Greetings, Shirley, Nate, and to the others who also received this prayer request.
It pays to do a little checking on mass circulated emails, because if the matter is not known or verified firsthand, the information is often spurious, misleading, or old. The result can be that many people are potentially misled or misinformed as the email is passed along ad infinitum. In this case here the information is accurate, but outdated. I found this out by doing a search and finding the following article, copied below, which was from a blog posted in early December of last year. I talked to the author of the article to confirm the facts.
I am sure the Fields are very thankful that their son not only did not die, but is not in a coma or severely handicapped. However, it sounds like a long hard road ahead.
What the family could possibly use now is information about the HTE machines, which could be of great assistance for rehabilitation, as other alternative health treatments may help as well. Perhaps one of you can take the ball here and run with it, if you can find out how to get a hold of the family. I think the Soldier’s Angels link in the article would be a good place to start.
This reminds me of some things I would like to say about prayer requests. What we can do for ourselves, we should and must. To look into and to pursue these things is not an affront or a slight to God or to the worship that He alone is due. On the contrary, He has provided us with many good things and wisdom, and if we do not show the proper respect by availing ourselves of these gifts, why should He be expected to give us more? Yes, He can do the impossible, but He expects us to do our parts, not for His sake, but for our own. We will only prosper and live well when we learn to appreciate His laws and ways, which He has made known or available to us. So, the first line of business is to see to it that we are doing His will in those things already at hand. Rather than asking God to do something, ask Him what we should be doing or have been amiss in doing.
I would also like to point out that God is absolutely sovereign. In other words, it was by His will and doing that the young man, Chad, was shot in the first place. If God is not in such control, then why bother to pray to Him? If He is in control of good, He must also be in control of evil, otherwise how can He be certain of performing something good if opposed by alleged free agents of evil? Why pray to Him as God Almighty? The best you can hope for in such a case is that He might see “what He can do about the situation.” That is how many ask. Certainly it is in essence, if not in conscious thought. What is being said in effect is: “God, I sure hope you will try to do something about this terrible situation. I am going to get as many people together to ask you to do this, hoping we can move You to try, and then hoping You are able to do something if You try.”
That is not a prayer of faith, and therefore God will not hear it (although He knows and is aware of all things). This is not the kind of prayer that He honors. What prayer then, will He honor? Jesus taught the disciples how to pray:
“Therefore pray in this way: Our Father, Who is in Heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we also forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil. For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:9-15 MKJV).
Jesus was not teaching a rote prayer, but was teaching the disposition of the heart before God that would be of good effect. What He was saying was that it is not about what we want, but about the Kingdom of God and His will being done. That comes first, and with that, we surely will have all that heart could hope for in the end, if we endure in the faith. Jesus emphasized that we need to forgive others to be forgiven ourselves. The fact that we need to be forgiven shows that the issue is within us, not outside of us. If we forgive, we will be forgiven, and will recognize God as sovereign, with all power and glory. Then our prayer will be according to His will.
I am glad to hear Chad is recovering. I am sorry to hear of others who have been killed in Iraq. Were they greater sinners than Chad or the rest of us? No, God says that unless we repent we shall all likewise perish. What is repentance? It is turning to Him, acknowledging His laws, His gifts, His presence and His will, not just with our lips, but with our lives. Jesus Christ lived as a man according to the perfect will of God, and paid the price for us to have that life too, where we are turned back to God by His atoning blood and sacrifice, and made alive by His resurrection from the dead. It is His life that overcame death, and overcomes death for each one of us. He said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but by Me” (John 14:6).
He is our hope, even in death. He overcame death and hell.
“For all the promises of God in Him are yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God by us” (2 Corinthians 1:20 MKJV).
I would like to share these things with the Fields, if anyone has their email address and could forward it to me.
THE NEWS PIECE:
Two days later, Chad’s 17-year-old sister got a telephone call from one of his friends in Iraq, Field wrote. “He promised my daughter and told her to tell me that he and his brother LeRon would go find Chad in the hospital in Baghdad and report back to us.”
The pair tracked Chad down. “He whispered to Chad and said: ‘Chad it’s LeRon, Lonnie’s brother from boot camp, do you remember?’ and Chad did a thumbs-up.
“He then said, ‘Chad, I want you to know we love you, bud, and your mom and sisters love you and they’re coming to get you, do you hear me?’ and Chad raised his hand up in the air and waved it back and forth.”
Soldiers’ Angels volunteers helped the family track Chad’s progress during a stopover at the Landstuhl Army medical center in Germany, until his parents could meet him at Walter Reed.
“I was afraid to look at him at first because I knew he had gotten shot in the head, but when I saw him I thanked God because Chad looked so good,” Field wrote. “Yes his head was swollen, he had the halo incision from ear to ear and the bullet wound in two places, but he looked good and he was alive.”
Chad was never in a coma, and after four weeks could “see, walk normal, talk, no paralysis anywhere on his body, feed himself and reason to a great capacity,” his mother wrote. “Things are not perfect though. He needs therapy, has severe headaches and unknown things that can pop up that we don’t know about yet.”
Field and her family are being helped by Soldiers’ Angels, but she doesn’t know when they will get back to Texas after Chad is transferred to a traumatic brain injury unit at the Veterans Administration hospital in Richmond, Va.
“These brave soldiers believe in what they are doing over there, and willingly fight to save our lives and our country. My son needs me to protect him now and that is my duty,” she wrote. “I cannot go home until he is taken care of fully and gets the best care our country can provide for him. This goes for all our wounded soldiers.”
THE PRAYER REQUEST:
#3. Pray For A Soldier
I received the following email from Shirley Coleman
This prayer request came through a personal friend. Please pass it on to people you know that will interceed in prayer
Empowering People… one Home at a time!
Subject: Prayer Request
From: Vicky Field
Subject: My son has been shot in Falujah..
I wanted to get everyone to pray for my son Chad. Today, Sunday, I got a call from the Army that my son had been shot in the head. I am asking for all your prayers.
He was in a Humvee going through Falujah fighting and a gang of militia fighters fired on the Humvee and hit Chad in the head.
The driver got him out of the city and took him to Baghdad. He was in fatal condition, but now has been upgraded to stable critical.
His dad and I are on standby to fly to Washington then on to Germany as soon as the military calls us to go. The Army is trying to stabilize him enough to fly to Germany and at that time we will leave.
Please pray that my son will not have brain damage and that he will be restored and healed by the blood of Jesus, and the grace of God.
I ask for you to pass this prayer request on so there will be many prayer warriors praying for him.
Thank you so much and I will try to keep you updated on his condition.
Please pray for this young soldier and please pass this request along to those who will pray for him!
Sent to Nate on April 24, 2005