Dan is one of the kindest, most humble men you will ever meet. He is married to Melissa, and the father of James, Emily, Callie, and Jacob. Mark and I have known Dan and Melissa for many years, since our children were very young. Dan and Melissa share a sweet love story of meeting and falling in love while working together at the YMCA. Dan and Melissa constantly open their home to friends and family, hosting game nights, sleep overs, backyard camping, and karaoke parties. They have a deep love for God and a strong faith in His goodness and His plans.
When we first started Community of Faith, Dan served at the leader of our "roadie" team. Every Sunday morning, before the sun was even up, Dan would be hitching up trailers full of equipment and transporting them to the school where we were meeting at the time. He quietly and faithfully made sure that everything arrived and was set up in time for Sunday services. He worked through all types of weather and never once voiced a complaint. At the end of the day, he was the one who made certain that everything was reloaded and stored in preparation for the following weekend. He organized and encouraged the whole volunteer team. He continued to serve in this capacity until we moved into our building; and then kept volunteering in any way he could. He served sacrificially and never expected any recognition.
Dan has been in the ICU for the past 25 days. He suffers from three different genetic blood disorders. His health has weakened over the last couple of years. At this point, the doctors are baffled. They have tried everything they know to help Dan recover. Will you please join me in praying for this family. They need a miracle. Please pray specifically that his body would create platelets, that his kidneys would start working again, and that his lung infection would be cleared up. Please pray for rest and strength for Melissa as she is daily by his side. And please pray for their children as they watch their daddy struggle.