Worn Out and In Danger

Please join me in another blast of prayer for little Baby Jonah Silverberg and his dear family. He is going to be only 13 weeks tomorrow and has been having one life-threatening occurrence after another taking a toll not only on his physical body but on his family and caretakers as well. It has been a roller-coaster of emotions as this 4th child to a family of Christian missionaries in the Bronx fights for his life while his parents also struggle to meet the needs of the rest of the family, home, ministry and their own emotional, physical and spiritual needs.

God has shown us great miracles in the fact that little Jonah has lived through all that he has. This tiny child has literally been brought back from death’s doorway via heart attacks and breathing problems… he’s endured high fevers, poor breathing, digestion, and brain wave activity… it’s truly amazing!

If you are new to Baby Jonah’s plight, please just search “Baby Jonah” even in this site’s search box and you can read how very much this family has endured. God is faithful all the way along, and we may not understand what is being accomplished by all of this. However, of this one thing we can be sure: God is, always has been, and will always be…IN CONTROL!

Dear Praying Family,
Jonah’s condition has taken another turn for the worse.
His Sepsis infection has returned, he is running a fever,
his central line is infected, and he is generally doing very poorly.
3 attempts were made to put in a new line, all failed.
The cardiac team does not want a line put in his upper body,
as they still hold out hope for the next round of surgeries to
save Jonah’s life. Upper body lines would eliminate the chance for
such future surgeries. The team meets today to discuss what to do.
Jonah is still unable to digest nutrients, and is on the ventilator attached to his
trach tube.
We are very worn out as well.
Thank you for your continued faithful prayers.
Jonah will be 13 weeks old tomorrow.
In Christ’s Love,
Marty for Val
on the 24th after his Trach tube surgery
“Dear Praying Family,
Trach surgery went well. Jonah continues to recover from it. Please continue in prayer for him and the rest of our family. We are hoping and praying for him to recover from this surgery, and his sepsis infection. Then we hope to find out why he is not digesting any nutrients. It has been suggested that his G-tube, for feeding is leaking.
Thank you so very much.”
In Christ’s Love,
Marty for Val


All of this has been such a long trial. Please join me in praying for God’s best to be evident. That the most awesome glory go to God while the wonders He has wrought through this little one’s life testify to His love for every detail of every heart beat, breath and movement. Of course, I am asking for Jonah’s physical comfort and healing, but also his emotional peace. I cannot imagine! Does he get to be cuddled at all with all the tubes? I pray so. I know that Val has made every effort to be at his side as much as possible and is surely having physical contact with him.

I am asking specifically for prayer for Jonah’s mother and father, Val and Marty Silverberg. How very hard it must be to see there little one in distress. I am also asking that as you look at your own family gathered around the dinner table, or as you read them a bedtime story and tuck them into bed; or as you simply hold them in your lap close to your chest — will you not send a great prayer of thanksgiving for the precious gift that you have been given in that child(ren)?

Now, will you also lift up a heart-felt prayer for Jonah’s older brothers and sister? These children haven’t gotten to even play with their little brother, but in their limited child-like understanding, have to come to terms with “we don’t know”. His older sister Shakinah is especially sensitive to the precarious uncertainties of her little brother’s future.

A Scary Surgery Tuesday

If you have not been reading about Baby Jonah Silverberg and praying with us, you can join us right now. Back posts are searchable on this sites search box or even on web searching.

Baby Jonah will be facing yet another surgery Tuesday the 22nd. After being born with a major heart deformaty only about four months ago, this tiny boy has not even been able to go home to his missionary parents home with his older brother and sisters. Marty and Val Silverberg have had to face numerous surgeries, near death episodes, nutritional concerns, brain functioning scares, recently a sepsis infection due to numerous blood transfusions and now … tomorrow, Tuesday, March 22nd, little Jonah faces a life threatening surgery as they place a trachiotomy tube which may prove too great a strain on his weak heart.

Dear Praying Family,
Jonah is still not receiving food.
He is on IV drip.
Val has decided to go ahead w/ Tracheotomy surgery.
She wants to be able to take him home.
He cannot breathe on his own. Drs. say it is a mystery why.
He is not able to digest nutrients either.
Trach surgery comes w/ risk of fatal heart attack.
Hoping for surgery this week.
Little Jonah has been thru so much.
Please continue to Pray w/ us for a miraculous recovery.
Also, we all need strength to go on.
We have received much encouragement from some of you, esp those, going thru or having gone thru similiar. Thank you for sharing w/ us your pain and encouraging us.
In spite of reports stating different, we are still w/o any help either at home or at the hospital.
We are grateful for a woman and her daughter who want to come and help from 2 hours away, and are prayerfully working thru the best way to receive their help, which may be available Mondays and Saturday afternoon.
Thank you so very much for your continued prayer support during this long and difficult time.
Jonah will be 12 weeks old on Tuesday.
In Christ’s Love,
Marty for Val


Dear Praying Family,
We received a call tonight that Jonah will have the Trach put in tomorrow, which is Tuesday, 3/22/11.
Val is a bit out of sorts as the heart specialist is weary of this trach surgery at this time, and Jonah’s ability to live thru this. Val feels it needs to be done, and I support her decision.
Also found ouit from Josh’s bus driver that tomorrow, Tuesday is a half day for Josh, further pushing things out of sorts. We had many other things on the sched for tomorrow also, we’ll see what the Lord allows.
Thank you again for your prayers.
In Christ’s Love,
Marty for Val

I hope you will keep this tiny soul, his family and the surgeons and nurses who care for him in you prayers.

Dear Val & Marty,
I am especially praying for you to have blessed assurance and that your darling little one will be cradled in the loving arms of God as he faces this next big event. I do believe God is sparing the child much of the pain we loved ones fear he is going through. We have such a loving and merciful Father.
Alongside you in the Spirit, Ellen

Spring from Struggling to Singing

Beauty overcomes harshnessTonight at around seven twenty in Central Indiana we are going to mark the change of season from Winter (my least favorite) to Spring (my most favorite). I have been long looking forward to the gloomy gray skies filled with biting winds and bone-chilling cold being replaced by blue skies filled with singing birds, and some renewing rains and sunshine.

I like counting down toward Springtime, because I KNOW my time of struggling will be at an end…soon.

Unlike the seasons of a calendar year our seasons of testing and trials do not usually come with a fixed end date to be marked on our calender of events. In fact, while we are enduring the various pains of such a season of gloominess, it may actually seem as if we will never emerge from it. Yet, God’s Word has various places of encouragement for us in these times. God will never leave us or forsake us. He loves us; seeks only our betterment as His children. God allows us to undergo suffering from time to time so that we might more readily identify what Jesus Christ did to deliver us from our sins.

Spring IS coming; Winter WILL end.

Here is an update from Marty & Val Silverberg who are missionaries in the Bronx. There have been numerous postings on little Baby Jonah who has really had quite a struggle physically all his 4 little months of life. You may find out more about his story by simply searching “Baby Jonah prayer” on this site or just search it on the web.

Dear Praying Family,

There is little change in Jonah’s condition.
Sepsis infection is improving a little.
Another serious situation in which Jonah is not
able to digest nutrients even after surgery and w/ a g tube for feeding.

Your continued prayers are very much appreciated.
Thank you again.

In Christ’s Love,
Marty for Val

Please join us in continuing to pray for Jonah’s many physical needs and the Silverberg family as a whole.