Rich’s Request…

Hello Friends!  I have been asked by Rich to manage his Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts in order tokeep you updated on the things God is doing in his life.  Many of you know the circumstances surrounding the Hayes family and many of you do not.  This blog has been setup to share with you the journey God is leading them on.

The various Social Media tools available make it very easy for news to flow in a viral fashion.  In order to make sure that this news is accurate, Rich has asked that all updates be funneled through this medium, his blog.  His Twitter, Facebook status, and LinkedIn account will be your tools to know that there are updates available.

If you would like to respond to the updates, please DO NOT respond via Facebook or Twitter.  Please, instead, comment on the blog.  Again – We are trying to make things simple for the Hayes family to RECEIVE the messages that you would like to send them by having you post in one central location.  We are trying to bring simplicity in a time of chaos.  Again, let me remind you, if you respond on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn – I cannot guarantee that the Hayes family will see them.  This is the central communication hub!

We make no promises as to the frequencies of updates, so please be respectful of the Hayes family during this time and know that as soon as an update is available, it will be posted here.

Thank You for your cooperation and understanding!

26 thoughts on “Rich’s Request…

  1. Thinking about you today and asking the LORD to continue to lead you and guide you and sustain you in these days. You are well loved and appreciated, Richard!

  2. Rich,

    Just wanted to let you know I am praying for you right now! In this moment in time I am partnering with no doubt hundreds or by now thousands, to go before our Father with the name “Rich Hayes.” I (We) are asking and believing for His will to be accomplshed in your life. You will probably forget more scripture than I will ever remember, so I know you are aware of the many promises that are yours to claim during this period of your life.
    You also know that in the days ahead you are going to see the depth of the impact that you have had on others in ministry and life in general. We are here with you brother, walking this journey with you and Lisa as well as the boys! You have certainly influenced myself and countless others. Now it is our time to rally around you! Please know that as the days progress, so too will the intensity of our prayers and petitioning on your behalf! God is going to see you through, I just know it!
    Be blessed and of good cheer, for you are not alone! If God be for us, who shall be against us? Press on my friend!

  3. We want you all to know that you are in our prayers. We know that the Lord has a plan for you and he will not abandon you. What ever God walks you to He walks you through. Anything we can do to help you we will do.

  4. We are praying for you and your family. You are on our minds so much and we can’t imagine what you are going through. But we also know that you are totally dependent on God and that your faith is strong. We are praying for a miracle as only God can do.

  5. Hello Richard. I just came across this in Facebook, but I don’t know what’s going on – but God does…so whatever it is…I will be lifting you up in prayer. your friend, Darlene

  6. Rich and Lisa, I haven’t said a lot a church, even though I see a lot of people around you, but both Nolan and I are praying sincerely for Rich that God’s blessing and healing will come from this, and that His grace and strength will keep your entire family as you take each step, seeing the light of His glory at the end of your venture, in His arms. God bless you all. Karen

  7. “He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” Psalm 91

    God’s Word has been my source of strength, hope, comfort and security, especially these past 12 weeks. I pray you find those same things now.

    Love and prayers,
    Cheryl Doyle

  8. Brother Rich,

    Having been down a very similar road, I see that our Father has really big plans for you to have entrusted you with this assignment. He has called you up from the ranks to take the point here. Listen for His commands and obey them without hesitation. He’ll get you through.

    I can’t wait to see what He does for you and through you!

    I’ll be praying and watching.

    Dan Floen

  9. Hi Rich,

    I admire you so much for your faith and your strength.
    I’m praying for you, and you’re contatntly in my thoughts. I am here for you however you need me.
    It was wonderful to see you tonight after surery. You look amazing considering what you have just gone though. I love you big brother, Stacey

  10. Rich and family,

    Lisa and I cried when we heard you had to go for more surgery but we know that God is faithful and that we are not asked to go through tough things without purpose.

    We have been praying for you often and our thoughts are on you many times during the day. The men’s bible study went well this morning and we prayed for you and the family. If there is anything we can do for you please let us know.

    We love you,

    Curtis and Lisa

  11. Rich and family,

    Just want to let you know that my prayers will join the chorus of prayers of your many friends who are here for you.


  12. Rich,

    I totally understand how you can be excited about this time in your life.

    Having been diagnosed with Stage Four Metastatic Melanoma in September 2007, and given 8 months to live, Julie and I have often said that this season of struggle has been the most vibrant, learning filled, and miraculous time of our lives together; so far.

    I am excited to see how God’s plan unfolds for you!

    Dan Floen

  13. Rich,

    I just found out today (Weds 24th) of your situation… my heart goes out to you and your family.

    We will be praying for you (specifically for Spiritual and Physical comfort, healing, hope, and an ever growing excited fulfillment of His Purpose for You now!… that you’d be filled with all the fullness of HIM, the Love of God.. see Eph 3:14-21)

    I have much more to say of the victorious experiences I have had with close friends on how to crush cancer, so I will be in touch…

    All His Greatest for You Today!

    Your Friend In Christ!

    Ken & Diana Burke

  14. You’ve always been there for me Rich and you I will always be there for you. All the seeds you sewn will now come to fruition as you need them. Just say the word and we all will do what we can. I’m starting out by saying a little prayer for you and your family.

  15. Rich and family,

    So much love and prayers to you guys from your 33 Hope Partners. As always, we are inspired by your strength and obedience.We love you, big guy – abide and press on!

    God Bless,


  16. Rich: I literally think of you throughout my day because my screen saver on my work computer is the DLB mosaic cross of Jesus which you caused to be created and which has become such a great icon of our faith and trust in Him with 33 Hope. Through that icon you have brought so many to Him that I know He is smiling that first smile. I also know that He is with you and that you embrace Him for His strength and comfort for even in the midst of questions and uncertainty He is the answer for us all. Thank you for your work in His name which we are engaged in. Bill

  17. Rich and family,

    I am reading the news for the first time today and I am speechless. I am praying for you and your family during this difficult time. I know your faith in God and positive attitude will guide you through each day.

    You are such a great person and I know God has a plan for you. Stay strong and positive always!


  18. Rich & Family,

    I have to apologize in that I had no idea anything was wrong. Our paths cross all the time with these media outlets, but not much face to face and me and my family will be praying for a speedy recovery. It’s all part of Gods plan so rest up and get better soon.



  19. Rich and family,
    Thinking of you often, you truly are an inspiration… know that you all are in our prayers…
    Sending our best, Kirk, Lori and family

  20. Rich and Lisa…do not forget that I have been down a similar path. Rare cancer…surgery (not as extensive)…5 weeks of radiation 5 days a week (be prepared to be very tired and watch your blood pressure). And I agree with Rich: God is good…but until something like this flips your life over, it makes it much more real.

    Rich and Lisa, I am availabe to come and talk with you, pray with you…help out at DLB…whatever needs you have, please call on me…we are brothers in a deeper sense now Rich, and I am here for you..

    I just found out last night from John Faulkner and this is the fist chance I’ve had to reach out to you. You are in my prayers daily.

  21. Richard and Lisa,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help – we’re right down the street!

    Denny & Patty

  22. Richard,
    I stumbled on to this link from facebook and was crushed when I read about what you have been going through the last few weeks. If there is anything you or ur family needs plz let me know.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery Brian

  23. Rich and Lisa and kids,
    May the peace and joy of the Lord so explode in every aspect of your lives during this season of your journey. And, may you all sense His presence, healing and loving kindness in exceeding and abundant measures beyond anything we all can ask or imagine for you and your family now.
    Be encouraged and expectant for the Lord loves you and is with you and He is moving in and through our prayers on your behalf…

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