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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. Shawn Mummert
    June 28th, 2013 at 13:13 | #1

    Lifting prayers for Lisa for strength. Praying for wisdom and guidance for her doctors.

  2. Heidi
    June 28th, 2013 at 13:30 | #2

    We are praying for you and miss your smiling face at the Children’s Tent this week.

  3. Barb Dorsey
    June 28th, 2013 at 13:30 | #3

    Father, we ask that your arms embrace your child, Lisa, and be with the medical staff and doctors that are her earthly caretakers. Lend your healing touch to Lisa, dear Lord. In Jesus’ name we ask this.

  4. Aubrey & Ethan Olney
    June 28th, 2013 at 13:51 | #4


  5. Linda Clark
    June 28th, 2013 at 13:58 | #5

    Prayers are sent out to Lisa for a speedy recovery!!

  6. Amy
    June 28th, 2013 at 14:00 | #6

    Praying from Michigan!

  7. June 28th, 2013 at 15:10 | #7

    The Lewis Family and The Gathering Place staff will continue to pray until you tell us to stop.

  8. Mike Urbanik
    June 28th, 2013 at 15:15 | #8

    Remembering Lisa in our prayers, Lisa, thank-you for being God’s messenger. Get well and we look forward to hearing your voice and laughter on the radio, as soon as you are able.

  9. Casey Allyn
    June 28th, 2013 at 15:18 | #9

    Lisa, this is Casey Allyn from WIOV radio. Know that you and your doctors are in my prayers. From one radio girl to another – I will be thinking of you and wishing you a very speedy recovery.

  10. David Armstrong
    June 28th, 2013 at 15:52 | #10

    Love & Prayers to Lisa & her family at this time.

  11. Lanny Millette
    June 28th, 2013 at 16:25 | #11

    Heavenly Father we pray for your Healing Hand on Lisa at this time. Guide and direct her doctors and give your peace that passes understanding to Lisa, her family and her friends as we stand with her. Be lifted up and glorified in this situation. Amen

  12. Elizabeth Valdez
    June 28th, 2013 at 16:56 | #12

    We are all praying for you friend!! Hugs from Guatemala!!!!!

  13. Caring Christian
    June 28th, 2013 at 17:05 | #13

    Dear Jesus,
    I pray that Lisa will be completely healed, and this situation will be a testimony of your healing hand, and will strengthen the families relationship, and trust in You, Lord! Please allow Lisa to see You through this situation, and to put her trust completely in You, Lord! Please give Lisa, and her family complete heavenly Peace, and Joy knowing that the devil cannot win a battle that has already been won! In Jesus Precious Powerful name, we pray alone to You

  14. Caring Christian
    June 28th, 2013 at 17:06 | #14

    We are praying, everyone notify your friends about this. THE MORE PRAYERS THE STRONGER IT IS!!!

  15. Patty
    June 28th, 2013 at 17:12 | #15

    Praying for Lisa and her family. Praying for the doctors and nurses that are caring for her. Praying for God’s healing hand upon her.

  16. Rose M. Hickernell
    June 28th, 2013 at 17:20 | #16

    Thanks for sharing the need for prayer for Lisa. We are lifting up their family & will continue to do so. Lisa is loved by many … hope she feels our prayers!

  17. Chuck Piper
    June 28th, 2013 at 18:29 | #17

    Fred, thanks for letting us know. We will definitely pray for her, the staff attending to her, and her family.

    Chuck “Who wants donuts?” Piper

  18. Carolyn Wheeler
    June 28th, 2013 at 20:23 | #18

    Praying for Lisa and her family and medical staff caring for her. Praying for God’s healing power.

  19. Debbie
    June 28th, 2013 at 21:36 | #19

    Prayers for strength, healing and a very speedy recovery!

  20. Jennifer King
    June 28th, 2013 at 21:38 | #20

    DONE! Covering her in a warm blanket of prayer. What an amazing woman! Praying for her family and the staff taking care of her too. Thanks for keeping us posted!

  21. Pam M.
    June 28th, 2013 at 21:57 | #21

    Believing for Lisa to be healed in Jesus Name! Thank you Lord that by your stripes she was healed!

  22. Linda
    June 28th, 2013 at 22:07 | #22

    Praying for Lisa and the doctors and nurses taking care of her . Prayers also going out to the family.

  23. Cynthia Wenger
    June 29th, 2013 at 00:10 | #23

    Praying for you. You are in our Father’s hands. Blessings to your family as they wait on God’s healing hand.

  24. Alan & Laurie Bundy
    June 29th, 2013 at 00:26 | #24

    Heartfelt prayers lifted up from the Bundy household…

  25. Tiffany Hunter
    June 29th, 2013 at 06:33 | #25

    Definitely praying for divine healing and a speedy recovery!!!!

  26. Kaylene
    June 29th, 2013 at 06:52 | #26

    Definitely praying!
    Christ have mercy… infinite mercy.

  27. June 29th, 2013 at 09:48 | #27

    So sorry to hear what she has been going through! Thanks for sharing the need for prayer! i’ll be praying.

  28. Bobbie & Tom Heil
    June 29th, 2013 at 10:02 | #28

    We are praying for Lisa’s quick recovery. She’s a wonderful lady and we know she has lots more love to share. Blessings to her family.

  29. Donna Smith
    June 29th, 2013 at 10:32 | #29

    The Lord has been keeping Lisa on my heart since I heard about her being in the hospital. Know that I have been praying for her! Yes, we serve a mighty God who is mighy to heal! Peace and grace and hope and love and joy be upon her and her family and the staff and friends at WJTL.

  30. Sarah Stauffer
    June 29th, 2013 at 12:08 | #30

    Our prayers are with you Lisa, your family, as well as all of the doctor staff!!! Get better soon!!

  31. Toni Saghirian
    June 29th, 2013 at 15:51 | #31

    Our prayers are with you Lisa……you are such a beautiful child od God!

  32. June 29th, 2013 at 17:06 | #32

    The shalom, peace, of God for Lisa and her family. Nothing missing, nothing left broken. By Your stripes we are healed. Thank you, Father, for hearing our prayers.

  33. June 29th, 2013 at 17:12 | #33

    Father, I thank You that You are with Lisa. May she rest in You and Your words for her life. Thank You for accomplishing everything that concerns her through Jesus Christ. May Jesus be praised in her today.

  34. June 29th, 2013 at 18:34 | #34

    My prayers are with you and your family. I feel for you. I’ve been in the hospital the last couple of months It’s not a fun place to be. Don’t give up even when you think you can’t take anymore.

  35. Grace Long
    June 29th, 2013 at 19:58 | #35

    Praying for her!! God is faithful.

  36. Terry Stern
    June 29th, 2013 at 22:51 | #36

    Praying for Lisa and Her family for a complete recovery. Our Lord is the great physician. Lord we
    ask that you wrap your loving arms around Lisa and he Doctors and Nurses.

  37. Melissa W
    June 29th, 2013 at 23:34 | #37

    Praying for Lisa and her family!

  38. Gramacheri
    June 30th, 2013 at 16:52 | #38

    PRAYING for Lisa and her family and Doctors and all whom she touches. She is a blessing to so many and now we ask for God’s Precious Hand and His Healing on this situation.

  39. Wayne
    June 30th, 2013 at 22:55 | #39

    PRAYING for Lisa and her family. Even though I do not know Lisa on a personal level, I have met her several times. She is such a warm hearted person projects the love a Jesus. I hope and Pray she is well soon and again can do what she loves at WJTL. Thank you all at WJTL for what you do. I am praying for you all in this difficult time. God Bless!!

  40. Bruce & Karen McCracken
    June 30th, 2013 at 23:23 | #40

    We’re praying for Lisa, John and Alex during these difficult days. Praying for Lisa’s complete recovery, and for peace and courage in the days ahead. So thankful for her faithful ministry at WJTL and beyond. She is a Blessing to so many.

  41. Mike Brown
    July 1st, 2013 at 05:59 | #41

    Prayinv for you Lisa. God bless you.

  42. Tawn
    July 1st, 2013 at 07:46 | #42

    I pray blessings of strength, endurance, hope, and wisdom. I claim the healing that will occur and thank God for it even now. I commit to daily prayer and intercession….

  43. Dorothy
    July 1st, 2013 at 11:36 | #43

    Praying for Lisa & Family. You are in God’s able hands and trusting with you for complete recovery.

  44. Anita Southam
    July 1st, 2013 at 12:53 | #44

    Praying for you Lisa and your family! Thanking God for His Healing Hand upon you and for complete restoration.

  45. July 1st, 2013 at 16:00 | #45

    I will pray for lisa

  46. Tricha Thomas
    July 1st, 2013 at 18:58 | #46

    Praying for your recovery. May God do a miracle in your life right now!

  47. Matthew Dunn
    July 1st, 2013 at 21:05 | #47

    Praying for Lisa and the WJTL Family!

  48. Jo Anne Cook
    July 1st, 2013 at 21:42 | #48

    I pray for a special healing from the One and only, Almighty God….remove this bacterial infection
    from Lisa. Holy Spirit come cleanse this body and make it well! Lisa and family you are in my

  49. Donna Smith
    July 2nd, 2013 at 06:52 | #49

    The Lord had woke me up several times last night to pray for Lisa. She is heavily on my heart. Even though I don’t know her personally, with listening to her on the radio for many, many years she becomes like family. Believing God is doing some mighty miracle. And, thank you, Fred for wording the prayer requests as “she is battling the infection!” not that she has it – it isn’t hers! May you and all the staff at WJTL (and of course Lisa’s family) have God’s peace and hope, too!

    We have a little daughter that was born a micro-preemie who got very sick at a week old (she was one pound at that point). She was flown to Hershey Medical Hospital. No one thought she’d live! We stood on God’s promises and on HIS Words. God gave us a great support system with lots of prayers and encouragement. She had 8 operations in her life. In June she celebrated her 5th birthday and she is so perfect and such a joy to all. WE KNOW PERSONALLY GOD DOES MIRACLES AND HEARS OUR CRIES! Believing this for Lisa!

  50. Greg Beniston
    July 2nd, 2013 at 07:58 | #50

    All things are possiable thru thru God. May he put his healing had upon Lisa and give the Doctors the knowledge to heal her. My prayers and wishes are for Lisa and her family during this period.

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