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Prayers for peace and encouraging results with medical appointment and tests on Monday 1-7-19, and comfortable relationship with a new doctor at this appointment. Also prayers for and adult daughter and son to come back into a saving relationship with the Lord.

Received: January 5, 2019

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Ashlyn’s Story Welcome to Ashlyn's Caringbridge site. We hope that you will enjoy learning a bit about our angel, and what a strong little girl she is, despite the difficulties she has!

Ashlyn was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome in Mar. 2007. In Oct 2008, she developed medically intractable epilepsy, and in Feb. 2009, was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus, and had a ventriculo-peritoneal shunt implanted.

Ashlyn Delany Bennett was born on Jan. 25, 2005. We were very excited to have our little girl. Our family was now complete, just as we had hoped: an older boy, and a younger girl. Mommy was so happy, she even said, "I don't ever have to do this again!" right after Ashlyn was delivered!

Ashlyn came home with us after a couple days, and all seemed well. She didn't sleep as well as brother Bryan had when he was a baby, but so it goes with second children. At four months old, Ashlyn was rolling from front to back and back to front, although she hated being on her stomach. Soon after, Ashlyn stopped rolling. She wasn’t meeting other milestones.

We were eventually referred to a pediatric neurologist, Dr. Chadwick. He ordered some tests for her, including an MRI, blood work, and genetic testing.

Just before the testing began, I was having coffee with some coworkers during our shift, when I read an article in the paper about a little girl (http://www.mankatofreepress.com/features/local_story310223539.html?keyword=topstory) with Rett Syndrome (http://www.rettsyndrome.org/). I was concerned that perhaps this is what Ashlyn had, but was reassured its relative rarity. She didn't display the "classic" signs of Rett, but I remained nervous about it, as I read that signs may not show until 1-4 years, after 6-18 months of normal development.

All of her initial tests came back normal. She was diagnosed with "Developmental Delay". She was referred to Pediatric Therapy Services (http://www.kidtherapy.com/) in Mankato for Physical and Occupational Therapy. She started receiving PT and OT from our School District (http://www.isd77.k12.mn.us/community/childhood/). Sessions were 45 minutes each per week, 4 times a week. With therapy, Ashlyn has learned to sit on her own, finger feed herself, roll around, play with some toys, and push up with her arms. At around 2 years, Speech Therapy was added by both PTS and the school.

Still, we had no medical answers. Ashlyn's neurologist would see her every couple months, but could shed no light on what was happening. No one had any answers. It was frustrating, and felt like we were just treading water.

We were finally referred to Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare (http://www.gillettechildrens.org/) in St. Paul, MN. We met with Dr. Raymond Tervo (http://www.gillettechildrens.org/default.cfm?pid=1.2.3.1&action=Member_view&RecordID=3180#Raymond%20Tervo,), a Pediatric Neurodevelopmentalist. We liked him a lot, and was very good with Ashlyn. He also wanted answers, if possible. That was a relief, as "treading water" was tiring us out quickly. He ordered many tests, including ones that had already been done, because he didn't want to miss anything. An MRI, EEG, and many blood tests were preformed, including in-depth genetic testing for many conditions. All testing was wrapped up in Feb., 2007, and we waited for the results.

Ashlyn was scheduled to come back to Gillette on Mar. 19, 2007, to review the results of her test. Dr. Tervo's nurse wouldn't tell us anything on the phone, but said that there were some things that he wanted to go over with us.

The night before we took Ashlyn to Gillette, KSTP in the Twin Cities ran a story about another girl (http://www.kstp.com/article/stories/S38729.shtml?cat=1) with Rett Syndrome. It was like an omen. When we first began looking for answers, there was the newspaper article. Now, the day before her diagnosis, here was another story about the same condition. I couldn't sleep.

We went to Gillette that morning, and were sent to an exam room. Dr. Tervo came and sat down with a stack of papers. I looked at his hands, and saw he was shaking, if just slightly. Then I looked at the papers he was holding, and the word "Rett" jumped out at me. Then he confirmed it.

We'd have been devastated if not for the story run by KSTP the night before. It mentioned a research breakthrough (http://www.kstp.com/article/stories/s29074.shtml) with Rett, where scientists completely reversed the symptoms of Rett in lab mice, by restoring the mutated gene. It was as if someone had been giving us clues all along. Telling us, "Hey, this is what you're going to be dealing with, but look - there's hope."

While the blow was softened, the prognosis for Rett is not great. She'll need assistance with virtually every aspect of her life, she may never learn to walk or talk. She may develop seizures or breathing problems. All of it is swirling around in our heads. Instead of treading water, it felt like drowning.

One look at Ashlyn’s smile is instant reassurance. The diagnosis is what it is, but that does not define Ashlyn. She prefers to make herself known in her own way, with her smile, giggles, and the hard work she does in therapy.

We think that she may have a mild form of Rett, as she still does not display the classic signs. She does grind her teeth, she doesn't sleep well, and does show some supportive criteria of Rett. It is our hope and belief that she is in Stage II, and that she entered it earlier than normal (at 4 months, when she stopped rolling). She continues to make progress with therapies, and there is no reason to believe that she won't continue to do so!

Thank you for taking time to learn about Ashlyn, and Rett Syndrome. We appreciate everyone's kind words of support and encouragement. It is our hope that with the research that is being done, someday Ashlyn will be able to thank you herself!

Newest Update A bumpy night Journal entry by Jason Bennett — 13 hours ago

Over the course of the afternoon and evening, Ashlyn didn't seem to be holding her oxygen levels up very well. We were repositioning her every which way, with limited results. We finally put her on her stomach and even that didn't seem to help much. The doctor called to have her blood gases checked, and to have an x-ray done. Blood gases looked good, however, the x-ray showed that the lower lobe of her right lung was "gone" (collapsed). He ordered some additional respiratory therapies, including pneumatic percussion of the lung from the outside. That seemed to help somewhat. The plan initially was to let her "tread water" until the bronchoscope procedure at 8:30am. The doctor ended up notifying the pulmonologist, who lives in St. Paul and decided to just come in and do the procedure this morning.

We started about 2:00am with Ashlyn getting sedated and eventually, a paralytic, as she started having some seizures, likely due to about 10 people in her room hovering over her and holding tubes, holding her, etc...

The pulmonologist went into her lungs and from what I saw and what he told me, he went about 6 "generations" down in the lung branches, and reached a large mucous plug. The tool allows him to squirt saline at the mucous, and is also a suction device. The plug was far too thick to be suctioned up, although he did move past it and break a little bit of it up. He also explained that there are 23 or so generations of branches of the airways...so if the 6th is plugged, every other generation, and all of it's branches, are also plugged with mucous. He said that this likely occurred during the "non-invasive" respiratory therapy (when she was on her biPAP after the previous extubation), which aligns with my previous thoughts that she wasn't being adequately suctioned when on biPAP, and it just pushed the secretions down into her lungs.

He suggested that the intensivist start her on a drug called Pulmozyme; it is delivered into the lungs (I think) and breaks up mucous. The idea is that if we can get the mucous to break up, it will be easier to suction it out after a few days with another bronchoscopy procedure.

Optimistically, if all goes as I hope it does when I'm thinking positively, then this may be a good thing; it's possible this mucous has been building up for months or years, and if we can get it out, or get some of it out, maybe we can restore some lung function that she hasn't had for a while.

Pessimistically, the mucous may be too thick and too deep to get out. I'm guessing some of those conversations will be had today. Right now, I'm very tired. I am going to go back in to check on Ashlyn, and if all is calm(ish) I'm going to try to sleep for a couple hours.

But, on cue, the fire alarm just went off.

Received: January 4, 2019

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please pray for my husband who graduated 1year ago and haven't gotten a job, pray that we may continue to find a way to live and meet our kids's needs, may all of you be blessed abundandly. Thank you.

Received: January 4, 2019

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Prayers for my son and daughter-in-law who is at 37 weeks pregnant and has been diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and inducing she now for mom and baby safety. Please prayers for good health for mom and baby. Thank you, terri

Received: January 4, 2019

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Financial miracle and restoration from a business loss and debt. Healing of a skin lesion. Thank you

Received: January 4, 2019

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Our Cousins husband Greg G. has had a sudden heart issue. Showing no blockage but only working at 13%. Drs. don't know what to do yet, looking at possibly needing a heart transplant very quickly. Please pray with us that his heart begins to improve and drs. have wisdom and skill to treat this. He is 60 ish, pray to for his family, wife and son's family and extended families and friends as they go through this. That God would show himself in great ways to them all. That they would be comforted and find their hope in Christ and trust him in all things and for all things.

Received: January 4, 2019

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Our Cousins husband Greg G. has had a sudden heart issue. Showing no blockage but only working at 13%. Drs. don't know what to do yet, looking at possibly needing a heart transplant very quickly. Please pray with us that his heart begins to improve and drs. have wisdom and skill to treat this. He is 60 ish, pray to for his family, wife and son's family and extended families and friends as they go through this. That God would show himself in great ways to them all. That they would be comforted and find their hope in Christ and trust him in all things and for all things.

Received: January 4, 2019

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Hi my wonderfull brothers and sisters Happy New Year asking prayer to survive being homeless at 72 and to do it with a smile on my face!GOD richly bless you brother Danny

Received: January 3, 2019

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Praying for a positive breakthrough of all strongholds of unforgiveness, anger, and bitterness to be broken from Kelsey so she can surrender to the power of forgiveness and love in her heart toward her sibling and others. Praying she can let go of past hurts, and for inner peace and joy to be restored and made whole. Praying for Gods healing, love and peace to be upon her today. In Jesus name, Amen!

Received: January 3, 2019

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Praying for a positive breakthrough of all strongholds of unforgiveness, anger, and bitterness to be broken from Kelsey so she can surrender to the power of forgiveness and love in her heart toward her sibling and others. Praying she can let go of past hurts, and for inner peace and joy to be restored and made whole. Praying for Gods healing, love and peace to be upon her today. In Jesus name, Amen!

Received: January 3, 2019

Praying for a positive breakthrough of all strongholds of unforgiveness, anger, and bitterness to be broken from Kelsey so she can surrender to the power of forgiveness and love in her heart toward her sibling and others. Praying she can let go of past hurts, and for inner peace and joy to be restored and made whole. Praying for Gods healing, love and peace to be upon her today. In Jesus name, Amen!

Received: January 3, 2019

Praying for a positive breakthrough of all strongholds of unforgiveness, anger, and bitterness to be broken from Kelsey so she can surrender to the power of forgiveness and love in her heart toward her sibling and others. Praying she can let go of past hurts, and for inner peace and joy to be restored and made whole. Praying for Gods healing, love and peace to be upon her today. In Jesus name, Amen!

Received: January 3, 2019

January prayer requests for Sam and Randi
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 5:50 pm Randi Edelstein leonsteins2@gmail.comHide Bcc clangwor1 clangwor1@aol.com To those who pray for us: It is a privilege to have you co-laboring with us through prayer! We would like to pass on the answers to December's requests in italics! Requests are in bold letters.

  1. Please pray that the young people would continue this study on Monday nights, understand clearly the gospel and surrender to Christ soon as we study Acts. Ask that the enthusiasm, attendance and new commitment to Christ would grow as well as significant friendships. We will have a BBQ for Caleb Jan. 6 and he will share on the quiet time Jan. 7. Pray that Caleb would be a catalyst in more young people joining the study.

  2. We continue to meet with one on-going couple every two weeks and two new couples preparing for marriage weekly. Please pray God would strengthen their friendship and communication with one another as well as a strong commitment to Christ and that God would guide us in how to best support them. Ask Him for a new commitment for the engaged couples to sexual purity. Both couples are studying or will study re: sexual purity and are struggling with this.

  3. Another couple (with 2 kids) is on the verge of separation and divorce. Please ask that God intervenes to cause them to seek Him and renew their commitment to one another. They seem rather separated from the group and occasionally attend.

  4. The two women's Ephesians studies are enthusiastic and preparing well for their biweekly studies! Pray that we would all dig deeply into this book and discover the treasures God has for each of us there even during Christmas vacation!

  5. Sam's internet Bible studies with 4 Mexican lay leaders every two weeks in his Depth in the Word studies, a Brazilian full-time staff every two weeks and the lay leader of Guatemala in Isaiah 40-66 every week continue. Please pray for consistency, depth and encouragement in the times with these friends of many years.

  6. Please pray that God would continue to make Sam and me into the image of Christ in all aspects of our character resulting in stronger relationships with others. God is hard at work and we are seeing some advances in challenging ways! Please keep praying!!!

  7. Monday, Dec. 10, Sam will give a talk to the nearby AA group on Character Defects with the gospel included. Ask Him for a Spirit led talk, good attendance and hearts prepared to continue on with Jesus. Sam spoke with great freedom with many Bible references that Jesus is the one who transforms broken lives.

  8. Friday, Dec. 14, there will be a talk for women on Transformation. Please pray for a talk that will motivate these women to completely give themselves for His purposes. About 35 women attended and enjoyed the talk and time together!

  9. We will be in Mexico City Dec 14-18 to attend a wedding of friends' daughter and to visit other friends. Pray for encouraging times uplifting Jesus with these friends. Wonderful wedding and excellent deep times with these dear friends of many years!

  10. As the year comes to an end, we will be spending extended time with the Lord. Please ask for clear direction for us for this coming year and good times together after much travel. Apart from our regular Thursdays off God has given us Dec. 23-25, 30 to spend extra time with Him and regain perspective as well as catch up.

  11. We will spend Dec. 31 night with the Alcocer family, with 3 young adult boys (all currently not drinking which is a miracle!) and a girl friend. Ask that Jesus would be the center of all we do and that we would have a genuinely great time together!

  12. We usually do not ask prayer for birthday parties but Yoli Magaña, wife of city leader, has hers Jan. 1. There will be an elegant surprise party for her Jan. 4. Pray that this would serve to unite the various groups and be an excellent time of fellowship!

  13. The León state fair is Jan. 11-Feb. 6. Pray for excellent participation in the activities despite this big attraction!

  14. As always we extended an invitation to many to read the whole Bible this year! Ask God that many would finish this year!

Thanks for your faithful prayers!

Sam and Randi Edelstein in León, México

Received: January 2, 2019

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Vern and Gloria Brower are asking for prayer for their 11 year old grandson, Tripp from Rock Valley, IA who is battling brain cancer. Please keep his parents Chad and Maria Postmas in prayer also. Vern and Gloria are believing for a miracle for Tripp and believe in the power of prayer.

Received: January 2, 2019

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Since I asked Jesus into my heart in 1999 He's been preparing me to speak out and share what He's done in my life. Difficult and delightful process of getting me to where I am today. He's wanting me to launch out this month. I'm now sure what it looks like however I am going to pursue every avenue He leads me to. My heart's desire is to be a living Hallelujah for Christ our King because we were made to thrive not just survive. God has brought me through so many challenges and heartaches; He knew I'd have this great desire to share. Please pray for wisdom, favor and open doors and receiving hearts. Thank you! To Him be all honor and glory. God bless you! Stay Tuned! ~Dee

Received: January 2, 2019

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Over the holidays I behaved in a ungrateful, hurtful way towards my daughter and her husband. This has done serious damage to my relationship with them and the family. I felt like I was overcome by a spirt of resentment and pride. Please pray that the Lord gives me grace and a way to repair the harm I have done. Please pray that they can find it in thier hearts to forgive me. Please pray that I can accept HIs forgiveness and find His peace. I know that the Lord will use this for His ultimate glory. My daughter and her husband are not Christ followers and I grieve the damage I may have done to my Godly infuence in thier lives.

Received: January 1, 2019

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Over the holidays I behaved in a ungrateful, hurtful way towards my daughter and her husband. This has done serious damage to my relationship with them and the family. I felt like I was overcome by a spirt of resentment and pride. Please pray that the Lord gives me grace and a way to repair the harm I have done. Please pray that they can find it in thier hearts to forgive me. Please pray that I can accept HIs forgiveness and find His peace. I know that the Lord will use this for His ultimate glory. My daughter and her husband are not Christ followers and I grieve the damage I may have done to my Godly infuence in thier lives.

Received: January 1, 2019

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Hello everyone, i know there's someone somewhere reading this, am angie from Charlotte, NC i want to say a big thank you to lord spiritual for restoring my broken relationship my boyfriend left me for another Girl, i needed him back desperately because i love him so much, as i was browsing through the internet i came across a woman's comment on how lord spiritual brought back his husband who left for 2 months. i contacted him and he told me what to do, now i am happy again with my lover and there is know evil attach to his spell. iqt will only make your relationship stronger.

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Received: January 1, 2019

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Hi my wonderfull brothers and sisters at Kinship Christian radio!Happy New Year!Please say a prayer for me that GOD would strengthen my faith to believe that this year things will be much better and I will no longer be homeless!GOD richly bless you brother Danny 12/31/18

Received: December 31, 2018

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Pray my nephew and his wife grow spiritually. Also, pray they attend church every Sunday and their work schedules enable them to do so.

Received: December 31, 2018

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