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Pray for Lisa Landis – 7/24 Update

July 24th, 2013

Read this article from Lancasteronline about Lisa’s battle with Bacterial Infection.

Here is an updated article from Lancasteronline.

Many have been asking about ways to help Lisa during her lengthy illness and Hospital Stay. If you would like to help with Lisa’s Medical & Rehabilitation Expenses, a special fund has been set up.  Please send your gift to…


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Thank You!

Update as of Wednesday July 24, 2013

A message from Lisa’s husband John.

Last evening Lisa was discharged from the hospital at the University of Pennsylvania and is now undergoing rehabilitative therapy back in Lancaster. Her complete recovery demands that we all grant her room for rest and privacy over the next several months.

Tonight we are celebrating the wholeness of renewed life that has been gifted to us by the surgeons, the infectious disease doctors, the nurses, and all the caregivers at Lancaster General Hospital and the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tomorrow we will view the rising sun a bit differently, look at the faces passing us on the sidewalk a little more carefully, and measure the passing of time with a great deal more patience.


Lisa battled a horrible bacterial infection for almost 4 weeks that nearly took her life. Prayer sustained us through this storm…lifted us up when her body wanted to stay down. Belief in an all-powerful, all present, all-encompassing God helped us let go of those things we could not control.

We felt the real presence of so many family and friends through prayer during this ordeal. We gave our very lives to the purpose and order we believe exists in this universe and found calmness and peace around us.

Today Lisa is alive because of the gifts and skills of surgeons in Lancaster and Philadelphia who took immediate action on a dark and scary night. Tonight Lisa is part of our lives and we don’t ask “why” but “what”…what do we do with the gift that has been given…

Words are not sufficient enough to express our gratitude to all who have been there for us…not nearly enough…yet we say, Thank You!!!

Update as of Tuesday July 23, 2013

Lisa’s rehab is proceeding very well. Doctors are pleased with her progress. Her family is looking forward to her being home and recovering!

Update as of Saturday July 20, 2013

A Message from Lisa!!!

Hello and THANKS again to my friends who continue to send up prayers and uplift my spirits! I can’t tell you how much your posts and messages have helped me through the night. Even though I don’t have the energy to respond I have been reading the cards, letters, postings, well wishes, etc. and they have more than helped me through. Doc was just in to remove my dressing and I am amazed at what the team was able to accomplish in just one surgery. Now let the work begin! Hoping to take a walk across the room on my own tomorrow. (at least I can dream about that) AND better yet get to work on eventually going home to finish the healing. Pray that I have continued strength and high spirits to finish out my hospital stay no matter how long that might be. I miss home.

Update as of Thursday July 17, 2013

Lisa’s first reconstructive surgery went better than expected yesterday. Please pray for her healing and strength.  Doctors are amazed at how well she is doing considering the battle she has been through the past 3 weeks.  Praise God for His people praying, His healing Hand and His Strength during this ordeal.

Update as of Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lisa came through surgery yesterday – No bacteria for over a week, vitals excellent, eating well, spirits high, Lisa is doing well considering all the surgeries she has been through!  Wednesday morning Lisa will go in for the first of many reconstructive surgeries. Please continue to pray. Thanks!

Update as of Friday, July 12, 2013

Lisa continues her care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in West Philadelphia.
Since June 26th Lisa has been fighting a battle against necrotizing fasciitis, brought on by the bacteria beta streptococcus.  Mysteriously introduced into her system around the 23rd of June, Lisa and her family initially thought she was struggling with the flu.  Within 48 hours she was rushed to the ER.
Today Lisa underwent her 10th surgery since June the 26th to try to stop the spreading of this horrendous infection throughout her body.  After two days of rest and recovery from five straight days of surgery, Lisa was awakened at 6am and taken into the OR.  The team of surgeons and infectious disease doctors began their all too familiar process of hunting for symptoms of the bacteria’s damage to her muscle tissue.With meticulous care the doctors attended to Lisa’s wounds and then bandaged her body once again.  Although the news was much different today when the surgeons emerged to talk with Lisa’s family.  There was no sign of further damage to her tissue and the bacteria appeared to be in full control!
On Monday Lisa will be in surgery for her 11th operation so the doctors can be certain this horrible infection has been defeated.Please continue to pray for Lisa, her husband John and their son Alex as well as all those caregivers attending to Lisa’s needs.

Update as of Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hello friends! Lisa Landis checking in for the first time. This won’t be long-still don’t feel up to it but I must share that you all have overwhelmed me! Just one hour ago I had the first chance to look at the Facebook and lancasteronline comments. I had my first cry since this all started. Family has been passing along prayers and well wishes but I hadn’t seen them in print from you! This could not have come at a better time than as I prepare for another surgery to clean the vac wrap and look for infection. Your encouragement and cries out to Jesus make it so much easier. Gotta go and trust me I feel your prayers. You have no idea how powerful this has been.

Update as of Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Lisa has had several days of good reports and no new tissue being affected by the bacteria. Yesterday she had a fever, but this morning it is back down to normal, which is great news.  Yesterday she was in surgery from mid-morning until 4pm.  She has had a surgery almost every day for the past week.  Fred actually got to talk to her on the phone briefly this morning. She wants everyone to know she misses them and she feels their prayers!  Please continue to pray.  She is still battling this infection and is facing a long road to recovery, even once she is completely free of the bacteria.

Recap and Update as of Monday morning, July 8, 2013

Lisa has been fighting a bacterial infection that invaded her body with little warning.  Through the intercession of medicine, science, and prayer she is battling this infection with the greatest of determination.  Since going to the ER at Lancaster General Hospital on the 26th of June Lisa has undergone 7 different surgical procedures.  She is now in the ICU at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia under the care of a terrific team of surgeons, infectious disease researchers, and some of the best nurses you will ever find. Her physical pain is real, although masked by medicines that leave her very sleepy most of the time.  Her nurses are working hard to keep this pain to a minimum. For the next three days Lisa will undergo several more surgeries as well as oxygen- therapy.  Please remember Lisa in your thoughts and prayers this week as well as her husband John and their son Alex as they all seek strength to push forward in this fight. Thank you.

Here is an update on Lisa for the morning of July 8, 2013

LISA UPDATE-Over the weekend, Lisa underwent several surgeries and procedures. Lisa’s wounds were checked for bacteria and the dressings were changed. PRAISE THE LORD- both yesterday and today the tissue was shown to be healthy!!! Today she faces another surgery to check for any growth or sign of bacteria in her leg and then on Tuesday she will have yet another procedure performed. PLEASE PRAY as she undergoes all of these necessary procedures and surgeries that her body and spirits would BOTH remain STRONG! Until her body is 100% rid of this bacteria she is not out of danger. Thank you!

Here is an update on Lisa for late evening July 5, 2013

Lisa is currently in recovery from her most recent surgery. The bacteria did spread a bit and was surgically removed. Lisa’s vitals are still shown to be good. The infection is not going away quickly. Please take this battle a day at a time with us in your prayers and love.

Here is an update on Lisa for July 5, 2013

Lisa is having her 5th Surgery this morning.  Please Pray!


Lisa’s 5th surgery is planned for tomorrow. Her vitals are all solid still today and she’s eating whole foods! She is engaging in conversation with the Drs and finding opportunities for laughing and giggling. We are eagerly looking to results of the surgery tomorrow. So much gratitude for so many well wishes and offers of assistance! Please continue your prayers for Lisa our family and her care givers.

Here is an update on Lisa for July 3, 2013

Lisa is continuing her care at The University of Penn. She has received several hyperbaric treatments since her arrival . The Drs feel as though they are getting ahead of this bacteria. On Friday Lisa will undergo her 5th surgery to ensure they are indeed ahead of the bacteria and that the damage has ceased. Lisa’s vitals are excellent and she is of good spirits! We cannot thank you enough for your CONTINUED prayers, kind hearts and LOVE!

Here is an update on Lisa for July 2, 2013 at 4:26am

Lisa was moved to University of Penn last night where Doctors are more familiar with the bacteria that is attacking her body. Please continue to pray for healing, for wisdom and for the family.

Here is an update on Lisa on July 1, 2013 at 3:26pm

Lisa is out of surgery, She is currently sleeping soundly in recovery. On Wednesday she will undergo her FOURTH surgery in a week. In addition to the care of the Doctor, she is receiving the best antibiotics known for fighting this sickness. The bacteria she is battling will not give up….fortunately neither will Lisa. Lisa remains in critical condition. Please continue to pray.

Here is an update on Lisa on July 1, 2013.

Lisa is undergoing a third surgery this morning.  Pray that the bacterial infection has not spread. Pray for wisdom for the Doctors and peace for  the family.  Thank You!

Here is an update on Lisa on June 30, 2013:

Yesterday Lisa underwent her second surgery to check on the status of the bacterial infection in her leg. Her condition is still serious- but she is strong and her vitals have shown to be good, post- surgery. On Monday morning Lisa will face her third surgery in six days to ensure containment and or dissipation of the bacterial infection.Please continue to lift her up in your prayers. Lisa, John and their son, Alex appreciate all of the prayers, love and support given over the past several days. Per the Doctor’s request only her closest family is able to visit her over the next few days as Lisa’s rest is crucial in her making a full recovery. The families personal space and rest is necessary for the recovery and healing process to take place. Your continues prayers and love are greatly appreciated! Thanks.

First post from June 28:

Dear WJTL Family,

We are asking for prayer for Lisa Landis.

Lisa has a serious bacterial infection and has been admitted to the Hospital. She has undergone one surgery and is scheduled for a second. While this situation is very serious, Lisa and her doctors are quite hopeful that the treatment will bring the infection under control.  We know there is power in prayer. Please pray for Lisa’s speedy recovery and for strength and guidance for her family.

Thank You.

  1. Deanna Salter
    July 11th, 2013 at 06:09 | #1

    A few years ago you stood in the office and watched a video testimony of my husband’s survival from a devastating trauma that he was not to survive. I shared it with all of you as a a recipient of “Share the Blessing” fast forward 2 years and we have since been blessed with a child we were told we’d never conceive on our own. God’s plans are so much bigger we can never wrap our brains around it. Even in the struggle He shines and all He asks of us is to trust Him. He takes care of the rest. My prayer for Lisa is restoration and healing. My prayer is that the testimony is bigger than the trial and if one person comes to Christ or even draws into a closer walk, it is worth it. We pray also for your family. Sometime that position is even harder than the patient’s. (hugs)

  2. Annette
    July 11th, 2013 at 06:20 | #2

    Lisa and Family,
    My family continues to pray for healing of body and spirit as you fight this awful disease… I am using my WJTL mug that my youth got for me at the WJTL tent at Creation to remind me to pray for you regularly… Faith, Hope and Love coming your way throughout the day.. God is good and loves you so! May you feel his presence through this struggle. Praying also for the doctors and nurses attending to you and your family as well… Love, love, love…

  3. July 11th, 2013 at 06:42 | #3

    We are praying for you daily!
    Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.” ~ Psalm 34:8

    Stay save in the arms of Christ!

  4. Marcia Harnish
    July 11th, 2013 at 07:08 | #4

    So good to hear from you! Praying!!!!!!!

  5. July 11th, 2013 at 07:17 | #5

    I really miss hearing you on the Get UP and Go Show every morning! I just wanted to let you know that I am praying for healing, peace, and strength for each day. Blessings to you and your family as you go through this difficult time. You are loved and missed.

  6. Rebecca James
    July 11th, 2013 at 09:09 | #6

    Sweet Lisa, we are all still praying for you and love you dearly!!

  7. Jessi & Shana Zimmerman
    July 11th, 2013 at 10:26 | #7

    We are praying continually for your healing Lisa, and for John and Alex to feel the peace that only Jesus brings as they wait.

  8. Andrea
    July 11th, 2013 at 12:37 | #8

    Prayers go out to all! I miss hearing Lisa’s voice and I thank everyone for updating us on her condition. It feels like a family. I also pray for Lisa and her family for strength thru this. Prayers or the doctors to know how to treat this and all other medical staff to take care of Lisa. I’m sure she has touched their lives as she touches so many of ours daily.

  9. Bonnie McBride
    July 11th, 2013 at 12:51 | #9

    Praying and Believing for your healing every day.

  10. July 11th, 2013 at 16:04 | #10

    i was happy to see ur post.. i check on you everyday…. i continue to pray for you and your family. we have the best healer.. so keep your eyes on Jesus and look full into His wonderful face…. He knows what you need and He will provide it for you…..He is never more than a prayer away… Just hold on to HIm… because He will never let you go..

  11. July 11th, 2013 at 17:24 | #11

    wow praying for a speedy recovery

  12. Claudine Arnold
    July 11th, 2013 at 21:57 | #12

    Still praying. Won’t stop. God is good! He will use this for His glory. You will see. Prayer works!!!!

  13. Sue B.
    July 12th, 2013 at 10:03 | #13

    Lisa, We met you at Kids Cookie Break at Spooky Nook Sports the other week. You let my nieces and nephew sit in the cookie car and let Zayda talk on the radio. The kids really enjoyed that day and we are all praying for you every night. They keep asking how you are doing. Many prayers go up for your speedy recovery. Many blessings to you and your family. Sue B.

  14. LuAnn Meyer
    July 12th, 2013 at 13:45 | #14

    God be with Lisa and her family. Please let me know how she is.

  15. Fran Beckett
    July 13th, 2013 at 08:22 | #15

    Dear Lisa,

    My husband and I are praying for you and your family. I am 61 and still listen to Cookie Time. Your work in the Lord has meant so much to us.

  16. Carolyn Wheeler
    July 13th, 2013 at 11:17 | #16

    Lisa, So glad to hear the latest update. We continue to “hold you up” in prayer for complete healing and restoration. God is the Great Healer!!

  17. Mike Jodi Amanda Josh
    July 13th, 2013 at 11:41 | #17

    Dear Lisa
    We have been praying for you constantly and are believing for healing in your body. God bless!

  18. Pamela Horst
    July 13th, 2013 at 11:51 | #18

    I have been praying for you. God is so good. Praying for your recovery.

  19. Beverly
    July 13th, 2013 at 17:12 | #19

    My husband under went life changing surgery in October in Baltimore- Mercy Medical Hospital. He was under the care of a world renowned surgeon that the Lord orchestrated and now is recovering and hopefully cured of a VERY rare condition. WJTL, faithful prayer warriors, a prayer shawl, a 24 hour prayer vigil for him before and during the surgery that lasted 12 hours was what kept us looking to our awesome Lord!! You bet we are praying just as soooo many have and are praying for us!!!! We could also feel the prayers and this is what got us over our mountain set before us and keeps us going today as we currently await more test results!!!! The Lord is faithful and sovereign and so powerful! Prayers, hugs, peace for you and your family!!!

  20. Donna Raffensberger
    July 13th, 2013 at 23:55 | #20

    I was so blessed to read the update from the 12th. God is good. I continue to pray and so do my kids. We miss Lisa and know that others do too. The good news is wonderful and I pray that there is more good news in her next procedure. Thank you so much for keeping us updated.

  21. July 16th, 2013 at 00:11 | #21

    i am praying for you

  22. Richard Hess
    July 17th, 2013 at 10:20 | #22

    Dear Lisa,

    Praise the Lord for the healing that’s taking place in your body. I pray for your surgery today that the Holy Spirit is watching over the surgeons and the God will bless you with complete healing and that many unsaved would be touched by your strength and faith in Jesus. We all love you and look forward to your return to work at WJTL. Our God is awsome.


  23. Deb Landers
    July 17th, 2013 at 12:42 | #23

    Dearest Lisa, My heart (and our hearts) go out to you as we prayerfully petition our loving and merciful God for your complete healing. May His hand restore every tissue and every part of your body. May He comfort you through all those who surround you. I pray you walk out of the hospital triumphant in the things He has done. God bless you, dear sister.
    Deb Landers and your friends at Compassion International
    2 Corinthians 1:5-7

  24. Barbara Titus – John Titus
    July 18th, 2013 at 13:14 | #24

    Lisa, Bob Krewson, John and I had a nice conversation about what you do for so many. I believe that God has heard all of the prayers regarding your recovery; the latest news tells us that your faith and strength have carried you through this trying time. We know that your personal and professional families will continue their prayers for a full recovery. God bless you.

  25. Loretta
    July 18th, 2013 at 20:42 | #25

    Greetings from North Carolina! I “grew up” (well, from early college on) with WJTL and have been keeping tabs on Lisa. Reading the latest hopeful news and how scared her family was for a while reminded me of the time that my mom was gravely ill. It was a completely different illness, but we too were afraid we’d lose someone very dear to us. We too were fervently prayed for, and Mom survived and healed is still with us more than 35 years later. Those horrible scary times have become my family’s Ebenezer–our place to look back to and say, “This is what God has done for us.” What the enemy meant for evil God turned to very great good, and I am praying He will do the same for Lisa’s family.

  26. Debbie Weidner
    July 19th, 2013 at 13:56 | #26

    Dear Lisa, I just want you to know my students (at DeRielle Cosmetology Academy) and I are praying for you and your family everyday during our devotions. You have been such a blessing to me over the years that I pray the Lord will return those blessings back to you a hundred fold. Sometimes we wonder why but when you see the lives you have touched through this journey you will see why. You always have such a heart to touch others no matter your circumstances. We will continue to keep you in prayer. Blessings. Love in Christ, Debbie

  27. Mona strayer
    July 21st, 2013 at 10:40 | #27

    Still praying while rejoicing in the news of no new bacteria. Gods plans and purposes are far bigger than we can imagine. We know He will use this in some great way.

  28. Beverly
    July 23rd, 2013 at 22:06 | #28

    So thankful for your healing! Prayers for your recovery at home soon and strength to return! Thanks be to our Lord and King! Through Him all things are possible!!! Exodus 15:26- I am the Lord who heals you.

    Peace to you and your family- Beverly

  29. Carolyn Wheeler
    July 24th, 2013 at 10:57 | #29

    Lisa, So glad to hear the latest update that you are back in Lancaster and starting
    rehabilative therapy!! We continue to pray for you and your family!! We have the Best Healer!

  30. Andrea
    July 24th, 2013 at 15:08 | #30

    Just heard the good news that you have been discharged from Philadelphia and are back in Lancaster! May your recovery be blessed with ongoing support and guidance from the medical community. Praying for your continued healing.

  31. Danita Good
    July 25th, 2013 at 21:46 | #31

    Welcome back to Lancaster Lisa. My prayers continue to be with you and your family!!!!

  32. Joe Forbes
    July 31st, 2013 at 08:09 | #32

    Dear Mrs. Landis,
    It has been over 8 years since we moved from the central PA area to Chicago to help care for my invalid mother. Before this WJTL was a very important part of our family’s life especially with the Saturday morning Kids Cookie Break! I am in tears just reading about the pain and suffering you have been going through. With the support of your family you have been an intricate member to the growth and strength if the body of Christ. I thank God for your willingness and your servants heart to love the children for so many years. I know my children were influenced by you in a positive and Godly way. I will be sharing this with my family and err will join with the large number of members of the body of Christ who are believing for your healing and restoration to John as a wife and mother to Alex. God bless you.
    Jeremiah 29:11

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