Dearest friends and supporters of Randy Kilgore and family,
As close friends who consider the Kilgores part of our family, we are writing you on their behalf to let you know of some urgent requests for prayers and financial support at this time. As some of you know, Randy will be undergoing open-heart surgery this Wednesday to repair or replace a valve in his heart. The surgery, if successful, will make it possible for Randy to return to his writing and full-time ministry activities after a 6-8 week intensive recovery period in which he'll need to relearn basic breathing functions and slowly regain his strength and mobility. Since Randy will be unable to write during this time and their medical bills have increased significantly due to the illnesses leading up to the surgery, the family is in critical need of support to weather these trials.
The good news is that even while Randy has been so ill, the ministry has continued to see wonderful fruit including the following highlights:
- Randy's monthly guest devotions at Our Daily Bread (www.odb.org) now reach millions of readers monthly.
- At least two new national ministries were launched this year making use of Randy's Madetomatter (www.madetomatter.org) Bible studies, as well as his evangelism articles and materials.
- The international team of panelists who make up the Theology of Work Project, www.theologyofwork.org) which was originally conceived by Randy, completed phase 1 of its goals by producing work/faith Bible commentaries on every book of the Bible. They are available free of charge online and are also available in printed format by the publishing arm of Christianbooks.com. Led by Dr. Haddon Robinson and noted businessman and work/faith leader Andy Mills, with William Messenger as Executive Editor and Cheryl Kilgore as its Project Manager, the project completed the mammoth task on time and on budget, and continues to serve the wider body of Christians worldwide with new work and research. While Randy remains a Board member and Steering Committee member, Cheryl retired from the Project after the completion of Phase I to focus once again on Desired Haven Ministries, the parent company of Madetomatter.org. (www.madetomatter.org.) Their goal: Introduce people to the great love of God, and equip them to live out their faith in every area of their life.
- With a heart for the north shore of Boston, and especially Beverly, MA, Randy and Cheryl have also been focused on ministering to that area on top of their writing and ministry work. Cheryl volunteers three days a week at Beverly Bootstraps food pantry and thrift store, and until Randy's illness, they were leaders of a large group of single and married young professionals through their church.
We praise God for the impact Randy's writing and the family's ministry has had on so many and pray that this surgery would allow them many more years to do this kingdom work. We understand there are many worthy causes vying for our time and giving, so we simply ask that you prayerfully consider whether you can support the Kilgores during this difficult trial. Any amount will help and is deeply appreciated. If you are able to help, you can donate to their ministry via Paypal by visiting the Paypal link on their homepage (www.madetomatter.org) or by mailing a check to the following address:
Desired Haven Ministries
39 Dodge St. #145
North Beverly, MA 01915
Most of all, we know the Kilgores covet your prayers for a successful surgery and recovery. Thanks to each of you for being a part of their wider family and for being faithful supporters of this wonderful family and their ministry.
With gratitude in Him,
Mark & Courtney Shuster