Saturday, April 18, 2009

Praising God!!!

Praise God for two things...(1) God miraculously held off the rain until the last team came back to the clubhouse. Literally!...then the bottom fell out and the floodgates opened (2) the tournament was a complete success. The silent auction raised over $2,100. alone. I can't wait to share with you the actual dollar amount that we will be writing a check to St. Jude for.

This golf tournament was a desire that was placed in a teenage boy, a junior high schools heart after touring St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee back in October 2008. Zac came home telling his parents that he has taken fore granted all that he has in his life because when he visited St. Jude...those kids only had hope and very little else.

It was Zac's desire to host a benefit golf tournament to raise funds for the hospital that never turns one child away because they don't have the money to pay. This is a cancer research hospital founded by the late Danny Thomas. It cost over a million dollars a day to run the hospital. They depend solely on donations for the smallest amounts to the largest.

Brothers of JDC/DCA (JDC=Junior Delta Christians and DCA=Delta Christian Association) is a Christian organization that does community projects, instills principles of helping others, giving back to their community and so many more values...boys from the 7th grade through 12th grade.

The tournament was named "Brothers for Hope St. Jude Golf Classic".

Today, we had a friend's son, Kyler as our guest for this benefit. When he was 9 months old, he was diagnosed with cancer of the retina...which he was born with but his doctor didn't discovered the reason for his extreme pain, crying and irritability which was documented in his chart that he mother couldn't deal with a colicky baby.

Upon his diagnosis, he was scheduled to have his eyes removed the following Monday and this was on Friday. His doctor called them the next morning to tell them that he couldn't sleep all night (which was the prayer of his mother) and he had found a doctor in Memphis, TN who was willing to take him as his patient...they lived in Kansas. These doctors in Kansas told his parents that he would be dead within 6 months...before he was 15 months old.

The doctor in Memphis referred him to St. Jude at 9 months of age and Kyler is just about to turn 13 years old. He has been an active patient since he was 9 months old and St. Jude has spent over a million dollars to keep him alive. Kyler has last one eye and is legally blind in the other but he has a wonderful spirit. He is extremely smart and is in gifted and talented in Marion School District. What an amazing testimony to the wonderful work that this hospital and doctors do for all children with cancer and other childhood diseases.

I am so excited with the turnout, comments about the tournament and the money that was raised for a very worthy cause. It was well worth all the hard work that went into it. It was the first golf tournament and their will be another one next year.

So many people said that the rain will never hold off and it would be rained out...but with God...ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE...including the weather!

Matthew 19:26
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!


  1. Wow!! Wonderful story and great verses! :)

  2. Oh Jennifer, such stories. We truly have nothing to complain about. I'm so thankful it went well!

  3. Praise the Lord dear friend. Isn't our God always working everything out for our good?! Amen.

    Love ya.

  4. Jennifer,

    God is absolutely amazing in the smallest things and like you so adequately quoted, nothing is too small a task for God to handle. I am sure many will believe based on the unconditional love shown by all of you that day.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat


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