Category: Special Updates

Pastor Dan and Barb Eloe

UPDATE 12/29 (from Beth Paulsen, First Baptist Church Administrative Assistant): Pastor Dan is home! And likely back in the office today or tomorrow! We serve an amazing God.  He protected him for many days, likely close to a week, of having a collapsed lung! He was in the pulpit preaching with a collapsed lung.  This could have taken his life at any moment.  But God had other plans.  Last Monday they discovered his lung was collapsed and about the size of a baseball. A team of 8 Drs and nurses met him at the ER and inserted a tube to save his lung and potentially his life.  He remained in the hospital for the next 5 days, getting out on Christmas Eve.  Not before talking walking and praying with as many as he could in the hospital wing and with the workers, of course.  *smile* Thank you so so much for your prayers.  His recovery belongs to the Mighty Healer and Protector!

UPDATE 12/22 (from Pastor Cole Glanzer, Assistant Pastor in Waverly):
* Dan is doing well and is in good spirits.
* He will stay in the hospital for a bit (length of stay yet to be determined).
* There seems to be no medical explanation for him doing this well after experiencing a collapsed lung.

UPDATE #2 12/20: Pastor Dan had a procedure done as soon as he got to the Waverly ER.  While this was an emergency situation he is doing well. He has been admitted to the hospital and should be there a couple of days.

UPDATE 12/20: 
After getting an x-ray earlier today, Pastor Dan received a phone call saying he has a collapsed lung and he is on his way now to the Waverly ER. Please join us in prayer for him!

UPDATE 12/17: Good news! Pastor Dan preached his first message last Sunday! He is still a long way from recovering completely but is progressing well! He is so very thankful for God’s goodness through this trial and very thankful for your prayers, cards, and letters!

UPDATE 11/19: Here’s an update on Dan. Dan was able to come home from the hospital yesterday. We feel blessed that he was able to come home without oxygen. He is still pretty weak and his lungs have to continue to heal, but we are thankful that the rest of his recovery can be done at home. We are so thankful for all the prayers and concern on his behalf. Continue to pray for strength and healing for a complete recovery. -Barb

UPDATE 11/12:
Pastor Dan is on day 7 in the Waverly Hospital with covid pneumonia.  He is on high-flow oxygen that pushes air into his lungs. His lab results continue to show improvement. And his lungs continue to improve.  This illness requires much patience and rest.  He and Barb would like to thank everyone for the prayers, cards, and texts as they are on a difficult road right now! Please continue to lift them up in your prayers! God is always faithful!

: Pastor Dan remains in the Waverly Hospital. His oxygen level continues to be a challenge. He will remain in the hospital until his oxygen flow level improves and he is able to wean off the oxygen he is currently getting.  Barb is gaining strength but remains very weak and would also appreciate your prayers.

From First Baptist Church (Waverly): Please be in prayer for our senior pastor, Pastor Dan Eloe.  He is in the hospital with covid pneumonia.  His wife Barb is home and is very sick as well. 

Let’s bring the Eloes before the throne of grace and lift our voices to the Lord on their behalf.

Updates will be posted above as we know more. Thank you for your prayers!

Pastor Doug Farrell

11/23 UPDATE from Lori: Thank you to everyone who has encouraged us and to those who are lifting us up before God’s throne. We continue to see God working things out for our good and His Glory. Please continue to pray for Doug. He is currently in the Mason City hospital’s Critical Care unit  with low blood pressure and low hemoglobin due to a bleed in the GI tract. Please pray those numbers to improve and for this bleed to stop and begin healing. Pray for his doctors to have wisdom as they move forward.

11/4: Lori and I would request your prayer support. I have been recently diagnosed with B-Cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  I will begin Chemo treatments next week.  Treatments will be once every three weeks for 6 sessions.
-Pastor Doug and Lori Farrell, Calvary Baptist Church, Forest City

This diagnosis was a surprise to Doug, but was not a surprise to God. It is difficult news to process. So we rest our confidence in the Lord. His wisdom…His direction…His goodness…His grace & comfort, and all that He is (Pr. 3:5-6). He will provide all that is needed.

Please pray for Pastor Doug & Lori as they navigate theses uncharted waters…trusting God for all of these things.

God bless,

Bernie & Bev Tucker

UPDATE 11/13: Bernie Tucker went to be with the Lord late yesterday afternoon. We will keep you posted of any details as they come available. Please pray for his wife Bev, and his family. We will miss him, but he is with the Lord he knew, loved and served.

Bernie and Bev Tucker (retired IARBC Pastor and wife) both have Covid. Bernie was transferred to Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines last night. He is on a ventilator and his condition is critical. Bev is home, but is quite sick. Please be in prayer for Bernie and Bev!

We will post updates above as we receive them.

Lynn Cox Surgery

6/19: OK, this time it’s official! The eagle has landed! Lynn is officially in her living room sitting in her easy chair! Thank you for all of your prayers cards notes everything, you guys overwhelm us!
6/17: Another Day. Keeping Lynn for observation, making sure.
6/15: Lynn’s cardiologist came in and she is experiencing a little bit of a-fib, and that is going to keep her in the hospital for one more day. He is not concerned about this being anything serious, it is simply a part of the normal experience of someone having open heart surgery. So please continue to pray that the a-fib goes away and she’ll be able to be released tomorrow and head for Osky! Thank you for all of your kind words and notes and texts and things we really appreciate it!
6/13: Lynn continues to improve by leaps and bounds! She was able to walk this evening without any trace of a fib! She’s been detached from almost all of her IVs and stuff. Please continue to pray and we are looking forward to eventually thinking about going home maybe even Tuesday!
6/12: “Lynn should be in a regular room soon, possibly later today, and we could possibly be home Tuesday.
6/11: “Lynn is doing great. She should be out of ICU tomorrow!
6/10: “Lynn is out of surgery!! Everything looks great and she is headed to recovery!”Lynn Cox, wife of Steve Cox (Bethel Baptist Church, Oskaloosa) is scheduled for open heart surgery tomorrow, June 10. The surgery is to fix a birth defect. She will be at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.

Please pray for Lynn, Pastor Cox, their family, and all medical personnel involved in the procedure (Hebrews 4:16).

Update(s) will be posted here as they are available.

Thank you!

IARBC Prayer Requests

Russ Harris Update: From Pastor Matt Froah (First Baptist Church, Bloomfield), Russ’s home church:

Russ has been moved to Long Term Acute Care at Mercy in Des Moines. He was taken off the ventilator over a week ago and has been recovering well! The plan is physical therapy, speech therapy, and for him to get his strength back. The family and medical staff are encouraging notes, cards, and pictures to help his long term recovery. 
Russell Harris
C/0 Select Specialty Hospital, Room 415
1111 Sixth Avenue, Fourth Floor Main
Des Moines, IA 50314
We continue to praise the Lord for His goodness and grace.
Pastor Matt Froah

Original Post: Here is a new prayer request, and two updates for you to pray for:

1) Russ Harris (retired IARBC pastor, pastored in Norwalk & Russell, currently a member and serving at First Baptist Church in Bloomfield and as pulpit supply for churches around the state).

Russ Harris is recovering from being in critical condition at the Veterans Hospital in Iowa City due to recent complications with COVID. Early medical issues were an infection in his blood, very low heart rate, and possible bleeding on the brain.

As of this evening, he is still on a ventilator. His condition has stabilized, though it is still an uphill battle for him. Joann asks for your prayers. She continues to trust and knows God is in control, yet needs our prayers as Russ’ conditions have moved from day by day to moment by moment. Pray for the God of all comfort to comfort Joann and the family and wisdom for those caring for Russ. Also, Joann tested positive for COVID. Her symptoms have not been as serious as Russ’ and she is able to be at home.

2) Ken Van Loon   (retired IARBC pastor, most recently at Immanuel Baptist Church in Newton).

Ken had double by-pass heart surgery this past Thursday. They had planned to do triple by-pass surgery but it was not necessary. Talking with his wife Sandy this earlier this evening, she reports that the surgery went very well, the doctors were amazing, and that Ken is doing well. It is possible that he may be able to go home by the middle of next week. There is a long ways to go, but she is praising God for His hand of blessing. The hospital limitation of one visitor per day has been a bit disappointing, but she is trusting God through this challenging time.

3) Darrel Mohler   (pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Manning)

Talking with Darrel, he told me that he has been home for a while after a life-threatening bout with COVID. He still has pneumonia in one lung, and a little remaining COVID infection in the other. He is doing much better, is stable, but the recovery is very slow. He asks that we pray for strength and wisdom for both him and his wife Jane through this time of recovery. Jane had tested positive for COVID right before Darrel, and was hospitalized for a few days.

All of these couples are grateful for God’s faithfulness, and for your prayers on their behalf.

Thank you for lifting them up before the throne of grace (Her. 4:14-16).

God bless,

Pastor Robert Sauser Celebration of Life

The family of Pastor Robert (Bob) Sauser would like to invite you to join them in celebrating his life and ministry on June 29, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Harvest Baptist Church in Williamsburg, IA. This date would have been celebrating his 79th birthday and would have marked 58 years of service in ministry to his incredible Lord and Savior. The family requests that you RSVP (using the Facebook event link below) confirming your attendance so that the facilities can be prepared for the service and time of fellowship following.

Bob was a passionate leader, loving husband, amazing father, fun grandpa and great grandpa. Since his passing on Nov. 26, 2020, his family has enjoyed reliving many memories and stories of his great sense of humor, his infectious laugh, and his passion to impact the lives of those God called him to serve. If you would like to upload/post a brief video with a memory, story or testimony of Bob’s life and impact, family and friends would love to hear from you. There is a comment chain provided on the Facebook event page (click link below) where you can add those videos. Thank you!