Update on My Dad Allen Davis

Today has been a long day for all of us. Dad is in a deep coma with very little brain activity. There is only a small glimmer of hope. None of the doctors are optimistic. We have been able to see him several times. As I am writing he is still bleeding from the aneurysm he suffered yesterday. We have been comforted by the many phone calls and emails. This is a tough time for our entire family. Last week we had a wonderful time together for Christmas. Dad was in good health and was thrilled to have his entire family with him. You never know what a day may bring forth. When I began my day yesterday, I was taking my two youngest daughters to visit the hospital in Wilson to be a blessing to some of our church people. We are now the ones in need of prayer and encouragement. Thank you to everyone who has expressed concern. I will try to keep you updated.

Family Photo taken on Christmas Day 2008

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URGENT PRAYER REQUEST FOR MY FATHER ALLEN DAVIS

Below is the email I sent last night to my dad’s email list.

This is from Jeff Davis. Allen Davis is my father. In times past I have sat at his computer and sent out emails concerning my dad’s health. Without a miracle this will be one of the last emails because dad will soon be with his Savior. Our family was able to spend Christmas with Dad and Mom last week. We had a wonderful time and Dad did exceptionally well. We were even able to take pictures of the entire family including Julie’s family and just about everyone was smiling. On Saturday, my family returned to Wilson, NC. On Sunday morning I received a call from my sister that they had to take my dad to the E.R. He was suffering from a terrible headache. He had a CT scan on Sunday, but because of his pace maker/defibrillator he was not able to have an MRI. They kept him overnight and performed another CT scan on Monday morning. The tests looked to be fine so he was allowed to go home. He continued to have a bad headache. When I called Mom this morning at about 10:00 a.m. neither one of them had slept much. He was still in a lot of pain. Somewhere around lunch time he became unresponsive and Mom called EMS. They transported him to Anderson Medical in downtown Anderson and determined that he had an aneurysm rupture in his head. This afternoon they were able to drill and place a shunt in order to relieve the pressure. He is now in a deep coma. The doctors have been very good about communicating with the family. They are not very optimistic. He has very limited brain activity. There is still a glimmer of hope, but it is very small. We are all a little shocked. Most of you know the trouble he has had in the past with his heart and diabetes. We would have never anticipated this. When I hugged dad goodbye on Saturday, I told him I loved him and held him a little bit tighter. I’m not sure if I was the one instigating the longer embrace or him. I honestly walked to our vehicle with a lump in my throat wondering if we had just celebrated our last Christmas together on this earth. We honestly don’t know what the night holds for us or the next few weeks. As I said, the prognosis is not good. If he has improved brain function over the next couple of days he may be able to have some kind of recovery. If not, then obviously the family may have some tough decisions. We all covet your prayers.

The Greatest Gift

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In Ephesians 2:8, we read that salvation is by grace through faith and that it is the gift of God. Jesus Himself referred to salvation in that way in the John 4:10 as He talked to the Samaritan woman.  He said to her, “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.”  Jesus said oh if you just knew about the gift of God you would gladly open your heart and receive that wonderful, precious, free gift of God.  Paul talks about salvation as the gift of God again and again as he writes under inspiration of the Holy Spirit in Romans 6:23.  He says, “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  You have your choice, either the wages of sin or the gift of God.  Either eternal life or eternal death.  But Paul says it is the gift of God. Then in 2 Corinthians 9:15 Paul begins to express his gratitude for what God has done and he says, “thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.”  And he means by that word unspeakable two things.  (1) Number one he means that the gift of God is so wonderful and so precious and so great that it is indescribable.  That no one can adequately describe the gift of God in Jesus Christ.  (2) And he means secondly that it is priceless.  That you can’t put a dollar value on it.

We examined the “Perfect Gift” at Christmas yesterday morning during our service. You can listen to that message by following this link or visit our sermons page.

Update on Barbara Ledbetter

I received the following email earlier today from the Kennerly Road Baptist Church office:

Many of you have been asking about Barbara since her surgery.  Her recovery continues to go well.  We do not yet know when she is expected to be released from the hospital.  Pastor has asked that we pray for the following:

  • For Barbara to regain strength and get rest
  • For Barbara to be released from the hospital soon
  • For the Lord to be glorified
  • Witnessing opportunities

See the not below for an opportunity to encourage Barbara during the coming days.  Please feel free to forward this to anyone that you think might want to participate.


A lady in our church is organizing a special gift for Mrs. Ledbetter.  She has Mrs. Ledbetter a Lydia bag – http://thelydiaproject.org/ – and she is filling the bag with index cards from friends. These cards will serve as an encouragement on the hard days ahead. We would like for you to be included in this gift. On the attached index template, please type a word of encouragement and/or a scripture verse,  include your name and the date. Save the file, attach it to an email, and send it to kidsatheart@bellsouth.net Your index card will be printed and included with the others than will be given to Mrs. Ledbetter in about a week. Since this gift will be given soon, please reply as soon as possible.

On behalf of the Ledbetter family and the KRBC family, I would like to thank you in advance for taking time to encourage Mrs. Ledbetter in this way, and for your continued prayer support.

Sincerely,

Jennifer L. Hayes

Special Prayer Request from Pastor Gary Ledbetter

I received the following email last night. Pray for my good friend Pastor Gary Ledbetter and his wife Barbara. Brother Gary pastors the Kennerly Road Baptist Church in Irmo, SC, just outside Columbia.

In an effort to keep as many people informed as possible, we (KRBC office) have created the “Ledbetter Update” group to include our own church family as well as the many folks around the country who love and care for the Ledbetter family.  Thank you so much for your prayers for them at this time.

Shortly after 4:30pm Barbara’s colon surgery was over and she is now in recovery.  The surgeon was pleased that he was able to accomplish what he planned to do.  You may direct any questions or messages to the Ledbetters by replying to this e-mail and we will see that they are answered and delivered.

Please continue praying for strength for the Ledbetter family and our entire church family as well.

For those of you on this list who may not have seen it, I am including Pastor Ledbetter’s email to our church family from this past Friday.

Yesterday about 5:30pm, we received the reports from a colonoscopy and two CT scans.  Barbara has colon cancer, and the cancer has spread to her lungs.  We have an appointment with a surgeon this afternoon at 2:00.  Please pray for wisdom in decision making and for God to be glorified in our lives.

We praise our God for what He is doing.  We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He is in complete control and is working all things out for His glory and for our good.  Barbara, Amy, Jonathan, Matthew, and I have a complete peace and trust in our faithful Lord.  Some very special verses to us have been Job 42:5 (“I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.”); Psalm 124:8 (“Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”); Psalm 18:1-2 (“I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”); Psalm 61:2 (“From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”); and Psalm 121.

1. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

2. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

3. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

4. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

5. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.

6. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

7. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

8. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Thank you for your love and prayers for our family.  We pray for you daily, and we look forward to trusting God together with you in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

Resting in His strength alone,
Pastor Gary Ledbetter