Roger Jackson, 74, has preached the gospel of Christ 50 years, often too sick to preach but pressing on. He is a 1970 graduate of the Memphis School of Preaching. Roger and the former Judy Vinson, pictured here in younger years, will be married 56 years on October 3. Today Roger is a very sick man, and he and Judy are struggling financially and need help.
Roger’s preaching career ended in 2019 when he became sick with what they thought was heart problems. He had breathing problems which concerned members of the church where he worked, but he kept trying to do the work he loved.
In October 2019 Roger spent a week in Madison, AL hospital, but was able to continue trying to preach. He only grew worse physically.
December 22, 2019, Roger preached his last sermon. On the following Monday he was taken to Huntsville Hospital where he stayed until January 4. A bone marrow test was performed on him where it was discovered he had pre-leukemia or MDS. Doctors also found his aorta value had stenosis in it, and his diabetes was out of control. Added to that, he had an enlarged prostate. Doctors exclaimed, “He is complicated.”
Roger began chemo treatments in January 2020 by a series of shots once a month, blood test, transfusion for low blood cell, and platelets. Insulin needed for his diabetes is very costly and insurance only covers a small portion of it.
In March 2020, Roger spent 12 days in the hospital with type B flu and pneumonia. Again from June 8-22, Roger suffered with aspiration pneumonia, histoplasmosis pneumonia, UTI, and breathing issues. Though he has been under home health care, his lungs appear almost clear now.
Roger is weak all the time. He is scheduled for another bone marrow test and prostrate procedure this month. Doctors then hope to replace his heart valve.
The Jacksons only income is two small social security checks. Their sicknesses necessitated them starting to draw Social Security at the age of 62. Neither Roger or Judy are able to work now due to their health issues, plus Roger needs Judy to help with his care. They have depended on the goodness of others from time to time, but credit cards have been relied on heavily just to get by. They are struggling financially and need the help of their fellow Christians.
Churches or individuals who are moved to help this deserving family may send checks earmarked for Roger Jackson to the Elkmont church of Christ, 18955 Upper Fork Hampton Road, Elkmont, Alabama 35620, where Steve Ferguson is the Minister. A PayPal account can be accessed by the name: JudyVJackson@yahoo.com, or gifts may be sent directly to their home address: 1802 1/2 W. Market Street, Athens, AL 35611.
God bless you all.