Category Archives: Miracle Stories

A Story of Inspiration – Jeff Carver and the 2013 Louisville Mini-Marathon

The following, related by Signature HealthCARE stakeholder Rob Carter, is the inspirational story of his friend Jeff Carver:

Jeff Carver: Former Director WFBR 95.3FM, voice of Bullitt East Sports, recovering from severe TBI in summer of 2011 car crash, devoted Christian, Marathoner.

Jeff has 3 children, youngest one being 16 and a wonderful wife (Debora).

Jeff was a fantastic athlete. He participated in a 150 mile bike ride to benefit MS, many marathons and finished the full 2011, 26.2 mile Derby Marathon in 4:03:28. He is the owner of Carver Communications a cellular and paging equipment company.

About one month later during Fathers Day weekend 2011, Jeff had a car wreck that almost ended his life. He now suffers from traumatic brain injury (cerebellar ataxia) that he sustained from his accident. The good thing about Ataxia is that Jeff still has his full memory and intellect, unfortunately the portion of his brain that controls muscle movement no longer functions, there is no cure for Ataxia but Jeff is determined to beat it. For the few months following they were unsure of his future, but Jeff has a determination like no one else I know. He learned to walk again after about a year with the help of a walker or his wife by his side. He falls a lot but keeps saying that “my brain is not going to do this on its own, I will fall many times before I learn how to walk again.”

This year 2013, 2 years after his accident, Jeff is once again finishing the Derby Mini-Marathon. He had the help of some friends, but finished the 13.1 miles in 2:43:59. According to Debora this is the most amazing thing he has done since his accident. Two months ago Jeff bought a Terra Trike and was not able to peddle 4 miles before wearing out. This past Saturday he peddled 13 miles and finished up walking across the finish line. That day Jeff was a celebrity, I don’t think he ever quit smiling and I will say that I had tears in my eyes as I helped him cross the finish line.

I could have run faster on my own, I could have had a faster time but sometimes you need to slow down, help a friend and enjoy the moment. Jeff is my inspiration.

Rob Carter

Here is the Youtube video chronicling Jeff’s great accomplishment:

http://youtu.be/jFkF3QZuBhM

 

The Miracle Story of Baby Athena

Every once in a while there is a miracle that makes you want to stop

and thank God for all the good things he has given us. No more is this true than in the case of little baby Athena from Ormond Beach, FL.

The following is her story as told to the Signature Prayer Chain over a period of almost two months. If you need real life example to inspired you about the wonderful works of God, read on . . .

November 28, 2012:
I would like to ask prayers for little baby Athena. She is currently in a hospital in Miami undergoing further tests. Her blood work is stable at this time. She has not gained any weight and there is still reluctance to operate due to her size. She was originally hospitalized with RSV and the doctors cannot operate until 6 weeks after diagnosis. She is still in congestive heart failure and has a feeding tube. She is unable to drink from a bottle. If they don’t operate she will die, and the risks are great with surgery. Please continue to pray for this precious little child.

December 6, 2012
Baby Athena is scheduled for her heart surgery this Friday Dec. 7th. Please pray for this precious baby that the surgery will be successful and pray for her mom. Athena’s dad is trying to get home from Africa but it doesn’t look like he will be here in time for the surgery. Please lift this family in prayer, as well as the surgeon and the entire team in the operating room’; may God guide their hands during this surgery. I will keep everyone posted on her progress. Thank you for all the prayers, I know that’s what has gotten her through this far.

December 9, 2012
Baby Athena’s surgery was successful! They were able to take her off the respirator within 24 hours which is what they were hoping for. They say she is “feisty” and fighting back strong. Thank you for prayers and please continue to pray for a complete total healing. I will keep you updated.

December 17, 2012
Please let everyone know that baby Athena is home from the hospital! She has no tubes and is not on any medications. She has amazed everyone. This truly is a miracle. Thank you everyone who has been praying for her, and please continue to lift this family in prayer. I know they are very appreciative of the prayers and support they have received.

January 20, 2012
God has answered our prayers for baby Athena – she is just a beautiful baby girl who is eating and gaining weight. The doctors have said there would be no need for any further heart surgery for the rest of her life, it was taken care of! God is wonderful and I thank everyone out there who has prayed and continues to pray for Athena.

Below are current pictures of this little miracle herself:

 

 

 

“Debbie’s Story” by Chaplain Carl Caffrey

This morning the nurse who lost her granddaughter in the gun accident in late June came to me and told me a wonderful story of faith about her daughter, Haylee (who lost her daughter).  The story speaks of the little gift that SHC Cleveland gave their family. She wanted to thank her Cleveland SHC family.

This morning Debbie came by my office and shared this wonderful, powerful story of faith with me. She asked that I would write about it and share it. It is below.

Chaplain Carl Caffrey

Less than two months ago, Debbie, nurse here at Signature Healthcare of Cleveland, lost her precious 3 and a half year old granddaughter, Kydalynne in a tragic gun accident. Debbie’s dear daughter, Haylee, mother of Kydalynne, had a beautiful assurance of God’s comforting presence and of Kyky’s well being in Christ.

A couple of weeks ago in West Tennessee, where Haylee is presently living, a scary summer storm hit the area. Haylee was cooking a meal for her and her boyfriend when the storm grew very strong and blew out the electricity. Everything went dark. The oven off; electric totally out.

Before we move on, I must give a little background to this great story. When Kydalynne passed, Signature Healthcare of Cleveland did not send a Peace Lilly (as is usual), but decided to send Debbie a porcelin Church furnished with a Christmas light (night light), electically powerd, of course. Since Kyky always used a night light, Haylee leaves the little church light on…always.

That night when the storm was really rolling in, Haylee and her boyfriend made their way to the safest part of the house, which was the bathroom. (With all the bad storms that have come through TN in last couple of years, taking cover was the only wise thing to do.) As they made their way through the house to the safe room, they noticed the TV was off (of course, no electricity) and all the lights were off, as expected.

However, as they passed the bedroom where the church was they noticed that a light was on. They were awestruck to find the light in the Church glowing! Yes, the electrically powered little night light was shining brightly! They sensed the presence of the LORD! The Lord was with them through this, and there was also His sweet assurance that Kyky was just fine with her Savior in Heaven.

God is faithful! God is soooo GOOD! God Bless You!

Thoughts on Interventions

Some thoughts on interventions from Pastor Ronnie Case, Chaplain at Rivermont:

“I have been reading with great interest the testimonies with regard to the chaplain interventions. I have one I want to share.

One of our long time residents who has been notoriously known to complain about something almost constantly was placed on my “Chosen 5″ list for chaplain study about a year ago. I determined to visit, pray, and sometimes read to Mr. S___ on a daily basis.

This morning as I was making my morning rounds for prayer and devotions Donna, (ADM) and Denise (DON) mentioned how that Mr S
had changed so much! Their words were he was “so different!” I invited them to go in and pray with me this morning, and it was so obvious that Mr. S__ was a changed man! The visit was nice, warm, and peaceful, he rarely complains, and is filled a lot of fun and laughter.

I must admit that at the beginning my faith was a little “tested” with this resident, however now as I look back I can see where a little time, prayer, faith, and attention can change anyone, even the most troubled resident. Today I look forward to visiting Mr.S__ he is so fun to be around, always telling me something funny or informative.”

Rev. Ronnie Case – Director of Spirituality
The Bridge at So.Pittsburg, Tn

What Is Perfect Love? – From Chaplain Eddie Santana

This picture is a poetic example of perfect love.

The person in the box draped with the USA flag expresses what perfect love is by giving his life for each one of us, and the dog laying by the side of his master is the fruit of that love expressed by the practice of true friendship, loyalty and commitment.

Isn’t this what the Master of true love taught us to achieve perfect love?

Eddie Santana, Director of Spirituality
Signature HealthCARE of Brookwood Gardens

The New Miracle of the Oil – A Hanukkah Celebration

Next week begins the Jewish Celebration of Hanukkah (in Modern Hebrew, also romanized as Chanukah, Chanukkah, or Chanuka), also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE.

One of the traditions associated with Hanukkah is the preparation and eating of Latkes, shallow-fried pancakes of grated or ground potato, flour and egg, often flavored with grated onion or garlic and seasoning. The oil for cooking the latkes is symbolic of the oil from the Hanukkah story that kept the Second Temple of ancient Israel lit with a long-lasting flame that is celebrated as a miracle.

Our Chaplain at Winter Park, Larry Limbaugh, experienced his own kind of miracle associated with the oil used in preparing latkes for residents to celebrate Hanukkah this year. In his own words and pictures:

My wife and I woke up early yesterday to fry latkes in our kitchen for over fifty people for the celebration of Hanukkah in our facility. We cracked eggs, sifted flour, shredded potatoes, and wept over an onion. As you all will remember Hanukkah is the reliving of the experience of the the oil that burned for eight days instead of the expected one day while the Temple in Jerusalem was being reconsecrated.

Karen said as she was lifting the first golden batch out of the foaming oil, “I don’t think that we have enough peanut oil to fry all this batter!”

“What!” I blurted. I worried, “Please God, I don’t want to have to brush my teeth, get dressed, and drive up to Publix and schlep around for Crisco. God remember me and show compassion to me in my laziness!”

Karen bravely fried on with worry etched on her face. And then I said, “Karen, of course we will have enough oil. The is Hanukkah!” We laughed. She cried. Frying continued and we did have enough:

We were asked to create fifty latkes and Karen served up seventy five, crispy creations!

Miracles flow into our lives from all directions. The walls separating religions and people are falling. The oil is flowing to all and it is more than enough.

Miracle Story from Rogersville – A True Inspiration

One of the greatest joys we have in the Spirituality Department is the ability to report genuine miracles when we see them. Miracles can be defined either broadly or narrowly – we see God’s hand in all manner of events, but mostly we find them in other people.

The following Miracle Story comes to us from Steve McKinney, Chaplain in Rogersville, TN:

This dear resident took a fall many months back. In fear, she confined herself to a wheelchair and said “I will never walk again”.

I entered the side door of our facility this afternoon, and heard someone say “Hey preacher, look at me!” She said walking again makes her feel like a new person.

Our QOL director and I both have encouraged her to get out of the chair and walk. We have been praying together for six months for action!

Never give up on God – He never gives up on us. What a blessing!

Steve McKinney, Chaplain,
Signature Healthcare of Rogersville

Miracle Story – A Powerful Moment

Miracles often are produced by the words we say, but often times they come just from who we are.

Witness the following miracle story from Chaplain Carl Caffrey in our Cleveland TN Facility:

I was making rounds one morning when our RSM’s flagged me down, and said— “Chaplain, please come to the Gym and speak/pray with one of our new residents.”

Our new resident’s name was Sam – and Sam was REALLY down and was not responding to any promptings to engage in his much needed therapy.  I came up to Sam and said “Hey, my name is Carl and I am the chaplain,” as I reached out my hand.

As soon as I said the word “chaplain”  – he began to break down and cry.

I prayed with Sam right then and there and I listened to his pain and to his painful story – pain that came from more than just his broken neck. Sam’s countenance literally changed from that telling and outpouring of himself to both me and especially to God at that moment. After that, the therapy team noticed a tremendous change in his demeanor.

God is at work, to be sure!  Thank God!

Miracle Story – The Last Song

Miracles come in small and large packages – and often times they come in ordinary ways that we deal with extraordinary events – like someone’s passing . . .

From Chaplain Steven Bell at our Heritage Park Facility:

One of our residents passed away this month.

In the process, I was paying a visit to her room, as her life was ebbing away. She and her roommate loved to sing the song Jesus Loves Me.

I had prayer with the dying resident, who was non-responsive, and then her roommate asked for prayer as well. Following that prayer she just started singing Jesus Loves Me. I joined in and we both sang as loud and as well as we could manage. Before leaving the room, I made sure and sung Jesus Loves Me softly into the ear of the dying resident. As I left the room, I could hear the roommate continuing to sing along, ever so softly, with a huge smile on her face.

Within the hour, the failing resident had died.

I could not help realizing what a privilege I had of spending those last moments singing Jesus Loves Me to a woman who was always so touched by the song. What a way to be ushered into eternity!

Miracle Story – I Hadn’t Thought of That . . .

Miracles happen in small and large ways . . . here’s one of the smallest and yet most powerful. From Chaplain Clif Smith at the Bay St. Joe facility:

God’s answer? A 90 yr old resident voices that he has been ‘dumped’ here by his family and is tearful.

I asked him if he believes God has taken care of him for his 90 yrs and he answers “Yes”.

Then I asked if he believes God will continue to care for him now…he pauses…smiles…says…”Yes, I hadn’t thought of that.”

For each of us could this also be God’s answer?