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In February of 2016, Jonathan had a bacterial infection that broke the blood-brain barrier resulting in a continuous seizure that lasted for 14 hours. After a week in a coma, we wondered if Jonathan would wake up.  And if he did, would he be able to walk or to talk?  What would he remember?  What would he forget? We wondered if he would remember that he was a child of the King, the Most High God.  Jonathan asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior after much wrestling at a pretty young age.  Many of us who knew him best, saw the obvious fruit of his life being laid at the feet of the Master.  What joy!!  When someone tells you, your child might not remember...that is a cause for pause.  As parents and many who knew him, we prayed for Jonathan's restoration physcially, but most of all we prayed that the Lord would not leave him.  We prayed he would wake and remember his King.  The first thing he asked for when he woke up, was to sing!  Not only did he talk, he sang Amazing Grace!!!  He remembered all the words.  We cried.  The nurses cried.  The doctors cried.  If you watch his video we made, that moment where he sings are his first words from waking in the coma. At 13 years of age, Jonathan was faced with the daunting task of learning how to do the most basic of things like how to swallow, how to eat,  to talk, how to brush his teeth, move his hands and fingers, and how to walk once again.  

While he is now home and on the road to recovery, there is still a long way to go and he is not out of the woods yet. He is working through a weaning process from some of the high amounts of seizure medication which prove challenging for his body.  

At this point Jonathan also suffers from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), which presents another myriad of challenges for him to over come.  Additionally, there are ongoing costs to make sure that Jonathan's body gets what he needs to recover.  High deductibles, medications, supplements, ongoing medical treatments to aid in brain cell growth and to rebuild his immune system from the infection, travel for treatments and training for both Jonathan and us to help him have a full recovery all begin to add up. There is also a school avaliable for parents of TBI children to help teach them how to re-train the brain in learning.  Learning is a struggle for Jonathan.

Jonathan's recovery has been nothing short of a miracle, but he has great hurtles in learning to read again, to write and in many more of his educational endeavors.  We accept that we just can't do this on our own.  The Lord has supported us through this journey, and we are so thankful for the many praying without ceasing for our family.  We made a commitment in our word to many who initial asked to send monetary assistance that when we met that time, we would humbe ourselves and make known our need.   

That time is now!  

Jonathan was adamant that he doesn't want to just ask for something without giving something in return! ;-) What a blessing to have a young man who still looks to give, even after so much is taken from him.  Jonathan, his twin, along with his older sister all came up with the idea to train a dog for a special person.  So the  wonderful idea came to light, Jonathan has always been one of my best handlers on ground, especially with the young dogs, and he would like to train up a puppy (or two) for those who help support him in his recovery. Jonathan will donate his time in training and our company, Dunetos K9, will donate the dog.  Jonathan will hand select the dog (with assistance from the winner), which we will video and share on his "Jonathan's Journey" page for all to enjoy!  

So, here is the plan:   We are aiming for two goals.  If we reach our first goal of $7500, we will run a raffle for one Dunetos Companion trained K9  that will be hand selected and trained by Jonathan (with the help of his brothers and sisters and dad, as needed). If we reach the secondary $15000 goal, we will raffle off a second dog as well. This is an opportunity to have a dog for a tiny fraction of the cost, and a way to help in Jonathan's recovery in the process.  

Even if you are not interested in being included in the drawing for the K9, every amount counts towards helping us reach our goal.  We don't get to hold the drawing unless we reach our goal amount.  When you give, you don't just help out Jonathan, you are also helping someone else to receive a faithful companion of top quality training.

If you wish to mail in your donation, we understand.  Your money will also still be counted toward the goal amount, and you will still receive the opportunity to win.  Please write "Jonathan's Journey" in the memo and submit to:
Joel Ryals
1180 Rogers Road
Crittenden, KY 41030

We want you to have a lasting connection with us and we want to bless those who bless us as we are able. So we are also offering the following: 

--For any donation amount, we will send you our Oreo, the Combat Cookie screen background. (Design by Ray Avery RatCS).

--For donations of $50 or more, we will send you one of our favorite books on dogs: "Spiritual Gifts, As Illustrated by the Canine Kingdom." We will even have Jonathan autograph it for you!!! (while supplies last!)

--And for every $50 you donate, your name will be in the "hat" for the raffling of one of our outstanding dogs, hand selected and trained by Jonathan.A very heart felt thank you goes out to everyone who has prayed for us and for all those who decide to donate to help cover Jonathan's continued care. We are blessed by each one of you.

Finally, we have also set up an email account for Jonathan's Journey.  If you wish to have additional contact infomation added to your qualifing entry for the K9, or you wish to give publically as "anonymous," yet desire and qualify for an entry, please feel free to email us at jonthansjourney@dunetosk9.com.   We will be sending out all qualifying items no later than the 25th of each month for those donating the previous 30 days. Iif you don't receive your link via email or other social media means and still desire your free Oreo, the combat cookie, wallpaper, or your Canine Kingdom book in the mail, please also email us.  

To continue following Jonathan and to see what current prayer needs he has, please follow "Jonathan's Journey" on Facebook. We continue to covet your prayers, as we would not have made it this far without them.

mary r sigler

2017-07-14 19:33:52

I'm so glad that you are on the road to health! I will be praying for you! I was at the library when I found this and ended up pouring tears. Nice to see a young man determined not to take something for nothing! pretty rare these days! keep it up!

Shaun Silver

2017-06-26 15:58:05

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, "Fear not, I am the one who helps you." Isa 41:13

Tanya L Ford

2017-06-16 22:58:26

Praying for Jonathan and thanking the Lord that he is recovering! Also, we would really love to purchase the series, Dogs of Defense. Is there a website where we could find this?

Anonymous

2017-04-06 03:53:17

May the Lord continue to be with you!

Dawn Rodale Bishop

2017-03-31 06:36:38

Our family continues to pray for Jonathan and you family. Godspeed

Judson J Brown

2017-03-30 03:01:41

So thankful for all the progress Jonathan has made

Chad Chilstrom

2017-03-28 22:14:19

Praying for blessings and healing! I'd rather be anonymous but I think I probably missed out on the drawing that way the first time I donated :)

Kelley M Clark

2017-03-25 23:10:50

Hugs!!!

Zechariah Stelzer

2017-03-24 18:15:37

We continue to pray for your family as you continue on Jonathan's journey to healing. Much love to you all. <3

Anonymous

2017-03-24 06:13:09

Prayers for complete healing,and peace during the process

Candice E Hester

2017-03-24 05:58:32

Have been praying with y'all through this journey!

John Warford

2017-03-13 14:08:39

We're grateful our paths have crossed with the Ryals family, they do truly great works and it's unfortunate that this challenge was put in front of them to take and overcome.

Linda Knox

2017-02-26 23:10:06

Praying

Merinda Voorhees

2017-02-25 20:10:47

Continuing in prayer for Jonathan's recovery and effective treatments, for much grace for your family, and that the Lord would be the supplier of your every need. The Voorhees Family

Anonymous

2017-02-15 20:43:01

3 John 1:2 - Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Anonymous

2017-02-11 14:18:25

I will be praying for Jonathan and your whole family.

Anonymous

2017-02-10 03:07:19

Continuing to Pray for Jonathan and the Ryals family. God Bless!

Jillian B Martin

2016-12-31 03:50:26

God bless your family and your son! Praying for a miraculous recovery! Never underestimate what God can do!

Merinda Voorhees

2016-12-30 17:42:21

May the God of All Comfort be Your peace and supply your every need. We are praying for you, Jonathan!

Anonymous

2016-12-30 14:14:39

Praying for you!

Anonymous

2016-12-29 19:07:17

Dearest Ryals Family, It is so incredible to see the love of God poured out on you through so many brothers and sisters. It's humbling and glorious to see how God is blessing your family with such deep faith and trust in the midst of trial. You are truly coming forth from this like gold. May you know the depth, and the height, and the breadth, and more of the length of the love of God this year as you walk this road.

Anonymous

2016-12-28 12:32:36

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Humberto Martinez Amaro

2016-12-24 01:29:40

We love you Jonathan! And we love your family! You all are such an encouragement. May the Lord continue to bless you all, and may be provide all of your needs!

Jolean A McPherson

2016-12-22 20:48:58

God bless you all! Love, The McPhersons

Ronda G Crosby

2016-12-22 16:17:39

Thank you for being transparent with your journey and feelings as you travel. You all have been a great inspiration to me and a super testimony to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Daniel Stachofsky

2016-12-22 00:12:57

Hi Joel and family - I co-host the ReconCast with Joe Graham. We've had a child with serious health issues as well and know well the joys and sadness associated with this. I pray you will reach your goal and that you will see our Savior as the Provider in the midst of this life of faith He graciously leads us through.

Adam Ryan

2016-12-21 13:36:32

"The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing." -Psalm 34:10

Anonymous

2016-12-19 00:26:37

We continue to pray for Jonathan and your family. May God continue to heal Jonathan in the name of Jesus Christ!

Andrea M Stelly

2016-12-17 06:34:26

Praying for you all during this journey. May 2017 bring great blessing to your family and healing to Jonathan. Love from all of us :-) The Stelly Family

Anonymous

2016-12-13 21:16:45

Praying for our beloved Ryals Family! You are all a shining testimony to courage, love and true faith in our Lord. So blessed to call you friends and to grow along side you through this journey!

Karen Artman

2016-12-13 14:54:55

Thank you for allowing us to help you.

Anonymous

2016-12-12 18:08:10

We are praying for your family and love you all. We look forward to reading updates on Jonathan's journey. :-)

Nikola Pavkovich

2016-12-12 13:56:31

Love y'all Ryals!

Linda Knox

2016-12-12 12:13:12

Praying for you Johnathan

Anonymous

2016-12-12 06:19:51

Best Wishes!

Steven Bouchard

2016-12-10 12:59:07

We are praying for Jonathan and the entire Ryals family, stay strong! Steve, Sherry. Samuel , logan and DK9 Luna

hannah vickery

2016-12-10 04:40:58

God bless Jonathan physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally in his recovery and supernatural rest and stamina for the family.

Jennie L Vollor

2016-12-10 00:38:55

Your example of depending on God and prayer encouraged me while reading Jonathan's Journey. Thank you for the opportunity to encourage your family a little in return.

Kelley M Clark

2016-12-09 20:38:19

We love you all so much and are so proud of you!!! I am so thankful for all of you! With all our hearts and prayers, Aunt Kelley, Ethan and Tyler

Katherine a herrman

2016-12-09 16:29:56

I have one of there dogs love her to death, my prayers goes out to this family

Jennifer Eastman

2016-12-09 09:20:00

Felicity likes dogs. :)

Update #1
December 12, 2016, 8:36 pm

Update #2
December 15, 2016, 2:35 am

It is so exciting that we have reached 30% of Jonathan's goal!!

​Thank you so much to everyone who has given and please continue to share this on your social media to get the word out about Jonathan. Jonathan will be doing about 2 video updates per week to keep you guys informed about how he is doing. Those videos will be posted on the Video Update page. Please check that out to get the latest straight from the horse's mouth, so to speak.

​I have also recieved a couple of questions about medical expenses for Jonathan. What are the monthly and ongoing medical expenses that we have? So I updated the Jonathan's Journey page that has more information. You will find my detailed breakdown of the upcoming expenses for Jonathan in 2017. Keep in mind that in 2016, we still have about $2000 dollars of hospital expenses. The expenses are in the FAQs at the bottom of the page.

​Thanks again and we greatly appreciate the gifts and shares to help Jonathan in Jonathan's Journey

Update #3
December 23, 2016, 6:39 am

Update #3 - Update Video #1


Jonathan gives his first update since launching Jonathan's Journey publicly. He talks about the hardest parts of his journey so far, how the wean off of the medications is going, his excitement about training the dog for our raffle winner, and finally, he tells us what God has taught him through this struggle so far.

https://youtu.be/gEVMKy58mE4
 

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I'm so glad that you are on the road to health! I will be praying for you! I was at the library when I found this and ended up pouring tears. Nice to see a young man determined not to take something for nothing! pretty rare these days! keep it up!

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Praying for Jonathan and thanking the Lord that he is recovering! Also, we would really love to purchase the series, Dogs of Defense. Is there a website where we could find this?

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Our family continues to pray for Jonathan and you family. Godspeed

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Dearest Ryals Family, It is so incredible to see the love of God poured out on you through so many brothers and sisters. It's humbling and glorious to see how God is blessing your family with such deep faith and trust in the midst of trial. You are truly coming forth from this like gold. May you know the depth, and the height, and the breadth, and more of the length of the love of God this year as you walk this road.

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Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

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