Pastor Berteau Update
Monday, December 12, 2019
Church Family and Friends:
The miracle continues! It is with grateful hearts that we report to you that Pastor Glen was discharged from the hospital last night around 8:30 and is now home. His recovery from the cardiac arrest on Monday November 25 is nothing less than miraculous. We have watched the miracle working power of God on display these past sixteen days.
Now that he is home, the long recuperation and rehabilitation journey begins. Although he is home, it is important to remember his body suffered major trauma as a result of this life-threatening event and it will take quite some time for everything to get back to normal. Many have asked when Pastor will be back in the pulpit preaching the Word. There is no projected date at this time. However, he will not return until he is totally well, and his doctor has given him clearance to do so, and not a day sooner.
We ask that you respect his privacy and his need to rest for the next several days. He cannot have visitors and he won’t be able to take a lot of phone calls. I know he would appreciate your “Get Well” cards, and words of encouragement and expressions of love for him during this season.
In the meantime, our job is to remain faithful and steadfast in our faith and to continue praying and fasting on his behalf. Be encouraged!!
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Senior Associate Pastor
As I look back over these last two weeks, there are all kinds of emotions. First of all, I’m so thankful to God for being my good, good Father, faithful friend, and confidant. I can’t imagine my life without Him at the helm. Second, I’m thankful for my family. The children have all been here and continue to be. Their love, support and prayers have helped to give me courage. The third thing is everyone in our church and church staff who have prayed Pastor and me through. The people around us have thought of everything and done everything for us as I poured out my heart and soul in prayers and love to my husband of 45 years. The fourthis the body of Christ in this city, country, and the world. I would never have known how much people cared and love Pastor Glen and me if this had not happened. Pastor Glen and I have been called by God so many years ago to make a difference in this city, country and world.
To people who have poured out their love to us, I want to thank you for the texts, prayers, and love demonstrated to us. Love really is an action word. The prayers have been without ceasing and the love has been relentless. The prayers have carried me, I’m sure. To say that I am grateful is an understatement. And the prayers continue.
Yesterday, he had surgery to implant a heart defibrillator in his chest. It connects to his heart to save his life if this were ever to happen again. He has so much pain already in his chest and ribs, but now he has another place to hurt. Please continue to pray until Pastor is fully restored.
One morning, a few days ago, God woke me up to, “I am the resurrection and the life.” This is John 11:25 and it’s the story of Lazarus. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and now he has raised Pastor Glen Berteau from the dead! The cardiac arrest happened on November 25. God knew about this all along. He knew 11/25 was the same date as the resurrection scriptures in John 11:25. There are so many other miracles that happened through this process. We can see our Father’s hand placing Pastor and angels in the right place at the right time.
I am beyond thankful for my good, good Father’s presence. I can’t imagine my life without my Heavenly Father, Sweet Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. I can’t imagine myself without my sweet and loving husband either. I knew it wasn’t his time to go to heaven, so I fought and prayed my literal heart out. I told Jesus that He couldn’t have him because I wouldn’t release him! I reminded God of His words and petitioned heaven for my husband. I still stand and believe that God will resurrect every part of my husband’s mortal body. Isaiah tells us that He watches over His word to perform it. And God is not a man that should lie. I’ll leave you with this, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but God delivers us out of them ALL.” I will continue to praise Him in this storm.
Love you all,
Pastor Deborah Berteau