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After recovering from a virus, Dr. Ronnie Williamson suffered from a rare condition that sometimes occurs when the body's immune systems reacts the wrong way toward the virus and attacks the nervous system. This page will host updates and prayer needs. We know our Heavenly Father is the Great Physician (Isa 41:10). We also know that Satan's forces are powerful (I Peter 5:8). A mighty army of prayer warriors is needed on behalf of Dr. Williamson. We urgently request that you stay connected to The Voice in the Wilderness and any update provided and join us in intercessory prayer for watchcare and healing (I Tim. 2:1-8). We are so very grateful for all the prayers already given and concern shown. Thank you, once again, for being our prayer partner, but this time in a most personal way.
 
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UPDATE 2/24: It is not often that you attend a "Praise and Prayer" session at your family doctor's office, but that we did! As Ronnie sat...and stood...and walked for Dr. Barker, his amazement was seeping out from under that mask. Dr. Barker said that we often stop in a medical crisis to pray for healing, but right now, he wanted to stop and thank the Lord for healing! He said that Ronnie's progress was no doubt in large part a testament of all those praying for him. What a blessing to bow together and thank our Lord for His precious watchcare during this battle. Coming home was surely another blessing, especially when greeted by family and the grinning faces of two granddaughters. From not being able to walk to the car as we headed for help 22 days prior, to taking every slow but able step back into the house was a tremendous encouragement. Now, after two two weeks of waiting for paperwork and processing, the challenging task of outpatient therapy has begun. Assessement has been made and four weeks scheduled, as Ronnie seeks to rebuild his strength and allow damaged nerves time to repair. Please specifically pray for his encouragement each day, protection from further complications, and complete recovery. You and your effective prayers are a daily testimony to many through this time. Thank You!

 

UPDATE 2/9: Have you been praying? The evidence of your prayers is visible in Bro. Ronnie's progress. "Phenomenal" is the description given by his physical therapists. We have all been truly overwhelmed by the "hearts of prayers" covering our office wall. Your names on those hearts are clear reminders to us of how God does hear and answer. After nearly two weeks of intense and exhausting physical therapy, Bro. Ronnie is mobile! Pain is being well managed, and he is passing all the rigors in the gym with flying colors. In an effort to gain better finger dexterity, he has even passed a few typing tests (we hope to utilize this new found skill in The Voice office soon!). Today, plans were made for him to return home Thursday (2/11) and continue outpatient therapy. The battle against GBS, Bell's Palsy, and severe inflammation still wages, but our army of Prayer Warriors can rejoice in the recovery that the Lord is directing. I Thess. 5:17 - "Pray without ceasing."

UPDATE 2/5: Prayer Warriors, you are needed! Therapy is not for the faint of heart! Bro. Ronnie has now been in an acute rehab location for four full days, and he is not being left idle. We are extremely grateful for a kind staff and well-trained therapists. Even the meals are tasty. Every day, he is being assessed by medical staff and put through the ringer in the gym! Please pray for this mighty effort. He is determined to "move" to full recovery, but the days are exhausting as he tries to encourage circulation, muscle strength and response. AND, as many of you know, most illness is not without further issues and complications. Continue interceding for renewed strength, pain management, wisdom for medical team, and fortitude to endure and reach for the goal. Your mail, texts, phone calls, cards, etc. have been such an encouragement - THANK YOU! It truly does make a difference to know of the many that are holding you up before the Lord. (For specific information, please contact Bro. Ronnie's son-in-law, Steve Lilly at 828.779-1958.)

 

UPDATE 2/2: If you have ever read "My Personal Message" in The Voice in the Wilderness newsletter or received personal correspondence from Ronnie, you will have noted that his closing signature always includes Isa. 40:31 - "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." After 10 days on a restricted floor with concerns about appropriate care, he was able to move to a regular room within the hospital and receive a visit from Terry - what a special blessing! His strength had been taken from him, he had not walked, he had fainted, but, amazingly, in this new location, he was able to have significant pain relief, stand, walk with assistance a short distance, and take a shower - the first in nearly two weeks! He said that he knew he had never been that long without a bath! These "firsts" are reminiscent of the last sermon he preached in which he revealed the 2021 theme for The Voice in the Wilderness, "First in Flight." Observation, further testing, and MUCH better care on that floor resulted in his discharged on day 12. Praise the Lord! He was admitted to an acute rehab facility and is encouraged by a new environment, yummy food, caring staff, and a significant lessening of pain. Today, he shocked us all, including himself, by walking around the gym twice and biking two miles! Needless to say, a nap was in order for the afternoon. We are all shouting the glory for these "firsts" and ask you to join us in praise for renewing his strength. Challenging days are certainly ahead with physical therapy and and healing from Guillain-Barre Syndrome and Bell's Palsy. We ask that you continue in prayer for this, that there be no complications or setbacks, and that he will experience full strength and a complete recovery from this attack. Our hearts have been overwhelmed by the multitude of prayers given for this recovery. We know that you, our army of prayers warriors, have bombarded heaven's throne and we are so thankful that He hears and has chosen to answer prayer. How exciting it will be, in the days ahead, to share more praise and recovery reports!
 
 
UPDATE 1/30: Something that no one desires to be able to say, we can now say - "We have personal, up-close experience with our current healthcare system." Many adjectives could be used to describe this system in its current state, but that account must be detailed at a later time. For now, we simply ask that you pray for great wisdom as we navigate the challenges of care in this ongoing environment. Today, we thank the Lord for providing a specific answer to prayer regarding the location of his care. He is stable, has completed the five treatments, seen some mobility progress, and pain is being better managed. Your prayers have been and will continue to be vital over the next two weeks. We look forward to being able to share with you how the Lord is directing and providing over the days to come. Please continue in prayer for his overall care, doctors, facilities and staff; the lessening of of symptoms and spread; pain management; and his encouragement. "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you..."
 
UPDATE 1/28: Thank you to all who prayed for pain management and relief! After an intense 24 hours of unmanaged pain, he has received relief! The doctor has ordered what is necessary, but apparently some mindlessly perform duties while others own the situation and seek the best comfort and care. We are thankful for the vigilance of last night's nurse. Physical therapy also saw progress that we haven't seen in a week. Please pray today as we try to get more information concerning the upcoming plan after he receives the 5th and last treament on Friday. Information is not forthcoming and with the "No visitor" policy it is a constant challenge to tract down the necessary information. Continue to pray for all other needs mentioned below. We know our Prayer Warriors are making a tremendous difference for we remember the promise, "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." I Peter 5:7
UPDATE 1/26: Ronnie continues to remain stable. There was concern that perhaps his heart was being adversely affected. Tests were run. We praise the Lord for his watchcare and the good results that his heart is strong. His respiration is also listed as excellent. The days are still difficult with all that surrounds defeating and reversing the onslaught of the virus and ensuing nerve damage. Three out of five treaments are complete. Pain management is challenging. Prayer Warriors, knowing that conditions can change in a moment, keep on the firing line! Pray that the attack from the immune system to the nerves does not spread, no further complications will arise, Ronnie will see progress and be encouraged, and an excellent plan of recovery can be formulated. We, Ronnie and the family, do not take your prayers for granted and lift your name and personal prayer needs to the Lord as we spend much time going to the throne in praise and petition. "And the Lord turned the captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends..." Job 42:10.
UPDATE 1/25: Hearts of Prayer - displaying all the names of our Prayer Warriors are located in our office. We were so grateful to hear from people all over the world who stopped yesterday (Sunday) to have a special prayer time for Ronnie. Thank you for being a part of our mighty army of Prayer Warriors. Today, Ronnie has remained stable for which we are thankful. Last evening other issues arose; therefore more tests, doctors and observations were given today. To date, he has completed 3 out 5 treatments ordered. Please pray that he remains stable without further issues and that the viral attacks on his body will not spread further. We anticipate more test results tomorrow and further doctor consults. Remember Terry as she navigates his care from afar due to the "No Visitor" restrictions. Tonight we share a verse given to us by a dear friend also enduring physical trial. Heb. 13:5-6 - Let your conversation be without covetouness; and be content with such things as ye have; for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
UPDATE 1/24: This Lord's Day, we praise Him for continued care for Ronnie Williamson. The Doctor has issued a diagnosis of GBS (Guillain-Barre Syndrome). This rare disease is the result of your body's inappropriate reaction to a virus, causing your immune system to attack your nerves. Today, he has received 2 out of 5 scheduled treatments. We are thankful that he has experienced some relief from intense pain. Please continue to pray for the specifics listed below. We are so grateful for the calls, texts, messages and comments. We have shared all those names and messages with him, and it is a wonderful encouragement to know that so many are lifting his name to the Great Physician. Your continued prayers are requested in the coming days. Contact information is also below.
A Statement from The Voice in the Wilderness: Thank you to all those who have expressed through various means that they are praying. We wanted to give a few specifics so that you could continue to pray more effectively. Ronnie Williamson, director of The Voice in the Wilderness, is in the hospital. A rare condition, stemming from the effects of a virus, has caused his immune system to attack his nervous system. To date, this has resulted in severe weakness and lack of mobility in his extremities. At this time, we ask you to pray for: the issue to not spread further in his body, the treatments to be effective, his hospital care and team of doctors, his personal encouragement, his wife, Terry, and family as they work to monitor his care from a distance because of the "No Visitor" policy at the hospital. If you have commented or contacted us in any way regarding this prayer need, we have added your name to a posted list in our office in effort to encourage he and the family that specific people are praying. We ask that you do not attempt to call Dr. Williamson's cell phone or via messenger, but please direct any messages or calls to his son-in-law, Steve Lilly at 828-779-1958 or via messenger Steve N Rebekah Lilly. For you, our praying friends, we are extremely grateful.