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A Letter For Help from Tony of Hazakim

Posted 06 June 2011 | News/Blog   

Dear Lamp Mode & Hazakim Supporters,

Some of you are aware of the medical issues I have been facing in recent months.  About 4 months ago I began having problems swallowing food & liquids.  The problem got progressively worse until I was unable to eat or drink nearly anything.  I finally went to the doctor and, after a number of tests, discovered that I have a rare esophagus disease called achalasia.  Essentially, the nerves of my esophagus, as well as the sphincter muscle which leads into my stomach, do not work to allow food to pass.  Because of this, I am unable to eat most things and am limited to a liquid diet consisting mainly of Ensure & vitamin drinks.  Pizza has never looked so good!

According to doctors, my case is severe and is complicated by inflammation which would make a balloon dilation of the muscle too risky…leading to a possible perforation of the esophagus.  In short, my only option is a complicated surgery to correct this condition.  In addition to the esophagus, doctors have found a cluster of enlarged lymph node on my left lung which they want to get biopsy samples of while I am in surgery for the achalasia.

Like many Americans I do not have medical insurance and thus am unable to have the needed surgery.  Meanwhile my weight continues to drop drastically.  Despite a constant intake of protein drinks, I have lost roughly 30 pounds in the past 3 months.  It may look “o.k.” now, but if my weight continues to drop, it could be hazardous.

And so I am reaching out to you, my brothers and sisters. I am literally looking at a couple thousand of dollars to get sufficient help for the present state of things. If each person could give $5 (or whatever you can), it would greatly help me to have the needed surgery & biopsy.  I appreciate the many of you who have already been praying for me and trust that the Lord will see me through this, for His glory.

Your prayers are greatly appreciated by Lamp Mode, Hazakim, and my family.  Many blessings…

in Messiah’s service,
Tony Wray of Hazakim

1 Comment

  1. Posted by Kindred on 06 June 11 at 10:28am

    Here is Tony’s response, posted on the Lamp Mode website on June 1, 2011, to the overwhelming support received from his first letter above.

    Family in Messiah,

    I am absolutely overwhelmed by the sacrificial giving, encouragement, and prayers of you all during this time of testing in my life. In addition to learning more about the grace and strength of God, the fellowship of suffering, and the faithfulness of our Lord, I have learned, perhaps for the first time in my life, what “Body of Messiah” actually means. You, my brothers and sisters, have been the voice of Messiah to encourage, the hands of Messiah to serve, and the feet of Messiah to go… I am appreciative beyond words. I wish I could thank you all personally for your contributions and prayers.

    We are told in the Book of Acts that the early believers gave and shared all that they had so that none were without….you all have exemplified this Biblical standard set for us by our forbearers. You do not know what a blessing it has been to me and my family to have this weight lifted. Truly, I will never look at suffering the same, nor will I lack in compassion for those suffering. If any of you are ever suffering, I’m here as much as time, space and resources allow. And for those of you who are suffering…hang in there. Trust in the Lord. Reach out to the Body. We are suffering with you.

    Praise God, I called the doctor’s office and told them that I could give them the money you raised as a down payment towards the much needed surgery……Whereas they were not willing to take me on as a self-pay patient before, they have changed their minds! They are calling me today to schedule a date and time! Thank you brothers and sisters for making this possible. I’ll keep you all posted on our Facebook page regarding the details.

    If it weren’t for you, by God’s grace, I would be perpetually unable to eat…You guys stepped in and helped me out! You carried me on your shoulders. Special shouts out to all who gave & prayed around the world, my family in Ohio, my congregation Kol Mashiach, the Lamp Mode family, and the HHH movement, every blogger…every label (Reach, Cross Movement, etc) who prayed for me and spread the word about my situation. May the Lord bless and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you. May the Lord lift His countenance upon you and grant you peace. Until the return of our risen Lord and Savior – Amen!

    In Messiah’s Service,

    Tony of Hazakim

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