November 6, 2013
Dear Praying Friends,
A 7.2 earthquake and monsoon rains left us without power, internet, telephone, etc. for a few days; and we are now trying to prepare for a typhoon that is likely to cause a lot of damage in the Philippines in the next few days. After that passes through, I’m sending Brandie and Ava to be with my in-laws (T.J. will be staying here with me). We got some saddening news about my father-in-law, Larry Lee; an MRI showed the brain tumor grew despite chemotherapy and radiation since discovery in July. Aside from the main tumor, there were some new spots on his brain. The doctors and the family decided to stop further treatments and get hospice care. We thank you for your concern and prayers in this matter. It’s hard to believe how quickly he has deteriorated since being told three months ago that he had cancer. His spirit and testimony through all this have been graceful, despite losing all strength.
“Dad” has been the music director at Calvary Baptist Church, in Middleburg, Florida, for almost twenty years. The last time I saw him in July, he was excited about getting new people into his Sunday school class and teaching them. Dad would still be a regular at their 6 a.m. men’s prayer meetings if only he had the strength. Larry’s brother, next-door neighbor, and fellow Sunday school teacher, Uncle Tyrone, also has cancer and is going through chemotherapy; and we ask that you pray for him too.