You can Make a Difference
On Saturday afternoon, October 12, 2013, Adam Bryant and his two young children (Sadie, age 6½ and Evan, age 4½), were in a car accident on I-20 near Longview, TX. Evan went to be with the Lord on that day and we gathered to honor his short but powerful life on Saturday, October 19th. After the accident Sadie was immediate flown to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, TX, with life-threatening injuries, where she remained in ICU in very critical condition and unresponsive for weeks. Doctors told the family to prepare for the worst and I was asked to begin to make funeral preparations for Sadie’s funeral for the coming week. I prepared a message that remains in my file, a message I hope never to deliver.
On a couple of occasions it was suggested that there might soon come a point where life-support may need to be discontinued. By all accounts, Sadie loved the Lord, and I had the privilege of baptizing Sadie in her ICU room as we formally acknowledged that she belongs to Jesus Christ. Hundreds of people across the world began to pray for Sadie. I know that sometimes God’s answer to such prayers is not the one we want, but in Sadie’s case He has given us quite a few pleasant surprises (especially in light of her initial prognosis). Many on the medical staff have been amazed.
Eight weeks after the accident Sadie’s progress has been significant (smiling, talking, swallowing, etc.). She was recently transported to “My Children’s House” in Dallas, TX (a Baylor Health Care System Rehab Center for children). It has been a tremendous blessing to see Lee (Pawpaw-B), and Adam (Daddy), demonstrate such love and devotion to this little girl. Many others have been there as well but these are the two I have seen up close. The whole family has been remarkable. I am so thankful to God for them all.
Many of you have followed this story and are also giving thanks to God today for answered prayers. Thank you. Please keep on praying for Sadie’s recovery and for all those who are ministering to her. Pray that the family would continue to draw close to the Lord and that He would be their strength. May there be many more days of joy in the midst of this great trial.
Some of You Have Asked How You Can Help.
Our church has begun “Sadie’s Future Fund,” to assist with the expenses related to her ongoing recovery and rehabilitation. For example, her home will have to be adapted to accommodate a wheelchair and other special needs. Numerous other expenses will, no doubt, be associated with this process. Your financial gift, which is tax-deductible, will go a long way to assist this worthy family. With the exception of normal bank transaction fees, 100% of the donations will go toward helping Sadie’s recovery.
I know that the Bryant family is extremely grateful for all those who have prayed for Sadie and for them. If you are able to contribute to this fund, this would also be helpful. One of the ways you can help Sadie is to spread the word to your friends and fellows church members by way Facebook, Twitter and Email. I WILL POST A DONATION PAGE LINK THAT YOU CAN SHARE.
This kind of fund-raising is new to me, but I’m confident that this is a worthy cause.
--Pastor Randy Booth
“Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” ―Psalm 50:14-15