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  • Wife's anniversary gift to husband: her kidney

    by Brian Koonce/Missouri Pathway, posted Wednesday, September 05, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo from The Pathway
    ST. LOUIS (BP)-- The traditional gift for a 40th wedding anniversary is ruby. To celebrate four decades of marriage to her husband Dwight, Sherry Blankenship gave him a kidney.

    It's a story not only of love between a husband and wife, but also of support between a church and its pastor, as well as an example of God caring for His servant.

    Dwight, who has served as pastor of Parkway Baptist Church in St. Louis for 24 years, went in for his annual physical in 2014. The blood tests revealed elevated numbers of certain indicators of kidney function, prompting him to see a kidney specialist. Everything Blankenship and the doctors tried over the next two years failed and the numbers continued to get worse. He felt fine -- though the people at Parkway began to notice he was losing a bit of color and there was less spring in his step -- but the numbers showed he was dying. Read More

  • Kidney donation reflects church's family environment

    by Roger Alford/Kentucky Today, posted Wednesday, November 29, 2017 (10 months ago)

    Photo by Kenny Rager/Kentucky Today
    OWENSBORO, Ky. (BP) -- Nikki Koonce took the biblical admonition about being generous to a new level on Tuesday (Nov. 28) when she gave one of her kidneys to a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq.

    Allen Miller had been dealing with kidney disease for a decade and renal failure for the past two years. Dialysis had become an unwelcome fact of life.

    Though not blood relatives, Nikki and Allen both attend Life Community Church in Owensboro, Ky., a tightknit group of believers who see one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. So, when members of the church family found out Allen needed a kidney transplant, they lined up to see if any of them would be a match. Read More