I was in prayer the morning of Sept. 10, 2015, when I received the phone call stating that my husband was diagnosed with Renal Disease (Kidney failure). I had written in my daily journal earlier that day and felt the Lord say that this would be a year of moving from walking in fear to a year of developing strong faith. When I heard the news, I knew that God was preparing us to trust Him in a way that we had never trusted before. God doesn’t send sickness and disease; however, He will use any circumstance in our life to bring about His grandest purposes. Our 2015-2016 journey began that morning.
One day, I will share many of the words of encouragement that the Father gave me along the way. His voice carried us every day along with the prayers of so many amazing people. The prayers of our praying friends and God’s Word became our safety net holding and propelling us from fear to faith in 2016. We had to trust the One Who knows all things – We couldn’t fix this problem and now trust became part of our daily walk. Each day as I watched my husband get weaker and weaker, go through test after test, do dialysis every night, my faith and trust in God became stronger and stronger. There was nowhere to turn – only the Father could heal my husband. My prayer: brand new kidneys either through a miraculous healing or bring us a donor!
Has it been a difficult journey? Yes…”I would have fainted had I not believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” (Ps. 27:13) God’s promises are His covenant with His people. We can trust Him in every storm. Recently, my three-year-old granddaughter stopped what she was doing, looked straight into my eyes and said, “God calms the storm and Elijah saw the cloud.” I was undone. I could hear the Father say that He is calming our storm and that we were to look at the cloud – the answer was coming.
In Sept., 2015 when our son Chad heard the news, he immediately called his closet friend to tell him. Without hesitation, George Kunz replied, “I am giving your dad my kidney.” From that moment on without our knowledge, George began his own journey going through extensive tests beginning in November and ending in July of this year when we received his phone call informing us that he was a match. George would be giving my husband his kidney and he was God’s miracle. We were stunned at this young man’s sacrifice!
George has always been a special part of our family and as a young man, he and my husband would do basketball stats together during the basketball games at Central Christian High School. He was best man at my son’s wedding and a true friend of the family. Who would know that years later, George would be giving my husband such an amazing gift! George currently lives in Phoenix with his wife and two beautiful children.
On August 10, exactly 11 months after God spoke these words to me, George and Dave Christensen will meet in a transplant surgery center here in Omaha and undergo a kidney transplant. God said, “It will be a year of walking from fear to faith.”
Will you pray for George and Dave for a safe and perfect transplant? Pray that Dave’s (Chris) body will receive the kidney and begin to function immediately. Pray that recovery for both of them will be smooth and without any complications. Please pray for George’s family as they move forward and that the blessings of God will follow them wherever they go.
Thank you so very much for everything and especially for praying. Please never underestimate the power of prayer. It changes everything!
If you would like to donate to a fund for George to help his family during his recovery,
please go to www.gofundme.com/georgekunz