February 1, 2016
Death of Robert Kern
From Ken Graham, pastor, Bloomington, Canton and Springfield, Illinois:
I am sorry to report that Robert L. Kern died sometime previous to 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2016. He was in great hope of the resurrection. He was also hoping that God would not allow him to suffer very long. God certainly answered his prayer. He regretted that he was physically unable to answer all the cards and letters he was receiving. Please keep his family in your prayers at this time.
February 10, 2014
From Ken Graham, pastor
Robert Kern is the prisoner I recently baptized in the Iowa State Prison in Ft. Madison, Iowa. He was recently diagnosed with cancer. He had been treated over 10 years ago for cancer and it went away. This time the cancer is in his left hand in the meaty area between the thumb and forefinger. It is the size of two dimes stacked on top of each other. He's been in for three days of treatments during January already. He has 3-4 more trips to go in for treatments (probably radiation and chemo, I suspect but he didn't specify in his letter) before 2-7-14. Each trip to the University of Iowa Hospital in a 9 hour round trip day. During this 9 hours he is locked up in a black box which binds the arms and legs in chains. He is bruised on the wrists and ankles, and feels like he's been used as a punching bag when he gets home from each trip. He is diabetic as well. So, these trips are really rough on him. He has faith to know whatever God's will is, not his own, will be done.
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