Monday, November 20, 2006


Time for Spiritual Warfare

Steve Schippert at MILBLOGS and Blackfive both posted a call for spiritual warriors to intercede on behalf of Lieutenant Andrew Kinard, struggling for life at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Here are the particulars on Andrew Kenton Kinard, of the 2nd Marine Division’s 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion:

Three weeks ago, Marine Lieutenant Andrew Kinard was on patrol in Iraq and was hit by an IED (three other Marines were hit, too). Apparently, before shock set in, Kinard established security and asked about his men, then passed out. The damage to his body was extremely severe. I don't know who the hospital corpsman was who assisted Lt. Kinard, but I know that Kinard went into cardiac arrest twice and lost most of his blood - whoever that corpsman is, he is a miracle worker. Andrew was flown to Al Asad (by that time had used 67 units of blood), then Germany and now Bethesda. He has lost his right leg above the knee, the left leg at his pelvis, and he has lots of internal damage to his intestines, kidneys, etc. He's on a ventilator. He is fighting infections. He's been awake only a few times since his injury.

Once he recovers, he'll be moved to Walter Reed for rehabilitation.

So, if ever there was a case for your faith, prayers are needed for Lieutenant Kinard, especially that he may have strength in his kidneys and pulmonary system to survive long enough to have surgery to fix critical functions and survive a kidney transplant.

I pray that the God that created everything in heaven and on earth might extend his care and provision upon LT Kinard. May the good LT confound those who know of his injuries, and that his body might strengthen and repair itself in the care of his doctors.

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