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January 01, 2007


Von Tetmeyer

Debbie, I consider it extremely thoughtful of you to keep us posted! Thank you so much for doing that with all that you have on your plate. I read a quote tonight on the side of a box of tea by Thoreau that said "What lies before us and what lies beyond are tiny compared to what lies within us." Having the love of Christ within gives us hope in facing what lies beyond in 2007! May God richly bless the Bennett family this coming year! With love & many prayers...

Evelyn Black


Larry Grable

Debbie, I am one of those that has never posted to this site before but has read, prayed and forwarded information to others for them to pray. I must say, many more are praying than you can imagine, or have heard from like me. We have followed Roger's illness for the past, I guess, 10 years now and have grown in faith by just watching the example set before us. You too, Debbie, are an example of loyality that all of us have as an example of God's love, and the strength He gives even when we are weak in ourselves. We are blessed in your and Roger's communication of this journey to us. We are keeping the prayers daily for you both.

Nina Foster

Debbie, thank you for being you. You have been an inspiration to many of us. I am not sure how I would handle what you are going through--hopefully, with God's help, I would rise to the occasion. You and Roger, your family and Legacy V are in my prayers daily. May 2007 be a year filled with blessings for you and your family. Love, Nina

Margaret and Jim Smith

Hi Roger, Debbie and Family!
All His Best for 2k7! All our love from Northern Ireland.
Margaret and Jim Smith.

Bernie and Terry Shirkie

Dear Debbie...I don't think that you OR Roger needs to make any New Years resolutions. You are such fine Christians as it is! What could you ever think of to resolute??
I feel so bad for Roger that he is hungry and can't eat much.
Hopefully that will change soon,eh?
And like you said Debbie, it is good that he wants to eat.
If it was the other way around, I think that would be a worry!
Please look after yourself and know that at the start of another year ,we are all still praying for you and we feel too that we are ALL in His grip!! The Lord is coming soon!!...Love Bernie and Terry


Thanks again Debbie for keeping us up-to-date on the progress.
Still praying for you and your family.

Harold and Lula


Debbie, I appreciate your thoughtfulness in keeping us updated on Roger's ups and downs. May this new year bring health and happiness to you and your family. God bless you! Love and prayers, Peggy

Peggy B.

Thank you so much for the update. You and Roger are in our prayers. We too will pray that he can soon eat something that he loves. Remember that you are on the prayer list of many people around the world. Any time that I have been around you, you have always been kind and very thoughtful. We are still--
Hanging on to our Rope,
Henry and Peggy B.

Sue Irwin

Dear Roger and Debbie,
This is my first post, even though I have prayed for both of you for a long time. Both of you are an inspiration to me along with many, many others. Please know that you are held close in prayer and in heart to many across the country. We are praying God's best for you in

Greg Hazelrigg

Debbie,thank you for keeping us posted. We check the site each day. It is such a blessing to have up-dates on Roger's progress. May God bless and send healing and strength in the coming days.

Happy New Year from the fans in Arkansas

Shanna Locker

I heard a quote in church and instantly thought of you and Roger. "Prayer is the souls deepest cry of rebellion against the way things are." SO, we all need to keep praying! Blessings to you both. Shanna Locker

Ruth Gilbert

Hello Debbie,
I feel so deeply for you and Roger and what you are going through. My husband was diagnosed with Lymphoma about 3-l/2 years ago. What we went through with that is just a fraction of what you are going through. But, I do know what it's like to have a sick husband. Anyway, my point of writing today is to tell you about something that happened to me over Christmas. We have had a VERY devastating thing occur in our family. We found out about this in August. I sat on the couch for the first 2 weeks & couldn't even move! Anyway, I still have been depressed about the circumstances life has handed us and didn't know how I could manage going through Christmas. So this is what happened...the Lord implanted the idea in my mind of trying to help somebody every day during the Christmas season. He provided he people and what a glorious time I had! Perhaps the thoughts you are having of trying to be more thoughtful is not as much for the other guy as it is to bring you blessings! Ain't God good! Sorry this is getting so long.
Love to you both,
Ruth Gilbert
Corsicana, TX

Doris Spencer

Happy New Year to the Bennett family.May God Bless you all with the healing you need.Debbie you are an awesome wife.As the songwriter said Thank you for giving to the Lord.In His grip Always,Doris Spencer from Grampian Pa.

Elaine Harcourt

Debbie, you are such a sweetheart to be so faithful with your updates. No wonder Roger thinks the world of you. My heart goes out to you both. You've been through so much especially in the last couple of years. My thoughts & prayers are with you both.

Elaine Brower

You talked about "hanging in there". The Pastor on Sunday talked about "no longer hanging in there but instead we are "uplifted in His everlasting arms." Wishing the same for your family.

Jill Wilson

Debbie - You could NEVER be "not considerate" of others. It's just not in your nature. Nor Roger's either, regardless of how he feels.

Whenever I'm asked how John and I have managed to "stay together" for almost 15 years, I used to tell them that we both took seriously our wedding vows. And we do. Now, in addition to that, I point to the two of you and say "That's how John and I want to be when we 'grow up'." IF we ever 'grow up', that is. I'm beginning to think it takes more work to stay 'young' than it does to get 'old' too fast. Of course, having children of any age will keep you young, one way or another.

We're so glad Roger is thinking about "real" food. Sometimes one feels so badly that the thought of food is disgusting. I don't think John has ever been that ill, although close to it. Now that Roger is thinking "food", maybe his doctors will let him gradually add more items to his diet. Hard way to lose weight, and Roger has NEVER needed to do that, from what little I've seen on DVDs. And Vicky said you were both "gorgeous/handsome/gracious" in Nashville, and - of course - she's usually right about things like that.

We all continue to pray for both you and the rest of your family, and the L5 family in general. We're looking forward to seeing the rest of the guys in Temple in two weeks. We know you and Roger will be with them "in spirit" although not in body.

From the Wilsons and Schnorbuses in Austin, to the Bennetts in Houston - - lots of love and the hope that God will continue to increase Roger's physical strength, and give you everything you need to again be in the "caregiver" role.

Jill Wilson (for the "gang")

Wess & Susan

Deb, I am sure as Roger returns home you both will begin to enjoy the empty nest as we have. Currently your nest is TOO empty so Roger, get better, get home, & enjoy.


Glad to hear that Roger is doing a little better.

Finger, TN

Vicky Schnorbus  (Jay's Aunt)

I hesitate to mention this, lest it be "disturbing". When I was little, and had to be on "soft foods" for a while, I told my mother that when I could eat "REAL food" I wanted: fried chicken, corn on the cob and - - most important of all, my "very most favorite dessert - - BANANA PUDDING!! I don't think I've looked at a SCRAPED APPLE (remember, this was in the 40s!!), mashed potatoes, Jell-O, and pudding in the same way since about 1950.

I'm glad Roger is thinking about "real" food. It's supposedly scientifically proven that just THINKING about food, or looking at PICTURES, can put weight on a person. UNFORTUNATELY, it's only temporary. Close the book and/or stop thinking about it (mentally, with pictures, of course), and the pounds go away. Too bad it doesn't work that way in 'real life', isn't it? I'd weigh about 100 - 105 pounds for the rest of my life!!

By the time L5 gets to Terrell in June, Roger should be feeling "up to snuff" (whatever that really means), and he can tell me if he wants me to bring him something from Austin. I'm sure the rest of his TEXAS fans will be glad to do the same. In fact, we can fatten up the WHOLE GANG!! Wouldn't that be fun??

We'll all keep praying that things continue to PROGRESS for Roger, and you, too, Debbie. I pray every night that God will continue to give you the physical and mental/emotional strength you need to take care of Roger, be an "absent mom", and a wife/housewife in your temporary "home". We know you can do it, and we all love you for it. Your children are truly BLESSED to have the two of you for parents. I'm sure they know that, but you can always remind them occasionally. :)

Lots of love and prayer from the Schnorbuses and Wilsons in Austin, to you Bennetts in Houston.


Theresa B.

Hi Debbie!

Please tell Roger I'm still praying, and I want you to know that you're a real inspiration to me with the "keep going" attitude.

You know what? I, too, have not made any resolutions for the same reason you have--life gets in the way of 'em-so why do it!

Love, and prayers and hugs,

Anne Franklin

Hi from New Zealand.

We wish you and your family all of God's Blessings for 2007. May it be the best year yet.

"God is still God.
He is seated on His throne.
He is Holy.
His love is steadfast

And He never changes"

I hope you like this little testimony about the wonder of L5 and God.

I am a fairly radical Christian... I love Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship and watch on line when I can.

I also love the plain truth and the awesome singing of good Gospel and fell in love with L5 at Osage Beach in your spring 2005.

We bought some DVDs & CDs and were generously given bonus ones.

My husband is pre-Christian and I can't remember when he was last in church except for weddings and funerals.

We often play an L5 DVD. On New Year's Eve we played the Canton Palace Concert with Greater Vision.

Sometimes I think my husband has turned away to read, but no, he is there watching, commenting, laughing at jokes and some of the antics. None of the other groups have this affect on him so God is at work in spite of all that wants to keep us down.

Everytime he hears your testimonies God is touching his heart. You have a very special place in our home and our hearts.

Anne & John

Jill Wilson (Jay's Mom)

Twice in one day - - a record. For me to even do one has been difficult lately.

However - - I keep intending to tell you (since my husband won't do it) - - you two, Roger & Debbie, along with our friend in Roanoke, VA (as Jay says, "Ms. Ruth") have succeeded in doing what no one else has been able to do. Between Ruth's e-mails, (which were very encouraging, spirit-filled and educational), and your journal postings, Roger and Debbie - - which are very dedicated, determined and definitely spirit-filled - - you turned JOHN'S PARENTS INTO CHRISTIANS!!

My husband does not cry often or easily. However, when Mr. Wilson called on Christmas Day, and told John that he and Mrs. Wilson had given their lives to Christ and accepted him as Lord and Savior, AND joined a local church, my husband cried long and loudly. The last time he did that was, I think, when Jay was born. I was never sure if that's when parenthood "hit" him, or when he realized how expensive a child would be. I prefer to think it was because he was happy.

As is the usual duty with wives, I ended up talking to John's parents. Mr. Wilson said he could directly attribute their decision(s) to ROGER & DEBBIE BENNETT, whose dedication to each other and to God has held fast all these years; as well as the many e-mails from our friend RUTH VOORHEES (you met her in Nashville this summer; she "owns" the dog!) who "never gave up on them", and sent many educational, helpful and spirit-filled messages. I think his descriptions of the 3 of you is about as close to PERFECT as I can get.

If none of you win more souls to Christ this year, be assured you have added LOTS OF STARS TO YOUR CROWN(S). John didn't grow up in a Christian home, even though he was "sent" to church, VBS, and other church-related activities - - more to get him out from under his parents' feet than from anything having to do with religion. When we started dating, he HAD to meet my parents (otherwise I refused to continue dating him). He said they were so wonderful to him that he decided something was definitely wrong at him. Probably within 3-6 months after our first date, he became a Christian, and has loved the Lord ever since. His parents not being Christians has bothered him for over 15 years. Now he doesn't have to worry about their souls, and it's all because of 2 people - - the BENNETTS - - who love each other and God despite all odds to the contrary, and a total stranger - - RUTH - - who wouldn't give up on them. To all of you, John and I say:

BLESS YOU!! We are forever in your debt.

We love you folks (all 3 of you), and continue to pray for you every day. Jay reminds us if we forget someone, I promise you. Of course, the 3 of you are at the top of our list.

Jill Wilson (& John, Jay & "dogs")

Harlan & Vickie Barnett

Roger & Debbie,
Thank you for reminding us that a simple room change is something to be thankful for. (Is the glass half full or half empty?) Our response to any situation makes all the difference in the world.
I will give our church the update on Roger as he is on our church prayer list....I also see where there are precious people praying from different countries. "Ain't God Good?" \o/
God Bless you and until we meet.
Also In His Grip
Vickie Lynn
Proverbs 3:5&6

Ruth McKenzie

Good Morning Debbie & Roger,
I watched the sun rise in the east here on the High Desert of Southern California this morning. It was magnificent! God is so good to give us such beauty to behold. We also have marvelous sunsets here. Your latest post made me think of these things. I also have tried and continue to try to be the best I can be for the Lord and for those around me. My constant prayer comes from the Psalmist.."Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer!" And also, from Psalm 34 "I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth. ....
O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together." The Lord gave those verses to me and Bill before we were married 55 1/2 years ago! They are still our prayer to this day! PTL! I pray that today you will be able to do as David did when he prayed to the Lord and said that he would "encourage himself in the Lord" today! Thank you Debbie for the words of your "post" today. In his love...just friends that haven't met yet...but someday we will be able to meet ... at Jesus' feet. PTL!
Ruth McKenzie

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