Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Status Update - World Wide Prayer at 7:00pm

Dear Friends of the Griffis Family,

The family has met with the doctors caring for John. Matthew has brought us an update.

"The doctors have done all they can possibly do. They are continuing to do all that they medically can. At this time, it is crucial for the swelling in his brain to go down. His life is now in the hands of God and not ours or the doctors. We know that these are the best hands he can possibly be in. Tonight at 7:00 pm, we are going to hold a world-wide prayer. Please, no matter where you are or what you are doing, stop and pray for my dad."

The family would also like to communicate how much they appreciate your prayers, support, and care during this time. It is only by your prayers and support that we are making it through this.


Stefunkc said...

Praying every minute but will be sure that our family lifts yours at 7.

Caleigh said...

Praying for John. Praying for each member of the Griffis family. with Love, Brent Lezlie, Crosbie Mattie and Annie Holliday <3

Jenhomemom said...

Praying for all of you. May He give you peace and comfort as only He can... Love to all...

The Bellah's
Greg, Jennifer, Kyle & Ally

The Love's and friends all over the country said...

7 pm we will be gathering at the foot of the cross, hand in hand, standing in the gap for John. There is a church saying we don't hear much anymore: praying through till we touch the throne of God. Let's do it.

Ruth said...

My family will be sure to be praying for yours at 7:00 tonight.

The Stemens
Aaron, Ruth, Miriam, Josiah, Gideon

jsp3945 said...

Hey guys have faith and be strong he'll pull through
we are all praying for him and you guys and we will be praying at seven. God bless you all. We love you :)

tamsam29 said...

I have been praying for your family every waking minute. Will get J.T. and my husband and we will be praying together in 15 minutes, or 7:00. God bless you all.
Tammy Wiliams

kimberly said...

where can we mail cards, etc? I contacted global awakening ministry team in Pennsylvania to ask for prayer.

missd said...

We will be praying at 7 p.m. We have been praying for Mr. Griffis and the whole family. God Bless:)

debbie said...

Praying for you all and sending love to you all!! The Shay family will meet you all at 7pm in prayer!!!

Susan Potter said...

Praying for John and the entire family since Saturday. I will pray fervently at 7:00. We are thinking of you and lifting all of you up in prayer constantly.

Patti James and Family said...

Praying for Griffis Family and Everyone that has been touched by them.
High Hopes and Heavenly Prayers

Anonymous said...

Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes and make a new beginning
Anyone can feel the ache
You think it’s more than you can take
But you are stronger, stronger than you know
Don’t you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard
Impossible is not a word
It’s just a reason for someone not to try
Everybody’s scared to death
When they decide to take that step
Out on the water
It’ll be alright
Life is so much more
Than what your eyes are seeing
You will find your way
If you keep believing

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

Overcome the odds
You don't have a chance
(That’s what faith can do)
When the world says you can’t
It’ll tell you that you can!

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
That's what faith can do!
Even if you fall sometimes
You will have the strength to rise

Anonymous said...

we have been praying for your family as much as we possibly can
- aurora

Anonymous said...

we have been praying for your family as much as we possibly can
- aurora

Beth said...

We are praying for John and the family!

Anonymous said...

We've been praying non-stop for your entire family! We love you guys! Sarah and Bart Baker

Anonymous said...

Rusty and I are praying for all of you. God has you in His hands.

Love, Rita

Paul & Kim said...

We have been praying for your family. John has had such an impact on so many, including our oldest two boys having him as teacher, coach, and friend. checked here just before 7, and was joining the prayer then, and still.
The Huffman's

Anonymous said...

I'm praying for you all every minute. And, my "prayer warrior" friends at school are praying too. God bless you in all that you do. Love, Madelyn Watkins

Anonymous said...

And all God's people said, "Amen and Amen!"

Tollya said...

The Spindle family is praying!

Keron Showalter said...

We are sooo sorry you are having to go through this!!!
Still praying and thankful for him!

Anonymous said...

God loves the Griffis Family with an everlasting love today and always!!Praying...............

Anonymous said...

We just want you to know that over 200 of the Bethany high school students have gathered together for the last two mornings and we have been collectively praying for all of you guys. We all love you all and will continue to pray every day for peace, comfort, and healing.

Don said...

Continuous prayers are being prayed on your behalf~~
Hoping you find HIS PEACE in the midst of your storm.
Don & Brenda Randell

Lori said...

We love you and are praying constantly! May God be glorified!!!

Hutchins family said...

Saundra - we are praying. Your sister Debbie will remember this song from the revival at our church - "In the hands of a mighty God, we rest in assurance, that He will see us through". Hold on to that truth. The Hutchins in Peoria.

tammymendez said...

Dear Griffis family and Vernier family: our love and prayers are with you all. GOD will be there for you when you feel like you can't go on. God is there. His hand is holding your hand and leading you thru this valley just don't give up and don't let go GOD IS FAITHFUL! We love you all so much...From Mendez family and Campbell family.

david b mclaughlin said...

We are praying for John and the family constantly.


Anonymous said...

Your family has been in my thoughts constantly. I sat in front of your house yesterday at 1:30 and asked God to be with you guys and the doctors. May you continue to be strong. I ran across an old staff development file tonight where John's peers had nominateed him for Teacher of the Year. He is well loved and respected by all who know him. May God's peace be with you!

Your Neighbors,
Brad, Lisa and Judson Stitt

Maddie Poole-Roberts said...

You guys haven't left our minds or prayers for a single moment. We will continue to pray and hope Mr. Griffis gets well soon. Love, Maddie and Kodi Poole.

Victoria said...

His life is in the hands of the Lord, and we all believe he'll pull Mr. Griffis through this. We're all praying for you guys. Stay strong.
Peggy and Victoria Hart.

Pam said...

I have been praying for John and the entire family continuously since Saturday. At 7 tonight I was at work and a co-worker and former Bethany student and I stopped and prayed together for all of you. God bless you all. You are greatly loved.

Anonymous said...

Mr.Griffis and family you are in our prayers!!! The Hernandez family Give all your worries to him, because he cares about you. 1Peter5:7

austinabs said...

This is how coach Griffis came accross to me. He was my favorite teacher ever and i have been and will continue to pray for him each day.

I want to teach
my students more
than lessons in a book;

I want to teach them
deeper things
that people overlook-

The value of
a rose in bloom
its use and beauty, too;

A sense of curiosity
to discover
what is true;

How to think
and how to choose
the right above the wrong;

How to live
and learn each day
and grow up to be strong;

To teach them always
how to gain
in wisdom and in grace;

So they will someday
make the world
a brighter, better place.

Let me be
a friend and guide
to give these minds a start;

Upon their way
down life's long road
then I'll have done my part.

Tim said...

Know this .. God says,,,He will never leave us or forsake us. I know at times, we all wonder about that. But if God can open the Rea Sea for the people in the Old Testament, he is surely in control with John's situation. We are praying for God's Will and will keep praying!!

God Bless

Anonymous said...

I am so touched by all of the comments. Your family has blessed so many people. We will continue to pray for you.
Love, The McKenzie family

okbioteacher said...

"Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

With the blood of Jesus I plea a hedge of healing and protection around John and his family, Father I ask that you surround them in your loving arms and give them the strength, comfort and guidance that is needed in this time. I know the glory that you exude and that with you nothing is impossible, I thank you and praise you in Jesus name, Amen.

Anonymous said...

My family has been continuously been praying for John and each of you. As a family, I pray for your strength and peace of mind that God is fully in control of John's recovery. For John, we pray that he is able to fully recover and return the loving arms of his family, students and community. For the heatlhcare team, that God will give them wisdom and discernment on John's treatment regime.
Terry, Cindy and Rylee Douglas
Dallas, TX

LeisaK said...

Continually Praying ~ May God Bless Your Family during this tragedy and HEAL John. Knowing our Father God Almighty is still in the MIRACLE business!! Love to you all, The Hall Family

Anonymous said...

The Toler family is lifting you in prayer. The Lord woke me at 2 am this morning for a special time of prayer for your children.You are loved!

Trent, Erin and Ty

Cindy said...

We continue to pray for John's healing and your strength.
Love you.

Valarie said...

Saundra, God woke me up at 5am this morning...and he quickened in me to pray specifically for you...
I know that your children are also having such a hard time and I do pray for them daily...but this was directly for you...
He told me to really have you focus on His peace. God's name for for peace is JEHOVAH-SHALOM. He is the Prince of Peace, He would teach and Guide people to the way of peace. His first words to His disciples after rising from the dead were, "Peace be unto you". He preached and promised peace. There is so much more....

When you cry out to Him...as we ALL cry out to Him on you and your family's behalf...may we cry out to
JEHOVAH-SHALOM...The Lord of our Peace. With that comes more peace than you could even imagine...

ABBA! I cry out!
Body! Will you join me!!!!

Anonymous said...

The Snoddy family is praying!

Ted and Beth