Meet John. John and his wife, Donette, are faithful members of Community of Faith. About a year ago John started having some medical problems. In January 2009 he lost his job, and a couple of weeks later Donette was laid off from her job as well. February 2009 brought a diagnosis to John's medical issues - stomach cancer. The tumor had grown so large that John couldn't eat or drink. He lost 17 pound in 12 days.
Since that time John and Donette have endured countless medical appointments and tests, as well as months of chemotherapy to shrink the tumor. The hope was that the chemo would shrink the tumor so that it would be operable. The prayer was that God would miraculously heal John.
In June, when John first heard of my diagnosis he showed up at the church on Tuesday morning during our weekly staff meeting to pray for me. He sat with me as, in a state of shock, I shared with him what we had recently learned. He encouraged me with his words, with his smile, and with his courage. He and Donette have been a constant source of support for me.
John's chemotherapy was working to shrink his tumor. He gained back some of the weight he lost. Then a few weeks ago John was given a break from his chemotherapy to give his body time to recover. Unfortunately during this time the tumor started to rapidly grow blocking his stomach once again.
John has been given the opportunity to be a part of a medical study testing a new drug for stomach cancer. If all the tests come out OK, he will be approved to start the study on December 15th.
2009 has been a difficult year for the Terry family. Please join me in praying for this sweet family:
- Please pray for strength and endurance for each new day
- Please pray for peace and hope to reign in their hearts
- Please pray for minimal side effects
- Please pray for God's miracle of healing