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Ray Payne Showing Signs of Improvement – Update #5

August 28, 2012 1 comment

Update from Ginny Dow – August 28, 2012 – 4:00 AM EDT:

“I just finished giving Dad a cup of orange jello. Seems small, but this is such a huge step to us. He asked for it: “Jello,” and then with every bite, he whispered (alternately), “Tastes good” and “yes, please.” The epitome of politeness. Then when I reminded him of who I am and where he is, he asked: “is it really you, Ginny?” I said yes. He whispered (very haltingly), “Why aren’t you in school?”

I think he’s coming back! : ) We came prepared for the worst, as most of you know. We were told that he was dying. We brought funeral clothes. We all feel so incredibly blessed to have more time with this wonderful man who means so much to so many people.”

Update from Deb Payne Ritz – August 27, 2012 – 6:00 PM EDT:

“Dad seems better this evening, he is now off the respirator and breathing on his own! He is squeezing our hand when we talk to him, and nods or shakes his head when asked questions…on his third dialysis now & we are hoping his kidneys start responding soon. It’s just day to day now as we watch for small improvements. Thank u for continued prayers and words of encouragement.”

Update from Judith Payne Crotts – August 26, 2012 – 10:00 AM EDT:

“Thanks to all for praying. My dad came through the night. He’s still critical, but seems to be able to hear us and is occasionally responsive by squeezing a hand (which is so precious to us right now.)”

Update from Mark Dow  – August 26, 2012  at 12:00 PM EDT:

“Ray is showing very small, incremental improvements. Please continue to pray as he remains critical in ICU at Glen Falls Hospital.”

Update from Ginny Dow – August 25, 2012 – 10:59 AM EDT:

“Dad is still hanging in there . . . starting a second dialysis treatment this am. Fighting the infections with strong meds. Thanks for the prayer . . .”

Update from Mark Dow  – August 24, 2012  at 11:05 AM EDT:

“The doctors have called the family to come so we are headed to NY. We will let you know as more info is available. He is in the Father’s hands.”

Update from Mark Dow – August 23, 2012 – 11:11 PM EDT:

“Please pray and pass this on to prayer warriors that you know! Ginny’s father (Ray Payne) is diabetic and recently diagnosed with multiple myaloma and is in his first course of chemo. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance today for possible dehydration and extreme pain. He is now possibly with meningitis, he is unresponsive and his kidneys have shut down. He has faithfully served the Lord Jesus for about 50 years as a Pastor and a Police Chaplain and now needs us to intercede for him.

Posted by:   Jack Caron, Web Administrator – Only One Son

Prayer Update

August 1, 2012 Leave a comment

A cross marks the location where Officer David Payne fell mortally wounded on July 23, 1988.

Warm greetings, in His Name,

It is now August and time continues to move ever so rapidly! After several months of doctors and tests, we have been given the date: Tuesday, August 7th, will be the start of the chemotherapy treatments.

Annual follow-up tests, including several bone marrow biopsies, kept track of the M.G.U.S., the pre-cursor to Myeloma, diagnosed in late 2002, following Ray’s time spent at “Ground Zero” (the World Trade Center – 9/11).

There is no known cure for Multiple Myeloma – cancer in the blood and the bone marrow – but our oncologist says “full remission is what we can expect.” “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37

We would appreciate your continued, faithful prayers… our prayer and desire is that we would be a good witness to all the nurses and doctors we will come in contact with … we want to be “ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” 1 Peter 3:15

We did make it to Maine last week for the 3rd Annual 5K Road Run in memory of our son, David, and daughters Ginny and Judy were there, too! Lewiston Police Department also sponsored a breakfast following in honor of Officer Paul Simard. Many more photos are available on the Lewiston Police Dept’s Facebook page.

Recently Ray did a memorial service for a police officer’s young wife who died of cancer – they knew of Ray’s cancer, so there was a bond… we want to continue to reach our law enforcement community to show that there is a Loving God Who cares for them. Once again, thank you for your faithfulness in prayer and support.

In His Loving Care,

Barb and Ray
2 Timothy 1:12

Prayer Request

June 20, 2012 1 comment

Warm greetings, once again, in His Name…

Less than a month ago we sent out a prayer request asking you to remember some special health needs. Recent annual follow-up blood and other tests regarding Ray’s time at “Ground Zero” (the World Trade Center – 9/11) indicated elevated problems. He was diagnosed with M.G.U.S. in late 2002, which is a pre-cursor to myeloma.

The kidney doctor and the oncologist said that blood tests now show severe kidney problems, and Ray was being further tested to determine for the advance and treatment of multiple myeloma. Over the years he has had several bone marrow biopsies.

We got the results of the one that was done two weeks ago yesterday. The oncologist told us that it showed that Ray now has multiple myeloma. It is a cancer of the blood and bones. He will have four months of weekly chemotherapy. It is likely that he will progress into “complete remission.”

We definitely appreciate your continued prayer and your encouragement, and will let you know how things progress. Please remember Barb, also, as all these things weigh heavily on her and her physical and spiritual needs for extra strength and stamina.

As David of old exalted God – knowing with assurance that he walked in VICTORY … so we are in His loving care …

“Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be Thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and Thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of Thee, and Thou reignest over all; and in Thine hand is power and might; and in Thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.” I Chronicles 29:10-12

In His Blessed Name,

Barb and Ray
II Timothy 1:12

Prayer Request

May 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Warm greetings, In His Name…

It’s been a busy spring with many events surrounding National Police Week: the annual National Police Parade in Newport, Rhode Island; the New York State Police Memorial in Albany; the Maine State Law Enforcement Memorial in Augusta and the Lewiston Police Memorial; the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Sunday in North Syracuse; and other opportunities to serve, even the retirement of a local trooper, gave us many miles on the vehicle… the Lord is the One Who grants us the strength and stamina… and we thank you for your faithful prayers and support!

Now we are asking you to remember some special health needs. Recent annual follow-up blood and other tests regarding Ray’s time at “Ground Zero” (the World Trade Center – 9/11) have indicated elevated problems. He has been sent to a new pulmonologist in Burlington, Vermont, plus a new kidney doctor. A new gastroenterologist (for stomach) and a new ear, nose and throat doctor appointments are being set soon. Also, an appointment was held yesterday (Tuesday, May 23rd) with an oncologist Ray hasn’t seen for over a year.

The kidney doctor and the oncologist said that blood tests show severe kidney problems, and Ray is being further tested to determine for the advance and treatment of multiple myeloma. We definitely would appreciate your prayer, and will let you know how things progress.

By His Grace,

Barb and Ray

2 Timothy 1:12

January 2002 – Update from “Ground Hero”

January 30, 2002 1 comment

Thank you for your continued prayers.

Thursday, January 17th, Port Authority Sergeant John McLoughlin, a 22-year veteran of the department, was able to go home from a rehab hospital!  He is one of the two officers we requested prayer for.  He miraculously survived 22 hours trapped under a mountain of World Trade Center rubble, some 30 feet under-ground.  He was released after enduring 20 surgeries since his legs were crushed.  At a press conference, in a wheelchair with his 4- year old daughter on his lap, John said his wish was “to be walking as I used to, and get back to work and back to my precinct!”

Where do we start?  Ray has responded to the needs of the police and other emergency workers at the World Trade Center site in New York City.  He had been going down repeatedly, from September through December, 2001, and has been there each of the past three weeks of  2002.  Things are continually changing … for the better, perhaps, as far as the physical work is concerned, but not as far as the emotional, mental, and spiritual aftermath is concerned.

The heartaches grow … there is  multiplied depression, discouragement, and much disillusionment with all of the promises that were made, plus the inevitable separations, divorces, and suicides.  It is an incredible mission field, and hearts are open.

Just last week, a paramedic shared his experience on 9/11– that of running out of a building near Tower One to try to go to the aid of his co-workers who were trapped and screaming for help on the other side of Tower Two … only to be caught and buried under an emergency vehicle for several hours as Tower Two was hit.  It was late at night and cold as this 17-year veteran vented for forty-five minutes without stopping.  Nothing had prepared him for something like he experienced that day.  His wife left him, unable to cope with what happened.  He welcomed the tract and a New Testament, and said he would look up the questions-and-answers and help on our website.  Then, he sent an email and expressed his appreciation for Ray taking the time to let him talk.  There will be more follow-up with him.  There are others with similar stories …

A Verizon worker asked to sit across from me at a table in the respite that Calvary Chapel maintains just outside the perimeter.  I asked him how he was doing – that is all it took.  He stopped eating his hot meal and began to share how he was unaware that Tower One was hit … he was working in WTC 4, next to Tower Two, and was shocked to see burning papers and other debris falling from the sky when he went outside … then, Tower Two was hit … he and others just ran … he saw people falling … some holding hands … and he ran faster … somehow just talking about it helped.

There are many others, even after four months, who have never really spoken much about that day … there are few who will stop and listen.  An Italian shoe repairman who had a little shop near Broadway, several blocks from the disaster site, told how his shop and much of his equipment were destroyed … he was so kind to repair Ray’s boots – even to buy Ray a cup of coffee while waiting for the repair … just another traumatized survivor who will never quite be the same again.

Ray carries a large supply of ONLY ONE SON tracts, as well as New Testaments in his BDUs – black fatigue pants with six large storage pockets, as well as his field jacket!   He usually does not return with any left.  It just seems normal to speak to someone who does not have much hope for the future, and to point them to Psalm 18:1-3, where David speaks of the LORD as his“Buckler” – a Hebrew word that means “shield” or “protector” – and “my High Tower” (verse 2) – and then share that the Lord God Almighty is a “High Tower,” Who will never fall nor fail like the World Trade Towers did.  Ray had read that Scripture passage only an hour before Tower One was hit on September 11th, 2001.  God’s Word is powerful and pertinent!

Ray and Barb Payne

The Lord continues to give us opportunities to speak in churches, luncheons and other places for now.  How long with the theme be about 9/11 and survival?   A schedule was recently released to tell us that “Phase 2” is planned for later this spring, and will include the first round of formal debriefings, and “Phase 3” will be in September and will continue formal debriefings.  We wonder what God’s schedule is.  We do not know, but we are willing to be available as long as the need is there, and the Lord indicates we should be there.

We truly depend upon your faithfulness in prayer support!   “… praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;  and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds:  that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Ephesians 6:18-20

In Christ’s Love,

Barb and Ray

II Timothy 1:12

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