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Dear Ministry Partners and Friends,
Thank you, thank you, thank you! We appreciate each and every one of you
who continue to stand with us, in faith, and prayer, believing for
Mark’s total healing and health. And, we so appreciate all of you who
have faithfully supported us with your cards, e-mails, words of
encouragement, and of course, your financial support, especially now,
when Mark is unable to travel, following his most recent spinal
When it comes to sending updates, on how Mark is doing, I sort of walk a
tightrope, not knowing how much information is the right amount to
share. If we give too much information, letting you know exactly what
he’s facing, some people tend to view him as a cripple or an invalid,
and think he’s "Out Of Business". They think he has stopped traveling
and speaking forever. Can you imagine that?
And, if we don't tell enough, they forget that he’s going through
anything at all, assuming that, since the procedure was 3 weeks ago,
he’s probably fine by now. (Most people don't understand that the
procedure's purpose is to create a certain amount of problems for the
spine, to force it to regroup and re-organize the muscles, to solve its
own problem, so it will pull the spine into proper alignment, and
continue supporting itself in the future.)
For the past few days, Mark’s pain has been the worst yet, since the
spinal procedure he received on April 5. In fact, a few days ago, he
began having freakish jerks and muscle spasms, almost like
mini-seizures. We eventually realized how and why it happens.
The purpose of these spinal procedures is to selectively paralyze the
primary (main) muscles in specific problematic areas throughout Mark’s
spine. Keep in mind, of the 26 discs in the typical human spine, 17 of
Mark’s discs are diseased: (9 herniated, 8 bulging and 15 compressed),
which leaves only 9 healthy discs. This is why the world-renowned Mayo
Clinic told him that surgery is not an option. In fact, after 3 days of
extensive testing, Mayo Clinic told him that:
- There is nothing that we can do to
correct your condition, which appears to be genetic.
- Your spinal condition will definitely
worsen with age
- Also, the constant pain that you’ve
endured for more than 30 years, will continue to intensify as you grow
That’s why we are so very grateful for the wonderful doctor we met here,
in Nashville. Not only is he an absolute genius in regard to Mark’s
condition, but also, he is the one who created the experimental
approach, including the treatments, which Mark has been receiving for
the past few years, since we moved to Tennessee following Hurricane
Katrina. He is the ONLY doctor we know of, who has given us hope, that
it may be possible to reverse or correct Mark’s condition, in part, or
The paralysis caused by the experimental spinal procedures, (which
typically remains paralyzed for about 3 months) temporarily removes the
function of those muscles, which had been doing all the ‘work’,
supporting his spine. This ‘awakens’ the dormant muscles, which have
NEVER supported his spine, forcing them to step into that ‘supportive’
role. But, since these muscles have been dormant for so long, when they
fatigue, they REALLY fatigue – trembling, jerking and spasming.
You may recall that, when Mark received the first of these experimental
procedures, a few years ago, he had a similar experience, which was
quite frightening, to say the least. That first procedure was focused
specifically on some of his worst spinal problems, in the cervical spine
About 2 weeks after the procedure, when the paralysis was fully in
effect, as he was talking to me one day, his head started wobbling &
jerking, and he couldn't control it.
Obviously, he was shocked - not knowing what was happening. The doctor
asked us to come to his office, and when he examined Mark, he found that
the previously dormant muscles, which were now being forced to support
the weight of Mark’s head, would fatigue quickly, resulting in this
spastic jerking. So, we had to cancel a few more weeks of speaking
engagements, and wait for the outcome - to see how much longer it would
take for things to stabilize.
After about 2 or 3 more weeks, the muscles grew stronger, and he was
able to stand, without his head jerking and wobbling. And, I’m very
happy to report that, since that time, which was at least two years ago,
not only do those previously dormant muscles continue to properly
support the head and neck, but also, the tone and strength of those
muscles continues to improve on a daily basis.
So, I'm guessing that this may indicate that we’re in for another 2 or 3
weeks of this present situation, as his spine reacts to the spinal
procedure he received on April 5.
By the way, this time, the procedure was focused on his low and mid
spine, at the base of his largest curvature. So, as you might guess,
since it's that far down, those muscles have an even bigger job,
supporting much more weight above them.
Last night, our friends Rick & Dianne Goodman brought food to the house,
so we could have a meal with them.
Just after Rick & Di arrived, Mark’s neck went into a severe spasm - bad
pain. he ended up in bed for the rest of the night, unable to eat with
us at all. That’s just how unpredictable it can be, during these few
weeks, until his spinal muscles learn their function, and gain the
strength and tone necessary to support Mark’s spine on a sustained
So, that’s the update on Mark’s condition. He stands firm in FAITH,
refusing to let any situation get him down!
I’ve always said that, if Mark was as big on the outside, as he believes
on the inside, you couldn’t get him through the door! He has BIG Faith,
BIG Courage and ENORMOUS Determination.
By the way, one added blessing during this difficult ‘season’ has been
. Thank God for it! Although we don’t have hundreds
and hundreds of ‘Cajun Diet Clients’, we continue to pick up new clients
- nearly one a day! And, although we don’t charge huge amounts for the
diet, we do make some profit from it, which helps to sustain us, along
with your faithful support for the ministry.
So, please rejoice with us, that Mark’s spine has responded to the
procedures in the past couple of years, with at least a 30% correction
in the curvatures in his spinal structure. Also, keep praying and
believing with us for even greater results from this present procedure,
and those to come in the future.
One last note, if you have sent a message to Mark by mail or e-mail, or
if you’ve left a voice message for a phone call he need to return,
please bear with us, until he completes this process of recovery and
healing, following the spinal procedure. Thank you, in advance, for your
gracious understanding. And, if you need help with something in the
meantime, please contact Mark’s assistant, Jason,
And don’t forget, a few weeks from now, Mark will be back at it:
traveling, preaching, singing, and telling his Cajun jokes, as well as
motivational speaking in business conventions.
DO NOT ASSUME THAT MARK GORMAN IS OUT OF BUSINESS!! HE WILL BE BACK ON
THE ROAD SOON!
This is a temporary situation, due to the spinal procedure. But in a few
weeks, Mark will be chomping at the bits, ready to get back out there!
So, contact Jason if you’d like to schedule Mark for an event.
We Love You,
Dear Friends and Partners,
This is Gina. I wanted to give all of you a quick update on our family. As
you know, our daughter-in-law Krista had her tonsils removed on January
8th. Thanks for all your prayers. Her surgery went smoothly, but she had
quite a few challenges with her recovery.
She had a bad reaction to the pain medication they prescribed. It took us a
few days to find the problem, but we finally "got a clue" and got her on the
proper medication. It is amazing how quickly she started recovering,
once her body wasn't fighting against the wrong medicine. She is almost
totally recovered - Praise the Lord!
As you know, Mark continues to fight the battle with his own health
challenges. His doctor says that Mark has the worst spinal condition of
this type, that he’s ever seen, and Mark has more herniated and bulging
discs in his back than any of his other patients. He doesn't understand how
Mark can endure the pain. He always "champions" Mark for not giving up.
In spite of the medication he takes to ease the pain, Mark is never "pain
free". That's just how awful it is.
Due to the level of constant pain, he grinds his teeth (bruxism) in his
sleep. The bruxism is his body's reaction to the pain. In spite of
sleeping with a mouth-guard, he has actually fractured and broken several
teeth in the past few years. Recently, his pain levels have been higher
than usual, and he has broken yet another tooth in response the pain.
Last night the top half of the tooth (a molar) broke off. The remaining root
structure, beneath the gum line, has developed an abscess, so his jaw is
swollen from the infection. Today he started taking antibiotics to kill the
infection, before we can have the rest of the tooth (the root structure)
removed by an oral surgeon.
He is having a very tough time right now. Please keep him in your prayers.
We know that God is able to completely heal his body. Today he was going to
record a new message on Video, but we had to reschedule that recording, due
to the pain and the obviously swollen jaw.
Please keep him in your prayers, as we couldn't get an appointment with the
oral surgeon until next week.
The Bible says, in Isaiah 59:19, that when the enemy comes in like a flood,
God will raise up a standard against him. We have been under attack, and we
would appreciate you joining your faith with ours for God to "raise up that
standard" to defend us from this obvious flood of attacks from the enemy.
We love you and thank God for each of you. I have said over and over again,
that you, our faithful partners, keep this ministry going. If God should
lay it on your heart to sow a seed at this time, please do so. We have been
asking God to give our partners "new harvests" for the New Year. Spring is
just around the corner, and now is the time to plant seed for a new crop of
harvest this year.
2010 is the start of a new decade. It is a time of New Beginnings! We are
believing God for bigger and greater things this year - for this new decade
– for us – for you & your family – for this ministry – for our nation & our
As Mark always says, “EXPECT HARVEST”!
We appreciate the love and support you have
shown our ministry in the recent past, especially those who have faithfully
tuned in week after week for our weekly webcasts. For this week, however,
Gina felt that we should cancel the Webcast which was scheduled for
tonight. She said that, in the past few weeks, Mark's spine & neck pain has
become very intense.
His doctor told us that, because of the
shifting in his spinal posture, in response to the spinal procedures, his
pain is now at least 2 to 3 times what it had been. Also, the pain
medications often make him ill. This has made it very difficult for him to
And, we apologize to any of you who are
waiting for an e-mail reply or call from Mark. But, for the past few days,
Gina has removed the phone from their bedroom, hoping he can get some rest.
IN SPITE OF ALL THIS,
Mark refuses to give up. Here is an excerpt from an e-mail he recently sent
"... I am convinced that, as the
earth goes through 4 different seasons each year, so also, our lives
experience cycles, seasons. And the key is not always to run at full speed,
because sometimes, that isn't even an option. For me, now, at this moment,
I can't run at full speed.
And, although I do believe that attitude, belief, desire are a MAJOR part of
what determines our personal success or failure, I've learned that desire
and passion aren't enough, without ability.
And, although I have great belief, desire, courage, determination, I also
realize that at this time, those attitudes & emotions are short-circuited by
my physical limitations."
Through his pain he continued to write:
"God has HUGE plans for me, and
before He designed my destiny, He already knew everything that I would go
through and all the pain I'd encounter in my life.
And I know, for certain, that I have
not nearly achieved the destiny He designed for me. So, that means that, if
I'm stubborn enough - determined and persistent enough, I'll still be here
when my next season arrives, and it will be my greatest, most productive
time of my entire life."
We are praying faithfully for healing for
Mark and for the support of the ministry.
PLEASE JOIN US in our
Assistant to Mark Gorman
July 22, 2009
...Now, for the Great News, let me give you an
update on Mark. To be clear, my man is still fighting an uphill battle. And I
know that there are many of you who love Mark, and are concerned to learn of his
progress in his ongoing fight with pain. But we also have some very encouraging
news about his spinal procedures, to share with you.
I accompanied Mark on his monthly visit to his spine and pain specialist. The
doctor was amazed and thrilled. He told us that the spinal posture has changed
significantly, with much greater straightening than he had expected.
(You may recall that Mark has been receiving experimental procedures from this
doctor for the past 3 ½ years. He told us that Mark is the first person ever to
receive this type of treatments. Because of Mark’s significant progress, it is
likely that his case study may eventually appear in medical journals. The reason
this is so important is because it could pave the way for others to receive the
same procedures in the future. And although our health insurance company has
refused to pay for Mark to receive these procedures, or the expensive
medications, Mark’s case could set the stage for future studies which would
validate this as an accepted medical approach. Eventually, health insurance
companies may pay for others to benefit from this treatment plan, without
burdening the patient with such high medical costs.)
Because Mark has had this spinal condition since age 12, some of the muscle
groups have been in constant spasm for many years. By injecting medications to
unlock these muscles, forcing them to release for up to 3 months at a time, it
allows the brain to engage other muscles which have been dormant for many years,
not giving support to the spine. But remember, because these muscles haven’t
worked for years, they aren’t capable of immediately assuming their proper role
supporting the overall spinal structure. This is why Mark cannot travel for
approximately 2 months after each of these procedures, because his spine cannot
support itself for the first few weeks, so he has to do specific strenuous
exercises throughout each day until the previously dormant muscles wake up and
start doing their job.
When the doctor examined Mark, and saw a much greater correction of the spine
than had been expected, he was so happy he almost shouted. He said that Mark’s
diligent commitment to the difficult, sometimes painful exercises had
accelerated the process of straightening his spine. Then the doctor explained
that this is why Mark’s pain levels have been extremely high for the past
several months. Basically, the spine, which has been distorted and disfigured
for 39 years, is now being forced to change its posture.
Not only are the vertebrae, the discs and muscles of the spine being
re-positioned, but also, Mark’s rib cage, pelvis, shoulders, etc., which were
all out of place, are now beginning to respond as well. So, when you realize how
much of his body is being affected, it’s easy to understand why his pain can be
This doctor tells us that Mark is a walking miracle, because although he has the
worst spinal condition of this type that he’s ever seen, Mark is also the most
active, productive, determined patient he’s ever known. And, with 17 diseased
discs, (9 herniated & 8 bulging), Mark is more active than many patients who
have only one or two bad discs, and spend their lives in a wheelchair or
You may recall me recently describing one of the side-effects, resulting from
Mark’s spinal condition, which is fractured and broken teeth. Who would have
thought that spinal disease would cause dental problems?
But, keep in mind that he has lived in constant pain since age 12, so he’s in
pain all the time, even when he sleeps. The pain levels cause him to grind his
teeth in his sleep, as many people do. It’s called “bruxing”. But Mark’s bruxism
is much more intense than usual. And, although he wears a dental bite guard when
he sleeps, his bruxing is so intense that he has actually broken and fractured 7
teeth in the past 18 months.
And last week, after dealing with an abscessed molar, which required a root
canal, plus 2 front teeth, which have been re-attached 5 times, and are now only
held by a temporary splint, we learned that he actually needs to have his entire
mouth rebuilt, from the gums up! More fun!
In fact, some of the recent problems have even affected his ability to travel
and speak. And now, we’re working frantically to do what we can to get back on
schedule with the CD of the Month. And to our Ministry Partners, we apologize
for the delay.
Mark still has not experienced the complete healing that he’s sought since the
age of 12, but I’m so proud to say that, after 39 years of pain, he still hasn’t
given up! And he’s not quitting now.
I believe it has taken much more faith for him to persevere for nearly 40 years,
in constant pain, yet still pressing on, to travel around the world, sharing
Jesus, not only with those in churches, but also in business events, with as
many as 40,000 in attendance at a single event.
Many of you look to Mark as a source of inspiration, to persevere in the face of
adversity and pain in your own lives. And because of this, we sometimes
struggle, not knowing whether to let you know when we are weary and even
overwhelmed by what we are facing. I hope you don't lose respect for us, because
we are letting you know about our own encounters with discouragement and pain.
Many of you have told us that you love the way that "Mark shoots straight with
you". Well we are shooting straight with you again, now. We have been hurting,
not just physically, but also emotionally and financially.
For many years, I have always thanked you, our faithful partners for your love,
prayers, and financial support. Well, I am being as sincere as I can, once again
saying, “Thank You”. It truly means so much to Mark and me to know you are
standing with us. Every trial that we have faced has either made us stronger, or
has amplified the areas where we need to "grow".
The Bible says that God will not allow us to bear more than we are able. In the
past few months, I have been telling the Lord, "Thanks for the compliment, you
must really think I can bear more than I ever imagined I could handle." My peace
comes from the knowledge that God truly loves us, and only wants the best for
Mark and I have talked on many occasions of how much more clearly we can see
things, now that we have faced these storms in our own lives. We truly have more
compassion and understanding than ever before. Mark and I both feel that we are
"better" people for the trials we have come through. In spite of the
difficulties which seem to surround us, just as Job faced and came back twice as
strong in every area as he was before, we are claiming that same blessing from
our Heavenly Father. I know that many of you are facing your own "giants" in
your lives. Hang on, we will win, if we just don't quit!
Over the years, Mark and I have worked hard to prepare for our future,
financially. So, when he had to take time off from travel & speaking, because of
the spinal procedures, we were glad that we had saved some of what we had
earned, so it was there when we didn’t have offerings, honorariums or speaking
fees coming in.
But, when you’re unable to work for 5 months of each year, for 3 ½ years so far,
eventually, you run out, no matter how much you’d saved along the way. Plus,
Mark’s medical expenses which are not paid by insurance are about $40,000 a
And, as you know, Mark has always said that he would never ask you, our
partners, for money. So, even when we didn’t know how we would pay the bills,
Mark still refused to ask you for money, because he promised.
But I have never made that promise. So, as his wife, and his “partner” in this
ministry, I am appealing to those of you who love Mark.
I say that because I already know, before we send this e-mail, that there will
be some who will complain, and ask to be removed from our e-mail list. I never
cease to be amazed at the number of people who want to join our Free e-mail
list, so they can receive Mark’s teaching e-mails and glean from his wisdom, and
his unique insights into God’s Word, and how it relates to our every day lives,
but, the moment there is a mention of finances, they get offended.
So, if you do love Mark, and if you appreciate, and believe in this ministry,
I’m asking you to consider sowing a seed. If Mark’s teaching, or his singing, or
even his humor, have ever touched or blessed you, please take a moment to reach
out to him now. He isn’t asking, but I am.
And if you do not wish to give, that is your choice. But please don’t criticize
me for loving my husband, and trying to lift some of the burden he’s carrying.
Just pray for us, that God will touch, and heal, and provide.
I pray God’s abundant blessings will be yours.
March 6, 2009
It has been a
few weeks since my last update on Mark. Thanks to so many of you
for your prayers and encouraging messages to Mark and me. Tonight I
wanted to give you the latest news on Mark.
Since his last
spinal procedure, Mark has been struggling with severe pain
throughout his neck and spine. The muscles and tendons are fighting
against the shifting of the spinal structure. Although Mark calls
it "good pain", because it is producing "good results", it breaks my
heart to see him hurting so badly.
As I told you in
my last update, Mark’s doctor wanted him to stay home for two months
after this procedure. But Mark was determined to participate in our
Marriage Conference two weeks ago. He had to use a walking cane to
get around, and had to sit on a stool to speak, but he was there.
Immediately after speaking in the Friday night session, one of the
men helped him back to our hotel room. After a difficult night of
restless sleep, he woke up Saturday with his right jaw in severe
has explained to us that the intense pain prevents him from reaching
level 4 sleep, when the body can heal and repair itself. He stays
tense all night long because of the pain. One of the side effects
of this is bruxism, grinding his teeth, throughout the night.
Although he wears a specially fitted mouthpiece at night, he often
wakes with his jaws sore and exhausted from the bruxism. This is
what he lives with on a "normal" basis.
evening, his jaw was throbbing and swollen. It continued to worsen
the next day. We called our dentist, who started him on
antibiotics. We were now dealing with an abscess in his right jaw.
intense spinal pain, since his last procedure, had caused him to
grind his teeth so hard that it fractured one of his molars.
Imagine how much pressure it would take to fracture a molar, one of
the largest teeth in the mouth.
Yesterday I took
Mark to the oral surgeon. They had to put Mark to sleep, under
general anesthesia, to extract the tooth. So, last night he was in
severe pain not only from the oral surgery, but also from the
shifting of his spinal structure.
The only foods
he has been able to eat are yogurt, pudding and ice cream. That's
all he can tolerate with the pain in his jaw. The oral surgeon put
him on another round of antibiotics to prevent any further infection
from setting in. I feel so bad for him. It's just awful to see him
As you might
imagine, with him being unable to travel for two months, it has
created a significant financial strain. The added pressure of
knowing this, has caused more stress, which affects his overall
health, and causes increased pain levels.
Mark’s take on
it is, that there are many people who live with much greater
problems. So, he counts his blessings.
But, I can tell
you, as his wife, that he is living with a tremendous amount of
pressure and pain.
So, I want to
say a special Thank You to those of you who have reached out with
financial support in the time since his procedure.
As you know so
well, Mark is determined to live up to his promise, not to ask you
to give to our ministry. But, I never made that promise. Ha!
want to thank those who have given, and to ask all of you to
consider sowing a seed at this time.
Just today, we
received a letter from a man who sent $1,000. He included a copy of
the last e-mail I had sent, just after Mark’s spinal procedure. His
note said that this was “for Mark’s help, or to aid in the
And, although we
haven’t received many letters like that, we appreciate so much, the
ones who have reached out to support us at this time.
As Mark’s wife,
I want to ask you to consider sowing a seed into our ministry this
week. Without the ability to travel and speak, Mark is unable to do
anything to provide the financial support needed for our ministry,
and our family.
Over the past 3
years, Mark and I have used our personal savings to help sustain the
ministry, during the times when he could not travel, because of the
spinal procedures. Also, the insurance company refuses to pay for
most of the spinal procedures, and many of the medications. So,
those costs have fallen on us as well.
complaining. We thank God for all He has done for us. But, I
believe that many of you would agree that Mark has a ministry like
no other. His insights into the Bible, and how it applies to our
daily lives, are so refreshing and powerful. Many of you have told
us, over the years, how great an impact Mark’s ministry has had in
Now, I’m asking
you to reach out to him, when he is battling for his health, and the
future of this ministry. Please consider sowing a seed today.
If you would
like to sow a seed, to support our ministry, you may either call our
ministry office during office hours, Monday-Friday at (615)
591-5900, or in our secure online store at
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Although we don’t mention it often, Mark is still
fighting the battle with pain, from his spinal condition. As you
know, since age 12, he has lived in almost constant pain, from a
severe scoliosis, with 9 herniated discs, 8 bulging discs and 15
compressed discs. His new spinal doctor here, in Nashville, has
been using cutting-edge, experimental procedures to cause a
radical shift in the structure of Mark’s spine. In fact, by this
time last year, we had seen a correction of approximately 30%.
Unfortunately, because of his inability to travel
at times, following each of the spinal procedures, this had a
significant impact on our ministry’s finances. And, since the
procedures are classified as “experimental” (Mark is the only
person in the world to ever receive these treatments for
scoliosis.), the insurance company has refused to pay for them,
and for the medications needed following each procedure.
Well, with reduced financial income in our
ministry, we didn’t have the money to pay for more of the spinal
procedures. So, Mark received only one of the spinal procedures
in 2008. In fact, he went for nearly a year without the
procedures. And, as a result, his spine began to shift back to
its original posture, losing much of the progress we had made.
This caused a significant increase in pain for
Mark. In fact, on the day of Kenneth’s wedding, Mark was in such
terrible pain, he barely made it to the wedding. And, as one of
the officiating ministers, he had to stand on the platform with
the other ministers, when it was his turn to participate in the
ceremony. Afterward, at the reception, he apologized to Kenneth
& Krista, because he could not stay to see them off when they
left that night. Instead, he had to be taken back to the hotel,
during the reception, so he could lie down, to take the pressure
off his spine.
I know that many of you will be frustrated with
me for not having told you about this, before now. But Mark told
me that he doesn’t want people to only think of us because of
his pain. He has said on many occasions, that there are many
people in the world who have much bigger problems than his. And,
he made a promise to all of our ministry partners, many years
ago, that he wouldn’t put pressure on you, asking for money for
our ministry. So, he was concerned that, if you knew why he
couldn’t get the spinal treatments, it may appear to be a “hint”
for you to give, to help pay for the treatments.
So, out of respect for his wishes, I haven’t
written to you about his spinal condition in many months. And,
as you can imagine, since he is a minister, we’ve received quite
a bit of “criticism” from some who have read my update e-mails,
asking why he hasn’t yet received his complete healing. And,
that doesn’t help at all.
As it became more and more obvious to all of us,
that Mark’s pain was going to continue to worsen, we made a
difficult decision, to have another procedure done. And, last
Thursday, Mark received his first spinal procedure in about a
Thankfully, his doctor did not require us to pay
him at the time of the procedure, but we know that we will need
to pay it soon, as well as purchasing the specific medications
Mark needs following the procedure, none of which are paid by
Since the procedure, Mark’s pain levels increased
significantly, because the spine was starting to shift again,
but this time, it was shifting toward correction. It is again
starting to straighten. Mark refers to the increased pain as
“good pain”, since it is caused by the spinal correction.
Please continue to pray with us, believing for
Mark’s complete healing. And, in the meantime, believe with us
for God’s continued financial provision for our ministry.
Technically, Mark is supposed to stay home for
one or two months after each procedure. But, he will have to do
some traveling and speaking during that time. I’m so proud of
him that, regardless of how he feels, he does what needs to be
done, to take care of us.
I believe that some of you, who love and respect
Mark, and appreciate his ministry, will want to sow a seed to
help us at this time. As you know, Mark doesn’t want to ask
anyone to give to our ministry. And he isn’t.
But as his wife, I am asking those of you who
can, to help support him at this time, when he really needs time
to heal, and to get strong.
Regardless of the financial situation in our
nation and around the world, Mark continues to say that our God
is Jehovah Jireh, the God of More Than Enough. So, we not only
believe God to provide our needs, but even MORE, that He will
provide for us to continue to be generous on every
occasion. That’s why Mark says that, no matter how difficult
things may seem, we will NOT stop sowing seed. If we stop
planting today, we’ll stop receiving harvest tomorrow.
We thank God for every one of you, who have
partnered with us in this ministry. And I hope you know how very
much we appreciate all that you do. In the past few months,
several of you have planted above your usual level of giving to
our ministry. And, each time, it reminds us that God knows where
we are, and what we’re facing, and He is our faithful provider.
Again, thank you for all your support, not only
in finances, but also, even more, for your support in prayer,
and as our friends. We love and appreciate every one of you.
Twice a year, he takes a break
from his travel and speaking schedule, to give his body a rest
from the pain medications for his spine. This is not required
by his doctor, but highly advised and beneficial. In fact, his
doctor has told us that Mark is the only patient he has ever
had, who voluntarily goes through this difficult and trying
process. Plus, the doctor is even more impressed that Mark does
it not only once, but twice each year! The doctor told us that
Mark has the greatest determination and resolve of any patient
he has ever known.
Mark does this to cleanse his
system, and to ensure that his body doesn’t become dependent on
the medications. Understandably, without these medications, his
pain levels are so high, he would not be able to travel and
speak. As you know, we are praying and believing that he will
not have to continue to take them. We have faith that he will
receive a total healing, but until then, we must deal with the
reality of the tremendous pain associated with his spinal
Last Friday, Mark and our team
flew to Hartford, Connecticut for a Leadership Seminar. The
turnout was tremendous. The teaching flowed so easily that Mark
even started sharing leadership principles during the
introduction of our staff! The hotel’s general manager was
sitting in on that portion of the seminar. She told us later
that she was able to put those principles to use that very
day. The audience hung on Mark’s every word to the point that
they didn’t want it to end. The “Question and Answer” portion
went another hour and a half because they just kept wanting
Needless to say, this weekend was
very taxing on him, but you know Mark, and he wouldn’t have it
any other way. When he speaks, he gives 110%. Many people are
not even aware of his physical challenges because he presses
through the pain, and he doesn’t let it stop him from fulfilling
After flying home from speaking
in Connecticut this weekend, he began the recuperation process
on Monday, and is hoping to go without the medications for at
least a week or more. Obviously, we are in close contact with
his doctor as he does this, and we regularly monitor him. I
have such great respect for him, that although his doctor does
not require him to do this, he still does it, to make himself
stronger and healthier in the future.
Please understand that, during
this time, he is unable to maintain much of his work duties, so
his cell phone is forwarded to the office, and he isn’t able to
do much e-mail either.
The last thing Mark wants is for
people to feel sorry for him. Yes, he is in pain, but remember,
he’s lived with this since age 12. In the past 2 years, his
pain levels are much higher, because of the shifting that is
taking place in his spinal structure, as a result of the
experimental procedures he’s receiving. Thankfully, we’ve seen
a correction of more than 30% in his spinal structure. But, as
the structure changes, his body resists it, which causes more
So, please keep him in prayer,
but don’t think of him as “weak” or “sickly”. (That’s his
wording.) He’s a fighter – a warrior, and he will keep fighting
the battle until we have total victory!
Look for another Leadership
Teaching E-mail from Mark in the near future.
We are grateful for those of you
who have reached out, to sow financial seed, and to support our
ministry over the past few years, when Mark has had to undergo
spinal procedures and other treatments. On many occasions, Mark
has said that he doesn’t want to ask anyone to give to our
ministry, but guess what? I’m not Mark, I’m his wife, and I am
asking those of you who love him, and this ministry, to stand
with us at this time, by sowing a generous seed.
I am so proud of him. I’ve seen
other people, who didn’t have near this amount of pain, who have
“excused” themselves from pressing on to do what they should
do. But Mark has never done that. And that’s why I am not
ashamed to ask you, our friends and partners, to stand with us
Even when he’s going through
these difficult processes, he still makes time to pray for you
each day. Many of your names are on the lists he prays for each
day, as Strategic Partners, Foundation Partners and Vision
Thank you for your love and
Mark will be sending the new teaching from his
current series, “The Four Phases of Existence” on Monday, so
watch for that email. If you are new to the list and want to
access the first segments of this series, go to
I sent you a message a few days ago, giving a
brief update on Mark. Since some of you are new to our list, and
you may not be familiar with the challenges Mark faces with his
spine, I wanted to share a little more with you.
First, the GOOD NEWS! In the past two years, Mark
has received several spinal procedures, and his spine is
shifting and straightening. We can see the proof that it is
working! And, although this radical restructuring of his spine
is very painful, Mark is willing to deal with higher pain levels
now, if it will achieve greater correction and stability in his
spine, in the future.
We’ve all heard it said, that God has a way of
using the storms in our lives to bring unexpected
blessings. Well, we are proof of that. Although Hurricane
Katrina brought untold destruction and loss to our hometown of
New Orleans, and the Gulf Coast, it also served as a catalyst
for us, to move to Tennessee.
Just think, if we had not moved here, it’s
doubtful that we would have ever met this doctor, who is using
experimental procedures, which are causing his spine to
gradually move into its proper position – for the first time in
his life. And, according to his doctor, Mark is the only person
in the world who has ever received these procedures!
I know that we could definitely complain about
Hurricane Katrina, the disruption of our lives and ministry, the
added complications involved in moving, not only our family, but
also our ministry, to another state, plus the considerable added
expense of Mark’s spinal procedures and medications, and the
loss of income for several months each year, also caused by the
spinal procedures. But, instead, we choose to rejoice and thank
God for this – the FIRST improvement – correction in the
structure of Mark’s spine – EVER!
Thank You Jesus! Thank You for the storm that
came into our lives. Thank You that it did NOT destroy us, but
rather, it brought about transition. Without Hurricane Katrina,
we probably would not have met this doctor, and Mark’s spinal
condition could have continued to worsen with each year, as it
had for more than 35 years before Katrina.
I know that if he could, Mark would have chosen
to receive his healing at age 12, or 13, or 20, or 30, or 40, or
better yet, to have NEVER had the pain of even one herniated or
bulging or compressed disc, instead of 9 herniated, 8 bulging
and 15 compressed discs.
But, rather than to complain about what could
have been, or should have been, or should NOT have been, he
chooses to rejoice for what IS happening right now.
And, although this has taken much longer than we
would have liked, we’ll take it anyway! And, we won’t complain
about the financial expense, or the loss of income, because
we’re most excited about the GAINS in his health.
Since he is the first person ever to receive
these experimental spinal procedures, our health insurance
company refuses to pay for them, or the necessary
medications. Their company does not recognize it as an “accepted
modality”, so they won’t pay for it, even though it’s working!
Also, as you know, we’ve had to modify Mark’s
travel and speaking schedule to allow for these
procedures. We’ve rescheduled many speaking engagements, to free
up the necessary time - about 5 months per year, for the past
two years. So, you can imagine the combined impact of the loss
of 5 months’ income each year, plus the extra medical expenses
of more than $40,000 per year, not covered by health insurance.
Mark said that, since the doctors have told us
that one of the main causes for elevated pain levels is stress,
it’s a good thing that we don’t have any extra financial
pressure during this time! Ha! (At least he can still laugh
But, thank God, these procedures ARE WORKING!
And we thank God every day, for you – for each of
you who have faithfully prayed with us, and for us. We are
thankful for every seed you have planted, for every unexpected
blessing you have given, to help sustain our family and ministry
during this “Season Of Change”.
We claim your harvest for you – with you,
believing God to bless you in ways that we never could – to
thank you for standing with us.
Last month, when the doctor asked Mark to take 90
days off, we knew immediately that we could not do
that. Although it would have been nice for Mark to have that
time at home to get stronger and healthier, we knew that we
could not do it. So, although we have done what we could, to
minimize the number of speaking trips during this 90 day period,
he still has a few speaking engagements.
Having traveled in ministry, and as a
motivational speaker, for most of his life, Mark is well aware
of the impact cancellations can have, both on the speaker, and
for those who have scheduled him to speak for them. So, Mark
told our staff NOT to cancel any speaking engagements for the
first few weeks, because he felt that it would not be right, to
give such short notice.
So, two weeks ago, I traveled with Mark to West
Tennessee, near Memphis, where he spoke on a Sunday, then drove
home Monday, and left the next day, Tuesday, on a 4 hour drive
to Gatlinburg, Tennessee to speak at The Gatlinburg Convention
Center, then the drive home the following day, Wednesday,
followed by a 6 ½ hour driving trip on the following day,
Thursday, to Little Rock, Arkansas, through torrential rain,
with tornados approaching from both sides of Little Rock, so he
could speak on a Christian TV Network the next morning, Friday,
followed by a meeting with one of his Spiritual Sons on the
Saturday, and then, the drive home that night, to get in bed at
about 2am Saturday morning.
So, don’t let anybody tell you that Mark is
lazy! He’s not a quitter, and he doesn’t shirk
responsibility. Remember, he’s lived with constant pain for most
of his life. And he has always pressed through the pain, to
stand on a stage and bring a smile to those who needed joy, to
give hope to those who were overwhelmed, and to share Christ
with a world who needs a Savior. And, until 2005, he didn’t tell
you about his pain.
Why? He didn’t want his pain to weaken your
faith, to distract you from your destiny, or to trivialize the
difficulties with which you were faced.
When God spoke to him in May of 2005, and told
him that he should tell others of the battle he’d fought for
more than 35 years, he finally sent out the first e-mail, to
tell you, our friends and partners, of his physical struggle, so
you could pray with us. And, I believe that there are many of
you who gained a new resolve, a renewed vision, when you learned
of all that he had faced – and overcome. Because, if Mark can do
it, so can you.
His doctor has commented, on several occasions,
that of all the patients he has treated, not only does Mark have
the most severe spinal condition, but also, Mark serves as an
inspiration to him, and everyone who has worked with him at the
clinic. He explained that, most of their spinal patients have
one or two damaged spinal discs, and many of them act as if they
cannot “lift a finger” because of the pain. But, knowing that
Mark has 17 bad discs in his spine, and seeing that he doesn’t
let the pain stop him, lifts their spirits, and serves as an
inspiration for all of them.
I know that there are those who criticize Mark
because he has not yet received his physical healing. Some have
harshly accused him of not being a true man of God, if he cannot
receive his own healing.
Just think, since age 12 his spine has continued
to worsen each year. Mark has been praying and believing for his
healing, for the past 38 years. That’s a long time – a lot of
years, living with pain, but refusing to give up - continuing to
pray and believe.
Many others have prayed with us, including Mark’s
parents, Rev. Marvin & Virginia Gorman, and many of their
friends, including Benny Hinn, Oral Roberts, Kenneth Copeland
and many others. And, though he hasn’t yet experienced the
“instant” miracle we’ve hoped for, we believe that God can, and
does work through people, to bring about healing in many
ways. And we believe that God is using this doctor to facilitate
You know that I don’t usually write so much in
one message. But, as I see that Mark is only one third of the
way through this 90 day period, I felt that you would want to
know what is taking place, so you can stand with us at this
We know that God has called Mark to do even more
than he has already done – to reach even more people with his
teaching ministry. Specifically, we know that we are being led
by God to produce television programs, which can reach so many
more people than Mark could reach in person.
And, think of the benefit, for Mark to be able to
record these programs here, where we live, in Tennessee, and
then have them distributed and seen by people throughout the
Recently, God spoke to Mark, through more than
one person, that he is to start creating teaching videos, even
before we have our own building and TV studio. So, Mark has
decided to start out by recording brief teaching videos here, in
his office, which can be uploaded onto the internet, so that
anyone, anywhere can see them, or even download them, to be
played on their iPods or other Mp3 players. Plus, anyone with an
internet connection will be able to watch the videos on your
computer – on demand. You can just click a link on your
computer, and the video will open, and Mark will be right there
in your computer, speaking to you – teaching you – encouraging
The equipment needed to produce these “Video
Podcasts” will cost less than $10,000. (Actually, if we wanted,
we could just use any camcorder or webcam, and record a
video. But if you know Mark at all, you know that he wants to do
it with excellence. That doesn’t mean that he has to have the
most expensive equipment available anywhere. But it will require
some lighting, and video recording equipment which will produce
a quality video recording. And, as we grow, and eventually build
our own TV / video recording studio, this equipment can be
integrated into that facility.)
His goal is to start recording these video
podcasts as soon as possible. Basically, he sees this as a way
for him to still speak to you, even during this “Doctor
Requested 90 Day Period” when he is unable to travel.
If God speaks to you to sow a seed, to enable us
to get the necessary equipment, please let us know by calling
the office, or by sowing your seed in our secure online store at
I’m sure that others of you will want to reach
out to Mark at this time, by sowing a seed of faith into this
good soil, of the ministry God has birthed in Mark’s heart.
I want to thank each of you in advance, for the
seeds that you will sow into the ministry. We pray for God’s
abundant harvest to be yours.
Dear Friends & Partners,
This is Gina Gorman, Mark’s
wife. It has been a long time since the last e-mail I sent to
update you on how Mark is doing, in regard to his spinal condition.
(If you have not received my previous updates on Mark, you can
access them on a special page on our website, at
Basically, he has been diagnosed with 9 herniated discs, 8 bulging
discs and 15 compressed discs, caused by a severe spinal scoliosis,
which is apparently hereditary.)
First, let me apologize for
not doing a better job of keeping you informed on a more consistent
basis. In recent months, several of you, who have seen us at
various events where Mark has spoken, have asked why I haven’t been
sending more updates on Mark. Actually, I have purposely refrained
from sending constant updates, because I know that many of you are
also dealing with significant challenges in your lives as well. I
don’t want anyone to think that we are of the impression that Mark
is the only person in the world who has challenges.
Also, keep in mind, Mark has
had this spinal condition since the age of 12. He has lived in
constant pain for most of his life, every hour of every day, for
more than 30 years. But, no matter how many times we say that, we
still encounter people all the time who think that Mark has only had
this painful spinal disease since they first learned of it, a couple
of years ago.
So, unfortunately, many people
have assumed that this has incapacitated Mark, preventing him from
traveling and speaking. They don’t realize that he’s been living
with this pain for longer than most of you have known him, and he
hasn’t let the pain stop him. But, we have learned of several
organizations who had wanted Mark to return to speak for them, but
didn’t ask, because they thought that he was now unable to travel.
It is true, that Mark has
received spinal procedures in the past 3 years, which have
necessitated brief periods of rest (a few weeks) following each
procedure. And the corrective shifting in Mark’s spinal structure,
after those procedures, has created significantly higher pain
levels, which have sometimes become debilitating.
But, I can assure you that
Mark has NOT given up, or thrown in the towel. In fact, the
tenacious, persistent spirit that enables him to ignite a flame of
passion for achievement in others, has been developed in him, in
part, as a result of his battle with constant pain for all these
years. So, in a way, although it has made life much more difficult
for him, I believe that the pain has probably also served to
challenge him to never give in.
Today, Mark had to deal with
another challenge in regard to the medications he has to take for
this condition. Thank God, Mark recognized the worsening of the
negative side effects, and asked his doctor, last week, to do a
blood test, which confirmed what Mark had suspected. This morning
Mark sent an e-mail to his family, and a few of our prayer
intercessors, asking them to stand with him in prayer today, and
during the next few months. (Again, he didn’t send it to everyone,
not wanting to “make a big deal” of his situation.)
This evening, I asked Mark if
he would mind if I forward an excerpt from his e-mail to all of you,
because I know that there are many of you who would want to know
what he is facing, so you can agree with us in prayer. Also, I
truly believe that as you see all that he is overcoming, it will
inspire others to press through their own challenges and obstacles
Here’s an excerpt from Mark’s
I told my doctor of some concerns I had, regarding some of the side
effects from the prescription pain medications, which I must take
for my spinal condition.
request, they drew blood, and a few days later, the blood work
confirmed what I had suspected. Some of my blood test results were
significantly lower than should be, which means that the medications
are inhibiting my body's ability to produce important hormones and
chemicals, which are necessary for my health.
suggested to my doctor that I would like to go through another
detoxification process. This is something I've already done 3 other
times in the past two years. Each time I did so at my own request
and initiative - not ordered by my doctor.
that, although my condition necessitates my use of these medicines,
they have negative side effects which, if unchecked, could
potentially result in long term, even permanent damage to my
midnight, Wednesday night, I have not taken any more of those meds,
in order to begin a detox, to cleanse my body of these medications.
One of the reasons Mark does
this is to purge all of the medication from his body. After doing
this, his body then has a “fresh start” when he begins taking them
again, so he can take smaller doses, to achieve the same effect.
(When people do not do this type of detoxification, they must keep
taking higher and higher doses of medicine, because their body has
developed a kind of tolerance for them.) Mark’s goal is to reduce
the amount of medications he takes, to lessen the risk of negative
side effects. And, obviously, his goal is to eventually stop taking
any of them at all.
Today, I stayed with Mark as
he went through this process. I spoke to his doctor, and nurse by
phone several times, as we monitored his blood pressure and other
vital signs, to ensure that he was not in any danger. Although he
had several difficult periods throughout the day, he again surprised
his doctor, by going far beyond what the doctor had expected, in
terms of his ability to deal with the effects of this process.
What Mark did not say in his
e-mail is that his doctor was very concerned when he saw the results
of the blood test from last week. When he spoke to Mark by phone,
he said that we need to take immediate steps to reverse the
significant negative effects the medications have had on Mark’s
body. In fact, he actually wanted Mark to cancel all travel for the
next 90 days.
Mark explained that it would
not be possible to do that, but agreed to at least minimize his
travel and speaking engagements for the next 3months, as his doctor
had requested. This means that Mark will still travel and speak for
key events during this time, so don’t be surprised if you see that
he’ll be speaking in your area. He is NOT canceling his speaking
schedule, but we are doing what we can to modify the schedule where
As you might imagine, this
type of unexpected reduction in Mark’s speaking schedule, has
significant negative effects on the ministry’s financial support,
which comes mainly from the offerings when Mark speaks. Also, when
Mark speaks for business events, those fees are used to pay for the
numerous medical expenses which are not covered by health
insurance. (Most of the spinal procedures are experimental, so
health insurance won’t pay for them. This means that we must pay
for them personally.)
So, although Mark is still
traveling and speaking, and has every intention of continuing to do
so, you can also see that he cannot always do as much as he would
like. The good news is that, in the past 2 years, as a result of
the experimental spinal procedures, there has been a correction in
his spinal structure, of approximately 30%. And since surgery is
not an option, this is the only possible approach that offers Mark
any hope of improvement.
Over the years, Mark has told
our partners that he would not beg them for money, or pressure them
to give to our ministry. And, as his wife, I must tell you that I
have gained even more respect for him, seeing him stay true to that
commitment that he made to you. And, also, it has been very
gratifying to see so many of you faithfully support the ministry,
without us asking you to do so.
But as his wife, I feel that I
would be wrong if I did not at least tell you of these challenges
which restrict his ability (at present) to do what is necessary to
maintain the ministry’s financial support.
And, one of the reasons I
haven’t written to you more about Mark’s situation in recent months,
is because some people have been critical, when I have mentioned our
financial needs to you, in light of Mark’s spinal procedures, etc.
They have said that I am asking for money, when Mark has said that
we will not do that.
And my reply is, “Mark
promised not to ask. I didn’t!”
Also, you may have noticed
that we’ve made a point of sending more teaching e-mails from Mark,
with very little mention of his spinal condition.
But truly, it has been hurtful
for both of us, to see that there are those who have become
critical, even though I have made very little mention of the
ministry’s financial situation. And, as a result of reading those
criticisms, Mark and I both have been reluctant to even continue to
send the updates, out of concern that some may actually believe that
he was not living up to his promise, to not pressure you for money.
But when I learned that his
doctor had asked us to minimize his travel for the next 90 days, I
knew that I needed to at least let you know. Keep in mind, he will
still fulfill several speaking engagements during that time, and
those of you in those areas will be notified of the events, in
advance, by e-mail. But his travel schedule will not be as full as
usual. And, as a result of that, the ministry’s financial support
will be reduced as well.
So, I say this, only to those
of you who want to know: “I am asking you to help us at this time.
Mark is NOT. But I am.”
And if you are offended by
that, please accept my apologies. But as a wife who truly loves and
respects her husband, I believe that I’m doing the right thing.
There are several ways you can
partner with our ministry. Rather than for me to try to describe
them, I’ll just insert Mark’s description of each from his most
recent teaching e-mail:
receive a new message from Mark each month on the CD Of The Month or
Mp3 Of The Month, along with a letter from me, updating you on our
family and our ministry. Partners are those who sow a seed of
$20/month or more.
sow $1,000/year, or $85/month. Your names, and the names of your
family, are on the list Mark prays for each day, for household
salvation, healing & health, and financial abundance. They also
receive this year’s Strategic Partner Bible, which is the John
Maxwell Leadership Bible. Our MMI Logo is embossed in gold on the
front cover, along with the words, “2008 Strategic Partner, Mark
Ministries, Inc.”. (Those who sow $85/month will receive one Bible,
and those who sow the entire $1,000 now, will receive two of the
Strategic Partner Bibles for this year. Mark signs all of the Bibles
before they are shipped.)
Partners” are those
who sow $5,000 or more per year, either monthly or as a one-time
seed. Vision Partners not only receive CD of The Month, as do all
other Partners, and also are listed on the same Daily Prayer List
Mark prays for, but also, they receive both the Strategic Partner
Bibles AND our Ultimate 80gb Video iPod.
If you would like to sow a seed of support, please use the following
link to an information page on our website:
We have a Secure Online Store
where you can join online, or you can call our staff at
Thank you, in advance, for
your prayerful support at this time. Also, please understand if
Mark is not as easy to reach by phone or e-mail in the next few
weeks, during this process. Be assured of our love and prayers for
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January 15, 2008
Dear Friends and Partners,
Please remember Mark in your prayers today. He is at the
doctor’s office as we speak receiving another spinal procedure.
This is the procedure which paralyzes the muscles and it has
proven to help Mark’s spine straighten more than any other
A while back, the doctor told us that the spinal procedures from
last year were “wearing off”, and the muscles which they had
paralyzed last year, were “waking up”. Basically, those muscles
have been trying to pull his spine back into the severe
scoliosis curve which Mark had lived with for the last 37 years.
Because of this, he has had increased pain for the last several
months. The doctor said the muscles need to be paralyzed again,
so we do not lose the improvement that we have seen in the
straightening of his spine.
In spite of the pain, Mark has been maintaining his speaking
schedule. God is opening more doors and we are excited for what
The procedure will take effect the first part of next week and
in the past his pain has increased as the spine starts to
shift. We believe for NO PAIN.
Thank you for all of you who have continued to support the
ministry in addition to sowing seeds for the new ministry
facilities. You are a blessing!
Executive Assistant to Mark and Gina Gorman
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The spinal procedure that Mark had yesterday did not go well
at all. No one had told us that if an appointment was after
2:00 pm, you can not be sedated. So, Mark was completely
awake throughout the procedure.
They told Mark that they would give him injections to numb
the area, so he wouldn't feel any pain from the burning of
the nerves in his neck. But, they were wrong!
The pain was really bad. And, to top it off, Mark had to
remain completely motionless. Otherwise, with the slightest
movement, reacting to the pain, he risked the possibility of
the needle possibly causing damage to his spinal cord, brain
Mark told them several times that he didn't want to do it
without anesthesia, but they either ignored him or were not
paying attention to what he was saying.
After the procedure, Mark was able to speak with his doctor
and others in charge of the facility, and they were
apologetic, but he was already in excruciating pain.
The doctors instructed for him to do nothing for the next 24
hours -bed rest, nothing else. With the kind of pain he is
experiencing, it’s easy for him to follow these
Mark has done as instructed and we are praying that not only
will he recover from the traumatic episode, but that the
procedure will be effective in spite of the difficulty.
Thank you for your prayers, and we ask that you continue.
Once the procedure takes effect, we pray it will bring the
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Dear Prayer Partners,
This afternoon, Mark is having a radio frequency ablation
procedure, which uses radio waves to kill nerves which are sending
constant, severe pain signals to the brain. This is a very delicate
procedure because of the close proximity to the spinal cord and
brain stem in the upper neck area.
Please pray with us that everything will go well and that God
would direct the doctors so that Mark will be able to function at a
higher level for his speaking schedule.
Deanna Gorman - Executive Assistant to Mark and Gina Gorman
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Hi, it’s Gina Gorman again. I wanted to give you
another update on Mark. On Thursday, August 23rd,
Mark was scheduled to fly with his assistant, Dwayne, to New
York City. He was in such severe pain, that we booked him on a
later flight that same afternoon, so he would have a little more
time to give his body time to heal. Dwayne flew out on his
scheduled flights, and he took Mark’s carry-on case with him.
Mark was in awful pain, but he was determined to
make the trip. He kept telling me, “I am not going to miss this
trip! No matter how I feel, I am going to make this trip!”
I had mixed emotions when I saw what he was going
through. On the one hand, I was so proud of him for refusing to
allow the pain keep him from fulfilling his commitments, but yet
it broke my heart to see him in such pain, and yet to be so
determined to not give up.
I packed his clothes since he was unable to do
so. Mark literally pulled himself out of bed to get dressed for
the flight. I drove him to the airport for his flight. We were
right on schedule, until we hit an unexpected traffic jam on one
of the interstates. We were delayed by 40 minutes just trying
get through the accident.
We ended up getting to the airport with just
enough time for Mark to still make the flight. However, when he
checked in his bags with the skycap, Mark was informed that he
had been labeled as “high risk” due to our changing his flight
at such a short notice, and him flying out a few hours later on
that same day.
Mark was in so much pain, that he asked the
skycap get him a wheelchair. At the security screening area,
Mark was made to wait 20 minutes before even being scanned and
searched. The skycap later told Mark that it was obvious that
the man intentionally wanted to make Mark miss his flight, since
there was no reason to make Mark wait that long, when so many
screeners were available. Once he finally got through the entire
checkpoint, which was quite an involved search, the plane had
just left a few minutes prior. He missed his flight, but his
checked baggage made the flight. If he was such a security
threat, it seems that they would have made sure to remove his
luggage from the plane.
He had to reschedule for an early morning flight
on Friday. You can imagine how frustrating this was. He was
still determined he would not miss the trip.
Later that night, he tried doing some exercises
to ease the pain and strengthen his spine. At first, he seemed
to be feeling okay. However, after about 5 minutes he could
barely walk. Some of his ribs were pulling out of place. I had
to wake our son Kenneth, so he could help me. We had to
literally lift Mark into the bed and put ice packs on him. He
was in excruciating pain. At this point, I had no idea how he
could fly out the next morning.
In the midst of this, he kept telling me, “I am
not going to miss this weekend!” He looked me straight in the
eyes and said, “It is very important that you understand why I
am saying this. I want to you to know that I am giving all I’ve
got, to refuse to let this pain win!” I was so broken-hearted to
see him in this condition, but yet I was so proud to see how he
was fighting all odds to be a hero – to be my hero!
He boarded the flight to New York early Friday
morning. Although he was in severe pain, he got on that plane a
Several people have called our office to ask
about Mark’s condition. They all seem to be shocked that Mark
made the trip this past weekend. We tell them what Mark said,
“There was no way I was going to miss this weekend!”
Well, it was an awesome weekend. Mark was
scheduled to speak 6 times throughout the weekend, and Monday
night as well. The pastor was thrilled with the messages that
Mark shared with his people.
He kept telling Mark, “This is exactly what our
church needed to hear.” The pastor wants Mark to return next
year, and he specifically wants Mark to teach from his book
“God’s Plan For Prosperity”.
Mark flew home Tuesday night. He was in such
severe pain with his spine, that I had to help him get into his
pajamas at home. He has had reactions to some of the medications
which caused severe nausea, and several mouth ulcers, which make
it painful for him to eat anything solid. I have been giving him
cream of wheat, pudding, ice cream, and other soft foods.
Last week, the doctor told us that the spinal
procedures from last year were “wearing off”, and the muscles
which they had paralyzed last year, were “waking up”. Basically,
those muscles have been trying to pull his spine back into the
severe scoliosis curve which Mark had lived with for the last 37
years. This is why he is having such severe pain, and why his
ribs keep going out of place so easily. The doctor said the
muscles need to be paralyzed again, so we do not lose the
improvement that we have seen in the straightening of his
spine. We were going to wait until the end of the year to do
this procedure, but the doctor said it can’t wait; it must be
done soon, so we do not “lose ground”.
Because these treatments are still considered
experimental, health insurance refuses to pay for them. They are
so costly, we have decided to use only half of the amount of the
medication that they have used in the past. The doctor wants to
do these procedures more frequently, using less of the
paralyzing agent each time. We are praying that this will be
more effective in the long run, and hopefully it won’t be quite
as debilitating as in the past.
It is no coincidence that we are under so much
pressure, right after we announce our vision to move forward
with the ministry, and to purchase an office building so the
ministry can expand into television and reach more people than
We have been facing a lot of “giants” lately. At
the same time that Mark’s vision is expanding, and we are ready
to start moving forward, we see the enemy doing everything
possible to discourage us, and stifle our dream.
Mark was not even able to write his leadership
e-mail last week because of the pain. This is the first one he
has missed in a long time. It is obvious that we are under
attack by the enemy. We need your prayers and support now more
than ever. Let’s prove to the enemy that we are not going to
In fact, last week we were faced with another
situation which seemed a bit overwhelming. We received a
telephone call from the pastor of a church where Mark was
scheduled to speak 3 weeks from now. The pastor had forgotten to
make a note on his calendar, for the dates he had scheduled for
Mark to speak. In spite of the fact that it had been scheduled
since January, and a confirmation packet had been sent by our
office, to their church, by certified mail in April, they
cancelled, saying “it just won’t work for them”. I’m sure you
can imagine the added pressure that this has put on Mark.
We know that God has something great in store for
us, or the enemy wouldn’t be fighting us so strongly. We are not
going to give up on the vision that God has given us. As Mark
says, “Quitting is for sissies.” He also teases me about “Mama
married a man”, and believe me, I did! He has more inner
strength and wisdom, than anyone I know. Sometimes I sit in
amazement as he writes his Leadership e-mails.
Don’t think he is a weakling because of the pain
he is facing. It gets the best of him every now and them, but
look out when he’s feeling good. I always say Mark has 2 speeds
– full force blazing a trail, or in severe pain. It’s one or the
other. One minute we may have to help him because of the pain,
but look out, because in just a short time we may be trying to
catch up to him. I know this sounds funny, but that’s how it
is. If he physically could, he would be full force, full
throttle all the time. At those times, he makes us all tired
just trying to keep up with him.
Mark often says, “There are a lot of people who
have worse problems than me – worse pain.”
But my question is, “How many people in worse
pain are doing half of what he does?”
Please continue to keep Mark in your prayers as
he keeps fighting this battle. He needs to know that we are
standing with him in this fight against the pain! We are not
quitters, and we will win!
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August 22, 2007
Dear Friends and Partners,
This is Gina Gorman. I am writing to you on Mark’s behalf.
Today is our 27th Wedding Anniversary. I am so sorry
to have to tell you that today has ended up being a painful one
for Mark – more painful than usual.
Tomorrow, Thursday, August 23rd, Mark is scheduled to
fly, with his support staff, to New York City. This weekend he
will be speaking at a church in Upstate New York.
For the past several weeks, he has been having higher-than-usual
pain levels in his lumbar/sacral spine, radiating down into the
leg as well. Because of this, we had made arrangements for him
to receive a specialized procedure for his lumbar spine, this
afternoon. This procedure involves him being strapped into a
very large machine which has the ability to take him from
vertical to horizontal position, and then, to create specific
traction which is monitored by a computer, regulating the exact
amount of pressure/tension on each of his discs and support
muscles. It was our hope that this specialized procedure would
help him to be able to travel tomorrow.
A few minutes ago, as Mark was getting dressed to go to the
doctor, he suddenly had extreme pain in his left shoulder,
radiating down to the middle of his back, including several ribs
on the left side. The pain was so severe, that he could barely
get to the phone to call the office and ask us to have someone
rush to his aid. I had to help him get dressed for bed, and then
place the pain patches on his shoulder before he lay down, and
placed his head in the traction machine here at home.
At present, he is lying in bed with several pain patches on his
back, an ice pack on his thoracic area and his head in a
cervical traction device which he must have with him at all
times, for situations like this.
Deanna called the doctors office to inform them that Mark will
not be able to receive the lumbar/sacral spine procedure today.
Isn’t it ironic, that he can’t receive a spine procedure because
other parts of his spine has acted up, making it impossible to
for him to travel from our home to the doctor’s office at this
To give you a bit of a broader view, this past weekend, Mark and
I were scheduled to fly to Sacramento, CA, where Mark would
speak at the church of our dear friends, Pastors Dave and Cheryl
Bryan. We were originally scheduled to fly in on the Wednesday,
so we could have a couple of days off, for rest and fellowship
with Dave and Cheryl. They have an amazing gift of
hospitality. They wanted to get us away from the phones and
other pressures of life for a few days with them at Lake Tahoe.
On Tuesday of last week, Mark’s pain levels were extremely high
– so high that it became obvious that he was in no condition to
fly the following day. Our office contacted the Bryans, and
informed them that we would not be traveling until Friday, so
Mark could still speak for them on the Saturday and Sunday, as
scheduled. (By the way, Mark and I both absolutely love their
church. It is, with out a doubt, one of our favorite churches
in all the world. Dave and Cheryl are some of the greatest
leaders, and most loyal friends we have ever known.)
Once we had determined that Mark would be unable to travel to
California until Friday, Deanna contacted Mark’s Spine
Specialist, to ask if they could work Mark in on Thursday for a
procedure to help alleviate some of the more severe pain,
enabling him to travel without these extra high pain levels. (As
you know, Mark has lived with constant pain, 24 hours a day,
since age 12. So, he has learned over the years, how to deal
with pain on a regular basis. But, even for someone like him,
extreme pain can hinder him from being able to function as he
Thursday afternoon, Mark went to see the Spine Specialist and
they performed a spinal procedure, which involved the use of
medications to alleviate pain, and to reduce inflammation in the
worst pain-areas. Basically, they had to insert a hypodermic
needle into the most painful areas on his low back, mid back,
shoulders, neck, and the base of the skull. They injected the
maximum allowed dosage, knowing that Mark’s upcoming travel
schedule is so demanding, he needed as much help as possible to
enable him to travel. (FYI, Mark is scheduled to travel and
speak every week from now until the middle of December. This is
not just because he wants to do that, but since the spinal
procedures last year forced him to postpone so many speaking
engagements, now, he has to stay busy. He just refuses to give
On Friday morning, following the procedures, Mark awoke to find
that his body had a severe reaction to some of the medicines
which had been injected into his back, spine, neck, and the base
of his skull. His face was very swollen, and inflamed. In fact,
the swelling of the face and neck just began to decrease three
days later this Monday.
It was with a sigh of frustration and desperation that Mark told
me Friday morning that he was in no condition to travel. I
agreed totally. The outward, physical manifestation of the
swelling and redness, was not nearly as bad as the way he felt,
throughout his body, for many days, until some of the medicines
began to leave his body.
So, with a heavy heart, we informed Pastor Dave’s office that,
because of this unexpected reaction to the previous day’s spinal
procedure, and based on advice given to us by Mark’s doctor,
Mark would not be able to travel.
As we expected, the Bryans were extremely kind, and
understanding. But, Mark was extremely frustrated that once
again, the spinal pain, and the associated procedures, had once
again, prevented him from fulfilling his commitment to speak.
Mark told me that day, that he is determined to make every trip
for the rest of this year.
Now, today, as he was preparing to receive a spinal procedure to
help him make the trip tomorrow, another unexpected “snag” has
created a challenge for him.
The reason I am writing to you is not to tell you that Mark will
not be traveling this weekend. He told me, just a few minutes
ago, that even if they have to drag him to the plane and drag
him onto stage, he is not going to miss another weekend. I am
asking you to join with me in praying for Mark’s strength and
complete healing from all pain, and from everything which causes
Last week, Mark’s Specialist told us that one of the causes of
the increased pain in the last couple of months is that some of
the previous procedures have worn off. You may recall that,
last year, Mark received more than one experimental procedure
which involves paralyzing specific muscles in his spine to force
other muscles to work properly. Unfortunately, our health
insurance company does not pay for those procedures nor do they
pay for the majority of Mark’s medications. Therefore, in
consideration of the cost, and of the “forced time off”
associated with another one of these procedures, Mark decided to
wait until the end of this year to receive the next procedure.
Unfortunately, it appears that the delay in receiving that
procedure has apparently been the cause of some of these recent
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August 2, 2007
Dear Friends and Partners,
It’s been a long time since I have sent out an update on Mark’s
health. Please forgive my delay.
Recently, Mark battled a new enemy with his health. He developed
severe hypertension, as a result of some of the medications that had
been prescribed to him. We had a couple of months where we had to
monitor his blood pressure all throughout each day. He saw a
hypertension specialist, and thankfully, his blood pressure is back
Mark’s description of the way you feel from high blood pressure is,
“Yuck!” He said it just feels awful – especially when combined with
all the pain and other physical challenges he was already facing.
We did receive some good news from Mark’s doctor at The Spine
Clinic. On his last visit, the doctor was surprised, stating that
the “double S” lateral curve (side to side) is almost completely
straightened! Isn’t it amazing that, since May of 2006, a little
more than a year since his first “experimental spinal procedure”,
nearly all of the lateral curves are gone! But, as great as that
sounds, you need to know that we’re still faced with the most
difficult part of the battle.
Mark’s doctor explained that another aspect of the spinal disease
Mark has had since age 12 is the significant rotation of the spine.
The spinal rotation is still causing his ribcage to be twisted, and
is the source of his most severe pain in the neck, mid back and
lumbar-sacral spine. The doctor explained to us that there are no
muscles in the thoracic area which could rotate the spine, so there
is no way he can do any “non-invasive” spinal procedures to help
straighten out the rotation.
Mark looked his doctor straight in the eyes and said, “That is where
God has to work.” The doctor said, “Mr. Gorman you are correct!” We
believe for a complete healing of Mark’s spine.
Mark’s pain has intensified as the muscles continue to shift bones
in his spinal structure into place. So, basically, the pain he’s
having now, and for the past 14-15 months, has been worse than
before, because now, his body is “screaming” at him – resisting the
structural changes which are taking place. Sometimes the pain is
debilitating for Mark. He is determined to keep pressing on. He is
not a quitter.
He refuses to accept the defeatist advice he’s received from so many
doctors, who have basically said to give up. In fact, nearly every
time he goes to the spine specialist, the doctors say, “You should
be in a wheelchair – or a hospital bed – not flying all over the
world, speaking on stages to crowds of people.”
Over the past few years, Mark has gone to some of the finest medical
institutions in the country, including Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN,
Vanderbilt in Nashville, and others. Many doctors have said that, in
their “expert opinion”, he needs to “take it easy”, and prepare
himself as life goes on, and as he gets older – more pain, less
mobility – eventual defeat. Mark has chosen to be a hero instead of
a victim! He is my hero!
Recently, Mark has started walking with our daughter Sharah and me
in our neighborhood. For some time, the doctor has encouraged him to
do this, but it was a “catch 22”, that the pain prevented him from
walking, and the walking would eventually strengthen his body to
combat the pain. He finds that the walking is helping to strengthen
some of the support muscles in his spine. In fact, he wears weights
around his waist when he walks, weighing down on his pelvis, to
force the spinal and abdominal muscles to work even harder, so the
spine can be stronger afterward.
Keep in mind, we lived in New Orleans for most of our lives, where
there are NO hills. Now, we live in Tennessee, so a neighborhood
walk takes on a whole new meaning, considering some of the hills in
our area! We love having Mark walk with us on our walks. We always
take our dogs along, so it’s a great outing, especially with
Sharah’s little Yorkie (Yorkshire Terrier), Coco, who weighs only 8
pounds. She knows which houses have dogs, and even before we get to
their house, she starts barking loudly, announcing that we are on
our way. It’s as if she’s saying, “Prepare yourselves for this 8
pound force of terror!” Now, do you understand why she has adopted
Mark as her master? Do you see any similarity in their
Thank you to each one who has stood with us at this time. Mark’s
vision for the future is so HUGE, it’s amazing! His faith is high,
and he is so excited about God’s plan for us, that he talks about it
Recently, Mark has been asked by several companies to do teachings
by phone on teleconferences. In a typical teleconference, people
from all over the world can log in and listen to Mark’s teaching. We
have had people on those calls from Australia, England, and Europe,
as well as those from all across the United States and Canada. I am
thrilled that this new opportunity has opened up for Mark. It is an
answer for prayer for him to be able to be at home and teach and
impact people from all around the world.
Several people have asked if Mark would do “one on one” personal
coaching by phone. As you might imagine, there is such a demand on
Mark’s time, that we had to ask for outside counsel as to how to
“price” Mark’s one-on-one personal success coaching. Although the
personal coaching fees are quite high, we have been amazed at the
number of people who want Mark to coach them personally in this way.
With all of the challenges that Mark has been facing with his spinal
condition, this is a great new avenue for us.
In mid July, Mark spoke at MTSU, Middle Tennessee State University
in Murfreesboro, TN, which happens to be the largest public
university in this state. They wanted Mark to share his message on
Excellence – Getting A Message To Garcia. Mark did an awesome job, I
was so proud of him. The response was overwhelming. One of the
people there wants Mark to be the keynote opening speaker for an
upcoming convention, where over 50,000 people will be in attendance.
We thank God for opening up another new door of opportunity.
Some of Mark’s enthusiasm has been coming through in his weekly
motivational teaching e-mails as well. It was through these e-mails
that the Leadership Seminars were birthed, recently. The feedback
from these weekly teaching e-mails has been awesome.
As his wife, I can actually see an “awakening” in Mark. He is
sharper than he’s ever been! The wisdom that flows through him is
amazing. He sits at the computer and his hands just fly across the
keyboard, as the teachings seem to just flow out of him as he types.
He’s not getting this stuff from books, it just pours out of him,
through his years of leadership.
Obviously, his many years of study, reading many books, and learning
in other ways, have all served to prepare him to teach these
principles now. I’m just saying that he’s not sitting here, copying
someone else’s material, word for word. Since I’m part Cajun, I
would liken it to a gumbo – where all of the ingredients combine,
marinating into an end product which does not taste like any single
ingredient, but instead, results in a flavor which reflects a bit of
everything that has gone “into the pot”, and now it is ready to be
It is hard to describe, but I can see that he is getting physically
stronger as he writes these teachings. It is almost as if his
physical strength is returning, as this wisdom pours through him,
through the keyboard, into the computer, and eventually to you, in
these weekly teaching e-mails. They seem to empower him. (I know
that this sounds really silly, but I am seeing it happen in Mark.)
This past weekend we held our first Leadership Seminar here in our
new hometown of Nashville. It was a great success. There were people
from 8 states in attendance, some of whom had driven as much as 12
hours one way, just to attend, and hear Mark’s teaching in that
four-hour seminar. People came from Ohio, Florida, North Carolina,
Georgia, and others, as well as our new home state of Tennessee.
Some companies purchased blocks of tickets for their employees. The
president of one company brought 25 of his employees to the seminar.
I was the emcee for the event. As I looked across the audience, I
was surprised by the number of new faces, who I had never seen
Some of the people who heard Mark at MTSU were also in attendance.
It was wonderful to see that, although this was only our first
Leadership Seminar, already we could sense that God was using this
as a means of drawing people from many different businesses and
walks of life, who all came for one reason – to learn how to be a
better leader in their “world”.
Mark started out the seminar by speaking on how to lead with vision,
teaching that, “When you know where you’re going, all decisions
become easy.” (As you know, it’s practically impossible to fully
describe all that he taught. Basically, it was some of his greatest
teaching EVER!) He explained that leaders have a choice, to lead
leaders, or to lead followers. Although these two may seem to be
very similar, the results are very different.
Mark began the second session that day by sharing one of the
defining moments in his own life, when at an early age, he made the
choice to be a leader. Although he was only 12 years old at the
time, the significance of this “life choice”, which would affect his
entire future, made an indelible impression on his young mind –
creating a memory which is as clear today as it was then. As he
described the experience which led to that decision, all of us
relived that moment with him – when a 12-year-old boy made a
decision – a choice which would shape his future – which continues
to impact his life and choices, still today.
The telling of that experience, further emphasized Mark’s strong
belief that, “There is NO such thing as a born leader. Leadership is
a choice, which anyone can make, if they are willing to BECOME – to
CHANGE – to be so committed to their dream that they will listen,
learn and grow, until they eventually BECOME a LEADER.”
He motivated us to achieve our own personal success. We were all
challenged to make a difference in this world, by using our success
to help us find our significance. He explained that significance is
what leaves a legacy for others to follow, even after we are no
We have received many wonderful testimonials from those who attended
that day. They said it was a life changing event. Many of them told
us that they are already looking forward to our next Nashville
leadership on December 15, 2007. Some, who drove many miles, from
other states, have told us that they not only plan to attend in
December, but they will have many others with them. We believe that
the December Nashville Leadership Seminar will be even better!
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February 27, 2007
Friends and Partners,
Yesterday Mark had his first ever radio frequency ablation
procedure, which uses radio waves to kill nerves which are sending
constant, severe pain signals to the brain. He seems to have done
well. He said that it was the most painful procedure he has ever
had, because they had to insert 4 large needles through the side of
his neck, through all of the muscle tissue, directly into the nerves
adjacent to the cervical spine. This was all done while using a
“live x-ray” which allows the doctor to ensure that the needles do
not go into the wrong area, being so close to the spinal cord and
the base of the brain.
After the procedure they cautioned Mark several times, saying that,
although they had killed the nerves near the spine, the invasive
nature of this procedure causes a bruising and tearing of the muscle
tissue along the right side of his neck. They said that he should be
prepared for a lot of pain in that area for the next few days, until
the muscle tissue heals.
Mark & I were supposed to fly out today to Reno, Nevada, but he was
still in too much pain from the procedure, so we decided to wait and
travel tomorrow to be sure there wouldn’t be any further
Please be in prayer for Mark. He will be speaking for a new company,
NET Marketing Alliance, which is the largest financial seminar
company in the United States. They do over 1500 events a year using
celebrity speakers such as: Donald Trump, Fergie – The Duchess of
York, Terry Bradshaw, Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, Naomi Judd, Nelson
Mandela, Angelina Jolie, etc.
One of the founders of the company heard Mark’s “Getting A Message
To Garcia” and has been pursuing him since last October.
This company wants to use Mark as the “glue” that keeps the audience
at the seminars all day. They want him to be the first speaker of
the day, as well as speaking just before the last speaker. They want
Mark to blend his stand up comedy with his motivational speaking.
Mark flew to Utah a few weeks ago to speak to the NET Marketing
Alliance staff at their headquarters in Salt Lake City, UT. Mark
made it clear to them that the Bible content in his presentations is
“non-negotiable”, they said that he has full liberty to use Bible
references in all of their events. As you know, this is an
Mark will speak in Reno, NV on Thursday, March 1st and then at the
end of month on March 27th in Long Island, NY. These are the first
two public events Mark is doing for them. They want to see how well
he does at “keeping the audience in their seats” until the end of
the day. This obviously puts a lot of pressure on him, but as you
know, Mark does his best under pressure.
They want Mark to eventually do at least 5 events a month. When he
was in Utah, they also asked if he would write curriculums for their
“Personal Success Coaches”, to teach them how to work one-on-one
with their “high-end” clients, helping them to achieve success and
create wealth. This would obviously entail a lot of research and
writing on Mark’s part, so this is a future venture. The great thing
is that they said that they consider him to be too valuable to work
with individual clients. Instead, they want him to coach their
Please keep us in your prayers, particularly Mark. Not only does he
have the pressure on him for speaking at this event, but also he is
dealing with high pain levels at this time.
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Monday, December 11, 2006
Friends and Partners,
Thank you for praying for Mark during this time, as he undergoes
another round of spinal procedures. In addition to updating you on
Mark’s condition, I thought you might like to know what’s been
happening around our home these days.
This past week the weather here in Tennessee has been below freezing
at night, so Mark hasn’t been outdoors much. As you probably know,
cold weather seems to intensify aches and pains.
Yesterday Mark asked me to cook one of his favorite things to eat at
this time of year, when it’s cold outside. He loves vegetable beef
soup, so I made a huge pot of it, enough for him to enjoy it as much
as he likes while he is at home all thi s month. He always has to
have a bottle of Louisiana Hot Sauce nearby when he’s having his
A couple of nights ago we were looking for Sharah’s little Yorkshire
Terrier, Coco. When we spotted her, we learned that she had found a
new place to take a nap. She was curled up under the Christmas tree.
It was so cute!
Although Coco belongs to our daughter, Sharah, she has seemed to
adopt Mark as her “play toy”. We have a bell on her collar, so we
can find her, since she’s so small, and so energetic, always running
around the house, getting into places where she shouldn’t be.
Lately, we’ve found that if we want to know where Mark is, all we do
is listen for Coco’s bell, because she follows him everywhere. She
even sleeps in the bed between us. One of her favorite places is to
climb up on Mark’s pillow, next to his head. She thinks that she
This month, following his latest procedure, Mark is unable to play
“fetch” with her very much, because of the pain. She doesn’t
understand why he’s not playing with her, so she sometimes stands a
few feet away, and starts to paw at the floor like a bull, barking
at him, as if to say, “Hey, Daddy, why aren’t you playing with me?”
She doesn’t understand his painful condition. But she is certainly a
comfort when he is lying in bed on the ice packs and heat packs, to
have her cuddled up next to him. Mark says that she is good
Thank you for your prayers for Mark this month, as he undergoes this
“second round” of spinal procedures. Mark’s pain levels seem to be
increasing day by day. Although the pain is intense, it is a
welcomed pain. This is a symptom of the shifting of his spinal
structure, and we pray that this process will give him the intended
end result - the correcting of his spine.
The paralysis (caused by the procedure) is starting to set in, which
is forcing other dormant muscles to “do their job” in supporting the
spine. At this point, he is still able to hold his head up, but, if
his muscles react in the same way they did following his first
procedure in May, he could be bed-ridden for a few weeks.
As we have mentioned before, in his 37 year battle with constant
pain, this is the only procedure he has ever received which has
produced substantial corrections in his spine. Because it is
considered “experimental”, this spinal procedure is not covered by
insurance. In fact, Mark’s doctor has told him that, of the more
than 2,000 patients he has treated, Mark’s spine condition is, by
far, the worst case he has ever seen.
The doctor said that Mark will be his best example of the
effectiveness of these new, cutting edge procedures. He said that by
Mark being a “case study”, his results will make it possible for
many others to receive these procedures in the future, and
hopefully, their costs may be covered by health insurance at that
We want to say a special “Thank You” to those who have reached out
to us with financial support this month. It is because of you that
we were able to take this step of faith, for Mark to clear an entire
month, with no speaking or travel, to receive these much-needed
We are believing in faith that Mark will be stronger than ever. In
fact, our staff has been accepting several more speaking engagements
for Mark for next year. Mark has told all of us that he expects to
be “back in the saddle” going full speed in January. So his faith is
high, in spite of how he feels right now.
We have been thrilled at the number of people who are taking
advantage of the opportunity to get the brand new “Mark Gorman Video
iPod Collections” this month. It is so amazing to think that you can
have Mark’s complete library of his teaching, motivational speaking,
singing and humor, all in the palm of your hand, with this wonderful
This month we did something we have never done before. We gave
everyone the opportunity to receive a free download of our “Merry
Christmas 2006” CD Of The Month audio. If you haven’t heard it yet,
be sure to use the link below, to get your free download.
Many of you have been asking for updates on Mark’s condition. It is
such a blessing to have friends like you who care so much about us,
and who are standing with us in prayer, and in faith.
God Bless You,
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Friday, September 08, 2006
Dear Friends & Partners,
This is Gina. Our son, Kenneth, came to us today and asked if he
could write an update message to send to you. As you read his
message, below, keep in mind that Kenneth is our genius. He is
studying Pre-Med, so please keep that in mind as you read this.
If you think that Kenneth started using this type of descriptions
because of his university studies, think again! Mark has always
joked that if you ask Kenneth what time it is, he will tell you how
a watch works. You'll see what I mean.
Dear Friends & Partners,
This email is from Kenneth, Mark’s son. It’s been a while since
you’ve received an update on how Dad is doing, and I wanted to let
you know of his progress and current condition.
As many of you will remember, Dad underwent a procedure in May,
where that he had certain muscles in his back and neck temporarily
paralyzed (temporarily meaning 3-4 months) through injections, with
the proposed outcome that paralyzing certain muscles would force
other muscles to develop and share the workload of balancing his
back. Basically, for all of his life, the muscles in Dad’s back have
not functioned the way they do in yours or mine. In normal muscular
and skeletal systems, the duties of support and motility of the
spine are divided between matching sets of muscles on either side of
the spine. As a result, most human backs have a high degree of
symmetry, with respect to the spine, basically meaning that the left
side of your back is an exact, but opposite, mirror image of the
right side of your back, both visibly and functionally. Well, in
Dad’s back, there has never be en much symmetry. Since his spine was
so severely curved, his muscles responded in such a way that the
muscles on one side of the back were significantly more developed
than muscles on the opposite side. Now, to be clear, it was not the
case that the right side of the back was hulking muscle and the left
side was in atrophy, but rather that where his spine bent left (at
the top and very bottom), the muscles on the left were stronger, and
where his spine bent to the right (the middle), the muscles on the
right were stronger. The goal, therefore, of the treatment was to
force the underdeveloped muscles to “catch up” and behave normally,
by disabling the dominant, overdeveloped muscles.
Immediately following the procedure in May, however, Dad began to
have great difficulty functioning normally. Namely, once the
paralysis took effect, Dad was unable to support the weight of his
own head for more than 20-30 minutes at a time. He was being forced
to support his head wit h muscles that had been effectively unused
for decades. Forcing new muscles to work and develop in this way is
like going to physical therapy 24 hours a day. The way Dad’s doctor
described it, is that when most muscles get fatigued, they do so in
a gradual process. These muscles, however, are effectively doing the
job of supporting the weight of a bowling ball on the tip of a
finger. He explained that these muscles fatigue quickly, and when
they do, they go into a severe spasm, which is extremely painful. At
that point in time, I must admit, I had more concern than hope. I
had a great deal of concern over the events of the then-upcoming
summer, and it was hard to focus on the fact that these treatments
were supposed to be helping him. It was very frightening to think
about the fact that Dad may not have been able to hold his head up
for more than minutes at a time, and that it might have stayed that
way for up to 4 months.
Thankfully, Dad began his recovery quickly, and within 5-6 weeks, he
was able to hold his head up long enough to get through a service or
deliver a presentation. Even now, he is still not back up to full
speed, but he’s getting there.
Now, I know I took a few paragraphs covering stuff that many of you
already know about, but I needed to take a minute and explain the
situation so that anyone new to the group would be caught up. Now
that we’re all on the same page, let’s get on to the good news.
This past Saturday evening, Dad was speaking here in Nashville at an
event celebrating the lives and ministry of the Happy Goodman family
for our good friends, Rick and Dianne Goodman. Well, while Dad was
getting dressed for the event, he was having fits finding clothes to
wear. He couldn’t find any combination of shirt and suit jacket that
fit him quite right in the arm length. One arm fit correctly, but
the other arm always showed more of the shirt’s cuff than it was
supposed to. At this point, Mom and Dad took notice of just how much
Dad’s back had been changing shape. They had noticed the curves
making incremental shifts toward the center, but they had never
really grasped just how much of a change there was. That night,
during the event, Mom pointed out to me how that one of his cuffs
was showing more than the other, and she told me about how much his
back had straightened.
When I got home that evening, I got a chance to actually see his
back up close and to feel the curve that I had felt before. Well,
the curve is drastically improved. And the reason Dad’s suits aren’t
fitting perfectly is because his shoulders are leveling out for the
first time ever. The curve in his spine used to curve out about an
inch and a half to the left near the top (cervical), then back
across the center and an additional three inches to the right in the
middle part (thoracic), and then back across the center again and
another inch and a half or so to the left in the bot tom part
(lumbar). Now, each of those curves has been reduced by at least one
half. So the curve which used to go from one and a half inches left,
to three inches right, to one and a half inches left again, is now
something like half an inch left, to one and a quarter inches right,
and then to half an inch left again. While this is still far from
perfect, it is a huge step in a wonderful direction. The doctor says
Dad is ready for another paralysis treatment, and we will,
hopefully, see similar results this time.
Now, while I am understandably excited, and I hope that you are just
as excited as I am, I do want you to understand that this does not
necessarily mean the end of the curve or the end of the pain. The
pain is still there, because his disks are still herniated. And the
pain will not cease until the disks are corrected. The obvious hope
is that, if his spine can straighten enough, that the disks will
have a chance to return to normal. See, the reason the disks are in
such bad shape is because they are under constant irritation, being
pinched together by vertebrae that are improperly aligned. They are
not going to return to normal unless sufficient straightening takes
place. And, as much as we all hope that a second round of treatment
will straighten his spine completely, there is no guarantee. It has
never been proven that a spine can be straightened completely
through isolated paralysis. This treatment is, therefore, almost
experimental in nature – it is not a recognized “cure” for
scoliosis. Also, on top of Dad having an unusually pronounced
“double S” curve in his back, his spine has a rotation problem as
well. The combination of the extreme curve and the rotation make his
back one of the most complex cases out there, and there are no
guarantees of just what this treatment can or cannot do. Plus, the
treatments are very expensive themselves, as they are not covered by
insurance. Since this is not a recognized “cure” or e ven a
standardized treatment for scoliosis, the insurance companies do not
view it as medically necessary. And, even on top of all that,
whenever Dad does have another treatment performed, there is a
strong chance that his normal function may be inhibited for a period
of time, as was the case with the dreadful head-bob issue following
the last treatment.
I’m not saying this to rain on the parade. I’m reminding you of
these things to let you know that we still need your love, your
prayers, and your support. I’m giving you the good and the bad. I’m
hopeful for Dad’s progress and recovery, but grounded in reality as
well. There is still a long road ahead, to be sure, but plenty of
hope for the future.
As you know, it was a little more than a year ago that Dad informed
all of you about his trip to Mayo clinic to have tests performed, in
order to see if he was a candidate for surgery. In the past few
months, several people have told us that, after seeing Dad on stage,
it appeared that he is fine, now, because he didn’t seem to be in
pain when he was speaking. Actually, Dad had dealt with constant
pain long before he ever preached his first sermon, at age 17. He
basically taught himself to smile through the pain, so that his
physical challenges would not become the central focal point of any
event. He has told me that he tries to always remember that, whether
it’s a church service or a business convention, it’s never about the
guy on stage. It’s about the people in the audience, and their lives
and their needs. So, every time you have ever seen Dad on stage, he
has been in pain. I say this so you will know that this is not a new
battle for him. He has been fighting this enemy for 36 years, and
believe me, it’s not over until he wins!
We continue to receive support from you every day, and we appreciate
it all. You have been a wonderful source of strength for Dad, and I
want you to know that we all appreciate what you do. Dad
appreciates it, and so does Mom, but don’t forget about Sharah and
me – we care, too, and we thank you all.
With Thanks and Blessings,
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August 3, 2006
Dear Friends and Partners,
It has now been three days since Mark’s spinal procedure at the
spine clinic on Monday. They were unable to perform this procedure
in all of his most painful areas. They could only treat his lumbar
spine at the sacrum (low back). They also did trigger-point
injections in his most painful areas in the cervical (neck) area,
but those injections only provide pain relief for a couple of days,
with his condition.
This afternoon, Mark and Dwayne will begin a driving trip from our
home, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Virginia, where Mark will be
speaking tomorrow night on a Christian television network. He will
be the main speaker Friday night for their fundraising effort on
behalf of their television network. As you know, God has gifted Mark
in the area of teaching on Biblical financial perspectives. I am
sure that he will be a great blessing, and that God will use him to
spark faith in the hearts of many people to support that television
network’s ministry outreach in their area.
You may recall that the severe problems in Mark’s low back, which
recently caused him to temporarily need a cane to help him walk,
were precipitated by a very long driving trip in July. Mark’s spine
specialist agreed with Mark, that the long hours in a seated
position in the car for a 1500 mile trip had caused significant
problems in his lumbar spine. Although he is doing much better now,
Mark will have to do special exercises to help strengthen the
muscles which support that part of his spine. Monday’s procedure was
a great help in alleviating the pain in that area. It did not
eliminate the pain, but reduced it to a tolerable level (although a
driving trip would not cause this type of problems for most people,
keep in mind that Mark has 17 bad discs in his back: 9 herniated, 8
bulging, and 15 compressed).
In order to hopefully prevent further injury to Mark’s low back on
this trip, we have switched travel vehicles. They will be using my
SUV. Kenneth removed the seats from the back, and they have placed a
small mattress in there, so Mark can lie down, when necessary, to
help reduce tension on his spine.
Now that the low back pain has been reduced, his neck pain has
increased greatly. Please be in prayer for him on Friday night. He
will be on the air for 5 straight hours, from 7PM till midnight.
Standing under those hot TV lights on live television for all that
time can be very taxing on anyone. I know from experience that this
would typically cause Mark to be in extreme pain by the time the
night is over. Please join me in prayer for him at that time.
On Saturday, Dwayne will drive him from Virginia to the Atlanta
area, where Mark will be speaking on Sunday, for Pastor Doug Nelms.
This is the church which has ordered several cases of Mark’s book,
“God’s Plan for Prosperity”, to be used as a textbook for a training
course on Biblical finances. They have asked Mark to come in this
Sunday and preach at the “inaugural service” for this teaching
I know that some of you may be asking why Mark is driving to these
places instead of flying. Quite simply, there is no major airport in
near proximity to the TV station in Virginia where Mark will be
ministering. In fact, when Deanna checked on this, the nearest major
airport, for full size airplanes, was Knoxville, Tennessee, which is
only a couple of hours drive from our house. It just didn’t make
sense for him to go through security at the airport in Nashville,
fly to Atlanta, change planes, and then fly back to Knoxville, where
he would have to still ride in a car for over three hours.
Please be in prayer for Mark on Sunday morning and evening, as he
speaks at the church in Georgia. His travel days are today
(Thursday), Saturday, and Monday. We would appreciate your praying
Psalm 91 over them for travel safety, as well as, praying for God to
strengthen Mark’s body and alleviate his pain.
We continue to believe God for Mark’s total healing, but until it
manifests, he must continue to do as he has done for the past 36
years: to face the pain, and press on anyway. Thank you for standing
with us in faith.
Several of you responded to my last email by becoming book sponsors
for the reprinting of both of Mark’s new books. If any of you are
still wanting to take advantage of this opportunity, you only have a
few more days. Visit our online store at www.markgorman.com, or call the
office in Franklin, Tennessee at 615-591-5900.
We love you all.
Gina C. Gorman
July 31, 2006
Dear Friends and Partners,
Thank you for standing with us, praying for Mark as he continues to
fight the battle over pain, believing for his healing.
Please be in prayer with us this afternoon. Mark will be undergoing
another in a series of procedures he must have for his spine.
Although we are deeply grateful for the fact that Mark’s condition
has improved so that he is able to get around without the cane, he
still has a big mountain to climb, according to his doctors.
This past Thursday I took him to the spine specialist, who expressed
significant concern about Mark’s recent problem with severe pain in
his low back, which had temporarily inhibited his ability to walk.
The doctor wanted to get Mark in as soon as possible for another
treatment. His appointment is this afternoon at 1:30PM. I am driving
him to the clinic for the procedure, because they will have to use
anesthesia to cause him to sleep during the procedure. Afterwards,
he will be unable to drive himself home, so I will be there to act
as his “chauffeur”.
This Friday Mark will be speaking on a Christian Television Network
in Virginia. The following day, Saturday, he will travel from there
to Atlanta, where he will speak on Sunday. The church in Atlanta has
ordered several cases of Mark’s book on God’s Plan For Prosperity,
to teach a course to their congregation on Biblical financial
perspectives over the next several weeks. They have asked Mark to
speak this Sunday, to launch their training program, which will be
based on his book.
By the way, speaking of his book, God’s Plan For Prosperity is about
to go into its third printing. In addition, we have been approached
by people who want to translate Mark’s book and publish it in India
and Indonesia. We are also speaking to someone about having the book
translated into Spanish as soon as possible.
I truly believe that, although Mark has lived with these physical
challenges for more than 36 years, Satan has escalated his attack on
Mark at the very time that the doors are opening around the world
for Mark’s teaching on finances to set people free from the bondage
of the spirit of poverty. This is not just a coincidence.
I know that, just as God is using “God’s Plan For Prosperity” to
open the eyes of so many people around the world, He will also do
the same with Mark’s newest book, “The Three Heavens”, which is
already going into its second printing, just months after its
I’m sure that you have all seen the e-mail we sent last week,
announcing the opportunity for you to be a “SPONSOR” for both of
these books as they are reprinted. Keep in mind, in the past, in
order to be a book “SPONSOR”, a person would sow a $100 seed, and
their name would be listed on the SPONSOR page in that book, as well
as receiving a signed copy of the book in which their name appears.
Since both of these books need to be reprinted at the same time, we
decided to make an offer for those who would like to be a sponsor of
both books, having their names listed in each book, and receiving
signed copies of the books containing their names for a seed of
I’m sure that some of you will want to sow more towards this great
project. If so, please provide the names you would like to have
listed in the book: One name for each seed of $150.
If you would like to sow a seed online, using your credit card, use
this link to be directed to our online store: http://www.markgorman.com/store/default.asp.
In the store, select the category, "Sow A Seed". The rest is
If you prefer to write to us, please send your seed to:
Mark Ministries, Inc. 2000 Mallory Lane, Ste 130-347, Franklin TN
As always, you may also speak to one of our ministry team members by
dialing the office at 615-591-5900, during normal business hours.
The deadline for this special is Tuesday, August 15, 2006.
Again, thank you for your prayerful support. I will give you an
update soon on how things go today with Mark’s spinal procedure.
Please be in prayer with us that he will be able to travel this
weekend and minister effectively.
July 22, 2006
Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,
Thank you for praying with us for Mark this weekend. I have good
I want to give you a praise report. Mark is doing so much better
today - Monday! He is able to walk around the house, unassisted,
even up and down the stairs.
This is so much different than how he was doing this past weekend.
Saturday night the pain was so bad, he couldn’t sleep all night. He
finally fell asleep at around 7 AM Sunday morning. He slept most of
the day Sunday, and still went to bed last night at his normal
bedtime, and slept all night long.
He awoke at 6:30 this morning, got up and took his shower and ate
his breakfast before meeting with our staff in the office.
He is still battling his way through the pain, but is determined to
win this battle.
We are making sure that he doesn’t rush back into things too
quickly. He is going to the chiropractor again this afternoon,
followed by physical therapy and exercise to strengthen his muscles
for supporting the spine.
Although we are thrilled that he is doing better, we are also very
much aware of the fact that there is still a great mountain for us
to climb in regards to his health. Keep in mind, although many of
you have only learned recently of Mark’s physical challenges, he has
been living with them for more than 36 years.
Every time you have seen him on stage, speaking, singing, or even
making you laugh with his humor, he was doing all of that in pain.
Only recently has Mark felt led to share these things with you, our
partners and friends. He didn’t talk about it for years because he
didn’t want his condition to affect your faith in God. Mark always
has believed in God’s ability to heal. He confesses his healing
every day. But he also lives with the pain that has been with him
all these years.
I know that as some of you have read my e-mails, you may have feared
that Mark’s ministry was threatened by his condition. Keep in mind,
he had this condition for several years before he preached his first
sermon. His entire professional speaking career has been built in
spite of the pain. I can assure you that, although there may be
momentary setbacks, Mark will never let the pain win. He is
determined to overcome this challenge.
Please keep believing with us for Mark’s complete healing.
July 21, 2006
Dear Friends & Partners,
I just realized that it has been a month since I sent the last
update on Mark. Please forgive me for not writing sooner. Many of
you have sent kind words in e-mails, cards and letters, thanking us
for keeping you updated on Mark. But as you know, we also receive
criticism from some who are offended that we are writing to you
about Mark’s challenges. Some people think that it is selfish of us
to write to you about his condition, so we have tried not to offend
people by sending too many e-mails. Now, today, I realize that we’ve
gone too far in the other direction – one whole month without an
update. I didn’t realize it had been that long. I’m sorry.
First, let me begin by asking you to continue praying for Mark. He
was scheduled to speak at a church in Lincoln, Nebraska this
weekend, but the trip had to be canceled because some new physical
challenges prevented him from flying. In fact, he can barely walk.
He’s using a cane we borrowed from a friend, just to get around the
This past Sunday night Mark’s low back basically “locked up”. The
pain levels were pretty severe. Over the years, he has learned to
tolerate certain amounts of pain, but I could tell by looking at him
that this was really bad. At times we had to assist him just to get
in and out of bed.
Mark was not going to allow this to keep him from doing what needed
to be done, so he had us bring chairs into the bedroom so we could
have a staff meeting around the bed.
I know that some of you may be wondering why we didn’t tell you then
about Mark’s situation. Basically, Mark was hoping that this would
be a temporary challenge, and that he could overcome it in time to
travel to Nebraska to preach this weekend. This week he had numerous
spine treatments of different types on a daily basis, in hopes that
these would result in his ability to fulfill his commitment for this
After seeking the advice of different medical professionals, it
seems that this was probably the result of a car trip of
approximately 1500 miles round-trip. (We drove from our home in
Franklin, TN to Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, for Mark to speak at
a business convention for our dear friends Jerry and Cherry Meadows
last weekend. From there, Mark and Dwayne drove on to Oklahoma City,
where Mark spoke at a national pastor’s conference. Then, Dwayne and
Mark drove back home to Franklin.)
Apparently, because of the instability of the muscles in his spine
at this time, the long periods seated in the same position in the
car must have pulled or pushed something out of place in his low
back, which resulted in the aggravation and pinching of some of the
nerves in that area, radiating down the leg as well.
Although we had to call the pastor in Nebraska, and ask to
reschedule Mark for a future date, Mark is still of the mindset to
fight back and win over this challenge.
Last night, we received a phone call at the house from our dear
friend Rick Goodman. When he learned that we had to borrow his
father’s walking cane for Mark, Rick became furious with the devil
for inflicting such pain in Mark’s body. As he was praying with me
over the phone, and my hand was on Mark’s knee, praying for him,
Rick spoke something that was “quickened” in my spirit. When I
repeated it to Mark, he immediately agreed that this was a word from
the Lord. Rick said, “Satan is trespassing on God’s property. He has
no right to be there. He must leave Mark alone.”
Even after the phone call, Mark kept saying “Satan has been
trespassing. He must be evicted. He has no rights here.”
When Mark got up today to get ready for another trip to the clinic
for a spinal treatment, he kept declaring that Satan has trespassed
on God’s property and he has no rights here.
I want to ask all of you who are praying with us, to agree with us
in prayer that the trespassing must stop now and the healing must
One of the things that Mark has said to me on several occasions, is
that he knows that there are many people in this world who have more
pain and greater difficulties than we have ever faced. We do not
think that we are the only ones who have ever had a “bad day”. One
thing for sure, is that all of these struggles Mark has encountered
for 36 years of non-stop pain, is that he has become very sensitive
and compassionate towards others in pain. Often, someone will tell
Mark of their situation, with one or two bulging discs or a
herniated disc. You might expect that Mark would respond by telling
them that he has 17 discs like that. But instead, you can see on his
face that he truly empathizes with their pain, and reaches out to
them, to pray for their healing.
Over the years, Mark has seen many miracles in his ministry. I
remember one time when he was speaking at a business convention in
Canberra, Australia. There was a line of people in the lobby of the
auditorium waiting to meet Mark after the function. As he stood
there, greeting each one, a lady, who had stood in that line, told
Mark that she had been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. Right
there in the lobby of that auditorium, Mark laid hands on her and
prayed for her healing.
Two weeks later, back home in America, we received a phone call
telling us that the lady in Australia had gone to her doctor for
additional tests, and they verified that she was completely healed –
Over the years, I would say that Mark has had more people healed of
spinal conditions through his ministry than anything else. And yes,
he has been criticized by many people because he hasn’t yet received
his healing. Some have been so insensitive as to say to his face
that, “if he is really a man of God, he should already be healed.”
We don’t understand all of this. Mark is not angry with God. He
still tells people that God can heal. We keep believing for Mark’s
healing, too. But until then, we must keep pressing on, refusing to
let Satan win. True, this weekend Mark missed out on the opportunity
to speak in Nebraska. But his heart for God and for ministry is
still the same. He refuses to give up.
As you already know, Mark’s doctor instructed him to reduce his
travel schedule by half, for the next few months, so that he only
travels every other week, with time at home between trips, for
treatments. That means that this was Mark’s week to travel and
speak, and next week was to be his time home for treatments. In
other words, it will be 2 weeks before Mark’s next opportunity to
speak somewhere. You can believe that while he’s home, he will be
working with our staff to keep things moving ahead on several new
projects that God has put on his heart.
Many of you have been thoughtful and generous towards us during this
trying time. Mark and I have been so touched by the kindness and
generosity you have shown. I’m sure you know that by us having to
cancel Mark’s ministry trip this week, this will place an added
financial strain on the ministry. If God lays it on your heart to
sow a seed, and help us at this time, it would be greatly
appreciated. If you are unable to do so, we would certainly
appreciate your continued prayers for Mark’s complete healing.
Also, if you have a prayer need, and you would like for us to agree
with you for your answer, please feel free to reply to this e-mail
with your prayer need. God answers prayer, and we will pray for you.
PS: Many of you know Mark’s cousin, Dwayne, and his wife, Deanna,
who work closely with us in the ministry. We rejoice with them, that
their home in Louisiana sold, and they have now purchased a
beautiful home in Spring Hill, Tennessee, near Franklin, where we
live. Now, we will have them right here in the office with us. What
June 21, 2006
Dear Friends & Ministry Partners,
It’s been a couple of weeks since my last update on Mark. We try not
to overwhelm you with loads of e-mails, detailing every event in our
As I mentioned in my last e-mail, we were preparing to travel to
Canada for Mark to speak at a church in Vancouver. As the time drew
near for that trip, we realized that it would actually be better if
we sent Kenneth, instead of me, to accompany Mark. That way, he
could help with lifting anything for Mark, helping him onto the
Mark had some physical challenges on the day of the trip, which
delayed their travel until the following day. This resulted in Mark
missing out on speaking at the Saturday morning session of the
“Marketplace Ministry Seminar” sponsored by the church. They delayed
the afternoon session until Mark and Kenneth’s plane arrived, and
they could get to the church for Mark to speak.
I’m sure you won’t be surprised that everyone there was absolutely
blessed by Mark’s ministry in that session. Kenneth said that people
just swarmed them at the table in the foyer after Mark spoke,
wanting to meet Mark, and to tell him how blessed they were by his
fresh insights into the Word of God.
As you might guess, after flying from Nashville to Vancouver, BC,
Canada, and then speaking for over an hour, Mark was in no condition
to attend the dinner they had planned for him afterward.
Unfortunately, they had to just take them straight to the hotel.
Mark was in very severe pain, and needed to lie down, to relieve the
pressure on his neck.
The next morning, Sunday, Mark felt led of God to teach from his
book, “God’s Plan For Prosperity”. He taught on “The 4 Types Of
Giving”, which is very unusual, since he normally would not preach
on that, as his first time speaking at a church. (He had never
spoken at this church before.)
After the service, Pastor Giulio Gabeli and his wife, Lena, told
Mark that his message was absolutely awesome, and that their whole
congregation was thrilled with Mark’s ministry.
After some much needed rest that afternoon, Mark spoke again on
Sunday night, teaching on Vision. In each of the services, including
the Saturday afternoon teaching session, there were several visitors
who had driven in to hear Mark, after receiving notification from
our ministry that he would be speaking there. Most of these friends
had first been introduced to Mark at business conventions, where
they had heard him speak.
One of them told Mark that he had given a CD of Mark’s speaking to a
business associate who is a Muslim. Isn’t that awesome? Because of
Mark’s speaking in the business arena, a Muslim, who wouldn’t
normally listen to someone from outside their religion, was now
listening to Mark teach business principles from the Bible.
After each of the services, Mark was in severe pain, but he said it
was worth it, to know that lives were being touched.
Prior to any of the recent developments regarding Mark’s physical
condition, several months ago he had asked Dwayne to leave the
calendar open on Father’s Day, so he could be home with our family.
It was good to have him home with all of us that weekend.
After the Canada trip, we consulted with doctors who agreed that for
the next couple of months he should only travel every other week,
and take a week off between trips. As you know from my previous
e-mail, they recently injected certain muscles in his neck with a
medicine which paralyzes those muscles. At first, he couldn’t hold
his head up for more than 20 to 30 minutes at a time before losing
the ability to control it. But as time goes by, he is developing
better muscle control.
Yesterday I drove him to the doctor’s office for his appointment.
The doctor explained that it was necessary to paralyze those
muscles, since they were not the main muscles which should be
supporting the head and neck. Basically, for most of his life, his
neck and head has been supported by smaller muscles which were not
designed to support all of that weight. By temporarily disabling
those overworked muscles, which were in severe spasm, they have
basically forced the correct muscles to start doing their job, to
hold up his head.
The doctor explained that this is a very painful process, lasting
for at least 3 months, because since these muscles had not been
doing their job for all of these years, they can’t support his head
and neck for long periods of time. He said that instead of just
becoming fatigued, when they get too tired, they go into severe
spasm, causing more severe pain.
He said that for now, it’s just a waiting process to see what
happens in the next couple of months. He agreed wholeheartedly that
Mark should not be traveling every week, and was happy that we are
making him take time off between trips. And yes, we’re still
restricting him from e-mail and telephone. Those who need him are
able to reach the rest of us, and we are taking care of things while
This Friday Mark and I are flying to Alaska. That’s right. This is
the same church he was scheduled to speak for a couple of months
ago. Then, we moved the date, hoping that he could go a couple of
weeks later. And now, this is our third try. Mark is determined to
speak at this church, for his friend, Pastor Michael Rose in Juneau.
Mark is excited to be speaking there twice on Sunday morning and
once Sunday evening. We are asking you to lift him up in prayer,
that he will be strong and pain free for this time of ministry.
And, we are still believing and praying for Marks’ miracle. We don’t
understand why it hasn’t happened yet, but we refuse to give up. And
I think it is a testimony to Mark’s faith and determination, that he
is still out there pressing forward, and not giving up when others
would. I’m proud of him.
By the way, speaking of heroes, one of our dear friends, Tony Renard,
passed away last week. Mark and I spoke with his wife Sue by phone
shortly afterward. Tony had a special place in his heart for Mark,
and Mark still has a special place in his heart for Tony, as do I.
Many of you will remember hearing Tony’s piano playing and story
telling on a CD Of The Month last year. We will surely miss him.
Let me close by saying “Thank You” to so many of you who have
reached out to us during this season of testing for Mark, our family
and our ministry. Thank you for believing in us and showing your
support by sending the kind words in e-mails, letters and cards,
along with your financial support as well. Most of all, thank you
for your prayers.
Admittedly, since we have had to “thin out” Mark’s calendar for the
next couple of months, this will surely impact the ministry
financially. Please believe with us for God’s provision during this
time. Although Mark does not ask you to give to the ministry, as his
wife, I do ask that, if God lays it on your heart, please sow a
generous seed into the fertile soil of this ministry.
By the way, just yesterday we mailed out the signed copies of Mark’s
book, “The 3 Heavens”, to those of you who sowed seeds to become
Sponsors of that book. Your names are listed on the Sponsor Pages at
the back of the book. Already several thousand lives have been
touched by the teachings of that book, and it was just recently
released. Thank you for sowing your seed to help us share Mark’s
teaching on Spiritual Warfare with so many who need it.
Also, many of you have sowed seeds of $1,000 or more in recent
weeks, to offer support for the ministry at this time. As you know,
anyone who sows $1,000 or more in a year is a Strategic Partner. Not
only does your name go on the list that Mark prays for each day for
the next year, but also, we will be sending you your signed copy of
the 2006 Strategic Partner Bible. Those who sow this amount over a
12 month period, on a monthly basis, will receive one of the Bibles.
Those who sow the entire amount at one time will receive two Bibles.
We apologize for the delay in shipping these books and Bibles, but
it is difficult for Mark to sign anything, since looking down puts
his head in a painful posture. He can only sign a few at a time.
Please bear with us. The Bibles will be shipped soon.
We love and appreciate all of you for all that you do. Those of you
who are Ministry Partners, be looking for your CD Of The Month in
the mail soon. I know you will be blessed by this month’s message.
June 5, 2006
Dear Friends & Ministry Partners,
Many of you have been asking for updates on Mark. We apologize for
not sending this sooner, but quite honestly, we have been
overwhelmed in the past, by the constant barrage of e-mails from
other ministry organizations, who seem to send updates on an hourly
basis. Therefore, in an attempt to ensure that we would not become a
similar source of frustration to you, we have “held off” from
sending an update for the past couple of weeks.
Unfortunately, Mark has been unable to travel since the last time
you heard from us. That means that he has only spoken at one event
in the past 6 weeks.
This next Friday, Mark and I are scheduled to fly to Canada – to
Vancouver, British Columbia. He will be speaking at a ministry
conference there on the Saturday, and a church on the Sunday. Please
agree with us that Mark can make that trip, and every trip
The doctors are still trying to get his pain levels under control.
Ever since the injections to paralyze certain troublesome muscles in
his neck area, he has had difficulty holding his head up for more
than a few minutes at a time. When the muscles become fatigued, he
has to wear a cervical collar, to support the weight of his head. We
are praying that he won’t have to wear the cervical collar to preach
Some of Mark’s friends who are respected medical doctors, are
working to connect Mark with a world-renowned neurosurgeon, to see
if he can do anything to relieve the worst pain problems in Mark’s
spine, cervical and lumbar.
Last week Mark's parents came to spend a few days with us. They have
been very concerned about Mark, so Poppa decided to just take some
time off from his own speaking and travel schedule, so that he and
Nanny could have some quality time with Mark, and our family. It was
great to have them here with us, with absolutely no plans - nothing
scheduled - just time to enjoy each other's company. In fact, Sharah
cooked a few goodies for Poppa and Nanny while they were here.
Some other friends were in town this weekend, and came to the house
to see Mark on Saturday evening. I had warned them ahead of time
that if Mark didn’t feel up to it, we would have to cancel on short
notice, but they were willing to take that chance. Mark was so happy
to see our friends, Dexter & Birdie Yager, and Tommy & Lesia Harper
when they walked into our home Saturday evening. They all had words
of encouragement and faith for Mark. Birdie gave Mark some teaching
tapes and a book on healing, and they anointed Mark with oil and
prayed for his total healing. They also spoke prophetically, that
they believe that this is a time of major transition for Mark’s life
and ministry, and that he should be open to the new things that God
is going to do in our lives through this.
Birdie said that she hasn't been able to stop thinking about Mark
for the past several weeks. She knew that God had put him on her
heart, so that she would pray for him more than ever before. She
said that even if they hadn't had other obligations which required
them to travel to Nashville, she and Dexter would have flown here
just to see Mark, and pray for him.
Many of you have sent beautiful cards and notes, along with your
financial support for our ministry. Mark will sometimes sit and read
the cards again. He remarks to me of how appropriate the words are
in each card. Last week he received a couple of cards from his
younger sister, Beverly. Tears came to his eyes as he read her
Last night he sat up in bed and said, “Ten years ago, if someone
would have told us that we would have to go through 6 weeks of time
with me unable to speak anywhere, except one event during that 6
weeks, we would have been in a panic! Isn’t it wonderful how God has
touched the hearts of our partners to support and sustain us through
this time? I’m just amazed at the generosity of our friends!”
One of the greatest blessings for Mark during the past 6 weeks, has
also been a great frustration to many of you. That is the fact that
his doctor has given instructions to Mark to stop using e-mail and
his cell phone until further notice from the doctor. At first, that
seemed a bit extreme, but now, 6 weeks later, I can tell you that it
has done a “world of good” for Mark. His stress levels have dropped
significantly, which has also affected his pain levels in a positive
The added blessing has been that, without the constant ringing of
his cell phone, or constantly seeing him with his Blackberry
Handheld in his hand, replying to e-mails, he has had more time to
spend with our family. He has enjoyed long talks with Kenneth &
Sharah, about their plans for the future, and he has enjoyed
watching a few movies with them as well – especially cop movies.
Kenneth keeps teasing him, saying that watching videos of “24” and
CSI are not good for relieving muscle spasms. But Mark balances
those with some documentary DVDs he bought about the “Rise & Fall Of
The Roman Empire”, “Ancient Civilizations”, “The History Of America”
and of course, his favorite, World War II. As you might imagine,
after hearing some of his presentations like "The Twig Of '93", you
already know that with every new movie he watches, his mind is
working, thinking of new ideas for future speaking topics - how to
learn "life lessons" from everything.
He also sits in his easy chair watching “home movies” of our
children when they were younger. This sometimes results in laughter,
and sometimes in tears.
Mark has also had time to enjoy the beautiful view from our deck,
with our dogs, Tootie and Coco, at his feet or in his lap. In fact,
the kids and I went to Cracker Barrel and bought him an early
Father’s Day gift of a couple of rocking chairs for the deck.
(Remember, we didn’t have these beautiful Tennessee Hills in New
Orleans.) Mark can sit in the rocking chair and “prop” his head
against the tall chair back as he rocks and looks at the beautiful
All of this has been very healing for him. Mark’s life is usually
lived at such a frantic pace, that he barely has time to unpack from
one trip, before packing for the next one. This forced time off has
served to lower his stress levels, and as a result, it has had an
effect on his overall health. (That’s what his doctor told us last
(Although Mark has had a rest from phone calls, it seems that I’ve
been catching most of that activity on his behalf. I’ve been
overwhelmed with lots and lots of calls. Please forgive me if you
have left a message and haven’t heard back from me. It seems that,
in order for Mark to rest, I’m having to work double time.)
In the midst of all of this, Mark has been formulating plans for new
books to write, teaching videos that he wants to record (once he can
hold his head up without difficulty), and even how to get a
television ministry started. Oh yeah, he has also been discussing
book distribution with different companies. (Actually, Mark has been
talking to someone who is doing all of the negotiating for us – one
of our closest friends.)
We want to thank all of you for your kindness, your prayers and your
I will admit that finances are still strained, considering the fact
that Mark hasn’t been doing much speaking. Your generosity has
helped to sustain us. We could definitely use more financial help,
especially considering all of Mark’s plans to write more books,
record teaching DVDs, and to eventually produce a television program
for broadcast. He has lots of vision, and great plans for the
Mark truly believes that this is a time of transition for him – for
us. And he is doing all he can to pursue what God is leading him to
Oh, by the way, he is also planning to co-author a book on
mentoring, "Spiritual Fathers & Spiritual Sons", with his dad.
As you can see, Mark may not be running at 100%, but his mind is
definitely working and planning great things.
Again, although Mark will not ask you to give to our ministry, as
his wife, I am asking you, if you can, to help us at this time. We
truly thought that by now, he would have already been traveling and
speaking again. We are believing that he can make the trip this next
weekend, to Canada.
If God speaks to you to sow a seed, please do so. We trust you, our
partners and friends, to hear God and to take the steps of faith
that He leads you to take.
We pray that God will bring an abundant harvest to each of you who
have given: each family, each individual, each company and each
church who has given generously. We love you all and pray for God’s
abundant blessings in your life.
May 22, 2006
Dear Friends & Ministry Partners,
Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support during the
past few weeks. Also, thank you for so many thoughtful cards, with
wording that seems like it was written just for me. I know it takes
time to choose such special cards. Thank you for your
Well, we have good news and bad news – Ha! Which do you want first?
First, the good news is that the doctor has been able to reduce the
But the bad news is that the reduced pain level is still
debilitating. Besides that, following the injections to paralyze, or
incapacitate some of my muscles, now my neck can’t properly support
my head for more than about 20 to 30 minutes at a time. After that,
it begins to sort of wobble around, out of control. It is VERY
frustrating and embarrassing.
The doctor was concerned because of my lack of ability to control my
head, and because of the pain, which is still at unacceptable
levels. He apologized because he hasn’t been able to fully relieve
the pain yet.
Based on my condition, he strongly requested that I cancel my plans
to fly to Alaska for this past weekend, and delay that trip until
another time. (Throughout this weekend, it became obvious that the
doctor was right, and I should not have tried to travel this past
weekend.) I had been looking forward to this trip for quite some
time. Our son Kenneth was going to accompany me on the Alaska trip.
We’re hoping to be able to make that trip before too long. Please
keep praying with us for my total healing. God’s Word says that I’m
healed, and I am claiming that every day.
Many of you have given generously in response to Gina’s e-mails. We
can’t thank you enough for your generosity and compassion.
As you know, I’m a fighter – not a quitter. It’s difficult for me to
just lie around waiting for things to get better. But as I stated
previously, the muscles in my neck aren’t doing a good job of
supporting my head, so I don’t have much choice for now.
By the way, in the meantime, we had a television lighting expert
come to the house last week to estimate what it will cost to light
my office downstairs, so we can turn it into a mini-studio for me to
record DVDs of my teaching. We figure that the whole project will
cost less than $5,000, to turn the office into a TV studio setting.
Once it is set up, I can choose when I want to go downstairs to
record my teachings. That way, if I’m not feeling 100%, I can wait a
few hours until I feel better, and then just walk downstairs and
start the camera.
This won’t be what we use for television programs. What we record
downstairs will only be videos of teaching.
We plan to use a television recording studio in the area to record a
“pilot” show, as a sample to give to TV stations, for their
consideration. We haven’t gotten too far down that road yet, so I
have no idea of the costs for something like that. But I will let
you know as we make progress on this. I know that over the years,
many of you have encouraged me to start a weekly television teaching
program. Well, we’re on our way.
It is so wonderful that you, our partners, don’t have to be
“badgered or begged” to give. We simply let you know about an
opportunity, and you are faithful to sow seed, without us having to
beg, or to even ask. All we do is tell you about it, and you jump to
action. You are wonderful people.
I pray for many of you on a daily basis – Strategic Partners - those
who have planted a seed of $1,000 or more within the last year. I
also pray daily for the Vision Partners – those who have sowed
$5,000 or more within the past year. And I pray that God will give
abundant harvest to all of you who have planted a seed of any size
to help us at this time.
During the past few weeks, as I have felt somewhat helpless – unable
to do what I need to do to keep the ministry going, I have been
humbled by those who have jumped to our aid, keeping the ministry
moving forward, even though I’ve been on the “sidelines”.
We’ve also been disappointed by others who claim to be our friends,
who have criticized us for even mentioning this situation to you.
They implied that we have lied to you when we say that we don’t ask
for money, and then we give you the opportunity to sow seed. Whether
they want to admit it or not, until Gina’s last e-mail, when she DID
ask for money, based on the advice of one of my mentors, prior to
that, we DID NOT ask for money. We only told you of the situation,
and then gave you the opportunity to do what you chose. And if
you’ve been in a church service where someone asked – even begged
for money, you KNOW the difference. We DO NOT pressure you EVER to
give to this ministry. If any of you sow a seed, it is by your own
choice – not because of any pressure from us. We don’t do that.
But to all of you who have voluntarily planted seeds during the last
month, in response to the situation we are facing, I want to say a
heartfelt Thank You, and to assure you that I am asking God to bless
you in a special way with abundant harvest.
You are precious to us, and to God. Thank you for being true
friends. Remember, Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loveth at all
times…” You are true friends.
Please keep on praying with us. We aren’t sure if I will be able to
travel to preach next weekend. If not, that will be another
disappointment. But I’m praying and believing that I will be able to
travel, and to speak. Please keep believing with us. And again,
thank you for your generosity.
PS: By the way, under doctor’s orders, I’m still NOT supposed to be
doing ANY e-mail or telephone calls for at least another week. I
“sneaked” this e-mail because I wanted to thank all of you for all
you’ve done. But please do not assume that I’m “back in the swing of
things” yet, with e-mail or telephone. Not for at least another
PSS: We have received several generous packages from you, containing
nutritional drinks and juices, and other supplements. Thank You.
Others of you have expressed a concern about my vitamin supplements,
particularly glyconutrients. Thank you so much. I have been taking
mega doses for several months. Please believe with me for positive
results from the glyconutrients and the other supplements. God Bless
May 12, 2006
Dear Friends & Ministry Partners,
First, let me say RELAX, this email won’t be nearly as long as the
last two. Ha!
But I wanted to give you an update following the e-mail I had sent
to you last night. The response has been overwhelming, with so many
of you sending notes of such encouragement and faith. Thank you so
much for reaching out to us in this way.
Also, many of you have generously sowed seed after receiving that
e-mail, either by calling our office, or by using our online Store
on www.markgorman.com. We appreciate every seed, regardless of size.
Today, as Deanna was speaking to us by phone, detailing the
different seeds that had been given, Mark said, “We need to stop
right now and pray.” He took quite a while praying and thanking God
for each person who had given. He said that he knew that for some of
the people, what they were giving, they could have used for their
own families, and that it is humbling to know that they have reached
out to us in this way. He asked God to give each person a 100 fold
return on the seed you have sown.
By the way, today, Mark returned to the doctor’s office for the
third time this week. They made several injections into the most
painful areas in his neck, and even the side of his head. The
purpose of this medicine is to basically paralyze the muscles that
are causing the most spasm and pain in those areas. The doctor said
that it will take at least 3 days to a week for this to take effect,
but that if it works correctly, it could give him relief in those
areas for up to 2 or 3 months.
Before they started, Mark asked if they could give him something to
numb the area, so the injections wouldn’t hurt so bad, since they
had to insert the needle into the exact areas of the greatest pain.
The doctor explained that any numbing medication could possible
compromise, or break down the other medication which was being
injected to disable the spasm in those muscles. When he heard that,
Mark said that it was fine, he could take the pain for a few
minutes, in order to get the long term results. Amazingly, he held
very still as each of the injections were made.
Now, we wait to see the results. Please believe with us for this to
bring long term relief to Mark.
Before I close, I want to share something with you. Some of our dear
friends, who we met through Mark’s speaking at business conventions,
had sent Mark a very special card this week. She told me that she
had to go to two different stores to find just the right card for
Mark. How amazing, that she would go to so much trouble, just to
find the right card!
Well, today, after reading the e-mail I had sent last night, they
called our office and sowed a very generous seed. Later, they called
me at home to check on Mark’s progress. When we spoke, she said that
after reading the e-mail, her husband said that he felt that they
were to sow that amount of seed – a much larger amount than they had
ever planted. What a blessing!
As I re-read the card she had sent, and shared it with Mark, he said
that these were the most perfect words that anyone could have sent
about what he is going through right now. I hope I’m not breaking
any copyright laws by sharing it with all of you, but I want you to
read this precious poem.
Before I share it, let me close by saying once again, Thank You so
much for all of your prayers, encouragement and generosity.
“The Oak Tree”
A Mighty wind
Blew night and day.
It stole the oak tree’s leaves away,
Then snapped its boughs
And pulled its bark
Until the oak was tired and stark.
But still the oak tree held its ground
While other trees
Fell all around.
The weary wind gave up and spoke,
“How can you still be standing, Oak?”
The oak tree said,
“I know that you
Can break each branch of mine in two,
Carry every leaf away,
Shake my limbs, and make me sway.
But I have roots
Stretched in the earth,
Growing stronger since my birth.
“You’ll never touch them,
For you see,
They are the deepest part of me.
Until today, I wasn’t sure
Of just how much I could endure.
But now I’ve found,
With thanks to you,
I’m stronger than I ever knew.”
© Hallmark Licensing, Inc.
Hallmark Cards, Inc.
May 11, 2006
Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,
Thank you so much for your prayers for Mark these past weeks. First
let me apologize for not sending an update sooner. I can’t begin to
describe how harrowing and stressful the past 2 weeks have been, not
only for Mark, but also for the rest of our family.
As of now, the doctors have identified 5 different pain medicines
which Mark cannot take, because of symptoms ranging from repetitive
involuntary muscle spasms, to severe, violent vomiting and extreme
Some of the medication even caused Mark’s breathing to become so
shallow, that we could not even tell if he was breathing in his
sleep. At first, my solution was to stand next to him, continually
waking him up, making him take deep breaths, so I would know that he
was okay. He was so miserable in pain, that he begged me to let him
go back to sleep. After about an hour of that, Kenneth, Sharah and I
decided that it would be better to take turns watching him sleep, to
make sure he was breathing through the night.
The following day the doctor explained that this medicine was very
necessary for Mark’s treatment but that there is a slight risk, that
if coupled with other medicines, it could potentially stop his
breathing. Therefore, he said that we were doing the right thing and
encouraged us to continue our “all night vigils” by Mark’s bedside.
Sharah ended up doing most of the all-nighters, counting his number
of breaths per minute, as the doctor had instructed. She never once
complained about this task, but gladly chose to do what was needed
to help her dad get well. Mark said that she was his “guardian
angel” as tears ran down his face. He said that after these two
weeks, as far as he’s concerned Sharah has permanent angel’s wings
Mark has had several clinical procedures, which had to be performed
in a surgical environment, all of which were designed to help reduce
the pain levels in his spine. He had to be sedated under an
anesthesia which was strong enough to make him sleep during the
procedure, so he would not make any involuntary movements while the
needle was being inserted so near to his spinal cord.
One of the treatments was a cervical block epidural which was
supposed to give him a minimum of 2 weeks’ relief, but it only
helped for 24 hours. After this epidural, the pain was worse than
before the treatment. The doctor said that one possibility was that
the needle may have further irritated that part of his spine while
This week he received injections into the facet joints of his neck,
which we hope will greatly reduce his pain. If these are not
successful at bringing him relief, the next step will be radio
frequency treatment, which will actually kill the nerves in his neck
that are sending the pain signals to his brain. The nerves grow back
after 3 months, so this is not a permanent solution.
All of these clinical protocols have been very painful for Mark.
When they don’t use the anesthesia which sedates him into sleep
during the procedure, he ends up in tears from the pain as they are
putting injections into the areas that bring him the most pain. It
breaks my heart to see him going through all of this. Each time the
doctor must insert the needle into the most painful muscles and
nerves to inject the solution, Mark must remain completely still to
prevent the needle from causing damage to his spine. It’s difficult
for me to sit in the room with him, watching him remain completely
still as he helps the doctor identify the most painful areas in
which to insert the needle. He doesn’t move a muscle. Only the tears
in his eyes indicate the amount of pain he is in as the needle is
inserted and the injection takes place. The doctor is so kind, he
apologizes for the pain and asks Mark if he is okay. Mark only says
one thing over and over again, “Thank You.” He knows that this
temporary pain will result in relief which will last for several
hours, and he considers that to be a worthwhile investment. He just
keeps believing God that one day this will all be unnecessary.
As I have been with him for each of these procedures, I have been
reminded of a classic children’s story, “The Velveteen Rabbit”. I
don’t know if you are familiar with the story, but it’s about a
stuffed toy rabbit that wanted to become “Real”. One day the Rabbit
asked the Skin Horse in the nursery, “What is Real”? The Skin Horse
replied, “Real isn’t how you are made, it’s a thing that happens to
you. When a child loves you for a long, long time not just to play
with, but really loves you, then you become Real”. “Does it hurt?”
asked the rabbit. The Skin Horse replied, “Sometimes, but when you
are Real you don’t mind being hurt. It doesn’t happen all at once,
you become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen to
people who break easily, or have sharp edges or who have to be
carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your
hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in
the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all,
because when you are Real, you can’t be ugly, except to people who
don’t understand. Once you are Real, you can’t become unreal again.
It lasts for always.”
For the past 36 years since age 12, when this condition first
manifested in his body, Mark has been on a journey, becoming “Real”.
Not everyone would make such a journey. It requires courage and
determination and a refusal to give up. Mark is determined to win.
He has been through so much, that the doctors have been amazed by
him. They told him that he has the strongest will of anyone they
have ever seen. Every time they decide to try a new procedure on
him, knowing it will be very painful, they are surprised that he
never declines. He is determined to be free of this spinal disease,
and he is willing to go through whatever they feel he needs to, in
order to have a better “quality of life”.
I want to say a special thank you to many of you who reached out to
us during this time. As you know, Mark has made a commitment to
never put pressure on any of you to give to this ministry. Writing
my last e-mail 2 weeks ago was very difficult. I knew that by
telling you of our situation, I would be walking a fine line between
the sympathy tugging at your heart strings, and maintaining Mark’s
commitment not to ask for money. Even after clicking “Send”, I
questioned whether my motives would be misinterpreted.
I must admit that I was very hurt to learn of several people who
asked to be removed from our e-mail list after reading my last
e-mail about Mark’s condition. Was it really that bad? I figured
that anyone who believed enough in Mark’s teachings to join our
e-mail list would certainly be interested in his physical health,
which will have a direct impact on his ability to continue giving
the teachings which inspired them to join our list in the first
place. In the big picture, it wasn’t thousands or even hundreds who
asked to be removed from the list, but it still hurts, as a wife who
is reaching out for people who will believe with us for us for my
husband’s healing. He has been so strong and courageous over the
years, but enough is enough! In recent years the pain has become so
severe that it is debilitating at times. It has to end! Whether we
receive our answer through prayer, through doctors, or a combination
of the two, we will not give up!
Well, you are still here. That means that you are not one of the
ones who asked to be removed from the list. You care not only about
what you can receive from Mark’s teachings, but you also care about
him as a person, and for that, I thank you. Many of you gave
generously to help us through this difficult season, which appears
to be the first of many such times we will face as the doctors
continue to seek the best cures for Mark’s condition. They have
already informed us that we will have to adjust Mark’s travel
calendar in the future to allow for other periods of time “off the
road” for the additional treatments which they believe to be
necessary for his health in the long run. Obviously, this causes me
great concern, knowing that our income may be suspended during each
of those “off periods”. But God is our source, and with friends like
you, I know we will make it.
One of our dear friends, who we have known for many years, is also
one of Mark’s mentors, Dr. Mike Murdock. Many of you will recognize
his name as one of the most gifted speakers and communicators
anywhere. Mike has been a very important part of our lives for many
years. Mark has known him, literally, all his life. At age 13, I
accepted Christ for the first time at a church service in New
Orleans where Mike Murdock was speaking, at the church pastored by
Mark’s dad. That was the beginning of my involvement in that church,
where I met my sweetheart. Needless to say, Dr. Murdock is very
close to our hearts for many reasons.
Immediately after sending my previous e-mail about Mark’s condition,
our office was contacted by the executive assistant to Dr. Mike
Murdock. She said that he wanted to “overnight a generous seed” to
our home, so we would receive it personally. Knowing our close
friendship, our staff gave the home address to his assistant, and
the following day we received the generous check, along with a note
from Mike. Although he was very kind and compassionate in what he
said, he also gave me a slight rebuke. He admired my attempt to
refrain from asking for financial support at this time, but he said
that I was wrong, and that our partners should be asked – by me –
Mark’s wife – to reach out to us and help at this time.
So, although Mark has promised not to do this, I haven’t actually
made that promise. As his wife, in submission to one of Mark’s
mentors, I am reaching out to those of you who love Mark, and what
he stands for, asking you to help if you can. I realize that some of
you may be facing your own challenges at this time, and I fully
respect that. I am not asking anyone to be inconvenienced in any way
in order to help us with financial support. (Although I will tell
you from experience that every time Mark leaves for a trip to go
speak somewhere, it is a TOTAL physical inconvenience for him. He
never complains about it. He just does what needs to be done.)
If you choose not to give anything, that is fine too. But please
agree with us in prayer for Mark’s healing, and for wisdom for the
doctors as they seek the appropriate path of treatment for Mark’s
condition. By their own admission, he is in the top 10% of most
difficult cases to treat for pain, simply because his pain is not
limited to one or two areas. His problems range from C1, at the base
of his skull, all the way down to S1, the sacrum, and everything in
between. For that reason, they are unsure as to what treatments, how
many, etc, will be necessary in order to help Mark to continue to
function as he needs to do.
I realize that we will be criticized by some who believe that we
should not even go to doctors for help with this. That is their
prerogative. But we are doing all we know to do in order to keep
Mark going. He doesn’t want to quit. In fact, he has dreams and
visions of greater things to do, which he hasn’t yet even started.
He has lots of books in mind, to write. He is in the midst of
preparing to start a weekly television teaching program, so he can
reach more people with less travel. He is also planning to set up a
mini-studio in our basement, where he can record DVDs of teachings
for our partners.
As you can see, he has no intention of stopping. He is getting ready
to do even more, but at the same time, to try to stay home more than
before – less travel. His intention is to try to make every trip
“count” more than before – to get the most out of every trip.
Dwayne is presently working to secure television interviews in every
city where Mark speaks, so that while he is away, he is not only
speaking in churches and business conventions, but he will also take
advantage of any available opportunities to share his message
through television interviews, and any other means possible.
I know that I’ve already said it, but again, I want to say “Thank
You” to all of you who have already sent in your generous seed to
help us at this time. We appreciate it more than you know. As you
might imagine, the knowledge that our partners are continuing to
support the ministry during this “season” has served to encourage
Mark, and relieve any stress he may have had about the ministry’s
To those of you who will sow a seed as a result of this e-mail, I
thank you as well.
Again, I want to make it very clear that I AM asking you to give.
That’s right. I know that Mark has promised not to, but I didn’t
make that promise, and based on what our mentor, Dr. Mike Murdock,
told us, I am submitting to that authority and asking – for the
first time. If that offends you, please forgive me. But please
understand that I am doing all I know to do to help my husband get
strong so he can get back out there and keep changing lives.
Remember, if you wish to give, you can:
Visit the “Sow A Seed” section of our online Store at
Call during office hours, to speak to one of our ministry team
members at 866-663-2043.
Or, write to:
Mark Ministries, Inc.
2000 Mallory Lane
Franklin, TN 37067
Please keep believing with us for Mark’s complete and total healing.
God’s Word says that Mark is already healed. We confess that over
him, and declare that God’s Word is true, and the devil is a liar.
Regardless of how he feels, Mark is healed. Keep believing with us.
And for those of you who are facing your own challenges, whether
they are physical, financial, emotional, spiritual or mental, we
encourage you to reply to this e-mail with your prayer request, so
we can pray with you for your miracle too. God is no respecter of
persons. He doesn’t love Mark any more than He loves each and every
one of you. We are believing with all of you for your miracle too.
PS: As you know, in my last e-mail I asked you to refrain from
trying to make contact with Mark during this time, per the doctor’s
orders, for him to refrain from all e-mail and telephone
communication. We had first thought that it would only be for a week
or 10 days. After realizing how much more difficult this whole
process has become for Mark’s physical body, the doctor has extended
his directive regarding e-mail and telephone communications until
further notice. He also directed us to cancel plans to attend the
wedding of a dear friend, in Chicago, this week. I know this may
seem extreme, but the doctor said that Mark’s muscles have been in
constant spasm – severe spasm – for most of his life. He explained
that in order for him to begin the healing process, we must release
the spasm, even temporarily. We must do all we can to remove all
stressors from Mark’s life, for the time being. Beginning this
weekend, Mark will resume his travel schedule, to speak at a large
business convention. But even on that trip, the doctor has directed
him to leave his cell phone and e-mail turned off. I can only
imagine how many e-mails will be awaiting his reply when we get home
from this trip. Thank you in advance for understanding.
April 25, 2006
Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,
I’m sure that most of you are aware of Mark’s health challenges. He
has idiopathic scoliosis (curvature of the spine). He has been in
severe chronic pain for most of his adult life. He has been to
countless chiropractors and doctors all over the world. Last April,
our chiropractor in the New Orleans area suggested that Mark get an
MRI to find out exactly what is going on in his spine, that may be
missed with regular x-rays.
The results of that MRI explained why the pain was so intense. We
discovered that he has 9 herniated discs, 8 bulging discs and 15
compressed discs. Any doctor who views his MRI tells him it is a
miracle that he can even walk. (Most of the people who have this
severe of a spinal problem will have a pronounced “hump” or twist in
their spine, or will even be in a wheel chair. Because Mark’s spine
has curved back the other direction, to compensate, he actually has
twice as many bad discs. Many people who have the pronounced spinal
disfigurement have told Mark that they have no pain. The doctor has
explained that Mark’s pain is much worse than most people who have
the obvious spinal curvatures to only one side.)
Mark has been believing for God to give him a miraculous healing,
since he was first diagnosed with scoliosis at age 12. We have not
given up on a miracle. Mark has not let this pain stop him from
fulfilling the destiny God has for his life.
Last year, the pain became so intense, that Mark went to the Mayo
Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota seeking help from one of the most
respected health institutions in the United States. Those doctors
only explained how great a miracle it is that Mark walks and
functions the way he does. They gave him no hope for an answer, from
medical science. They said that none of their surgeons would touch
him, and that his condition and pain levels will only worsen with
You know that Mark is not a quitter. He doesn’t accept “no” for an
answer. For any of you who are just now finding out about Mark’s
health challenges, I’m sure you are in shock at learning this for
the first time. You are probably asking yourself, “Is she talking
about the same Mark Gorman that I saw on stage at a business
function, or on a Christian TV program, or as a guest speaker at my
The answer is YES! There is only one reason you are shocked by this
revelation – that’s because Mark refuses to let his health
challenges stop him from doing the things he’s committed to do. He
doesn’t sit around whining that life has been unfair to him. Nor
does he sit around questioning God, saying, “If you really are the
God who answers prayers and performs miracles, why hasn’t my healing
become a manifestation in my physical body?”
The Mark you know takes a step of faith to believe God for a miracle
every time he packs his suitcase to get ready for a trip to go and
speak. The Mark you know is also too stubborn to stay at home and
“nurse his wounds”, the way the doctors have told him he probably
should. The Mark you and I know is a man who knows he has a destiny,
and he won’t let anything keep him from fulfilling that destiny, no
matter what the odds may be.
This is the Mark you and I both know and love. Through Mark’s
teachings, he has given so many of you the courage to face
impossible odds and come through victorious, because you believed
him when he told you, “Don’t let anything steal your dreams”. You
are now finding out why he is such an effective motivator. It’s
because he practices what he preaches. He is not speaking out of
theory when he tells you “You can make it, if you just don’t quit”!
He faces the impossible each time he leaves home to go on a trip.
The doctors have told him, besides being a miracle that he can even
walk, it is like a quadruple miracle that he travels the way he does
to fulfill his destiny. He should not be physically able to do the
things he does daily! Mark is a real man! He won’t accept excuses
for quitting, even when it’s his own doctors telling him that he has
an excuse to quit.
I am so proud that he is such a strong leader. It breaks my heart to
see him “collapse” once he’s off stage, or once the TV cameras are
turned off. He keeps going and he does what he has to do, but then
it takes its toll on him physically.
We understand that part of Mark’s miracle is the fact that he
functions the way he does. However, it is becoming increasingly more
difficult for him to continue at the pace he has been keeping. As a
last resort, Mark has been going to a pain clinic, in hopes to
relieve some of the pain he lives with daily.
Since last July, when he started treatment at the pain clinic, Mark
has found that the medications they prescribed have made him very
ill. Although they relieve some of the pain, the medicines cause
other negative side effects. This has resulted in Mark being sick
much of the time. He has unintentionally lost weight in the past few
months. Mark has more bad days than good days. At times, he has been
so ill from the pain medications that he could not even travel.
At Mark’s insistence, the doctor switched him to a different
medicine about 3 months ago. At first, it seemed to improve, but
then, it was downhill again. He has been functioning at about 35% of
what he used to be able to do.
After moving to the Nashville area, following Hurricane Katrina, we
learned that it is not very easy to just go into a pain management
clinic as a new patient. A dear friend pulled all the strings he
could, and got Mark an appointment with a doctor who is highly
respected by the medical community here.
Last week Mark had his first appointment with the doctor and his
staff. Mark told them that the first thing he wants is to stop
taking the medicines that make him so ill. Second, he wants to try
other pain relief methods which do not involve taking so much
medicine – hopefully no medicine at all.
They have suggested some different treatment protocols. Tomorrow
Mark and I are going to meet with the doctor and his staff. At that
meeting we will learn their plans for this week. At the doctor’s
recommendation, Mark has asked our staff to reschedule his speaking
and travel engagements to allow him to stay home for the next 2
weeks. We aren’t exactly certain of what to expect, but we are
hopeful that this will bring Mark some needed relief.
When Mark met with the doctors last week, they were very clear about
the fact that Mark’s condition will require several more of these
“time out” periods, in order for them to be able to treat him
properly for the “long haul”. They are hopeful that they can help
him, and that eventually, they can alleviate much of his pain. But
Mark must be prepared to reduce his overall travel schedule from now
on, and that we must be prepared to create “gaps” in Mark’s
schedule, to allow for the treatments which will be necessary, in
order for him to be able to continue traveling and speaking for many
Recently a doctor used the example of the year Mark was born. It was
1957. He said, “If you had a 1957 Chevy today, you could do one of
two things: You could either drive it a little each month, and
maintain it carefully, so that it would last a long time. Or, you
could drive it really hard and fast for a brief period of time, and
then, it would collapse, because it couldn’t go on.”
He explained that if Mark keeps traveling non-stop, with no “down
time”, he can do it for a few more years, but not forever. His
recommendation instead was that Mark should reduce his travel
schedule, and take better care of himself (maintenance), so he can
have more productive years.
Again, we are believing God for Mark’s healing. But until the
healing is manifested in his body, Mark must do what he can to
continue functioning, pursuing the destiny that God has for him.
As you know, Mark has made a strong commitment to our partners that
he will NEVER ask you to give to our ministry. The way he sees it,
if he has to ask you to give, then you would be giving alms, rather
than sowing seed. Also, growing up in church, Mark has become weary
of hearing preachers asking for money. So for more than 10 years, he
has lived up to that commitment, to never ask any of you to give to
Well, in keeping with Mark’s wishes, I’m not going to ask you to
give to our ministry. But as a concerned wife, who loves and admires
her husband, and knows that he needs this time off to heal, I am
coming to you, our friends, asking you to pray.
As you know, it is Mark’s public speaking that brings in the
financial support for this ministry, and our ministry staff. We do
not have any promise of income for the times that Mark must stay
home for these treatments.
Mark took this step of faith, the minute the doctor told him that he
needed time at home for this treatment, and the healing process.
Mark didn’t call our office to ask how much money is in the bank, or
to ask which bills need to be paid. He simply took a step of faith,
and shifted his travel calendar, with no intention of asking anyone
to give us a penny.
Again, out of respect for Mark’s commitment to never ask you to
give, I am not asking you to give either. I’m only asking that you
pray for Mark at this time, and if God speaks to you to sow a seed –
not alms – but a seed – because you believe that this ministry is
good soil, then you can use one of the following:
Visit the “Sow A Seed” section of our online Store at
Call during office hours, to speak to one of our ministry team
members at 866-663-2043.
Or, write to:
Mark Ministries, Inc.
2000 Mallory Lane
Franklin, TN 37067
As Mark always says, no one should EVER feel ANY pressure to give to
our ministry. If you give, it should be only because you believe in
this ministry, as good soil, and you have faith that God will bring
harvest into your life.
All I will say is that we trust God, and we appreciate all of you
for your love and support.
Mark and I believe that our best days are ahead of us. We have not
allowed this physical challenge to steal our dream.
Mark is definitely the kind of person who can get a message to
Garcia. He’s not a quitter, and he holds himself to his own standard
It was difficult for Mark to come to the place that he would even
share publicly about his challenges – the challenges that he has
been facing for 36 years. He bravely confronted them for most of his
life without ever saying a word about it from stage.
He’s still a fighter, and a champion. Don’t think that he is weak,
just because he is taking this time-out. He considers this time as
an investment in our future – to make him better and stronger for
tomorrow. It’s part of the journey – to excellence.
Please believe with us for a miracle. Although we are following the
doctor’s advice, we are also continuing to believe God for Mark’s
healing. Nothing would make us happier than to be able to tell all
of you that the battle is over, and Mark’s spine is completely
healed – no pain. But until then, Mark will keep on fighting, and
you and I will keep on praying for him – to win.
PS: As a loving wife, could I ask you a favor. Unless it is an
emergency, please try not to call Mark or send him e-mails with lots
of questions for him to answer, in the next couple of weeks. We’re
trying to get him to just rest. Thank you for understanding.
(E-mails of encouragement would definitely be appreciated, as long
as he doesn’t have to reply to lots of questions. I’m trying to
“force” him to rest.)
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