Jeremy…husband of Catherine, father of Ben, Simeon, Tom, Joshua & Lydia. Up until the end of April 2015, he was pastor/vicar of a group of churches on the edge of Exeter in Devon, UK. In early October 2014, aged 48, he was diagnosed with advanced cancer, a stage four malignant melanoma presenting as a tumour on his lungs. The usual life expectancy is 8-12 months. Then, in late December 2014, 23 year old Ben suffered a seizure. After prolonged medical care for what was most likely to have been a viral infection affecting his brain, Ben died in April 2015. Jeremy has up until recently seemed to have responded well to pioneering immunotherapy treatments that can extend life, but from September 2016 is now facing the fresh development of brain tumours and potentially now just months to live. On January 27th 2017 Jeremy took his last breath and went to be his Lord and Saviour. The family share their thoughts, feelings and reflections as they taJeremy…husband of Catherine, father of Ben, Simeon, Tom, Joshua & Lydia. Up until the end of April 2015, he was pastor/vicar of a group of churches on the edge of Exeter in Devon, UK. In early October 2014, aged 48, he was diagnosed with advanced cancer, a stage four malignant melanoma presenting as a tumour on his lungs. The usual life expectancy is 8-12 months. Then, in late December 2014, 23 year old Ben suffered a seizure. After prolonged medical care for what was most likely to have been a viral infection affecting his brain, Ben died in April 2015. Jeremy has up until recently seemed to have responded well to pioneering immunotherapy treatments that can extend life, but from September 2016 is now facing the fresh development of brain tumours and potentially now just months to live. On January 27th 2017 Jeremy took his last breath and went to be with his Lord and Saviour. The family share their thoughts, feelings and reflections as they take this painful and unexpected journey.

Sharing our need

SofaIt was great to meet up with a couple of friends over an early 6.45am cooked breakfast a few days ago to talk, to listen to each other’s needs and pray together. As we talked, we gently challenged each other about what is the ‘sofa for my soul’ – the thing it mistakenly thinks is going to satisfy it – and we encouraged each other to make Jesus Christ the one on whom we rest, through all the ups and downs. I really needed that reminder as this week has thrown up a few challenges.

Among the ‘ups’, we’ve had some good and notable things happen – no. 4 son Josh passed his theory test for his driving license and no. 3 son Tom has now arrived home from Cardiff Uni for the Easter break. This week we’ve also finally cleared and moved everything out of our flat in Crediton ahead of its sale and completion. And while I’d love to report good news about Ben, his journey shows no sign of improvement – if anything, to our untrained eye, only mild deterioration.  Yesterday afternoon, he had another slight ‘episode’ while in a physiotherapy session and by the time I saw him in the early evening, his speech was confused and he was making little sense. Only days before, trying to play a game of dominoes with him proved to be painful. We’d been told that it’s good dominoesto use some of our visiting time playing games, puzzles etc. to help stimulate his recovery. To say the game was a struggle for him would be an understatement. Not only could he not manage the normal ‘dotted’ dominoes, even playing a picture version, despite an immense amount of effort on his part, was near nigh impossible. We came away feeling crestfallen. We’ve known he had a long way to go, but the simple act of playing a game showed us something of the enormous distance yet to cover. Our visit had happened just 24hrs after a meeting with his neurologist. The neurology team continue to scratch their heads and have more questions than answers regarding Ben’s condition. They’re now considering referring him to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. We pray on, especially thankful for all who are joining us each week in prayer and fasting.

buyer of the buildingIf Ben’s journey doesn’t get any easier, neither apparently does our house situation. If you’ve been reading the last couple of blog posts, you’ll be aware that we’ve been facing the mountainous question of buying a family home. Only a few weeks ago, we had never considered the possibility of being able to purchase something suitable as we simply couldn’t afford to increase the mortgage (still with 17 yrs to run) that we have on our small flat. However, we were then offered the possibility of a substantial gift of money towards the purchase of a property. Alongside this, we received a small number of gifts from friends who, not knowing our emerging thoughts, provided us with enough to make us think that this was the right thing to do. So, we proceeded to go firm on an offer we’d made on what seemed the right house, one that could house us all, but also with a downstairs bedroom suitable for me or for Ben and Dabi with our respective and increasing health needs. Numbers of friends around the world have in the last fortnight wonderfully provided us with just under £30,000. We’ve been amazed and are so thankful. However, we have recently learned that the substantial amount of finance on which we were relying is now no longer available, suddenly leaving us with a deficit of £60,000 and somewhat knocking the wind out of our sails.

Helping HandsI have agonised over placing this need of ours onto the blog, but having shared my angst with a number of close friends and family, I’ve been persuaded to do so…mainly because I so deeply love my family and, knowing what a traumatic time they’ve all had to face, want to leave them provided with suitable housing for a time, sooner or later, when I’m no longer with them. If anyone would like to prayerfully (or just thoughtfully, if you’re not the praying type) consider whether you could help us cross this enormous mountain, we would be so grateful to hear from you and provide you with information as to how you could assist. You can email me at jemkiwi@gmail.com

As we walk through this week leading to Good Friday and Easter Sunday, we’re so thankful for the One who emptied himself of all but love for our sakes, so we could, trusting in Him, truly live. “It is finished”, he cried victoriously from the cross  as he died. “He is Risen”, spoke the angel from an empty tomb. We hold on to Him, trusting.

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Comments on: "Sharing our need" (5)

  1. Steve Dyson said:

    Hi Everyone,

    I’m one of Jeremy’s colleagues who has been gently nudging Jeremy and Catherine to take this step. With all that they face at the moment it seems to me that worrying about putting a roof over their heads just shouldn’t be an issue they have to juggle with everything else. If we all help as our means allow this is how quickly we could take this concern off their agenda…

    120 of us pledging £500
    60 of us pledging £1000
    30 of us pledging £2,000
    15 of us pledging £4,000
    12 of us pledging £5,000
    6 of us pledging £10,000

    And here’s the exciting thought anything beyond this reduces the mortgage the family would take forward into the future…

    Can I encourage you to prayerfully and thoughtfully consider wether you could be part of the means by which the Clark family secure a family home for both the present and the future needs of the family.

    God Bless

    Steve

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    • Ruth Prince said:

      If 1200 of the followers of Jeremy’s blog pledge even £50 Jeremy and family will be able to buy their new house,over and above that their mortgage could be reduced.
      LET’S DO IT URGENTLY and Please God bless all who do so.

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      • Rosie King said:

        Agree totally Ruth – let’s start the pennies rolling in – Praise God for his goodness
        Rosie and Ben

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    • Steve Dyson said:

      Hi Everyone,

      Its wonderful that I’ve already had a couple of pledges through the day. In the blog Jeremy put his email: jemkiwi@gmail.com as point of contact for how we can find out about how to help. Its greatly encouraging for me to receive your offers but it will be less complicated if you deal directly.

      God Bless

      Steve

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  2. Our Dear Jeremy and Catherine, Thank you very much for your just recent Blog. (And in all of this, JOB sinned not). Your Encouragement from the Scriptures brought me to the point of singing a prayerful Hymn “My Faith looks up to Thee, Thou Lamb of Calvary” etc. I trust in the Goodness of the Lord for you, and I shall get back to you later in April/May . But I will speak to you first……Love you all very much…Simeon and Dharamdai.

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