Last Friday night, one of our dear friends was hit by a car. We saw it on the news. Mike thought he might have known who it was when he saw the Carhartt clothing on the news flash. We didn't get word till late Monday night that what Mike saw was right. That jacket belonged to one of the closest friends we have made through this ministry, Dwight.

​     Burdened all night, we went to see him on Tuesday. We arrived at Sacred Heart, representing the only family he has. He is beyond recognizable, with broken bones from head to toe and a bleeding brain. They have doubts he will come through. I can't tell you how many hot tears I have shed, as I feel helpless and speechless and my emotions are beyond a mess.

     I found this picture of him from a few years ago. It was a good day for him, and he asked me if he could serve so I gave him this basket of treats. Look at those lit up eyes! I stared at this deeply today as I realized Dwight is already impacting lives--your life, my life, and those who read about this tragic accident and how amazing this homeless man is.

      He is living out his purpose, even though he's laying still in ICU.

     I've seen Facebook posts where Dwight's been called "that transient", "that bum", people saying "he got what he deserved for being stupid crossing the road at night".
     No, he's not any of those things! He is a sweet, kind, and quiet man whom I love so much. My gut hurts while my heart is pouring out for God's mercy on his life. All he's ever wanted in life were understanding and peace. Please pray for him with me.
     His nurse is very nice and was happy to hear that Dwight has people who love him. Right now we have slim hope he will survive! Dwight you are not alone, I'm believing something good will come from this. 

Soda Pop was his best friend and Carol Ann, Clay, Soda and Dwight took care of each other at camp. Dwight even walked Carol Ann down the aisle when we gave her a wedding. When she was hospitalized, he was like her father. Soda Pop passed away last year.

DWIGHT UPDATE:​​    |    Jessica Kovac |  November 14th 2007

     First off I want to say Wow! Yesterday's blog (which I posted on Facebook first) about Dwight has reached so many as this story about his accident continues to be shared.
     He has gained so much love and prayers through each of you who has heard about this. I'm also now realizing the number of hearts that have been changed for the good as a result of sharing his story and life. Bless each and every one of you!
     So, how is Dwight?

     We went to see him today. Now I sit down to breathe and cry! I said to Mike "I have never seen God work to this magnitude." We just left Dwight's side.
     As I held his hand to say "Hi sweetheart", his body moved and eyes slowly opened to me. He squeezed my so hand tight. I looked at my husband and said "Wow! Oh my gosh!"
     We chatted with his nurse and lung specialist and they said it is a bit of a miracle that he's getting slightly better, but he has a long way to go. Daily they are seeing improvements.

     He's in so much pain with fractures everywhere. His face is still in bad shape and head trauma is up and down but he knows his NAME!!!!
     We prayed with him and weeped as I know God is with him and has him. It's so beautiful. He was restless as he wanted to almost talk. But it's him struggling for so many reasons. Emotionally, physically and mentally!
     I cannot say thank you to first God for hearing each of you who have prayed. They said Dwight is strong and I said he is... But we all know God is his strength right now. Wow is all I can say! Wow! Bless you all. More updates to come. This is beyond a miracle!!!!!

DWIGHT UPDATE:​​    |    Jessica Kovac |  November 12th 2007

     Dwight is one of the sweetest men I have ever had the honor of serving, knowing, and loving. Dwight was not just another man I met at a feed. We met 4 years ago, before BUTB grew. About a year after we met he finally opened up and shared his past life with us. Dwight is fragile and suffers from social anxiety. In his early life he was a proud, sober father and husband. He was working on the oil rigs offshore making a good living. One day he received a call he needed to come home. His 13-year old boy was the victim of a drive by and had died.
      After that Dwight's world crumbled. His marriage, home, and mind were gone. He ended up in an institution and was released 14 years ago. After that, isolation and beer became his safety net. I was so privileged that he trusted me that much to open up. He lived mostly alone in Spokane in private hideaway camps,  unable to deal with anything that was too loud, or to be around violence, or anger. Even happiness made him a little overwhelmed.

DWIGHT:​​    |    Jessica Kovac |  November 10th 2007

Today, I entered Dwight's room so excited to see him!
     I was hoping and praying he was still improving. Last week, I saw God work incredibly. So why stop now, right?
There he was laying, staring at the TV. As I rubbed his scabby forehead I said, "Hi sweetie, it's me Jessica." He quickly opened just one eye, as the other is still damaged. I began to have a conversation with him. While I talked, he listened and made gestures and eye movements.
     I asked him if he remembers the accident and he said yes! I told him how handsome he still was, and that I loved him so much and he batted both eyes at me. It was sweet. He started to mumble and it was clear! He first said 'eat', then 'hungry'! I noticed his sheets were soaked so I grabbed the nurse. I told her he said he was hungry. She said "No, he can't talk!" I replied "Yes ma'am, he said it a few times very clear."
     She looked shocked and said "Wow, someone must have perked him up!"
     While they changed him, Pastor Joe and Betsy showed up to pray. They are amazing when it comes to dedicating prayer time for others. We walked in and Dwight was all freshened up. He was still saying hungry, eat!! They allowed me to give him a water swab stick to moisten his throat. I then introduced him to Pastor Joe. Dwight said "HI JOE!"

DWIGHT UPDATE:​​    |    Jessica Kovac |  November 10th 2007

Today, I entered Dwight's room so excited to see him!
     I was hoping and praying he was still improving. Last week, I saw God work incredibly. So why stop now, right?
There he was laying, staring at the TV. As I rubbed his scabby forehead I said, "Hi sweetie, it's me Jessica." He quickly opened just one eye, as the other is still damaged. I began to have a conversation with him. While I talked, he listened and made gestures and eye movements.
     I asked him if he remembers the accident and he said yes! I told him how handsome he still was, and that I loved him so much and he batted both eyes at me. It was sweet. He started to mumble and it was clear! He first said 'eat', then 'hungry'! I noticed his sheets were soaked so I grabbed the nurse. I told her he said he was hungry. She said "No, he can't talk!" I replied "Yes ma'am, he said it a few times very clear."
     She looked shocked and said "Wow, someone must have perked him up!"
     While they changed him, Pastor Joe and Betsy showed up to pray. They are amazing when it comes to dedicating prayer time for others. We walked in and Dwight was all freshened up. He was still saying hungry, eat!! They allowed me to give him a water swab stick to moisten his throat. I then introduced him to Pastor Joe. Dwight said "HI JOE!"

     Prayer works. Don't give up! The support he has right now through you all is so beautiful and absolutely amazing. This love is how everyone we've ever judged, or snubbed, should receive. Like Dwight they each have a life and a story. We all do!
     His message is worth so much. Use it to spread and change many lives! Wednesday at the feed we prayed for him with hundreds of his friends under the bridge.
     Thank you again for all your prayers, words and love. God is pleased with you all.