From Dowd Walker, Frisco, TX:

One of our 9-month journey guides here in Frisco Tx, Dick Casper, has COVID/pneumonia and is in the hospital.  He was admitted Thursday night.  He is in his mid-80s and was in ok health pre-COVID.

Dick received the same medical cocktail treatment that they gave President Trump and that seems to be helping, as of Sat morning.

Please pray for Dick’s continuing recovery and the effectiveness of his witness in the COVID wing of the hospital, especially among the nurses. His heart has been deeply moved by the severe weariness he sees among the hospital front-line staff. He is sharing the gospel and believes he is there to be the light of Christ, which of course he is.  He has a heart to “live it out” (and is) and is reaching back.

More about Dick and recent events, if you want more details:

Dick is a long-time men’s ministry leader who has discipled hundreds of men during his walk with Christ, but upon completing the journey in May 2019, he is now abiding and serving in God’s strength and no longer in his own power.  He is very grateful for the Journey and is a powerful advocate for it and Christ.  He is on fire 🔥.  He started leading his current 9-month Journey Group in the Fall of 2019 and we are now in Enabled.

Today Michael Daoust, David Hemm, and some others organized an in-person-outside-hospital and via-zoom prayer event, praying for Dick, the lost, first responders, the gospel, and the glory of God.  Dick was able to see the ‘band’ of in-person prayer warriors from his hospital room and spoke with us via cell phone.  Many of his family joined either in-person of via the zoom prayer call and were very encouraged/uplifted by the outpouring of love and prayer.   Some men Dick had discipled in other churches, or who live in CA and other states, also called into the zoom prayer session and were thankful for being invited into the ‘war room’ of prayer.  It was a beautiful time of worship.

This morning we had a scheduled Session of the Journey Group that Dick is leading.  We’re beginning to discuss pruning and discipline.  To our delight,  Dick from his hospital bed called into it to encourage the guys to go deep into the material.  I love his heart and what the Holy Spirit is doing in it.


Please pray for Jim Craig, Bryan Craig’s father, who has COVID and has been hospitalized with difficulty breathing.  He is in ICU, receiving Oxygen and a barrage of treatments, including experimental Anti-viral drugs and Plasma with Antibodies.  There is a separate post with updates you can follow.  Jim Craig Prayer

Mike Hearne:  Our champion in Wichita has Prostate Cancer.  He has surgery on November 10 to remove the prostate.  Prayers for healing, the surgery, recovery and for overwhelming peace for he and his family.

Pray for Rick Warren, Jeremy Warren’s Dad.  Jeremy is our new Area Director for Influencers Tulsa.  Jeremy’s Dad.  He suffered a very mild heart attack and has been diagnosed with atrial flutter.  This apparently is non-life threatening when treated properly and the doctors determined his heart rate has been stabile long enough from the meds that the critical concerns were lifted. There is concern for blood clots due to the blood not pumping properly through the heart, but is being treated by oral medication and has been released from the hospital! The doctors clearly said that his heart rate levels were not sustainable yesterday and would have clearly stopped had he not responded when he did. There is much follow-up with the cardiologist and other underlying concerns such as sleep apnea that will be evaluated in the weeks to come. Dad is really shaken up, but clearly re-evaluating some things. I consider the fact that he is now home and able to have a time of reflection to be a true blessing. The God we serve has shown Himself mightily today! Thank you all for your prayers and continued support during this recovery time for Rick.


Please pray for Gordon Polly, from Influencers Tulsa, who had emergency heart surgery yesterday and is recovering.  As he said, “God is not done with me yet!”



Please pray for Tina Merk:   From Marc Merk:  Tina and are traveling to Austin TX today for an appointment with a specialist on Wednesday. Either on the call this morning, the prayer call tomorrow morning or both, please lift Tina up in prayer. She has been ill for over 7 years. We have hope. Thank you for considering this.

Please pray for Mark Crenshaw, who was just diagnosed with Prostate Cancer.

Pray for Dana Halley, wife of Steve Halley, one of our champions in Sacramento, CA, whose wife has been very ill.

Pray for “Eddie” Trayler, wife of Rich Trayler, one of our champions in Phoenix, AZ, who is suffering from issues with a cervical spine stenosis. RICH SAYS PRAYERS ANSWERED!!!!

Please join us in Praying BIG prayers for Influencers and what God wants to do.

    • For The Journey to reach every city in America
    • For God to raise up Champions who will lead our discipleship efforts in each city.
    • For The Journey to reach every country and people group
    • For the possibility of a Journey Movie to reach a broader audience
    • For more men and women who have been touched by The Journey to answer Jesus’ call to make disciples by becoming Journey Guides, reaching people in their sphere of influence.
    • For church and ministry partners who believe in making disciples and see The Journey as a valuable tool they can use.


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