Emil Silvestru stroke recovery

Published: 5 July 2012 (GMT+10)
Emil Silvestru

Update - April 2013

One year after Emil's stroke he is doing very well. Fluent speech is nearly fully restored but he feels that he would not be able to do hour-long presentations. He can read for up to an hour before he finds it too difficult. His memory is nearly 100% restored. He can remember things from 40 and 50 years ago. However, he cannot express himself in writing (typing). Oddly, the ability to write has not been restored. He also has lost 3 of his 6 languages and is working hard on English, French and Romanian. Understanding jokes (words used in humourous contexts) is also slowly being restored.

Update - September 2012

Emil's speech ability is remarkably restored given the severity of the stroke but there is still significant difficulty in expressing himself verbally. He is using English, French and Romanian to communicate to keep those languages active. Reading and writing remain challenging. However, he is optimistic about further improvements and recognizes he has already improved a lot over the past six months. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes for the Silvestrus.

Canada’s Dr Emil Silvestru has unfortunately suffered a stroke. Although he is recovering remarkably well given the severity of the stroke, please pray for Emil’s full recovery and for CMI-Canada while Emil is unable to do any speaking.

Emil has fully recovered his musculo-skeletal functioning (the physiotherapy being performed by his wife Flory) but recovery of speech function is proceeding slowly.

Emil is currently receiving Employment Insurance but this only amounts to a little more than half of his regular modest salary. With the family having arrived from communist Romania penniless late in life, this leaves them in significant difficulty, and the ministry’s capacity to help is limited.

If you feel led to help the Silvestrus financially please send a cheque to them directly at:
45311 Spruce Dr Chilliwack, BC V2R 1E9
Please be aware of potentially high banking fees if sending cheques drawn on foreign banks.

Or via electronic transfer:
Cora Silvestru 008345022793
Royal Bank of Canada
Chilliwack, BC - Sardis Branch
45460 Luckakuck Way Chilliwack, BC V2R 3S9
Or via Paypal:

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Readers’ comments

Dear Mr & Mrs. Silvestru: Best wishes for .Emil's continued health improvement. My prays will be for acomplete recovery.
My daughter (age 16) attended a lecture in Saint John NB a few years back & learned a lot.
God Bless
Anitta T.
I have heard you speak and have some of your CD messages. Thank you for your testimony and willingness to speak out.

Praying for you both during this difficult time, for the peace that passes understanding as you work through this phase and that you may see a full recovery. Also for His strength for you Flory, as you minister.
Liana M.
imi pare tare rau sa aud asa vesti proaste,mai ales dupa atata timp...:((va doresc tot binele din lume,insanatosire grabnica,va imbratisez cu drag...
J. C.
Prayers go out for your recovery. Try using music to help with speech problems-God has put a wonderful plasticity quality in our brains and music helps the brain to use this for speech recovery.
Deborah P.
So thankful that you know and love the One true God, our Sovereign creator and sustainer. Praying for you - that you will "be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand...11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful." James 5
Vance N.
Creation Ministry can be hard at the best of times. I know you have worked hard for the truth of God's Word and trials are never easy. Please know that our family will be praying for your continued recovery. Hang in there Dr. Silvestru!
Colleen G.
Dear Emil & Flory,
Praying that you both will be encouraged as the Lord gives you this time to heal and strengthen and rest.
Psalm 91:1-4
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Deus P.
Hello Dear Dr. Emil.
so sorry to hear that which happened to you. i have been longing to meet you again but its been so hard to get in touch with you.you inspired me when you came at Pacific Life Bible College to teach bible and science class. i pray that the lord of host will reach out his hand and heal you in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Peter M.
Hi Emil - Have been praying for you ever since I heard of the stroke some time ago. Have been praying with much gratitude in my heart for your humble and insightful ministry which has truly glorified the Lord and have also been praying with much hope for what yet lies in store! How you are loved and delighted in by your Heavenly Father!!!
Peter M.
Hi Emil - Have been praying for you ever since I heard of the stroke some time ago. Have been praying with much gratitude in my heart for your humble and insightful ministry which has truly glorified the Lord and have also been praying with much hope for what yet lies in store! How you are loved and delighted in by your Heavenly Father!!!
Lawrence N.
My prayers go out to Dr. Silvestru for a full recovery. He has stepped up to a big challenge and God has equipped him well for this task. Numbers 6:24-26! Grace and Peace!
Matt K.
I'm keeping you and your family in my prayers Dr Silvestru. Take care and God Bless.
Vladimir F.
Dear friend, may our Lord Jesus bless you with full recovery and may your testimony be a great evidence of His amazing Love...
Daniel R.
Dear Dr. Silvestru & Family: We love you and pray for your speedy and full recovery. You are such a blessing, immensely gifted, anointed, and doing the work of God. John 16:33 These things I HAVE SPOKEN UNTO YOU, that IN ME ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I HAVE OVERCOME the world.
Dana C.
Emil, my God be with you and your family in your speedy recovery. My wife and I had the honor of having lunch with you and your wife a few years back in Brandon MB and we often think fondly of that time and the time we spent with your wife during your lectures, it was a true blessing to us. Lord willing we pray your ministry continues for many years.
Rick D.
Dearest Emil and Flory,
What a tremendous privilege it has been for me and many others to hear your profound and refreshing voice of clarion science. You have equipped even the 'dumbest' of creationists like myself with a bold, alternative perspective and confidence that God's Word reigns supreme against the 'flood' of deceit! Thanks especially for calm and consistent grace. Christ restore and sustain you with His mighty grace and peace. Love, Rick D.
David B.

Praying for your recovery.

LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.
-- Psalm 30:2
James R.
Praying for your recovery!
Nahum 1:7 "7 The LORD is good,
A stronghold in the day of trouble,
And He knows those who take refuge in Him."
Jayme C.
Thank you for all your hard work Emil. I look forward to hearing about your healing. I just re-visited a site (Rockwood) I toured with you many years ago the past weekend and was telling my kids what I learned from you.
Martin K.
God bless you Emil and in partnership with God, I put a cheque in the mail to you.
Lorrie L.
Dear Dr. Silvestru:
It certainly was shocking and distressing to learn of your health condition and I hold you, your wife Flory, and your family up in prayer: for strength, courage, peace and hope.
Listening to you speak is always enjoyable. So refreshing, inspiring, encouraging. Creation Ministries has been blessed to have you on staff and I ask God to cover the ministry with his protection and grace to move forward while you recover. His timing is perfect, I know, but I can’t imagine the Good Lord keeping you silent for very long and I join my prayers with others that your recovery will be quick and complete.
Jennifer K.
Dear Emil and Family,
I'm praying for a quick recovery, that this be a time of peace and blessings, not the ordeal that it normally would be.
Jack M.
praying for your complete recovery and for your needs to be met. Thank you for your faithful service to our Saviour's Cause!!
Aaron M.
Hi my condolences to the family and I will pray for a quick recover our God can do that. I also heard hyperbaric oxygen chambers can help stroke victims. I hope this helps.

3. (2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV) "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

4. (Psalms 30:2 NKJV) O LORD my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me.

5. (Psalms 6:2 NKJV) Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled.
6. (Psalms 103:1-4 NKJV) Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! {2} Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: {3} Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, {4} Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,

7. (Psalms 107:20 NKJV) He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.

8. (Psalms 147:3 NKJV) He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.
Mike W.
I'm very sorry to hear about your stroke Emil.
I'll be praying for you and Flory and adding you to our prayer chain at church for a full recovery.

Sylvain T.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Silvestru,

We pray the Lord that Mr. Silvestru may fully recover and pray for both of you that God may strengthen you. You are a blessing to us and to the body of Christ.

2 Cor. 13: 13
Matthew T.
Dear Emil Silvestru,
May God grant you a quick recovery and may your time of recovery be a time of learning more of God's grace and strength. I and others appreciate your work that you have done for the LORD. Keep up the good fight and encouraging God's church.
The God alone be the glory,
In Jesus' name amen
Dennis & Maureen B.
Dear Emil, Flory & family,
We are much distressed at hearing of your recent setback, but encouraged to hear that progress is being made. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time. It is hard for us to grasp that one of our outstanding champions and warriors for truth is being temporarily silenced. We ask God that He will give you a speedy recovery.
Michael K.
Dear Dr. Silvestru & Family,

Thank you for being a worrier in the culture war, and thank you for standing up for Christ in this difficult time. I will pray for your recovery, please take care!
Ross and Deb F.
we enjoyed your fellowship the first year you arrived in Canada in our church and summer camp in Norland - Much prayer here for your recovery
Terry H.
Dr. Silvestru & Family,

I am praying for you now, and will continue to pray for your full and speedy recovery. Your work has been a blessing to me, and has helped me greatly to understand and share my faith more effectively.

I believe God has plans for you to continue your important ministry for many years to come, but whatever happens, I know that God is in control and has only our very best interests in mind.

Sincerely, in Christ,

Terry H.
Bob & Brenda S.
Dear Emil and Flory,

I was shocked to read about your illness. I would never have expected it. I hope and pray for a speedy and full recovery for you. I have been blessed by your speaking and you have a great heart for Christ.

Psa 27:14 Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!

1Pe 5:10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
1Pe 5:11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Bob and Brenda
Jeff W.
Sympathies to Dr. S and his family, and prayers for your recovery and comfort.
Peter & Barbara O.
Dear Emil and Flory;
We have never met you but have read many of your articles. You have blessed us and strengthened us with your faith. Thank you. We will pray for your speedy recovery through your experience. God will meet your every need.
April A.
I am so sorry to hear this. We love Dr. Emil and DVD's. I thank God for your faithfulness. We are going to be praying for you nightly for a full recovery and look forward to seeing you on creationTV if the Lord tarries. God opened my eye's and he sent all of you to remove the 20 years or so of indoctrination from the Public schools and Colleges. I thank God for you bringing the truth and standing boldly on God's word.
Sandra H.
"Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us." Rom.5:1-5
Emil, our dear brother-in-Christ, may you stand in His ever-present grace. Thank you for pressing on. We will continue to pray for you and your family.
Tom and Linda G.
Dear Emil (and Flory):
Sorry that we were away and just heard about your illness. Our prayers are with you Emil for a total recovery as Jesus touches you. You have touched many students at the Bible College and we pray that you can return in perfect health ... our love in Christ, Tom and Linda
Paul S.
Emil, you are such a great witness for Jesus Christ. I respect your approach and your honesty. You once responded to an e-mail I sent to CMI and you were very gracious. My prayers are with you for a speedy recovery. Paul S
Al R.
Brother Silvestru:

I'm encouraged to see that this page has been made available for us to publicly express our love for you and Flory, and also so that you also may be encouraged to know that MANY of us are aware, and are praying for you. You are very precious in the Lord's sight.

May God continue to bless you both, AND your ministry. May He also bless CMI for making this page available.

Love in Christ,

Al and Nancy R.
New Westminster, BC
Kathy P.
Dear Dr. Emil,
It was great to hear you when you presented in Montreal. You are missed. Hope you are fully recovered in a short time.
Kathy P.
Barry S.
Carol and I wish you the speediest of recoveries. I hope you will visit our church(Comox Community Baptist) again when you've regained your strength! God bless.
Clinton W.
Thankyou for your work in Canada. We Canadian's are inculcated by the "millions of years" mantra. Your discipline of geology has taken the hot air out of the balloon of long ages for many of us. Thankyou, and I pray that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.
Tera P.
Thank-you for sharing about Emil's and Flory's needs.
'The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.' How much more so when many are interceding on their behalf! James also reminds us that 'faith without works is dead.' Lets put our prayers into action by being generous towards the Silvestrus in their time of need. I was able to visit them recently, and as of yet, they are still waiting for their first EI supplement. Their need is great.
God bless you richly, Emil and Flory, as he continues to sustain and keep you according to his faithfulness!
love, Tera, Rosedale, BC.
Chris H.
Emil and Flory,

So shocked to hear of your stroke. I have had the privilege of listening to you speak at churches in our area. I was greatly moved and encouraged by your testimonies and how God miraculously provided for you in ways unimaginable. My prayer for you both is that you will continue to see God's loving hand and care during this difficult trial. Rest in His presence for He is faithful.

They that dwell in the secret place of the most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:1
Randy R.
Dear Mr. Silvestru,

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet you when you led a series of seminars for Creation Ministries International a few years ago in North Bay, Ontario. You are an inspiration and I am praying for your speedy recover. God bless you.
E. K.
Fight on, warrior of the Lord! He will give you strength to go all the distance he has planned for you!
Sarah M.
Dear Dr. Emil & Flory,

Sir, you greatly blessed me when you came to speak at my Church in Maple Ridge, BC and I was so blessed to have one of CMI's warrior's so close to home. May our Lord touch you and heal your brain and body completely and continue always to fortify both of you with His incredible love and relationship. Amen
Alain B.
Je souhaites à M. Silvestru prompt rétablissement sur son ACV. Nous allons prier pour lui. Que Dieu vous bénisse!
Clyde B.
The devil rejoices at shutting up Truth as spoken through Emil but he will not rejoice long for resurrection is coming from the Throne of God as Emil has much more to say but from now on he will have a supernatural anointing to go with his words. Rejoice and get well Emil. God bless you.
Cindy B.
Dear Dr. Emil,
We will pray for your full recovery. You have been called to this work and ministry. We trust the Lord fully to restore your speech in order to fulfil your calling. Your teaching ministry has blessed us and many others.
Philippians 1:6
May the Lord Bless you.
Cindy B.
Cindy B.
Dear Dr. Emil,
We will pray for your full recovery. You have been called to this work and ministry. We trust the Lord fully to restore your speech in order to fulfil your calling. Your teaching ministry has blessed us and many others.
Philippians 1:6
May the Lord Bless you.
Cindy B.
Wolf S.
Emil & Flory,

We are very shocked and saddened to hear about your stroke.

I recently heard about it as Josie and I are praying for your complete recovery and God's blessings upon both of you during this trial in your life. We trust our Lord and Savior and pray for His will upon your lives.

We also pray that we will see one another again too!

Take care and God bless.
Wolf, Josie and Christian
Daniel & Renia F.
Dear Emil & Flory,

I am sorry to hear that Emil has suffered a stroke, I pray for a quick recovery and that the Lord will meet your needs during this time.

Daniel & Renia F.
Pitt Meadows, BC
Ron S.
I heard Dr Emil a few times. He has generously given his life to help with the cause of Christ. Thank you. We wish a speedy recovery and ask God to grant that.
Thank you again.
Dawn G.
Prayers to you both! Great news that your recovery is coming along. Love you guys and miss you!
Debra R.
We are praying for you and your family Dr Silvestru.

Terry E.
Hey, Emil.
I was shocked and distressed to read about your stroke last night. You have been such an important mentor and counsel for me in much of my work for many years.

I pray the Lord will see fit to restore your speech, but even more importantly, to encourage you in this new phase of your life. Remember that He is sovereign, and there is something important He wishes to accomplish through this trial. May the Spirit fill you and your wife with the grace to persevere.
Gavin S.
Hi Emil :)

Godspeed with your recovery. You are a blessing and I pray God's blessing over you and your family.
"The Lord bless you, and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace."
Keep fighting the good fight.

Peter B.
I have heard you speak in a Romanian church in Melbourne, your message was fantastic, praying for your recovery.
Gabriel C.
Ne rugam pentru dumneavoastra si pentru familia- si lucrarea dumneavoastra. Domnul sa va binecuvanteze!

Gabriel Curcubet
Pastor, Biserica Prezbiteriana
Odorheiu Secuiesc
Audrey F.
I am so sorry to hear about Emil Silvestru's stroke and will pray for his recovery. I have enjoyed listening to his talks and hope he will be well enough to return to work eventually. May the Lord's will be done.

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