Posted by: Pastor Bob Sugden | May 14, 2015

Let’s Help Our Missionary Kids

Our LINKS missionary family–the Bauzas– would like to send their daughters to Nazarene Youth Conference (NYC).  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for their daughters.  NYC is a quadrennial conference specifically for teens in their high school years.  Attending this conference will give the Bauzá girls the opportunity to interact with other youth from around the world in a powerful worship and spiritual formation experience.  The cost is prohibitive.  So, we are seeking donors to help defray the cost.
The total needed is $1,440.   This amount will cover their registration, lodging, food and ground transportation costs.  (It does not cover the cost of air fare to get the girls to the conference.)  Please consider making a donation so these young ladies can get an experience of a lifetime.
To donate, click on the link below:

Posted by: Pastor Bob Sugden | August 23, 2014

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jog

Saturday, Aug 23 @ 9:33am

Renee’ and I visited Alma and Mr. Fix-it yesterday morning a little before noon.  He had been moved to a new room in the Cardiac Care Unit at Providence Hospital.  He had been up and walking (a little bit) that morning and was just about to eat his lunch when we arrived.  

When we asked how he was doing, he responded, “Okay.  I’m struggling a little bit.”  Which, in Mr. Fix-it language, means he’s feeling pretty rough.  Alma said that his white blood cell count was  elevated.  This means his body is trying to fight off some infection.  He showed me his incision; it looks really good and seems to be healing nicely.

Renee’ and I then left to drive home to Fairbanks.  We arrived home around 10:00pm last night and fell right into bed.  We had a breakfast appointment this morning with a former professor and his wife who are visiting from Colorado Springs.  And, now, are trying to get things back to normal.

Alma has taken up the mantle of reporting on Mr. Fix-it’s condition.  You can read about it on their Facebook page.  Here’s the link:

Please continue pray for both Mr. Fix-it and Alma.  He needs healing, strength, and protection from infection.  She needs emotional and physical strength.  She is really struggling with pain as she has to walk great distances using her cane.

Okay, I’ll sign off for now.  Thanks for praying!

Posted by: Pastor Bob Sugden | August 21, 2014

It’s Been an Eventful 24 Hours

Thursday, Aug 21 @ 4:14pm

Alma and I went up to see Mr. Fix-it.  His color is good.  His “numbers” are good.  All the bodily fluids that need to escape his body are doing so nicely.  He has been up and walking.  He is able to tolerate a liquid diet.  He is very tired, but that is a normal thing for this point in his recovery.  

The prayer focus for this afternoon is that his bowels would awaken.  As is normal after a major surgery, the bowels quite often shut down.  This causes issues with nausea, bloating, cramping, and general malaise.  Mr. Fix-it is beginning to experience some of that “normalcy.”  Please pray for this to be resolved.  

Thank you for your continued prayers.

Posted by: Pastor Bob Sugden | August 21, 2014

He Walks!  (Well, More Like a Shuffle)

Thursday, Aug 21 @ 1:00pm

I visited with Mr. Fix-it for about 20 minutes.  (Alma spent about 30 minutes before me.)  He is seated in a chair.  This was his second time up and out of bed since his arrival in the ICU.  He told me that at 5:30am they got him up and assisted him to move over to the chair.  But, this time, he got up and shuffled on his own strength.  (Praise the LORD!)

He tried to take nourishment (a chicken salad sandwich), but when they place the tray before him he vomited.  He has vomited twice so far.  However, he has been able to tolerate chicken broth.  

He is in good spirits.  He feels very good.  He is experiencing no pain–just a little tightness in his chest.  So, God is definitely at work.

Our prayers now are that Mr. Fix-it will be able to shine the Light of Christ to the hospital staff.  Please join us in praying to that end.  Also, pray for continued healing and protection from infection.

Posted by: Pastor Bob Sugden | August 21, 2014

He’s Awake!

Thursday, Aug 21 @ 11:51am

Alma, Renee’, and I are back at the ICU at Providence.  Alma was telling us that last night (around 7:30pm) she came back over to see Mr. Fix-it.  He was doing well.  The ventilator had been removed and he was awake and coherent.  She said that his first words to her were, “I won’t be able to chop the firewood for you.”  She responded, “No, but there are dishes that need washing.”  They laughed.

Alma said Mr. Fix-it was moving and even reached for his own drink of water.  The plan for him for today is to get him up and walking.  He will also get his first meal since Tuesday.  If all goes well, he should be moved to the Cardiac Care Unit later today.

Alma has gone back to see Mr. Fix-it.  Renee’ and I are holding down the fort in the ICU waiting room.  The plan for the day is to play canasta in between visits with Mr. Fix-it.  It’s gonna be a long day.  But, at least it won’t be as stress-filled as yesterday.

Thanks for your continued prayers.

Posted by: Pastor Bob Sugden | August 21, 2014

He Did Not Wanna Wake Up!

Wednesday, Aug 20 @ 4:15pm

Alma and Pastor Bob went back into the ICU room to see Mr. Fix-it.  (Renee’ isn’t able to go because she has a cough.  We can’t be too careful in protecting Mr. Fix-it from infection!)  The ICU nurse on duty told us that Mr. Fix-it is doing great!  Everything is progressing normally.

The next phase in this process is to get Mr. Fix-it off of the anesthesia and remove the ventilator.  The ventilator has to stay in place until Mr. Fix-it is conscious enough to breathe on his own.  While we were in the room the nurse and Alma continually called out his name and tried to get him to open his eyes.  He responded with movement and almost opened his eyes once.  But, he wasn’t quite ready to give up on his nap.

Alma said she was tired and wanted to go back to her room for the night.  She plans to sleep in tomorrow morning.  We said our goodbyes to Mr. Fix-it.  The nurse assured us that she would have him off the ventilator by the end of her shift (7:30pm).

Good night, everybody.  Thanks, again, for your prayers.  Keep ’em coming ’cause God is listening and answering.  And, a huge thank you goes to our Heavenly Father for His loving care and healing touch on behalf of Mr. Fix-it.

Posted by: Pastor Bob Sugden | August 20, 2014

Shhh!!!  He’s sleeping.

Wednesday, Aug 20 @ 12:40pm

The surgeon just came out and gave us the low-down.  Everything went perfectly!  They were able to get a “good repair” on Mr. Fix-it’s heart valve.  It is working just fine.  They have moved him into the ICU.  The plan is to have him sleep for the rest of the afternoon.  If he responds as they expect him to, they plan to remove the ventilator this evening.  Then, it’s just a matter of resting and healing.

Please continue to pray protection over Mr. Fix-it.  He cannot tolerate any infections at this point.  Pray also for a swift and uneventful healing of his sternum.  (It had to be split in order to access his heart.)

Thanks for praying!

Posted by: Pastor Bob Sugden | August 20, 2014

Thank God For Answered Prayer

Wednesday, Aug 20 @ 11:29am

The surgical nurse has informed us that Mr. Fix-it is all fixed!  (They finished about an hour earlier than they anticipated.)  During the surgery, Mr. Fix-it was hooked up to a heart and lung pump.  At this point, he has been disconnected and his own heart is now functioning on its own.  (This is a very good thing.)  They will monitor his heart for leaks over the course of the next hour.  Then, they plan to move him to a room in the ICU.  The nurse asked Alma to move to the ACC Waiting Room by 12:00pm.  The surgeon plans to meet her there within the next hour.  He will then give her a full debrief of the surgery.

Thank you all for your prayers.  Even more, we thank God for the providential care over Mr. Fix-it and his family.

Posted by: Pastor Bob Sugden | August 20, 2014

Mr. Fix-It Gets a Fixed Heart Valve

Wednesday, Aug 20 @ 10:00am


The surgical nurse came out to give us an update.  Things are going very well.  The surgeon has decided that Mr. Fix-it doesn’t need a replacement valve; the doc can just do a good repair job on the original valve.  (Sounds very much like Mr. Fix-it is advising the surgeon while he sleeps!)  They’ve also successfully completed “The Maze” procedure.  This procedure should resolve the issue with atrial fibulation.  


Next update is due around 1:00pm.

Posted by: Pastor Bob Sugden | August 20, 2014

God Heals the Broken Hearts (Psalm 147:3)

At 7:30am, the doctor and his entourage came into the pre-op room and did one final briefing.  Then, when the chief doc said, “Let’s go!”  The anesthesiologist gave Bob her famous “pre-show cocktail.”  It only took about 5 minutes for Bob to begin to feel a little loopy.  Then, off they went to find the tin man a new heart.

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