Christian preacher and theologian Voddie Baucham shared an update on his health earlier this week, noting the unprecedented winter weather in Texas has hampered his access to care after experiencing what he described as “full-blown heart failure.”
Baucham said Tuesday he was stuck in Dallas and staying with family, where the electricity has been on and off as the state experiences widespread power outages as a result of the weather.
“We have made a pivot in our plans as our flight was cancelled again today,” he wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday. “There’s a flight from [Dallas-Fort Worth] to Jacksonville, [Florida], tonight and, Lord willing, we will be on it.”
From there, Baucham said he will begin treatment at the Mayo Clinic.
“Pray the weather holds up,” he added at the time. “Pray our strength holds up. Pray my dear wife holds up! Pray our faith holds up. Pray we don’t waste these trials, but learn from them.”
The preacher has not provided any further updates.
Late last week, Baucham, who serves as dean of theology at African Christian University in Zambia, revealed he had fallen ill while on a preaching tour throughout the African country.
He initially thought he had just overworked himself, but soon realized his symptoms were more serious than that. Baucham described feeling as if he was “being waterboarded every two or three minutes,” which led him to check into a local medical center, where he underwent “a series of labs and tests that revealed the worst.”
“Please pray for the doctors who will treat me,” he wrote last week. “Please pray for finances to come through as we are currently uninsured and will have to cover everything out-of-pocket.”
Tom Ascol, senior pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida, and a personal friend of Baucham, set up a GoFundMe account to raise money to cover the costs of the preacher’s medical treatment. So far, the campaign has raised more than $1.2 million.
If you are interested in donating, click here. Please continue to pray for Baucham and his family as he undergoes treatment.