Caring Bridge Website Created for Jerry Reed

SAN DIEGO, CA (April 7, 2011) – A Caring Bridge website for Jerry Reed, longtime Evangelical Covenant Church missionary and educator, has been set up so friends and family can offer prayers and words of encouragement as he battles cancer.

Reed, 73, was diagnosed in early March with a fast-growing cancer in his hip and lungs. On Tuesday, he was given a prognosis of one to two months. Doctors do not know whether or not the cancer is a return of the prostate cancer he battled 13 years ago.

Reed and his wife, Nancy, moved into the Mt. Miguel Covenant Retirement Community shortly before he received the diagnosis. The Reeds served as Covenant missionaries in several Latin America countries and Spain. He also served as the Milton B. Engebretson Chair of Evangelism and Church Growth at North Park Theological Seminary.

The family is posting frequent updates about his condition on the Caring Bridge website.

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  1. Nancy:

    My mother Mathilda Elzike/Elisa Haraszti Sossaman was asking me to contact you. I am sorry to hear about your husband passing. My mother went to Biola Missionary Medicine in Los Angeles and lived with you and you were her bride’s maid…If you’re able can you please contact me/her.
    thank you.

  2. Aquellos que tuvimos el privilegio de conocerle podemos valorar la hermosa persona que Dios había formado en Gerardo. Guardo en mis recuerdos hermosos momentos de conversaciones personales que me ayudaron inmensamente en momentos muy difíciles dentro del ministerio. Le doy gracias a Dios por habernos bendecido con la vida de Gerardo. A la familia Reed, a quien amamos entrañablemente, deseamos que el consuelo de amor que solo pueden recibir de Aquel que les ama como ninguno de nosotros lo puede hacer, sea ese bálsamo consolador en estos momentos de duelo.

    Alberto y Cristina Ruiz

  3.  
     Dear Nancy…You & Jerry were among “our” earliest missionary ambassadors as young
    people at Pasadena Covenant….Missions Conferences always included your visits or slide
    presentations to help us pray with more  specific purpose and petition for you and  those
     you were called by God, to serve and reach for His Kingdom.  
    May our Lord Jesus fill the void in your hearts as a family, and know we are asking God
    for Divine Comfort to sustain you in these difficult days.  
                                                                   With love,   Joni & Roy Bicker
                                                                    “Still”  Pasadena Covenant
    “No eye has  seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man, the things that God has
    prepared for those who love Him.”        I Corinthians 

  4. Dear Nancy and family,

    Hope and I are shocked to hear the news of Jerry’s home going. We had not heard that he was sick, so this is a shock to us. May the love and comfort of Jesus Christ be yours and your families in this painful and challenging time. We will always cherish the times we had together in Mexcico City being part of a wonderful mission team there.

    Much love and comfort.

    Gordon and Hope

  5. I first knew Jerry as a fellow student at Wheaton College.  Even in middle age, Jerry was anxious to study and learn new things. Years later, Jerry was my prof at North Park, and his total focus was in showing people how to come to the Lord. He had an example that we wished to emulate.  Now he is with his Lord. Blessings to his family, and peace to his memory.  

  6. Dear Nancy, Kathy, Dale and Rob, my love and gratitude for your lives and Jerry’s lived out before us as a true testamony of God’s grace and mercy to our world is so heart felt. It was such a blessing to be with you, Nancy and Jerry for a short visit at Mt. Miguel less than a month ago and to reconnect with Kathy. Years have passed since we were last together, but in God’s family, time is irrelevant and love and relationships don’t end. I will be there tomorrow at Mt.Miguel. If you need anything, I am available to help. Love and tears, Karen

  7. Dear family Reed,
    Thanks for all you have done for Gods mission around the World. We include you in our prayers in these difficult times.

  8. I’m soooo sad to hear of Jerry’s passing- his impact and fingerprints are all over my life, ministry, and marriage. He coached me thru my first sermon ever, took me backpacking into the Oaxaca mountains, made me write a paper on “authority” because I was a little rebellious, and pushed my VW bus all the way from the Mexico city airport to Arboledas at 3am…. What an angel from God! He will be missed! What a gift to so many of us… Love to you Nancy and your kids, and all the Reed’s!

    Hugs!
    Jon & Nathalie Ireland

  9. Dear friend and brother Jerry and Nancy,

    Our thoughts and prayers come your way while you are walking through thiis new and untested adventure – There is that special grace that comes and takes over – never too early and never late – that ‘shalom’ and calm when the Lord completely takes over, takes our hands, and walks us through on the bridge over troubled waters. We love you so much and ‘want to sit with you’. Lovingly, John and Miriam

  10. Hi Jerry and Nancy!
    Sorry to hear of Jerry’s condition.  Will be praying for you!
    Dave & Pat Bos

  11. Dear Jerry and Nancy, May God’s loving arms enfold you! Jerry, I will never forget the training on discipleship I learned from you via a pastor’s retreat. I think of you often as I continue applying what you taught. Both of you are role models: Your love and inspiration remains!

  12. Queridos hermanos del alma…
    Queremos expresar nuestro compromiso de oracion en estos momentos de sufrimiento…nuestro deseo es que el Senor les fortalezca y que So poder se manifieste! un fuerte abrazo…Eugenio y Pia Restrepo

  13. Father, i pray that you lift your servant Jerry fron this illness and give peace to his loving family.

  14. Jerry, Nancy and family,

    Our CHET staff and families continue to uphold you in our prayers. These we know are difficult times for all of you. We pray for traveling mercies for family that is traveling great distances to be with you. 

    Les queremos mucho. 

  15. Dear Jerry & Nancy;

    We have prayed for you for years as your names have come up in the Prayer Calendar, and now we will be praying for you daily as you face what future God has in store for you. We have used your Discipleship course in our years of ministry and we recall the good time we had with you when we visited Ecuador. Even folks in Canada are praying for you!

  16. Dear Jerry & Nancy,
    Thanks for being such good friends as we remember our trip to China. Be assured – our prayers are with you.

    Viv & Ernie

  17. Dear Jerry and Nancy, may you wake up every morning with your mind, your heart, and your life stayed on Jesus. This will be Gail’s and my prayer for you both. Deep peace, Rick Mylander

  18. Jerry and Nancy, I am with you in spirit and prayer. Mark and I pray that the peace of Christ will surround and uphold you, and God’s healing presence sensed by you each moment. Our love to you and your family.

  19. Dear Jerry & Nancy,
    So many fond memories of your cheerful presence when you stopped by our 3311 W. Foster office. Thinking of you these difficult days and hoping you feel God’s presence throughout.

    Denise Johnson

  20. Dear Jerry and Nancy, Our love and prayers are flowing up and out for God’s special blessings during these coming days. Cheryl’s mom, Ruby Johnson, lives at Mt. Miguel and has been keeping us posted. May you be encouraged to hear the words in the distance, “Well done, good and faithful servant…” We love you and know that we will enjoy fellowship again. Paul & Cheryl Bengtson

  21. Dear Jerry and Nancy,
    We are sad to hear of this news. We will pray for God’s spirit of grace and healing to descend upon you and that you will feel surrounded by the community of faith. You have blessed so many others in your lifetime, us included, and now it is your turn to receive the blessing that many would like to pour out onto you. May God bless you and keep you…may his healing hand upon your body and your spirit.
    With love in Christ,
    Jodi and Doug Fondell

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