Thursday, September 30, 2010

Brian Kelso Update

Brian is recovering from Tuesday afternoon's surgery on his right foot.  He is doing well and is in good spirits but is sedated for pain.  The surgeon was pleased with the surgery -- a partial amputation.  The surgeon believes that Brian will be able to return to the normal active lifestyle similar to what he had before this malaria so aggressively infected his body.  He will continue to the hyperbaric chamber, dialysis treatments and physical therapy.  Brian is showing great contentment during this trial.  Let us continue to pray for his healing and comfort after this surgery.  Also, praise God that Brian's kidneys continue to slowly but steadily improve.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Brian Kelso Update

Just received this update from GCA:

Brian is doing quite well, his kidneys are slowly starting to work again.  He'll have surgery today on his feet. Only during surgery will the surgeon know the extent of what has to be done. They will remove the dead skin and hope that there is good skin underneath. He will lose some toes but is very content with whatever the end result.  Brian's faith is strong through all of this, and it has affected all those around him: nurses, staff, dr's, friends and family.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Brian Kelso Update

Brian is currently doing OK.  He has been sick to his stomach somewhat from all the medication (very constipated).  Although the Dr. is very hopeful his kidneys will come back they still are not working.  We may know soon whether they have to amputate some of his feet/toes as a result of the gangrene.  Keep praying for Brian!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

60 Minutes Clip on Haiti with Pastor Moise Vaval

This was a 60 minutes clip that aired last March and was previously posted. I've re-posted it since I refer to Pastor Moise Vaval's story in my sermon today.  If you want to listen to the message, it will be posted here: .  The message is entitled, "Our Prevailing Triumph and the Life of Service".

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Brian Kelso Continues to Need Our Prayers

Brian will remain in the ICU for awhile, but the docs think he will recover full organ function.  However, he has devloped gangrene in his feet.  He has already lost a toe and there is a possibility that he might lose his right foot. His attitude is great but he can still use our prayers.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Brian Kelso Update

Brian is doing well. He slept through the night and his breathing is normal. It has been 24 hours since Brian received his last pain meds.  His platelet levels are improving up from 40,000 to over 90,000.  Brian thanks everybody for all their help and prayers.  

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Kelso Update, ... Good News

Brian has finally started to show significant improvement.  His platelet count is at 40,000 and since he hasn't had any recent transfusions, the physicians are confident that Brian's body is once again producing and retaining platelets.  Brian is starting to eat again.  He still has the feeding tube, but if he continues to eat, they will remove it.  Swelling is going down and Brian's liver function is improving.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Brian Kelso and Kim Rodriguez Updates

Brian Kelso is currently receiving nutrients from a feeding tube and is not getting worse.  But he is also not seeing improvement either.  Brian continues to need our prayers for progress and improvement.  Test results came back negative on Dengue fever, so Brian is primarily battling malaria at this point.

Kim Rodriguez was released from the hospital without any indication of heart problems (praise God).  The issue seems to be neuro-muscular at this point.  Keep praying for Kim as well.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Brian Kelso Update

Brian's malaria count is 0.01, the lowest it's been. While that is a source of great hope, the doctors are still greatly concerned for his overall health and recovery. Even though the disease seems to be in decline, it has had a week to wreck havoc on Brian’s organs. Brian remains in critical condition. Even though his malaria count is down, he has not made any further improvement, so we need to continue in fervent prayer.  Also remember to pray for Brian's wife Barbara and sons Caleb and Josh who are undergoing tremendous stress right now.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Pray for Great Commission Alliance

Brian Kelso remains stable and will continue on dialysis today.  Also, this morning Kim Rodriguez, the wife of GCA’s Administrator Leo Rodriguez, was taken to the hospital by ambulance with chest pains.  Please keep the entire organization in your prayers. Our friends at GCA are currently undergoing a time of severe testing. Our Sovereign King will continue to uphold and sustain His people, but they need our prayers.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Brian Kelso Update

Bryan's fever is not getting any worse, which is good news.  They had to put him on dialysis earlier today to help his kidney function.  Keep praying. 

Update on Brian Kelso Today, Keep Praying!

Brian’s fever broke last night. He still isn’t out of the woods, but for the first time since he was admitted he isn’t getting worse.  Keep praying.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Please Pray for Brian Kelso!

On Monday, Brian Kelso, Great Commission Alliance's executive director and the pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Fort Lauderdale, was hospitalized in Miami with Dengue Fever, Malaria and Pneumonia.  The next 24-48 hours are critical. The elders at Christ Cov are assembling the congregation tomorrow (Sept. 2nd) at 6pm Nebraska time to pray for Brian, his wife, Barbara, and his sons Caleb and Josh.  Please take a few moments now and over the next few days to pray for Brian and his family.

"Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord."  -James 5:14