Category: Special Updates

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!

Prayer for Darrel Mohler

UPDATE 5/24 (Update from IARBC State Representative Tim Capon): 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.

UPDATE 4/18: He did not have to be put on a vent.  He does have pneumonia in both lungs.  Here is an update from his daughter:

We wanted to send out a HUGE thank you for the out pour of love and prayers you’ve been sending out for Pastor and Jane Mulholland Mohler. The amount of phone calls, messages, prayers, and support we’ve received has warmed our hearts more then we can possibly express! 
We are very pleased with the care Pastor is receiving and have been getting updates from his nurses. We believe they are doing all the right tests to look at the whole picture of what is going on, over just one area. He has big team behind him in the medical field and in prayer. Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot to report on his health and where it stands.  They have been keeping a close eye on his heart as that is a big concern right now as well. We are please he is getting the correct care and pleased for the comfort the nurses can provide for his pain. 
Prayer requests- 
– that the pain in his lungs would ease
– that the pneumonia will clear quickly
– that the care team will have wisdom on the best treatment plan moving forward.
-that Pastor’s body will recover quicklyGlenna Fay has set up a caringbridge for anyone interested in receiving updates, and we ask that you withhold from calling pastor’s phone at this time as he is on high oxygen needs and should not talk and drain his strength. If you would like a one on one conversation please call (507) 884-6319 instead of Pastor’s phone.We are also working on getting an address for anyone who would like to mail pastor notes of encouragement or help with medical costs. -I will give out the update once everything is in place.Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the endless love,  encouragement, and prayers!Sincerely, the Mohler Clan
Link to Caringbridge page:

Original Post (4/16): We received this email earlier today and wanted to pass along this urgent prayer request. Please pray for the Mohlers and all involved. Pastor Darrel Mohler and his wife, Jane, are ministering in Manning at Calvary Baptist Church. We will add updates to this post as they become available. 

“The family of pastor Darrel Mohler is asking for prayer.  Pastor Mohler is being transferred to a bigger hospital in Omaha to be placed on a vent for Covid.  His wife, Jane is also sick, but recovering.  Please pray for the Mohler family as they walk this hard road.  Pray for wisdom for the doctors and nurses.”

Urgent Prayer Request

Update 9/24: We are so happy to report that we have received word on Marie Hansen, wife of Pastor Brad Hansen, and she is home!! She still has a ways to go in her recovery, but hopefully being at home and surrounded by the love and care of her family, she will continue to improve day by day.Marie will need round-the-clock care from her family, so please continue to be in prayer for them as they tend to her needs. Praise the Lord for the wonderful family surrounding her!

Update (6:30pm on 9/2):

Please be in prayer for Marie Hansen. She is the wife of Pastor Brad Hansen, Floris Baptist Church. Marie had brain surgery for her Parkinson’s Disease on Monday and is having complications.  She has been unresponsive since 3am this morning.  The doctors aren’t sure what is going on.  Please pray for wisdom and healing.  The family requests that you wait on calls for the time being.  We will do our best to keep you updated as we have more information.