May 15, 2019
Dear friend of CCEF,
Thank you for your commitment to CCEF’s mission of connecting the dots between people’s troubles and our Savior. I want to provide you with an update and ask for your prayers.
You are likely aware that I was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer last fall. I’ve actually felt reasonably well: good appetite, no pain meds, a good evening walk with Nan every day, a clear mind and working half-time at CCEF. But a recent CT scan shows that the lesions metastasized into the liver have grown both in number and size. When I asked my doctor for the prognosis, he was candid: “A few months.”
How are we doing in light of such hard news? Grief and tears are close to the surface. But scripture has been living and active, and full of love. The dots are connecting, and the intimate voice and presence of God in Psalm 121 has been a particularly significant companion. Our Shepherd watches over us, protects us, cares for us, and never dozes off. It’s so. And friends and family have been so tender toward us.
During these past months, I’ve been grateful to be involved with our faculty, with the Journal of Biblical Counseling, and with our board’s search committee working to determine my successor. I’m particularly grateful for how work is going on a book project on the topic of spiritual warfare in the counseling context. And I am profoundly grateful for Jayne Clark who has stepped up to serve as our acting executive director. It is gratifying to see CCEF continuing to flourish and take significant steps forward under her leadership. In future correspondence you'll be hearing more from Jayne directly.
Please give thanks to our Savior God for his presence. Thank him for our team at CCEF, and particularly for Jayne. I ask for your continued prayers for Nan and me personally, and for all of us working at CCEF. Please pray for:
- particular wisdom as Nan and I process so many things, make so many decisions and seek to love each other and our family well
- bandwidth in current writing projects — and ongoing fruitfulness within my current limitations
- wisdom and grace for Jayne as she continues to provide leadership as acting executive director
- discernment as our board proceeds with the search for my successor
Nan and I have been deeply encouraged by your kindness, encouragement, and prayers over these months. CCEF is indebted to your generosity. We continue to go forward with your support and care.