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Update #7: Pastor Austin Gardner (Praise God!)

The latest updates (newest to oldest) from pastor’s children:

Friday Update (Final Update):

What an amazing God we serve!
We are so thankful to have him back and for being the godly man he is. One of the first things he did was get us all together and prayed to thank God for all He has done and for allowing him to be used again. Please continue to pray for his recovery!!

June 19th, 2020

Thursday Update:

We got to see him again today! He is doing well. Still confused and all but they say that can take many weeks to get over. He is getting stronger and able to walk more and more steps with a walker and can easily transfer himself from the bed to the chair. They think it will be very soon that he will be able to go home. The only thing holding them back is his white blood count has gone up and they don’t understand why. He has no fever and looks great so they have run any and every test they can think of today to try to find what is going on. We should have results tomorrow. Please pray that his white blood count can come down and that they can treat whatever is causing it. We are so happy and thankful to get to see him and to be able to see how God is taking care of him.

June 18th, 2020

Wednesday Update:

One of his ICU Doctors arranged for him to be rolled outside in a chair so he could see his wife, kids, and grandkids. It was a huge blessing for us all to get to see him, hug him, and talk to him for a bit. He is still confused and wants to go home but it cooperating and doing his best to get strong so that can happen soon. He walked about 30 steps today during his physical therapy. He was not able to sleep yesterday during the day nor last night and barely any today so hopefully, he will be able to sleep tonight. We are so very thankful for Faith Insisiengmay as she has been a HUGE blessing by going by and checking on him and taking him a milkshake and encouraging him to build up his strength. He really enjoys seeing a familiar face! He really doesn’t like hospital food and isn’t wanting to eat. Please pray that he will start eating something at least and that he can get a full night’s sleep tonight.

June 17th, 2020

Sunday-Monday Update:

The weekend was a little hard on him with all the drugs and stuff in his system still, making him not be his nice self and just very confused. But today was a great day. Mom and Joy were able to go see him today and spend a little over an hour each with him. He is doing so much better, he is still a little confused and disoriented but is understanding so much more and grasping it all little by little. He was joking and picking on us and happy to see the whole family over FaceTime. He is getting stronger and stronger. He took about 8 steps today and is able to get up and out of bed on his own and move to the chair. Thank you so very much for all your prayers and support towards our family during this time. We praise the Lord for all of His goodness towards us.

June 15th, 2020

Saturday Update:

Since he is no longer in ICU we are not sure we will have daily updates. If we get them they will be here though. My sister Joy is the one that sends us the updates as a family and then I send them out to the world. Thanks so much for thinking of and praying for my dad. I just talked to the nurse. He is weak. The occupational therapist went in to try to work with him but he seemed too weak so they stopped and the physical therapist because of that also said let’s give him today to rest and tomorrow they will start up again. Speach therapist went in and he was doing well coughing and swallowing so they have upgraded his diet to a soft diet now instead of just liquid. They did give him some oxygen this morning but is doing well even without it.

June 13th, 2020

Friday Update: What a day!

Mom and Joy got to go to the ICU and see him. We were shocked when we walked in the door and saw him sitting in a chair and with NO oxygen at all. He is doing it all on his own! Praise the Lord! He is still very tired and things were a little foggy. He FaceTimed with the rest of the family and told everyone he loved them. His voice is weak and he only whispers right now. He is doing well coughing. He ate some pudding, drank some Diet Mountain Dew (which he said it didn’t taste good), and chewed on ice. Ice was the most successful thing. His kidney is working well and the MRSA is being treated. He is being moved out of the ICU and going to a regular room today GOD IS GOOD! All of this within 24 hours of being off the ventilator. Our God is powerful and merciful. He has answered our prayers !!! He will be going through intensive physical therapy.

June 12th, 220

Thursday Update:

Hallelujah! Our God is Awesome and powerful! He is off the ventilator and awake. He whispered back to us that he loves us all. He is on a high amount of oxygen but that is normal to start off. PLEASE continue to pray, the next 48 hours are crucial to see if he can keep it up on his own or if they will have to reinsert the tube. So for the next 48 hours pray hard!

June 11th, 2020

Wednesday Update Number 2:

Doctor just called, he did the bronchoscopy and there was not much secretion, thank the Lord. His airway is a little swollen, which is to be expected. He had thought about taking the tube out now but since it is late afternoon he prefers trying it in the morning instead of him maybe having problems or complications during the night. He says he will be there tomorrow morning very early and will start the process of taking it out. Dad is doing a fair amount of breathing on his own now, instead of the machine, which is good. When doing the bronchoscopy, sedation was lowered and he was awake and following commands.

June 10th, 2020

Wednesday Update:

Just FaceTimed. Oxygen is at 35%! Peep is 8! The kidney is working well still at 1.3. No fever! The MRSA is in his lungs but is being treated with antibiotics and his white blood count is at 9.2 (yesterday it was at 14.2) which is great. He is also on antifungal medication. They again turned off the sedation to see his reaction this morning and he followed commands but then got agitated so they turned the sedation back on but lower than normal and he is doing good with it low. The camping med they are giving him through the feeding tube is working well and keeping him calm. The bronchoscopy is scheduled for 2:00 pm today and depending on how it looks they will try to pull the tube out this evening or tomorrow morning. Let’s pray the bronchoscopy goes well and there isn’t much secretion so they can take the tube out. Also, let’s pray he is able to breathe on his own and respond well.

June 10th, 2020

Previous Blog Updates:

Update #6: Pastor Austin Gardner (Keep Praying)


The latest updates (newest to oldest) from pastor’s sons:

Tuesday Update #2:

Doctor himself called this afternoon and said when they lowered the sedation this morning he tried to pull the tube out. The MRSA is only in his nose right now so they aren’t starting him on an antibiotic yet. They also said that they would start a tracheotomy even with MRSA if they feel the need to do so.

June 9th, 2020

Tuesday Update:

Just FaceTimed. They took him off of the sedation this morning to see if they could take the tube out. At first, he was responding well and even followed commands from the nurse but then he started getting agitated so they had to give him the sedation again. Peep is at 8! Oxygen is at 35%! The kidney is still good at 1.3. White cell count is at 14.2 today but with the new medication, it should be going down. COVID test came back NEGATIVE! The results came back on the bacteria and it is MRSA so they are having to change up the antibiotics. The plastic surgeon is being contacted to come to see the wound on his face from all the tubes. Bronchoscopy is already scheduled to be done in the morning. They are giving him medicine through his feeding tube to help him respond better tomorrow when they lower the sedation. The plan is that with this medication and after the bronchoscopy tomorrow they are going to take the tube out and hope and see if he responds well. Please pray that he can breathe on his own and doesn’t get agitated and upset so the tube can stay out. If he can’t handle it they will have to reinsert the tube.

June 9th, 2020

Monday Update:

Hallelujah our God is a good God !!!! Prayers are being answered !!! They have taken him off of the sedation and he was responding better today. He heard our voice and opened his eyes a little. Peep is at 9! Oxygen is at 40%! The kidney is working well at 1.1! The only set back right now is he does have bacterial pneumonia and fungus growing but he is on an antibiotic and anti-fungal medication. The antibiotic is working because his white blood count was at 17 and is now at 13 (11.4 is about normal). He does not have a fever. There is no indication of any infection to the brain. Just that any infection we have just makes our brain foggy. The new team of doctors, nurses, and infectious disease doctors are hoping and planning on taking the tube out within the next 24 hours AMEN !!!!! Today they are planning on doing a bronchoscopy to help clean him out because he has a lot of secretion. We are so thankful and give God all the honor and glory for His goodness. Let’s pray they will be able to take the tube out and he will be able to breathe and respond well on his own when they do it.

June 8th, 2020

Sunday Update:

The doctor just called. Some good news and not so good news. His kidney is still working well and is at 1.2. Peep is down to 9! Oxygen is at 40%! They lowered the sedation today to the lowest amount but he is still very sleepy and not responding like he did the others times they lowered it. Doctor thinks it could be because the culture results showed there is a bacterial infection and it may be affecting his brain and that is why he didn’t respond like the other days. So they started him on an antibiotic and an anti-fungal medication. We asked if it is normal that it would affect the brain he said any infection can affect the brain but it is normally temporary until the antibiotic has time to work.

June 7th, 2020

Saturday Update:

The doctor just called, they did a chest X-ray and it looked like his right lung had collapsed so he did a bronchoscopy to check if it really had and thank the Lord it hadn’t but he did find there was a lot of mucus. He cleaned it out and took a biopsy, he believes he has a yeast infection inside the lungs. So he is starting him on a yeast infection med. He hopes that after cleaning the mucus out and giving him the med it will help overall. The wound on his face seems to be better, a plastic surgeon will be coming to check it out on Monday. Peep is at 12 and oxygen is at 50%. We will talk next week about the tracheotomy.

June 6th, 2020

Previous Blog Updates:

Update #5: Pastor Austin Gardner (Keep Praying)


The latest updates (newest to oldest) from pastor’s sons:

Friday Afternoon Update:

Just FaceTimed. Oxygen is at 50% but is going to be brought down to 40%. HIS oxygen is very good at 98. Peep is at 12 but is also going to be put back down to 10 in a little bit. His chest X-ray looks a lot better. Since his kidney is doing well at 1.3 they are going to give him another Lasix to help the fluid buildup. They are going to be retesting for COVID tomorrow morning and we should know the results to that in the afternoon. He is being given normal water through the feeding tube and also the saline solution through the IV. They moisturize the lips and mouth with saline solution several times a day. He was sedated and pretty sleepy. His eyes were open at first for a bit but he didn’t respond much like yesterday.

June 5th, 2020

Thursday Update:

Just FaceTimed!! He was awake, eyes open and all. When we started talking to him he would shake his head. He is still sedated but definitely able to hear. We tried calming him down and letting him know the faster he cooperates, the faster he gets to come home. He got a little anxious and/or fussy so they had to turn up his oxygen to 80% but that is just temporary. His Peep is still at 10. His kidney is at 1.3 !!!! Let’s pray specifically that he can come off the tube this weekend because if he starts next week still intubated they will do a tracheotomy.

June 4th, 2020

Wednesday Update:

Hospital just FaceTimed. They have started lowering his sedation. He had started to open his eyes so she called for us to try to talk to him and get him to open his eyes but when calling his name out he didn’t open his eyes with us. They are starting to lower his sedation so they can start to explain to him what is going on and what they are doing and to see how he reacts with it all and then be able to take the tube out. His Peep is down to 10 today and his oxygen is still good at 40%. His kidney is better today at 1.4 but still hasn’t had a bowel movement yet, still working on that today.

June 3rd, 2020

Tuesday Update:

I just FaceTimed with the hospital. God is so good and answering our specific prayers. His Peep is down to 12 today! Hallelujah! Oxygen is still at 40%! His kidney function is the same today at 1.6, but it is understandable. He has had no bowel movements for several days so today that is their goal. He has a wound on his face from all the tubes and things hooked to him so they are treating that and hoping it doesn’t get infected.

June 2nd, 2020

Monday Afternoon Update:

I just FaceTimed and he looks so much better. He looks like himself again. The oxygen is still great at 40%. Let’s pray particularly for his peep number it is at 16 and because of that, they are unable to do more right now. Just waiting for him to heal some. The plasma exchanges didn’t seem to help him much so they have stopped that. He has finished the Remdesivir medication. They are trying to balance everything they do because of his kidney which is not producing as much as it was on Thursday and Friday. Still isn’t of much concern yet but we need to pray for it to be working more. It is at 1.6 right now and should be at like 0.6-0.8 for him. So let’s pray specifically for those two things, that his Peep number comes down and that his kidney will start producing more.

June 1st, 2020

Monday Update:

I just got off the phone with the hospital. Oxygen is at 40% but peep is still 16. They would start to wake him but being that the peep number is still high they will probably hold off. They don’t want to start to wake him if they can’t remove the intubator. The peep is high because his lungs have not healed well yet. They are about to do the rounds and run tests and decide what to do. She said to call back this afternoon and she could give us more info.

June 1st, 2020

Sunday Update:

I just got off the phone with the hospital. Thanking God for a better day. His chest X-ray looks better today, they took him off the paralytic medication and it is wearing off so he should start moving a little soon. He is still sedated though and on pain meds. His peep is at 16 but his oxygen is at 45%. His vitals and blood pressure are good. The kidney is also working well.

May 31st, 2020

Saturday PM Update:

I just got off the phone with the hospital. Vitals and blood pressure are good. Peep is at 16 and the oxygen was at 80% earlier during the day but is now at 70%.

May 30th, 2020

Previous Blog Updates:

Update #4: Pastor Austin Gardner (Keep Praying)


The latest updates (newest to oldest) from pastor’s sons:

14th | Friday Evening Update:

Just got off the phone with the hospital. He had his 4th plasma exchange today and responded well. His peep is still at 12 and the oxygen is at 60%. Blood pressure is good now. No fever. The kidney is still working well. They aren’t planning on “proning” (putting on his belly) him again unless it is a necessity.

Note from Mark (me): Also, David Gardner (Pastor’s son) and his family arrive safely back to their destination in the USA from Peru. Thank you for praying and giving!

May 29th, 2020

13th | Friday Afternoon Update:

Dr. just called, says he is hanging in there. They have given him 3 plasmas so far, there hasn’t been much of a difference but at least it has kept him from getting worse. Numbers and all are the same. Yesterday and today have not been the best of news, just have to hang in there. This Dr. will be with him over the weekend so he will let us know about any changes or improvements that he may see.

May 29th, 2020

12th | Friday Update:

Hospital just called. Chest X-ray is looking a lot better than yesterday. They pulled fluid out and that has helped. It even has helped the swelling in his face. Yesterday he was having nose bleeds but now he isn’t having that problem. There is more air in his lungs instead of fluids. Peep is still at 12 and oxygen at 70%. They are going to do another plasma exchange today. He is still receiving the Remdesivir (medication).

May 29th, 2020

11th | Thursday Night Update:

Today hasn’t been a day with a lot of up numbers. Peep is at 12 and oxygen at 70%. They do not act upset, it is just a part of it. We are hoping and praying for a better tomorrow.

May 28th, 2020

10th | Thursday Update:

Peep is back up to 10. Oxygen is at 60%. He Is on his back now and will be turned at 4:30 PM. His face is very swollen from being so many hours on his stomach and face. His kidney is producing an excellent amount of urine. You could hear a lot of fluid and they are getting ready to suck that out.

May 28th, 2020

9th | Wednesday Night Update:

Doctor called. He was very enthusiastic and extremely happy. He even said he is loving how he is progressing and how the treatment is helping him. He is on his stomach because they believe he prefers that position than on his back (which is true). He will make a note for the day staff to know that he has always preferred sleeping on his side. They will probably start trying to keep him on his side and see how his numbers change. His own oxygen is great at 100%. The oxygen on the machine is at 45%. While on stomach he is back on the paralytic medication. We asked when he thought they would start waking him etc. and he said that Pastor Austin Gardner would be the one that decides that. His blood pressure is a little high but he says he can work with that and it is no concern. He was extremely happy

May 27th, 2020

8th | Wednesday Update:

I was just on the phone with Dr. He said that he continues to improve. The plasma from yesterday is working and they are getting ready to give him his second dose in a few minutes. His peep # is at 8 now. Usually, 5 to 8 is normal range from what we understand.

May 27th, 2020

7th | Tuesday Night Update:

The nurse we talked to is the same one he had last night and he personally sees an improvement. They did the plasma exchange and will do an X-ray and all tomorrow morning so we will know if it helped him or not. No more turning him on his stomach because he is doing so well on his own but they do prop pillows and turn him sideways etc. every two hours to avoid bed sores.

May 26th, 2020

6th | Tuesday Morning Update:

Doctor says he is the same, no change really, so they are going to do the plasma exchange later today. Normally there is an immediate improvement, might be small but normally there is some. They can do this plasma exchange several days in a row. He is still on his back and oxygen is at 55% which is great for being on his back. Peep number is still 10. His kidney is functioning well and still ok.

May 26th, 2020

5th | Last Monday Update:

He is still on his back which is good cause the goal is to keep him on his back. If his numbers change or he starts struggling they will put him back on his stomach. His oxygen is at 70% right now but they lowered his Peep number to 10 so it compensates with increasing the oxygen. His Peep was at 14 now at 10 which he said was a good sign.

May 25th, 2020

4th | Monday Update:

He is back on his back and doing very well breathing on his own oxygen at 60% could possibly even be at 50%. Doctors words were it has been a good day, looks like we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Still a process but looking good.  
If there is a turn for some reason they will do a plasma change but hoping that doesn’t happen and how it is looking it won’t.

May 25th, 2020

3rd | Last Sunday Update: 

He is on his stomach again, because of him being on his back so long they turned his oxygen up to 70% but now that he is on his stomach they will start to lower it to 50% again. They took him off of the paralytic medicine or machine which is a good sign because that means he is not fighting the ventilator. He is ventilating well on his own. His own oxygen is at 100%. He has no fever. Still sedated and on pain medication. Thanks for praying guys.

May 24th, 2020

2nd | Sunday Update:

He is on his back still on 50% oxygen. He gets his last dose of that medicine today. Depending on labs and everything else they will eventually start trying to wean him off of the different machines. Still a day-by-day thing.

May 24th, 2020

1st | Sunday Update:

They have him on his stomach again and they are pushing in 50% oxygen. He is on day two of Remdesivir (medication). The doctor says that he is responding well to everything and they are encouraged. Thanks for praying everyone.

May 24th, 2020

Previous Blog Updates:

Update #3: Pastor Austin Gardner (Keep Praying)


The most recent update:

Pastor Austin Gardner’s oxygen that was being pushed to him was at 100% but they watched it go down to 80%, 70% and now it is down to 50%. This means that his body is recovering and doing more of the breathing on his own! Doctor friends of the family have said that he might be able to be taken off as early as 40%.

Also, the nurse said that they could tell a major difference and he seems to slowly be improving. He is stable and they say he is responding very well to treatment.

He is fighting COVID-19 as well as double pneumonia.

It also was told that we need to understand it isn’t over and there will be ups and downs.

Please keep praying for him.

Trust God

The last point of the last sermon that Pastor Austin Gardner preached before being hospitalized was: “Trust God to care for you.” We are not only trusting God to care for us but we are also trusting God to care for Pastor Austin Gardner.

Thank you for helping out a friend!

Pastor Austin Gardner’s son, David Gardner, was able to raise the money needed to purchases plane tickets from for his whole family from Peru, South America to the States. Lord willing, they will be traveling back next week and adjusting back to life in the States to be with the family during this time. Thank you for giving and your generosity.

Previous Updates:

Update #2: Pastor Austin Gardner (Keep Praying)


As last reported:

On Wednesday, May 20th, Pastor Austin Gardner was taken to the hospital by ambulance because he had very low oxygen levels. He was admitted into the ICU and is being treated for pneumonia and COVID-19. He is in serious condition and could use your prayers.

Urgent: Pray for Pastor Gardner

The most recent update:

On Thursday, May 21st, Pastor Austin Gardner was intubated. He will be asleep for 5-15 days and hopefully this will help him get better. There were also going to start plasma treatments.

He is in serious condition and was very sick when he was admitted.

Pastor Austin Gardner and family.

Please continue to lift him up to the Lord with us. I have combined different prayer requests list from friends to help us know how to pray.

  • Pray for God to heal his body – to restore and sustain his health.
  • Pray for his oxygen levels to return to normal and remain there.
  • Pray for wisdom for the doctors and nurses to give the right treatment – they are serving us by serving our pastor.
  • Pray for a peace that passes all understanding and a strong faith that continues to reject anxiety and panic – trust God in this situation.
  • Pray for comfort for the family (and all whom this affects), especially since they can’t be together at this time and family that is currently on the mission field.
  • Pray for his wife Mrs. Betty – peace, comfort, wisdom, strength in the Lord. Pastor rarely gets sick so this is not something she is accustomed to, not to mention she can’t be there with him at this moment.
  • Pray for his kids: Chris, Stephanie, Joy, and David; and also their spouses, and grandkids. Also pray for David and Katie as they are trying to get back to the states to be with the family.

May God grant our petitions. May God’s will be done.

Please help out a friend if you are willing and able!

Pastor Austin Gardner’s son, David Gardner, is a missionary serving in Peru, South America, and is currently there. We are trying to help him and his family to return to the States. But like other countries around the world, Peru is in lockdown and it’s expensive to leave the country. He needs approximately $15,500 to cover the expenses for his family of 6. His home church has already given $5,000 towards this need.

If you would like to help you can give through Vision Baptist Missions or PayPal. (Note: Designate for David Gardner.)

Thank you for your generosity, love and prayers during this time.

We are looking to the Lord.

More Verses of Encouragement

Jeremiah 17:14
14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.

3 John 2
2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Psalm 115:1
1 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, But unto thy name give glory, For thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.

Urgent: Pray for Pastor Gardner (Update #1)


On Wednesday, May 20th, Pastor Austin Gardner was taken to the hospital by ambulance because he had very low oxygen levels. He was admitted into the ICU and is being treated for pneumonia and COVID-19. He is in serious condition and could use your prayers.

It is time to mobilize all our prayer warriors to pray for my pastor and friend. He is a man of God who has helped so many of us. I know he would do the same thing for me if I was in his situation.

As I sit here in Taiwan, in relative safety and health, my heart is broken for my mentor. I feel helpless, but I know I can pray. I believe God still has much for him to do here on this earth, thus let us pray! Will you join me in prayer?

  • Pray for God to heal his body. To restore and sustain his health.
  • Pray for wisdom for the doctors to give the right treatment.
  • Pray for a peace that passes all understanding and a strong faith that continues to reject anxiety and panic.
  • Pray for comfort for the family (and all whom this affects), especially since they can’t be together at this time and family that is on the mission field.

Thank you for praying!

In His Joyful Service,


Verses Of Encouragement

Psalm 46:1–2
1 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Philippians 4:6
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

1 Peter 5:7
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Psalm 23:4
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

2 Corinthians 1:10–11
10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

Psalm 57:1
1 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: For my soul trusteth in thee: Yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, Until these calamities be overpast.