News & Updates From Mark & Linda

A Message From Amanda…

On May 11th, 2016, a week and half past my due date and after a long, intense labor, Aaron and I were overwhelmed with joy and relief to safely welcome our baby girl into the world. We named her Alalia Linda, after Aaron’s mom and my mom, and call her Alli.

Weeks later we still find it hard to believe we are able to experience this miracle. When I look back at how bad my health was even just a few years ago and think about the difficult conversations Aaron and I had over a decade ago when we first got together, confronting the reality that, short of a miracle, I would never be able to carry a baby to term, I am amazed at what God has done. And I am beyond grateful for all the prayers and encouragement we received from so many of you along the way. My health still has a ways to go, but being at this point when so many doctors told us I would never get better is an amazing thing.

Since I handle most of our online presence and e-mail correspondence, updates have obviously been few and far between as I’ve been settling in and adjusting to life as a new mom. But I’m getting into the swing of things now and we have some excited things coming up here on our website, on iTunes, YouTube and more. So be sure to check back in soon as we launch several new projects! And for future pictures of Alli and other news on the whole Drake family, just return to our News & Updates page.

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Mark Drake Podcasts Are Now Available on iTunes!

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Our Baby is Having a Baby!

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Eleven years ago, the doctors diagnosed our youngest daughter, Amanda, with an incurable genetic disease. Since so few people have it, little study has been done on it; and there is no cure. For the next five years, Amanda was bedridden most of every day, she could never be left alone, Linda stayed with her nearly every moment and had to rush her to the hospital at least once every month. It was brutal.

Every day, no matter where I was in the world, I would call at the end of her day and we would pray, “Father, we’re asking you to heal Amanda.  When, where and how is completely up to you but we are asking for you to heal her…now would be great.” Then we would remind each other that the Father loves us unconditionally, He has a perfect plan for each of us and He has promised to make all things work together for our eternal good. This is the true battle of faith; ask and trust in peace. Even when the answer doesn’t come how or when we want it.

Aaron, the amazing man that he is, came to our house after work nearly every day for five years to see Amanda for a few minutes each night. One summer Amanda began to feel better, and better, and better; and by the end of the year Aaron proposed.  They have been married now for 6 years. Last month they bought their first house and at the same time they found out…they’re having a baby!  There is a heartbeat hiding in there!

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Aaron & Amanda’s Announcement – The Crocs are a family thing :)

Pray, and Remain in Peace

When sincere people ask us (and Amanda and Aaron), “How did you hold on and get these answers to your prayers? Did you fast, did you declare it done, did you give great  seed-faith offerings, did you remind God that if He didn’t do it then He would be a liar?”  (sadly, all things we hear on much of Christian TV); our answers are no, no, no and most definitely NO!  Here’s what we did and what we do with all our needs. We asked, and rested, asked and rested. And when we started to worry, and we did, we reminded each other that His choices are always right and that He has made an unbreakable promise to make all things work together for our eternal good! This doesn’t mean all things are good. It means in the end He will work them together FOR our good. And that keeps us in peace. Phil 4:6- “Do not be anxious about anything, but… by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Our Grandson, Mark, Got Married…and We Must Be Old!

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We had another monumental celebration this month; our oldest grandchild, Lori’s oldest son, was married to the love of his life, Erin Knowles.  Mark is a decorated staff sergeant in the US Army, currently training troops in Kansas following multiple tours of duty. The whole family got together in Bloomington, IL (where Lori and Richy live) for a weekend party to celebrate the wedding and Amanda was able to make her announcement to everyone, after the wedding. The only problem – 3 “Aarons/Erins” in the immediate family now is just a little confusing!

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After seeing this picture, my grandson Mark said the look on my face says, “Mission Accomplished!”

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Seeing his bride for the first time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark & Linda are back ministering in Alaska, and it’s already a winter wonderland!

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Recess for Alaskan children

Recess for Alaskan children