Update #13

4-28-14, 10:25pm

Today marks one week since Wyatt’s accident.  It has been a week full of ups and downs, but a week God has proven Himself over and over.  Here are some of the updates.

Wyatt had a rough night.  He has started to become “lighter” as he was slowly weaned off the sedation medication.  As a result, we are beginning to see changes in his behavior and what he is actually capable of.  Last night, he had many storms, which increased his heart rate and blood pressure.  Throughout the day, after increased sedation medication and much prayer, the storming ceased.

Because Wyatt’s breathing has continually improved, they plan to remove the breathing tube tomorrow.  This would mean Wyatt would be able to breath 100% on his own.  It also means Abby will have the opportunity to hold him for the first time since last Tuesday.  Please pray hard for this procedure.  It is rare to be successful the first attempt.  Often times the tracheal tube collapses after removing the tube, requiring they reinsert the tube.  Pray it is completely successful the first time.

His EEG shows improvement in his brain waves, and he has continued to increase his purposeful movements.  Please pray the storming has ceased permanently.

Continue to pray for Abby.  Pray she rests and is able to trust God and His timing.

Pray for Brad as he leads his family.  Pray he is able to stay rested while he cares for Abby and the kids.

We are thankful for you and your continued support and encouragement.  God is doing something amazing.  We can’t wait to see the end result.

Update #12

4-27-14, 6:24pm

Today we wanted to share some stories of impact. A lot has happened since last Tuesday and with each story people’s faith in God has been strengthened. Psalm 118:14 says:

The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.

Now is the time to sing and tell all that God has done. Here are a few of the stories we have heard.

Faith Like A Child

A mother who is a part of our prayer group was praying with her 7 year old daughter. As they were praying for Wyatt, the daughter said this to her mom, “Mommy, I sure hope God writes about Wyatt in the Bible right next to Lazarus and Jesus. Because they were raised from the dead too.” The mom was thrilled that number one, her daughter understands that God wrote the Bible; and number two, she already sees this as a miracle.

The Classroom

A teacher sent in this story. One of her students told the class about Wyatt and what had happened. The students began to pray. Some students did not know how to pray, so the other students taught them how to talk to God. Prayer is alive in school.

The Praying Deputy

Tuesday night at Brad’s house was a dark time. After the ambulance had taken Wyatt and Abby to the ER, Brad was left alone with his children until someone arrived to care for his kids. While Brad was alone, a deputy pulled him into his bedroom and closed the door. He said, “I can tell you are a man of faith and I want to pray with you.” He began to pray. This same deputy has continued to reach out to Brad and has continued to lift up Wyatt in prayer.

The Recruiter

A person from Shift Church shared Wyatt’s story with a co-worker. The co-worker had seen the report on the news and had thought the child had died. Upon hearing the story of how he was dead, but is now alive, he began praising God. He went around to the other employees and invited them to church and told them the story of this miracle. He proclaimed that only God could do anything like this.

The Church

Through this event the church has responded as one. We have people praying and sending support from all over the world. Shift Church officially opened this past February, and churches in Gainesville have not only responded with prayer, but also action. Pastors have come to visit Wyatt in the hospital. Since Shift does not have a building, another church offered their building for a special prayer service. Churches have offered speakers while Brad is away taking care of his family. Meals have been brought and prepared. Regardless of denomination, we have seen the church act as one and love Wyatt and his family.

New Faces

Wyatt’s story has already began to influence people. People who have not believed in Christ are starting to become curious about who God is and how His people continue to have faith in the midst of tragedy. People are going to church for the first time. People are hearing the good news of the gospel. People are seeing God work in a real, tangible way. People are seeing God’s people love others they way Christ wants us to. Our prayer is that these people will make decisions to follow Christ; because God’s power has been revealed.

These are only a few of the stories. We are confident God is doing more. If you have more stories of how God is using Wyatt’s story to influence the kingdom of God please send them in. You can email them to matt@shift-church.com.

We leave you with this passage from the book of Joel, chapter 1, verses 2-3.

Hear this, you elders;
    listen, all who live in the land.
Has anything like this ever happened in your days
    or in the days of your ancestors?
Tell it to your children,
    and let your children tell it to their children,
    and their children to the next generation.

Update #11

4-27-14, 6:24pm


Where to begin? The short of it is, today has been awesome. We started the morning with news that Wyatt had stopped breathing for about 30 seconds a couple of times throughout the night, and they put the EEG monitor back on him. They were concerned he was having seizures.

When the neurologist came back to talk with Brad and Abby about Wyatt he came with good news. They said they had read the first EEG wrong and that his brain waves were fine. And his brain is getting better.

While this is great news we can’t stop now. Reality is that Wyatt is in Intensive Care and he is fighting for his life. Use these stories of miracles to encourage others to pray. We need to pray that God will heal him completely. Currently he is still on the EEG monitor and he is continuing to be evaluated. As he is getting “lighter” on the sedation they are discovering more things to monitor. We need to pray that as Wyatt progresses further there will not be any complications.

Continue to pray for Brad and Abby. Last night was pretty hard for them, but they were definitely loved on by all of you and their local church family at Shift. After church was over, Shift came to the hospital and had lunch in the cafeteria with the family. Abby also got out of the hospital yesterday to celebrate Jude’s birthday. Pray for them as they start to transition and think about how they will care for their family during this time.

Update #10

4-26-14, 2:00pm


First off thank you. Thank you for continuing on. Thank you for spreading the word. Thank you for praying boldly. Did you know we now have over 2100 people praying for Wyatt? God is at work. There is not much to report about Wyatt since our last update. Today is just about him continuing to recover and get better. Pray that God will restore Wyatt’s body.

We want to take a second to thank people who have stepped up and given food to the family. We are thankful for the MOPS of Trinity United Methodist for supplying meals to the Zachritz house and we are also thankful for several people who have volunteered to bring food to the hospital for those who are sitting with the family. Because of your great love we have been able to feed many people who are on this floor. We have been a blessing and a light in a place often filled with despair and fear. We are also thankful for the many people who have stepped up to stay around the clock at the hospital to sit with the family. Know your presence has made a difference.

Before we finish this update we want to leave you with some words from Brad Zachritz.  Be encouraged and do not stop praying.

Jesus is the only one who can raise the dead. No science or medicine can understand what has been going on…but only the name of Jesus. Let hearts be stirred with Wyatt’s miracle and our continued faithful prayer of healing. He has a long way to go, but one miracle at a time has been happening. Keep hope and pray faithfully. May he be fully restored in the name of Jesus. We need everyone to continue praying without ceasing for Jesus to heal our son, Wyatt Ace.

Please celebrate Jesus tomorrow with your church. If you live in Gainesville and you don’t have a church please join Shift Church to celebrate Jesus and continue to encourage our family. We love you all and are very thankful to see the CHURCH rise! May His Kingdom come on Earth as it is in Heaven.

With Thankful hearts,


Update #9

4-26-14, 3:17am


We are happy to report that Wyatt continues to make forward progress.  He has been tracking both Abby and Brad with his eyes. He has been able to control his urination. And his breathing has continued to get better. Both Brad and Abby are sleeping right now, which is also an answer to prayer.

These last few days have been a whirlwind. Telling Wyatt’s story makes us feel like we are telling a story right out of the Bible. In fact in the book of John, chapter 9, there is a story about Jesus healing a man born blind. The story goes like this. As Jesus was walking along with His disciples they come upon a man born blind. The disciples ask Jesus why he was born this way. They suggest maybe it was because of sin or the man’s parents’ sin. Jesus replies:

3 ‘It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,’ Jesus answered. ‘This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.’

Then Jesus spits into the dirt, makes mud and places it on the man’s eyes. He sends him to wash his face and the man is instantly healed. As his story gets out people want to know how this happened. He simply tells his story. He tells them a man named Jesus did this. The leaders of this day where trying to set Jesus up as a sinner. So they brought in the man’s parents to confirm he was blind. They questioned the man again and asked him who he thought Jesus was. He said Jesus was a prophet. Not liking this answer they try to persuade him that Jesus is a sinner. So they ask him again how it happened. Here is his response:

25 ‘I don’t know whether he is a sinner,’ the man replied. ‘But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!’

These last few days have been close to this. People cannot grasp how this is happening. Wyatt’s life is a gift from God. God reached down from heaven and told his heart to beat again. There is no question about who Jesus is or isn’t in this situation. All we know is Wyatt was dead and now he is alive! And people want to know how this happened.

God has allowed us to be apart of this story so we can share the power of God with others. So let’s tell them. Let’s use this story as a platform to bring our friends, coworkers and family to God. Invite people to your church this weekend. Be bold. Share the gospel of Christ. Repeat as necessary. And lastly share the stories of life change. We are confident that God will be adding to His kingdom.

Telling the story,


Update #8

4-25-14, 4:17pm


God is hearing your prayers. And He is moving. Paul encourages us in Galatians 6:9

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

We can not stop praying. Pray in your car, pray at work, pray with your family, pray with your friends, pray without ceasing. Now is the time for us to press in harder than we already have.

Wyatt Update:

Things are continuing to move in the right direction. More miracles are happening for Wyatt. His neck brace has been removed, the ventilator has been moved from his mouth to a tube down his nose. They are clearing out all the mucus out of his lungs. He no longer has the EEG monitor on. After that was taken off Abby got to wash Wyatt’s hair. They are lowering some of his medicines. They got moved into a larger room so Brad and Abby can rest in the room with him. His breathing is starting to become more regular and steady. They are also going to try to introduce food to him soon.

Pray for Wyatt, the next 24 hours they will be watching his breathing carefully. Pray that he will react well to food. Pray for continued improvement and complete healing.

Family Update:

For the second day in a row Brad has picked up the kids from school. Abby saw the kids for the first time today at the hospital. The kids are actually in here now and they are having a good time and seem to be in good spirits. Abby also rested well last night and we hope to get Brad to get some rest tonight.

Pray for rest, peace and stability.

Financial Update:

Many people have asked how they can help financially. If you would like to give we have set up an account online where you can give directly to help the Zachritz Family. Online giving is the best way to give because it is transferred immediately into the account. Feel free to pass this link on to anyone who would like to help. Designate Zachritz family to give to them specifically.


Pray for finances to come in so that all financial burdens will be removed from the Zachritz family and Shift Church.

Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.                                                                                                                                                                         -Galatians 6:10

Update #7

4-25-14, 12:10am

Family and friends,

Here is the latest on Wyatt:

He is resting, and calm. His kidney’s are functioning well. The MRI did show damage to the basal ganglia and the hypothalamus, which are both in the center of the brain. We are still unclear as to the extent of the damage. But the brain is not showing signs of swelling, and the lower and higher portions of the brain appear to be functioning normally.

Wyatt has a long road to recovery. The doctors have said we currently have no answers to his long term care and functionality yet. It could take many weeks, if not longer.

They are planning to move Wyatt into a larger room, in the same unit. This will allow them to have more space to put in a reclining chair so Abby does not have to leave the room to lay down and rest.

Thank you to everyone who has continued to pray and offer to help. We are still allowing the family to care for their immediate needs. Annabell and Ford returned to school today, and their grandparents are trying to live life as normal as possible with them. Brad was able to go home and spend a couple of hours with the kids this afternoon.

Please continue to pray for rest for Brad and Abby. And please pray for truth to be all encompassing. Wyatt is surrounded by many doctors and nurses, and facts and opinions on his prognosis are coming from every angle. But we know God is truth, and He is in full control. Pray for His truth to be made abundantly clear. Pray for all accusations and guilt to be removed. Pray for wisdom. Pray for clarity. Pray for peace to completely encompass every person who steps foot in Wyatt’s room. Pray God brings complete restoration and healing. And pray for strength to walk the long road ahead.

“Praise the Lord! I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in Him should ponder them. Everything He does reveals His glory and majesty. His righteousness never fails.” Psalm 111:1-3

We are so thankful for you.

Shift Staff

Update #6

4-24-14, 2:14pm

Hey family,

We just created a Facebook Event for a Pray for Wyatt meeting tonight at 6:30pm. Trinity United Methodist has graciously opened up a room for us. Their address is 4000 NW 53rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32653. 


Update #5

4-24-14, 12:31pm


Here is what we know. Wyatt’s heart and lungs are excellent. There is no brain swelling. Today’s goals are to slowly take him off the ventilator and try feeding him.

Here is also what we know. Now is not the time to let up your prayers. Hope is the breeding ground for miracles.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. -Proverbs 13:12

Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God.’ – Luke 18:27

Please stop what you are doing right now and pray. Pray that God will heal Wyatt completely. Pray that Wyatt will be restored. Pray that people will come to know Christ because of Wyatt’s story.

God has been and will continue to be glorified.

See you tonight,


Update #4

4-24-14, 2:46am


As of now all of the family is getting much needed rest. Both Brad and Abby’s family have come in to town. It has been a long day and a half, full of extreme highs and lows, but one thing has remained. God has been here. His strength has been here. His love has been here. His smile has been here. His peace has been here. His hand has been here. In a place where science and logic rule and reign, God has shown up and defied logic. After all He reigns. Science can only try to explain the things our God created. Human logic and deduction can only take us so far.

We are confident God’s hand is here. We do not know what the final outcome will be, but we know God is here. Even more than ever we need your continued prayers. Do not let up! Now is our opportunity to talk to God openly and honestly.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

-Philippians 4:6-7

This last Sunday Brad told us that in the darkest moments in our life is when God has the greatest platform to do the extraordinary. Talk to Him. Thank Him for what He has done. And watch His peace invade your life.

We will get more updates on Wyatt’s status some time this morning/early afternoon. Look for an update by 2pm on when and where the Prayer Meeting will be this evening.

Expecting big things from a God who does bigger things than we can fathom,

Shift Church

Update #3

4-23-14, 5:30pm

Shift Family,

Thank you for your continued prayers for the Zachritz family.  People from all over the world have reached out to us, letting us know they are praying.  Everyone is willing to help, and we are eternally grateful.

As of right now, Wyatt’s status is the same as our last update.  Please continue to pray for wisdom for every nurse and doctor caring for him.  And pray for Brad and Abby’s strength and rest during this time.

We are planning to have a prayer service for them on Thursday evening.  The details are still being worked out, and we will send out another update as soon as we know something.

Kevin will be at the hospital all morning Thursday.  If you need anything from him, please call his cell: 239-218-9534.  Matt will be at the hospital after 3pm.  His cell is: 352-359-0403.  Please do not call Brad.

Brad and Abby’s family are all in town, and we currently have no immediate needs.  We will continually update the status of their needs.

Again, thank you for praying.  Please do not stop.  And pass this email update along to others.  We need everyone to pray.  God is in control, and He will be glorified.

Grateful for you,
Shift Staff

Update #2

4-23-14, 8:30am

Good morning,

We wanted to extend our gratitude as you have prayed for and supported the Zachritz family during this time.  Wyatt is still in critical condition, though we have seen small miracles and have been given hope.  His heart started beating on its own, his pupils are dilating, he coughed, his CT scan showed normal activity, he is having bowel movements and is showing signs of discomfort as they are dealing with him.  Many more tests will be run today, and we will update you accordingly.
Right now, we are continuing to ask for your prayers.  We will inform you of needs to be met as they arise.  Matt plans to be at the hospital most of the day today.  His cell is 352-359-8244.  Please call him, and not Brad.  The Zachritz’ family has come into town, and Annabell, Ford and Jude are being cared for.  Honestly, your best support is prayer, and more prayer.  We are hoping and expecting a miracle.  God is at work, and we believe His name will be glorified.
Remember the words we sang at Shift Church on Easter Sunday, “In Christ alone, my hope is found; He is my light, my strength, my song.  This Cornerstone, this solid ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm.  What heights of love, what depths of peace, when fears are stilled, when strivings cease.  My Comforter, my All in All.  Here in the love of Christ I stand.”
If you have any further questions, please email Jessica@shift-church.com.
Thank you again for your continued prayers and support,
Shift Staff

Update #1

4-22-14, 10:15pm

Shift Family,

Unfortunately there’s been an accident in the Zachritz family. Wyatt is in the hospital. Please pray. At this time, please respect their
privacy by not contacting them, nor posting to social media. As you can imagine this is a very difficult situation and we want to focus all our attention on praying for their family during this time. We will update you as information becomes available.

Thank you for your prayers. And thank you for being a part of our family.

Shift Staff