I saw jets of light shining from cities and villages, and from the high places and the low places of the earth. God's word was obeyed, and as a result there were memorials for Him in every city and village. His truth was proclaimed throughout the world. --Testimonies, vol. 9, pp. 28, 29. {ChS 112.2}

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Pray for Tamara Schreven

-->You have actually arrived at a fairly old post (March 2007) where Leo Schreven invited prayers on behalf of his wife Tamara during a critical time in their lives (Tamara's crohn's disease).  I know that you are seeking more information, now, about Leo's passing and perhaps the 'cause of death'.  Or perhaps you think that this post will contain current information about/from Tamara.  I know as much as you do-- based on what I have read, mostly on his Facebook page, purportedly from a posting by his brother Herman and others.  It is tempting to speculate, to psychologize, and to make judgements based on this scant information and perhaps our accumulated person-to-person and online experiences with Leo.  To what end?  The human whirlwind that is Leo is at rest now.   Here is the confirmation from allpowerministries.org:
Many have asked about the tragic passing of Leo Schreven. Tamara and Cierra along with the Schreven family are very grateful for the outpouring of concern and support in their time of loss and bereavement. It is not possible for them to respond to each individual message or phone call. The family is intensely grieving the loss of Leo and your prayers for them during this difficult time are most helpful as they navigate so many difficult and new realities.
1. Leo took his own life in the early morning hours of Dec 1. Unknown to most people, for many years Leo suffered from a complex mental health disorder. Every possible effort was made by Tamara, his family and very close friends encouraging him to get help. Even to the very last, the family repeatedly assured him and let him know he was loved and appreciated. This year he spiraled downward and particularly in the past few months, weeks and days, it was increasingly evident he was experiencing serious complications.
2. It is important to know that Leo’s family; his parents, his two brothers and his sister are extremely supportive of Tamara. In light of Leo’s mental health challenges over the years, Leo’s family has supported the decisions that Tamara has had to make in the best interests of herself and Cierra.
3. It is the wish of Tamara and the family that focus be on the dignity of Leo’s life by remembering how effective his ministry was in spite of the very personal, private, and real challenges he struggled with.
All Power ministry will continue. There will be growth in new directions so the ministry can continue to make available practical materials to assist people in biblical principles for daily living.Surely his dear family are in need of our prayers.  I think particularly of the child he referred to numerous times as "my little daughter", Cierra.  What must she make of this sad, sad and confusing situation.  Let us in combined generosity of spirit and affection for the memory of our brother Leo raise up his family and friends in prayer.  Let us also pray for the thousands of people he motivated and ministered to-- there is lots of gratitude expressed on the Facebook page, but there will also be a raft of other emotions, some that will need to be healed so that these folks can move forward in faith.  And let's pray for our Church, which is certainly experiencing pain and heartache and attack that we have all expected, but are (I would think) mostly reluctant to face head-on right now.  Your sister in Christ, Cynthia



This email came from evangelist Leo Schreven of the All Power Seminars:

March 20, 2007

Many of you have inquired about Tamara's health situation. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. Tamara will undergo a major and complicated surgery this Wednesday. We invite your prayers in her behalf.

We have said very little about Tamara's situation in the last 15 months. Tamara has struggled with multiple health challenges related to her Crohn's and previous surgeries. She has been extremely weak, and has spent a good part of the last 15 months at home or in bed. It has been the most difficult 15 months of my life as well. We have been apart more than we have been together due to the evangelistic work which requires me to travel. But we are still very thankful and blessed.

We have nearly depleted our life's savings over the last 15 months trying various alternative options. We have literally exhausted every possible solution. Nothing has worked. Tamara has progressively gotten worse and has been hospitalized several times in the last few months. So, the surgery is the only option we have to save her life at this point. It will happen this Wednesday. We are blessed with a great team of doctors and surgeons who are personal friends. We are hopeful everything will turn out well.

We love each of you as family and felt you should know. We covet your prayers during this time. Please do not feel you need to call or write. And please do not feel you need to share products or services that would benefit her. We know you all care and love Tamara, and we will be most happy just knowing you are supporting her in prayer. We'll give you an update after the surgery.

Thank you for being part of our family,

Too blessed to be depressed:)

Leo, Tamara, & Cierra


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