How God is Working in Others' Lives
Some of the messages received prior to December 20th
Dear Jamie and Jeff,
I always think and pray for Levi that he will live and not die to declare the works of the Lord. I understand exactly what you all have endured because my two year old son is battling a rare form of brain cancer (rhabdoid) as well. We are praying daily that God will miraculously deliver him from this dreadful disease. He failed the Burzinski's treatment and now has to have radiation to the brain. He has had three brain surgeries, some chemotherapy and now is facing radiation. The doctors believe that the best treatment for him would be a new form of radiation that is very focused. It has never been tried on children and he will be the first child ever. We are holding on to God's unchanging hand and you should keep holding on. We serve a great God and once we put our trust in Him, He will not fail us. He loves us very much.
Please add Mackie to your urgent prayer list.
Makeda Badio email@example.com
Ann Downer ADDowner@juno.com
You've emptied yourself---poured out as a drink offering to the Lord. You are living what most of us hunger for everyday. You and Levi and your family are instruments in the mighty hand of God. I have truly been in awe as I have kept up with Levi. I have wept and I have rejoiced. God is so good.
We all pray to "know God," "To draw close to God," and "to be transformed into Christ's image." We also pray for God to "mold" us and "prune" us and "use us". I'm sure sometime during your walk with the Lord, (prior to this year), you've prayed these things. It's probably so incredibly difficult to see your circumstances as answers to those prayers of days gone by. I wish I could describe to you the magnitude of how God is using you in your updates on Levi! The depth in the Lord that you are experiencing is one that I fear and envy all in one.
To encourage you, when I think about the impact on the thousands of lives Levi is touching now and then I think about all of the lives he will continue to touch throughout his future with his testimony----wow, what a glory to the Lord. Not only that, Graci, Caleb and Jonah will be able to share with those in their lives in the future! What an amazing number of people who will possibly be pushed to the Lord because of Levi's testimony of healing!
I know you feel so discouraged about the time you are missing with Caleb, Graci and Jonah. I am a mom of 2, and my mother's heart beats as yours. But remember, God loves our children more than we do! He is powerfully healing one of your children----He can just as powerfully take care of the others. God will restore all that you feel is stolen! What a mommy you are! All four of your children can rise up and call you blessed! As an outsider, I think you are the kind of mom that we all need to be like! Your other three children are being blessed and they don't even know yet!
As moms, we all pray to be "better" and "wiser." We pray to be Christ-like. If God has given you these several months to arrive closer to these things, won't it all be worth it when you finally get to spend time with Caleb, Graci and Jonah again? I'm sure that is tough to see now, but I will stand in the gap and pray that you will experience such richness in motherhood in the days to come. What a blessing you are!
Thank you for sharing your heart and for enduring all that you have. I will continue to pray for Levi and your family!
To the Guinn Family,
I first found out about Levi's situation back in July, when Bebo Norman did the benefit concert for him. I have been checking the website for updates on how he has been doing, and it broke my heart to hear what he and your family are having to go through. I have also been praying every night for Levi's complete healing, as I'm sure you all have been. It has been such an amazing testimony to see how much your family turns to God through all of this and I know that many people will be, and have been, reached because of your obedience in following Him. I know that God will use little Levi's experience one day as part of his testimony, and because of what he has made it through, with seemingly no odds of recovering, many will come to know Christ because of it. It seems strange to think that because of all this pain and suffering that your family has gone through, people will come to know Christ and experience Him in a new way, but I guess that's just one more lesson to us that God's ways are different than ours, and that He can turn what Satan meant for harm, into good. Levi and your family are constantly in my prayers. I pray that God will bless your faithfulness to Him, and that He would give you strength throughout these incredibly difficult times.
Because He Lives,
First of all, may God continue to bless you and others through your faith. My name is Kara Casteel. My husband and I are members of Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church. Our Sunday School Class disolved 4 months ago, and we have yet to feel we have belonged in the classes that we have visited. Today, Dec. 2nd, 2001, we were to meet a couple in a Sunday School Class that we never visited. When looking at the names of the teachers, Tim Sexton sounded like the correct one. We entered the choir room to see if the couple was there and found they were not. We left to locate them and I immediately told my husband that a feeling came over me that this was where we needed to be. We returned to Tim's class. I have become so caught up in our world that I suprisingly had not heard of Levi and your family's miracle. Your sister told the testimony of Levi and the miraclulous way that God is healing and it tore my heart out to hear your sorrow, then changed my life when I heard the miracle. Yes, we were meant to be in that class this morning. Levi has reached yet one more family. Just the day before, I attended our Christmas tea and rededicated my life to Him.
You see, our daughter Skyler is 6 yrs old, and 3 months ago she was mauled by a great dane as our 10 yr old and myself watched her play in a neighbor's yard. Her face and lip were separated, and her scalp was removed from her head. This child comforted me while being rushed to Egleston by saying, "It's OK Mama, God's not gonna let me die tonight." Those words forever linger in my mind. To make a long story short, she has physically recovered remarkably. After only 4 days following surgery she was home. 8 days after the attack that could have killed her she was at church on stage with preacher Tim. Yet following this, dealing with her fears, her sadness about the way she looks different, the dog being alive and well, and the post traumatic stress syndrome setting in, we began to lose track of the real miracle that had taken place. We focused on the changes in our world, the sadness, the anger, and the true miracle got surpased along the way. Hearing the strength your family has every day has opened my heart to the blessings that I have taken for granted, and today the anger is removed and the blessings are revealed. Through her testimony, my heart was renewed. The power of prayer was what healed Skyler's wounds and what will continue to heal Levi. We now have found our Sunday School Class.
Thank you for your faith.
I am happy Levi is better! I prayed for him. I pray to God because I
Dear Jeff & Jami,
In Our Messiah,
Dearest Family in Christ.
I haven't met you personally, but I follow the story of Levi daily. We are friends of Lori and Chris, and members of the Sexton's BSF Class in McDonough, GA. Over the past couple weeks when Levi was life flighted to Egleston, the beeper on my phone remained on...for any word regarding your soldier. What great news came through while I was at work on Friday. I was speachless, yet dancing with JOY before Christ.
I have witnessed so many "Jobs" the Lord has done. He has put my daughter into remission, allowing her to gain weight of 34 lbs, and 7 1/2 inches..my mother was on her death bed the first of October..while we were up there by her bedside after 6 yrs of prayer, she recieved Christ..my mother is here with us still, and gaining her strength daily..and HIS Works continues, not only in my own personal life...but the lives of my friends, and their families. I have learned many lessons over the past year and half..one biggest, was to let go early.
I believe everyone has a story to tell..and I know that Levi, will tell his story one day! You will sit out from the stage with Jesus by your side, just in AWE. Jesus will then put His arms around you and squeeze you tightly, saying, "You believed, you didn't give up!"
God be with you all. Allow God to continue His Work. Our prayers are consistant and never ending for you and your family.
Your Family and Friends in Christ,
"I just wanted to say "PRAISE GOD"!!!!....We are such dumb sheep sometimes....Thank God that his ways are soooo much higher than ours. To be honest, I never, ever doubted that God COULD heal Levi, I just wondered if he WOULD. Living in this world filled with so much sorrow, it is difficult sometimes to see, and understand a God who's big picture is so much broader than our own. But, when God does decide to alter the natural order of things, we, at least I anyway, are so un-prepared. I think our father loves to surprise us with good things. I know I love to surprise my kids. Walking in this world "by faith...and NOT by sight" is difficult at times. I believe when Jesus said to Thomas in John 20:29 "Blessed are those who have NOT seen...and yet still believe"...He was talking about us, and He was telling us, I know it will be difficult. We are in a place where God is not tangible. We can see the works of his hand, but we can't see Him. I just want to thank God that in this case we truely get a glimpse of Him. I believe in my heart that Levi is healed!!! I still have those "old man" thoughts that run through my mind now and then. I really don't know anyone who doesnt. But, I trust him still. My own family, and many people around me are being transformed, and further sanctified through this incredible story. However, I know that this is much more than a story. I have been in the hospital with Levi and his family. I have stood at his bed in their home and prayed with Jeff over Levi. I can say without any doubt that I felt a peace like I've never felt in a situation like that.
"Lets all try to learn to receive what God is doing here. Satan hates us all. He desires for us to fear and doubt. He wants us to believe that God is asleep at the wheel. But, we KNOW that He is alive and very intimately involved with every breath Levi takes. For that, I am thankful, because Levi has a whole lot of breathing yet to do. I believe that God wants to demonstrate His love and His glory to us. Just a glimpse, in this one life, and then in all those that this one life touches. There will be plenty more times in this life when we will all have to decide to trust him even though we cannot "see" Him working. But, in the case of Levi Guinn, I have learned to look for the miracles. God truly hears the cries of His children. I never doubted that. I also know that He is the God of great comfort in times of trouble. I never doubted that. "Ain't it cool" though, that He is also the author and protector of LIFE, still!!!! It has been an encouragement to me, and I encourage all of you to trust Him NO MATTER WHAT!!! But also, never, ever stop banging on that door in the middle of the night (Luke 18)!!! Man, He loves us!!! Like Jami said, "GO GOD!!! And hey "In God....GO LEVI". Jeff and Jami...we love you....and we haven't stopped praying!!!" .......Tim Sexton firstname.lastname@example.org
"Dear Jamie & Jeff,
"Dear Mrs. Guinn,
"Dear Guinn Family,
"Dear Guinn Family,
"Dear Jeff and Jamie,
"I have been feeling empty lately because I have allowed myself to be too busy to let the Holy Spirit fill me. A friend asked me to look at this web page. Thank you. My heart breaks for you and I am so ashamed of my selfishness. Your words are a reminder, a spring of cool water, a blessing that came to me from a God that I don't deserve. My God. Your God. I pray that our Father who's mercy touched me through your faithfulness would bring complete healing to your precious child, Levi, and restore him fully to you. Your sweet Levi looks like my Garrison. My heart goes out to you. I will continue to look at your site for updates." ....... Your sister in Christ, Tari Minter email@example.com
"Thank You! Thank you so much for surrendering to Jesus and allowing Him to work through you. I know that it is not humanly possible for you to have the outlook and the faith that you all do. You are in the sweet hands of God's Grace. I know from the little bit I've experienced, it is a bittersweet place to be. Press on. Keep dying to yourselves and allowing Jesus to live through you. Praise God for the word you sent us from Him "repentance." Our Sunday school class and many members of our church constantly keep Little Levi and your family in our prayers. God is doing such a mighty work through Levi's life and I know you're aware of that. Please tell him that his brothers and sisters in Christ at Bethany Baptist are lifting him up to the Father.
May His name forever be praised. What a blessing to hear encouraging words from you at this time in your life." .......Cindy Sullivan E-mail
My name is Sherry Lewis and my husband and I work for a church in Thailand. My sister recently sent me an email encouraging me to visit your web-site in order to be deeply encouraged. I really cannot verbalize what I received from reading Levi's story but what I can say is that it resulted in a sweet time of worship for me. I needed your words that reminded us how easy it is to "forsake our first love". God is using you in great ways through this time of suffering. The Thai college students will be impacted because of the encouragement I have received from you. We are fairly new here (almost 2 years) so our language development is still "a work in progress", but I will try to get this story translated so that I can share it at our next bible study. Thailand is 98% buddhist, and many times the students want to know why they should "hold to" Christianity rather than Buddhism. I pray that Levi's story will be one more window to help them see that not only is God the "True God" but He is living and supernaturally working in the hearts of his children so that they can not only "survive" during times of suffering, but worship Him in the midst of it.
I will also share your story with the other missionaries here so that they can pray as well.
May we pray together "Maranatha Lord come quickly" so that this life of suffering and pain will end and we will see Him face to face." .......Your Sister, Sherry Lewis E-mail
"My brother, Tim Sexton, told me of your sad ordeal with Levi. Even
though I'm a Christian, as Tim said, it's hard to even let my mind go
there. My prayers are with you and all those who love Levi.
"It is heartwarming and heartwrenching to read Jami's and Jeff's updates. Their strength and their weakness are shared with utter honesty, and the pain is so obvious. This testamony of faith is hard to read and yet so deep and so real.
I am thankful for Jami and Jeff and their lovely family in my life, and I hope writing of these experiences is cathartic and helpful to them as much as it helps us stay informed without having to ask personally.
Also, it makes us wish we could help in more substantial, concrete ways. Prayer is all I can offer, and pray I do. And I tell others, and they pray, too.
God works in mysterious ways. Wow! What an understatement! This is a miraculous family and an enormous faith that remains unshaken----well, shaken, but not ruined, not dissolved. If anything, it keeps gaining strength. The community created by these events in Levi's young life has grown and spread, and the prayer community is huge. I know God hears and cries with us for the Guinns, and He strengthens each of us to bear what life brings. Without Him, we could never survive." .......Suzanne E-Mail
"I am in awe of the strength you people have! It is clear to me that God is working in your lives. I know this is the most heartwrenching thing a person could go through, and I just want to let you know that I am deeply moved by your life-story. I feel powerful thoughts when I log-on to this website. I feel powerful uplifting prayers. It is just amazing to read the updates and feel your strength.
There is a song our church children sing - a favorite of theirs, and it goes like this..."when the storm rolls, when the storm rolls, when the storm rolls all around....I am weak, He is strong, by God's grace we move along." Right now, you are in a storm. You may be weak, but HE is strong. By God's grace you move along. God bless you all. Your children know you love them, and I know this illness has been hard on them, too. Just know that they will look back later in life and see just what you all were dealing with, and they, too, will realize just how strong their mommy and daddy were during that terrible storm. I know this to be true.
Take good care, and I will check in again very soon. I love this website. Hang in there, Levi! You are one tough cookie! If I didn't live so far away, I would track you down and give you a big squeeze! (HUG, you know!) :-) Oh and Happy Birthday!" ....... Shari Reuer E-mail
"OH Dear Precious Levi and family... you know our prayers are with you DAILY!!! The first time I met you at Egleston when my precious little gift from God was going through radiation, I knew you were a special little boy and I can not explain that peace I had that Levi God is healing YOU!!!! WE WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT. 2 COR 5:7
PLEASE know I mention your name numerous times to all that are praying for Carty on the Internet. Of all the bad that is on the Internet, it is so encouraging to see there is good. God is at work there as well. The number of people that are praying for you and your precious family is beyond measure.
Know my precious little child of God that God is still in control and I am believing and praying that He will heal you completely and that He will give you and your family the courage and strength to continue the fight!"
Luke 1:37 For nothing is impossible with God.
I leave you with the poem...
"I feel guilty thinking this has changed my life. I wish something like this would not have to happen in order for us to appreciate life. I think Levi has taught me to treasure every moment with my children (even when I am so frustrated with them)-- and with others. Jeff and Jami I have learned that I lack in faith and you have encouraged me to seek harder and deeper for His will in my life." .......Renee' (and Randy) Bare E-mail
"Jami, I just spent the weekend with your brother Dickey and Betsy at Sharp Top Cove In Jasper Georgia and your story was shared with us. I understand exactly where you are as a mother with a child with cancer. I am a testimony that God is good even in this time of watching your child change with a sickness a child shouldn't have to endure. I went home and read your entries in your website and remember the highs and lows. The feeling of weariness. Clinging to the vine and wondering if the vine will hold me. I just want to say that it will. I know by reading the updates that you know that. Just remember that we can only see little pieces of what God is doing. It's like the moon... God only lets us see portions of the moon in our lives, but when the moon is round it's like we are complete in him. Full and complete. I know it is a hard concept but Levi is in the sliver stage of the moon. There are so many lives that are and will be changed that see and read about each sliver of his life. I know this because that is the way it was for my daughter. Hard but true! God uses even the things that are the most precious to us.
"I will pray for you and Levi. That God will carry you when you can't walk. That he will breathe his life into you. That you will allow God enjoy every moment loving Levi and making a memory out of even the smallest thing. If ever you need to write someone (and it doesn't have to be now), please write me. I am glad you have this site. I wish I had had one." .......Press On, Jamie Hahn E-mail
"Hi. I just wanted to write and let you know that your family is in my family's prayers. We were at the Burzynski clinic when Levi was... my Mom was in pretty bad shape. Her name is Linda "Missy" Perkins and her husband's name is Alvin. We all absolutely fell in love with Levi. We all think about him so often.
Mom had her first MRI on Mon the 15th. It showed remarkable improvement. I wanted to let you know to hang in there. My Mom has already gone through what we think was the "worsening" part. We had to get a catheter for her not long after we got home. She was having to get up so much to go to the bathroom....we were having to lift her every time and we were beginning to hurt her....so we put a catheter in for about two weeks....to let her rest her body and for us to rest our backs. We have been through the "no sleep" times as well. It has been really hard but we believe we have seen the light at the end of the tunnel. She is starting to move her legs again and she is more alert.
I truly believe the light may be coming soon for Levi. We will keep praying for him. He touched our hearts in such a special way. We all talk about him daily and wonder how he is doing. Thank you so much for this website and the updates." .......Tracy Richard E-mail
"We have a 3 year old son who was diagnosed with leukemia when he was just about to turn 2yo. A very good friend of mine who lives in Georgia told me about Levi's website as a source of encouragement for me. What a blessing it has been! Reading Jami's thoughts during some of the low moments, I feel as though I am writing her words as my own. The quiet times Jami shares with the Lord and then shares with us are so moving and touch my heart! Levi's healing and strength are a daily prayer!! What a precious little boy!" .......Sue Novick E-mail
"We too have a child with an inoperable brain tumor. He is 2 years
old and he is receiving antineoplaston treatments from Burzynski's clinic
in Houston. While reading Levi's story as written by Jeff and Jami, I
found myself crying and
"My name is Marisa Whittington and I am first cousins with Kim Hawkins.
She is the one who told me about Levi. I am praying for you all and your
precious Levi. He does have that child-like faith that we are all supposed
"God has reminded me to keep that precious child-like faith!! Thank you Levi! :)" .......Marisa Whittington (E-mail)
"I am the Grandmother (better known as Nana) to Brianna that has been added to Levi's website. The past 9+ months since Brianna was diagnosed has not been an exeperience that I would have chosen, yet it has been a walk with our Lord that I will never forget. It has made me so much more aware as to how the enemy comes to lie, steal, and kill. Our children are blessings sent to us from God. How like the enemy to attack the weak and defenseless. I am amazed how people pull together during these times and stand united to intercede on behalf of these children. Levi is now added to my prayer list of internet children. There are so many of these little ones facing similiar situations. The Lord is my strength and my salvation. By His stripes we are healed. I claim this healing for these children, and I stand firm that the mountain WILL move. By the authority of Christ living in me, I ask in the precious name of Jesus, and in the name of Jesus I receive. Amen & Amen
"I do not have a doubt that our Lord will change these situations to glorify our Father in Heaven. The enemy may have started the battle, but our Almighty God will win the war! Hallelujah how I praise His name!" .......Brenda (E-mail)
On Witnessing the Miracle of Levi
As we bask in the reflected glory of the experience
"It is incredible for me to see a family who is taking a situation which to most people would be disastrous and has turned it into a worshipful, praiseworthy time in their life. Thank you all for showing me that every situation that I come in contact with is truly in God's hands and truly can bring me and others closer to Christ. You all are in my prayers." .......Laney Harris
"Dear Jami and Jeff I attended the concert last night and left feeling like I've never felt before. My heart was full and I definitely felt the presence of the Lord.
Amie Champion sent me an email about the concert. I admit, my main reason for coming was to see Bebo. He's a great friend of mine and my husband's, so anytime he performs near my hometown of Greenville, SC, I jump at the chance to hang out with him. But, as I sat in that beautiful church last night, I was overwhelmed with emotion and believe me, I am not an emotional person. My husband and I don't have any children yet, but hope to one day. As I sat there last night, many things ran through my mind but, the main things were:
I couldn't imagine having to go through what you are going through and, how awesome it was to see all of those people there to support you and the rest of your family, and to glorify God. It's comforting to me that, even with all of the negativity in the world, there are still so many God-loving, compassionate people.
Anyway, as I'm sure a lot of Christians do, I sometimes feel like I don't do my part to glorify The Lord and I have so many questions about Him and The Bible. I've never really felt comfortable talking about my beliefs except with a select few friends. I pray every night that God will continue to bring me closer to him but, I know that I have to do some work on my end as well. Several weeks ago i was at dinner with some friends and when we had all been served, I suggested that we bless the food. One girl looked at me and said "When did you become all religious?" When she said that, I felt terrible. I realized that I wanted to be the type of person that if I DIDN'T suggest saying a blessing, then someone would ask "Kelley, aren't you forgetting to bless the food?". Since then, I've been praying extra hard about my relationship with God. After the concert last night, I felt closer to God than I ever have. So, the way God has used this event and your precious son in my life, is that I feel more than ever like a child of the Lord. I am more excited about my relationship with Him than I ever have been. I am so thankful that the chain of events that transpired to get me to that concert did. And I am so thankful for little Levi and your family, even though I didn't take an opportunity to speak to you last night. I admire your family and I will continue to pray for you." .......Blessings, Kelley Price Smith, Greenville, SC
"I am the next door neighbor of Jim and Judy Barlow. I first heard about Levi when my husband called me from work to tell me that Mr. Barlow had come over that morning to ask us to pray for Levi. Just having had a little boy myself, I was overwhelmed by the news, even though I don't know Levi.
I went to the concert tonight and was, once again, overwhelmed by what I saw. The amazing faith and rest in God that your family is showing is incredible. Although I came to support Levi, I feel I have been ministered to tonight. Please know that my husband and I, as well as our church, are praying for Levi and your family.
What I saw tonight was such a testimony. Your family has been a huge inspiration to me. From what I heard tonight and from talking with Mr. Barlow, I see such a STRONG faith. I have a 10 month old son, and I honestly can't say that I would have the faith to pray "your will God, not mine" as it seems you have done. Although I have prayed those words for countless others, God has shown me tonight that resting in Him as you have done is not one of my strong points. Thank you for being so transparent. God is not only healing Levi, but He is using the situation and your family to minister to others. What an awesome, sovereign God we have!" .......Rebecca Brogdon
"We just attended the Bebo Norman/Allen Levi benefit concert for Levi tonight. All we can say is...WOW, what a blessing. Your family is so blessed and so strong through all of this and it's so evident that God really has His almighty arms around each of you. We have a Christian Music Website (http://www.christianguitar.ws/) and have posted a prayer request for Levi on our message board. Maybe we can start another global prayer chain for your precious little boy and for your family. You are in our prayers and we will check for updates often.
We are both so touched by your family's faith, strength and bonds of love. Also, we both really liked Bebo Norman just from hearing him on the radio, but knowing of his sincerity, his compassion and his generosity makes us even bigger fans of his. We had never gotten to hear Allen Levi before tonight and that was a wonderful treat as well. We're so glad to have been a part of this very special night.
God bless, strengthen and heal you, Levi and we pray for strength, grace and love for all of you. " .......Kelly Knight & Mickey Mellen
"I know God led me to this website. My daughter, Brianna, who is also 4 1/2 yrs. old was diagnosed in October 2000 with an inoperable brainstem tumor. She has been through several surgeries for biopsys, 6 weeks of radiation, and 1 round of chemo, none of which helped her. Through all of this we knew only God could heal her. We have stopped the chemo, and put this totally in the Lord's hands. She too has touched so many lives. Every day she is here she is a precious miracle and we know one day she will share her testimony with others. The doctors have given her no hope of survival. We know that with God all things are possible. We too have been led to contact a nutrition specialist, and are waiting to hear their recommendations for herbal, supplemental treatment. I would love to talk to you to hear exactly what supplements Levi is taking so I can compare them with what is recommended for Brianna.
God has used this story to show me even more the power of prayer! This story is so similar to ours it is amazing. Our Church family has been amazing throughout our ordeal as well. They also prepared meals during Brianna's treatments, and met our every need as well. We know that we have to have complete 100% faith in God, and know without a doubt that he hears and answers every one of our prayers. I would love to hear from Levi's family, so that we can pray together for both of our miracles." .......Kim Borwig firstname.lastname@example.org
(Go to Brianna's link on this website)
"I just heard about Levi and his condition yesterday while listening to the Fish (104.7) out of Atlanta. It broke my heart. My first-born is named Levi and he is also 4 1/2 years old. I live in Murphy, NC, but I work in a small hospital in Hiawassee, GA. My prayers are with you and your family as you journey through this ordeal.
I have also benefitted from the power of prayer. I have a chronic illness called Crohn's disease. I was diagnosed 17 years ago. While the disease can be controlled (somewhat) with medication, it can also turn very deadly. Three years ago, my entire colon ruptured - leading to extensive internal bleeding and peritonitis. I worked at the hospital in Murphy at the time. I was admitted for treatment, but the surgeon refused to operate because he did not know enough about the effect of Crohn's to anticipate all the problems he could face. I was transported to another hospital with a specialist surgeon and finally received the life-saving operation 30 hours after the colon ruptured. What I didn't know - until several days later - was that the surgeon had told my wife and mother that I would not survive the next 72hrs due to the extensive damage. My son, Levi, was only 8 months old at the time and was staying with my in-laws. They arranged to bring him out within the 72-hour time period so I could see him one more time. However, I knew as soon as I woke up from surgery that God had cured me - I felt the best that I had in years.
My wife and later learned that prayer chains had been formed that first night (Monday) across the entire county we lived in. Almost every church in the county had heard of my condition and started prayer chains immediately. God intervened and spared my life. I now have a second son, Jared, who will turn 3 in just a couple of weeks. He would never have been born if God had chosen not to spare me.
From browsing your site, it is obvious how strong your faith and trust in God is. It strengthens me to read your story. When your struggles are at their worst - remember that God is Sovereign over all and He performs miracles every single day.
May God richly bless your family and, especially, Levi. You will be in my thoughts and prayers daily." .......Scott C. Jones
"My name is Joy Johnson and I am truly moved by this situation. My mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when I was 9 years old. (I am now 17). She is still alive today, but steadily getting worse. Her case is chronic progressive, and just like with Levi, there is no cure. She also has 4 kids; me, my 13 year old brother, 12 year old sister, and one year old brother. When she became with the baby after being on chemo therapy for two years, she was told the baby would have massive deformities. Also, the pregnancy would be deadly for her, in her condition. They wanted her to abort. They swore the baby would die anyway, or that it's handicapped wouldn't make its' birth and her death worth it. My mom is a strong believer, and would never think of such a thing. My brother Isaac was born, only 5 weeks premature, and healthy. Her health improved while she was pregnant, but soon after deteriated. The doctors don't know how much longer she has but! they didn't know too much other stuff either!
I first hand understand the fear and anguish a disease can bring into a family. I had to cath my mom when I was 11, and be her caregiver ever since. It's tough and straining, especially since there are also three kids I have to also care for. I think this chapter in my life has made me such a stronger person, and given me a heart of compassion for others in similar situations. I know it's not my child that's sick, but it's my mom. I just want to say I am praying for Levi, and he is constantly on my mind.
I found out about Levi when a woman came into my work (Dejavu Day Spa) asking for a donation for this Saturdays' auction. After reading his story, I wanted to cry. I asked my boss if we could post the flier somewhere in the office. We put it in a frame on the front desk, for everyone to see. I hope the right person sees it.
God has since showed me I'm not the only one dealing with tragedy. There
are other people hurting too. I used to be so bitter! But now I am softened,
and humbled. When I stopped being so selfish and only thinking about my
problems, God showed me there are other people in need. Now I am busy
praying for Levi, and thinking of people to tell about him. Hearing about
him has made me less caught up in my own self, and more willing to help
others." .......Joy Johnson
"My daughter is friends with Carli, Levi's cousin. I was told about Levi [recently]. Tears came to my eyes while this little girl told me about her little cousin. I didn't know what to do. I wanted to do some thing only GOD can do...HEAL HIM! I have an 8 yr. old and 15 mo. old. I worry every day about my children getting hurt or ill; I literally worry my self sick! When Carli told me about Levi, (which I wanted to name my son, Jacob) I suddenly realized that I am blessed and other children need my prayers. I am going to email everyone I know and ask our church to pray for Levi.
My nephew Brian, also a friend of Carlis asked me tonight, after finding out about Levi, if GOD gave us what we ask for (he just turned 6 years old). I told him that GOD sometimes gives us what we ask for and sometimes GOD does not. GOD knows what is best; even if we don't understand why, GOD always knows whats best for us. (His mother abandoned him, his brother, sister and father; their grandparents are raising them.) I will give him everything I can!!!! I love him and I will pray for him! I will let everyone I know that this precious little boy needs everything we have!
GOD has used [Levis ordeal] to tell me to use the time that I have to enjoy and celebrate my life, and my time with my children, husband, family, friends, strangers, and everyone on the way! I just hope in my lifetime I can bring as much joy, happiness, love and GOD 's love as this little boy has!
We love you all and we are here for you! GOD bless!!!!!!!" .......Trina C.
"Stephen John and I are co-teachers in a seventh grade boys Sunday school class at Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula,GA. Stephen was a high school classmate of Jeff's. Our class has adopted Levi as a little brother and loves praying for him regularly. Our class has already seen God move in miraculous ways this year, and we are calling on God to act in His sovereign power to work another miracle in Levi's life and to God be the glory." ......Bill Wright
"A few weeks ago, my husband and I left our children at home (ages
14, 9, and 41/2) and headed to Home Depot for a Saturday morning landscape/pool
supply run. As I was sorting through some flowers, there were two women,
acquaintances from kids' activities I'd guessed, having a conversation.
One of those women was Jami and I overheard her telling of Levi's situation.
Something gripped my heart. I know in part because we, too, have a 41/2
yr old son. But there was something else that came over me and on the
drive home, as I'm telling my husband and we're both crying, we made a
commitment to first, become prayer warriors on behalf of Levi and your
family, and second, find out how to get in touch with you and offer our
friendship. We are praying everyday for you all, so the first part continues
to be covered. Then my sister found a flyer at Ingles. Voila. The second
part. Blest be the Lord!
"God has opened my eyes to time: what a precious gift it is. To life: His blessings abound in so many different ways. To Hope: God is the God of Miracles and Mercy To Faith: The one thing we'll never regret, our only source of stregth and the peace of understanding, God works ALL THINGS together for the good for those who are in Christ Jesus." .......Lori Dempsey Herren
"Ever since that day that I prayed over Levi at the hospital, I have been struggling with perservering prayer for Levi. God is trying to teach me a lesson in the area of much prayer and how He honors perseverence. I am claiming the story about Jacob and how he fought the angel and would not let go until he received a blessing. Please pray that I will perservere for Levi and that the promise that He gave me that Levi would be healed would come about, not BECAUSE of my prayers but beacuse He is God and He wants to show Himself Powerful. I do not know the path He has for me but I want to be obedient. Thanks." .......Shannon Powell
"... we have been praying for your family and specially for Levi. I have 3 sons of my own (6,3 and 1 1/2). My 2 older sons and I pray for Levi just about every night. It has been a great experience for me as a dad as I hear my boys intercede for Levi. Sometime they can't recall his name so they always ask me for his name. We anticipate God's faithfullness and care in the lives of your family and in Levi's healing." .......Walter Arroyo
"after being diagnosed with cancer in july, i felt the most overwhelming power of JESUS in my life. even though i knew HIM before, I always sensed HE was with me. prayer can do amazing things. i know because he healed me through touch and prayer. i will hold levi in my thoughts and prayers. know that he is on our church prayer list (philadelphia presbyterian) and we strongly believe in miracles through prayer and faith. he certainly looks happy and has a tremendous support family. i admire you all and i wish only the best for you." .....angela lyle
"God has used this in my life to see that life is so precious and we must count each day as a blessing because we don't know what could occur in our life." .......TraSharn D. Jefferson
"Hi! My name is Callie White. I'm a friend of Rebecca Lightfoot's, who attends your church. In our 8th grade class, as an idea of Rebecca's, we recently had a bake sale to raise money for Levi. It was absolutely incredible to see people give so freely because they knew it was for Levi. Our whole class was reminded of the story of Jesus when He used two fish and 5 loaves of bread and fed over 5,000... we wanted our bake sale to be like that! We had a wonderful turnout and we're excited about how God will use this money to help Levi! Our prayers are constantly with you, and though many of us don't know you personally, we pray for your family, our brothers and sisters in Christ. God bless you! He has used this to tell me to have faith in Him because He'll do incredible things!!" .......Callie White
"At night while my one year old son sleeps I stand beside his crib and listen to him breathe and place my index finger into his tiny palm. Like every parent I wonder what he will grow up to be like and how God will use him for his glory. In the last few weeks Jami, Jeff and Levi have influenced more people than most people do in a lifetime. I would rather die a thousand deaths than see one hair on my childrens head harmed. I am reminded this is only a shadow of Gods affection for Levi as well as the rest of us and that He was willing to die a thousand deaths rather than experience seperation from us." .......CY
"We have used this event in our life to really stop and think that the Lord only gave us our children to watch over for Him. It is so hard to stop and think that He loves them more than we do. Kevin and I have three wonderful children and we have come to understand through the Guinns that our faith and love in the Lord Jesus is what we must rely on in our everyday life not just in the time of need. We must remember when we are going through a tough time this is when the Lord is holding us in His arms and yes, He is going through it right by our side. God bless the Guinns and may your faith in the Lord be strong for He knows what is best for everyone." .......Kevin and Christi Way
"Often I'm awakened in the middle of the night and the first thought on my mind is Levi so I'm immediately aware that God is calling me to pray for him. I've never met this precious child but I know his Guinn grandparents. In the body of Christ, when one of us hurts, we all hurt. I love Psalms 139:17&18, How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake I am still with you. We are all in this together. To God be the glory!" .......Bonnie Canaday
(Regarding sister's sudden death and how the Lord worked through every detail) "I really couldn't adequately explain the peace and strength that God gave exactly when I needed it most. You can only experience God in this way to understand it I think. I can't pretend to know exactly how you feel and I pray that your situation will not end in death if the Lord so allows, but no matter what, please be encouraged and assured that our amazing Lord is real and working as you have already seen. And He won't fail to prove Himself in this situation as He never has before. Even when you are at your lowest and hit "rock bottom," the rock is strong and it is real and sufficient. I just thought another story of the faithfulness of God could never hurt in a time like this. It IS amazing and confusing to our human minds how God chooses to glorify Himself, but I am confident you and Jeff are choice individuals even if it doesn't feel like it. Thank you from all the rest of us for pointing us all to the only hope we all haveJesus. I love you and continue to pray." .......Susan Bracken
"He has reminded me that we are a family in Christ...We must stand with one another in Prayer We must pray without ceasing He calls us to be intercessors for our brothers and sisters in Christ WE are reminded that it is a high honor and privilege to lift up one another to the throne of Grace" .......Susie Ankenbrandt
"The Lord has shown me how every day is truly a gift and that we should take nothing for granted and to constantly not only tell others with love them, but also to show it in actions and in truth (I John 3:18). Our mightly Lord is always in control of every situation.... however, He also promises to ALWAYS be with us, and to never give us anything that we cannot handle.... for when we are weak, then we are strong through Christ (2 Corinthians 12:10)!" .......Brooke DeLon Aaron
"Hello, My name is Tony Johnson, David Barlow [Levi's uncle] is my boss. David is very concern about Levi. I Know Jesus is the lord of my life. Last Sunday (Easter) my son life was in God hand as he was riding a go-cart and went down a driveway and crash and was thrown from the go-cart. He had severe head injury and was cover in blood by the time we got to him. When the rescue people got to him and seen how servere it was, they radio in for a life-flight. My son (Anthony Johnson) could not see and pass out before the right before the resue got there. Why I'm telling you this? Well by the time I got to the hospital, I through I've lost my son so I went to a private room and talk to God. Remembering the Easter Sermom,Gen 22, about when Abraham was to kill his son Isaac to show his faith and obedience to God. I tols God that I was willing to accept his will, just PLEASE let the pain pass from his body. It was a HARD PRAYER. Today is Tuesday 04/17/01 and he got to come home today! .. Praise God. I will tell all my Christian friends to start praying for Levi. Just remember, God is in tomorrow preparing for today. God said, you are HEALED (HEALED- MADE WELL) by Jesus strips. I didn't say it, my pastor didn't say it, GOD SAID IT. May the Lord give your whole entire family peace that he is in your tomorrow working for your today, trust in him, and all will be well..... In Jesus name, the name above all name AMEN" ....... Tony Johnson
"God has shown me how extremely blessed I am and has shown me that my cares and troubles, in perspective, are very small and that he is able to deal with them with ease. He is developing within me a heart of compassion too.".......James P. Mason
"My Aunt died in 1991 from a Glioblastoma. My Uncle who lives in California and is on the board of the Children's hospital out there is making inquiries on the latest treatment on the West Coast........ Lisa Goeders
"God has used this event in my life when I was about 11 years old and one of are closest friends son has a mass (tumor)in his brain. He is recovering now from it and he is as good as new alomst he has had it for about a year and he is such a strong person that he fought it off. He is only in the 5th grade and he is such a smart child. And God new that is was not time for him to go and when we prayed for him it helped him gain more self-confidence because he had people in this wold that cared about him and he new that. And I and positive that tons of people including my family and I care about Levi also! The Best Of Luck To Your Family".......Ansley Guthrie
Here at Eagles Landing First Baptist church in McDonough (GA)...we are diligently praying for Levi...and Jeff and Jamie...they recently visited the BSF class that I teach on Sunday mornings...I don't believe I have ever been more impressed with the way God can touch the lives of perfect strangers through the tough times another Christian experiences....Jeff and Jamie briefly spoke in my class that day and everyone has been praying since....I have 4 little boys of my own...and this has driven me straight to my knees...I have had people I don't even know calling me asking me about Levi....whatever God's plans are for this liitle boy....God is definitely already at work...this has certainly changed me...I just pray with all of my heart that some lost folks get to see a miracle....and I pray that God wraps his faithful arms around that family through this time........ Tim Sexton