirit whether by her prayers for us, or some good work?  
It is for this reason we are setting up this Go Fund Me account. Please give what you can,  and know that your giving is a holy act of obedience, to bless Kay, who needs our help during this time of need.
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I have had a few requests for an update on my condition, and I must say, that humbles me. I am blessed by your faithfulness and thoughtfulness. I am overwhelmed by your support and uplifted by your encouragement. Thank you so much. God truly blesses me through you. I am doing well from the neck down, except for my left knee which is quite stiff. The neck up is more of a challenge! My doctor was surprised the hematoma in my cheek is still there and as large as it still is. He is giving me 3 months, and if it hasn't healed by then, may have to do surgery. Would you pray with me for healing there?
My right eye socket has what he described as a :pothole" on its floor. The optic nerve falls into the hole caused by a large break and gets drug out, scraped across broken, rough bone when I look around, try to read, give you updates, etc.! The right eye is sore most of the time. They dont feel surgery is a safe or good option. But are hoping I can tolerate it as is. And then there is the brain injury...a real frustration and challenge.
Concerning my brain injury, I have a hard time with short term memory. Holding on to new information is very hard, following through on a task is very hard. I find my self pausing to search for words. I get exhausted doing things that I never used to even think about
..like talking ! I have to take "brain breaks" every hour ( close eyes, rest, no distractions). I don't always answer the phone because I am sleeping, or resting , or just too tired to talk. Post traumatic stress disorder is an issue for me. I get frightened when the doorbell rings, or I hear a strange sound. I'm going for counseling starting today, which will hopefully help me get past this hurdle . I dont like these feelings!
The last thing I would like to ask your prayers for is guidance for the future concerning both Elloh and me. I am finding it extremely difficult, bordering on impossible to care for Elloh alone, and am running out of options ( read "people") to help. God has assured me that He has a plan, and that I should " Be still and know that he is God" regarding Elloh and her future. Would you pray along with me that in the perfect time God will reveal that plan, and the person(s) to provide for Elloh? Thank you so very much for your faithfulness in prayer and kind words of encouragement .They have strengthened and blessed me. Your gifts of money have allowed me to stay in my house longer, which was a big concern. That looming fear was removed thanks to your generosity. I will never have enough words or the right words to fully express what your support has meant to me. From my heart to yours, thank you , and may God bless you even more than you have blessed me. Firmly in His grip, Kay
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An update from Kay-

Hello! This is my first "personal" post since the attack. I want to say THANK YOU with every fiber of my being to all of you. I am totally overwhelmed with the love, support (in SO many ways) and prayers offered on behalf of me and my family. My brain is still "fuggy"(fuzzy and foggy) from the brain bleed and injuries. I have been limiting visitors and not taking phone calls. I haven't been able to read posts, cards, etc. My friends have read the cards to me though, and I have been blessed by them. I am still dealing with the broken nose (mending), eye sockets (hopefully mending) and cheekbone (stable and mending). Still lots of swelling on the left side, and a hematoma that needs to go away, so it doesn't have to be cut out. (They were going to do a procedure to drain it, but it had dried and they were unable to do it.) A new development is that I may have contracted MRSA from Jesse during the attack. I will know for sure by next Tuesday or Wednesday. I am starting to wear out here, so will quit for now, but just HAD to tell you how much your support has meant to me. I feel so blessed. Thank you again and LOVE to you all.
-Kary
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Last Sunday, my son Cole and I went to visit Kay. After playing with Lacey, Kay’s dog for several minutes, Cole was standing in the kitchen while Kay finished the scrambled eggs she proudly made for herself. She looked at him and said, “Cole, if I wasn’t already strong in the Lord before this happened, I wouldn’t be here. Things happen in life that you just need to be ready for. Keep your walk with Jesus strong. Trust Him. Walk with Him. Be ready for whatever He allows into your life.” I could tell the words sunk in. Being exhorted by a woman whose joy radiates through black eyes, whose words come from a mouth filled with a hematoma on the left side, and still manages speak words of encouragement and praise will not be forgotten.
Kay’s inward person, like scripture says is, “being renewed day by day.” Her body is healing, but it is a painful process. Monday, she will have a procedure to drain the hematoma, and she still has severe pain in her left eye. Please pray that the procedure will help relieve the pain, making talking and eating less cumbersome. Please pray that she will get relief from the eye pain and that her headaches will subside.

The family will be having a small private funeral for Jesse this weekend. Knowing that they will be burying his body, but celebrating that his soul is with Jesus brings them great comfort. Only a merciful powerful God can do such things. I am attaching a link to the church service from Kay’s church where Greg, who spoke with Jesse the day before he died, shares the story of Jesse’s salvation. The story starts at about minute 34, but I encourage you watch the whole sermon. I believe you will be blessed.

http://www.faithsf.com/sermons/the-carpenter-and-his-crew/
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