A Word from Brian Haynes

Our friend and lead pastor at our previous church home came to visit Jesse yesterday. He wrote this afterward. It’s thought-provoking and encompasses so much of the miraculous grace of Jesus that we are experiencing here. Do read it. I think you will find, as I did, hope.

“We sat down today face-to-face in a beautiful living room at the Rotary House where Jesse is awaiting surgery. I have been on this side of these meetings before. I’ll be honest; all day I was preparing myself emotionally as a pastor to help Jesse walk through planning for the worst-case scenario. The thought of the conversation was making me sick. Instead Jesse looked right into my eyes and opened his hands. . .”

You can read the rest here: http://brianhaynes.org/2015/09/23/for-a-moment-brain-cancer-became-enviable/

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  1. Good morning, Ashley & Jesse. I was very moved by Brian’s testimony this morning and, of course, more so by Jesse. I am friends with Rusty Dollar here in Orange and have decided to follow your journey. I am so sorry you both are dealing with such a life-changing experience as this. After reading about Jesse’s amazing spirit, I hate to refer to this as some sort of tragedy. I have actually been on this “awakening journey” that you are experiencing now for 14 years ago today. This is the 14th anniversary of my own sweet son’s diagnosis with a brain tumor. I just wanted to touch base with you both and let you know that I will be praying for your sweet husband’s healing but also that God will use each of you through this. I am a firm believer that God does use us best in our suffering…as hard as it is. We think we are in control until something like this happens…which is when we realize the AMAZING GIFT that God has for us, learning to trust and completely surrender to Him. He gives us that place to fall, when, on our own, falling seems unbearable. Praying God will use Jesse to bring others to Him and that His will will be to continue to bless your family and community here on earth for a lifetime to come. My own son’s battle with cancer only lasted 10 and a half months, but his spirit lives on and continues to make a difference in the kingdom of God. For that, I am so thankful. God bless you both as you walk this journey…you can do it. One day at a time.


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