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give up their kids, and to talk with officials and parents about
what real discipline is.
“All my counseling is Biblically based,” says Kiyle. “I always
provide the service they ask of me, but the Word, the Lord, is
the primary source of my counsel.”
Grace Baptist also began partnering with another local
church for ministries such as a clothes closet, babysitting fund,
and the Forgotten Initiative, where volunteers prepare bags of
age- and gender-appropriate clothing and toiletries for imme-
diate pickup by foster parents.
But through all of this, Kiyle’s health problems were growing
worse. By the end of August 2013, he would quickly fall asleep
the moment he stopped to rest. He would have migraines, and
some mornings he couldn’t get out of bed. A few months later,
his health began affecting his preaching. “I couldn’t remember
where I was in my notes, so I’d go over a point twice,” he shares.
While reading out loud from the Bible, Kiyle came across a
word he could not pronounce. “I knew what the word was,” he
As part of becoming a foster parent, Kiyle needed to take
a physical exam with blood work. Shortly after, a phone call
came. “They said I was at the point of a stroke,” he reports. “I
had no hormones, high cholesterol, and I needed to come into
the hospital quick.”
Based on the blood work, the doctor realized that Kiyle’s
thyroid had quit, tracing the problem back to five years ago
when the stomach symptoms first appeared. “The doctor asked
me, ‘How can you function?’ since most people like me were
passed out and in bed. I told him I serve the Lord and shared
what God has done for me.”
With the help of new medicine since Thanksgiving 2013,
Kiyle’s condition has greatly improved, and so has his preach-
ing! “My preaching had gradually gotten so bad,” admits Kiyle,
“but my people are enamored by my preaching now.” God has
used his condition to open many opportunities for ministry in
the community. The medical personnel still talk to Kiyle about
what happened. Others have approached him, sharing how
they have been blessed in seeing what God has done. He says,
“I’ve learned that He is there to carry you through. The Lord is
sufficient in all things.”
In January 2014, Kiyle and Anissa were approved as foster
parents. “The county head even wrote my recommendation,”
says Kiyle, explaining how much they were wanted.
So, heading home from the 2014 CARBC retreat, Kiyle
and Anissa picked up two new members to their family. It
has brought some changes to their home, but the transition
has happened fairly smoothly. The two foster kids have some
unique medical needs, but even this is not as difficult as Kiyle
and Anissa had anticipated. For Kiyle, there is only one explanation for this: “God has really blessed and taken care of us.”
Chips Ross is pastor of Forest Ranch (Calif.) Baptist Church.