Category: Special Updates

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.

Prayer Request for Pastor Sauser

Update: “Pastor Sauser is out of surgery. It went well. The family will see him shortly. We’re on our way home. Praise the Lord!” – State Rep. Capon (We have also received a request to pray for pain management.) 

As the Lord leads, please take a moment during your day on Friday to pray for Pastor John Sauser (and his wife, Deb) of Harvest Baptist Church in Williamsburg. He will be undergoing CABG open heart surgery Friday morning in Iowa City. It is expected to begin around 7 am and may last 6-7 hours. We will post updates as they become available.


Special Update – Russ Farrell

Retired pastor Russ Farrell entered heaven on February 8, 2018 after being diagnosed with bone cancer in January. Russ accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior in 1938 at the age of 10 at Grandview Park Baptist Church. He committed his life to Christ in 1949 and graduated from Omaha Baptist Bible College in 1957. Russ, along with his wife, Merilyn, served the Lord in a variety of capacities including as Pastor at Adelphi Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Monroe, Knoxville Regular Baptist Church, Heritage Baptist Church in Moberly, Missouri and First Baptist Church in Prairie City. He also served as an interim Pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Corwith. Russ founded Altoona Regular Baptist Church and Northwest Heights Baptist Church in Kansas. In retirement, Russ assisted his grandson at Calvary Baptist Church in West Des Moines. You can read the full obituary here.

Service Information:



Monday, February 12, 2018
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Altoona Regular Baptist Church
803 3rd Avenue SW
Altoona, IA 50009


Tuesday, February 13, 2018
11:00 am
Altoona Regular Baptist Church
803 3rd Avenue SW
Altoona, IA 50009

Special Update-Russ Farrell

Retired pastor Russ Farrell (pictured at left with his son, Pastor Doug Farrell) fell at his home last Monday and was taken to Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines. He remains hospitalized there and has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer. Pastor Farrell and his wife, Merilyn, have served the Lord, and IARBC churches, faithfully in various capacities for many years. Please pray for Russ, Merilyn, and for their family during this difficult time.

As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the LORD is tried; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God. – Psalm 18:30-31