Happy July everyone! I hope this season is great for you and your family!
Thank you all for your continued prayers as I recover from my latest saga of health challenges. Last week was miserable, but the past 2 days I have started to feel a little better. I think my greatest frustration right now is my desire to run hard after the opportunities the Lord has given us, and at the same time having to pace myself so my body can experience a full recovery. It is pretty remarkable to think about all the things the enemy has thrown my way over the last 3 years! I am extremely blessed by God’s faithfulness through it all!
Don’t miss the coming weekends in July at JourneyChurch! This weekend my long time friend, mentor, and spiritual father, David Smith will be teaching. David is one of the best leaders I have ever encountered in my life. He, and his wife Linda, are the one’s who created the Family Vision process, including vision retreats. David will be sharing this weekend on one of his Biblical Heroes.
Take a moment in the coming days to give thanks to God for this amazing country we live in! We are so blessed to live in the USA. Happy 4th of July!
Your prayers and encouragement are making a huge difference! Pastor Clark is over a week into recovery and is doing great!
As we all know, there are rough days and discomfort experienced during healing. He must wear a neck brace 24 hours a day to support the spine as it heals. Please continue to lift Pastor Clark as he walks through this process.
We were excited to see Pastor Clark around the office a bit at the end of last week and support him as he spends the next few weeks resting, healing, and hearing from God about all the awesome things He has planned to accomplish through you and our church in the coming months!
Pastor Clark is excited for us to hear from some of his friends from around the nation the next several weekends. They will continue our series on Biblical heroes and we hope to connect with you at one of our campuses or online.
Remember, there are a few ways to support the Mitchell’s:
- Check this site for health updates
- Share words of encouragement
- Send gift cards for meals
Thank you again for the pouring of love and support. We are blessed to call our church our family!
Have a great week,
Thank you all, again, for your continued prayers and encouragement for Pastor Clark and his family. After returning home to recover on Saturday afternoon, Pastor Clark is feeling some pain and discomfort, but that is expected.
He is already feeling some relief now that the ruptured discs are repaired, praise God!! He is also able to eat and swallow. His spirits are high and he is happy to be in his home with his family to recover and rest adequately. Continued prayers, words of encouragement, and gift cards for meals are a huge blessing to their family. Let’s continue to show the world what it means to care for one another as we come together, as the body of Christ, to support our Pastor. We are grateful to witness this happening in our house. God is good, all the time!
Have a great week,
Pastor Sam and Journey Church Lead Team
Thank you all for your prayers, words of encouragement and support for Pastor Clark, Robin and the kids! They feel your love and appreciate the goodness that surrounds them.
Pastor Clark was able to go into surgery early this morning. The doctors gave a great progress report throughout the surgery and completed the surgery in about 2 hours.
He is now in recovery with Robin by his side and is tired, but in great spirits. We particularly want to celebrate that Pastor Clark is able to speak, which is a tremendous blessing with the surgery taking place near his vocal chords. Again, we are reminded that God can do anything!
It is awesome to see how the body of Christ unites during a crisis, we also know this is only possible through our Heavenly Father, Pastor Clark and the vision God has given him for the church.
We are blessed to see our church unite to pray on Pastor Clark’s behalf and care for their family. We see God’s work being done everyday through you.
If you would like to support the Mitchell’s, there are several ways to care for them.
- Pray – Continue to pray for healing and rest in the coming days.
- Meals – If you would like to send a gift card for meals, please mail them to PO Box 722764 Norman, OK 73070 or leave them with the receptionist at the Norman Campus
- Words of Encouragement – please mail cards or notes to the address above, email firstname.lastname@example.org or post them here on the site.
Pastor Sam Wampler
Thanks for taking the time to check on Pastor Clark’s health. Here are a few updates:
Pastor Clark had an MRI on Monday of the new spot on the brain and is waiting for more conclusive information. While there is a possibility of it being another tumor, it is very small and it is in a location that is impossible to get to. While it is possible that it was the cause of the paralyzation experienced a few weeks ago, there is not conclusive evidence that it is the single cause.
What is conclusive is that 2 of the discs in Pastor Clark’s spine are ruptured and putting tremendous pressure on his spinal chord. This could also be the cause of the episode of paralyzation. Due to the tremendous pressure on the spinal chord, the doctors have suggested surgery ASAP to repair the discs before there is any permanent damage. That surgery is scheduled for this Friday, June 21.
Many people have asked how they can help during this time. These are the best way’s to support Pastor Clark and his family:
- Gift Cards – If you would like to send a gift card for meals, please mail them to PO Box 722764 Norman, OK 73070 or leave them with the receptionist at the Norman Campus.
- Words of Encouragement – please mail cards or notes to the address above, email email@example.com, or post here on Pastor Clark’s blog.
We will keep you posted, and at the latest, we will share an update after the surgery on Friday.
While all these things are beyond challenging, please know that there is nothing, at this point, that appears to be immediately life threatening. Pastor Clark is excited to have our pastors and his friends teaching on Heroes over the next few weeks, and as always, Pastor Clark is optimistic and ready to be back ASAP to continue to lead us into our destiny of seeing cities transformed one life at a time!
The Journey Church Lead Team
Well, this was a year that God proved He really can do anything! I had no idea at this time last year what 2012 would hold for me, but once again I can say, “God proved His faithfulness!”
The health update is simple: My relationship with God has never been better. My marriage has never been better. Our family has never been better. Journey Church has never been better. Loveworks Leadership has never been better. My friendships have never been better.
So all that being said, that just leaves my body, which *has* been better. But I have to keep the whole picture in perspective.
Out of the three tumors, the one the doctors are most concerned about does not show any signs of being malignant. That does not mean it doesn’t create some major inconveniences in life, but again, keeping it all in perspective, we are blessed!
The tumor in the 8th cranial nerve (leading to my ear) is showing some growth again. We will monitor it, along with all the others, over the next six months and then decide what to do. All the tumors interface with many nerves, so any treatment plan could do more harm than good.
Many people have commented on how “strong” I have been throughout this process. Please do not fool yourself! There are many moments when I lay on the floor and weep to my God trying to make sense of it all. But after I weep, I stand back up and do the only thing I know how to do — live like He is capable of doing anything!
As we enter 2013 we will continue to monitor all the tumors every six months. But once again, the big picture is that we get to pursue our dreams like never before!
Thank you all for your support and love! We could not have done it without you!
First, I want to apologize for not being more consistent with updating!
Overall, I feel like I am functioning at about 50% of what is normal for me. There are still many challenges with coordination, but I have no doubt they will get better with time. One of the issues I am working through is the amount of energy that it takes even to do the small things. That is new to me and has affected the way I function quite a bit! I have always been able to juggle many things at a time and right now that is simply not a reality. So I do not take many phone calls, I do not add extra things to my schedule, and I do not allow things to distract me so that I can focus my energy on my health, my family, and my primary responsibilities at the church and Loveworks!
On Sunday, July 1, we were enjoying some time at the lake with Robin’s family when her Dad suffered a major heart attack. (During which Robin saved his life, but I’ll tell that story some other time. She is brilliant!) He has been released to go home and will have triple bypass surgery in the next 4 – 6 weeks. Needless to say, that has added to the load that we are carrying through this season.
You are amazing!!! Your prayers, encouragements, etc. have sustained us through this challenging time. We have never be more proud of all that God is doing through the ministries of JourneyChurch and Loveworks! The favor of God is shining on both and we will run after Him with all of our hearts!
How you can help:
- Continue to pray!!!!!
- Continue to support all of our great team!
- Be ready to rock and roll!!! I will begin teaching full time on July 29 and I am ready to run! (Ready spiritually; physically I seem to wobble a little bit.)
- Trust God to do far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!