The last couple of weeks have been very difficult for some of the CCS family. Our Middle School Math and Science teacher, Tee Nerz lost her mom as she passed away after battling cancer. Our fifth grade teacher Nancy Peters has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor that will require months of treatment. The parents of our newest high school student, Elias Lozzi were involved in a horrific accident on the way to the last night of our school play. That accident has left Mrs. Lozzi with a broken leg and Mr. Lozzi with several broken vertebrae in his neck and back. One of our high school seniors lost her sister.
Romans 12:15 tells us to “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” Matthew 5:4 tells us, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Sometimes we are tempted to “feel sorry” for people and trust God to comfort them. But what if these verses are calling us to action . . . to come along side them and mourn and weep . . . and . . . as followers of Christ, to comfort them? What if He is calling us to make a difference in their lives? At the very least, we should cover them in prayer. But I believe we could and should do more.
Below, I have included messages from Dr. Peters concerning Nancy and Mr. Lozzi concerning their accident. Please, please, please read these messages. If you are moved to help these folks in any way please let us know. If you want to reach out to Mrs. Nerz, please let me know. If you want to bless the Peters, please contact Mrs. Tonya Burns. If you want to help the Lozzi’s, please connect with Mrs. Barbara Smith. We have a wonderful opportunity to make a REAL difference in the lives of those who are hurting.
From Dr. Bruce Peters regarding his wife Nancy.
TODAY’S MEETING With the NEURO-ONCOLOGIST for Pathology Results: This afternoon we had a nearly three hour appointment with the neuro-oncologist: Nancy has an inoperable brain tumor at the back of the right frontal lobe. The tumor type is “Astrocytoma,” and it is stage 3 (of 4 stages). Without treatment Nancy would probably be paralyzed and on a feeding tube in six months or so. Of course we are following the doctor’s recommendation for a quick and intensive response with radiation and chemotherapy, which will last for six weeks. However, the brain surgery incision must heal before treatment begins (probably in two weeks or so). We feel fortunate that the tumor was discovered (it started perhaps less than a year ago). In God’s loving providence, a superior medical team has surrounded us: neurosurgeon, neuro-oncologist, radiologist-oncologist, and others. The future is in God’s hands, we know. The unfolding weeks will tell us more. And …so our “Journey” continues, yet longer and harder than anticipated, but we yearn and hope for a happy destination.
Our family and friends have been urgent as well as faithful in praying for us. We thank you and feel grateful knowing that you will continue with us on our journey. Our doctor today underscored the benefits to medical treatment that come from “Complementary” sources such as faith, family and friends, and even humor. We agree. You, our praying loved ones, are part of the prescription for good medicine! Please keep praying!
More JOURNEY INSIGHTS: Echoing a primary lesson learned already in this “journey,” Nancy repeats from time to time, “Love heals.” Indeed it does. And we are feeling the “Love” – from the Lord as well as precious family and friends.
Earlier in my Christian journey, especially in my shepherding role in my days as a pastor, I realized that no believer is called to a solo-journey. When a person accepts Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord, that person becomes a part of God’s family. And our Father in Heaven intends to keep the family together – calling us not to walk alone but in community. The hallmark of Christian faith is “Love,” just as a primary distinguishing character of the early church was the care believers gave to one another, whether attending spiritual or earthly needs. Personal experience and New Testament accounts alike testify that the church family can fall victim to dysfunction even as our earthly family does from time to time. But Love, the glue that bonds the family, prevails. Amen.
~ 2 Timothy 4:17a, “But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me….”
- Dr. Bruce Peters
From Mr. Joseph Lozzi regarding their accident and needs.
I am writing to notify everyone at CCS of the need for assistance.
My wife and I brought our son Elias Jacob Lozzi to CCS this year, we wanted to give him the best opportunity as a Christian Child in today’s world and believe that God led us here as a part of his plan. We moved here to Kentucky 7 years ago, a lot of things happened to us and we lost almost everything we moved here to retire with. After several years of regrouping, always living below our means, trusting God and faithfully joining with other believers in prayer, trusting that God’s plan is ahead we pushed on.
We have sacrificed to get our one and only son to this school, he is a blessing and an honor to God. So, as he started doing more in the CCS family we were very excited, and feeling a great part of participation in his life. Our son was asked to play the snare drum during the Oz play; we dropped him off early and went home in excitement to see this presentation with him playing.
The time came for us to go to the school and we left with everything in toll, the camera, phones shut to no noise, extra tripod stand, and hope in older parents hearts to see one of the new steps for our son’s life in this 9th grade experience. We had just got to the first set of lights around the corner from our house, we sat at the light, then it turned green, I went slow, my wife looked at me and smiled, out of the corner of my eye I just saw love, I felt in my heart that we were finally coming out of the darkest times in our lives. As I looked a car crossed from across to where we were, and we moved. But then it ended. In a flash of light out of the peripheral vision of my right eye I saw my beautiful wife’s smile turn to horror, (what wasn’t I seeing?). All of a sudden what felt like an exploding bomb, being lifted up and around in the car that weighted 2,000 lbs or more as it was thrown and spun over and over again.
I awoke to lights flashing, smoke filling the car, my screams of pain as well as my wife’s screams and her shock that was imprinted on her face, people were forcing open the doors and I realized in that moment that something was terribly wrong. My first thought was to my son waiting for us to make us proud, my heart shuddered, and then thoughts flooding me, voices, all of a sudden I realized I could not move. I know that they took my wife in a different ambulance after I left, but my son who was going to help him? How were they going to know where we were? As I was in the Ambulance the tech saw my phone and asked if she should call anyone. I directed a yes response. Pointing to my son she pushed the button. My son answered and she notified him of the accident. I heard him cry and again my heart went to him. From then on I don’t remember anything more, I was rushed to a trauma center and stabilized, then rushed to West Chester Hospital for surgery. My wife was told that I had suffered severe trauma to my neck and spine, and just about the entire body. My neck had two complete breaks right through, one at C2, C3, and the other at C3, C4. God provided for us a great doctor “Dr Durani” who is blessed by God and I know God has plans for. He operated on my front cervical spine to repair and stabilize my neck. At that time I had no functionality in my arms, hands, or legs, everything just dangled. After the first surgery I have feeling, movement, praise God. It has been 14 days and 2 major neck reconstructions, as well s many other happenings and I am now being prepared to be placed in a Rehab for quite some time. During the accident my wife has broken her leg in several places. Our son is staying with me at the hospital and with her in between. We have no other family down here, we are only little known and I request Christian fellowship for my family. My wife requires surgery but is working, and right now she is so overwhelmed. We called a person in the school who will help drive our son to school but there is still more help we need.
I implore you as brothers and sisters in Christ to please work with my wife and son while I am healing to assist her in her needs. She is a strong Christian woman, she is full of honor, and she is the wife described in proverbs and deserves God’s best. Please help me, by helping her and my son, by working together as the Christian family we are in spirit of God, that God may truly bless us for the right reasons.
The CCS school has all of our contact info and I ask that it be used to communicate love and help to my wife during this time. There is so much more I’d like to say but pain prevents me. There will be updates soon.
God bless, with love for all in Christ Jesus,