Update on Vel (13.07.17)

Thank you for your continued prayers for Velveta.
She is getting a little stronger day by day but still has a way to go. There are a few complex issues that the doctors are still investigating.

She is very tired and so at this point, we are still having to limit visits to just family but will update as soon as we can start planning visits.

Please keep praying for Vel’s morale and for a speedy recovery.

We are so grateful for all the love and support we are receiving as a family and cannot put into words how much this is valued during this tough time.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions

Many Thanks

~ Erika Merchant

Update on Velveta – 1st July 2017

Vel continues to make slow steady progress, it is encouraging to see those little improvements each day. The ward staff had Velveta propped up in a chair yesterday, and she was much more alert and interactive. There is a good way to go yet before Vel will be up on her feet and moving about, but we are very pleased with how she is and Vel seems very positive in herself.

The brain specialist has been to see Vel again and is pleased with her progress, they are sending her MRI scans to specialists at the Royal London Hospital. Vel is something of a remarkable case, we will update as and when appropriate on that one.

The primary infection is no longer in the brain and the lungs are much better, but there’s still some residual infection being treated with the antibiotics.

Vel is still not up for visitors but thanks must be said for all the cards, thoughts and prayers:

Please pray for:
– The infection to be finally cured
– Continued improvement in movements and abilities
– Blessing and excellence upon the hospital staff
– Wisdom for Steve and the family as they manage the dynamics of life and supporting Velveta

~ Pastor Gareth Sherwood


As a family, we are truly thankful for the support and advice Pastor Gareth Sherwood has given to us over the last few weeks. His medical background has been immensely invaluable to us and we are truly grateful.

We would also like to reiterate that at this time we are still having to maintain that only family visit.

Thank you all for continuing to pray.

~ Erika Merchant (Vel & Steve’s niece)

Thank you for your prayers

Update on Velveta – 27/06/2017

Velveta in the arms of Jesus

Worship is so much a part of this journey, so much a part of the life of the Thompson family and essential in the healing process that is ongoing. Velveta seems to take small steps in the right direction each day, we praise God for every smile, glance and moment with her. There is progress, even though it is sometimes slight; however it is a little too early to predict the long term pace of healing and we are still believing for God to work further miracles. The Lord is with Velveta and in her, and He can do exceedingly abundantly all we can ask or imagine. We thank you for your prayers, and continue to ask that in your everyday prayers and worship, that you take time to sing with us of the goodness of God over Velveta. Just like the Israelites, who went into battle with praise, we continue to do the same; our praise joining forces with our intercession.

For this purpose, Steve has created an extended page on this site that has been designed to aid us all in prayer and worship. Lara Martin is assisting with this, helping to lead us in our intercessory worship on behalf of Velveta.

The pressures of time and change mean that we cannot promise to update you daily, but will do our best to report any moments of breakthrough. For those praying, Velveta remains in the ITU and is not yet ready for visitors. The family would like to express their continued appreciation of the kind words, cards, prayers and the support of so many all over the world.

Feel free to check the extended page and join us in praising the Lord together and lifting up Velveta in the midst of our praise as we declare the goodness of our God.

Dr. Rev Gareth Sherwood (Local Pastor)

Message from Lara Martin

Firstly I want to say thank you to Steve for the privilege of bringing this update to you. I start by commending the entire Thompson/McGregor family. Yesterday Jon and I entered the hospital and walked into an atmosphere of faith and thanksgiving. Hope was alive and there was rejoicing over the tiny steps of progress that Velveta had made in the previous 24hours.

This is a family deeply rooted in the Lord and Gods word is at the core. They attentively and respectfully listen to the report of the medical staff and then they bring this report to the Lord knowing He alone has the final say. Steve has led his family with strength and stature eagerly waiting on the Lord for insight in how to pray with understanding and God has granted him this on a daily basis. The enemy has a strategy to kill steal and destroy but our God has an even greater strategy to disempower the works of the evil one and bring life in all its fullness. Velveta is an overcomer. She stared death in the face and silenced it through her own prophetic declarations in the days prior to this, something I will expand on a little more as you read further.

I have a handful of people I call on if ever there is something that requires prayerful support. Velveta is one of those people. During the events of this past week, the one person I wanted to pray with me for Vel was Vel. I know so many of you will identify with this because she stood with you too as you faced your own Goliath. She believed with you and she rejoiced with you when your breakthrough came.

During so many seasons of life that I have shared with Velveta, her consistent approach is “let’s pray”. She positions herself in such a way that it becomes her first response. There are countless times when we will be chatting and our conversations turn into declarations. Our voices begin to raise and our faith ignites to new heights. There’s nothing quite like Gods word to bring hope and clarity!

As I held Vel’s hand yesterday and stroked her brow I recalled some funny experiences we’d shared together. She instantly responded with her eyes and a couple of times she even smiled too. You could tell she wanted to do more but her body is too weak to do so at this time. I reminded her how much I love her, how much I miss her, how special she is and how crazy funny she is! Her brow furrowed in response as though she wanted to cry.

In the days leading up to Vel’s admittance to the hospital, we talked frequently and for hours at a time. We both sensed a great darkness at work. Vel rang me early one morning and shared a word with me that God had given her during the previous night. It carried such weight and authority and now looking back it was preparing Vel for the battle that was to come. We boldly began to declare with faith the word God had given her. The atmosphere was charged with victory. It is this same word I have held on to during this past week and have spoken out loud in my own times of prayer on Vel’s behalf. It has kept hope alive and that’s exactly what Gods word does.

When Vel rang me from the hospital the day after she had been admitted, she shared some further things with me. They were deep and again, Gods word was alive! Hours later Vel’s condition deteriorated at such a rapid speed as the infection took over. I know those days were particularly bleak especially for Steve, Velisha and Esther but their faith was unwavering. Such favour was given to Steve by the medical staff and in those darkest hours, Steve was given permission to take in his guitar and sing over her. I believe this was key to Vels improvement during the hours that followed! Yesterday as I too sang over Vel she responded by moving her hand at one point, I knew she was desperate to join me.

I’m encouraged that Vel is now awake and responding well to treatment. These are tiny steps of progress and we pause for a moment and say ‘thank you, Lord”. Let us continue in thanksgiving and move into a time of boldly declaring the word of God over Vel’s life. We believe that Vel is going to be restored not back to how she was but restored to Gods original intention. This is not the end but a season of new beginnings and the new shoots are already springing up. This wasn’t just a moment for Velveta to ‘wake up’ in the natural but a poignant message to us all to ‘wake up’ spiritually.

The Bible records many instances when stones were placed as a memorial to Gods goodness at significant times of breakthrough. Symbolically speaking, I don’t just see a stone of remembrance but I see a huge boulder carried on the shoulders of the praying community all over the world, who have come together to diligently tarry on behalf of our precious Velveta. This boulder will stand as a long lasting testimony to Gods faithfulness. I can’t wait to hear Vel speak of this journey and it is most certainly worth the wait.

Please continue to remember Velveta, Steve, Velisha, Esther and Jermain and the extended family as Vel’s journey to restoration continues. We declare that ‘Joy unspeakable’ is theirs in all its fullness!

Lara Martin (close friend of Velveta)

Update on Velveta – Sunday 25th June

Update on Velveta – Sunday 25th June

As a family, we would like to once again thank you for your prayers for Velveta.
We are truly seeing the evidence of your prayers.

Today the medical team made steps to clear the fluid from Vel’s lungs. The consultant came out and said, “we have just checked and her lungs are totally clear…this can only be God”. However, we continue to pray for Velveta’s mobility, as this will aid the recovery. At this stage, it is important to keep clearing her lungs. She has many hours of deep sleep. May the peace of God continue to fill the hospital room as she rests.

God is able and we give thanks!

Based on today’s positive news Steve is asking us all to continue with our fervent prayers and in particular, our worship. Velveta continues to be in need of much medical assistance.

When Velveta was not responding we as a family felt it was important that Velveta heard the voice of one of her closest friends, Lara Martin.This was a God-send encounter for Velveta.