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**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  


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**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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John and Yvonne's Blog (88)

Two New Sailors!

Ministry to the Military at The Lighthouse
Wow! We had a really full day of ministry today! Kaitlyn, our new sailor, was going to join us today for church, and then for pot roast with potatoes and carrots for lunch, with Klondike bars for dessert. She texted us and said she had invited a friend to come…

Added by John and Yvonne on July 16, 2023 at 10:45pm — 4 Comments

Ministry to the Military at The Lighthouse!

Ministry to the Military at The Lighthouse
Thank you all for your prayers!
Saturday night was great! Brandon (stationed at Naval Station Norfolk) and Anita came over and we ate pizza and brownies for dinner. Then we played Skip-Bo. It was a new game for Brandon. We all enjoyed it. Anita won the game and I had Brandon present the winner's trophy to her.…

Added by John and Yvonne on May 22, 2023 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Ministry to the Military at The Lighthouse!

Please pray for us. Yvonne and I have been praying for some time now that the Lord would begin bringing servicemen and women back to our home. And that He would give Yvonne the strength to conduct our ministry on the weekends again. What with COVID-19 and Yvonne's back surgery it's been a long time since we've had young men and women in our home on the weekends.

A few weeks ago we got a text from a sailor who came to our home in 2009 who is coming through the…


Added by John and Yvonne on May 19, 2023 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

Yvonne's Recovery 4/24/23

Yvonne is doing very well! God is restoring her to health and healing her wounds as He promised! Her pain is going down a lot. Her walking is getting much better and she is doing more around the house. We have been able to reduce her pain meds. She is totally off of Oxycodone. And the spasms in her legs have subsided enough so we have reduced her baclofen muscle spasm medicine from three times a day to two. At least for a couple of days now. God is SO GOOD!! Hallelujah! This has been…


Added by John and Yvonne on April 24, 2023 at 9:52pm — 4 Comments

Update on Yvonne's Recovery 3/26/23

Update on Yvonne's recovery...

I'm sorry that I have not updated Yvonne's condition for far too long. Several of you have messaged us and asked how Yvonne is doing. So I decided that I had better do it now!

Yvonne is recovering very well! We saw the doctor post surgery for the second time last Wednesday. He showed us the new x-rays and though pretty intimidating, they looked good. He said everything there looked good and was in the place it…


Added by John and Yvonne on March 26, 2023 at 9:38pm — 4 Comments

Update and Prayer Request for Yvonne 3/4/23

I have an update and prayer request for Yvonne.

She is doing well in her physical recovery. She finished her rehab stay at Lake Taylor where they treated her wonderfully and her therapy was excellent! She is walking much straighter and can lift her feet much higher. She began in home therapy last week having completed two PT sessions. It looks like we are getting the same OT and PT therapists that she had last year. We requested them because they were so good and…


Added by John and Yvonne on March 4, 2023 at 2:37pm — 3 Comments

Yvonne getting stronger and moving forward!

Thank you all for your prayers! Yvonne's PT sessions are going really well. To keep her legs from hurting in the afternoon and evenings she even gets up and walks around her room! God is so good and things seem to be going very well. She still has pain, but she is working through it to the best of her ability. She's a real trooper!!!!! Thank you Jesus!

Added by John and Yvonne on February 10, 2023 at 10:54pm — 3 Comments

Friend of Yvonne to have bypass surgery

Yvonne had a harder day today than usual this past week. We got through the day, but it was more painful. Please pray for a dear friend of Yvonne's, K Preston, who is in the hospital and who will be undergoing bypass surgery at the end of the week. Thank you.

Added by John and Yvonne on February 6, 2023 at 11:20pm — 1 Comment

Yvonne's Recovery from back surgery number 2

Yvonne is now at Lake Taylor Rehabilitation Hospital. She was evaluated on Monday and started physical therapy. Monday she could barely shuffle a few inches with a lot of pain, and fear of falling. But, Praise God! Thursday Yvonne's physical therapist had her walk from her bed to the door of her room - TWICE! She was able to do it without a lot of pain and without a lot of fear. Praise God for the improvement. Today the therapist worked with her on her posture and the…


Added by John and Yvonne on February 4, 2023 at 12:23am — 2 Comments

Yvonne is in rehab center now.

Yvonne is now at Lake Taylor Rehabilitation Hospital. That was our first choice. God answered prayer! Now we need to settle in for how they do things here. She is in room Azalea 23. God is restoring her to health and healing her wounds! She will be evaluated tomorrow and start rehabilitation therapy on Monday.

Added by John and Yvonne on January 27, 2023 at 11:49pm — 1 Comment

Yvonne's surgery today

Yvonne's surgery went well. Got up today at 3:30 and we're at the hospital at 5:30. Took her to the operating room at 8:00. The procedure started at 9:00 and ended at 1:00. Sarah came down and kept me company all day. Yvonne has been in her room since about 2:30. Having a pretty hard time waking up from the anesthesia. But she is coming around. She ate well when she got to her room. Thank you all for your prayer support and expressions of love. They are so much appreciated!

Added by John and Yvonne on January 24, 2023 at 9:49pm — 4 Comments

Update on Yvonne's surgery

Please pray for us. Yvonne goes in for surgery to fuse the vertebrae right above where the last one began with the others. The surgery is on January 24th at 0730 in the morning. Please pray for Dr. Shuff as well and his surgical team.

Added by John and Yvonne on January 11, 2023 at 9:31pm — 7 Comments

Decision made about surgery

We told the doctor this morning that we want to go ahead with the surgery. His nurse said they would be getting back to us with details about scheduling. Please keep us in prayer, as we know you already have been, and we thank you for that. You will never know how grateful we are for your love and prayer support!

Added by John and Yvonne on January 6, 2023 at 10:50pm — 2 Comments

Results from Yvonne's MRI and Surgeon's visit

We finally saw doctor today and got the results of Yvonne's MRI. The level above where the surgeon fused her spine has some serious stenosis in it and is causing her set back. The doctor suggested there were a few things that could be done, but none of them would solve the problem. The most viable option is another surgery to decompress the nerves at that level and connect it to the area done before. It would be a much shorter surgery - only two to three hours versus 13 hours…


Added by John and Yvonne on January 4, 2023 at 11:49pm — 3 Comments

Yvonne's December 27th MRI is completed!

Well, that was a long day! We got to the hospital at 10:45 in the morning and left there about 4:00 in the afternoon. Will see the surgeon on the 4th of January for the results. This is rapidly approaching the one year mark. Thank you all for praying with us through this ordeal! It has been long and arduous! Not anything that we expected. Thank God He is still in charge of all of this! He is our Creator, our Savior, our soon coming King, and our Healer...I could go on and on.…


Added by John and Yvonne on December 27, 2022 at 10:31pm — No Comments

New Update on Yvonne

We finally got a date for the MRI with sedation - December 27th at Virginia Beach General Hospital. All of these tests and waiting to see the doctor for the results seems like it takes forever! We will see Dr. Shuff on the 4th of January. That will be almost 1 year from when she had her surgery. We never expected this. Her walking even with a rollator is very difficult. She tries really hard, but it hurts. Please…

Added by John and Yvonne on December 2, 2022 at 9:47pm — 2 Comments

Update on Yvonne's Recovery Situation

As most of you who are following my posts about Yvonne, she had a set back a couple of months ago. Dr. Shuff sent her for a CT Myelogram which came back clear except for the top two vertebrae. So he ordered an MRI to check out those levels. Unfortunately, when she went for the MRI lying on her back hurt so much she couldn't lay still so they sent us home. So the Doctor has ordered another MRI under IV sedation. But that probably won't be until the middle of December. Until then we…


Added by John and Yvonne on November 25, 2022 at 12:34am — 3 Comments

Update on Yvonne's Myelogram procedure

Update on Yvonne's Recovery...

On the 19th of October Yvonne had a CT Myelogram of her back to find out what is happening that may have caused the set back she experienced in her recovery about six weeks ago. We went to OBICI Hospital in Suffolk for the earliest appointment we could get. The procedure was very painful for her. But she got through it. Last week we saw Dr. Shuff, her surgeon, and he said she got "high marks" on her myelogram. It was clear, with no…


Added by John and Yvonne on November 7, 2022 at 9:40pm — 6 Comments

Update on Yvonne's CT Myelogram on Wednesday

Update on Yvonne's test on Wednesday...

We arrived at the OBICI Sentara Hospital in Suffolk at 7:00 in the morning. They started prepping her for the procedure at a little after 8:00. There were two parts: The injection of the dye in her spine and x-rays in various positions, and then the CT scan again in various positions. The positioning and injection of the dye was very painful for her. But she came through it ok. The CT scan wasn't bad she said. But then she…


Added by John and Yvonne on October 20, 2022 at 8:19pm — 2 Comments

Prayer Request for Yvonne 10-10- 22

Prayer Request for Yvonne...

I hope those of you who are holding Yvonne up in prayer are not getting tired of my posts and in praying for her. Anyway, please pray for Yvonne. We had a wonderful weekend participating in the Freedom Outreach International Ministry to the Military Warrior's Connection Conference in Hampton without a lot of pain. However, today she has been hurting a LOT! Whenever she gets up to walk around the house she hurts so much she cries.…


Added by John and Yvonne on October 10, 2022 at 10:19pm — 1 Comment

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