GLORY! THIS IS A WONDERFUL TIME TO GIVE GLORY
TO THE MOST HIGH GOD!
FOLLOWING INCIDENT HAPPENED ON THE 20TH OF JANUARY, 2001.
MY PRECIOUS FRIEND AND BROTHER IN THE LORD JESUS
CHRIST, JOHN SIPES, WAS GOING TO CUT SOME FIREWOOD FOR THEIR FIREPLACE.
HE HAS A SMALL CHAINSAW, AND WHEN I SAW THE TREE THAT I THOUGHT HE WAS GOING
TO CUT, I KNEW HIS SAW WAS TOO SMALL.
I HAVE DONE SOME LOGGING IN THE PAST, AND I KNEW
THE TREE THAT HE WAS THINKING ABOUT CUTTING WAS THE KIND OF TREE THAT WILL
MAKE WIDOWS QUICK. I TOLD HIM AS MUCH. I SAID, "BRO, THIS IS THE KIND
OF TREE THAT MAKES WIDOWS UP NORTH. LET ME HELP YOU." HE DECLINED THE
OFFER, AND TOLD ME THAT IT WAS O.K., THAT HE COULD HANDLE IT, AND THAT I
PROBABLY HAD A LOT OF OTHER THINGS TO TEND TO...BUT I HAVE A NICE BIG SAW,
AND I WANTED TO HELP.
I TOOK A CAREFUL ASSESSMENT OF THE TREE...IT HAD
BLOWN OVER, AND WAS LEANING INTO ANOTHER TREE. THERE DIDN'T APPEAR TO BE
ANY LOOSE BRANCHES ANYWHERE, AND THERE WERE SOME SMALLER TREES ON EITHER
SIDE OF THE TREE.
I ELECTED TO CUT A BRANCH
OF ANOTHER TREE THAT WAS SUPPORTING THE TREE, IN ORDER TO CAUSE THE TREE
TO SLOWLY SLIDE DOWN, ALL THE WHILE BEING SUPPORTED BY THOSE OTHER TWO TREES.
THEN WHEN WE GOT IT TO LAY DOWN ENOUGH, WE WOULD CUT THE TREE UP. NO PROBLEM.
I STILL THINK THE PLAN WAS A GOOD PLAN. I JUST
COULDN'T SEE THE BRANCH THAT WAS LAYING LOOSE UP THERE.
I REMEMBER BEGINNING TO SAW.
THE NEXT THING I REMEMBER IS WAKING UP SOMETIME
LATER IN A HOSPITAL WITH SOME NURSE TRYING TO SHOVE A TUBE DOWN MY NOSE.
I REMEMBER STRUGGLING WITH HER, BECAUSE IT DIDN'T FEEL GOOD...THEN I ENDED
UP THROWING UP ON HER. I FELT BAD ABOUT IT, AND KEPT ON APOLOGIZING, BUT
SHE REALLY SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN SO INSISTENT.
MY PRECIOUS WIFE SENT OUT THIS E-MAIL ON MY BEHALF:
TO ALL YOU GOOD FRIENDS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS
IN THE LORD, MY HUSBAND LANCE HAS BEEN IN AN ACCIDENT.
HE WAS SAWING A TREE OVER HIS HEAD, WHEN
THE BRANCH GAVE WAY, SO DID OTHER LARGE PIECES OF WOOD THAT WERE LODGED
ABOVE IT. ONE OF THE PIECES STRUCK HIM VERY HARD IN THE HEAD. HE WAS KNOCKED
OUT. ENDED UP BEING AIR LIFTED TO TAMPA GENERAL TRAUMA UNIT AND HAS BEEN
IN ICU UP THERE FOR THREE DAYS SO FAR. HE HAS COME ALONG WAY SINCE SATURDAY,PRAISE
BE TO OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.
HE HAS ALREADY REGAINED MEMORY, A LARGE PART
OR MAYBE ALL I'M NOT SURE. HE HAS A SKULL FRACTURE, A BLOOD CLOT ON HIS
BRAIN, SWELLING IN HIS HEAD, ALSO A LARGE PROBLEM WITH NASUA AND HEADACHES.
THROWING UP CAUSES MORE PRESSURE ON THE BRAIN
AND MORE HEADACHES. I'M TELLING YOU SPECIFICALLY SO YOU KNOW HOW TO PRAY.
I AM PRAYING FOR A QUICK,100% FULL RECOVERY, ALSO THAT GOD WILL REMOVE OR
DISSOLVE THE BLOOD CLOT QUICKLY AND THE SWELLING WOULD GO DOWN.
ALSO FOR NASUA AND HEADACHES TO STOP. ALSO
FOR HIS NECK TO BE IN GOOD SHAPE WHEN THEY GET TO CHECK THAT. AND OF COURSE
HIS SAFETY AND PROTECTION. AND OTHER THINGS ALSO. I PRAISE THE LORD FOR
HIS LIFE AND THAT HE ALLOWED THE BLESSING OF KEEPING HIM HERE ON EARTH.
I APPRECIATE ALL PRAYER THAT CAN AGREE FOR
THE GOOD THINGS OF THE LORD FOR MY HUSBAND. PLEASE NO E-MAILS FROM JOBS`
ACCUSERS..THANK YOU SO MUCH AND MAY OUR LORD BLESS AND KEEP YOU,
LOVE MICHELLE ROWE AND CHILDREN
TODAY IS TUESDAY I'M ADDING MORE TO THE E-MAIL
I DIDN'T GET SENT YESTERDAY, LANCE HAS BEEN MOVED OUT OF I.C.U. TO A NEUROLOGICAL
FLOOR TO BE WATCHED. HE IS MUCH BETTER BUT NOT READY TO COME HOME YET, HE
STILL NEEDS MUCH PRAYER, HE IS MORE ALERT, BUT STILL CAN'T EAT FOOD, HE
STILL NEEDS PRAYER FOR ALL THE ABOVE. I WON'T CHECK THE E-MAIL AS MUCH AS
LANCE DID BUT I WILL TRY TO CHECK IT. LANCE MAY BE HOME VERY SOON, HE'S
PRETTY STABLE BUT NEEDS TO IMPROVE AND BE ABLE TO EAT BEFORE THEY WILL LET
HIM FINISH HIS RECOVERY AT HOME. KEEP PRAYING, WE LOVE YOU ALL VERY MUCH,
AND THANK YOU.
LOVE, THE ROWE FAMILY
THE BRANCH IN THE FOREGROUND IS THE ONE THAT
CAME DOWN AND HIT ME IN THE HEAD. JOHN HAD GRABBED IT AND THREW IT OFF ME.
HE WAS SURE I WAS DEAD AT THE MOMENT. THAT'S A LOT OF WEIGHT TO SMASH SOMEONE
IN THE HEAD.
DURING MY STAY THERE, I WOKE UP TO A WOMAN VIDEOTAPING
ME. I SAID, "HI", AND ASKED HER WHAT SHE WAS DOING. SHE INTRDUCED
HERSELF AS CATHRYN, AND TOLD ME THAT SHE WS A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR A PROGRAM
CALLED "TLC", "LIFE IN THE E.R." OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
I ASKED HER IF SHE KNEW JESUS, AND SHE SAID THAT SHE WAS "SPIRITUAL",
AND HELD TO A HODGEPODGE OF SPIRITUAL IDEAS. WE HAD WHAT I THOUGHT WAS A
GOOD DISCUSSION. THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS I WOULD WAKE UP TO SEE HER OR HER
PARTNER, JOHN, THERE WITH THE CAMERA. I TOLD THEM BOTH ABOUT A PERSONAL
RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST, AS OPPOSED TO A RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE. I
HONESTLY DIDN'T KNOW MY CONDITION, OR WHETHER I WAS ALRIGHT OR NOT, BUT
I REMEMBER FEELING JOY AT THE OPPORTUNITY TO WITNESS TO THESE SOULS ABOUT
THE LOVE OF JESUS.
ALSO DURING MY STAY THERE, I GOT THE WONDERFUL
PRIVELEGE OF MEETING A BROTHER IN THE LORD WHO WAS OF THE EGYPTIAN COPTIC
CHURCH. HE WAS MY THERAPIST. WONDERFUL JESUS!
THIS IS THE SECOND E-MAIL THAT MICHELLE SENT OUT:
DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS,
I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR ALL
THE PRAYERS THAT WENT OUT FOR LANCE. OUR GOD HAS SURELY HEARD YOUR PRAYERS,
AND CONTINUES TO HEAR THEM ALSO . LANCE IS HOME NOW, AND DOING MUCH BETTER,
GLORY BE TO THE LORD.
HE'S STARTING TO EAT, AND JOKE AROUND SOMEWHAT.
THAT DEFINATELY IS A SIGN OF DOING MUCH BETTER. HE STILL HAS HEADACHES,
BUT THEY ARE LESS SEVERE, THE DIZZINESS IS ALSO LESSENING.THE BLOOD CLOT
AND SWELLING IN THE BRAIN HAS TO BE SHRINKING, OR THE OTHER THINGS WOULD
NOT BE IMPROVING.
HE'S HAD A PROBLEM WITH HIS VISION ALSO,
WHICH ALSO SEEMS TO BE GETTING BETTER. PRAISE THE LORD JESUS FOR THIS QUICK
RECOVERY, AND MAY HE BLESS YOU ALL FOR YOUR BLESSINGS OF PRAYER.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO LIFT HIM UP IN PRAYER,
HE'S GETTING ANXIOUS TO BE BACK ON HIS FEET AND BACK ON THE STREETS.. I
SUPPOSE THE NEXT LETTER YOU GET WILL BE FROM HIM, AS HE'S ABLE SIT UP A
LITTLE AT A TIME NOW.
THANKS AGAIN AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL,
LOVE THE ROWE FAMILY
THERE'S ME, MY LOVELY WIFE AND OUR NEWEST ADDITION,
ABIGAIL, LEAVING THE HOSPITAL.
AND THIS IS MY E-MAIL WHICH I SENT OUT AS SOON
AS I COULD:
Well, Praise the Living Lord of All! Jesus
Christ, Almighty! Sometimes the twists that my walk takes are real interesting,
and at those times I can only shake my head and wonder, O.k., Now what adventure
are we on? Not that I really mind whatever course He wants to put me on,
or even the manner in which He does it...Living in my Lord's Will is always
So...a while back, I lose control of my common
sense that the Lord has blessed me with and through my own carelessness,
I break my left leg. That puts me out of commission as far as carrying the
cross for a while, but as a result of the "Break," some wonderful studies,
A wonderful relationship with the River of God Full Gospel Church in Northern
Minnesota, new oportunities to minister, and excellent time of equipping
and preparing arises.
I can honestly say that I have no regrets
whatsoever as far as the broken leg incident was concerned!
Then, after about a year, our wonderful Lord
sees fit to open up the road to us again, and each time I go out, it's like
a wonderful new experience...more souls coming into the Kingdom. More opportunities
to encourage the saints. So everything is being blessed by our Father.
Then the sixth of this month of January,
we are blessed with the birth of our sixth child, Abigail May! Wonderful
Jesus! So precious!
Everything is going great, and then what
happens? I am going to bless a brother by getting a dangerous tree out of
his property...I'm an experienced logger...no real biggie...I remember that
I told him that this is the kind of tree that makes widows up north...I
start cutting and bingo! Next thing I know I am in a hospital trying to
keep the nurses from putting a tube down my nose...
TURNS OUT THAT A BRANCH CAME OUT OF NOWHWERE
AND HIT ME FROM 20 0R 30 FEET UP! I GUESS IT LOOKED LIKE IT HAD KILLED ME
AT FIRST. JOHN AND MY WIFE GOT REAL SERIOUS AND CRIED OUT WITH A 911 PRAYER
TO JESUS. WELL, IT SEEMS THAT JESUS LISTENS VERY WELL TO THEIR 911 PRAYERS.
I WAS AIRLIFTED TO TAMPA, WHERE THEY DIAGNOSED ME WITH A FRACTURED SKULL
AND SOME BLEEDING INSIDE THE BRAIN.
Every once in a while and a doctor will come
and check me out...what I remember...how my brain's registering...and I
start passing the little tests. Soon they cut me loose after 5 days, and
tell me come back in a week or so and have another catscan.
Well, everyday seems like another wonderful
improvement over the previous day...I have no problem with memory, but a
little bit more doublevision than I would care to have. It's a pretty big
challenge to keep at this task of typing here...but I am going to do it
with my Lord's help.
I make sure I walk around quite a bit, I
am not real steady on my feet like I would like to be, and I really think
I am doing WONDERFUL CONSIDERING THE TRAUMA I HAVE EXPERIENCED. LITERALLY
THOUSANDS OF BROTHERS AND SISTERS HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR ME... I guess the
biggest mystery is "What now?" But there is no anxiety there...I know my
Lord is in control, and He will guide me every step of the way...
I AM JUST REQUESTING PRAYER THAT THIS HEALING
WILL BE COMPLETE, THAT THE LORD WILL BE GLORIFIED, AND THAT THE HEADACHES
WILL CEASE! I APPRECIATE YOUR PRAYERS AND YOUR CONCERN....
THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS: JESUS CHRIST IS LORD.
WHEN HE IS THROUGH WITH US, WE WILL BE CALLED HOME TO BE WITH HIM. UNTIL
THEN, IF WE ARE IN HIS SERVICE, NOTHING CAN STOP US. THE KEY IS BEING ABOUT
HIS BUSINESS, AND NOT SEEKING OUR OWN.
I HAVE LED A VERY IMPERFECT CHRISTIAN LIFE. I
AM PRONE TO WEAKNESS, MANY FAULTS, AND SUBJECT TO SIN. BUT I DO NOT JUSTIFY
MY SIN. I REPENT OF IT WHEN I AM MADE AWARE OF IT. I UNDERSTAND THAT JESUS
CHRIST IS THE AUTHOR AND THE FINISHER OF MY FAITH, AND I AM TOTALLY DEPENDANT
ON HIM TO PULL ME THROUGH MY WEAKNESSES AND THIS INCLINATION TO SIN. HIS
MERCY AND GRACE ENDURES FOREVER. AND I GIVE THANKS TO HIM BECAUSE OF THAT.
ALL GLORY AND THANKS GOES TO MY LORD JESUS CHRIST,
but I want to take the moment here to give some thanks to some people who
were there for me...My wife, my children, my mother, John and Margie Sipes
and their son Johnny, Brian O'Connel, Brian and Mary Chamberlin and their
family, John Ingles, Richard & Denise Martin, Cathy Steinruck, Charley
Plaisance, Tim & Marion Treat, Herb Stanley, Hector Ramieriz, And every
other brother and sister that prayed, called, and encouraged during this
time. The people mentioned were there while I was in the hospital...but
there were many others there with me in prayer, and I love them all! I WOULD
BE REMISS IF I ALSO DID NOT COMMEND THE STAFF AT THE TAMPA GENERAL HOSPITALFOR
THEIR EFFECIENCY, AND THEIR GREAT CARE FOR ME WHILE I WAS THERE, AS WELL
AS THE EMERGENCY REPONSE TEAM OF CRYSTAL RIVER, AND THE LIFE FLIGHT THAT
AIRLIFTED ME TO THE HOSPITAL.
"WHATSOEVER IS BORN OF GOD OVERCOMES THE WORLD,
AND THIS IS THE VICTORY THAT OVERCOMES THE WORLD, EVEN OUR FAITH!" 1JN 5:4
ON THE THIRD OF FEBRUARY, 2001, BRIAN O'CONNEL
AND I WALKED YBOR CITY IN TAMPA. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT I HAVE CARRIED
A CROSS SINCE MY INJURY. CATHRYN MCCARTHY CAME AND FILMED US AS A FOLLOWUP
OF THE TAPING SHE HAD DONE OF ME IN MY TIME AT THE EMERGENCY ROOM. IT WAS
A RAINY DAY, BUT IT WAS A BLESSED DAY. I GOT TO MEET SOME WHO ABSOLUTELY
LOVED JESUS, SOME WHO COULD CARE LESS ABOUT JESUS, AND SOME WHO DIDN'T KNOW
WHAT TO THINK…BUT REGARDLESS, I WAS REJOICING IN THE FACT THAT I COULD CARRY
MY CROSS AGAIN. I PRAISE GOD THAT HE SPARED MY LIFE TO BE ABLE TO WORK SOME
MORE IN HIS FIELD, MINISTERING TO EVERY PRECIOUS SOUL HE BRINGS MY WAY!
TODAY I JUST GOT TO PLANT SOME PRECIOUS SEEDS…YESTERDAY, THE LORD ALLOWED
ME TO PRAY WITH A MAN NAMED REED TO RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST AS HIS LORD AND
SAVIOUR. PLEASE PRAY THAT THE LORD WOULD POUR OUT HIS BLESSING ON CATHRYN.
IT IS SO INCREDIBLE TO ME TO THINK OF SO MANY CHRISTIANS WHO HAVE BEEN CONTENT
NEVER SHARING THE LOVE OF CHRIST TO THE WORLD. WHAT ELSE IS THERE? WHAT
SUBSTITUTE CAN THERE BE, OTHER THAN TO STARE IN HIS FACE THROUGHOUT ETERNITY?
CARRYING THE CROSS IN YBOR CITY, BEING FILMED
TELLING A COUPLE ABOUT THE LOVE OF GOD
MY WIFE, MICHELLE, AND OUR DAUGHTER ABIGAIL
MY MOTHER, FAITH, AND MY DAUGHTER FEATHER, BESIDE
PART OF THE BRANCH THAT HIT ME IN THE HEAD
GOD IS A GOD OF MIRACLES...I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL
FOR 5 DAYS. IN TWO WEEKS TIME, I WAS CARRYING THE CROSS AGAIN. THIS PAGE
IS DEDICATED TO THE GLORY OF JESUS CHRIST, THE AUTHOR AND THE FINISHER OF
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