Saturday, January 3, 2009

It Begins

For those just getting caught up on the story, the purpose of this blog is to journal our prayers and hopes for Jerry MacCallister. Following a dirtbiking accident that occurred on Friday, January 2, Jerry is suffering from a broken neck and paralysis.

Because we believe firmly in a God that heals, we are joining together to fervantly pray for the complete physical restoration of Jerry. We know that God is not surprised by this accident, and we know all things come together for His good, and we will join together in looking for God's blessings in and throughout this circumstance.

Right now, at 7pm on Saturday night, as Jerry is in surgery, please join us in praying for the following requests, given to us by his Dad, Dennis:

1. Pray that Jerry would continue to breathe on his own, especially as he comes out of surgery later tonight. Pray that each broken bone would be perfectly mended.

2. Pray that the doctors and nurses would be on the top of their game for this 8 hour marathon of repairs to Jerry's broken neck.

3. Pray for Dennis, Katie, and their three other kids--Josh, Janae and Jessie--pray that they would find strength and courage in surprising places.

As we receive them, updates will be posted to this blog. If you are reading, please post a comment of encouragement for the family to receive. Even just a simple note indicating that you are praying for them will mean so much. The MacCallister family is surviving on the prayers and support of those around them right now, and are stunned by love they are receiving, even from people they do not know.

Thanks for being a part of Following Jerry. For those new to "commenting", just click on the word "comment" below.....


Anonymous said...

To the McCallister's:
I will be praying for Jerry that his surgery goes well and he recovers, and for your whole family to be strong. I am so sorry this happened, I love you guys!


Anonymous said...

I can't imagine what you are going through right now. We are certainly praying for you guys - even Ryder said a prayer for Jerry tonight. If you need anything let us know.

Jeff, Marci, Ryder and Chase

Anonymous said...

I am praying for Jerry, for your family as well as the surgery.

Anonymous said...

I will begin praying right away. My own son is an ROTC freshman. It sounds like Jerry is a fighter. I will pray for a complete recovery. Also, for your family and the trauma you are experiencing. I can't even imagine what you must be going through.

Cay Ellen said...

Dennis and Katie we have been praying for you all since we got the news yesterday. You are constantly on our minds. I remember watching Jerry run at a track meet last season and I could see the determination on his face to finish that race. I pray for that same determination as he fights to recover from this accident. May you feel Gods presence with your family. We love you!

Jerry and Cay Ellen

Sue Hansen said...

Sue Hansen
Being a mom to two active sons as well as two
daughters, my heart goes out to you. I am
praying for Jerry right now as the surgery is
in progress that The Great Physician himself
would be operating on him and bring Jerry healing.

May the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:7

Anonymous said...

Jerry and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I will pray for him to be completely healed, and that the entire family has the strength to get through this time. I do not know you, however, I can't even imagine how you must feel. Trust in God...He has his own timing. He is always with us, even when it may not seem like it. He's right next to you holding each one of you right now.

Anonymous said...

Know that God's family is praying with you through this. If we can join with Him in providing you with anything you need, please let us know.

Audrey & Perry Ralston

Anonymous said...


we ask you to be in the operating room with jerry and the doctors. place your healing hand over his body and provide the doctor's with insight, knowledge, and you be their hands.

all these things we ask in your name above all names. Amen

God is with you he Is your strength.
nancy and trevor
Charvat Family

Jim said...

I am in Costa Rica at a gathering of 80 Mission Society missionaries and staff. Many of us have been at RCP over the years and feel a part of that family. I'll share this need with those gathered and we will be in prayer for God's healing touch on Jerry and His comfort for the family.
In Him,
Jim Ramsay

Laura said...

I don't know you and you don't know me, but our church and its members have been blessed by the staff at RCP and our time spent there. Your family is in our prayers . . . specifically for complete healing.

Laura Hartke

Anonymous said...

May our heavenly father be with Jerry and his family at these times in our life when we are tested. May he also be with the doctors and there steady hands during this time of repair for Jerry. Allow these prayers to comfort Jerry and his loved ones…God Bless

Anonymous said...

I do not know Jerry but as a child of God, he will not be left alone as we are to worry about nothing and pray about everything. God will not let him out of His grasp and we will all pray for a successful surgery and speed in healing. My prayers are with you Dennis and Katie. Be strong together in this time of need.
Dennis B

Anonymous said...

I pray for peace and comfort in your hearts through your faith and the grace of our Father in caring for Jerry. I pray the doctors are guided in their every move during surgery and after. Know that He is with you. We look forward to hearing the great news of success!

Doug, Tammy, Kaitlyn & Annie

Anonymous said...

Hello to you all! Please care for yourselves as well and know you are an incredible family! I love you all and you are wonderful. I am here if you need anything! Love Ya!

Anonymous said...

Our prayers are with Jerry and his family.


dave said...


we love and miss you.

This calls for what you always called
an "old fashioned prayer meeting"

We are on it.

Dave and Sonya Wainscott

Anonymous said...

As I read the creation story with Caleb tonight, I'm reminded about how powerful our Creator is. He "knit (Jerry's body) together in his mother's womb" from the very beginning of his life. How intricate and amazing our God is! He is capable and tonight we pray for His blessings upon your family! We love you and are praying with you.
The Ehrharts

marci said...

Am agreeing with your prayers for total healing for Jerry - our God is a BIG God and nothing is impossible with Him!
"Where two or three of us agree..."

God is the Blessed Controller of All Things!

Marci K
an RCP frequent guest

Hilma said...

We love you guys and are praying for Jerry and for all of you. We pray for extra strength for each one of you and all the medical team as well.
Jim and Hilma

Anonymous said...

My name is Kelli. I am from Kingsburg (central valley). I just wanted you to know I am praying for complete healing for Jerry. Our God is an awsome God. He is faithful to those who love Him. God Bless you all.

The Wuthrichs said...

Dear McCallisters,
I am praying for Jerry and for your whole family. May God give you his peace during this very difficult time.
A June Family Camper,
Cheryl Wuthrich

Anonymous said...

Dennis and Katie, Josh, Janea, and Jessica,

I have everyone I know or come in contact with praying for Jerry and for you all.

I love you and will keep spreading the word. God hears every prayer and I pray that His healing hands will restore Jerry in miraculous ways.

I'm also praying that His comfort and strength washes over each of you. You are not alone.


Anonymous said...

Hey Guy's,
I've been praying for you and will keep praying. I'll get my small group praying too! I live in Sunnyvale which is right up the road to don't hesitate to ask for anything!!


Brent said...

Dennis and Kate,

The Hastey family will be praying for healing for Jerry and letting those in Yuba City know to pray. If there is anything we can do to help, please let us know.

Brent, Alisan, Jared, Cameron, Erin and Beth

Anonymous said...

Ever since I heard about the accident I have had your family on my mind and in my prayers. I've never had the privilege of meeting you but those who know you tell me what a great family you are. Just know that people you have never met are calling on the Lord to heal your son.

Katie Hendrickson said...

I don't know who you are, but I will pray for you and your son. God's blessings and comfort as you go through this valley.

Katie Hendrickson

Anonymous said...

We wanted you to know that many people including us are praying for you right now not only as you undergo surgery but in the time to come as you heal. Our God is the great physician, and we pray for His comfort and complete healing right now. You don't know us but we are friends of Marci Beth's at RCP. May God bless you and your family richly and may you feel his presence now and in the days to come.
In Christ's love together,
Bob and Louise Price

Anonymous said...

My thoughts & prayers are with you & all of those who will aid in Jerry's healing. I pray that the Lord surrounds you with peace, comfort & strength. Know that many people love & care about you.

Sharon said...

We just keep praying for you all, Dennis and Katie. Monica was just over, and she and Shannon and I prayed over Jerry's surgeons and nursing staff... and for you, that God would give you rest. We're there for you... anything you need PLEASE CALL. Bill comes home tomorrow... I think he called his entire palm pilot on Jerry's behalf. We love you.


Anonymous said...

Dennis and Katie,
We just got the news. Scott and my family will be praying for you and your family. I will also pass it on to my prayer warriors.
We love you guys,
Frances Allred

Meredith said...

To the McCallister's:
I will be praying for Jerry at this diffcult time. I also will be praying for your family. God Bless you all, Meredith

Anonymous said...

For the McCallister family I wanted to let you know for some unknown reason I thought I would check my email before I went to bed. I am glad I did. I don't know your family, but wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers. Joyce

Anonymous said...

Dear Dennis, Katie, Jerry and the whole family,
We are praying for Jerry's healing, for God's hand on your life, for the surgeons and medical people working with you and for peace for your whole family. Throughout the day Clay and Noah (7 & 5) stopped their playing to pray for you. Much love and many hugs to all of you.

- Tara

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to your family!

I will be praying for complete healing for Jerry. For your family and for the doctors and nurses taking care of him.

Our God is an awesome God who hears us and answers our prayers!!

May he give you all the strength, you need to get through this!

A friend in Christ,
Kathy Pakes

Carol said...

We are currently in Kazakhstan, leaving to return to Russia in the morning, 1/5. We will be praying from now throughout the 24 hour travel and beyond. May God the Healer bless Jerry throughout the healing process and give strength and peace beyond understanding to his family.

Pastor Steve and Carol

Anonymous said...

You have our prayers from Kazakhstan for Jerry. We leave here for Khabarovsk, Far East Russia again tomorrow. I will ask for prayers for Jerry from the churches in Russia as well. Grace and peace, Steve Johnson, missionary in Far East Russia

Anonymous said...

We serve a great God who is full of mercy and grace and who is able at anytime to just say the words and bring Jerry back to full health. I am praying for that miracle and that you would think big and not just pray for crutches, but for wings. No matter what size the mountain in our eyes, the mountain mover is far, far greater.

Pastor Dave said...

McCallister Family,
My prayers and the prayers of our church will be with you through this ordeal. Back in the late 80's I fractured my neck playing with the youth in our church. God was faithful to heal and bring me and my family through the experience faithfully. I pray the the peace of God will be your strength through this time and that you will continually find God faithful at every turn. Is 26:3 says that He will keep you in perfect peace as you keep you mind stayed on Him and Paul writed about the peace that surpasses all understanding, I pray that this peace will capture you and hold you close.
God Bless this family.
Pastor Dave
Lighthouse Christian Fellowship
Pacifica Ca

Anonymous said...

Dennis, Katie and Family,
We just learned of the Jerry's accident. We will continue to follow his progress as God begins to do His work. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love, Don, Nicole, Dayna & Travis

cor_van_de_water said...

I can relate to the fear you feel about the future of your son.
My experience is that Gods glory is revealed when we are broken, so we realize how small we are and how big He is. It can hurt if we have to give up our own plans and need to trust that His plan is better, that is what we learned the past few years especially since our future was revealed during Family Camp.
Praying from India,
Cor, Petra and Yorick v/d Water.

Ashley said...

My prayers are with you McCallister family. I have added your entire family, and especially Jerry, to my church's prayer chain down here in AZ.

Anonymous said...

When Stephanie (now 18) was 4 she was kicked in the head by our donkey. We rushed her to the hospital where she was airlifted to another an hour away. She spent the night in surgery to put the fractured pieces of her skull back together again.

Those days and nights are still fresh in my mind as I hear about Jerry’s broken neck and I weep with you and pray for you.

We lived far from family but I knew many miles away there were prayers being lifted up for Stephanie. It was like life had knocked the wind out of us and others provided a bit of CPR (Christian Proxy Resuscitation) and helped breathe for us. We felt like zombies – little sleep, no interest in eating – physically and emotionally exhausted.

Others’ prayers carried us through the days she spent in the hospital and the worrisome days and years as we watched for signs of lingering affects. Stephanie experienced complete healing and embraces life fully today. She loves God and others (not perfectly, but better than me) and is the bravest person I know.

I pray God gives your family strength and peace and provides amazing miracles for Jerry.

I pray that as you are graced with the love and prayers of God’s family, it becomes evident to everyone you encounter and His grace spills over to them.

God Bless.

Anonymous said...

Dennis, Katie & Family:
Bill & I will be praying for Jerry's full recovery. We will also be praying for you and the family. May the Peace of God enfold you now.
May God Bless each of you.

Bill & Carol

Terry said...

Our family is praying for complete healing for Jerry and for peace and strength for your whole family.


The Motz Family said...

Dearest Dennis, Katie and Family, We are praying for you as a family, that God will glue you together and bring you closer. That God protects Jerry's heart and mind during this time , that you will feel the prayer of all whose lives you have touched in so many ways over the years. HE is WITH YOU. Always, the Motz Family

Fish Out of Water said...

I am praying for Jerry and his family. Thanks for the information.

Anonymous said...

praying for you and your son... that god may continue to heal and sustain all of you through this difficult time. may his holy spirit guide each of you in the days to come.

Anonymous said...

Dear Dennis, Katie, Josh, Janea and my little (FDIL) Jesse,
I am truely amazed at the love and support from all of these people and the prayers that are surrounding and healing Jerry and all of you at this very moment.
Know that we are all hear for you and we will continue to pray now and in the coming months for the miracle we are asking our Lord for.
Jerry is a remarkable child and we love him as our own and Luke says to tell you that all of Cal Poly is praying too.
God Bless and keep you,
The Luboffs

Anonymous said...

Of course, Ron and I will be keeping Jerry and the family in prayer. Flornce Greilich

Anonymous said...

To the McCallisters

I am praying for your son and for you also. As a mom, Katie, I can't imagine what you are facing. I pray God holds you so tight, and that you feel peace that passes understanding. I pray God heals miraculously.


Matt Shisler said...

It's crazy to think that just last week I was with Jerry and a few of the guys and now the world has been turned upside down. I'm praying for Jerry and the rest of the family.

Anonymous said...

Dennis and Katie, we are praying for Jerry and both of you as you go through this rough time. God is rich in mercy and we are asking for healing and His redeeming love to surround all of you and be evident.

Dan and Linda Williams

Anonymous said...

You have our love

Anonymous said...

We don't know you personally but that doesn't matter. We can still pray for you as part of Christ's family. We will be praying for healing, for strength, for encouragement, and for God's touch upon the McCallister family.

In Christ,
Fred & Sandra

Josh Mundy said...

On behalf of the Mundy family you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Stay strong like you are and think positive. We are praying that you mak a full recovery and stay infection free. If there is anything you or your family needs let us know.

- The Mundy Family

Skylar Evans said...

Hello, this is Skylar Evans from the track team last year. I heard about Jerry's accident and injuries a few days ago, and was speechless, then felt such a sense of sorrow for the family. This was a guy I had run with on the team for two seasons of track and one season of cross country. We were acquaintances because of the team, and I can not say I was a good friend of Jerry's but I still send my care for his mom, dad, sisters, and himself of course. I hope his recovery is successful as possible. I hope he can live a life that is satisfying. I hope that the family can see how many people really care about him. If there is anything I, or my family can do, you can reach us at (831)-336-9446, or my cell (831)-278-2532. My sympathies and prayers go to all of the MacCallisters.

Skylar Evans

Anonymous said...


My prayers are with you tonight my fellow redhead. I'm confident your guides will see you through this maze. It seems unreal but keep your loving heart open to the healing that countless friends are sending your way.

Peggy - boulder creek

Anonymous said...

Dennis, Katie and family,

We will be praying for you all,that you will feel the presence of the Holy Spirit and draw your strength and comfort from Him.

Patti, Stacey and Dan Wilbur

Teri Huffman said...

Dennis, Katie, and family,
We have not stopped thinking about your Jerry and calling his name before the Lord since we first heard about this early yesterday. We now are up to speed after reading the blog site and will continue Praying and Praising God on behalf of all of you!

Many have said, God is not surprised by this. That is very true, only we are surprised. Yet, knowing your family as we do from many years at RCP, we know that God is VERY MUCH at work in that hospital because of all of you. God is using each one of you, even if you don't realize it, to bring him glory! You are all being prayed for so so much, I have received several different prayer chain requests (from people who I would not have known were connected to you and then to me...God is so crazy like that!)so I know that you are being continually bathed in prayer night and day! Praise God!
All our love,
Teri, Shelvy and Kimberly Huffman
July family campers

Matt Violante said...

My name is Matt Violante I will keep him in my prayers everyday I come from a religious family and believe the power of prayer. I have been posting bulletins and forwarding text to have everybody pray.Jessica one of my good friends and I know that the power of your family and prayers will do a lot.

Anonymous said...

McCallister family:

We are praying for you guys and hope that Jerry recovers fully. May God grant you guys peace in this very difficult time.

Newberry family

Anonymous said...

Get up and walk in Jesus Name

Mary said...

All things are possible with God. I pray His strength for you today and throughout the coming weeks. Continue to believe and trust the Lord, and speak words of positive encouragement to Jerry. Prayers are with you. God bless.

Carol said...

We are thinking positive thoughts and sending healing prayers to your family from Brookdale.

Justin Rose said...

Jerry and Family
My thoughtsa and prayers go out to the MacCallister Family. When I recieved the news i was in complete shock. Jerry and the MacCallister family have been some of my closest friends since the 4th grade. I know that Jerry will fight through this. I have been praying for Jerry and his family and i know that GOD will answer the prayers we send out. I got a tatoo yesterday with a bible verse that i think relates directly to Jerry..... Phil 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Stay Strong and keep praying with GOD on your side anything can happen. Keep faith and don't gice up hope. Love Justin ROSE

Sylvia said...

McCallister family - I am sorry to hear what has happened to Jerry but am thankful you know, love and serve the one and only God. It is my prayer that Jerry will have a full recovery and I pray God will continue to strengthen your family and see you through each day while reminding you of His perfect love. "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13. --Sylvia, Roseville CA, past retreat attendee.

Anonymous said...

Jerry we pray for your complete recovery. Our thoughts are with you and your family

Micky said...

Hi, Just a note to let you know that Jerry is in my thoughts and prayers. I've known him since he was a little kid at Redwood Elementary and I have always thought he stood out in the crowd. I'm very sorry you must go through this anguish. As a mom I can only imagine! My thoughts are with you all.

Micky Madison

Bud said...

Dennis and Katie,

We are praying that God does a miracle and heal Jerry completely. I know this is the hardest of times and so we also pray that He gives you his peace and comfort.

We love and miss you guys, Bud and Sandi Bandfield

robert klair said...

im am so sorry to hear what had happened to your son jerry.i will be praying for him to have a safe and complete recovery.


Anonymous said...

Dear McCallister family,

You have been and will continue to be in my prayers for the total recovery of your son Jerry and for strength and comfort for the whole family. God has graciously answered my prayers when family members have been in critical condition in the hospital, so we know He listens to broken hearts and gives us the strength to take each day as it comes. God bless all of you from my family to yours. Love, Jackie

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Dan and Debbie Ball

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for what happened to Jerry. I have confidence that evferything will turn out better in the end. I won't even pretend to know what you are going through, but my heart goes out to you.

Anonymous said...

To Jerry and family,

Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. You are a family of strength and courage and this will be a time to turn to each other and allow the love of your neighbors and your God carry you. Your SLV family loves you and we are sending all of our positive thoughts and energy your way. Jerry is a special young man, well beyond his years in maturity and thoughtfulness. I have no doubt that he will give this hurtle the same tenacity that he has given to every other challenge he has faced in his life up until this point. May God Bless your family and know we are praying for his speedy recovery.
Michelle McKinny
Principal, SLE (formerly Jerry's principal at SLVJH)

Anonymous said...

To the McCallisters: we are friends of a friend and were deeply saddened by your sons accident. we offer up our prayers for you all . we will be reaching out to those in our circle and keeping prayers alive, as well as in our church family. let god be your strength. Tim, Peg and Seamus McGuire

Anonymous said...

to the McCallister family:
you don't know me, but i received a message that told me the entire story about your son and i started praying immediately. I pray that not only does the Lord grant a complete recovery for Jerry, but also that He will grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time. The Lord is good all the time and all the time the Lord is good, so you have no need to worry. I will continue to pray and I hope that God blesses you.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to Jerry and your family during this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

We are Kyle Ungers Grandparents, Barb & Ron Smith. We are so sorry to hear of Jerry's accident.

We will remember Jerry and your family in our prayers. Pray to the Virgin Mother Mary. She knows what you are going through because she watched her Son suffer. I pray that God will be the eyes, hands and minds of all who are attending to Jerry's needs.

Anonymous said...

To the McCallisters;

I check the blog daily for news of Jerry. My son is also an ROTC freshman. I will continue to pray for Jerry, and for the rest of you. Although I don't know you personally, I know you love your son and each other. Katie, please eat. Your family needs you to be strong. I will pray that God will give you an apetite. I know you must be so unbelievably worried. I will also pray that God will help all of you trust Him, and that he will replace worry with comfort. You are in my prayers.


Nancy said...

Katie, Dennis, Josh, Janae, Jessie and especially Jerry:

We have not stopped thinking about you since we heard about the accident.We are praying with you along with hundreds of others for your comfort, strength and peace, and for Jerry's complete healing. Dennis and Katie, you are the perfect parents and advocates for Jerry, and your love above all else is what will carry him through right now. Take care of yourselves the best you can so you can be there for him and each other, and know that you are loved and supported by a whole lot of us.

Nancy, Melanie and Ben

Anonymous said...

Dennis and Katie,
My prayers are with you guys. Houndreds of children have entered and exited the doors of my school bus #14. I have never forgotten the days of when I had the McCallister kids and the friends they had on the bus. Plus driving Dennis and the S.L.V. football team to their games. I have 2 son's who dirt bike.My prayers and thoughts of Jerry will be daily.

your kids school bus driver.

Anonymous said...

Dearest Dennis and Katie,
My heart goes out to you at this time. I pray you will feel the Father's arms around you and His enormous love filling you, comforting you and bringing you peace. We are praying along with all the sisters and brothers for complete healing for Jerry. Our Lord is merciful and nothing is impossible for Him. He hears the prayers of His saints. Please know many of us at Crosswalk Community Church in Sunnyvale are joining in these prayers.

Loving thought and best wishes go your way,
Esther and Fernando

Anonymous said...

The short time I spent caring for Jerry I could feel his strength, he is incredibly brave and insightful. I think of you Jerry and your family evey day. We were all touched by you Jerry and plan to follow your progress. Kattie please be strong for Jerry, you raised this incredible young man, he was so calm with you by his side. As a mom's our children's pain is our pain. I pray our heavenly father's protection and hand in Jerry's care and recovery. Thank you Dennis for your update, and thank you to who ever is managing this site you are doing a great job.

Budco said...

Dennis and Katie,

Our prayers are for Jerry's complete recovery and healing. I'm sure this is the hardest of times for you and you family. We also pray that God comforts and gives you His peace. Tried to blog last night but didn't see the "ROOKIE" blogger tries again.

Love you guys, Bud and Sandi Bandfield

Anonymous said...

All of my thoughts and prayers are with Jerry and his famliy. God never gives more then one can handle. Stay strong.

Anonymous said...

It was really awesome to just read the update from you Katie. Prayers are certainly being answered. As I have told Katie and Dennis, I just wish that we weren't 3000 miles away, we would be right there with you, and not leave your side. Even though we are miles apart, our hearts are there with you! Great to see that Jerry put up a fight with the music, I would expect NO different. He is a fighter, he is strong, and he will not give up because he is an absolute warrior! I pray that God continues to put his healing hands on Jerry, and that each of your are touched by the prayer from everyone whose lives that you have inspired, guided, and touched in so many different ways. We Love you!!! Mike, Karen, Justin and Jordan

Sharon said...

Katie, this one's for you. I haven't been able to shake the need to pray for you-- and I tell everyone who asks how they can pray-- pray for Katie--pray for them all, but especially pray for Katie. It was so good to read your blog, and know that God is faithful in answering those prayers. I was touched by your words from Jeremiah-- the first thing that came to me when I heard about Jerry's accident, was the verse from Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." I thought, how can I share this with them when all looks so bleak? But God's plans and purposes are higher than ours, and He is in FULL CONTROL of this. SO GLAD TO HEAR YOU ARE EATING. I have a song God gave me for you too, Katie. I'll bring it to you. Love, Sharon

Grandma said...

To Dennis, Katie, Joshua, Janea, Jessie and especially to Jerry:

Grandpa and I are praying for you with all of our hearts. We love all of you more than I could ever express.

We have an awesome God, and I know that He is here for all of us during this trying time. I know that He will take care of you Jerry and I know that God is all powerful and I'm believing in Him to heal you. Your a strong handsome man and I've always been very proud of you.

Dennis and Katie, We are here for you no matter what. I've also been praying for God to give both of you the strenth to get through this. You are such wonderful people and loving parents. I've seen the love your kids have for you and I know you've always gone way and above for all of them, they are all very lucky to have you both.

Dennis thank you for taking care of my daughter, I can rest in peace knowing that you are there for her and the kids.

Joshua I am so proud of the man you have become. You have taking charge of the household and I know this has taken alot of pressure off of your mom and dad, also thank you for running grandpa and myself around, seems like we are always getting lost.

Janea and Jessie, it touches my heart to see you comforting your mom and your dad, you are such sweet and giving women, and I'm also very proud of the both of you.

Marci thank you for creating this blog, I know it is a blessing and I saw how it gave Dennis,& Katie hope and the strength they need right now. I am so grateful to everyone at Redwood Christian Camp, I know my family is well taken care of and supported by you and all of their friends.

God Bless you Dennis, Katie and the kids, and God Bless to everyone who has been there and who have prayed.


Grandma & Grandpa

Diana Salibi said...

Dennis, Katie & Family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you all the strentgh you need during this difficult time.
Love The Salibi's

Anonymous said...

To the McCallisters-
Danny and I will be praying for Jerry and his recovery! We are so sorry this has happened to such a wonderful young kid. We will be thinking of you all. We love you all. Love Valerie and Danny Oliver

Carter said...

McCallister family- Please know that you are constantly in our thoughts and prayers these last few days. We are so sorry and have so much hope that Jerry will recover rapidly. Patti, Carter, Parker, Ryan and Jared

James Fowlkes said...

Dennis and Katie,

This is James Fowlkes, Jerry's Roommate at Embry-Riddle, if there is anything you guys need done here at the school PLEASE let me know. I am very sorry about the mishap, but my number is 615-598-7337. Please call and let me know if I can help. Jerry is in ALL of our prayers here at Riddle.

We hope the best,

James, Chad, Tommy

Anonymous said...

To the McCallister Family -
We just received word through the Embry-Riddle Daytona Chapel email prayer line concerning Jerry's accident. Please know that your family will remain in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for the Blog spot so that we may keep up with Jerry's progress and share in all the wonderful prayers that are being lifted up for your family. Also know that there are many, many ERAU faculty, staff, students and administrators who are part of the Daytona chapel prayer line and will be lifting you all up as well.

Jerry, get better buddy! ERAU needs you. ROTC needs you. Aviation needs you!

As a couple, we don't say that God is our co-pilot. We KNOW that God is our pilot.

in His love,

Dr & Mrs John Johnson
President & First Lady
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Anonymous said...

The news of Jeremiah has reached the ERAU prayer group today today. We are all praying hard for him and his recovery. My faith calendar for this date reads: "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23." May God keep you in his loving hands today and always.

Emma' said...

Dennis, Katie, Josh, Janea, and Jessie:

I wish I could be there in person to say this, but I was completely shocked and saddened when I heard about Jerry's accident. I'm wishing you all the best and comfort during these hard times. Know that Jerry and all of you are in my prayers. I believe everything happens for a reason, and God would not give Jerry more than he could handle, He's gonna pull through this!! Stay Strong.

All my Love and Prayers,

John and Mariana said...

Dennis, Katie, and kids,

Our hearts go out to you. We know a little of what it is like watching your son in a hospital bed and not being able to help him from when Nick was so sick as a freshman. Your task is much harder. Knowing your family we know that you have the strength to get through and that the strength you have given Jerry all his life will help him get through. You are in our hearts and all our love goes out to you. Do not hesitate to call on us for help now or in the future. It would be a blessing not a burden.

Love, John and Mariana

dave said...

The entire Rathjen family is praying for a quick recovery for Jerry .

Anonymous said...


I am praying for you and hoping that all goes well. God Bless.

B. Porthouse

Anonymous said...

May Gods peace be with you all. I will add Jerry and the family to the church prayer list and myself will remember you in my prayers. We serve a God of miracles who still heals the sick and opens blinded eyes,makes the lame walk. Our God answers prayer!!

Love in Christ Jesus our Lord,

Anonymous said...

I will being praying for you in church on sunday. My congregation will do so as well.
Roni Christie

Anonymous said...

Dennis,katie,joshua,janea,jess and jerry you are an amazing family and I will be praying for you all, God Bless

Anonymous said...

Dear McCallister Family and Jerry,

I don't know you personally, but I do know your grandmother, Jan Roberts. She is a very special person and friend to everyone in our office. Our office heard of your tragic news and we are all praying for your recovery. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. God Bless and stay strong!


Michelle Gebhardt
Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.

Cori Burt said...

Our hearts go out to you all and we lift up your son and your family to God in prayer. Please contact me as a Community Advocate at Mountain Community Resources in Felton if you would like my help with healthcare, counseling, resources or any advocacy needs #335-6605 or #252-1137 (Cori Burt).
Love to you,
Cori, Jeff, Rose, Nick and Linnaea Burt

Bill Pifer said...

I have been praying for Jerry since I found out about his accident. All along I have had the strongest feeling that God is going to totally heal Jerry and use this to His glory.
I will continue to pray and follow Jerry's blog. My Love to you all. said...

God bless you all. A friend told us of your situation and we are praying for a full recovery! Nothing is impossible unto the Lord!
Jo and Chuck, Boulder Creek

Anonymous said...

Dear Katie, Dennis, and family: Our hearts go out to you and Jerry is in our prayers constantly. If anyone can get through this, it is him. I am so sorry this has happened, but there are soooo many people here praying for him to recover, it just has to happen. He is a fighter. We love you guys. Patty, Rick, Astra, Daniel and Cody Freedman

Anonymous said...

Wow Jerry!

It is so nice to see a smile on your face, I peek at your webpage everyday and will continue to pray for you. I left your blogspot at the nuring station so a lot of us are following your progess.

You helped to me realize what is most important and that is Peace With God.

You're awesome!

Ricky said...

The McCallisters,
my mom told me the news and i have been praying ever since.. im sorry to hear what happened but i know you guys are strong especially jerry and you guys will get through it. hang in there
love ricky

Anonymous said...

Please know that your story has touched so many in the SLV community, those of us like myself that dont even know you, can feel the enormous amount of love and support... dont ever give up hope of a recovery, the body is an amazing creation and capable of miraculous things! many blessings

Anonymous said...

Hi Katie, Dennis and Jerry: I just wanted you all to know that i have insomnia, and never sleep much at night, so when i lay awake for hours, and i think of things i have to do, problems, etc. and then i think about jerry and i say a prayer for him that he is sleeping soundly, and his body is healing. i still remember the day in pre school, that his block tower fell when i was trying to keep it up and he was so upset with me. and when he went running off into the woods, when i was trying to watch him, with the pre school, and he wouldn't come back, i can see why you had him on a leash. there was a time when i had a wrist leash for daniel, that was the only way i could keep under control. anyway, i have a lot of memories of jerry, even though he and cody werent everyday friends, they still had a connection from a young age, and we all think about you everyday. we will always be greatful for the time when the tree fell through our house and you guys helped us get a cabin at RCP so that we could have a place to spend christmas together. it was warm and we redecorated our tree there and put up christmas lights on the stairs . it was so nice. we will never forget that, and anything we can do to help you all out, please let us know. we love you guys and we love jerry, and cant wait for the miracle. take care, love rick, patty, astra, daniel and cody freedman.

Megan Johnson said...

Hey Guys,
I just wanted to Say that I heard about what happened and I am praying for the Family and for Jerry I'm sorry to hear about this Jerry is a great guy and I pray everything will go well God Bless

Maaike Wilting said...

to jerry,
I don't know you very well, but I met you and was an exchange student at your highschool last year. I pray for you and wish you all the best, because you deserve it.

much hope from the Netherlands!

Tim Loe said...

Hey to all the Mac family. I've kept in contact via text, but tonight was my forst night on the website. What an amazing story, and what an a amazing family. It does my heart well to call you all friends, and again want to offer anything that I and my family can give to yours. Our thoughts and prayers are always with you all. I will keep in touch, and Jess thanks for the updates. Dennis and Katie, you are to amazing people. Your strength and faith is something to behold. Take care and we'll talk again.

Tim Loe and Family

Anonymous said...

Dear Dennis, Katie, Jerry, and the rest of the McCallister family,

I just heard about the accident and wanted to send you all my wishes for the strength you'll each need in the coming weeks and months. You are a wonderful family, have a powerful faith, and from the postings on this site, have a world of caring people praying for you. With all this, I have faith that Jerry's journey will end positively.

My love and thoughts are with you.
(Jerry's teacher at Redwood Mountain School)

Anna said...

Dear Jerry,
I heard about your story from my good friend Tom. He talks about you and how great of an athlete you were in high school. He also talks about how great of a person you are. He really cares about you and you're recovery and so do I. I'm keeping you in my prayers.

antonio said...

To the McCallister's,
My older brother nicholas was friends with Jerry, and we are all praying that everything will be OK and God will do what he has planned. Good luck,
God Bless,
So sry this happened,

laughingdog9 said...

I heard about Jerry in church yesterday. I have added Jerry and his family, friends and medical staff to my prayers. We all need to remember that by His blood, Jesus gave us full access to the Father, and that the Father answers our prayers just as if Jesus had prayed. Jesus is our "fulfillment of all points of God's law", that opens all favor and blessing to us.

But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5 (ESV).

The Hebrew is "raphah" and is a verb. "...we are(being) healed (at this moment)". Present tense!

God is truly steadfast love, and come what may, He gets us through to VICTORY.

Stand on THAT, Jerry! And all that love and support you, as well!

Alan St. Andrew
Laughingdog Pet Training
In God We Trust!

Michal Lauren said...

Hi guys I am sending you the website for Morris Goodman, "The Miracle Man" who Tami was telling you about. Here is his website:

Tami and I wrote to him about Jerry's story and gave him Jerry's blog site.
I also gave him my contact info. If there is another, more direct email for you, I will send it to him. You may want to contact him directly yourselves.

Go to his website it is very inspirational and he is truly a Miracle Man...

Loving Blessings,
Tami and Michal

Anonymous said...

hi jerry, katie, dennis, janea,josh, and jessica. sorry i missed jerry , katie, and dennis, and josh at the spaghetti feed, i left about 6. it was so amazing all the people that came out, you are truly a very loved family, and i just want to wish you well, and really hang in there. if anyone can fight this it is jerry and with all your love and faith and support, it just has to be a happy ending to this story. i know it will be long and hard, but jerry, you can do it. love to you all, patty,rick,astra, daniel, and cody freedman.

Anonymous said...

Good Luck MacCallister's You can do this, if you need anything at all, please let me know, you are the best, Jerry, you can do this, never give up. Love Patty, Rick, Astra, Daniel, and Cody, Freedman

Anonymous said...

Hang in there Jerry, You are incredibly strong, dont get discouraged, there are soooo many people all over praying for you to make a full recovery, just be pacient, and keep fighting. the power of prayer is strong, and so are you. get better

Orin Rowe said...

Dennis, Katie, Jerry and family;
I have been praying for you-that God would heal,and give peace, endurance, perseverance, comfort, and hope...

Orin Rowe

patty freedman said...

i look every day to see what you write, and every night when i wake up i say a prayer for jerry and family, tonight i would rather not wake up in the night but i always do, and in that time that i cannot sleep i will be saying a prayer for jerry to not ever have nausea again, so that he can make a full recovery asap. love you guys. patty freedman and fam

Anonymous said...

HI Jerry and Family,

This is Lynette and Jesse Pullin. We have your wrist band that you gave us from the hospital. So we decided to check in with you. How are you doing? I see from your pictures you have a van now. We got one also. It has worked out so well with getting Jesse back and forth to PT and OT. Jesse is doing pretty well. Moving his right arm more and more. Left arm is starting to move also along with finger movment. He is getting stronger with his upper body. Now that we have the van Jesse is getting out alot. We think of you often hoping all is going well with you and your family. We also have a webside call if you want to go and say hi. You have to look up by putting in Jessecraigpullin. We would love to hear from you.
Talk to you soon,
Lynette and Jesse Pullin

patty freedman said...

I havent posted a comment for awhile, but i read your blog everyday, and say a prayer every night for a full recovery for Jerry. Hang in there Jerry, you can do this, keep up the good work and dont get discouraged. keep focused on your goals, and take it one day at a time. love the freedmans

Anonymous said...

hang in there jerry, you will walk again, be patient, it will happen.

Anonymous said...

I know it has been over two years since this accident, but I am just learning of it. I went to daycare with a woman named Kay, and she spoke of you after the accident occured, but I never learned what happened. Knowing now, I send my hopes and prayers to you and your family that you heal well and that all turns out well. I am praying for you, and I wish the best of luck to you and your loved ones.

With love,
Shelby McDermott.

Remya said...

Prayers from India.
Hope Jerry recovers beautifully and achieves his dream of flying high :)