On January 18, LCC received a request from Pastor Michael Liese, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Brimfield, Illinois, for financial assistance for a family in need that St. Paul is assisting:
Mark is a former Lutheran School teacher and principal, and his wife, Susan, daughter of a Lutheran pastor, is a nurse. They have two children.
On Sunday, January 9, Susan suffered a hemorrhagic stroke and required emergency surgery. After surgery, Susan seemed to have lost her ability to speak and suffered a loss of movement in her right arm. Mark will be Susan’s full-time caregiver during her long road to recovery and will not be able to work until she is better.
They will need financial assistance to cover extensive medical bills and mortgage, utilities, and household expenses of approximately $3,500 a month.
Lord have Mercy!
Pastor Michael Liese
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Update: Since Susan’s stroke, Mark and his family have been struggling financially. Last week Mark learned that the insurance company is cutting off payment of medical and therapeutic treatments for Susan. Mark is appealing it, but that means the coverage will only be extended to April 26.
From then on, they will be relying on Mark’s part-time income, savings, and the gifts of others. Mark has applied for Social Security permanent disability, but that will not kick in for several months.
Please continue to pray for Susan’s restoration and healing and for the family as they struggle to care for and support her.
Thank you for your donations received so far. If you feel so moved, please prayerfully consider supporting Mark, a former church worker, and his family as they care for Susan.