Coach Dave Daubenmire
October 15, 2015
Greg Evensen is my friend. My wife Michele and I have had the honor of spending a couple of weekends with Greg and his wife Liz in their home in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. They live in an area where the mosquitoes are as big as humming birds and as predatory as vultures, but we love visiting with them. Their house is warm, loving, full of hospitality, and always open to a friend in need. Greg and his angelic wife Liz are fighting a battle for life—Greg’s life, and I am sure they would love to have your prayer covering.
Greg has spent the past six weeks in Rochester, Minnesota, at the Mayo Clinic. His medical issues are many and he faces a long recovery, but thank God he is better today than he was a couple of months ago. While Greg has been in recovery, Liz has rented an apartment near the hospital. The loneliness and time away from home must certainly weigh heavily on them.
About five years ago, Greg began to have some health issues; something that didn’t seem to be out of the ordinary for a guy pushing 70. He was not as quick to bounce back as he might have been 20 years earlier and his condition continually got worse. Soon his kidneys began to fail and then heart and circulatory issues came into play. Greg’s body was breaking down in a variety of ways.
He was told that he would need a kidney transplant and several of his faithful friends volunteered to donate life for him, but Obamacare regulations made it next to impossible for an “old-guy” like Greg to find a hospital that would perform the surgery. In an ironic twist, all that Greg had warned us about for years was finally coming home to roost. He could not find a hospital to replace his kidney.
However, Greg and Liz, a pair of eternal optimists if there ever were any, trusted the Lord for His strength and His provision, praising the Lord and encouraging others along the way, but they must surely be getting discouraged. How could they not be? Greg says he is ready to go whenever the Lord chooses to take him, but we still need Greg Evensen. America needs Greg Evensen.
Here is an alert from Steve Quayle, a mutual friend of both the Daubenmires and the Evensens.
GREG HAD A NEW HEART VALVE PLACED ON WEDNESDAY AND A PACEMAKER HAD TO BE INSTALLED TODAY-HE HAS BEEN PRETTY SEDATED AND NEEDS, RE-VASCULARIZATION SURGERY AFTER A BREAK-HE HAS BEEN HOSPITALIZED FOR CLOSE TO 6 WEEKS--LIZ, HIS WIFE, IS IN NEED OF REFRESHING AND STRENGTH ALSO-THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR PRAYERS FOR AS SPEEDY RECOVERY FOR GREG AND HIS UPCOMING SURGERY ON HIS RIGHT LEG NEXT-GOD STILL HAS A PLAN FOR GREG!
Because of the poor circulation, Greg has lost part of his foot and continues to have issues with his other leg as well. He and Liz are heading home today for the first time in nearly two months.
Would you be willing to help Greg and Liz?
I spoke to Greg yesterday and he is always full of enthusiasm and optimism. He knows the road to recovery is long and tedious, but he is as feisty and focused as ever. The Evensens have given their lives to the encouragement of others.
For those of you who have enjoyed Greg’s writings and who have gleaned from his nearly 20 years as a watchman on the wall, this would be a great time to let the Evensen’s know how much we love and appreciate what they have done for the Lord. He was a regular contributor here at News With Views for nearly a decade.
As you can imagine, those of you who have been trying to reach Greg at The Heartland USA, Greg and Liz are WAY behind on responding to emails and orders from the website. I can only imagine what my email inbox would look like after six weeks. But Greg and Liz are still fighting and they need our support.
I don’t know where they are with their finances. What do you suppose the bill would look like after weeks in the Mayo Clinic with a series of surgeries including the replacement of a heart valve? When I asked Liz and Greg about the bills, they cheerfully respond “the Lord is in control of all of it,” and He is, but I think we should help.
Here is something you can do. Send them a card. Let them hear from those of us who have gleaned from the fruit of their lives. I know this would be such an encouragement to them.
If you are led to assist, please include a check. Help them pay the mounting bills that are surely accumulating. An offering of love will speak volumes to their hearts.
PO Box 162
Sagola, MI. 49881
The good news? For the first time this year Greg will be home with his sweetie watching his beloved Green Bay Packers continue their winning ways.
Please help as the Lord leads. Our brother and sister need us.