10 Years - Still Alive - Our Miracle!

Ten years ago today, I was on my back in the intensive care unit of North Shore University Hospital in New York. One hour prior, as I was preparing to minister at Rock the Block, I nearly lost consciousness trying to sing, A TC van took me to the hospital. Miracle one - within 9 minutes I was in ICU. The doctor walked in and grimly announced, "I’m sorry Mr. Gillott, you have six massive pulmonary emboli lodged in your lungs,you will not survive the night. Are your affairs in order?"

The most critical clinical finding was that my right side systolic pressure, which should have been 30, was tremendously elevated. A right side systolic of 30 is normal, 50 is critical, 60 is fatal! At that point cardiac tissue fails and the heart explodes.
My right side systolic pressure was not 60, 65 or 70, 75, 80 or 85. It was 86, 26 points past fatal.


On July 23, 2007, a challenging traveling schedule including 4 trans-oceanic missions trips with flights in excess of 15 hours (in just over 4 months) finally caught up with me. I was diagnosed with those six giant pulmonary emboli. In simple terms, huge clots, DVT's (deep vein thrombosis) developed in my left leg and migrated to my lungs upon my return from South Korea. By God's grace, rather than causing a heart attack or "stroke" (which would have been fatal),the clots lodged in my lungs and another one remained in my left leg behind my knee.

On Thursday, July 19, I had been to the hospital in Virgina suffering shortness of breath and weakness. They did an echo cardiogram and the systolic right ventricle heart-lung pressure of 55 should have alerted them to a serious problem. BUT they put me back on a plane to Atlanta- the New York.

I should have been immediately hospitalized but was released, despite the fact that the doctor knew I was preparing for airline flights.  The change in atmospheric pressure during any of the six airline takeoffs and landings in the four days that followed, as I travelled to Atlanta and New York City, should have been fatal.

By the time I got to the hospital in New York, my condition medically had become desperate.The CAT scan revealed six large emboli in my lungs and left leg, the doctor shared, "Examinations showed more small clots than can I can count as well as fragments lodged throughout the lung," The accumulated impact of DVT's  (deep vein thrombosis) developed over many mission flights. Only God's grace saved me. CLICK FOR VIDEO

See Cathy's Corner below for the rest of the story.

Research from the World Health Organization reveals that 1 in 4,500 travelers will develop a clot. To evaluate your personal risk for DVT's due to air travel (and how to avoid them) check out this link from National Public Radio. By the grace that God so freely gives, in power of His name we emerged victorious. In partnership with the entire Global TC family we are so glad to be back in the field again to continue the Teen Challenge miracle . . . God's MISSION POSSIBLE.

~ ~ God is SO FAITHFUL ~ ~

“Don’t be afraid,
for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged,
for I am your God.

I will strengthen you
and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

Ten years ago today, on July 23, 2007, my cell phone rang in Gloucester. It was Bernie. He called with the horrifying news that he was in the intensive care unit in New York City. The doctor had just told him, "I am sorry Mr Gillott, you have six inoperable pulmonary emboli in your lungs. You will not survive the night."

Bernie said, "I love you," and there was silence. In that moment his words sank in. His extensive traveling schedule had caused deep vein blood clots to form, moving from his leg to his lungs. Now testing revealed six “giant” pulmonary embolisms that threatened to take his life. BUT GOD!

When I received the news, there was a moment of fear, which was quickly replaced by anger that the enemy was going to try to take my husband, followed by a fierce determination that God would have the last word. Of course, Bernie only remembers me saying, "Don't you dare die till I get there!"

Bern's pulse ox was under 60, he was on pure oxygen and still unable to get his breath. The tissue in his lungs was damaged and the right side of his heart was about to burst.

Even though the doctor's prognosis was, "No hope," we prayed, along with many of you. Despite the doctors dire prediction, God gave us a promise in Psalm 118:17. “You will not die, you will live, and declare my glory to the nations." God, in His faithfulness, raised Bernie from that hospital bed. I am still SO GRATEFUL for all of you that joined us in prayer as we watched God do the MIRACLE!

He left the hospital, on oxygen, in a wheelchair. The doctors warned us that survival would demand a total lifestyle change. The specialist shared, "Because of the damage to your heart and lungs, you will not be a missionary again. Perhaps you could pastor a small church? If you share sitting down, you may have a few years."

The doctor warned me, “If he boards a plane again, when the aircraft reaches altitude, his heart will burst". He reminded us that we really did not have much time. "In 80% of cases, following a right side systolic pressure over 60 -- survival rate is less than three years.

With his warning ringing in our ears, we still went home believing God. Within six weeks, diagnostic tests began to confirm that God was doing a miracle. On September 6, 2007, Bernie returned to Cuba on a critical mission. Our God is AWESOME! . Through four air flights, Norfolk to- Miami- to Havana and home to Virginia, God kept him. That was just the beginning.

I am not sure what report you have been given, not sure what you have been told, not sure what THEY said, but we know this --God has the last word. The name of Jesus is the final authority.

To be honest, I do not know what you are facing today, but I DO know that you DO NOT face it alone. We have traveled over a million miles since July 2007 and just returned from Madagascar where we (along with the Mission SOS team) ministered to over 157,000 people and over 30,000 committed their lives to Christ. God is still not done with us.

God is faithful and His promise is true. “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10.

Not just 10 years ago, but over and over and over, God has been so LOVING and so FAITHFUL!  And we are so GRATEFUL! Whose report will you believe? We will believe the report of the Lord. To God be the glory, great things He has done!



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Posted AUGUST 25, 2007

When I was in the hospital today for my echocardiogram, I overheard the cardiologist speaking to the technician on the other side of the curtain.

He gave specific instruction to focus on the descending vena cava or some such thing. He said " I understand that if this guy is still alive in 90 days, they may send him for that new dissecting pulmonary thrombo-embolectomy surgery in San Diego. Not much chance of that."

I said, "Yo, I'm still here. I won't be in the San Diego hospital in 90 days, I will be on the mission field! We do not minimize the report of science, bit I am so glad we have the report of faith. In spite of the words of the cardiologist, I am confident that I will still be alive in 90 days and ... Cathy knows that I expect to be preparing for a new mission trip by then!

Returning Home

What a delight when we got home to VIrginia, that Bernie & Sara brought our new granddaughter and and spent time with us as I needed extra care.

Psalms 118:15-17 The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous. 16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly. 17 I will not die, but live, And tell of the works of the LORD.
Romans 4:19-21 - Without becoming weak in faith Abraham contemplated his own body, now as good as dead . . .
Yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.

REFRAME POSSIBLE: Walking through the door above we stepped into a world of challenge, casting vision to PUT HOPE WITHIN REACH of every addict. We were honored to join 72 of the most influential Teen Challenge leaders from around the world for the GTC Global Executive Council at the Teen Challenge International Conference Center in Yuchi, Alabama.

Dr. Jerry Nance continues to champion the challenge to forge forward to Unleash the Hope. We cannot rest on the supernatural growth of the recent years that has led to over 35,000 teen challenge residential care beds in 120 nations. Not while there are still over 247,000 million addicts worldwide and one addict dies ever 8 seconds. God has given us a prophetic mandate to reach the world.


We do not receive salary or travel from Global Teen Challenge. Your donation impacts lives. we are grateful for your donation, but your gift is not for Cathy and me, but the lives God touches as we reach our empowered by your partnership. Your gift makes it possible to take this Good News around the world and raise up workers for this amazing end-time harvest.




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Again I say
unto you,
That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done
for them of
my Father which is in heaven.


Please pray for the Global Executive Council of Global Teen Challenge as TC leaders from around the world return home to implement some of challenges laid before us during meeting at Global Headquarters. We appreciate your prayers for traveling safety, vision, encouragement, and tools to mobilize kingdom assets to address the global pandemic of addiction. By God’s grace, may we REFRAME POSSIBLE as, by God's grace we UNLEASH the HOPE.


We are heading for Rwanda with Disney, Oklahoma Teen Challenge to reach past the city and into the mountains. We will bring the good News to villages abandoned since the genocide. Willy is also planning a city-wide outreach in Kigali.

3) MADAGASCAR-Pastor's Awareness

We have just sent 101 letters to Madagascar to key leaders who desire to continue to move with the vision for residential care, Living Free and outreach. Please pray that the seeds of interest concerning Teen Challenge will flourish in those with a passion to reach the lost, broken and addicted in Madagascar. One pastor said, "We can't let this die!" As dialogue continues, please pray that new Teen Challenge centers will be opened in this genuinely needy country.

4) Prayer Requests & Praise from Europe Teen Challenge

Al Perna, the former ETC leader is now recovering from a surgery. Pray for Al and Emanuela too.

Gianfranco from TC Italy has sent news that his daughter, Gioia, is responding very well to treatment. The tumor is 20% of its initial size. Praise God for this!

We have received a serious prayer request from Leiv Holstad. He is in desperate need of a liver transplant. Here is Leiv's note

My liver seems to have finished the race. They discovered two tumors one month ago, and now I've been on a waiting list for liver-transplantation for two weeks. I'm the first on the list with my bloodtype (A), and since this is the most common bloodtype in Norway, it can happen any day. The doctors said that they would be surprised if I have to wait more than two months. They transplant appr. 100 livers per year in Norway, and most of the operations are successful. The rest of my body (they have examined me from top to toe) is in VERY good shape, so with a new liver, I might have a better life than before.

Again, thanks to all of you for praying. It really makes a big difference.
Pray with us for the global advance of the gospel. Pray for workers for the Harvest ...Teen Challenge Centers in 120 countries need staff and we currently have invitations to start Teen Challenge in over 32 new nations. They are crying out for help. They need the power of God to meet a pressing social need... but we know it has a SPIRITUAL ROOT.
MATTHEW 9: 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”