Published: 6 years ago

Pray for Noah


By now most of the Summit Church knows about Noah Bacon, one of our 16 year old covenant members who was in a serious accident yesterday. But even if you’re not a part of the Summit, I’d appreciate it if you’d read the following and spend a few minutes this morning praying for him.

On Thursday morning, Noah was driving to school when he was in a single car accident, left the road and hit a tree. He’s currently in Duke’s pediatric ICU where he is in a medically induced coma. He has multiple fractures to his face and skull, a broken collarbone, and numerous lacerations. The medical team said that the first 48 hours after the accident will be critical in determining any lasting injury to his brain.

Noah and his family have been good friends of ours since coming to the Summit. We’ve been in small groups together, been on overseas mission trips together, Austin and Noah played on baseball and basketball teams together, and until he got his license in November, Noah, Jacob, and Austin carpooled to school together.

Please pray:

  • For the pressure on Noah’s brain. Pray that the swelling will go down (doctors say it will get worse before it gets better) and there will be no lasting brain injury.
  • For Noah’s anxiety as they bring him out of his coma. Pray that he will remain calm as he gains understanding of what has happened.
  • For Bob & Clarissa, Noah’s parents, and Jean Ann, his sister. Pray that they will not be given to despair, but will trust in God’s sovereignty even in this.
  • For the medical team. Noah is surrounded by the best of the best. Pray that their wisdom will continue to emanate from the Great Physician.

On a side note, it was an amazing thing to see the church in action yesterday. There was a constant stream at Duke all day long, and the vast majority were not the “paid professionals,” but the Bacon’s small group, friends from the West Club Campus, and folks that they serve with on the weekend. And of course, the Bacons held true to their normally encouraging nature, leaving everybody wondering who was ministering to whom.

For more updates on Noah, check out The City, the Summit’s online communications portal.

Update: 9:00 PM, 1/18/13.

Noah has shown some improvements today. They have begun weaning him from the sedation meds and are waiting for him to start responding. There’s been slight arm and hand movements and he took a couple of breaths on his own this afternoon.

His intracranial pressure has decreased – a very good sign. The “bad” number is 30, and since last night he’s gone from 11 to 14 to 5.

They’re bringing in a specialist to check out possible damage to his eye. He took a pretty good hit in the wreck and they want to make sure there’s no lasting damage to it.

Update: 6:00 PM, 1/20/13.

Noah is still holding steady and showing improvement. He’s had a good couple of days and is still responding to the medical team’s pokes and prods. Translated: they’re aggravating him. ūüôā

While he’s still unconscious, he has been taking a few more breaths on his own. The doctors are satisfied with where he is, and said that the five day mark (Tuesday) is entirely appropriate for him to remain in the same state he is now.

Some of you have asked how you can best help Bob, Clarissa, and Jean Ann while they wait. Here are three ways:

  1. Leave a comment below, letting them know (a) who you are and (b) where you’re from. They’ve been so encouraged by knowing that people are praying for them all over the globe.
  2. Consider donating gift cards to local restaurants in the area around the hospital, or better yet – a Visa or MasterCard gift card that can be used anywhere (hospital cafeteria, parking garage, etc.) Also, Bob is getting his regular Starbucks fix and there just so happens to be one on the main floor. If you can’t get by the hospital, you can mail them to the church office: Summit Church, ATTN: Noah Bacon Family, 2335 Presidential Drive, Suite 114, Durham, NC 27703.
  3. Once Noah is in a step down room it will be easier for them to accommodate some pre-packaged snacks, bottled drinks, etc. in their room. The waiting room right now is a bit on the small side, so it’s hard to fit all the donations that are coming in.

Update: 10:00 PM, 1/22/13.

I just heard from Bob, who asked me to cut and paste the following from his Facebook page:

Great day for noah, CT scan came back with no additional injuries from accident. He moved all of his body parts and breathed on his own for a couple of minutes. His eyes were fluttering as well. Still not conscious. Please continue to pray as they lower medications that we will start to see some reaction.

In addition, our West Club Campus has set up a Food Tidings page in order for meals to be brought to Duke’s cafeteria for the Bacons.¬†There are 2 links: one for¬†LUNCH¬†and one for¬†DINNER.



Update: 10:00 PM, 1/23/13.

From Bob’s Facebook update:

Noah had a great day today. Movements and breathing have been good. They are looking to flush the plumbing overnight. They are going to change meds in the early am and then neuro will look to wake him up and evaluate we hope before 7am. Please be in prayer for him as this is going to be a next big step for us

[12:00 PM, 1/30/13] 

Sorry for the awful delay in updating on Noah’s condition. The past week has seen some major steps forward. While Noah is still unconscious, the doctors say that the rest is doing his body a great deal of good. However, they’re adjusting meds to maybe help him wake up.

Facial surgeries started on Monday, a full 7-10 days before they thought he’s be ready. Noah had a cheekbone reconstructed and got a good face and hair wash to boot! His right eye is back to normal; left eye is fully dilated, but they’re at a standstill until he comes to.

Biggest news yet: Noah is in a step down unit now that he’s breathing on his own. That’s a huge praise for Bob & Clarissa as well.

Keep praying, and keep leaving comments below to let the Bacons know you’re praying.



[10:00 PM, 1/31/13…the latest from Bob’s Facebook page]

Noah had another good quiet day today. Physical therapy went very well today. Although he is still not responding to commands as of yet, he was still able to work with the PT folks and have both heels on a bench and had his eyes tracking the therapist while they were working with him. It does look like we are now done with the facial surgeries for a while. The doctors are very pleased with his recovery of the orbital bone. They are looking to put in a feeding tube into his stomach area the next a few days. This will be a quick surgery to have this done.

Earlier this evening we did “face time” with Noah and his girlfriend, and it was absolutely amazing to see his reaction to this. He actually opened up BOTH eyes for a moment and started to move forward to the phone. What a praise to see him active like this.

Prayer requests for us:
* we want Noah to start responding to our commands. So much of his treatments are now becoming dependant on him being able to tell the doctors what are going on
* we need to start looking for a rehab facility for him. We have narrowed this to one in Charlotte or wake med n Raleigh. We are going to tour the wake med unit on Friday.

Please know that your prayers are being felt by Noah. To see where he is just 2 weeks removed from the accident. We serve a great and powerful God, and we give him all of the praise for where we are.

  1. Connie Vorwald says:

    Praying in Suffolk.

    Sent from my iPad

  2. falynsmiles1 says:

    I have been praying for Noah since I heard of his accident, I knew that Bob and Clarissa and Jean Ann were being loved on by all the friends and fellow Summiteers, I Love this family too Danny and I will continue to pray for them all as God will show his glory in all of this… I know that Noah is being covered in prayer and will continue to be until he is completely recovered. Praying and Believing, Ellen

  3. Lauren Dyson says:

    Thank you for sharing this. Praying hard!

  4. mikeheel says:

    Thanks for posting, Danny. Very true about Bob & Clarissa. They were ministering to everyone around them. What a witness they are!

  5. Diana Ashworth says:

    I read this on a friend’s page and wanted to share support from Richmond, VA. Noah will be in my prayers along with his family, church family and community. I know he is surrounded by love and love conquers all.

  6. Judy Hilliard says:

    Thanks for posting this about Noah and lifting he and his family up in prayer. God is the great healer. I taught both Jean Ann and Noah at Easley. What a wonderful and loving family. Unceasingly praying.

  7. steve ostegaard says:

    Steve and Pat Ostergaard are praying too. also the race runners small group Noah is a special young man, we are leaning on Jesus for our hope.

  8. Renee Russell says:

    Continuing to pray for Noah and the doctors who are taking care of him at Duke. Praying he will come out of this medically induced coma without any complications. Also praying that his eye will be okay and that there will not be any lasting complications. Thankful for the people who have been with Bob and Clarissa at the hospital. May God bless each one of them as only He can do.

  9. Kevin Bacon says:

    I cannot tell you how much Bob’s family (I’m his brother) would appreciate you taking the time to make this blog to keep everyone updated. The prayer chain for Noah is absolutely incredible (from his church family and from ours here in Chesterfield Virginia, and OTHERS), and I have NO DOUBT those prayers have paved a SOLID pathway to the ear of our Heavenly Father. Noah will be up soon, yet he MUST already be feeling the love being poured out on him. Thank you, and God Bless you immensely!

  10. Denny says:

    First Baptist Church of Leonard Texas is praying for Noah and his family.

  11. Beth says:

    Praying in Midlothian VA

  12. Celeste Monnoyer says:

    Bob & family,

    So sorry to hear of this horrific accident. We are praying for Noah & your family. By Jesus stripes Noah will be heal & we declare healing over his entire body. God Bless you all!

  13. lisa says:

    Praying for Noah <3

  14. Buck and Kristine Dickerson says:

    We’re praying for Noah and the family.
    We are so blessed to have access to
    some of the best medical care in the

  15. Larry and Chris Dailey says:

    Prayers lifted up for Noah and his family tonight from Florida. We serve a mighty God who is faithful! We declare healing over Noah’s entire body. Blessings to all! Prov. 3:5-6

  16. Anonymous says:

    Prayers from Jamesville Christian Church in Jamesville, NC ‚ô°

  17. Anonymous says:

    Noah just heard about this and my mom and I hope and know you will make a full recovery. Luke Tressler and Deborah Kelly.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Any word on meals, help they might need, etc?
    Andy Crutchfield

  19. Robyn says:

    Bob & Clarissa were always some of the kindest, most sincere people I knew while at Summit. This is tough news. I am praying. Robyn Clanton, in NJ

  20. John & Courtney Luther says:

    The Luthers are praying for all you guys. So sorry you guys are having to go through this. We love you! ~Johnny, Courtney, Hannah, Gabriel & Benjamin

  21. Ashley says:

    Praying for Noah!

  22. Amber Burt says:

    Hello Bacons, my name is Amber Burt. Iam praying for Noah. Its so hard to be on the other side of the door when its your baby on the hospital bed. But its wonderful to know that God’s on both sides of the door, at Noah’s bedside every minute, and with him as he sleeps and heals. I pray that Noah makes a full recovery and is transformed by this suprise encounter with Jesus. I pray you receive all the support and relief you need as a family. ..and the space you need to digest this huge change and recover strength so you can jump back into the fray and heal heal heal! Love comes from all over and under and all sides….I send love and prayers and smiles for the victories you’ve already reached. Be blessed to bless Noah. In Jesus name let it be.-Amber

  23. kschaub says:

    We’re praying for Noah, and the whole Bacon family from FBC Durham. Love you guys.

    In Christ,


  24. Donna Blalock says:

    You have all been in my prayers (since I first read about the accident on Beth Young’s post) that Noah’s healing will be complete & the HEALER be glorified.

  25. Lisa Tant says:

    We are praying for Noah in Louisville, Ky. I don’t personally know the Beacons, but my husband Aaron knows them very well.

  26. Ellen Dagenhart says:

    To Noah’s mom & dad,
    Your son is in my prayers that he heal easily & completely, and I pray that you and your family receive all the strength and courage you need during this time, and that the medical team be wise, caring and adept.
    I don’t know you all but God does.
    Ellen Dagenhart

  27. Anonymous says:

    Our love and prayers are with you Noah, Bob, Clarissa, and Jeananne!

  28. Cheryl Ekstrom says:

    Our daughter, Sara, played softball with Becca. Our family are praying for Noah, his family, his caregivers, Becca, and Becca’s family. Keep your faith strong and that will get you through. May God pour out his blessings on you all…the Ekstrom family.

  29. Micah Foster says:

    I lived with the Bacon’s for a few months while participating in The Institute at The Summit. You all showed me nothing but kindness and I truly loved my time there. Both Amy and I are praying for Noah and your family through this.

  30. Britta Billingsley says:

    I am praying for Noah and his parents, I am confident he will pull through. My son was in a bad accident when he was 16. 11 ribs broken, lacerations in face, head cracked open, lungs collapsed, and more. He was also in an induced coma and was in a lot of pain when he woke up. A very scary moment for everyone since it is the deciding moment of knowing whether there are any lasting insuries. I thank God everyday that he survived and he truly has turned his life around to be a much wiser, stronger and more confident person than he was prior to the accident. He now wears his scars with pride. I know it may not feel like it at times but parents, you will be strong enough to make it through this. You have to be strong for him. When you hear those first words from his mouth, it will be one of the most beautiful moments of your life. It’s like he’s been born again. My son was also at Duke and they took fantastic care of him. The doctors and nurses were outstanding.

  31. Jayme Ung says:

    Hi. Could gift cards be sent to their home address? Much love and continued prayer to all of the Bacons

    Jayme Ung

    • Danny says:

      Jayme, we’ve arranged for gift cards to be sent to the church office, and we’ll take care of getting them to the Bacons.

      Summit Church
      attn: Noah Bacon Family
      2335 Presidential Drive, Suite 114
      Durham, NC 27703

  32. Anonymous says:


    I am praying for Noah and your whole family. If there is anything we can do for you please let us know.

    Linda Hester

  33. emily says:

    The Bacons generously hosted one of my friends while he was in The Institute. I’ve since moved, but praying from Florida ‚ÄstEmily

  34. Susan Fisher says:

    Praying for Noah’s continued healing and for the family’s peace and patience as they wait for God’s healing hand. Love, The Fisher family

  35. llbeck says:

    Barbara and I have been praying since hearing about the accident while we were out of town last week. Been following updates on Facebook but want to add my comment here also.

    Bob is always the first to welcome us to the West Club campus as he is directing traffic. Always has a doggie treat and a greeting for strangers walking their dog on Club Sunday mornings.

    I could continue with all the work that he does at WCC, but most of you know his dedication. A great guy leading a great family.

  36. Amanda says:

    Praying daily for his complete recovery… Wanting to help in anyway that we can

  37. Tracy says:

    Hi Noah, My name is Tracy. You wouldn’t remember me, but I certainly haven’t forgotten about you. I was first on the scene of your accident, and I haven’t stopped sending positive thoughts your way! I heard about this site, and can not tell you how relieved and happy I am to hear of all your progress! Way to go, Noah!
    Also, I am touched by your amazingly supportive bunch of friends and family! My thoughts will continue for you all!

  38. Anonymous says:

    Hi my name is Elizabeth. I don’t know Noah or his family but I heard about this accident from my son’s lacrosse coach. Noah has been playing on the same club team as my 16 year old son, but there are many boys and we don’t know all of them personally. I have several friends from Grace Church in Chapel Hill and from Kings Park in Durham, praying for Noah and his family daily since I found out about it Jan 18. I am so grateful that I found this site. We have all been wondering how things were progressing. We will continue to pray for a full recovery for Noah soon and for peace for his family. Please keep this updated so we can see his progress.

  39. Kathy Evans says:

    Update for Noah, I am his cousin Kathy. Noah was moved today to Wake Med Rehab, which is in Raleigh and connected to Wake Medical Hospital. He will be there for the near future. I am sure Clarrisa, Noah, Jean Ann and Bobby would love visits from everyone. And the food and help around the house will be greatly needed because now they have to drive to Raleigh everyday! Noah is sitting up, breathing on his own, opening one eye and trying to talk. He is still not completely awake but that is definitely not far off. He will need lots of help with physical therapy in Raleigh and when he comes home but he is so much better and moving in the right direction. Please keep the prayers and help coming for the Bacon’s, it will be a long road. Thanks to everyone.

  40. Marty Blackmon says:

    From the Blackmon Family:

    We are so glad to see that Noah has improved to be moved to Wake Med. We met the Bacon Family the day of Noah’s accident in the PICU waiting room at Duke University Hospital. We were there with our 4 year old granddaughter Laci. Our son become very close with the family. Our prayers go out for Noah’s speedy recovery. God has blessed us all with the improvements our loved ones have made. Please keep Noah, Laci and all the other patients who’s family we have met, in your thoughts and prayers.

  41. Robin Sparks says:

    I don’t know Noah, only that he attends my youngest daughter’s school and and of his accident. I received a call from her that day when they were told at RCS about his accident and the seriousness of it. Prayers for him and for his family have been ongoing each and everyday. You see, our family experienced a similar tragedy in 2002 when our oldest daughter was in a automobile accident. She suffered a TBI. I can tell you from experience it is the most difficult, life changing experience this family will ever face. Like Noah my daughter was put in a drug induced coma in hopes of seeing healing to her brain. We spent a full month in the Duke PICU and she was then transferred to WakeMed.I have no idea who Noah’s Dr.’s are there, but I imagine he is under the care of Dr. Patrick. I can tell you from our own experience that he is being given the BEST care, BEST therapy and is under one of the very BEST of doctors. We spent 2 months there in rehab. Although different from what Noah’s family is experiencing I never left my daughters side. We would not agree to let her go to WakeMed unless I was able to room with her 24/7. I agreed to not interfere in anything…and I didn’t, But believe me it was extremely difficult at times :(We were told a lot of things (a lot of negative) but she proved them all wrong. Trust me when I say it was a LONG journey, a journey that at times she continues to battle for several reasons. She was 16 at the time of her accident, today she is 27. It will soon be 11 years since that fateful day that changed all our lives. But she completed High School, graduated with her class and in 2010 she graduated from Greensboro College with a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies as well as receiving her Birth-Kindergarten credentials to teach.As I said the journey has been long and at times difficult, but by God’s grace and Mercy He has seen her through some of the most difficult of times. She is a miracle, one that could have only been witnessed through God’s hand. I could go on and one but I won’t. I just wanted to share her story somewhat in hopes that it may give Noah’s parents some hope on some of those tiresome, frustrating days when hope seems lost. Danielle’s favorite bible verse before and even now is Jer. 29:11-12…we held fast to those verses and prayed them daily. Please tell his family to never give up hope…Noah is in one of the BEST rehab center’s he could be in…been there and witnessed it first hand. My daughter to this day continues to be a patient of Dr. Obriens…he is one of the best. And trust me when I say that he will love Noah and care for him as if he were one of his own children. Much love and prayers from the Sparks family…”For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Then you will call on me and come pray to me, and I will listen. Jer. 29:11-12

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