january 23rd – update

Dear Friends: What wonderful prayer warriors you are! We felt the effects of many many of God’s children meeting at His throne in Kent’s behalf. What power and strength we felt today, and we needed it.The day began with Kent’s sedation being lowered so that he could wake up. It took him until 2:15 this afternoon to come up from his deep sleep into a groggy awakeness. The doctor asked him if he wanted to try to breathe on his own, and Kent nodded. The doctor didn’t just turn the ventilator down; he turned it off! Kent breathed! He made it look easy! All of us standing, with our own breaths held in anticipation, broke into huge grins, and even tears. He was breathing. He was awake and off the ventilator. What a miracle. And no matter what else happens in life, that moment will be forever held in my mind as one of the greatest miracles I have ever witnessed.

Kent woke up calm, thanks to you, and has stayed that way ever since. He did not experience one minute of panic or anxiety. He just breathed. Again, thanks to you!
It was as if God was showing off His power and sovereignty; as if He were saying, “I heard, I am aware, I care, and I can do anything. I am in control. You can trust me.” And we will!

Three hours later, Kent was beginning to show signs of distress. His effort to breathe was becoming more difficult, and his blood pressure and heart rate were very elevated. Medicines were not bringing the numbers down, and there was talk of putting him back on the ventilator. I left him at 6:30 p.m. to get some food, not knowing what I would find when I returned. The thought occurred to me that God was not less in control, nor was His miracle less amazing if Kent had to be put back on the vent. We just may not yet see the entire picture, or understand yet His motivation and purpose. So we must wait. When I got back to Kent’s room, new medicines were working well, and his blood pressure and heart rate were good. He eventually began to rest well and even appeared to sleep. I left the hospital at 10:30 p.m., and Kent was resting well and peacefully, still breathing on his own. However, his effort to breathe is still very difficult for him. He is working hard. The effort must become much easier, in order for him to sustain a daily life with it.

THANK YOU for sustaining us through this day. My children and I are indebted to you for so much that you have provided for us through prayer. We will face new questions tomorrow; but, today is done, and God was more than good in it. Nt only was our faith again increased, but our admiration for Kent’s inner strength and fight to live was increased, too. We have an amazing husband and father.

THANK YOU, again.
Davidene, Lance, Kenda, and Kami


About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

7 Responses to january 23rd – update

  1. Pat Dollarhide says:

    Thank you for the update. We will keep praying. It is amazing that he was able to breathe on his own!

  2. John Duncan says:

    Thank you for this update. We will continue to pray for Kent and for you.

  3. Keith Burkhart says:

    Thanks be to the Lord our God! Thanks for the encouraging update!

  4. Roslyn Robinson says:

    God is so good! I thank God for you all. I will continue to keep Kent and the family in prayer.
    Love you
    Roslyn Robinson

  5. ptweaver says:

    Amen to all that you posted! God is soooo good! Your blog made Peter and me feel like we too were experiencing “a moment in history” as Kent calmly started breathing on his own!!! You know our prayers are continuous, and we want to do anything that will be helpful to you.
    Love you…love Kent! 🙏🙏🙏 Terry and Peter

  6. Mark Stapp says:

    Thank you Davidene for keeping us updated. So many thoughts and prayers going up for Kent and family. You all are loved very much. Prayers continuing!
    – Mark Stapp

  7. Cathy Westrum says:

    Praying for Kent!

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