Mike’s Story (Lam. 3:22-23)

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lamentations32223It was a day like any other to begin with. Our daughter Alison drove our youngest grandson Micah to school.  Caleb, our oldest grandson went to work. We (John & Dorothy) were into the first week of vacation. One evening during the last week of October, we received a phone call from Mike & Alison (our daughter & son-in-law) and they asked if we were sitting down.  

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It was the phone call no one wants to hear.  Mike told us that he had gone for blood work that morning, due to some shortness of breath, and severe leg pains that he had been experiencing.  By 5 pm that same day he was called into his doctor’s office, and informed he had acute myeloid leukemia.  He was told that he should enter hospital immediately, and begin an aggressive regime of 24/7 chemo. Up until that time, he and Alison had been very health conscious, with daily workouts, and healthy eating.  We jokingly used to tease Mike saying we thought he was enrolled in the ABC program – Alison’s Boot Camp!

Mike completed the aggressive chemo, but unfortunately the side effects were devastating, and he remarked afterwards that he felt like “he had walked through the valley of the shadow of death.”  However, God was faithful and brought him through. He is currently on maintenance chemo awaiting a stem cell transplant.  Two blessings have emerged even in the midst of this fiery trial.  Only 20% of people with this cancer go into remission after the initial chemo and he was one of those 20%.  Secondly his brother was tested to see if he could possibly be a donor for the stem cell transplant.  Mike was told that again a sibling match is only 20%.  A couple of nights ago, Mike and Alison had a visit from several of the oncologists and the chemo charge nurse.  They were worried as they felt the team was bringing them bad news.  However, the news had just come in regarding the donor (Mike’s brother Jeff) and it was a 100% match!! There were tears of happiness and much joy, with the doctors and nurse also crying.

As the song “God on the Mountain states, “Life is easy when you’re up on the mountain, but then things change when you are down in the valley and that’s when faith is really put to the test.” Mike told me, “John, we have to be faithful to God in the bad times as well as the good times.”  So many believers from all over the world have communicated with us, that they have been in prayer for this situation, and as a family, we have surely experienced the power of that prayer.

On a daily basis, we have exchanged Scripture verses and hymns with one another.  During the long days at the hospital Alison and Mike read these verses to one another and play the hymns and songs and have found great encouragement from them. God has brought Mike along on this journey, and even though he has the final leg of the journey to complete, his faith has never wavered, and has remained strong. He posted this on Facebook today: “Once again we are humbled at God’s goodness and care, we are overwhelmed with an overflowing heart.”

“The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning” (Lamentations 3:22-23).

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John McKim

John McKim is the Eastern Canadian Representative for The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry. He's been reaching out to the Jewish communities of Canada and standing in solidarity with Israel for more than 20 years. Prior to serving with The Friends of Israel John was on staff at New Brunswick Bible Institute. He and his wife Dorothy reside near Saint Johns, New Brunswick and stay busy with their four grandchildren.

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  1. A marvellous testimony of God’s grace and faithfulness to one of His dear children. God is indeed able to do exceedingly more than we can ask or think. We are praying for Mike, Alison and the boys as well as you two during this trial, confident that God will bring Mike through this as fine gold. Job 23:10

  2. Trust Him when dark doubts assail you,
    Trust Him when your strength is small,
    Trust Him, when to simply trust Him
    Seems the hardest thing of all.

    Trust Him He is ever faithful,
    Trust Him, for His will is best
    Trust Him, for the heart of Jesus,
    Is the only place of rest! Psalm 71 “In You , O Lord , I put my trust”.

  3. Dear Alyson and Mike, You don’t know me but my husband and i are friends with Dorothy and John. We live in Charlottetown, PEI. We have been praying daily since we heard the news of Mikes illness. Praying for healing if God wills and also that you would know in a real way the love,peace and strength of Jesus on a daily basis. Depend on our continued prayers dear ones.

  4. Wow,God is good ,his mercy and goodness is with us alway,God is with us always.

  5. My dear sister Alison , & my brother in law Michael, are going through, what I can only imagine, is the worst battle they will ever face. Yet, in midst of it all, their love for each other, & their faith in God, is astounding. To witness their humility & gratefulness, at even the smallest of mercies, is inspiring to say the least. They trust the Lord implicitly & “lean not on their own understanding.”

    My respect for them is immense & my love for them abounds!❤️

  6. Continuing to pray for you Mike and Allison, we know the Lord hears our prayers and is showing us what a great and loving God can do for us if we just believe. We know your faith is strong and we will keep you and family in our prayers. Prov. 3:5

  7. Praying for all of you. I can identify with Mike re the valley of the shadow of death! I am finished my treatments and PRAISE the LORD for HIS FAITHFULNESS in our lives! GOD is GOOD !!! Now to HIM who is able to do exceeding abundantly more then we could ask or think!!! Our verse through our journey and still is!
    Sending hugs and LOVE andPRAYERS

  8. I am reading 1 Kings ch17. It’s amazing what Elijah had to go through. Yet God was there in fact he planed it to take him on to yet greater ministry. God has an amazing plan for you Mike and Alison. We have to be in hard places to truly meet with God. We have to go the distance to hear that still small voice. He is there right beside you both. He loves you dearly and he will hear your cry. Even more than that he will make you children rise up and call you blessed. Love you guys my prayers are with you God Bless. Just believe. Lorraine xx

  9. Dear Mike and Allison, May God encourage, strengthen, and heal you on this difficult road He has called you to walk at this time. God is holding your hands right now! Isa. 41:10 Lifting you up in prayer. In Christ’s Love, Pam Sisson RN, Connecticut

  10. One of my favorite hymns is “Rejoice in the LORD ” by Ron Hamilton. We’ve never met, but I have been praying for you. GOD truly makes no mistakes. The blind man in John 9 was born that way for the the glory of the LORD. Likewise, what you are going through is for his glory. We can rest assured that all things work together for good. You have no idea how many brothers and sisters in the LORD are praying for you. Yours in Christ.

  11. Overwhelmed to know of such suffering and pain, and the uncertainly of life. It brings one to the brink of despair or it allows one to rise to the heights that so few find; the powerful Grace of God ( II Cor. 12:9 My grace is sufficient for thee and My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities that the Power of Christ may rest upon me). Paul reminds us of how he gladly gave it all up that he might know Him and the power of His resurrection, the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable to His death. Moses in Deut. chapters 2-4, reminded the people that God was with them every step of the way and that they had lacked nothing. May God’s grace and mercy be abundantly poured out upon you two that your hearts and voices shine forth with praises of an all compassionate holy God whose thoughts out number the sand toward you.

  12. Will be praying all goes well on March 10th for you as you face the transplant. We serve a great God! Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

    1. To each person who has responded to the Blog regarding our dear son in law Mike, we truly value and appreciate prayer, and especially for the months of March And April. God is able, and we are hopeful, as we look to Jehovah Rapha – God our Healer.

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