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Prayers for Celestine Olive

Below is a prayer request for Celestine “Cella” Olive. Cella is a current GCI Board member, pastoral team member in Lancaster, CA, U.S., and a retired employee.

I’ve been dealing with a challenging season of pain and spasms in my neck, arms, and shoulders, with a very painful right hand. I haven’t been able to play my keyboard for the past year because of the pain.

After pursuing relief through herbal supplements, chiropractic, physical therapy, an epidural injection in my neck and acupuncture, all to circumvent the need for surgical intervention, the condition worsens. The problem turned out to be spinal disc damage.

The neurosurgeon and I are convinced that a surgical removal and fusion of the C3-4 spinal disc is needed. The procedure will be: Anterior cervical discectomy with fusion, or ACDF, a surgery designed to relieve spinal cord or nerve root pressure in the neck by removing all or part of a damaged disc. It is scheduled for Thursday, April 21st.

I would appreciate your prayers, and I’m trusting and having faith in God for complete healing of the area and restoring the use of my right hand.

Love and blessings to all,

14 thoughts on “Prayers for Celestine Olive”

  1. Dear Celestine,

    I will be walking this faith journey with you and will be praying along with Elke for a successful operation on Thursday.

    In Him,
    Santiago and Elke

  2. My heart hurts for you, Celestine. But God is in control and He’ll be present with you all the way.

  3. Dear Celestine, I am so sorry to hear about your suffering for so long. We will be praying for your surgery this week and we will pray in worship services for your recovery. Love, Julia O’Dell, Amarillo, TX

  4. God has placed you in our church family and we know he isn’t through with you yet, so your upcoming surgery and recovery are also in His hands. We (your sisters in Christ) are with you in spirit, praying for you and your family.

  5. Our God placed you in this family for a reason and isn’t through with you yet. So, am praying for you and your family as you undergo this surgery. Look forward to hearing of a speedy and complete recovery as a praise report soon.

  6. Praying to our loving Father for relief from your pain and restored ability for your right hand!

  7. Dear Ms. Olive, may our dear Lord comfort you and bless with total success your recovery from this ordeal!

  8. Lord, I lift Cella up into your loving hands. Comfort her and give her your peace that transcends all human understanding. Bless her surgeon and surgical team as they take care of our sister in Christ. I’m His Holy name, amen

  9. Praying for you Cella! May you come through this with no more pain. Can’t wait to hear the praise report!

  10. Cella, Senior and I are praying that you will have a successful operation and regain the use of your hand.

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