Stuart and Valerie Merrill and their family have been missionaries for more than a decade They currently minister in Nikapol, Ukraine.
Thursday (11/06/08) Dad and Andrew were working at the Church building in Nikapol, Ukraine. Dad was on the roof and apparently sensed something happening. He was sitting down with his arms wrapped around something when they found him.
They got him off the roof and to the hospital where, to my knowledge, it was confirmed that he had a Hemorrhagic stroke. He is responsive but cannot speak. He recognizes everyone and has not lost all ability to move. A CT scan revealed that a blood vessel had burst on the left side of his brain.
Stuart, Valerie, and family currently reside in Des Moines, IA where Stuart continues to recover. Physically he has recovered probably 90% of the way. He is struggling with speech, but making good progress. He is able to communicate well but struggles with coming up with the right words. Pray as this can be frustrating and will simply require time and practice.
Prayer – You can find an updated list of prayer requests here
Financial – currently this is in progress. Most of the news relayed has to do with Stuart’s situation. There is a serious financial need. Here is a page detailing the ways that you can help.
Valerie and Stuart: firstname.lastname@example.org
Travis Merrill: email@example.com
Cards and letters can be sent to the following address:
Stuart and Valerie Merrill
3101 67th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322
Please don’t call for medical updates. Use the web site for that. Mom appreciates getting phone calls but please don’t just call to get an update as that is why we have the website. Mom does have Tiffany, Jeremy, and Justin close by but they cannot be there all the time.
Valerie’s phone number is 515-943-9433