Glenn Ward, Director of Missions
WHEN LIFE HITS A SPEED BUMP, DETOUR, OR OTHER DIFFICULTY
The month of August has been one of those times for me and my family. As you may be aware by now, on August 4, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After somewhat of a roller-coaster journey, we have learned that it is contained within the pancreas. After visiting with an oncologist on August 26, the surgeon will be in charge of the right process to move forward. There could be surgery, then chemo, or they may begin with chemo and after a few treatments, do the surgery.
Having said all that, as many of you know—whether hearing that you have cancer, or some other health or family matter, it causes some reflection on what you truly believe. Serving as a pastor for many years, ministering to church members with various diseases and death, sharing biblical counsel and prayers, I asked if I truly believe what I had said to so many, or was I going to be a hypocrite!? However, I can honestly say that my faith in the Lord and His will being done is as strong as ever, just more personal! Also, I am extremely grateful for the wonderful prayers and kind words of support and loving encouragement!!
Jesus never said life would be easy—in fact He said, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). I have often said that I didn’t know how people made it through difficult times without the Lord, and that is more accurate once you face some of the speed bumps, detours, or other difficulties! The Lord truly is a great and awesome God who promised to never leave us or forsake us. For that I praise and thank Him!
Since I am not sure what the next phase of the journey may hold, thank you for your prayers, knowing that I may have some limitations due to treatments and/or surgery. But you can be sure that I will continue with every task possible, but especially praying for our churches, pastors, and the work of PBA!
May the Lord bless you with the strength, stamina, and spiritual endurance necessary for the phase of life’s journey you are traveling at this time!
I’m so glad to be your DOM,