Sunday, March 18, 2012

Our first miracle

Dear Family and friends Last night the Bishop and Stake President came to our home and with tender hearts, informed us that Britten had been hit by a bus.  He had severe head injuries and the out look did not look good.  With many prayers and blessings last night our family has recieved our first miracle.  They did surgery and removed the bone fragments and found the there was no bleeding around or in the brain. His eyes were dialated and when they decompressed the brain, one eye focused.  There is so much swelling occuring in his brain they hope that in time his other eye will focus.  He is in a medically induced coma and on a breathing machine. He is still in very serious condition but the Doctors are encouraged from last night.  They feel that there is hope for his future.  The Church is working on our VISA's and getting us down there ASAP.  We are very encouraged with this news and know that he has great doctors taking care of him.  We appreciate your calls, texts, and prayers in Brittens behalf.  We love all of you and are so grateful to our Heavenly Father for his constant care. Love you all, Steven and Karla

28 comments:

  1. So glad for positive news! We are praying with so very many others. Miracles are and will continue to happen!!! Our prayers tonight include our hope that Karla and Steven get their Visas in the morning and are with Britten soon.
    Most temples (if not all) are closed on Monday, but there is usually a prompt on the telephone to add Britten's name to the prayer rolls. I will be calling the Columbus Temple tomorrow morning.
    We love you Britten and know that you will be better soon!

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  2. He is in our whole family's prayers, on our temple roll, and our wards and friends are praying for him too. Good luck in speedy and safe travels down there, and please let us know if there is anything we can do. We love you so much, thank you Heavenly Father for the beautiful gospel than Britten has been sharing and continues to share!

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  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. So glad to hear everything is falling into place on you getting to Brasil. I have friends in Sao Paulo if you need something. They are aware of the accident and said if they can help in any way let them know. Wishing you the very best. Tod and Deita

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  4. We love you guys and can't stop thinking about Britten and your whole family. We are praying for you and know that prayers are answered and miracles can happen. We are so proud of Britten and the work he was doing. So glad you are finally on your way to Brazil. You are in our constant thoughts and prayers along with many others. All our love...Josh, Heather, Maycee & Krew

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  5. Thank you for keeping us updated, You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We love you so much!

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  6. All our prayers sent your way! I wish I could in some way ease your burden or say something that would help. Just know you are in our prayers and pray that each of you will be surrounded by the comforter at this difficult time. God knows your needs, hopefully the visas will come ASAP!

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  7. We are praying, fasting, and attending the temple with you and your family in our prayers and thoughts constantly. Thanks so much for creating this blog so we can feel like we are with you! Please give Britten a hug from all of the "Missionary Moms!" We love you guys!

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  8. We are also praying for special blessings for Elder Britten! He is the Servant of the Lord and has been serving Him. I am Certain than Britten will be taken care of! We love you guys!!!

    Dan & LaNae

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  9. Praying for your family and for Elder Schenk. The Lord loves his missionaries and he is with him and your family. God speed to you.

    Scott Christensen
    Phoenix, AZ

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  10. Love and prayers your way--I can't imagine! May God be with you!

    Rebecca Webb
    Oregon

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  11. We are thinking about you and praying often for a good outcome and recovery! We send our love and thoughts to you from Oregon!! We know prayer works...and you have lots of them coming your way. Love you all!

    Jose, Sandy & Kids!

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  12. We are so grateful to Logan and Lora for starting this blog. We know it is a great effort of love. We just want you all to know how deeply concerned we are as a family and as a valley. Britten is like a son to us--we will always love him for his love for JJ. JJ's mission is praying for him also and he is deeply, deeply concerned. Please know you have our hearts, our faith and all our love. Miracles do happen and no one deserves one more than this sweet servant of the Lord. Keep the faith. Love, Curtis and Jane and Jaime

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  13. So sorry to hear about Britten! Our thoughts and prayers are with ur family. We pray that he makes a full and speedy recovery. Love, the Mosers

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  14. Britt, still looks like that handsome, little boy I remember playing Little League Baseball, and now he is serving the Lord what a wonderful young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, I know that the Lord will Bless you all and give strength when and where it is needed. What a great example of a strong and faithful family you are, we miss you all very much.

    LOVE TO ALL
    Scott, Christie (Lloyd) Colter, Elder Jake Evans, Katie, Kammi, Hallie and Cooper Evans

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  15. I was just notified yesterday. Britt you are in our families prayers. You were one of the best seminary students. My heart is with you as I served in Sao Paulo as well. I sure appreciate you and your family. We pray for you. We know you are in the Lord's hands...he is watches over his missionaries and their families. Even though the temples throughout the world pray for the missionaries multiple times a day. You and your family will be specially prayed for in the Rexburg Temple. We love you brother.

    Brother (Aaron) Christensen

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  16. I don't know you, but heard of your Elder through a friend. I hope you don't mind if i follow your blog. My heart and prayers go out to your family. My husband suffered a severe brain injury in 2008 while at work and I want you to know miracles do happen! After major surgery he was also put in a medically induced coma that he wasn't able to come out of for 11 days. I know the waiting and not knowing is excrutiating. There is peace in our knowledge of the gospel, power in the blessings of priesthood and miracles in the exercise of faith. It was a long road, but my husband is doing amazing today and made an almost complete recovery. He is able to work and raise our growing family, you would never know he'd suffered a TBI. Hearing the stories and success from others while going through this helped me, and there were many! My prayers and thoughts are with you all and name in the temple in Idaho. Looking back,even though the trails were great this was one of the best experiences we have had because of the miracles and blessings we received. Our father in heaven knows us and has a plan.

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  17. Best wishes to Britten. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Here is to hoping and praying for a full, speedy recovery. Much love your way. The Armani family.

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  18. Steve and Karla, Our thoughts and prayers are with Britten and your family. You are great people and heavenly father is watching over all of you. With love, Jacob, Shalise, and family

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  19. My heartaches for your family,I am so very touched and have never met you. Heavenly Father gives us trials to make us stronger and we have to leave it in the Lord's will. May you blessed with peace and comfort at this time. Your son and family are in our prayers.

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  20. Dear Karla and Steven,
    Our hearts and prayers are with both of you, with Elder Schenk and Britten's brothers and sister. Just know that we love you and will help in anyway, just tell us what we can do! You are both amazing examples through this and have already touched many people by your faith. Please be very careful while you are away. May Heavenly Father continue to show you those tender mercies, may your feel of our love and of His. All our love and prayers
    Lorie (Lloyd) & Trent Rasmussen & Boys rasfam5@live.com

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  21. May the good Elder recover fully. May future reports be only good and full of tender mercies and miracles. Our prayers are with you and all of your family.
    The Jacobson Family
    Pasadena, CA

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  22. Hi my name is Jurandir Cunha of São Paulo, Todd Jensen friend, Todd send-me e-mail also Elder Schenk acident, our falmily pray for Elder Schenk,we wishing the besto Britten.

    Jurandir and Sandraa Cunha
    São Paulo- SP.
    Brazil

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  23. I am so very sorry to hear of this accident. My husband and I just recently returned from a senior's mission in Sao Paulo (North). Those busses are huge and fast moving. The young elders and sisters are so wonderful and inspiring.

    We will include your son in our prayers.

    Steve & Janet Dawson

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  24. Deus é misericordioso e fará restauração na vida desse jovem maravilhoso. Estarei orando por ele incansavelmente.


    VERA VIEIRA - VITORIA DA CONQUISTA - BA

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  25. We’re from Brazil and have lived here for 20 years now. Our son is serving his mission in California and we pray everyday for his safety and the safety of all missionaries around the world. We’ll for sure have your son in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

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  26. Good Morning, I'm mom of three missionaries, at the same time, and I felt great empathy as i knew about your son. My son Yuri served in Sao Paulo Leste Mission too. All my family, including myself, wiil keep praying and fasting for the welfare and recovering of this lords servant. Sincerely, Rosange Clayr Ludgero.

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  27. Dear Sister Karla and Brother Stevens;
    This is President Pinho and Sister Pinho from Sao Paulo Interlagos Mission.
    Know that our mission is praying fervently for the full recovery of Elder Britten Schenck. We love the missionaries. They are so great. We have two sons serving missions, so, as a mission president and parents, we understand how you are feeling, but, our Lord will protect His angel, His servant, Elder Britten.
    Our prayers are with you and all of your family.
    President and Sister Pinho

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  28. Querida familia Schenk ,quando o Pai Celestial colocou este anjo aos seus cuidados ,ele sabia que não haveria lugar melhor onde Britten pudesse se desenvolver,Voces o fizeran um verdadeiro cavalheiro ,dócil e muito amoroso,prestativo,atencioso,lindo por fora maravilhoso por dentro,Inteligente e o principal HUMILDE.Quero que saíbas que seu filho passou á fazer parte de todas minhas ORAÇÕES,e depois de conhecer los voces tambem ,FAMILIA SCHENK EU OS AMO MUITO,......Boa noite de sua amiga Sally .

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