We are praising the Lord in a big way here in Tampa Bay! Dad's angioplasty worked this time! The Doctor told us he planned on putting a stint into the collapsed vein but due to the vein being so narrow, the balloon method was used. We were informed that dad must have been born with unusually small veins. They are aging now and collapsing, but for now, a higher amount of blood should be flowing. The artery remains 10% blocked but as you'll read in the following letter, that's much better than what it was! We praise God for today's technology and knowledge. With dad's history, we were very concerned with what kind of news we'd get today. We are on cloud nine. Thanks so much for your prayers again.
Below is the email dad's assistant sent out to church members today!
Hello Smyrna Folk,
Hallelujah! Pastor Riffe's procedure is over and he is doing great! The problem artery was 99.5% blocked, can you believe that! The doctors performed an angioplasty and his artery is flowing well again, with only 10% blockage. Thank you all for your prayers, but don't stop - keep those prayers coming. The family has requested that Pastor receive NO VISITORS, either at the hospital or the house, for the next couple of days. Pastor has not slept well in days and he is really worn out and he needs to get some good rest. He will be kept in the hospital overnight for observation and will go home tomorrow. Pray that God will raise him up so that he will be able to be with us Sunday morning. God truly is good all the time!
Timothy S. Padgett
"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6