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Brethren in China need continued protection against the onslaught of natural disaster.

David Williams of Canton, Michigan requests prayer for a growth found in his bladder.

Longtime church member from Texas suffers from a growth on her pancreas and other ailments.

Joan Morrow, 133 Nevada 68, Prescott, AR 71857 (wife of Herb Morrow), atrial fibrillation, pacemaker inserted.

Fred Pistole of Huntsville, Texas, area (formerly of the Dallas-Fort Worth area), suffering from various physical problems.

Flo Pistole of the Dallas area (daughter of Fred Pistole) has only about 11 percent blood flow to the heart. Doctors say she has less than six months to live.

Bobby Thomas, P.O. Box 406, Campti, LA 71411, scheduled for open-heart surgery. After recovering, he will undergo hip joint surgery.

Linda Floyd of Indiana (wife of Bill), recovering from back problems.


Marvin "Marv" Edelbach, 68, of Bagley, Minn., died unexpectedly March 15, 2008, at his home. Marv was born April 1, 1939, in Waumandee, Wis., at the family-farm home, one of 11 children of Melvin and Wilma Edelbach.

Marv and his wife, Karen, from Indiana, met at church and were married in 1971. Marv and Karen always believed that God had brought them together. They were married for 37 years. Marv loved to travel, spend time with his family and work on building projects. He was conscientious and honest in his dealings with others. He was generous and often shared his many talents and knowledge. Marv was a man of faith who believed in God our Father and Christ our Savior, the resurrection and eternal life, when there will be no more suffering, tears or death, when we will see Marv again. That is the hope that lies within us.

Marv is survived by his wife, Karen; daughter Tresa Knutson; grandchildren Steven, Veronica, Alex and Kati; brothers Loren, Russell, Melvin and Bill; and sisters Ellen, Dawn and Shirley. Mrs. Edelbach receives mail at P.O. Box 307, Bagley, MN 56621, U.S.A.


Victor Mullins, 78, of Big Sandy, Texas, died June 8, 2008, after a long illness. Mr. Mullins was born August 18, 1929, in Jenkins, Ky., and was a longtime member of the Church of God. The graveside service was officiated by Jim Carlisle at Little Mound Cemetery, Shady Grove community, near Big Sandy. Mr. Mullins is survived by his wife, Deloris.

Lonnie Edward Budro Sr., 68, of Leflore, Okla., passed away at the VA hospital in Oklahoma City Nov. 25, 2007. He was ill for several months after having bypass surgery, developing other complications. He was in the hospital for 2.5 months. He is survived by his wife, Edith Budro of Leflore, nine children and several grandchildren.

Jim Sorenson, 72, of Azalea, Ore., died June 14, 2008. Mr. Sorenson's wife, Florence, died in 2003. He is survived by three children and two grandchildren. Condolences and cards for the family may be sent to John Sorenson, 13111 Upper Cow Creek Rd., Azalea, OR 94710.

Prayer Requests

Kevin Kenady, 46, 2640 Cedar Bluff Rd., Woodburn, KY 42170, recovering from second-degree burns on 15-20 percent of his body. Skin grafts are doing well.

John Morton of New Zealand, recovering well from a small heart attack.

Matthew Weicks, 12-year-old son of Joe and Sandy Weicks, 1101 Windrose Cir., Madison, MS 39110, hospitalized with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), is in very serious condition. He has been placed in an induced coma to allow his lungs to heal.


Ronald Davis, 61, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away May 20, 2008. He is survived by his sons Aaron and Benjamin Davis, his wife, April, and grandson Caleb. A family service was held at Old Nixon Cemetery June 7.

Ron Jenkins of Ringgold, Ga., died May 31. He is survived by his wife, Darlene, and his two sons, Aaron, 19, and Nicholas, 15.

Rex Comstock
died in Payson, Ariz., April 2, 2008. Rex had been a longtime resident of Big Sandy, Texas, and a 1969 graduate of Ambassador College. He was a beloved special-ed teacher and editor of Hope Newsletter for Parkinson's patients. After his 20-plus-year battle with the illness, he chose to donate his body to medical research. He is survived by two daughters, Debbie McClain, Holly Lake Ranch, Texas, and Margie Richards, McKinney, Texas; and a son, Chris Comstock of Arvada, Colo.; sisters Sue Jan Comstock, Payson, and Carol Purkiewicz, Greenbrier, Ark.; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


Susanna Barocsi, 65, of Waterbury, Conn., died unexpectedly July 9, 2007, at her home surrounded by her family. Mrs. Barocsi was born in Kearny, N.J., Feb. 18, 1942. She attended Fairleigh Dickenson University and after college was employed in computer development at Bell Laboratories. Mrs. Barocsi was founder of Brookside Cooperative and served as a consultant and trainer for other housing cooperatives and was an outspoken advocate for affordable and accessible housing and for the rights of the physically and mentally challenged. She had knitted more 60 than shawls for hospice patients. Besides her husband of 41 years, Joe, and her mother, Susanna Anderson of California, Susanna is survived by a son, Timothy P. Barocsi of California; twin daughters, Amy Rose Barocsi and Rebecca Jo Barocsi, both of Waterbury; a sister, Sara Scott of California; two grandchildren, Sierra and Jared Barocsi of California; and several nieces and nephews. Write Mr. Barocsi at 140 Fulkerson Dr., Apt. 5E, Waterbury, CT 06708, U.S.A.



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