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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Pastor Chuck Smith home from the hospital
Plans to preach at all three Sunday morning services at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, California

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

COSTA MESA, CA (ANS) -- Following an urgent prayer request for her father from Janette Smith Manderson, the daughter of Pastor Chuck Smith, senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, California, who is battling lung cancer, she has revealed some good news.

Pastor Chuck Smith pictured at his home with Janet Carter and one of Pastor Chuck's great grandchildren, with Richard McIntosh
in the background

In a message posted on Facebook, she wrote: “He is home from the hospital and plans to preach at all three services this Sunday morning.”

She then paraphrased a verse from Nehemiah 8:10 saying, "The joy of the Lord is (his) strength."

In a separate post, Janette added, “He really wants to regain his normal (incredible) levels of energy.”

Richard McIntosh, General Manager of the KWVE Radio Network and KWVE 107.9 FM (www.kwve.com), yesterday, posted on his Facebook page, “I got to spend some time with Pastor Chuck Smith this afternoon. We talked KWVE, the church and had a time of prayer.”

Tens of thousands of Christians around the world prayed for Chuck Smith, following a September 20 update posted by Janette in which said, “My dad was just admitted to the hospital for ‘general weakness’ brought on by the severe anemia his chemotherapy has caused.

“He had a transfusion yesterday, but he told me last night that it had not helped him to feel better. He had received a good report from the doctor that the cancer is not showing up in his blood work, so this setback is a ‘bump in the road’, as he would say.

“Please ask for the Lord to accomplish His perfect will for my dad, with no interference from the enemy.”

She also posted from Psalm 62:5 this verse, “I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.”

Many friends posted on Facebook their responses to Janette’s initial message including Susan Sorian, who lives near Bloomington, CA. She said, “Continually praying for Pastor Chuck, your family, and Calvary Chapel. My husband (a CC pastor, now with Jesus) was a graduate of SOM [School of Ministry], class of 97, but his favorite thing of all time was Pastor Chuck's class in the Book of Acts - pre- SOM.

“It never ceased to amaze us, how he would listen, pray, [and] then respond with the BEST solution to every issue, ‘Eric, just trust The Lord...’

“Sounds trite,” she added, “but in no way did he receive it as such. I always hear those words, in Papa Chuck's voice, whenever I am faced with what appears to be an especially difficult or unusual trial. When I think of him, I always think, ‘Such a man of wisdom & grace...’

Janette Smith Manderson, who lost her own husband Greg to cancer on December 1, 2005, replied, “Susan, that's how Dad lives. He trusts in the Lord with all his heart and puts his life completely into the Lord's hands. Your husband is probably spending time with my husband in Heaven. I wonder if they miss us as much as we miss them?”

It was on Sunday (January 1, 2012), when many in the congregation at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, California, were shocked and surprised when Chuck Smith announced during the morning services that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Yet Smith, now in his mid-eighties and the father of the Jesus People Revolution in Southern California, said that he has never smoked in his life.

On December 27, 2009, Chuck Smith suffered a couple of “minor strokes” and was admitted to a local a local hospital.

During an interview shortly after he first announced he had lung cancer, I was able to interview him and Pastor Chuck explained the lung cancer differed from his previous illnesses.

“This is different because, with the strokes, I was really physically weakened as a result and it took a little longer to rehabilitate from that. But this is something that I expect to just be out for just a short time,” he said.

He was correct and, in typical fashion, he has continued preaching on a regular basis, and has also been doing his regular radio and TV programs.

When I asked him at the time how people could pray for him, he replied, “Well, just pray that the Lord’s will be done because whatever it is, I’m open to Him.”


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Dan Wooding, 72, who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 50 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and he hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on the KWVE Radio Network in Southern California and which is also carried throughout the United States and around the world. Besides this, Wooding is a host for His Channel Live, which is carried via the Internet to some 192 countries. Dan recently received two top media awards -- the “Passion for the Persecuted” award from Open Doors US, and as one of the top “Newsmakers of 2011” from Plain Truth magazine. He is the author of some 45 books, the latest of which is a novel about the life of Jesus through the eyes of his mother called “Mary: My Story from Bethlehem to Calvary.” To order a copy, go to:  this link.
 

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