Prayer Updates and NEW House Guests here at Martha’s Vineyard !

Dear Family and Friends:
We have much to pray for!
Late last night, active duty U.S. Navy I.T. Steven Weaver was transferred to University of Alabama Medical Center, Birmingham, AL via a medical flight team.  Steven has had a very difficult time maintaining his oxygen levels due to the numerous broken rib fractures.  According to mom, Merridyth, the doctors took off almost 500 cc fluid and blood off his right lung yesterday.  He was requiring high ventilator pressures and a special medical gas- Nitric Oxide to keep his oxygen levels up.  He needs desperately a spine stabilization surgery for his severed spinal cord but is so unstable medically to take him to surgery.  The hopes of putting him on ECMO (Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation), or in lay-man’s terms, a heart-lung bypass relief machine will greatly assist his lungs and give his heart a rest.  Steven, as you recall suffered an horrific motorcycle accident last Thursday morning.  Please be in prayer for this 30 year old young man.
Dean Williams from Crestview FL is due to go back to surgery as soon as he is stable.  Due to his inability to eat, the West Florida Hospital staff re-started TPN in a central line to give him nutrition.  His sepsis is better, but he has developed a break-down of the skin around his bladder ostomy.  His colon blockage is much better.  Until he is healed, no cancer treatment can be started to treat his on-going cancer that is still in his colon according to wife, Becky.  Dean has lost over 45 pounds according to Becky.  Please remember Dean and his family in your prayers.
Literally one hour after Merridyth left for Birmingham, received a call from Baptist Hospital.  Marvin Merrit, 71 years young suffered a significant stroke after his carotid stent was placed yesterday.  He is on full life support in the SINU there according to his wife, daughter, and grand-children.  They are from the Brewton, AL area.
Blessings,
Love, Always in His Name!
Marty Tackett
Resident Servant
Martha’s Vineyard of Pensacola
850-287-2144
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Prayer Updates and Praises here at Martha’s Vineyard of Pensacola!

Dear Family and Friends:
Praying that ALL of you stay warm!  For us here in Pensacola, a chilly 28 degree morning.  Brrr!!  But, despite the weather, we have much to sing of His Praises!
U.S. Navy Breona Mackoff was released from West Florida Rehabilitation center back to the base.  Because she is still on crutches, she has a first floor room at her dorm.  She cannot put weight on her right leg yet.  At this time, she is to return to classes on the 17th!  She will find out Friday if she requires more surgery though.  Mom, Wendy, is still with us and will not leave until they hear about the surgery decision.  Breona is doing great though!
Dean (Clyde) Williams is doing great also!  He is scheduled to go home first part of the week from Select Hospital.  According to his wife, Becky, there cannot be any chemotherapy/radiation until Dean’s body heals from his last two surgeries.  He received 3 units of blood two weeks ago and had a kidney stent placed.  He has to heal from that and his colostomy surgery to tackle his next battle the 20% colon cancer the surgeons could not get to.  He will have home health.  The good news from Becky though is that he can receive this cancer treatment in Crestview.  This is great news for them!
Keep in continued prayers for Timothy Foxhall from Frisco City, AL.  He developed a infection in his open-heart incision according to daughter, Holly.  He is back home and hopes to stay there!
Love, Always in His Name!
Marty  & Dennis Tackett
Resident Servant
Martha’s Vineyard of Pensacola
850-287-2144

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Happy New Year from our Martha’s Vineyard families and Prayer Concerns!

Dear Family and Friends:
A Blessed New Year to each one of you.
Our verse of the day is SO appropriate for 2017:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
So often we “attempt” new resolutions with the advent of the new years.  And, very often we fail- quickly.  But, when we accept Christ, as our Lord and Savior, we ARE a new creation–NEVER to be that same person again!  From the crib to the cross.  That price was paid. Praise God!
Our updates:
Jameka Powel got to go home yesterday from Select Hospital! Katrina, her mom was so grateful for all the prayers, “goodie” bags, and support for her daughter.
Dean Williams is doing really well according to wife, Becky.  He is still a patient at Select Hospital recovering from colon cancer surgery and sepsis.  He has finally gotten an appetite and is eating again!  He is walking without assistance, and doing physical therapy every day.  Their prayers are that he will be able to go home in about a week.  They are from the Crestview FL area.
Breona Mackoff, our U.S. Navy I.T. patient is doing well with her therapy at West Florida Rehabilitation center.  She is recovering from a broken leg, hip, arm, eye surgery, brain bleed,and shoulder injuries.  She was hoping to start putting weight on the broken, repaired leg.  But, the orthopedic surgeon said that according to the xray, the leg has not healed sufficiently.  According to mom, Wendy, Breona has to wait at least another 2 weeks and be re-evaluated.  Breona was pretty sad about the news, but, as we told her, she is healing.  She is a miracle in itself with all the injuries she had!
Love, Always in His Name!
Marty & Dennis Tackett
Resident Servants
Martha’s Vineyard of Pensacola
850-287-2144

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A Christmas Blessing and Prayer Updates for our families here at Martha’s Vineyard

Dear Family and Friends:
As we celebrate Our Lord’s Birth, Dennis and I consider what a blessing and privilege it is to be the resident servants here at Martha’s Vineyard.  Each who crosses the doorstep becomes “family” to us!  We were able to celebrate with the Mackoff family yesterday when they were told by the neurologist that Breona’s brain injury and bleed that occurred from her being thrown several feet was non-existent any longer!  In fact, from Wendy, Breona’s mom, the doctor said to her that there was NO evidence of ANY brain injury!  Her cognitive skills, reasoning skills, and brain functions were that as if she had never sustained an injury! His words were, “She is a Christmas miracle”.
What a blessing for this young Navy person to know she will be able to stay in her chosen field as an I.T. person.  She is hoping to be able to start walking on her repaired right leg by the end of the month.  She is moving more effectively her right repaired arm and shoulder too.  Her repaired eye and socket is looking and working appropriately also.  Dear friends of hers, the Becks, came to spend Christmas here at the Vineyard with mom and Breona.
Dean Williams is still a patient at Select Specialty hospital.  Wife, Becky, is his every-day constant companion.  We were blessed to meet one of their sons here at our recent open house.  Dean is still to under-go chemotherapy/radiation for his colon cancer, but we are all hopeful that we are going to get this under control quickly.  Dean beat bladder cancer, so, we KNOW God is in control!!
Jameka Powel is still a patient at Select hospital too.  Mom, Katrina Lindsey Powel comes every day to see her daughter who is still battling a severe abdominal infection.  Jameka is a type one diabetic according to mom.  She has always had a problem keeping her diabetes under control.  We were able to drop off a great “goodie” bag for mom and daughter filled with pajamas, fluffy throws, soups, and to-go foods for mom thanks to a wonderful group of people that threw Martha’s Vineyard a “What the Vineyard Needs” party given by Sharon and Doug Hess-Herrick.  What a blessing to be able to share some of these items with our families!  And, we have been able to re-stock a lot of items for our pantry too!!  Thanks so much Sharon and Doug!  And, ALL those angels you invited!!
Please do keep John Jordan and his family in your prayers.  Mary Jordan called me yesterday to share that John would be going back to Evergreen, AL to a hospice home.  She was telling me that even after his heart surgery, his “pumping” percentage was at best 30% and there was nothing more they could do for her husband.  He was at Sacred Heart hospital, then Select hospital.  They are from Beatrice, AL.  She shared she was grateful for all the prayers and visits by our wonderful pastoral staff of First Baptist church.
Blessings to All.  Thank you ALL so very much for ALL your prayers, love, and support.
Love, Always in His Name!
Marty & Dennis Tackett
Resident Servants
Martha’s Vineyard of Pensacola
850-287-2144

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New House Guests and Prayer Updates here at Martha’s Vineyard!

Dear Family and Friends:
Our list does appear to be getting longer!  BUT, God is Always Good!  Always faithful!!
John Jordan from Beatrice, AL had a major heart attack earlier this week.  He is in the ICU at Sacred Heart.  Wife, Mary Jordan is to now stay with Mary Brunson, one of our back-up houses.  We are having to switch some people around.  According to  his wife, John is doing well but having feet swelling issues.
Clyde Dean Williams is having some fairly serious health issues.  He had a stent placed between the kidney and exterior drain bag due to a leak in this pathway Thursday.  Dean had his bladder removed now 3 years ago due to cancer.  His colostomy is also showing signs of not “sealing” properly either.  These issues have got to be resolved before the doctors even think of him going home.  Becky, his wife is staying with us.  Dean is at West Florida hospital in the ICU.
Jameka Powell is still at Select Speciality Hospital.  Her stomach tube also has a “leak” into her abdomen which is causing infection according to mom, Katrina Powell-Lindsay.  She is staying at our local hotel with a reduced rate.  We were able to provide some more groceries to assist her in her daily costs.
Ashley Gaimey is slowly gaining strength.  According to mom, Penny, the doctors are telling Ashley that she cannot be doing any weight bearing walking for at least 3 months.  THEN, she will get to start physical rehabilitation on her broken leg.  They did start some physical therapy today on moving both of her broken collar bones. “Ouch”.  Ashley has a long way to go!
Breona Mackoff, our U.S. Navy seaman is doing well at West Florida Rehab.  She, too, cannot be doing any weight bearing walking according to mom, Wendy for at least 3 months also.  She has been doing upper body physical therapy though. Mom and friends are staying with us also.
Alvin Martin is still recuperating at Gulf Breeze Baptist hospital according to his wife.  He is off the ventilator from a serious lung pneumonia.  This has caused a serious lack of physical energy.  Mr. Martin’s daughter came in to stay with dad while mom ran back to Monroeville, AL and check on the farm.  When she comes back in, I will be placing her with another of our back-up families, Penny and Bob Cavender.  Thanks again Cavenders!
Some pretty sick folks.  But Our God is Our Great Physician!
Thanks SO much for all the wonderful donated food of late!  We have been trying to “spread” it around to all the families out there!
Love, Always in His Name!
Marty Tackett
Resident Servant
Martha’s Vineyard of Pensacola
850-287-2144
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Prayer Updates, and New House Guests here at Martha’s Vineyard !

Dear Family and Friends:
A LOT has been happening here!
Active Duty Navy Breona Mackoff is out of Baptist Hospital and at West Florida Rehabilitation Center.  She is still recovering from the accident that occurred now 3 weeks ago but she is making fantastic recovery!  She is in physical therapy for upper body strength.  Her right arm that was broken is healing well with the rod in the upper arm bone.  Her right scapula (back shoulder bone) is healing well too according to mom, Wendy who is staying with us.  She still has the total hip “fixator” that has stabilized both her broken hips.  She will not be walking for 3 months according to mom.  Her short term memory is getting better also according to mom which means the brain bleed has stabilized.  MANY prayers answered here!!
Clyde “Dean” Williams is recovering great at West Florida Hospital. Is to move to the Progressive care unit tomorrow.  He had a colon cancer removal surgery last week.  According to Becky, his wife, the surgeons were able to remove 80% of the cancer.  He now has a colostomy that we have been told is permanent.  The cancer and surgery doctors are going to get together for Dean’s next plan of action to further reduce his colon cancer.  Becky is staying with us.  Yesterday was their 51st wedding anniversary.  Please continue to pray for this family.
Jameka Powell is still at Select Specialty hospital.  Mom, Katrina Powell Lindsay is staying at our back-up hotel right now.  Jameka has a serious infection in her abdomen.  She is also a type 1 diabetic according to mom.  We are routinely taking her some “to-go” meals to help out with her meal expenses.
Stopped by Sacred Heart Hospital today also.  Ashley Gaimey is now in room 335.  Off the ventilator, and according to dad, she is hopefully done with all of her surgeries.  Two broken collar bones, fractured pelvis, and a multiple broken bone leg.  Her brain injury has stabilized also according to mom, Penny.  Took a few bags of groceries to the parents to help with their meal expenses also.  Ashley said she knows she has a long way to go.  But she is determined to be there for her four children.  Please remember her in prayer. The family is staying at our local back-up hotel also.
Alvin Martin from Monroeville, AL was transferred to Gulf Breeze Baptist last Wednesday.  He is on full life support for severe respiratory distress. His wife is staying with our back-up house, Mary Brunson.  Thanks again Ms. Mary!  According to wife, Patty, they are hoping to extubate him tomorrow.  Please remember him in your prayers too!
Lots of prayer requests.  But, lots of praise reports too!
Love, Always in His Name!
Marty Tackett
Resident Servant
Martha’s Vineyard of Pensacola
850-287-2144

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