On Sunday, I told my New Life family that I would be taking a few weeks off from my role as pastor to take care of an issue with my heart. Not my spiritual heart, but my physical, real-life beating one. I will be having pulmonary valve replacement surgery on June 10th at an area hospital. I will be in the hospital for 5-7 days and recovering at home for 4-6 weeks. This surgery is fairly common and the prognosis for a full recovery is very good. In fact, my doctors say I will have more energy than ever after the surgery. So get ready for Turbo Brady in July!
In both Sunday morning gatherings I detailed my life journey as a heart patient and at the end, the elders and the church family gathered around me for prayer. I am so thankful to belong to a close knit church who embraces the power of faith and family. If you want to hear my story and see the prayer time, click here.
I am scheduled for two pre-surgery procedures in the the next few weeks, plus I plan to spend a few days with my family on vacation so I can begin the surgery journey rested. While I am gone, we will continue the sermon series, “This is My Story” with some incredible speakers who have amazing testimonies of miracles and redemption. Here is the speaking schedule:
May 29th – Tom Davis, the founder of Children’s Hope Chest and a key partner with New Life in serving orphans and the poor around the world.
June 5th – Pastor Jimmy Evans, the pastor of Trinity Fellowship in Amarillo and a New Life Overseer will share his story.
June 12th – Britt Hancock, a New Life missionary to Mexico who has incredible firsthand stories of miracles and salvations among the Indian people.
June 19th – Jim Daly, the president of Focus on the Family will share his story of being raised in the foster system and discovering God as dad.
June 26th – Ross Parsley will return to speak for the first time since leaving New Life to plant One Chapel in Austin, TX
July 3rd – Dave Roever, a decorated Vietnam veteran will share his powerful story of finding God in the midst of great tragedy.
July 10th – David Perkins, our youth pastor, will continue our study of the book of Luke
July 17th – I hope to return.
I am thankful for a great team of leaders at New Life who will lead well in my absence. Thanks again for all your prayers and support. I will try to post regular updates here or you can get real time updates from me on Twitter @PastorBrady
Health and peace to all of you. God is with us and He is for us.
May 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm
Hi, Pastor Brady! We will be praying for you over the next couple of months. Thankful for you!!
May 22, 2011 at 11:46 pm
Hello Pastor, Thankyou for your vulnerability, and allowing us as a body to minister to you, as you have been so faithful to watch over us…..Shalom…..
May 23, 2011 at 7:06 pm
Thanks so much for sharing your story. I just finished your book and am still waiting for your signature on it! I work here in Colorado Springs as a cardiac nurse practitioner and know exactly what your heart challenge is. God does amazing acts of healing, it is a privilege to witness to it.
I will be praying for the surgeons hands, the nurses and technicians who will take care of you in the CCU and especially for Gods amazing healing to take place. Love doing life with you and Pam!
In Him, forever
May 23, 2011 at 7:20 pm
Hello Pastor Brady, I will be praying for you over the next several months that God will keep you in the palm of his hand. I pray that you will fully recover from Heart surgery, my son James also had heart surgery in Houston when he was less than one year old and used the same surgen that took care of you. God has great plans for you for many years to come and I believe in you. I love you even though it has been a long time. I am getting ready to meet Jesus on the other side real soon and I want you to know that I have always loved you and belived that you are a great Man of God’s. God Bless you and Pam.
Love, you friend forever;
Shalom….My Brother in Christ.
May 30, 2011 at 3:29 pm
Dear Pastor Brady,
Thank you for sharing your story with us last Sunday. It was so encouraging to me. We have a 13 month old baby boy with medical problems that the doctors can not explain and are not sure what to do to help him. Hearing how your parents went through what they did and were still able to raise you to be the person that you are despite everything really encouraged me. My goal is to raise my little boy Samuel exactly like your parents did. We are also like your parents searching all over the country for a doctor who can help Sam. And thankfully we do have health insureance but we are in a fight for his life it seems like at times to get them to pay for the are that he needs. So thank you for sharing it is nice to know that things like this can be done. Thank you for the example that you are setting for us. We will be praying for you and your family.