Dear Church Family,
I want you to know that this past week Mark and Sheila Beeson have been in Italy, leading a group from Granger Community Church on a tour of the early days of the New Testament Church.
On Tuesday, while finishing up a tour of the Vatican, Mark experienced impaired vision and began seeing double. Our good friend Dr. Jim Blechl is on the trip, so he immediately did some basic tests for a possible stroke and got Mark to the hospital for tests and treatment. Those tests revealed that Mark suffered a mild stroke.
But there is some good news.
The good news is that Mark continues to improve and although he is still dealing with double vision, this appears to be the only after-effect of this mild stroke. Once home, he’ll benefit from vision rehab. But get this: Dr. Tom Morton–a GCC founding member who is also with Mark in Italy–has 25 years of experience doing vision rehab exactly of this nature. God is good. He’s been watching over Mark every step in this unforeseen journey.
While Mark remains in the hospital as of today, we’re praying he’ll be able to fly home with Sheila and the rest of the group on Sunday as scheduled.
Mark and Sheila covet your prayers for them and for their family. They feel God’s presence; they are aware of our love and intercession.
We can’t wait to gather together as a church family and do what we do every weekend—celebrate Jesus and take another step towards Him together.
-Mark Waltz, Executive Pastor
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. - Jesus, John 14:27
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