I’m going to attempt to use this one link as a direct line of communication to disperse information. If you’ll click on it throughout the day, you’ll find any new and pertinent information added to the list as the day goes on. I’ll add to the top of the list so that the most recent information is easily accessible. You can expect an update every few hours or so. This is a slow and tedious procedure. Honestly, we’re hoping to not receive much news beyond that he is doing well.

September 28 (7:00 pm):

We’ve been successfully discharged from the hospital and have spent the past couple of hours getting settled back into our hotel. Jesse is much more relaxed here. His speech fluidity has vastly improved; however, it will be a long road of speech therapy before his aphasia is corrected. Pray for him, will you? It’s going to be a tediously slow and often frustrating process, but he’s looking forward to the end result…telling you all about God’s provision and glory in his own words. 🙂

Evening Update (7:20): We’re still doing well. His speech is slipping a bit, but that’s completely expected. He’s been up and walking around, singing as he goes along. 🙂 We’ve seen the surgeon today, and he says Jesse is looking good. Still long days of recovery ahead of us. We’re asking the Lord  to restore Jesse’s ability to understand and express speech and to restore his reading abilities as we walk the recovery road. He has so many stories to tell, and we’re excited to hear them flow from his lips in the future.

Morning Update (10:10am): We got into our room a little after 3 a.m. We’ve both slept off and on since around 5 this morning, when we got settled. Jesse’s doing well, grabbing up everyone who comes into the room in the way he does, asking them their life stories, and praying over them. His speech is still not what it was, but he’s improving by the hour. He should be up and walking around in the next few hours. How amazing is that?!

Last Update of the Night (10:45): 

1. We met with the doctor. Jesse did well in the surgery, and they were able to remove around half of the tumor. That’s 5 cm, guys. That’s a huge amount! Praise God with us! This is such good news!

2. I’ve been able to spend some time with Jesse. I walked in, he looked at me, and smiled his familiar smile: “God’s story. The gospel. The gospel.”  Even in recovery, he points to Christ. This is so much bigger than just a tumor! He looks really good. He’s speaking better than we expected, and he’s excited to tell more of this story.

3. Would you pray with us tonight, that Jesse would get a good, solid night of much needed sleep, that his body would heal quickly and stay out of harm’s way (no seizures, swelling will go down quickly, vitals stay level), that he would not suffer from pain, and that his soul would find deep rest in Christ as we walk the path before us? Would you also ask the Lord to restore his speech and cognitive abilities in miraculous ways? This is just the beginning, friends. Pathology won’t be available for some time and will determine the treatment path ahead of us. We still face many unknowns. But God…God knows, and He isn’t done yet. He is still in this. He is still bigger.

Update Four (8:30): They’re closing right now, folks! He’ll likely be in recovery for a couple of hours before they let me back to see him. The doctor should be out to talk with us soon.

Update Three (4:45): They are still resecting. We expect this process to go on for many, many more hours. Please continue to pray, especially that the team will remain alert and focused as they work, and that they will be able to remove so much of the tumor. Continue to pray that Jesse will remain stable. Mostly, continue to ask the Lord to reveal Himself in miraculous ways in the operating room so that all who are in there will come to know Him!

Update Two (1:30pm): They have just started resecting the tumor. Please pray for steady hands and supernatural ability to remove far more of the tumor than anyone has thought would be possible.
Update One (10:45am): The actual surgical procedure has just begun within the hour. Jesse has been undergoing a series of tests and scans in preparation prior to this. Please continue to pray. We feel very much at peace and overwhelmed with the goodness of God who brought us to this place. I know that is in no small part due to the prayers of God’s people!

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    1. Shellys mom here…. Prayers are lifted now ad have been all day as you all come to mind, which is constantly.,,, pray unceasingly he told the Thesalonians, us today ! Steady hands, wisdom from above, His guiding every step of the way His wonders to perform. God has a plan and purpose in all this, and we all wait expectantly together! I’m so gratefi to be a part of this group of prayer warriors. 🙏🙏❤️Granny lee


    2. Praise God for the successful surgery & for his continued healing!! We will continue to pray for your strength & Jesse’s full recovery.

      Debbie & Clint Holt


    1. I’m one of those friends through Rebecca Gribben. Prayers continuing from Dallas, TX for Jesse, Ashley, family, physicians, medical staff and all surrounding him.


  1. “Cancer does not define me, my relationship with Jesus defines me.”Thank you for your testimony. We have been and will continue to pray.


  2. We have been praying over you guys all day. Joey has been keeping us updated as well. I am in awe of how you have been able to step away from the details of Jesse’s illness and see how his story is woven into a much bigger one! Praying for peace and strength as you walk this path God has set before you.


  3. Ashley, my husband and I are friends of Susanna Blanchard, and we just wanted to let you know that you all are in or hearts and prayers. As we waited, as my 4 year old son had open heart surgery we know no news is good news. We will continue to pray throughout the day and night.


  4. Praying for your family and all the doctors and nurses today. You and Jesse have been such an inspiration to so many. Peace be with you.


  5. Praying for the Master Physician’s healing touch. Also may our gracious Heavenly Father bless you all with His comfort and peace. Love in the power and sovereignty of Christ Jesus, The McCrory and Brown families


  6. I have been praying and thinking of you all day. I know you are in God’s strong hands. We love you and are blessed by the people you have become. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!


  7. I have been praying for y’all since you first shared the news. Today, I have prayed more in one day than I believe I ever have. I truly hope God brings Jesse and your family through this healed and ever more faithful to Him.


  8. Happy to hear this latest update. Know there are still days of recovery to come. We take this victory! God is faithful and His grace will continue to sustain you all. Still praying.


  9. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isa 41:10 The Lord is right there with Jesse and your family, you know he loves you. I am praying for His touch, for His healing power over Jesse, and for strength and comfort for you.


  10. For You have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:7-8

    Father, continue to hide Ashley and Jessie in the shelter of your wings. Even now they sing for joy in praise of you. Hold them Father, strengthen them as they glorify You. In Jesus name, above all names. Amen.


  11. Praise God‼️ The Bever family is in your boat. Your life story you have shared will reach many people who do not know Christ and those who do believe will have closer walk with Him. I know it touched me. You, Ashley, as Jesse’s care giver have a long journey ahead. He will have to depend on you for everything for a while. This can be exhausting for you and frustrating for him. You will come to know MD Anderson like the back of you hand. I know we did. Give Jesse and big hug(gently!) and let him know he is loved by the Bever’s and that our thoughts and prayers are with your family and your medical team. God IS using ya’ll to help others 👣👣👣walk the path God has set for them. As a man, husband, father, and pastor God has given Jesse first hand knowledge of the word compassion. We talk about having compassion but until you experience the situation you cannot fully understand what others go through. Yeah GOD! Complete recovery is possible with Him!


  12. I am reading my own husband’s story here..I am praying.. seems I’ve prayed this specific prayer for my Sweetheart since last September. God is able to do exceeding. Abundantly above all that we can even think to ask. In Jesus name


  13. Prayers for you, Jesse, and all of your family! Gods got this and remember “this too shall pass”…Ashley get some rest, you are such a vital part of his healing. Love to all of you!


  14. Prayers continue upward for Jesse, you Ashley, the family, the doctors, and the staff.; not to mention any souls out there that may be touched through this ordeal.


  15. Prayers are being answered!!! Your morning update is so amazing!! Our continued prayers are with Jesse, you and the family.


  16. Looking forward to every post and the good news you are sharing. We are fervently praying for continued blessings upon you. What an inspiration you guys are! Love and Big Hugs to you all! Mighty is our God!


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