WPC Gets a New Connection to Power – 6/6/21

If you saw our earlier Sunday service stream, you may have noticed that the father and son led worship not only in the light of LOVE, but also in the natural light of the sun.



About 15 minutes before we were to start the worship service, the power in the church tripped up in a funny way – some lights turned on and some off.  We had internet, but no stage sound our lights, and the fire safety alarm blared to warn us that its pumps were starving for power.  This was confusing because all the circuit breakers were in their normal positions, but many equipment they connect to do not work.

Just as we thought that this will be an expensive Sunday morning electrician call, Brother John Lee walks over.  Because John works for a company that installs electrical systems in buildings, Pastor Li-Shang asked him if he knew anyone who can help us in this bind.  Immediately, John got hold of his professional electrician buddy who helped us to diagnose the problem over the phone.  Based on our description, he was able to determine that this was a partial outage problem that came from the outside of the WPC building.  We do not need to call an expensive electrician.  We should just call ComEd, the power service provider.

ComEd came right away and determined that an underground connection has malfunctioned and needs replacement.  Amazingly, through all of this, our team was still able to get the internet, sound equipment, computer, camera, and even the “LOVE” light to work together to provide live streaming.  Our team worked relentlessly to make sure that our brothers and sisters can all join as one body in worship.

Later in the afternoon, ComEd came with some serious equipment and crew to provide WPC temporary power for stabilizing the fire safety system, and then excavated the area to install a new connection to power.

God is good, all the time – and through this time of confusion and anxiety, He upgraded WPC with a new connection to power.

God is with us.  Experience Emmanuel!

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God picked a most beautiful day to upgrade WPC’s power connection with some serious equipment.


Massive generator sustaining the entire WPC while it gets its new connection.


I’ve always wondered what’s inside this box…powerful, but simple.


Pinpointing the trouble spot was exact, and the digging was fast and efficient.


It’s like angels watching over our power connections.


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June 6, 2021

Dear Church Family,

We invite you to join with us for a time of corporate worship and fellowship, beginning at 11 AM Central Time.  If you cannot attend in person, the online option on YouTube video stream will be available at around 10:45 AM, Central Time (11:45 PM Asia, 9:15 PM India).

Stream link:  https://youtu.be/jHeBsqRk18U

We plan to wrap up our “Soft-heart by the Mountainside” series this Sunday with the message from Matthew 5:10 – on the heart desire “to be God’s witness.” 

The development and delivery of this message series has been a great challenge for me because I constantly find myself falling short of the soft-heart that I preach about.  At the same time, this process has taken me through a most significant spiritual growth spurt that I have ever experienced.  I am greatly encouraged by the roadmap that the Holy Spirit has shown us for experiencing “shalom” in 2021.  God is truly with us and will continue to show us the way.

This page may bring you some enlightenment on this topic of the soft-heart.  I’d be glad to your insights.

We pray that God will open the ears of His children so that they might hear..

Please click here to see the three ways you can tithe or give.

Experience Emmanuel!

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Stand with Pastor David Wan and Family in Prayer for Healing
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Updates for Pastor David Wan

Pastor David Wan was admitted to the hospital on May 18th, 2021, and has been in ICU since May 24th undergoing treatment for Covid related conditions. In our continued Kingdom partnership over the decades with the Wan family, we will stand with them in prayer and emotional support during this very trying time. This page will provide updates on our Pastor and his family, to help our body to align together in prayer and in support for one another. Please check back often for updates.

6/13/21 – 5:49 AM – from Dr. Joseph

Praise God, another quiet night for Dad. His blood pressure and other vitals are good, his bloodwork is all good. His pulse ox was around 94% overnight on vent settings of 100% FiO2 and PEEP 13, so hopefully they can again start to wean those vent settings down. It seems his oxygenation does good at night but then worse during the daytime when he’s more awake and interactive so they had given him more sedation yesterday during the day and asked us to try and let him rest more during the day. Since his oxygenation was good overnight they did not have to try and partially prone him which they had been thinking of doing.

Continuing to pray for Dad’s lungs to recover quickly and for them to be able to wean the ventilator, protection against infections and other complications of being in the ICU and on the ventilator, and against any further set backs.

Thank you Jesus for another day of life!

6/12/21 – 5:33 AM – from Dr. Joseph

Hi all, no changes for dad overnight, praise God for a stable night. No changes to medications, all his bloodwork looks good. Yesterday afternoon they had to increase his ventilator settings from 70% FiO2 back up to 90%, and he has done well there and pulse ox shows low 90s overnight which is better than the high 80s yesterday evening. His chest X-ray yesterday still showed stable findings consistent with COVID pneumonia/ARDS. We continue to pray for improvement in his lung function and resolution of the acute respiratory distress syndrome, and that next time they get a chest X-ray it will be completely clear. Thank you Jesus for another day of life for dad!

6/11/21 – 7:00 AM – from Dr. Joseph

No major changes overnight. Dad’s blood pressure does still seem to go up and down quite a bit, so they’re working to figure out what level of sedation and pain medication to balance at. From a breathing standpoint he is holding level (pulse ox around 88-90%) at the same ventilator settings as last night, 85% FiO2 and 13 PEEP. All his blood work looks good, although no new blood gas yet today.

Continuing to pray for his lungs to recover, for stability of his blood pressure. Thank you God for another day of life.

Priscilla’s comment on pulse ox:

Just an fyi, anything lower than 85% is not sustainable for his vitals organs. What we want is over 90%.

6/10/21 – 12:38 PM – from Dr. Joseph

Yesterday the doctors told us to begin preparing to withdraw care as dad was likely to pass soon. Dad was on maximum ventilator settings and still not holding adequate oxygen saturation and it was only getting worse and there was nothing else they could do. However last night his oxygen saturation started to suddenly improve and they were even able to turn down his ventilator settings for the first time in days this morning! The doctors are surprised and still cautioning as they are not sure why the sudden turn around as nothing really changed from a treatment standpoint. He is still very sick but this is a miraculous improvement as his oxygen saturation was at a low level incompatible with sustaining vital organ function just yesterday. We are continuing to pray and believe in a miraculous healing and recovery and thanking God for another day of life!

6/10/21 – 12:20 PM – from Dr. Joseph

Update 1 from Joseph at 9am:
Update overnight, the nurse was able to wean dad’s pressors (blood pressure support) medications off completely as well as decrease his sedation, apparently he is awake enough to nod and respond again! His pulse ox has gone up to 94-96%! He is still on maximum ventilator settings, but that is a significant change from 82-83% yesterday. We continue to contend for a miracle, and will see what the doctors say today as yesterday they did not think he was going to last long. Waiting to see what his blood gas shows, this will be the best indication of how his lungs are truly doing!

(A little later update):
I just looked up dad’s labs online! His blood gas they just sent at 8am shows improvements in all categories compared to yesterday. This is very much miraculous, they predicted he would continue to decline. It appears based on the lab report that they were even able to slightly decrease his vent settings from 100% to 95% O2 and PEEP from 15 to 13, although they told me the settings were the same overnight so I’m not sure if they were mistaken this AM or if they changed them after 6am. Either way, Praise God!

6/9/21 – 9:12 AM – from Priscilla

Unfortunately, we got the call from the covid ICU that their last attempt with Dad on the vent failed. There is nothing left they can do. They lifted visitation limits so we can come in. Even now I believe God can heal. Please pray with us for a last minute breaking in of power. Thank you.

6/9/21 – 6:48 AM – from Dr. Joseph

Hi guys, unfortunately overnight proning did not go well, Dad’s oxygen got worse in the prone position. He is back to regular position on his back, oxygen saturation is at 85% on maximum vent settings. Keep praying that God will move to heal his lungs now, to open up lost alveoli.

6/8/21 – 3:03 PM – from Dr. Joseph

Just got a call, they are going to have to put another central line in dad and paralyze/sedate him again for proning.

6/8/21 – 2:18 PM – from Dr. Joseph

I just got off the phone with the ICU doctor, things are very tenuous with dad now, oxygen much worse, back on pressors. Everyone let’s pray.

6/8/21 – 11:34 AM – from Dr. Joseph

Johnny and mom are at the hospital now. They just updated Johnny that they are putting dad back on the previous ventilator mode (called APRV) he was on initially after he was in prone position. This is the aggressive mode to open up more alveoli with more sustained ventilator pressure. Right now the mode he is on is less aggressive (called Pressure Control). I’m only guessing, but suspect unfortunately his lungs couldn’t keep up with the aggressive vent wean and the alveoli that were open closed up, which explains the chest X-ray findings and increasing oxygen needs yesterday. Plan is to start over and go slower.

6/8/21 – 10:36 AM – from Dr. Joseph

Unfortunately I got a message from dad’s online medical record, his Chest X-ray they got today looks worse than before. Let’s all keep praying for wisdom for the doctors on what to do next and for God to move in miraculous healing. Fasting and praying.

6/7/21 – 7:14 AM – from Dr. Joseph

Good morning! Update from overnight, no major changes, dad had a few episodes where his blood pressure drops when he is sleeping, they are not quite sure why, no signs of infection and when they wake him it seems to go back to normal rapidly. May be partly related to how much lasix (diuretic) he has received to reduce the swelling in his hands and feet. He hasn’t needed any medication for it, they are just keeping an eye on it for now.

His bloodwork looks good, kidney function is almost back to completely normal which is an answer to prayer!

No changes overnight on the ventilator, the surgery team saw him again this morning and said he is still not quite improved enough for the tracheostomy, they would like to see his settings on the ventilator improve some more. At his current rate of progress weaning the vent that would be later in the week.

Please pray for another day of rest and healing for dad, protection against infection and other complications which are a daily threat from just being in the ICU, relief from pain and discomfort from the breathing tube, and rapid recovery and restoration of his lungs.

6/5/21 – 7:30 AM – from Dr. Joseph

Got a good report from the nurse overnight, praise God he is off the IV medication for Afib (amiodarone) and his heart rate is normal! They are giving him more lasix (diuretic) to try and reduce his overall edema in anticipation of likely a tracheostomy and gastric tube next week.

The tracheostomy is a different type of breathing tube that is a small surgical procedure to route the tube through his neck directly into his trachea instead of through his mouth. While a small surgery, since he is still very sick every minor surgery is very risky for dad. However this would have a number of benefits: it would be more comfortable (since not going through the mouth), it would have less risks of infection and other complications of the tube he has currently through the mouth (called an endotracheal tube or ETT), it makes it safer and easier to wean off the breathing tube eventually, and there is some good data out that placing the tracheostomy early for covid patients (~10 days after intubation) helps reduce overall length of hospital stay and may help improve chances of weaning off the ventilator. In the past before covid, tracheostomy was typically not performed until 2 or 3 weeks after intubation if someone still needed a ventilator.

The gastric tube (PEG or g tube) is similar idea, instead of the feeding tube from his mouth to his stomach (orogastric tube, g tube), this would be directly into his stomach and would be more comfortable so less tubes in his mouth. In order to go forward with the tubes they would like to see his numbers on the ventilator improve first. The two they are looking at primarily are the concentration of oxygen being pumped (called FiO2) being closer to 30% (he is at 60%) and pressure the vent is giving (something called PEEP) closer to 5-8 cmH2o (he is at 15).

The nurse said, “but hopefully he improves and doesn’t need either surgery!” And that is exactly what we have been praying for, amen and amen!

All his blood work looks good, kidney function remains ok (creatinine 1.4) and his last ABG (blood markers for his lung function) were perfect so they’re going to try to wean the vent settings again today.

6/4/21 – 8:27 AM – from Dr. Joseph

Just got an update, no major changes overnight. His white blood cell count (blood marker for inflammation/infection) is down to 5 which is normal, his creatinine (marker for kidney function) is down to 1.4 which is great (normal was 0.9 for him). He was still uncomfortable overnight so they added a medication called precedex which is a short term sedation to help let him rest overnight and they’ll take it off this morning. His central line (large IV) and arterial line were removed which are good steps, less sources for infection, although makes it a little tougher for them to get quick updated blood tests and ABGs.

The drains they place in the air pockets under the skin seem to have helped but there was some bleeding from the incisions but the surgeon came back to look at them and said it was ok and they seem to be slowing down.

Praying today for dad to be comfortable, for the Afib to resolve, and for continued progress on weaning the ventilator.

The weaning off the vent is the hardest part of the process. If unsuccessful it can cause the alveoli in his lungs to collapse. Another option is to go for a tracheostomy. Still a dangerous route, but with a slightly higher rate of survival. We are hoping the vent weaning will be successful so he does not need a tracheostomy.

6/3/21 – from Sister Ann (David’s Wife)

Just to let my family knows that with His mercy, I am well and sound. Alleluia!!! In fact, I am with David at hospital now. It would take a big miracle to get him out of that bed. But I know that we’re are serving a great big God and He is good all the time. Thank you for continuing to pray and know that nothing is impossible in Him. Love you all.

6/3/21 – 8:53 AM – from Dr. Joseph

Just talked with Jeh and the Cardiothoracic Surgeon, he does not think the pneumomediastinum (air in the central chest around the esophagus and trachea) needs surgery, just observation. However the air pockets just below the skin around Dad’s neck and upper chest could be drained with a small bedside procedure to place small suction drains. They will proceed with this today. Although a relatively minor procedure Dad is still very sick so any procedure is risky.

6/3/21 – 6:24 AM – from Dr. Joseph

Good morning, just got an update from overnight, no major events. Dad’s afib (irregular heart rate) did return so they had to turn up his IV medication which is helping to control it (amiodarone), heart rate is around 120. Blood pressure has come down to normal after increasing his sedation medication (fentanyl). No further fevers on the antibiotics and his white blood cell count has normalized. His creatinine (blood marker for kidney function) has continued to improve, 1.9 from 2.1 so that is good to see. Hoping and praying for another quiet day today so dad can continue to rest and heal.

Continue to pray for the AFib to resolve and stability for his heart rate, for full restoration of his kidney function, for improvement in the air pockets in his chest, and for his lungs to continue to heal so that they can continue to turn down the ventilator requirements!

6/2/21 – 8:47 PM – from Dr. Joseph

Got an update with Johnny and one of the night doctors. Dad’s heart rate is stable on an IV medication called amiodarone. His blood pressure is actually high now surprisingly. As such he remains off pressors. His sedation has weaned to the point that he clearly responds to voice which is encouraging. The doctor explained that the escaped air found on CT was around the center part of his chest, not around his lungs. This is called pneumomediastinum. Hopefully this can just be observed, they are getting some repeat imaging tomorrow to be sure it isn’t getting worse and turned down the pressure on his ventilator. This escaped air has been observed in a number of COVID patients, suspected secondary to intense coughing or ventilator pressure, as the lung tissue is weak and can leak air into the surrounding tissues.

Also they did find bacteria in his bloodstream, likely from his lungs and consistent with pneumonia. He has been getting strong antibiotics and hasn’t had any further fevers.

Praying he continues to be stable and for big strides in progress tomorrow!

6/2/21 – 2:34 PM – from John

Just got here. They put him on some drugs for the irregular heart beat and has been stable with his heart rate all day so far. CT scan showed lots of air in places it shouldn’t be. They’re consulting on if they can put some tubes in his chest area to get the air out. Oxygen is 94, percent oxygen given to him is 40%.

They’re consulting a radiologist to see if they can figure out what is the source of the air in his chest. From there, they’ll make a recommendation on what to do for the air.

6/2/21 – 7:03 AM – from Dr. Joseph

Hi guys, update on dad this morning, mostly good news, praise God! They were able to completely turn off the pressors (IV blood pressure support medications, levo) overnight! Also his kidney function improved slightly, his creatinine went from 2.5 to 2.1, a definite step in the right direction. God is answering prayer!

Dad is still very sick, and a new problem has arisen, his heart rate continues to jump up into the 130 and 140s, and they did another EKG test overnight (kind of like a seismograph measuring heart electrical signals instead of earthquake tremors) shows a heart arrhythmia called atrial fibrillation (A-fib). This is not an uncommon development in very sick patients and can mostly be managed with medications, but Afib can increase risk of blot clots which is already a concern. They’ve tried a few medications to try and break the abnormal heart rhythm with only temporary success and then it returns. They are very hesitant to use blood thinners for him given his history of brain bleed. Plan is to get a head CT today to reevaluate if any hematoma remains from his prior brain bleed from the fall he had last year. Also still waiting on a heart ultrasound (echocardiogram) to evaluate if the heart is straining, possibly due to a blood clot in the lungs. Amazingly his blood pressure has been stable despite no pressor support and despite the AFib which can sometimes drop blood pressure.

Thank you Jesus for the small but certain steps forward, we praise you for the improvements in his kidneys, for stability in his blood pressure.

Continue to pray for full healing of his kidneys. Pray that his imaging today would all be negative. Pray that God gives the doctors wisdom on how to navigate treating his Afib, as they have to walk the balance between risk of blood clots and risk of brain bleeding. Pray that God would calm his heart beat, just like he has already done with his blood pressure.

6/1/21 – 7:53 PM – from Dr. Joseph

I had an update from Ben (the nurse) about 2 hrs ago, was in the middle of surgery so couldn’t talk to him long, but from what I understand they were able to actually wean down his sedation and pressors quite a bit, and is now on 50% oxygen (up from 40% to stabilize heart rhythm), so some improvements. His kidney function continues to take hits, his creatinine is now up to 2.5, definitely need to pray hard into his kidneys to recover. He also had a 1x fever, like Jeh said earlier maybe a pneumonia, they have sent off repeat cultures.

“Pressors” are medications that are maintaining his blood pressure. But they also damage his kidneys. So that is why we are asking the Lord to heal dad’s kidneys but to also get him off the pressors asap.

6/1/21 – 7:50 PM – from Priscilla

Johnny just messaged again and they think they have stabilized it. What a quick response to prayer! Thank you.

6/1/21 – 7:44 PM – from Priscilla

Johnny just called, he’s in the room with Dad. Dad is having some irregular heart rhythms, reportedly appears otherwise comfortable, they are going to get an ekg and see if he needs an electric cardioversion which is where they send an electrical shock through to heart to reset the rhythm, pray that it resolves on its own.

6/1/21 – 6:06 AM – from Dr. Joseph

Hi guys, just got an update from overnight, praise God, Dad’s vitals were stable overnight and they were able to even wean down one of his IV blood pressure support medications (he’s still on 2). He’s still on IV sedation.

Breathing wise no major changes on the ventilator, stable at the same settings.

They did end up starting him on IV antibiotics and his white blood cell count (WBC, blood marker for inflammation) came down from 11 to 5 which is good.
His kidneys are still suffering a little, his creatinine (blood marker for renal function, normal for him was 0.9) is now up to 1.9, again not super bad but be praying for it to stabilize and improve.

Continue to pray for stabilization of his vitals, for his lungs and kidneys to recover, for wisdom for the doctors and nurses to identify and solve all the various issues, and for God’s healing power to touch him.

5/31/21 – 8:41 PM – from Priscilla

Thanks for the prayer. His blood pressure was dropping rapidly and they were able to stabilize my dad. He is still in a very vulnerable state. Please continue to pray for

  1. Stable blood pressure, heart rate, and no infections.
  2. Also pray that they would be able to wean him off the sedation medications and that they would not damage his kidneys.
  3. They would be able to slowly lower the vent oxygen levels.
  4. The air inflation of his throat and chest tissue would be able to be fixed.
  5. He would have peace and not be anxious. My entire family would have peace as well.

5/31/21 – 4:05 PM – from Priscilla

His blood pressure is dropping right now. Docs and nurses are moving around the room to try to stop it. Please keep praying.

They are doing a lot in the next 6 hours that are vital. Please pray for blood pressure stabilization. Also his neck and chest tissue is filling up with air like a balloon, possibly from a hole in his esophagus or high vent pressure. Not sure. Pray doctors and nurses will have the wisdom to fix that. Also his heart rate and bp are just going up and down like a rollercoaster every slight move or change in med dosage. Please continue to fight with us in prayer. Thanks

5/31/21 – 2:29 PM – from Priscilla

Just spoke with the doctor. Dad’s blood pressure is very very sensitive to movement. They want a certain blood pressure to match the sedation so he can be weaned off the meds. However they cannot yet. They are trying to figure out why his heart is beating so fast. They ruled out infection. Ruled out heart electrical problems. Looking into blood clot. Doctor told me “honestly another reason, and I don’t think he is there yet and I don’t want him to get there, is that his body is just not coping with the disease.”

They are going to take an X-ray to see if the tubes are lined up ok in dad to see if anything is off. Also they are going to mix some antianxiety meds to see if reducing anxiety will lower the high blood pressure and heart beat. They will also add an inhaled med to open up the lung blood vessels to get more exchange happening.

Pray for his blood pressure to stabilize. His heart to be at a good rhythm. For him to be able to get off all the meds quickly. Jesus, heal Him quickly!

5/31/21 – 5:58 AM – from Dr. Joseph

Just got an update from the hospital, overnight dad‘s blood pressure did go down a little bit so they had to increase his medication to help support his blood pressure. The sedation he is in on causes low blood pressure.

His bloodwork also showed that his white blood cell count has gone up to 11, which is a sign of inflammation and can be a sign of infection. They are doing some tests to see if there may be secondary infection anywhere else in his body which can happen in the ICU.

His kidney function has also continued to decline slightly, his creatinine bloodwork which is a marker of kidney function (lower is better and his normal is around 0.9). This is not terribly high and perhaps not unexpected given some of the medication he has received, but they are going to give him some fluid through his IV to see if this helps stimulate his kidney function to improve.

From a breathing standpoint everything is stable and hopefully they can continue to make moves to decrease the ventilator settings today.

Pray for his blood pressure to remain stable, pray for his kidneys to recover, pray for protection against infection while he is in the ICU, and pray for continued swift recovery of his lungs for God to finish what he started and heal dad completely!

5/30/21 – 10:10 PM – from Priscilla

5/30/21 – 9:08 PM – from Priscilla

Everyone’s prayers are truly working. Even his ICU Nurse (who was there since covid started last year) said that when she saw dad get on the vent and start to decline, she had seen this before and thought that he was surely a goner. But even she said she is IN AWE AND SO SURPRISED that he is making a comeback. Please please keep praying. He is still not off the vent yet, and the vent is the place of high danger. The longer he is on there the higher the risk. So, he’s not out of the woods yet, but we are so encouraged that our prayers and the prayers of hundreds of saints around the world are working. So please please please don’t stop. Keep praying with us. Please keep fighting with us for every step. Thank you

5/30/21 – 9:05 PM – from Dr. Joseph

Praise God they turned his sedation completely off briefly to test his reflexes and he has response all 4 extremities which suggests no brain damage. He grimaced and moved and opened his eyes briefly!

They were successfully able to place the tube from his mouth to his stomach so he can get nutrition. He is now on low levels of sedation and the next step is for his ventilator settings to be weaned down to the point where he is now 100% reliant on the vent to do all the work of his breathing, instead he can initiate the breaths himself and the vent only helps him a little. Then they can try to turn the sedation off completely and see if the tube can come out!

Also correction, it was not his liver but his kidney that sustained a little damage. We are praying it is not permanent.

5/30/21 – 1:42 PM – from Priscilla

I made a little graphic to help people understand the journey he needs to take for healing…

He made little step forward last night so we are so thankful to the Lord and for all the prayers. We ask that everyone keep fighting in prayer for each step.

5/30/21 – 12:36 PM – from Priscilla

It’s (last night’s turn) definitely a positive step in the right direction. Strictly medically speaking the odds are still against him. Maybe 20% survival.

The longer he is on the vent the more the risk of vitals shutting down. The vent is very harsh on the body. A lot of tubes are going in and out of him right now. Tubes in his arm (arterial line), nose to stomach, mouth to lung, central line to his vena cava (by his heart), in his bladder, etc. All openings are a risk for infection. Also with all the meds being put in his blood his liver is at risk of damage. It looks like it has already sustained some damage but we are asking the Lord that it is not permanent. With him being sedated and paralyzed it is hard to tell if there is damage happening in his body. Is there brain damage? Stomach damage? Heart damage? Can’t tell. Can only pray. Thank you

5/30/21 – 7:54 AM – from Dr. Joseph

Hey guys!! Praise report: Just got an update, dad did great last night supine (on his back), P/F ratio in the 300s! Previously when they had tried to return him to supine he had dropped to 130, so this is definitely a step in the right direction, praise God! They are going to try to stop his paralytic next. His kidney function took a small hit: his creatinine (blood marker for kidney function, normal for him was 0.9) went up to 1.5 (higher is worse), not too terrible and not unexpected with the medications he’s receiving, but pray no further damage. They’re having a little trouble feeding him as the tube they were using through his nose to his stomach (NG tube) kept causing nose bleeds, and they tried to switch to a tube from his mouth to his stomach (OG tube) was unsuccessful. They are going to have a specialist team try, so pray for success so he can receive nutrition. Keep praying, he’s still in a very tough spot, but God is answering prayer!

5/29/21 – 5:57 PM – from Dr. Joseph

Just got an update, dad did well with pronation again, P/F ratio 286, so they will try to flip him around onto his back again tonight and praying his ratio stays good. They are also trying some different ventilator settings which seem to be helping.

5/29/21 – 6:59 AM – from Dr. Joseph

Hey everyone, update on dad, unfortunately didn’t tolerate returning to supine position (laying on his back), his ABG showed his P/F drop to 130. They had to turn his oxygen back to 100%. The goal is P/F at least >150 so eventually they turned him prone again (on his stomach). P/F went back up to 160 and hopefully will continue to improve back to where he was last night. They usually only keep prone for 16hrs as it’s a hard position for patients, can also lead to skin tears more easily than supine (back) position. Also every time he gets turned it’s hard on his body, his blood pressure drops. They will continue to check ABGs every 4hrs or so. Keep praying that his lungs can recover, and that the ICU can slowly reduce these interventions step by step: he can hold good oxygenation without proning, then without muscle paralyzers, then without sedation, and then finally without the breathing tube and ventilator at all.

5/29/21 – 12:01 AM – from Dr. Joseph

Praise report, Dad is stable in the ICU, and they were able to wean his oxygen concentration from 95 to 50 (this is the F in the P/F Ratio). This is a pretty big jump and improvement from where he was last night. They are planning to turn him back from prone (on his stomach) to regular position tonight. They had him proned yesterday because he still wasn’t doing well on the ventilator initially and prone position has been shown to help. He is still sedated and muscle paralyzed. Pray that when he is turned back to regular position that he is still able to maintain a good P/F ratio. Pray his lungs recover on the ventilator. Pray against infection, he has many tubes in his blood vessels, lungs, stomach, etc that are all sources for possible bacteria to enter. He is still very sick and medically speaking has received every standard treatment for COVID at this point.

5/28/21 – 7:19 AM – from David Tai

Dr. Joseph kindly asks everyone to please hold off calling Mrs. Wan on her cell phone at this time…

Also I realized not a lot of people realize my mom also has covid. She is at home and much better than my dad, but still has 101-102 fever so if you would please ask people to stop calling her phone that would be amazing! Lol! She is getting a lot of calls from people (esp Chinese people) but she needs to sleep and rest. She has her phone on so she can receive calls from her kids and updates about dad. But she wakes up every time someone calls and a lot of people have been calling her. But it would be great if everyone would give her some time and space to heal.

If you see this note, please forward it to others.

From the precarious moments yesterday to the current peace, we give thanks in all circumstances. The power of Jesus’ body coming together is truly an amazing testimony.

5/28/21 – 6:44 AM – from Dr. Joseph

Hey guys, the nurse for dad overnight said no major changes. They did end up having to give him muscle relaxation. In addition placed him in prone position. His oxygen numbers/ABG which stands for arterial blood gas, this is the number used to follow his respiratory status. The ABG blood gas gives us many numbers, but the important number to know there’s something called the P/F ratio. P is how much oxygen is truly in his blood. F is how much oxygen that they’re giving him through the vent. Higher is better, it means more of the oxygen is getting into his bloodstream from what is going into his lungs. The goal number is greater than 150. Dad was initially in the 120s after intubation so they gave him the muscle relaxation, still didn’t quite get him where he needed to be, so they put him in prone position and the last ABG was P/F 220 which is a much better number so hopefully they can turn down some of the oxygen which is the F. Let’s keep hoping and praying in the Lord.

5/27/21 – 3:27 PM – from Priscilla

My dad is intubated. His blood pressure dropped a lot because of the sedation but they were able to stabilize it. They said within a couple days they will have a better idea of whether “by a miracle” (as the doctor says) he gets better.

This will be our only time to visit him for a while. So, we are taking in ever moment. My family is definitely hurting, but our eyes and hope are still on Jesus. My mom is doing well and is still full of faith as always.

We are thankful to the Lord that we were able to talk to him and comfort him. We were able to pray for him and speak courage into his heart before he went under. One of the last words of wisdom he said before he went under was when he saw me stressing over what can be done to heal him quickly and he said “The long way is ok.” Thank you for your prayers.

5/27/21 – 1:17 PM – from David Tai

Pastor David’s children were able to visit and speak with him right before the intubation procedure. Joseph made it to the ICU room from Dayton about 15 minutes before hand. Priscilla sent out the following from the hospital just as we began our noon prayer time:

Please pray. They just intubated him a moment ago but he is having difficulty holding his pressure. A lot of doctors and nurses going in and out of his room right now trying to save him.

Please continue to lift up our brother in prayer in this critical juncture. There is nothing more important than the heart of the saints coming together in one spirit.

Please also especially lift up Mrs. Wan, who must stay at home for her recovery from Covid.

5/27/21 – 8:51 AM – from Priscilla

Hi friends. Just got a call a moment ago. They plan to intubate him today. We haven’t been able to see or talk to him in two weeks but they are finally letting us see him today before the intubation. We are headed to the hospital. Joseph, my brother, left work and is driving back from Dayton. Please continue prayers. Esp pray for my dad’s will to fight. He is tired. Even now Jesus can break in.

5/27/21 – 7:16 AM – from Priscilla

Just spoke with the ICU nurse, no major changes for dad, oxygenation is still not good and they did have to add a device called a nonrebreather for him overnight because he was dropping his saturation. Definitely still tenuous and at the doorstep of intubation. Thanks for your prayers! It means so much to all of us.

We are hoping to see him. We have not been able to see him or talk to him since his hospitalization. But yesterday my brother talked to a nurse who is going to fight for us three kids to be able to see him. So please pray for favor to see him and also that his heart would be lifted and he would be encouraged and strengthened to keep fighting for life.

5/26/21 – 1:23 PM – from Priscilla

This is a text I am sending out to every prayer friend I have. Thank you: Please please pray for my dad. He has been in the ICU for about 2 weeks on high levels of oxygen, unable to sleep or lie down, and today his oxygen level dropped dangerously low and he will likely need a breathing machine. The odds of him being able to come off of the ventilator are not in his favor. We are asking the Lord that this does not end in death. It would really mean the world to me and my family if you would be contending in prayer with us. I really would love the Lord to give us more years with him, but we ultimately trust the Lord’s leadership. Thank you.

Robin & Lenu William – Ministering to India

robinandlenu.com

What We Do:

We moved to India in 2015 and have been actively involved in:

  1. Operating a House of Prayer / Church – Parachurch model.
  2. Mentoring, Teaching and Counseling.
  3. Biblical Training – short-term bible school that runs for 4 months full-time every year.
  4. Evangelism through in-person *events.
    *Pre-pandemic: we were able to host in-person events by going into a city, co-partnering with local churches and doing evangelistic worship events. One of our biggest events [in a city named Coimbatore] had ~8000 people show up for the service.
  5. Evangelism through online social media via @robinandlenu
  6. Worship Song-Writing / Production

Current Situation in India:

  • Covid has hit India really hard and most of the cities are under complete lockdown including businesses (except IT companies because of WFH options). 
  • Only grocery stores are open from 6am-10am; so most of the people who depend on daily wages (labor, construction, etc…) basically don’t have any income to even feed their families.
  • Healthcare has come to a standstill in most cities due to the number of Covid cases. With the lack of beds/oxygen/medicines… survival rate of patients has gone down drastically. For instance, it takes 2-3 days just to get a bed in the hospital, in other cases the private hospitals are refusing to take patients whose oxygen saturation is lower than 90… 

Current Immediate Need:

  • First of all, We need covering in Prayer.
  • Currently we have also shifted to financially partnering with two specific non-profits (operated by dear friends) to support projects focused on supporting Covid victims.
    1. True Heart Foundation – Guntur (Led by Pastor Ronald Ross – personal family friend and mentee) – see ministry in action
    2. Project Life India – operating mainly in Delhi (Led by Pastor Nehemiah Abraham – personal family friend)
  • Both foundations has been supporting the local community affected by Covid with the following supplies:
    • Covid Health Kits for patients recovering at home.
    • Daily Meals.
    • Grocery Kits – each kit feeds a family of 4 for 15 days.
  • We are currently targeting slum areas who are in desperate need of resources.
  • Please reach out to us personally if you need more details on how you can financially support the Covid Projects

* Paypal info: paypal.me/robinandlenu

~Robin & Lenurobinandlenu.com

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Share & Prayer for India with Robin & Lenu – 6/3/21

June 2, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Would like to invite you to join us over Zoom for a time of share & prayer on Thursday, 6/3, 12 PM (Central Time), to fellowship with Robin & Lenu William and intercede for their ministry in India.

Covid & its lockdowns have had a devastating impact on the working class that cannot work remotely and have limited access to medical care.  In response, Robin & Lenu have partnered with True Heart Foundation and Project Life India to minister to the slum areas.  They minister to basic needs by providing grocery kits that feed a family of 4 for 15 days, covid kits for in-home recovery, and daily meals.

Contributions from our network of supporters have already sponsored grocery kits for 300 families (54,000 meals) and covid kits for 200 individuals.  See this video of Pastor Ronald Ross of True Heart Foundation making kit & meal deliveries to families in the city of Guntur.  Robin & Lenu are mentoring our young and courageous Pastor Ronald.

Please visit this post for more info on their ministry: Robin & Lenu William – CASC (cascchurch.org)

Please use the following link to join on Zoom at 12 PM, 6/3:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6992360838?pwd=SldXeHpFVWE4MnhCU3lvY0NpRzlQQT09

Experience Emmanuel!

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pdt Note – 5/30/21

May 29, 2021

Dear Church Family,

You are invited to join with our church family, in person, for worship and the offering up of our living sacrifices on Sunday, 11 AM Central Time.  For online access, please follow the below link to the YouTube video stream at around 10:45 AM, Central Time (11:45 PM Asia, 9:15 PM India).

https://youtu.be/UguXkSxjSB4

This Sunday, we bring together Part 2 of the message of Matthew 5:9 – on the heart desire of “collaboration.”  Last week we introduced the DACS Leadership Model to help us to see the natural tensions that exist between the apostle, prophet, evangelist, and pastor/teacher, and how those tensions may keep them from collaborating with one another.  This week, we will look at how we can exercise self-denial to overcome those barriers of collaboration.  You might find this page helpful to see the list of the entire “Soft-heart” message series.

We pray that God will open the ears of His children so that they might hear..

We ask you to collaborate with us in intercession for the Wan family as they stand against covid in their family.  We also ask you to collaborate with us in intercession for Robin and Lenu William as they stand against covid in India.  Our God is greater.  The church is stronger.

Please click here to see the three ways you can tithe or give.

Experience Emmanuel!

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Share & Prayer 5/27/21

May 26, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Would like to invite you to join us over Zoom for a time of share & prayer on Thursday, 5/27, 12 PM (Central Time), to intercede on behalf of two very good friends who you may know from MTC.

We want to come together to intercede for Brother David Wan from Columbus, OH, who shared with us a powerful testimony at MTC 2020.  Brother Wan is currently experiencing severe health challenges, as described by his daughter, Priscilla, here:

“Please please pray for my dad. He has been in the ICU for about 2 weeks on high levels of oxygen, unable to sleep or lie down, and today his oxygen level dropped dangerously low and he will likely need a breathing machine. The odds of him being able to come off of the ventilator are not in his favor.”

The Wan family has been faithful ministers at MTC for decades, and Brother Wan’s sharing at MTC 2020 showed me that he is an important man of God for our generation.  Let’s lift up this precious family together.

We will also be joined by Brother Robin William from Bangalore, India, where he, Lenu, and two children are ministering in the front lines of a most devastating covid situation.  They have been ministering in India since 2015, and have blessed many of us over the years through MTC, Uprising, and many other gatherings.  We are their body and will stand together with them through this especially trying time.  For more background, please visit this page at our church website:

Robin & Lenu William – CASC (cascchurch.org)

Please use the following link to join on Zoom at 12 PM, 5/27.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6992360838?pwd=SldXeHpFVWE4MnhCU3lvY0NpRzlQQT09

Experience Emmanuel!

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pdt Note – 5/23/21

May 23, 2021

Dear Church Family,

You are invited to join with our church family, in person, for worship and the offering up of our living sacrifices.  For online access, please follow the below link to the YouTube video stream at around 10:45 AM Central Time (11:45 PM Asia, 9:15 PM India).

https://youtu.be/Ub4gqW3VHAA

Today, we continue with the pursuit of a soft-heart through Jesus’ blessing for a peacemaker (Matthew 5:9) – on the heart desire of “collaboration.”  This is a topic that the Holy Spirit has taken us through some deep challenges and transformation over the past decade, as He is raising us up to become trusted stewards of the authority of shalom.  On exercising this topic of collaboration, we will introduce the tool of the DACS Leadership Model, and from it, we strive for a greater manifestation of the “fullness of Christ” in our church body.

Another tool we have just prepared to help you in this journey of the soft-heart is “The Soft-heart Page” at cascchurch.org.  This page nicely summarizes our message series on “Soft-heart from the Mountainside” and provides links to the broadcasts.  We will review the framework of this page in today’s message.

Jesus is purifying His bride, and lifting her up as a glorious testimony with the authority of shalom.  Let’s put aside all distractions, and join together in this great calling.

Please click here to see the three ways you can tithe or give.

Experience Emmanuel!

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pdt Note – 5/16/21

Dear Church Family,

You are invited to join with our church family, in person, for worship and the offering up of our living sacrifices.  For online access, please follow the below link to the YouTube video stream at around 10:45 AM Central Time (11:45 PM Asia).

https://youtu.be/k7WFohxtir8

Words from just this past week’s headlines – ransomware, gas shortage, oxygen shortage, chip shortage, car shortage, inflation, variant of concern, border crisis, rocket attacks – speak of a world thirsting and hungering for “shalom.”  God continues to set the stage for the church to be His witness through the increasing storms and shakings.  This is the reason for our intense focus on the Shalom 2021 roadmap.  This is the reason we strive to prepare Christ followers for Kingdom encounters so they can steward the “authority of shalom.”  This is the reason we pursue the discipline of the soft-heart.  This is the reason we prioritized the past many weeks studying the 8 Heart Desires of a soft-heart that Jesus proclaimed in Matthew 5:3-10:

  • Submission over subdue – to learn  順服勝於制服 – 學習
  • Repentance over rationalization – to reconcile  悔改勝過講理 – 和好
  • Wisdom over reason – be respectful  智慧勝於解釋 – 尊重
  • Nutrition over taste – to please the Father  營養勝過滋味 – 討天父的喜悅
  • Giving over receiving – generosity  施勝於受 – 慷慨
  • Sincerity over expediency – authenticity  誠心誠意甚於權宜之計 – 真實
  • Patience over justification – to collaborate  忍耐重於說理 – 合作
  • Recognition over rejection – to be God’s witness  識別勝過拒絕- 做神的見證人

Today, we will share from Jesus’ proclamation of the pure heart (Matthew 5:8) – on the heart desire of “authenticity.”  Jesus is purifying His bride, and lifting her up as a glorious testimony with the authority of shalom.  Let’s join together in His calling.

Please click here to see the three ways you can tithe or give.

Experience Emmanuel!

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pdt Note – 5/9/21

May 9, 2021

Dear Church Family,

You are invited to join with our church family, in person, for worship and the offering up of our living sacrifices.  For online access, please follow the below link to the YouTube video stream at around 10:45 AM Central Time (11:45 PM Asia).

https://youtu.be/glN8JcTTfig

Pastor Li-Shang will celebrate our Mother’s Day with the message entitled, “Becoming the Right Person – The Life of David.”  Scripture references are: 1 Samuel 13:14, 16:18.

This message of David’s life example paints another powerful picture of a soft-heart, of a vessel whom God called “a man after His own heart.”  We hope that this message will continue to reinforce for you the 8 Heart Desires of a soft-heart that Jesus proclaimed in Matthew 5:3-10:

  • Submission over subdue – to learn  順服勝於制服 – 學習
  • Repentance over rationalization – to reconcile  悔改勝過講理 – 和好
  • Wisdom over reason – be respectful  智慧勝於解釋 – 尊重
  • Nutrition over taste – to please the Father  營養勝過滋味 – 討天父的喜悅
  • Giving over receiving – generosity  施勝於受 – 慷慨
  • Sincerity over expediency – authenticity  誠心誠意甚於權宜之計 – 真實
  • Patience over justification – to collaborate  忍耐重於說理 – 合作
  • Recognition over rejection – to be God’s witness  識別勝過拒絕- 做神的見證人

Messages on the 8 Heart Desires can be reviewed at our Shalom 2021 page.

Please click here to see the three ways you can tithe or give.

Experience Emmanuel!

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pdt Note – 2/28/21

February 28, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Our Sunday Celebration today can be accessed on YouTube video stream at around 10:45 AM (12:45 AM Asia).

Feel free to visit the Shalom 2021 page to review this past Sunday’s message on the biblical examples of hard-hearts and soft-hearts.  This survey of scripture has imparted to us the following principles to our 2021 roadmap:

  • Hard-heart Persists in Protecting Self-interest
  • Soft-heart Flows in the Fruit of the Spirit

This topic has proven to be quite rich, and has afforded us a second part, which I creatively titled: Preparing for Kingdom Encounters – Pictures of the Heart 2.  For part 2, we will ponder on how is it that Peter and Judas, both started together side-by-side with the greatest Leader ever, can end up so differently.  Their case provides a powerful lesson on how a soft-heart during kairos can make the difference between destiny and demise, life and death, heaven and hell.  It’s astounding that a simple heart attitude can swing us through such extremes – probably the greatest extremes in all creation.  As such, it’d be worth our effort to master this discipline of “soft-heart,” don’t you think?

Speaking of extremes, Chicago is forecasted to be near 50 F today (Sunday).  That is a swing of about 60 degrees in just 14 days.  God seems to be speaking about extremes, and may those with a soft-heart hear…

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.


-Psalm 19:1-4

Let’s stand together as a body to bring God our best possible worship with our offerings of sacrifice – and astound Him with our faith.

For tithing during this time, please click here to see the three ways listed by our finance team.

Experience Emmanuel!

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