We need your help to support the Tegge family during this incredibly difficult time. Laura Tegge, a beloved wife and mother, passed away just two days after giving birth to her baby boy, Jairus Christian, who was born prematurely and remains in the NICU. Daniel Tegge is now a single father of six children, and they are all now trying their best to deal with the grief and obstacles that comes with losing a loved one.
We want to be clear about the situation and why we are asking for donations. We are asking you to please consider making a monthly recurring gift to support this family in their time of need. The family has significant financial needs, including:
Medical bills (TBD, up to $100,000) : The Tegge family is facing substantial medical bills related to Laura's pregnancy complications, Jairus' premature birth, and ongoing care for him.
Funeral costs (~$15,000): The family is also dealing with significant funeral costs following Laura's passing.
Lost income ($265,000): Daniel will need to take time off work to be with his children and help them process the loss of their mother, which will impact the family's income. This covers ~2.5 years of lost income for Daniel to spend time with the children.
To help spread the word, please share this fundraiser on your social media or email it to your friends and family. It would mean the world to the Tegge family to see their community come together to support them.
We want to show our gratitude for your support, so we will provide updates on how the family is doing and how donations are helping. We appreciate every donation, no matter how small.
Let's fulfill the law of Christ and show the Tegge family that they are not alone in this difficult time. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.
Update # 5: My Cup Overflows March 28, 2023
Thank you to all who joined us in prayer and fasting for the Tegges and Tuckers last week. There was a good word shared at the beginning of the week that “There is so much beauty in the ashes, and that this is what the enemy is trying to steal right now. He wants to make the healing hard, and cast a shadow of darkness over the good things that continue to point to the Lord.” Well… there has certainly been some beauty this week:
Personally, the men around Daniel witnessed a physical difference in Daniel from the beginning of the week to the end. Last Monday, when Charity had her seizure, Daniel didn’t want to leave the house due to a spirit of fear. He felt about as small as I’ve seen him. Some good salvation, healing and deliverance later… Seeing him at the end of the week, driving through a torrential thunderstorm at 2:30am, we could see a physical difference. He is being restored and rejuvenated with a spirit of fearlessness that the enemy was trying to take away.
The kids seem to be doing well. We’ve gotten to worship, share meals, play and just be with them. They have such sweetness about them; they are Laura and Daniel’s kids to the core. Joely reported last night that “this is the second best night ever, next to the we get to go to heaven.” What a joy to see a heavenly truth come out of the mouth of a child.
Jairus continues to grow, strengthen, and by all estimations should be able to come home by “2 weeks from the next time Daniel asks the doctor.” Sorry, that’s a little joyful sarcasm. Jairus IS doing well, but we don’t know when he’s coming home. Seems like it’s always “about 2 weeks away” though.
Lastly, Daniel got to be Daniel for so many of his friends this week: a selfless giver of his time and giftings. He blessed people with meals, sweet photos of special moments, long talks by the creek, prayers over their home, and by just being a great, fun, dad.
Each time we meet as a house church, we read Psalm 23 and share communion. During the reading, Katie Read always takes a cup of juice and overflows a cup with it. It’s such a beautiful representation, and so clear for the kids to see the meaning.
This week, Daniel spoke up to share with us and all the kids about how the Lord is overflowing his cup; that all of his capitals (Spiritual, Relational, Physical, Financial, Intellectual) are spilling over and proving a blessing to those around him. We can attest that this is true. What a blessing it is to see a family in the midst of grief, drawing closer and pointing people closer to God.
“Though Satan should buffet,
Though trials should come
Let this blest assurance control
That Christ (yes he has)
Has regarded my helpless estate
And has shed His own blood for my soul
It is well (it is well)
with my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul”
A few passages that have been particularly poignant this week: Psalm 34 // Luke 18: 1-8 // Zephaniah 3:14 // Psalm 139 // Numbers 6:24-26 // 1 John 3:1 // Eph 6:10-20
Update #4: A call to prayer & fasting. March 20, 2023
Thank you to all who were able to make it to bless the Tegge family in worship and prayer this weekend! It was beautiful to see the church come together both physically and remotely to surround them in love. It was Spirit filled, and incredibly moving. The Tegges are suffering well, and God will not waste this pain.
One of the things we specifically prayed on Saturday was that God would cancel the enemy’s plans against the Tegge & Tucker families. In the time since Laura’s passing, there have been multiple instances a week that have been clear attempts to steal, kill and destroy.
Here are some of the events from Daniel’s perspective:
On the 15th of February my pregnant wife was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) and with HELLP syndrome.
We had an emergency C Section at 31 weeks 2 days. Jairus our son weighed 3 pounds 13 ounces.
A day and a half later my wife went to be with Jesus leaving behind me and our six children.
After the funeral I had a physical breakdown and blacked out twice leaving me with a black eye and cuts on my check and head. My daughter witnessed the second fall.
A few days later in March, I tested positive for covid.
Two days later my phone broke.
I nearly slit my radial artery accidentally while working on a project.
The following week my wife's placenta tested positive for IBC with concern for transfer to Jairus.
One of Jairus’ ultrasounds was positive for something on his liver so they had to do an MRI with anesthesia and breathing tube. Results came back which was negative.
Today my one and a half year old daughter had a febrile seizure while we were eating lunch causing distress again to the older children. Charity has made a full recovery.
This Friday I'm having an outpatient wrist surgery for Dequervains.
My sweet son is still in the NICU and will be for the next ~two weeks.
These are obviously serious and discomforting, especially for the kids to witness and process. The Lord has overcome each of these moments since Laura’s passing, and we’re sharing this all for his glory.
However, we are also asking you to stand against the plans of the enemy with us. Our prayer is that the Lord would CANCEL the enemies' plans before they take root. That he would break this.
Here’s the ask:
Let’s Fast & Pray for this family, from now until Sunday, March 26th.
Only eat when the sun is down: Water, Tea, Coffee & Broth only during the daylight
And don’t just NOT EAT: PRAY. Whenever you usually prepare, consume or clean up from a meal… fill that time with prayer instead.
Make a plan to gather daily with others in prayer.
We know this doesn’t work for everyone (pregnant mama’s for example), but adjust to whatever “THE KITCHEN SINK” means to you! Let’s show the Tegge and Tucker families that we’re in this with them!
JOHN 10:10– The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Daniel took this photo on March 2nd. It was heavy, but also came with the caveat that he felt as though we were with him crouching behind the couch in support.
Update #3: Please Consider An Additional 36-Month Recurring Commitment February 26, 2023
First of all, I wanted to express my sincere gratitude for your previous donation to the Tegge family fundraiser. Your generosity has been truly appreciated, and has made a significant impact in their time of need.
I am reaching out today to see if you might consider taking your support one step further. As you know, the Tegge family is facing substantial financial needs, including medical bills and lost income for Daniel Tegge. We are asking supporters like you to consider making a 36-month recurring gift commitment in addition to your one time gifts to ensure that the Tegge family has the ongoing support they need in the coming months and years.
Although this may seem like a long-term commitment, it's important to note that we only need $5,500 per month for 36 months to reach our goal. If 100 people give just $55 per month, we will hit our target and ensure that the Tegge family has the financial support they need to face the challenges ahead.
Your previous donation has made a tremendous difference for the Tegge family, and we are so grateful for your support. A recurring gift, even a small one, can have an even greater impact over time. By committing to support the family on a monthly basis, you can help ensure that they have the resources they need to face the challenges ahead.
I also wanted to take a moment to update you on the Tegge family. We recently had a beautiful funeral service for Laura, which was standing room only. Although our hearts were heavy, it was beautiful to see everyone come together like that. The Tegge family has been touched by the outpouring of support from the community, and your ongoing support is so important to them.
Lastly, I wanted to encourage you to share this fundraiser with your network. By spreading the word, you can help us expand the reach of this campaign and ensure that the Tegge family has the support they need to navigate this difficult time.
Update #2: A Loving Embrace & Service Details February 22, 2023
Last night, Daniel was able to spend time with Jairus and hold him for the first time. Jairus has continued to do super well and is said to be gaining weight like a champ! Doctors did decide to transfer him from Christ Hospital over to Cincinnati Children's last night, though it's no cause for concern. He's doing excellent.
Services: We will be gathering together to celebrate Laura's life on Saturday, February 25th at 9 am. The service will be at Vineyard Central Church (1759 Mills Ave. Norwood, OH 45212). There will not be a viewing or visitation, but we hope you can join us for a time of worship and remembrance.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made through GiveSendGo to support her husband and children as they grapple with this unimaginable loss.
Update #1: Monday, Feb 20th February 20, 2023
A small Tegge update. Our house church gathered yesterday morning, specifically to join Laura in her heavenly worship. It was so bitter sweet to worship through our pain together with the Tegges.
In general, the Tegges are ok. The pain is as you might imagine. Daniel spoke several times of how Laura is loving worshipping Jesus right now.
Daniel said Eloise (10) & Amos (7) are having the hardest time. Please be praying specifically for them. Baby Jairus had a small procedure done on one of his lungs, something typical of preemie babies. The doctors are not concerned for his long term health. He should recover just fine.
Right now the funeral plans are for next Saturday, Feb 25 to be held at Vineyard Central in Norwood. We don’t have a time yet. More to come once we do.
Thank you for the outpouring of support so far! Please continue to pray for them, to share their story, and to wrap our arms around them financially!