Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pray for the family

Please pray for the Klicka family. Chris has been suffering with MS for quite some time now and it looks like he has taken a turn for the worse quicker than the family anticipated.
This is from Doug Phillips Blog:

The hearts of America’s home school leaders were turned to our beloved friend and homeschool hero, Chris Klicka, who has suffered from MS for more than fifteen years, and was admitted into a Colorado hospital during the event. Chris has suffered greatly for years now, but this weekend his condition became life-threatening when his temperature dropped to eighty-five degrees. Though he has recently showed some positive signs, he remains in very serious condition. Both he and his dear wife Tracy have supreme confidence in the sovereign God, and are prepared for His will to be done, be that life or eternity.

It was my pleasure to serve with Chris on the legal staff of HSLDA for six years, during which time we had many adventures serving the Lord and fighting to defend home schooling families. Chris’ love for and principled commitment to Christian home education is legendary, and his tenacious efforts in defense of family freedom equally so. HSLDA president J. Michael Smith gave me the great honor to join a handful of other leaders in addressing the state leaders to share my love and appreciation of Chris in the context of a few very choice memories we have shared together. The evening also included a stirring hymn to God presented by Tracy. It was remarkable to see her courage and strength.

In 2007, I presented Chris with the John Smith Quadricentennial Award at the Jamestown Quadricentennial. He received a five-minute standing ovation from the more than 4,000 home educators present for the event.

Please remember to lift up Chris, Tracy, and the Klicka children in prayer at this time.

And this is from Christian Heritage:
Please pray for Chris Klicka and his family.
Chris Klicka, Senior Counsel and Director of State and International Relations for HSLDA, has been one God’s most powerful warriors on behalf of the Christian family and homeschooling in in our nation for many years.

As many of you know, he has been fighting multiple sclerosis since 1994. Last week he became very ill at the HSLDA National Leaders Conference in Colorado. He was taken to the emergency room with high temperature, low blood pressure and a lack of responsiveness.

Today his wife, Tracy, writes:
“Chris is close to going home we believe. He is fairly unconscious, non-responsive and has had no nutrition since Thursday except hydration and electrolyte and glucose supplementation.
He is not stable or responsive enough to move from the ICU unit here at St. Francis Medical Center in Colorado Springs. With almost complete certainty, he will not be coming home to Virginia.
Because of this, we flew Bethany, Megan, and John out here to be with their daddy. Chris parents just flew in early this morning. In addition, our family life pastor is flying in today at noon.
We don’t know how much time we have left with Chris, but we believe it is not long. As a family, we all knew that Daddy was getting worse; we just didn’t expect him to be getting ready to go home to be with his Abba Father quite this soon. We are all at peace with whatever God has planned, knowing that because He is there, it is all good.
Thank you for your prayers as we prepare and spend our last days and hours with Chris. May they be filled with many precious moments and
sweet fellowship with him!”

His CareBridge Address is:

And they are updating his progress there...

Chris has been such an advocate for all homeschoolers...fighting for our rights, speaking at conferences...he has done such amazing work on our behalf while this disease has been taking its toll on his body. He is a humble man and has a heart for the lost...please remember their family at this time.

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