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Original Invitation to join the my team: Feb 6, 2020

Friends and family

Some of you I haven’t spoken to in a good while, others I see frequently. I’m writing to give you an update and to ask for your help.

Beginning in November 2019, I began having a number of tests and diagnostics run regarding an important health concern.

A few weeks ago I received a confirmed diagnosis of metastatic lung cancer. Since that time, Lisa and I have received an overwhelming outpouring of love and support.

We are still awaiting a final treatment plan from MD Anderson in Houston, TX. In addition, there are a number of non-conventional treatment methods that we are taking.

We are committed to bringing to bear all possibilities and options to improve potential outcomes.

As followers of Christ, we know that the most important thing we can do is to lean on and ask for our Father’s help.

We know that God can heal me. We believe that he wants to heal me.

When Christ healed people, He often gave them instructions to take some action before the healing materialized.

Examples include the 10 lepers that He instructed to go show themselves to the priests (as they went they were cleansed), and the blind man that He told to go wash in the pool of Siloam.

In case after case, God’s miracle appeared after they took some action.

I was recently inspired by a message that focused on Luke 5:17 -26.

In this passage a paralyzed man’s friends carried him to Christ and dug through the roof to get the man in front of our Lord to ask for healing.

Another passage that comes to mind is the one in Matthew 15: 21 – 28.

In this passage a persistent woman continued to pester Jesus and His disciples with her requests to save her daughter from demon possession.

Despite being told to go away by the disciples, she persisted with her requests. Ultimately, Christ told her “Dear woman, your faith is great. Your request is granted.”

We are modeling these examples from Luke and Matthew, leading us to create a large, disciplined and persistent prayer team, lobbying for God’s favor.

I’m asking you to serve as one of those that brings me before the Lord to ask for healing, to carry my mat.

I’m asking you to be part of My Team. I would ask you to do the following:

  1. Pray and ask God specifically for the items I’ve identified below

  2. Pray consistently three times each day – if possible at the times listed below

8:00 or 9:00 AM 3:00 or 4:00 PM 9:00 or 10:00 PM

The specific requests that God has placed on my heart are as follows:

· God will be glorified in some way through all of this

· Complete healing, with no signs of disease remaining

· Mental Strength, Peace of Mind, and Acceptance of God’s will for Lisa and I as we walk through this together

· Wisdom in all decision making

· Physical relief from pain and discomfort

· Blessings for all that have and will be touched, and have extended their prayers of support (this includes each of you)

There may be other items that come and go in addition to these core prayer requests, depending upon circumstance.

For instance: we currently have a second round of testing and analysis that is being done on my second biopsy.

They are testing for the presence of one or more mutations that may appear.

Testing positive for one of these is a favorable outcome, as each of these have drug therapies targeted specifically at each one.

Our additional prayer therefore is that we will get a positive test for the EGFR mutation. This one has several drugs ( a pill, not chemotherapy ) available to treat it.

An occasional email or text reminder that you’ve been praying for us would be great as well.

I would also ask that you also share this message with faith friends and family that would be willing to help as prayer partners.

Please feel free to share this message with them and any subsequent special requests. Prayers of many (and from afar) avail much

(I’m also reminded of when Christ healed the Centurions servant without going to his home, because the Centurion deemed himself not worthy of Christ coming to his home.)

We would love to see the extended prayer team get much, much larger, resulting in many people praying consistently 3 times a day for us.

Email notes from My Team are also welcome, directed to my personal email address; tomr@yourconsent.com Notes like this from around the world are super encouraging.

Please let me know of questions about what I’m asking or any details that are not clear.

This is a challenging and emotional journey that we have been thrust into.

Its my belief that God can and will provide healing, but we must take action first.

Thank you so much for you continued prayer and support.

Thanks for all the love and support, you’re my Team –

With gratitude,

Tom Ragsdale


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