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Pastor Rick Warren Home from the Hospital

by Michael Ireland

Pastor Rick Warren to Preach several times over the Holidays

By Michael Ireland, Chuef Correspondent, ASSIST News Service, www.assistnews.net

LAKE FOREST, CA (ANS – Nov. 20, 2018) — Pastor Rick Warren, the prominent California pastor who founded Saddleback Church, is home from the hospital following emergency surgery for a torn intestine.

“He is home and recovering well, but slowly,” said Mark Carver, a church spokesman, according to the Orange County Register.

Pastor Rick Warren preached at Angel Stadium in this file photo from 2015.

Warren, 64, underwent emergency surgery Wednesday, Nov. 7 after experiencing excruciating abdominal pain.

“At the hospital, the staff got my CT scan which revealed that my intestine had perforated (torn) and was releasing infection into the abdominal area,” Warren stated in an email to his congregation on Saturday, Nov. 9.

According to the church, Warren is entering one of his busiest times of the year. There are at least a dozen church services planned for the Christmas season at Saddleback, and Warren typically preaches 10.

Carter said the recovery shouldn’t keep Warren from his usual duties. “We’re expecting him to preach,” he said.

Warren is scheduled to undergo follow-up surgery in January, with a three-to-five-week recovery period, Carver said.

“It’s nothing life-threatening,” he said.

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