May 13, 2013

Prayer Request: Student Injured at Cornerstone High School in Belize

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We have just received a prayer request from our partner in Belize. Please join us in holding up the students, teachers and community surrounding Cornerstone High School as they rally together and lean on our Lord in the midst of this tragedy. Below is the report & prayer request the principal of the school sent us this weekend:

Dear Friends,

On Thursday, May 9, 2013, one of our students was knocked down by a passing vehicle in front of the school. His name is Jeshua Chan. 

Currently he is in the Belize City hospital in the intensive care unit. He is in a coma. The latest report (Saturday morning at 10am) was that he was stable, on life support, vitals good, but no reaction to voice or touch. The doctors were going to repeat a CAT scan of his head to see if there are any new developments. The first scan showed a dark image on the left side of his brain. 

On Friday, students did come to school, but we did not have regular classes. Many of the students witnessed the accident first hand, while others came running from the classroom area to see what had happened. Many of the students - especially those close to Jeshua - were traumatized. We spent our time in chapel praying, reading scripture, and even singing. Several staff shared experiences of God's mercy in their lives and how with God nothing is impossible.

I will be traveling to Belize City on Sunday to accompany the parents. They are indeed very tired and in need of prayer.

Pray for Jeshua, the Chan family, and the student body of Cornerstone Presbyterian High School. Pray that this tragedy may bring people to the Lord and as a result bring Him honor and glory.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

UPDATE - May 13:

Yesterday [Sunday] I [the principal] went to visit Jeshua and his mom and dad at the hospital.

He is still in a coma.

I received a call from the dad last night.  He stated that while the nurses were doing their regular round, Jeshua reacted in two forms:  (1) He moved his head when the nurse was removing saliva from his mouth and he appeared to be swallowing.  (2)  He moved his arm when the nurse was inserting a needle.  Since late Thursday night, Jeshua had not responded to any form of touch.  This was the first responses to touch in several days.

Continue to pray.

UPDATE - May 14:

Throughout the day, my [the principal's] brother-in-law has been texting me.  First, how Jeshua has been moving little by little on his bed.  Later, he said that Jeshua had recognized him.  Then later, he said that Jeshua somehow said that Jeshua wanted to communicate with some special person.  All very good signs.  The last text about one hour ago stated that he was off life support and that he was breathing on his own.

A miracle of life has happened.  Praise the Lord!

At this point, I have no idea what really is his physical condition.  But he is alive and alive means new opportunities.  God is a God of second chances.  It is my prayer that He work now on a spiritual miracle in the lives of Jeshua, his father, and his mother.  A family miracle is what I am praying for.

Apparently the doctors are now talking about what happens next.  At least two operations need to take place:  his leg fracture and then his multiple jaw and face fractures.  Both are serious operations and my understanding that both can be done here.

God has been very good.  Many people have joined in prayer for Jeshua and his family.  Many people have given something - even if it is a little bit - financially. 

To God be the Praise!

UPDATE - May 17:

Jeshua Chan, Cornerstone student at the hospital, has made significant improvement! He has begun to recognize persons, feel pain, etc.

Today he undergoes surgery in a few minutes (facial surgery for his fractured skull).

Please lift him up in prayer.



May 13, 2013 at 10:41 am

I am praying!

May 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Praying for strength for the parents, family and friends, and for healing for Jeshua. May you all feel the loving arms of our heavenly Father surrounding you at this time.

Wilma and Karl
May 13, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Praying for healing of Jeshua's body and soul. May God use this tragedy for his purposes and his glory. We pray that everyone affected would turn to the Comforter for their peace.

Alvaro Loza
May 17, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I know jeshua he used to go to school with me,I am praying for him

Ed and Ann
May 30, 2013 at 10:00 am

Continue to pray for healing and praising God for what he has done so far.

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