This is Michael Einfeldt, on the very first day that we met him. His sister Katelyn had been a part of our Youth Group and she invited her little brother to come and check it out. It was our annual Youth Group Christmas Party and we were playing Yankee Swap and that would explain how Michael ended up in a beautiful pair of Size 9 Ladies Dress Shoes. Well, kind of.
From then on, it just seemed kind of like Michael had always been a part of our Youth Group family. He joined us for his first Breakaway Weekend Retreat.
He hung out in our yard playing Duck, Duck Goose.
And he even showed up at our Sunday night Small Groups.
And over the years, we watched Michael make friends.
A lot of friends.
Because I think we all knew that there was something special about this kid.
In life, there are times that you meet a certain kind of person.
He tends to have fun doing pretty much whatever.
He’s got a great smile and an even greater personality.
He’s easy going and great to be around.
And for so many of us
Michael has been that person. He’s been the guy we all love. I can’t recall the number of times that he’d walk into Youth Group and we’d all shout his name, a bit happier for simply having him there. When Michael was in Youth Group (He left last fall for his first year of college) he was not just a student, but a Leader as well. The best thing about Michael was his love for Jesus and his desire to serve and to love others.
It’s also quite possible that we just wanted to be around him for his great fashion sense.
Or maybe his ability to play Thunderball in a dress shirt and tie. It’s hard to tell what we love most about Michael, but these were definitely a few of the things.
Jeremy and I have been extremely blessed to have gotten to spend so much time with Michael. As I briefly pulled pictures tonight to write up this post, I realized that during his high school years, he was around for pretty much every Youth Group event or activity.
We had countless nights at the beach
Trips to serve in the City
We even took him to Costa Rica.
And we had some great Target trips as well.
And I write this all to say that tonight and in the days and weeks to come, Michael is going to need our prayers. It’s literally breaking my heart to know that as I type this, Michael is up at Stony Brook Hospital. Early this morning, Michael was in a terrible car accident. On his way to meet up with a friend, he hit black ice and his car crashed driver side into a utility pole.
Our fun-loving, compassionate, kind, smart and wonderful friend is hurting and struggling and I’m just asking and praying with all of my heart that God would heal and be with our amazing friend Michael.
Michael is so incredibly dear to our hearts and I just want to ask that we could pray for him and for his family.
Speaking of his family. They are so incredibly wonderful. Over the years, we got to see and love the close bond that he has with them. And they too need our prayers as well.
So please, dear friends and community. Would you please pray for Michael? He is in stable condition right now and has an incredible team of doctors and nurses who are all working hard to make sure that he will be okay. Most of his family is with him, though his sweet sister Katelyn and her husband Luke are home in Canada, loving and praying for Michael from afar. He will have upcoming surgeries and a long road to recovery ahead and he and his family would greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers.
Also, for those of you who are able, we will be holding a time of prayer tomorrow morning at Eastport Bible Church at 9:00am. Everyone is welcome and we just want to do all that we can to come alongside of our dear friend Michael Einfeldt and his family.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and please share it with others who will be able to pray for Michael as well.
I will do my best to keep posting updates as they are available.