When I left home for a two week speaking tour in New Zealand my father, David, was in good health. Last weekend, while speaking at the Salvation Army National Youth Workers Conference, Vicki texted me to inform me that dad was going to have unexpected surgery because his stomach had ascended and was intruding on his lung function. Shortly after the surgery things started to go wrong. Thirty-six hours ago, Vicki called me in the middle of the night in Wellington, NZ telling me to get home as soon as I could because my father had taken a serious turn for the worse. This has been almost unbearably painful.
All our family and close friends are gathered at the hospital in Kansas City and I've just landed in Los Angeles trying to get home as quickly as I can.
My father is a great man. He has worked at Youthfront for approximately 15 years since his retirement from Deutz Allis. He is a pastor to our elderly donors. I've never known a man who prays more than my father. He is a great friend, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, but most of all a man of God.
Please pray for him and all of us that love him dearly.