Unmasking the Domestic Abuser in the Church

Update on Our Friend and Brother Mack

Philippians 2:25 ESV  I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need,

The Apostle Paul often commended the few and faithful men and women who stood for Christ no matter how much the cost. It is appropriate that we do the same.
As  most of you know from previous posts, our fellow elder here at Christ Reformation Church, Mack McConkey, as been going through an ordeal for nearly 3 months. He was struck with pancreatitis and that led to all kinds of other serious and life-threatening complications. He has recovered from a number of those but is still hospitalized. Today he is being moved to an acute care rehab center in Portland.
While in the hospital, Mack’s wife Rite (pronounced “reet”) has been able to be with him but most care centers are still not permitting visitors so that is going to be another strain.
Please continue to pray then for Mack and Rite, that they would be strengthened by the Lord and granted His courage and that Mack would heal and be able to return home. Specifically please pray that his blood sugar would stabilize, that his heart would remain in rhythm, and that he would receive excellent care in the rehab center.
We miss Mack greatly in our church body. He and Rite have always been there every Sunday morning for all these 27 years I have been here and most importantly Mack has stood solid and firm against all the wicked people who crept in among us over the years and did all they could to destroy this ministry. And even more specifically, ten years ago when the ministry to expose abusers in churches and help their victims began, there were a number of evil people who hated that light being shined upon this sin. They did all they could to stop it but were unable. Mack was never once duped by their lies and tactics and they eventually gave up and left.
So please pray for Mack. He is your friend in Christ and much of the benefit  many of you have received through this ministry, Mack had a real part in bringing about.


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  1. cindy burrell

    Oh, I’m so sorry that Mack is still suffering. I know how physically, emotionally and spiritually draining this kind of situation is for Mack and all those who love him. I’ll be praying.

  2. NeatNerd

    Praying for them! I appreciate all that this ministry has done in encouraging my family!

  3. Susan and I are praying for him and his wife. We know the sore trial of illness. thanks for the update.

    • Jeff Crippen

      Thank you Sam and Susan. I know you have been there many times yourselves.

  4. Tina

    I am praying!

  5. Thank you for this update, Pastor Jeff. Our prayer team continues to pray for Mack, Rite, you, Verla and the entire CRC congregation and all your families.

  6. Innoscent

    Thank you Jeff for the update. Praying for this brave soldier of Christ and his wife.

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