Thursday, May 8, 2008

Lane Pepper

I have a prayer request that comes from my friends in Rocksprings, Texas.

Lane Pepper is a nephew to one of the members of the Rocksprings church of Christ. He is a young man in his twenties and suffered with cancer not once but twice. With surgeries and radiation treatments he and his wife, Paula, thought they would never be able to have babies. To amazement of the doctors, she became pregnant. However, at the last doctor's appointment they found a cysts on the baby's brain. They are performing regular sonograms in the event that the cyst continues to grow and then delivering the baby early would be the safest option. They will not know the effect of the cyst on the baby until birth, but the potential effects can include severe mental disability. Paula is due in early August.

On top of that worry, Lane has been experiencing back pain the past several weeks, which caused the doctors to perform and MRI. The results revealed that he has a 30 cm (1 foot) tumor in the same place in his abdomen from which the other one was removed in January (The prior tumor was 7 cm, so this one is over 4 times the size of the last one). Lane will soon begin intensive chemotherapy that was described as consisting of "lethal doses of chemo." This chemo treatment is supposed to be extremely painful and, because it is so potent, will probably necessitate a bone marrow transplant.

I don't know this family personally, but I know they need prayer, more now than ever. If you would please stop what you are doing and say a prayer for them asking that their baby can have a healthy normal life, that Lane's treatments will be effective and bearable, and that both Lane and especially Paula will continue to be strong through these hard times they are going through.

When you say these prayers believe in your heart that God can hear you and has answered with a resounding, "YES!". (Mark 11:24 - Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.) Also, remember to thank him for all the blessing that he has given to YOU in your life.