Amy and DJ
Amy Nelson Jones
CA USA - Saturday, April 21, 2001 at 20:09:35 (CDT)
Ed came home from the hospital yesterday so I should be a little more
diligent now about keeping in touch. You are still in my
prayers every day and I continue to image you in good health
visiting us in Cambria. I love you three very much.
Ca USA - Saturday, April 21, 2001 at 11:58:03 (CDT)
Dear Debbie, So good to read the updates and that you are feeling no nausea. I think of you and your family so much. Know that I and my family pray for you many times throughout the day.As I read the messages from others, I am so touched and inspired by the love that is overflowing for you and your family. "We love because He first loved us." IJohn 4:19. God is listening to us all , let Him comfort you. So many are with you each day to 'hug' you through, until our Great Healer takes this all out of your body. I send a 'hug' to you right now and a prayer to God for healing. Love, Barbara Harrell
Ga. USA - Saturday, April 21, 2001 at 10:09:29 (CDT)
Debbie, I am not feeling well tonight...I fell today and injured my rt leg...the one that needs surgery...I have decided to put off that surgery till the fall. I'm telling you that to say this...I have taken a light pain tablet and I hope my note makes sense to you. You have been on my mind quite a lot. my myriad medical problems dim in the light of yours....and your faith continues to be so strong I find myself looking here at this site to help lift my spirits. And you personally are such a wonderful influence on me. As usual I have found a little something you might enjoy. It's titled BEAUTIFUL DAY, ISN'T IT?
It was written by Barbara Johnson.
"The day started out rotten. I overslept and was late for work.
Everything that happened at the office contributed to my nervous frenzy.
By the time I reached the bus stop for my homeward trip my stomach was one big knot.
As usual the bus was late--and jammed. I had to stand in the aisle. As the lurching vehicle pulled me in all directions, my gloom deepened.
Then I heard a deep voice from up front bom, "Beautiful day, isn't it?" Because of the crowd I could not see the man but I could hear him as he continued to comment on the spring scenery, calling attention to each approaching landmark. This church. That park. This cemetary, That firehouse. Soon all the passengers were gazing out the windows. The man's enthusiasm was so contagious I found myself smiling for the first time that day. We reached my stop. Maneuvering toward the door, I got a look at our "guide"; a plump figure with a black beard wearing dark glasses and carring a thin white cane."
I remember the phrase "I met a man who had not shoes and was feeling sorry for himself until I met a man who had no feet
who lit up the room with his beautiful smile."
I have you in my thoughts..as you can see I am writing this during one of my sleepless nights. Writing to you gives me comfort too. Especially since you are teaching me how to totally turn things over to God and just let go. I hope you do well over the weekend sweet girl..my prayers will be right there beside you all the time.
GA USA - Friday, April 20, 2001 at 23:45:45 (CDT)
I don't know if you remember me from so long ago - ISB days in Bangkok. Sherri and I were dear chums and sisters in the Lord. I just got a letter from her telling me about the cancer. I am so priveledged she wrote to give me an opportunity to lift you up in prayer. I promise to pray for you and each member of the family, because I know that cancer changes the lives of everyone that comes into contact with it. I have a wonderful group of women friends who are a faithful prayer circle and I will pass this request on to them also. God is great, and He will see you through every single emotion, thought, struggle, triumph and joy. Much love to you, Debbie.
Nina (Chairatana) Kylstra
WA USA - Friday, April 20, 2001 at 21:37:23 (CDT)
I am a friend of the Rokus family and of Max and Amy Ellzey. I just wanted to let you know that you are in my constant prayer. I couldn't help thinking about you so much last night after a long conversation with Amy. Each time you pop into my mind I say a prayer for you.
I was speaking to my mother this morning who lives in Albuquerque and she is going to have the congregation that she attends to be praying for you also.
Our two year old daughter, Kathryn, loves to pray for friends at bedtime each night. We are adding each of you to Kathryn's list and Aurora will be at the top of it.
In our prayers, Bridgett, Wayne, Kathryn and Kristen Ung
Bridgett, Wayne, Kathryn and Kristen Ung
CA USA - Friday, April 20, 2001 at 16:20:04 (CDT)
I received a letter from Sherri today telling me about your condition. You and your family are in our prayers. It doesn't seem like too long ago that we were all in Lubbock in yours and Sherri's room running away from your brothers. I am so glad to hear about your husband and daughter. Ya'll will continually be in our prayers.
Sandy Whitaker Robinson
San Angelo, TX USA - Friday, April 20, 2001 at 16:04:31 (CDT)
Michelle Rachui, who has been very precious to me since she was a little girl, told me about you. I, too, am a cancer survivor (8+ years). Although it is an ongoing battle, and since September I have been under treatment for bone metastasis, God's promise that His grace is all sufficient has been proven to me over and over again. My cousin John Smith wrote the book Hugs for the Hurting, and in it he says this: "Deliverance from The Nameless Dread does not necessarily mean deliverance from its earthly forms...for we are not promised relief from aging, from heartache, from sickness, or from death...but we ARE promised relief from the hopelessness of it all, relief from the feelings of powerlessness, relief from the dread of it all. For the child of God, there is hope and joy even in the midst of pain." I have found that to be so very true. And greater still, at this point only one thing is absolutely certain, and I claim it as undeniable fact for me AND for you: Our Christ sits at the mighty right hand of the Father and intercedes for us with all the position and power of His Sonship and He agrees with all the prayers that are going up for us through the Holy Spirit's perfect interpretation, and if I can only know one thing for sure, that is what I want to know! Amen? I will be praying for your complete healing, and for His supernatural peace as you patiently and confidently wait on Him. "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your hart: wait, I say, on the Lord." Psalm 27:14
USA - Friday, April 20, 2001 at 14:36:31 (CDT)
Dearest, dearest Deb
Dewey called me just an hour ago to tell me about the cancer. I longed to speak to you, to send you my love so i rushed over to my brother-in-laws to use his PC to send you a little message. On the way here I just had Isaiah 37:6 on my mind- it's the verse you sent out with Aurora's birth message. I just want to encourage you- God is with you and he loves you so much!!- Commit your way to the Lord, TRUST IN HIM and he will do this, He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him...
Deb, we will pray for you daily.
We love you so much,
Sarah and Mark xxxxxxxxxxx
Sarah and Mark Scutt
UK - Friday, April 20, 2001 at 12:55:23 (CDT)
To my new "bosom buddy" :), Debbie --I'm very glad chemo #1 is "setting" so well with you -- as I e-mailed your mom earlier, I had four high doses of a cocktail, consisting of your two medicines plus one more, during my treatment for stage 3A breast cancer six years ago. I was blessed with no nausea or sickness the whole time (that was in spite of expecting to be sick -- I remember sitting and watching the hours go by on the clock after my first treatment, waiting for signs of feeling sick so I could take a preventative nausea pill -- I finally gave up for the evening and went to bed, thinking I would just have a delayed reaction and be sick in the morning, but it never happened -- oh me of little faith!!!) I just seemed to need lots of naps, but I never have minded those, even to this day! I so appreciate your web site and the updates and pictures -- I check daily and it really helps me feel like I'm "connected" to you and helps me to know just how to lift you up before God in prayer at that particular time. With love and prayers for you and your terrific family....Cheri Tate (friend of your mom from the Melbourne Church)
Cheri Tate <email@example.com>
FL USA - Friday, April 20, 2001 at 12:36:42 (CDT)
Dearest, beautiful Debbie,
It does not surprise me in the least that you have
experienced so much love and support particularly in the last few weeks. Ever
since I have met you, I have seen you sow that very love and support
into each one of our hearts, and now, it is time to harvest.
I love you, Debbie - and every time I think of you and Dewey
and Aurora and I feel as if the floor gives way under me,
I am reminded of the hope, love and wisdom you expressed when supporting others
undergoing similar life challenges.
You are and will always be an inpiration to me.
You are in my thoughts and prayers,
MD USA - Friday, April 20, 2001 at 12:17:20 (CDT)
Precious Child of God,
Our prayers are being offered up to God on behalf of you, Dewey and Aurora. We know this is a difficult and stressful time for you and your family. Please look to Him for comfort and strength. Psalms 46 & I Cor. 1:3-5
We are members of the Mountainside Church of Christ in Albuquerque and are requesting our church family to pray for you also.
We have known the Rokus family for many years and met you two at the Painter Avenue congregation in Whittier, CA, before moving here.
May the God of peace bless you daily.
Ted & Florence Davidson
Ted & Florence Davidson
NM USA - Friday, April 20, 2001 at 11:42:17 (CDT)
I am so glad you are so close to family at this time. I continue to send you healing thoughts and love. I am glad that your network of friends can keep in touch by the web. Wishing everything goes well. I think you are in good hands. Love, Fritzi
CA USA - Friday, April 20, 2001 at 11:00:10 (CDT)
Dear Debbie, Your message is so encouraging. Last week's international Time magazine had an article about the woman who began positive imaging, prayer, and cancer cures--the person, the article said, whose methods have been adopted in international traditional medicine. When she became too weak to carry on her own positive imaging and prayer, she asked her friends to create a healing circle for her. She is surviving a serious cancer. I know as I read this website that you have a circle praying for you, and I ask you to think of us as a prayer circle envisioning your healing. And I ask all of us to appreciate the wide circle of God's love in which we are embracing you. Debbie, Dewey, and Aurora, we love you. Mike and Cindy. P.S. Aurora needs a soft doll with long hair!
Italy - Friday, April 20, 2001 at 07:57:31 (CDT)
Dear Debbie- Hi, Well I don't know you, but I want you to know that I am praying for you I do know that you have touched many lives and that God is holding you in his arms. "May the God of hope fill you will all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with the hope by the power of the holy spirit" Romans 15:13. I hope you are doing well
CA USA - Friday, April 20, 2001 at 01:58:00 (CDT)
Dear Debbie I have had you on my heart and in my prayers today. I love poetry and writing (as you can tell) I am a published writer both of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Yet when I write to you I am so humbled by your faith and the faith of those around you, that my words tangle in my brain and I can't say just what I want. I have come across a poem that was in my grandfather's old (1929)poetry book
It goes like this
If you strike a thorn or rose,
Keep a goin
If it hails or if it snows,
Keep a goin
'Taint no use to sit an whine
when the fish ain't on your line
Bait you hook and keep a try
Keep a goin
When the weather kills your crop
Keep a goin
though 'tis work to reach the top
keep a goin
S'pose you're out of every dime
Gitting broke ain't any crime;
Tell the world you're feelin prime
Keep a goin
When it looks like all is up
Keep a goin
Drain the sweetness from the cup
Keep a goin.
See the wild birds on the wing
Hear the bells that sweetly ring
When you feel like singing, sing
(but always) Keep a goin.
I believe our Lord and Savior has blessed you with a positive outlook. He has given you unwaiverable faith. We just all know that with Him by your side you'll do just fine. We are praying without ceasing for you. Sometimes my thoughts wander during the day and I just close my eyes for a few moments and lift your name up. You faith has been a big comfort to me in some areas of my life. You are a joy and an inspiration to us all and we love you.
GA USA - Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 22:58:19 (CDT)
Dear Debbie and Dewey,
We've never met , but feel as if we know you. We have been friends of Frank and Gloria for 20 years. We met in Abilene while we were in college at ACU, and they took us under their wing.
We were very concerned when we recieved Frank's e-mail today . We are praying for your recovery and for your continued strength through the treatments. I (Terri) am a teacher at Dallas Christian School. I have added you to our prayer list, and you may be assured you will be prayed for daily here. I grew up in Atlanta, and my parents live in Cumming now. I forwarded Frank's message on to them also.
We pray for your healing and admire your faith and good spirits.
Best wishes, and God Bless you both,
Steve and Terri Benson
Steve and Terri Benson
TX USA - Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 22:24:38 (CDT)
I am soooooo glad to hear you are doing well after your first treatment. Georgia, Dwayne and I check your website daily to see how you are feeling.
I was going through my London photos and found a picture of you. It's not your face, but your feet. How do I know they are your feet? Well, you had on that pair of bright, green socks! It's you alright!
I love you! Give Dewey and Aurora a squeeze!
Amy Nelson Jones
CA USA - Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 18:00:21 (CDT)
Dearest Debbie, Dewey and sweet Aurora,
I am finally back from Florida, and able to get time on your
awesome website! I read through all the messages
and had to reach for the tissues twice. What tremendous
support you have through our Christian family throughout
the world! It was so good to see pictures of all of the
Bridges family. It has been so long, I was challenged to
put names to all the faces. Debbie, you know you are in my
prayers every day. I love you all so very much. Please
stay strong. You are such an encouragement to me.
CA USA - Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 17:08:04 (CDT)
J'ai pense a toi toute la nuit d'hier et toute la journee d'aujourd'hui, et chacune de ces pensees etait une pensee de soutien, une priere, un partage.
J'ai eu ma soeur Pascale au telephone. Je ne sais pas si tu te souviens d'elle, elle etait venue chez vous il y a quelques annees avec son petit garcon. En tous cas elle se souvient de vous. Elle me dit souvent, lorsque je lui parle de toi : "Debbie, c'est un ange" ! Lorsque je lui ai appris l'epreuve que vous traversez, elle a ete boulversee. Je lui ai demande une priere, pour toi et pour toute ta famille. Comme je demande tous ceux que je connais une priere pour vous, au moins une. Je suis persuadee que plus nous serons nombreux a demander la meme chose plus nous avons de chance d'etre entendus, d'etre exauces ! Je veux croire que meme la priere des moins croyants d'entre nous a le pouvoir de toucher Dieu.
Nous ne comprenons pas toujours le pourquoi de nos vies, mais ce que je crois c'est que tout ce qui nous arrive participe de Son projet pour nous, et qu'il ne nous arrive jamais plus que ce que nous sommes en mesure de supporter.
Mon esprit vous accompagne, mon coeur vous cherit.
USA - Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 16:05:06 (CDT)
I am a friend of Barbara Harrell, she is a very dear friend who told me about you. I just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayer. Our God is such an awesome and powerful God and anything is possible with Him. You have also been added to our church prayer list. I attend a small church of Christ, Yucca Valley Church of Christ. It's so wonderful to know that no matter where we are when there is a need brothers and sisters in Christ band together. Please add my name to you list of well wishes. His Servant, Rita
CA USA - Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 15:38:31 (CDT)
Dear Debbie - My name is Karol Westbrook, and I was one of Tami's roommates at ACU. Sonja Dumo informed me of your illness and asked for my prayers. I'm glad she did, because my husband and I have been spending one day a week in prayer and fasting for several couples we know who are trying to have a baby and for my nephew who is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's disease. We will certainly hold you up to the Lord as well. I remember one time in a Bible study group, we prayed a chain prayer, and Tami prayed that not another person would ever have to get AIDS or cancer. I know that God could have easily granted her request, but I also know that what He is doing in you is even more amazing.
This excerpt from a poem called "Wait" better explains what I mean:
All you seek I could give and pleased you would be
You would have what you want...
But you wouldn't know me.
You'd not know the depth of my love for each saint
You'd not know the power I give to the faint
You'd not learn to see through the clouds of despair
You'd not learn to trust just by knowing I'm there
You'd not know the joy of just resting in me
When darkness and silence is all you can see
You'd never experience that fullness of love
As the peace of my spirit descends like a dove.
You'd know that I give and I save for a start
But you'd not know the depth and beat of my heart
The glow of my comfort late in the night
The faith that I give when you walk without sight
The depth that's beyond getting just what you ask
An infinite God who makes what you have last.
And you never would know
Should your pain quickly flee
What it means that my grace is sufficient for thee!
Debbie, I'm praying that God will rescue you as he has so lovingly rescued many others who have called on his name!
TX USA - Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 14:48:12 (CDT)
What a fantastic website! So many wonderful messages - you are so loved Debbie. It's also lovely to see the updates and photographs of you and your family.
I want you to know how you are a very special person and quite different from anyone I have met. You were a breath of fresh air when I was involved in your midwifery care - happy, shining and full of vitality. It is a pleasure to be around you. I am sure you are specially blessed and loved and I and others pray that you will be filled with the holy spirit and healed completely from the inside - out! I pray that every doctor and nurse has healing hands and that everyone around you have powers of healing too. You are a brave and resilient woman and hope to see you whole and happy back in the UK soon. Lots of love Liz
uk - Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 07:21:34 (CDT)
Debbie, Dewey and Aurora,
My heart fell through the floor today when I got Dewey's message. You three changed my life, and have not been forgotten over these past few months. Stay strong, and some day soon we will see each other again. I wanted to come visit you guys in France this summer, but Georgia will have to do. Say 4th of July? I love you all and think of you often, and will pray for you day and night until I hear you are past this obsticle.
CA USA - Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 01:28:39 (CDT)
Wow, I never ceased to be amazed by the Bridges family and their many journeys and adventures- but you definitely caught me off-guard with this one! Debbie, please know that you now have dozens more prayers being offered to our Lord. I am fairly certain he has heard your name more than a few times today! Maybe we can wear him down with our constant requests! The Fox family and the Mesa Church of Christ will be added to the great number already praying for you.
Thanks for the outstanding website and continuous updates! The pictures of you and your family bring back some great memories.
AZ USA - Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 01:21:15 (CDT)
Dear Debbie, I ran across this little note re:hope. I thought I'd pass it on to you.
"Hope is not what you expect. it is what you would never dream. It is a wild, improbable tale with a pinch-me-I'm dreaming ending. It is Abraham adjusting his bifocals so he can see not his grandson but his son. It's Moses standing in the Promised Land not with
Aaron or Miriam at this side, but with
'Elijah and the transfighred
Zechariah left speechless at the sight of wife
Elizabeth, grey headed and pregnant.
and it is the two
Emmaaus bound pilgrims reaching out to take a piece of bread only to see the hands from which it is offered are pierced.
Hope is not a granted wish or a favor preformed; no , it is far greated than that. It is a zany, unpredictable dependence of a
god who loves to surprise us out of our socks and be there in the flesh to see our reaction." Quoted from
God Came Near by Max Lucado.
What are your greatest dreams?
Remember, God can do anything and he loves to fufill dreams....so Dream, child of God, Dream....Place your Hope in Him.
Thinking of you and praying for you and all of your family tonight. We love you.
ga USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 23:41:48 (CDT)
It always comes as such a shock to all of us, when we or one of the people we love are faced with the reality of a body that is so vulnerable -- at the same time we have learned, as you are doing now, that when we are weakest HE is strongest -- and He is truly the only one who can heal us totally, body, soul and spirit.
We pray for the special kind of strength, encouragement and love that God can provide you through the power of His Spirit .. and we are glad that family and friends are there with you during such a difficult time.
We will look forward to your recovery !
Fred and Mina
Fred and Mina Casmir
AZ USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 22:24:21 (CDT)
Tom and I were sad to hear that you were ill. You are on our prayer list. We pray that God will give you complete healing. We also pray that you and your family will have his peace as you go through the process. You are loved.
I know your little one is adorable.
Thanks to the friend or family member that set up your web page. It is beautiful.
Because He lives and loves,
CA USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 21:36:52 (CDT)
Dear Debbie: You are in my thoughts and prayers! What a beautiful family you have. I cherish the memories of our time in Heidelberg together. You are a special "sister" to me always. God Bless you and keep fighting GIRL!!!! Lots of Love! Cherri Beth (Yates) North
Cherri North and family
TN USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 20:06:06 (CDT)
Hi Debbie, I am a friend of Diane Franey's. Please know that I have thought of you often and our whole Bible Study group is praying for you. God bless you and your lovely family.--Debra
CA USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 19:03:04 (CDT)
Tres chers Debbie, Dewey et Aurore,
Pardon pour mon si long silence. Je ne savais pas. J'ai dine avant hier chez Claudine qui me l'a appris et il m'a encore fallu attendre aujourdh'hui pour pouvoir enfin disposer d'un ordinateur. Je viens de parcourir votre site et je suis tres emue. Je vais ajouter mes prieres toutes celles qui vous ont ete offertes, ajouter ma petite flamme a la belle lumiere d'amour dont vous etes entoures.
Chacun des mots qui me vient aux levres me semble inutile et je n'ai pourtant que ceux-la pour vous dire ma peine, mon amour, mon espoir. Je sais que tu vas te battre Debbie et qu' tes cts Dewey se battra comme se battront pour vous tous ceux qui vous aiment. Que dans votre lutte pour la vie vous sachiez, que meme loin de vous, nous sommes avec vous, nous les Francais de ce coin de Touraine o vous vous avez voulu planter vos racines, nous les Francais qui avons eu la joie de partager avec vous des moments prcieux, nous qui avons recu votre bont.
Nous sommes avec vous par le coeur et l'esprit avant de vous retrouver, car on vous attend !
Je vous serre contre mon coeur.
FRANCE - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 18:47:43 (CDT)
Debbie, our prayers and thoughts are with you as you walk through this incredibly difficult time. May God's grace and love fill and refill you and your family continually as the days unfold. May the God of all Life and health provide you with an unequivocal response to prayer and with daily consolations that drive darkness and fear away. We pray that you might rest fully in His peace and the unbounded light of His countenance.
Peter and Alisa Prinos
WA USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 13:54:36 (CDT)
I assume you were able to get in touch with a group like"locks of Love" regarding your hair, since you are planning to have your "hair cutting party". I hope they can make the wig quickly for you. You ALL are in my prayer daily. I am keeping your cousin updated and take the downloads home each evening for David to read and we are so happy to hear all the god news. God is awesome and has his perfect plan and we are so very encouraged that he is sparing you so many of the rough bumps that so many experience with chemo. Keep your beautiful smiling shining bright and know you are prayed for and loved by so many.
Much love Karen
CA USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 13:12:02 (CDT)
Debbie, Dewey and Aurora: Sheila and I are praying for you. Debbie, we pray for your full and speedy healing and recovery. Dewey and Aurora, we pray for comfort and hope for you. The three of you have been a fountain of joy to all with whom you have come in contact, even for those of us who don't know you very well. God bless you!
Tom and Sheila Bost
CA USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 12:22:25 (CDT)
Debbie, Dewey, and Aurora, my love and my prayers are with you. The light that shines in all of you is strong, and I offer the support that you gave to me earlier in life. Lean on your family and friends in this time, and celebrate with us in the fact that WE LOVE YOU!
CA USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 11:43:19 (CDT)
Hi Debbie, Dewey & Aurora:
Although I've not met you, I just learned so much about you through your web page which I'd been directed to by your father.
What a beautiful story. Even in sadness there can come something of use to others. I can't say I've had the same or similar experience but your strength has made me realize that GOD has so much in store for us that we cannot begin to attempt to analyze LIFE.
God Bless you and your family and hoping our paths may cross one day.
Renee (Bronx, NY)
NY USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 11:17:56 (CDT)
Hi Debbie, be courageous and strong! We have a prayer group at church that has been and is continuing to pray for God to grant his grace and heal you. Let your love for God shine no matter what - this is your hour to honor God. We pray you'll have a testimony of his love and power as well. Andy & Mel from NC
Andy & Mel Bacic
NC USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 11:12:25 (CDT)
Dear Debbie, Dewey and Aurora: Just more love, more praiers and lost of kisses from your friends here. Your web site is reminding me of the power of Christ. Love to you all, Celina
France - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 09:19:37 (CDT)
Dear Debbie & Dewey,
I was saddened to hear of your illness, but after seeing your support network through this website, I have no doubt that you will conquer the cancer and continue in your adventurous life.
Please know that you will be in my prayers and I will be constantly looking at the updates to see your progress.
Be brave my dear friends and please let me know if there is anything I can do from California.
You both mean a lot to me!
CA USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 08:52:24 (CDT)
Happy Wednesday! This week Dan and I are in Banner Elk, North Carolina, visiting Rachel, Marc & Erica McClure. It has been such a blessing to read the updates here, just as I do daily in Abilene. I especially enjoyed the pictures yesterday of your family -- including Tami and Fritz, whom we love dearly.
Yesterday and today, the snow is falling beautifully. As I look out at the natural purity that that covering gives the earth, I am thinking of you, and rejoicing that your medication is giving you the covering your healthy cells need -- just as the nutrients of the snow are providing good things for the earth -- so are the medications you're taking providing renewed health for you! And just as the snow covering creates inconveniences for getting around, we are called upon to be still and wait! God bless you as you wait! And may you be blessed with much beauty to surround your waiting. The words of the song "He is Able" are a comfort to me regarding your having to wait!
He is able, more than able
To accomplish what concerns me today.
He is able, more than able
To handle anything that comes my way.
He is able, more than able
TO be much more than I could ever be.
He is able, more than able
To make me who he wants me to be.
God bless you, sweet ones,
Abilene, Texas USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 07:20:18 (CDT)
J'ai reu un message de Dewey aujourd'hui, m'informant de ton tat de sant.
Je t'cris pour t'envoyer un peu de mon amour, de ma foi dans la vie et de ma confiance en toi et pour toi,
Car la meilleure faon de contrebalancer ce mal, c'est de mettre, de ton ct, le maximum de force de vie,
Un ami malien m'a un jour dit une chose que je n'oublierai jamais :
"Le but dans la vie n'est pas de chercher lutter contre les problmes,
Mais plutt de se montrer plus fort qu'eux en conservant toujours joie et optimisme."
Et j'espre que toute cette nergie positive qui t'est envoye, par petites gouttes d'eau,
formera un ocan de bienfaisance,
Qui t'apportera vigueur, srnit et paix.
Je t'aime et je pense toi.
France - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 03:39:57 (CDT)
I'm still praying everyday. I think God is probably
convinced that I have amnesia because I keep asking
for the same thing over and over. Dewey...thanks for
letting me be the Guardian of the Accordian. Though
I think Diane will grow to hate you for it. Love you
all very much. Godspeed. Ron
CA USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 01:36:27 (CDT)
WHO LOVES YOU BABE? I DO.
Hey, where did Dewey get that great T-shirt?
We're praying for you with fervor!
Diane & Ron
USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 01:05:51 (CDT)
We've never met. I heard of your situation through my cousin, Angeline Bell. Today Beth and I were online chatting, and she gave me your Web site. I wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and my prayers. This time last year, I was in Northside Hospital in Atlanta recovering from a mastectomy. What a difference a year makes. And what a difference prayers make! Look forward to tomorrow, trust in Jesus, and when things get tough, "let go and let God." Sincerely, Sally Manning
Ky USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 21:17:57 (CDT)
I have been checking this site almost daily to see how you are doing. Even though we've never met, I know that we have a common faith that makes us sisters in Christ. All the encouragement you have received has been uplifting to me as well! It is awesome to see God's people at work and in prayer for one another! We lifted your name up in prayer last night in our small group Bible study and have continued to solicit prayers from our congregation in Rome. May God continue to grant you peace and courage as you face the challenges in the coming days. God bless you!
Lisa Nelson (Thamara's daughter)
GA USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 20:31:15 (CDT)
Carol Ann (my wife) and I just missed you in the summer of '99 when I taught in the Pepperdine SOL summer program at Prince's Gate. I am one of the elders of the Malibu Church of Christ, and I want you to know that we pray for you every Wednesday. May God bless you in this struggle.
Grace and Peace,
Professor W. Harold Bigham
CA USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 15:12:39 (CDT)
Hi Debbie, I was recently blessed with meeting your family back in the fall and I look forward to meeting you very soon. I have heard great things about you from Mark, he loves your family very much. My children and I have been praying for you from the time we heard about your illness. I know that God will continue to give you strength during this challenging time. I appreciate the updates and pictures. Thank you for including so many in you lives
at this time. God bless you, love Angie
GA USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 12:36:29 (CDT)
Deb, I want to make sure you know we are praying for you diligently. The whole Baca Bunch! and so many in the Atlanta church of Christ and in Boston and in Florida and in Los Angeles and anywhere else I can call out prayer warriors on your behalf. Please know we love you very much and are with you in this. I hope to see you soon.
GA USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 11:30:46 (CDT)
Dear Debbie, Dewey and family,
I just found out about this late last night. I am so sorry that you are having to go through this! I am sure, though, that your amazingly wonderful attitude, many prayers, and the prayers of all those of us that know and love you will help you to make it through this difficult time and ultimately make a full recovery.
I just went through my own cancer scare which ended about 10 days ago via thyroid surgery. I had nodules growing which they thought were cancerous - even on the day that I was operated on. Fortunately, however, pathology reports showed that the cells were not cancerous. So, although I have not ever experienced a situation as critical as yours, I do know something first-hand about the fear that one can feel, as well as how much God, prayer, and the support of friends and family can help one through such times.
Both of you and little Aurora will constantly be in my thoughts and prayers. I look forward to celebrating a full recovery with you some day in the not-so-distant future!!!!
All my love and prayers,
CA USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 08:01:39 (CDT)
Just to let you know that you are being thought of and prayed for at this very hour. I too had breast cancer many many years ago. I took the cytoxin. they packed mey head with an Ice cap, and I lost very little hair. My cancer was so minor (is any cancer minor!) that I was able to hace just a lumpectomy. I was scared to death. But here I am 15 years later...
I'm not sure you would want to hear that little storoy but do hear this: GOD LOVES YOU, GOD IS HEARING ALL OF THE PRAYERS THAT ARE BEING SENT UP FOR YOU. True physical healing can come to you. Never give up hope
"The prayers of a righteous man availeth much.
ga USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 02:12:18 (CDT)
Debbie - As I read the updates, I'm again amazed at how God places people and experiences in our lives... Some for a brief moment, and others for a lifetime. While I haven't seen nor spoken to you since Heidelberg days (although Diane Franey has kept me up to speed on your whereabouts! :-), I wanted you to know that my family and I are keeping you and your family in our prayers. You know, anytime anyone has ever mentioned the name "Debbie Bridges", I've always thought of "cool godly woman - great strength" (hey - anyone that could put up with Dwayne the way you did had to have lots of strength!! :-) sorry dwayne!) Anyhow - During this challenging time, I am praying that God will continue to give you strength and peace - and that he'll guide you through this time. Debbie, if you have a special prayer request - something specific you'd like focus on, please let me know, and I'll make that my "prayer mission" in the weeks to come. Peace to you! -Robin!
Robin Lia Whitaker
CA USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 00:36:48 (CDT)
We are still praying many times daily, and awaiting any bit of news from you and all the family.
Love Maurice and Marie
maurice and marie hall
CA USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 00:21:01 (CDT)
I have been out of town and was glad to hear that you made it to Atlanta and have begun your treatment. You are in my thoughts so much, even in the middle of the night. I think the Holy Spirit is working overtime for you by nudging us to keep on keeping on with our prayers for you and your family. I sent your Mom and Dad a "God Can". Maybe you have seen this before, but if you haven't, listen to the tape that goes with it. Also, they say that laughter is the best medicine you can get. So, listen to tapes that make you laugh and keep on laughing. Actually I read something about how it actually heals the body. I know this sounds like a cruelty joke to laugh right now, but it it works, give it a try. God is watching you and holding you. May he bless you and bless you for your faith and courage during this time.
Love Sharla & Dick
Sharla and Dick Gardner
Ga. USA - Monday, April 16, 2001 at 21:32:12 (CDT)
Dear Debbie & Dewey and Family,
It has been a long time since I have been able to see you both, but Angeline has always kept me up to date. She stopped by the gallery today with your news. Just keep in your heart that everything works for the good for those who are in Christ. My love, my prayers, my hopes and my spirit are with you both, always.
Cathee Posin (The Artisan Gallery)
CA USA - Monday, April 16, 2001 at 18:09:48 (CDT)
Debbie, I, too was shocked when I heard the news. I'm not as eloquent as Justine, but I agree with her completely! You are a blessing to those who know you. I'm sure that with your vast network of prayer and love, and of course, with God, you will conquer this! You and your family will be constantly in my prayers. Mindi
VA USA - Monday, April 16, 2001 at 18:03:10 (CDT)
Dear Debbie and Family,
I am thinking of you almost every moment of the day and praying that God will comfort you and your family. Please know that I keep you in my heart.
CA USA - Monday, April 16, 2001 at 17:33:54 (CDT)
In the church our families get so big that we so easily lose track of each other on a day to day basis.
However these families never get so big that love gets less or that we care less. Families are there for us when we need them. God has blessed you with a big one, across the world!
I am so sad to hear of your illness but so encouraged by your fight and faith.
With much love and prayers
Mike Jones xx
Scotland - Monday, April 16, 2001 at 16:56:20 (CDT)
Well, your web page and its messages have now traveled through the "Heidelberger" grapevine...which I have just now read- and am responding... half in empathetic shock and sorrow... and half in awe (of this incredible network that you have, and of the tremendous power of prayer and love).
Debbie, you have always had a very strong spirit, a sense of humor, a sense of confidence, and a magnetism that draws people to you. These are very special gifts!!! Even as you are probably going through your roughest life trial yet, I trust that these gifts are still with you.
My prayers go out to you...for your healing, for your comfort, for your family... God is always faithful. Of course, the Bible is filled with God's promises and encouragement,
...but for any readers who are not Christians...
I remember reading from the book, "Prayer is Good Medicine" that studies have shown that prayer statistically "works" even when it is non-believers doing the praying. Therefore, I would encourage anyone to offer a prayer in their own words as well.
On a practical note...I don't have much to offer, but when I used to work on a children's oncology ward, we tried to keep their little hands busy with simple, fun activities ... hobbies and diversions can be uplifting, even if the idea of it seems tiring at first.
I also remember this little visualization trick...close your eyes and imagine what the cancer cells look like. Imagine them in the color red. Now imagine that with each breath you take, beautiful streams of green come in (or your favorite color), and erase the red cells as if you were popping bubbles with your fingers. Visually take this through all the areas of your body, until you are full of healthy green vitality!
Im looking forward to hearing good news.
Love, Justine & family
ps. I loved seeing pictures of you, Dewey, and Aurora on the web site. I'll email you some photos of us- pictures say 1000 words, as they say :)
Justine (Erwin) Alcocer
CA USA - Monday, April 16, 2001 at 16:10:41 (CDT)
We heard of your illness via a home school e-mail. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I love your web page. I'm sure it has been uplifting to you... it brightened my day. We live in a world full of loving, prayerful people! Sometimes we forget that fact. I'm happy to see everyone bombarding heaven with prayers on your behalf!
God Bless You and Your Family,
GA USA - Monday, April 16, 2001 at 13:39:00 (CDT)
Dear Debbie, Dewey and Aurora,
I was in l'Abbaye de Fontevraud yesterday for the Easter mass which was beautiful - all ending with a choir singing the Hallelujah chorus.
My thoughts and prayers were with you - and are with you daily.
Karen Normandy <knormandy>
France - Monday, April 16, 2001 at 08:19:03 (CDT)
We met only once, that I remember. Sandy and I were at Fairford when Dewey brought you to meet Franky and Gloria. I am not too clear on a lot of the past, but I think I
remember you were both wearing Dewey's favorite colour. BLACK.
From the notes we read on your site, you have made a large number of good choices in life to have the love and good wishes of so many friends. We think that choosing to make
Dewey a family man rates as one of your top choices. (We did have doubts, because, seeing you both in black, was a bit different(?).) Now with your lovely Aurora and all of
you in WHITE, we are happy for your love and devotion to Dewey.
So, as we join in to petition the Lord for your deliverance and continued joy with Aurora and Dewey, we send love and wish you well with your battle.
Dewey, Sandy rues the day she decided to get just one of your paintings and not the two as I offered. It is a joy to see you with your lovely women.
As this message affords a platform to reach a number of people, I ask all to check the web site http://www.ud.com/home.htm I have been running their program for a week. It has a few bugs, but it appears to be a way to help battle cancer. If anyone knows different, I would like to know what you know.
It was enlightening to actually see how little this computer was actually being used. When the program is running, it has been transparent. If the Lord wants us to find the reason for cancers and how to prevent/cure them, this seems a good way to put unused computing power to work for the cause.
Debbie and Dewey, you must know about love, but I will insist you double your efforts to show your devotion to each other. God is Love. Love conquers. Prove it for yourselves.
Harold and Sandy Murphy
AR USA - Sunday, April 15, 2001 at 21:03:14 (CDT)
God is good. He loves you. We pray that His presence will be
real and tangible to you and your family during this time
Curt & Kathy Walters
IN USA - Sunday, April 15, 2001 at 19:48:53 (CDT)
Dear Debbie, Dewey and Aurora -- My sister, Sheila was in Italy during the time that your sister Tami was there. I've heard so much about you and your family through the years! I have to tell you about a wonderful thing that happened this morning. My husband and I live in a small town in southeast Arkansas. This morning at church, we were taking prayer requests during Bible class. I told my class that we needed to pray for a woman I knew of who had just been diagnosed with extensive cancer and gave a few of the updates that Sheila has given me. A woman across the room asked, "Are you talking about Debbie Franklin? Someone gave me her website and I've been praying for her." Isn't God just absolutely amazing! This woman did not know anyone in your family, but had friends who had friends who had heard . . .you know how the story goes. We gave your website to the class and have added you to our ongoing prayer list.
I will be praying for you, not only for your healthy but for the times that you must be separated from Aurora. I have five children who are always with me and I understand how difficult those times can be.
Praise our Father God -- the Great Physician who works in times and ways that we cannot begin to comprehend. I praise Him for the work that He is already doing and for the support and prayer He has found for you. What a mighty God we serve.
AR USA - Sunday, April 15, 2001 at 18:46:45 (CDT)
Today is Easter Sunday and we've been thinking of you a lot. Today is symbolic of the day that Jesus rose and gave us all Hope. Jesus told us to pray as if we had already received our prayers and so our family prays for you today with Thanks to GOD for your speedy recovery and for helping you find the right treatment that will bring you no pain or discomfort and we Thank God for the wonderful family and the presence of God in this family. All things are possible with God and so we Thank God for seeing you through to a speedy cure. Anything you need, please don't hesitate to call on us. GOD bless you and Dewey and Auroura. Love, Sherrell, Ron, Stacey, Craig and Jake
Sherrell, Ron, Stacey, Craig and Jake Prefontaine
MA USA - Sunday, April 15, 2001 at 15:10:34 (CDT)
Dearest Debbbie, we are thinking and praying for you. Keep strong, we all love you very much.
Lots of kisses for you, your wonderful husband and little Aurora. Love the Arnold
Celina Hugh + the Girls
Mondon - Sunday, April 15, 2001 at 04:34:29 (CDT)
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