Psalms 104:33-34 "I will Sing to the Lord all my life; I will Sing praises to my God as long as I live. May my thoughts (meditations) be pleasing to Him. As I rejoice (am happy) in the Lord".
Vikki Hunt update
Thursday, Dec 28, 2017 How quickly life can change within a few hours. Who would of thought that a single moment in time would make so many chanes in our family, ministry, and future. Many friends and family have been praying for Vikki Hunt since her horrific car accident on Saturday, October 14. Both of Vikki's lower legs were crushed between her knees and her ankles with numerous compound fractures. It took 1.5 hours for the jaws of life to get her out of the car. She was life-flighted from Ottumwa hospital to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines and coded twice. After arriving in DM, she was given over 23 units of blood. She went through several surgeries attempting to save both of her lower legs.
She was on life support for over a week during the many surgeries. Mercy trauma team suggested she be transferred to Iowa City Hospital for a fresh set of eyes. It was deemed that both of her lower legs were too damaged to save. During the many days in both hospitals, fluid began to gather around her heart. Her body had tried for too long to heal her two lower legs and starved her kidneys for blood, food, and oxygen. So she has been on dialysis since being in Iowa City. Before the dialysis treatments began, the kidney doctors in Iowa City tried to use medications and her kidneys to reduce the fluid around her heart. In so doing, two of the meds took 60% of her hearing.
So we went to Iowa City hoping to save her two lower legs and after 2.5 week there, Iowa City sent Vikki back to Mercy in Des Moines without either of her lower legs, no kidney function, and also without 60% of her hearing.
All the while so many people were praying for Vikki. We are confident that is why Vikki is still with us. Her spirits are good and she is determined to walk again with prosthetic lower legs. Iowa City ortho surgeons were able to save a few inches of both her of her lower legs below her knees. This will make it a bit easier to learn to walk again with two prosthetic lower limbs.
Vikki is now in acute rehab at Mercy in Des Moines. We have a very long ways to go, yet there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Please keep praying for her kidney function to return and that her kidneys will be able to clean her blood.
January 29, 2018 Vikki continues to do well. This morning the Gateway Singers sang for our son-in-law, Brian Felton, mothers memorial service held at the Orleans Church of Christ, Moulton, Iowa. Janice Felton (72), a sweet Christian lady, lost her battle with cancer and God called her to be with Him. Vikki was able to sing with us today! PTL! i asked her if she could hear when we sang. She said, "Not very well." Yet she sounded good and right on pitch as she always is. It was so good to hear her harmony part again today! So rejoice with us the Vikki was able to come and sing. She was tired when we got back home.
Last Saturday, two brothers from "One Family One Purpose" team came from LaHarpe, IL to look at our house for modifications. These brothers have offered to do the sweat (labor) to make our house safe and user friendly for Vikki. We have to raise the funds for materials costs. We expect to hear back from them soon as to what changes they suggest for making house liveable for Vikki's wheelchair and future prosthetic limbs - when she is healed up enough to have her residual lower limbs cast and prosthetics built.
Labor costs will be a huge savings for this project! We so appreciate those brothers for coming to help us. The second thing to do is replace the carpeting with composite hard-wood looking surface flooring. Before that can be done, the dooorways to the house bathroom and bedrooms need to be wider. That has to happen before the flooring can go down in the hallway. (Therapist do not want her walking with prosthetics on slick smooth lamenant flooring, so the kind of flooring we ordered has a rough texture to the flooring surface. Flooring material cost is $3,000- $3,500. The LaHarpe, IL brothers will give us a materials cost estimate for materials in a few days.
Please continue praying about Vikki's dizzy feelings and also for her two residual limbs to completely heal. One is about there and the other is getting closer to being healed.
February 6, 2018 Below is a personal thank you note from Vikki.
"I thank you for your prayers and thoughtful notes of encouragement
over the last three months. God answered many prayers on my behalf.
The doctors could not save my two lower legs yet He spared my life,
started my kidneys again, and has me here for a purpose. PTL!
Lord willing, with hard work, prosthetic limbs, and blessings from above,
I WILL WALK AGAIN! Thank you and keep me in your prayers. Until we
meet again, may God Bless you and yours.
Vikki Hunt with Gateway Singers Ministry."
Vikki continues her PT, OT, therapy, in-home nurse vistis to dress her residual limbs, and manage her meds. She does exercises each day on her own to get stronger and flexible in her knees enough to be able be a cadidate for prosthetic lower limbs. After laying in a hospital bed for 90 days, everything in her body changed connected with muscletone and flexability.
Her residual limbs have to be completely healed before the prosthetic journey can begin. One leg is healing up faaster than the other, yet both are healing good. And the big wound on the back of her left hand is healing nicely and without skin graft surgery. PTL!
Our home needs many modifications, a ground level garage, and a bathroom Vikki can actual use for shower and stool use. The proposed materials needed for a user friendly addition on our 55 year old raised ranch house is $45,000 and would have our laundry facilities on the upstairs level. The builders would need extra materials to widen doorways and lay down hard surface composite flooring for replacing carpeting in our upstairs, plus do some needed user friendly changes in our kitchen. Modifications are designed to keep Vikki and me safe and create an enviornment for independent living.
The Christian builders will do what our family and the Lord's people decide. They really think that investing 45 grand into this older house would not be the wisest choice becaue its still is a house with steps, small halllway and under sized doorways that may get us through a few years here...but then what?
They suggest the better stewardship would be for them to build us a one-level home with no steps, enough spin room for her wheelchair, and a kitchen with lower cabs, bathroom facilities that are ADA standards, etc. Materials cost for a one-level two bedroom home on a crawl space would be 90 grand plus the cost of an open lot with utility services needed. There would be no labor costs with the Christian, "One Family, One Purpose" brothers and volunteers to build the house.
We are listening to the builders experience and to what God provides to help us make a prudent decision. Should you desire to help meet this need, send your donations to:
Gateway Singers Ministry, Inc.
PO Box 65
Centerville, IA 52544
Designate your donation for the Vikki Hunt Fund and/or on your donation / note.
All gifts to Gateway Singers Ministry, Inc. are tax deductable. See the our IRS - EIN number at the bottom of this home page. Thank you. And we appreciate prayers for the right decision on our behalf. May God leading be followed is our prayer with modifications, addition, and or one-level house.
from Centerville and Ottumwa,
Iowa are are a traveling
worship team in their
48th year of ministry.
Dave and Jan McSpadden and Don
and Vikki Hunt have teamed
together since 1969 to create some of the sweetest harmonious sounds in
gospel music. Both Dave McSpadden and Don Hunt are ordained ministers.
We are a two-family ministry, our wives being sisters. Ministry has
taken us to 45 states including Hawaii and Alaska, Puerto Rico, Mexico,
and the Caribbean Islands.We have recorded 20 albums available on
eleven CDs, available from the MUSIC STORE on this web site and at our
appearances. (If you click on MUSIC
STORE and then click on a
specific CD's URL, you can listen to a few samples of some of our
to send us an e-mail when you would like for the Gateways to sing
and/or speak at the church you attend, for a town celebration, at a
civic organization, sing and lead worship for a conference
or seniors event, fill in for your minister or worship leader when on
the most of every
opportunity that God sends us
the "good news"
through song and word
Christians in their daily walk
believers and unchurched families about building healthy relationships
the spirits of the hurting and those facing crisis moments
inspiring Christians to:
all your heart, soul, strength, and mind)
b) Love people.
(Love your neighbor as yourself)
people to involve themselves in serving others)
The purpose statement of every Christian is to lead people to FIND and FOLLOW Jesus. The Gateway Singers use music and the spoken Word to lead people to Jesus. It's ALL about Him!
The Gateways lead worship with a variety of music styles; acappella,
old-time gospel, country, and contemporary. We carry our own BOSE sound
system and keep the volume level comfortable for everyone. To schedule
a concert, please email us at:
or complete a request form.
are a two family team: Don and Vikki Hunt family and Dave and Jan
McSpadden family. Both the Hunt's and McSpadden's have three children
each who are involved in their own personal ministries, lives, and jobs in IA,
MO, CO,GA, and AZ. There are20 grandchildren between the two families and,
Lord willing, one additional "Little Gateway" grandchild will arrive
in Iowa, May of 2015.
Don & Vikki Hunt
Jan & Dave McSpadden
Dave McSpadden Ph.D., is a
counselor with 40 years of experience --specializing in family,
marriage, addictions, and personal counseling. Dave holds marriage
enrichments and parenting seminars connected with Gateway Singers
Ministry Inc. programming and Midwest Therapeutic Clinic.
Don Hunt II is a Pastoral
Counselor with National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA) and
does crisis counseling and Coping with Crisis presentations
connected with Gateway Singers Ministry programming and Relief Ministries.
Dave & Jan McSpadden
(641) 777 - 1393 - Dave (641) 682-3857 - Jan
Don & Vikki Hunt
895 - 4868 - Don (641) 856-3077 - Vikki
Ministry physical address
Gateway Singers Ministry,
Ministry mailing address
Singers Ministry, Inc.
Singers Ministry, Inc., is
a tax-exempt 501(c) (3), not-for-profit corporation,
EIN #26-1648452. Only a heartfelt thank you and a receipt will be given in exchange for love-gifts to Gateway Singers Ministry, Inc.