Martha’s Vineyard House Updates, Prayer concerns, Praises, and New House Guests!!

Dear Family and Friends:
Wayne Benson, 63 years young had a really bad heart-attack this past Tuesday.  We welcomed in Joan Younger, his mom, and brother, Michael Kent from Independence, MO.  They are staying with Mary Brunson, one of our great back-up houses close to the Vineyard.  Great people.  Joan is just 85 years young herself!  Wayne is in the CCU, Room 475 at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Istvan Fabien is still recuperating from toe amputation due to diabetes according to Edna McDonald.  Edna says he is doing much better and she will visit him twice a week from Jay, FL verses coming every day.  She had been staying with Mary Brunson.  Ms. Edna is Istvan’s caretaker, but when you talk to her, he is her friend, and very much family to her also.
Elenor Hale is at Select Hospital.  Still recuperating from infection and skin graft healing.  Jenny Porter is staying with Grace Barry.  Jenny has expressed to us how grateful she is for Grace.  She told me that knowing she has a safe place to stay is everything!  Ms. Elenor is just 89 years young from near Greenville, AL.
Tom and Jeanie McCutchen continue to be here for their son, Tommy.  Tom Sr. developed an ear infection earlier in the week.  Our doctor, Dr. Lourdes Virtusio made room for him at her office!  He is doing better but Dr. “V”, as we call her, saw Tom again on Friday and increased his doses on a couple of prescriptions.  When the McCutchens move here, they have said they know who their family doctor is going to be!
Jessica Gajka had a very important meeting with her cancer doctors this past week.  When in town, the Gajkas’
had been taken care of by Penny and Bob Cavender.  After several weeks of chemotherapy, the doctors reported to Jessica that her stage 4 liver and breast cancer was as follows:  The breast tumors were “micro” size!  The liver tumors were “much” smaller too!  The oncologists were so encouraged that Jessica will be able to continue her chemotherapy via a pill form at home!! God scored a BIG Touchdown!!! The entire Gajka family are SO thankful to all the prayers that have come their way.  We will keep everyone updated on Jessica, Tim, and their three children.
Another praise: Felix Lopez, active duty Navy, and another of our previous Martha’s Vineyard families, has had his final knee surgery.  He experienced a severe accident now 5 months ago when a truck did not see him and literally ran over Felix on his “long board” (i.e. skateboard).  Felix is to leave for Japan and bring home his wife and baby daughter here to Pensacola N.A.S.
Kelly Kachelle sent me a message about Larry, her husband at Sheppard’s Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta, GA. Larry continues to improve with “baby” steps.  Walking more every day.  Talking his “head off” according to Kelly.  And over-all improving more and more.  Kelly told me she, too, is very grateful to God and all the prayers for her and Larry.
Stopped in today to visit with Alice Oakleaf at Baptist Hospital, room 493.  Talked with mom, Zoe and dad, Ernie.  According to both of them they recognize that Alice has a long way to go, but has noticed that at times, Alice is putting small sentences together.  And she is now eating more on her own!  I asked Alice to say “Hi Marty”.  And she did!!  She still will go off on little number phrases, but all of a sudden, she will look at you and tell you she is hungry!  Alice’s parents are trying to get through all the paperwork to get her transferred to a  brain-injury rehab in Little Rock, AR.  These parents are so sweet, and yet so faithful to Alice.
Also stopped to pray for Zakk Gossett, room 448 at Sacred Heart Hospital.  Zakk remains in contact isolation, but pray out loud I did as I stepped into the room.  For the first time since I have been coming to see Zakk, he opened his eyes.  He appeared to try and lift his head some as I talked to him too.  Another first.  I reminded Zakk that God was with him.  That God has a plan for his life.  Please join me in prayer for Zakk.
Love, Always in His Name!
Marty Tackett
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Martha’s Vineyard of Pensacola
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Prayer Updates and New House Guests here at Martha’s Vineyard !

Dear Family and Friends:
Thank you Grace Barry for taking in the family of Elenor Hale, from Alabama.  Jenny Porter is staying with Grace while we work through our re-construction issues in our back bedroom.  Elenor is at Select Hospital recuperating from skin graft infection.  Jenny tells us her mom has informed the family that she will only be in the hospital one more week–then she is going home.  Please pray for her and the entire family that it is so!  Jenny is from Tennessee.
Istavan Fabien is still recovering from his toe amputation at Life Care Rehabilitation center.  His care-taker, Edna McDonald, is staying with another one of our back-up houses.  Thank you Mary Brunson for helping us!
Heard from Kelly Kachele.  Her husband, Larry is now walking at Shepherd’s Rehab in Atlanta, GA!  Yes, he does require some assistance, but what a miracle it is to have him walking after that near-death motorcycle accident!  Kelly tells us that Larry has re-named her, “Let’s Go!”.  It is all he says every time he sees her!  Kelly knows that God has His hand on Larry and that every step is for HIM!  She just asks for continued prayers for her sweet husband.
Tom and Jeanie McCutchen have decided they like Pensacola, FL really well.  So much so, they are seriously considering moving here!  They feel that because their only son, wife, and grandson live here, “Why not?”.  This will be a very big move for them.  Please be in prayer for their entire family as they sort out all the particulars in doing so.  Please continue to pray for their son, Tommy, too.
Please keep in prayer our active duty Air Force Family too!  Jessica Gajka was to receive news from her MRI concerning how the chemotherapy is reacting with the Stage 4 liver and lung cancer.  Tim, her husband is doing double-duty: His family and OUR country!
Alice Oakleaf continues to improve very slowly at Baptist Hospital.  Alice had severe head trauma from her car accident.  Her parents, Ernie and Zoe Oakleaf travel back and forth from Little Rock, AR.  They are due back here next week.  She is in room 484.
I am going to continue to lift up Zakk Gossett, room 448 at Sacred Heart Hospital.  Zakk, too, sustained severe head trauma from a car accident June 16, 2016.  His mother, Melissa Smith lives in Arlington, TX.  Zakk has only a couple of cousins that live in the area.  Sadly, he has very few visitors according to mom.  Mom because of the distance, cannot come very often either.  She told me that his “near vegetative” state so deeply upsets her that she has a very hard time just being there.  Zakk is just 26 years old.  He is in contact isolation due to now multiple infections going on with him too.  As hard as it is to see him this way, I pray out loud when I am in his presence.  I know God hears our prayers.  And, just in case, I want Zakk to hear them too.
Love, Always in His Name!
Marty Tackett
Resident Servant
Martha’s Vineyard of Pensacola
850-287-2144
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New House Guests and Updates here at Martha’s Vineyard !

Dear Family and Friends:
We welcomed in Tom & Jeanne McCutchen from upper Michigan.  The McCutchens are back to check in on their son, Tommy.  Glad to have them back!
Yesterday, we welcomed in Edna Fay McDonald.  She is the caretaker of Istvan Fabien from Jay, FL.  He had two toes amputated at Gulf Breeze Baptist.  He just got moved to Life Care on Olive Road for rehabilitation.  Ms. Edna will be staying with one of our back-up houses.  Mary Brunson, who is a young “92” while we continue to work on the drywall situation here at Martha’s Vineyard.  We are down a bedroom and bath at this time.
Jessica Gajka, our 34 year old mom being treated on an out-patient basis for stage 4 breast and liver cancer is to have a very important MRI Monday.  According to her, the oncologist is hoping that the chemotherapy is slowing or stopping the cancer growth.  She is hoping to be able to have the cancers extracted from a surgery then.  If not, she will be undergoing aggressive radiation three days a week.  Please keep this young mom with three young children, an active-duty Air Force husband, Tim in prayer.  Thank you so much Penny Cavender for being there to help this family.  Jessica’s mom has also come to help her daughter out.  The Gajka family live in Crestview.
I went to visit Zakk Gossett at Sacred Heart.  He is in room 448.  Zakk sustained a massive head injury when he rolled his car now almost 3 months ago.  Zakk is not doing well prayer partners.  He now has a couple of bedsores that are pretty bad according to family.  His mental state is not good either.  Zakk hardly wakes up.  He is only 27 years old.
I also was able to visit with Alice Oakleaf today at Baptist Hospital, room 484.  Alice, according to mom, sustained a massive head injury now 10 weeks ago from a car accident.  Her brain swelled, the neurosurgeons had to remove a flap of her skull, and has since replaced it after the swelling went down.  Alice will talk to you in nonsensical sentences.  Her parents are in from Little Rock, AR.  Mom, Zoe and dad, Ernie try and spend as much time as they can with Alice.  They are hoping to take Alice back to their home in Little Rock.  Zoe was telling me today that Alice had just moved here for a job transfer.  She had only been here 30 days when the accident occurred.
Please be in prayer for the Kairos Prison Ministry team at Century, FL Correctional Facility.  Dennis, my husband is only one of SO many volunteers who are giving up their time and real belief that they can help these “guys in blue” renew, rejoice, and find their love again in Jesus Christ!  Dennis shared with me tonight that God has been moving in an awesome way this weekend. Praise God!
Love, Always in His Name!
Marty Tackett
Resident Servant
Martha’s Vineyard of Pensacola
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Martha’s Vineyard Updates!!!

Dear Family and Friends:
Abby Donach was able to go home from Baptist Hospital.  Her husband, Troy is going to be taking care of her at home.  Best of luck to both of you!
Joshua Torres was released from West Florida Hospital.  As you recall, his friend died at the scene from their motorcycle accident now 4 weeks ago.  His parents, Mary and Jose’ Torres stayed with us.  Both of their sons are active duty Navy.  Because San Antonio, TX has a great rehabilitation center, Joshua can finish his 6 to 9 month rehab there!  Best of luck to our active duty guys!!
Jessica Gajka completed yet another round of chemotherapy.  She has a up-coming PET scan.  This is going to determine how much chemotherapy she is going to get.  She has stage 4 liver and lung cancer.  With two babies, 7 months and 2 years, and a 11 year old, Tim and Jessica have their hands full.
We have the McCutchen family coming back in on September 6.  Grandma, Gloria is coming along too to check on Tommy, their son.
Need to add yet another family to our prayer list.  Joe Smelly, 24 years old is having a stent place in his kidney at Sacred Heart Hospital.  His mom, Shelia Martin, and sister who, by the way is just precious, has Down’s Syndrome too, will be staying with Penny Cavender when in town from Crestview.  Thank you AGAIN, Penny for all you do for the Gajka family- babysitting when mom, Jessica is in chemo, and now for the Martins!
Zakk Gossett is still at Sacred Heart. Zakk sustained a head injury when he rolled his car now 3 months ago.  Please continue to pray for this young man.  He is 26 years young.
Alice Oakleaf remains at Baptist Hospital.  With her head injury, she gets easily confused.  I tried talking to her this morning.  Alice has a long way to go. Please continue to pray for her.
We will be starting a repair here at Martha’s Vineyard.  Remember that 27 inch rainfall we had about 2 years ago?  Well, we had the Vineyard inspected after and no damage to the structure showed up.  Last November, we noticed a crack in what we call the “Green” bedroom. Then, we noticed some mold on the outside of the brick in the back yard.  Phillip Napier from Christian Ministries is heading up a crew to cut into the wall in this room.  No other rooms appear to be affected.  We have some cracks in the ceilings we are going to address and get repaired too.  Mr. Napier told me Tuesday, the wall has 50% moisture in it.  Not Good.  We will be down a bedroom and bath until all these repairs are done.  Please pray this is going to be contained.  The crack is much worse since November, 2015.  We have to get this done.
Love, Always in His Name!
Marty Tackett
Resident Servant
Martha’s Vineyard of Pensacola
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Dear Family and Friends:
We welcomed in today the family of active duty Navy, Joshua Torres.  Parents, Mary and Jose’ Torres are here to support their son after a tragic motorcycle accident one week ago.  Joshua was the passenger on his friend’s motorcycle when a truck hit them.  His friend died at the scene.  Joshua broke his femur in 10 places, and a wrist fracture.  Due to privacy, we cannot reveal his friend’s name, but he, too, was serving our Navy too.  Joshua has had surgery at Baptist Hospital, and just today moved to West Florida’s Rehabilitation center.  He has a rod and pins in his femur. The wrist has been set.  Road rash to the bone has been grafted on one arm.  He was wearing his helmet- Thank God.  Parents are from San Antonio, TX.  His brother is coming Monday.  He, too, is active duty also.  Mary, Joshua’s mom is asking for prayers for the family of his friend that died.
Abby Donach at Baptist Hospital has moved out of SINU to room 212.  According to husband, Troy, she is having difficulty sleeping with her sleep machine which is necessary for her to maintain oxygen levels.  Her skin grafts are healing-slowly.  She is to move to Select Hospital sometime this coming week.
Larry Kachele was flown to Atlanta, GA to Shepherd’s Rehabilitation Center Thursday.  Kelly, his wife is there with him.  Received a message from Kelly today that Larry is having a really hard time adjusting to all the new sights and sounds.  He hasn’t slept much and concentrating for physical rehab has been rough.  Shepherd’s is renowned for their brain and spinal injury patient rehabilitation.  Kelly asks for prayers that Larry will rest and allow his own brain injury to calm down and listen to his therapists.  She did share that the therapists told her that some brain injury patients take a few days to adjust to new surroundings.
Alice Oakleaf is healing well at Baptist Hospital.  When her parents are in town, Ernie and Zoe Oakleaf stay at a local hotel because they have their furry four-legged friends with them.  Alice’s boyfriend, from Tennessee stays with her when in town too.  Alice is recovering from a brain injury and just had the skull flap replaced in her skull after the blood clot was evacuated according to mom.
Zakk Gossett is still at Sacred Heart.  Now 3 months ago, Zakk had a horrible car accident in which he sustained a head injury.  According to family he is battling sepsis.  Zakk’s still has not come out of his coma since the accident.  Mom, Melissa Smith cannot come very often from Arlington, TX.  Zakk has a sweet girl friend and some cousins about 30 minutes from the hospital.  Zakk is just 26 years old.
Jessica Gajka has had her second round of chemotherapy.  Penny Cavender takes care of the children when she has a doctor’s appointment, cancer treatment, or whatever.  What a blessing!  Thanks so much Penny!
Thank you all for the prayers.  They mean SO much to our families and their loved ones.
Love, Always in His Name!
Marty Tackett
Resident Servant
Martha’s Vineyard of Pensacola
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Dear Family and Friends:
Larry Kachele is making such good progress from his now 3 month recuperation from his motor cycle accident that Kelly was telling us last night that Shepherd’s Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta will accept him!!! He is due to be transferred in approximately 2 to 3 weeks.  WOW!  From a guy who started out in a full coma for over 30 days and is now eating all kinds of soft foods, talking, and trying to stand, this is a BIG answer to prayer! This morning he got to feast on Den’s sausage gravy and biscuits softened by the gravy–His favorite according to wife Kelly.  Keep those prayers coming!!!  Both Larry and Kelly are retired Coast Guard!
Terasa Knoll, who was a spinal cord injury patient was able to move to North Carolina finally!  Please continue to pray for her and her rehabilitation after her diving accident.
Zakk Gossett, 26 year old car accident is still recovering from severe brain and broken bone issues at Sacred Heart Hospital.  Mom, Melissa Smith was not able to make it in from Arlington, TX.  He is in room 439.
Alice Oakleaf is still on our prayer list at Baptist Hospital.  Parents, Ernie and Zoe Oakleaf come in from Little Rock, AR to visit as often as they can.  They stay at our local hotel back-up when they come into town. Alice is still recovering from a massive sepsis.
Abby Donach, from Andalusia, AL had hopefully her last surgery yesterday to close a skin opening on her abdomen.  According to Troy, her husband, she had great difficulty waking up once they moved her back to the floor after surgery and Abby was placed in PCU last night with low oxygen level and required the mask-bipap machine to keep her oxygen level up.  Recovering now from two surgeries and keeping her lungs clear is a very big task for Abby.  Troy says the doctors are worried that Abby may be developing a lung infection too.
Coming in Monday to the Vineyard is the family of “Fetch” McKinney from Chipley, FL.  Fetch has had a massive stroke according to his sisters.  Fetch is 57 years young.  He is currently at Ft. Walton Beach Medical Center.  I have told the three family members I will hold my only room for them as they are fairly certain the move will occur to either Sacred Heart or Baptist Hospital.  Praying for safe travel for this entire family.
Thank you ALL for the prayers and safe travel for Dennis and I this past week.  We had a wonderful, praise celebration for Doug Tackett, Den’s younger brother back in Floyds Knobs, IN.  Knowing that Doug accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior had meant everything !!  Thanks so much for all the cards, notes, and phone calls. Atkins Chapel U.M.C. was our second church Dennis had been pastor at.  Many of his family are buried there.  It was a true homecoming!
Love, Always in His Name!
Marty Tackett
Resident Servant
Martha’s Vineyard of Pensacola
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