Asking Prayer for Our Son

November 23, 2009 by Paul Chappell

Larry and AshleyThis past Saturday I received a call from my son Larry, who presently serves as one of our youth pastors at Lancaster Baptist Church. He had received a call from his doctor indicating the need for emergency surgery. A few hours later, we sat with Ashley, Larry’s wife, as the doctors removed a malignant tumor from his body. Larry came through surgery and is presently recovering, but the coming weeks will be critical.

We are praying, and asking you to pray, that the cancer was localized to the tumor and that further tests will reveal that no further surgeries or treatments will be necessary.

Larry is a godly young man with a strong faith. Watching him bear this news and trust the Lord through it has taught me much. We know that the Lord is in control, and we continue to trust His guiding hand. Surely, “He knoweth the way that I take…” (Job. 23:10).

Your prayers for Larry and Ashley and for our entire family are much appreciated.


  1. I’m praying pastor! Please let Larry know that I am lifting him him up before the Lord every day!

    Comment by Andrew Garcia — November 23, 2009 @ 2:20 pm

  2. My family and our church- Vision Baptist Church- will be praying!

    Comment by Mark Coffey — November 23, 2009 @ 2:22 pm

  3. Our church family at Shining Light will be praying for Larry, Ashley and your family.

    Comment by Pastor Tim Cruse — November 23, 2009 @ 3:07 pm

  4. The Cornerstone Baptist Church of Smyrna, TN will be praying for Larry and the entire Chappell family. May God’s grace be your strength during this time.

    Comment by Pastor Stephen Stewart — November 23, 2009 @ 3:21 pm

  5. Dear Pastor and Mrs. Chappell,
    I am praying for you, Larry, and Ashley. God bless you, and praise God that your son has decided to serve the King for he is on the scene.
    Missionary P Russell

    Comment by fpatrussell — November 23, 2009 @ 3:24 pm

  6. We will be praying at Madison Street Baptist Church, Athens, AL.

    Comment by Pastor Mike Westmoreland — November 23, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

  7. Pastor Chappell:

    Please let Larry know that we are praying for him, his wife, and for your whole family. Praise the Lord for his good testimony, we pray for a complete healing.

    Comment by Brian Nibbe — November 23, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

  8. Pastor Chappell and Family,
    Im praying for you and your family, Pastor. I passed the news on to my extension in Castaic, so Pastor Craig and his church can pray for your family also.
    In Christ, Matt Turner

    Comment by Matt Turner — November 23, 2009 @ 4:38 pm

  9. Pastor Chappell,

    My wife and I are praying for your son and the whole family!

    Jason Holt

    Comment by Jason Holt — November 23, 2009 @ 5:10 pm

  10. Bro. Chappell, We will be praying for your son, his wife and for your entire family. If you need anything, please know that you have a friend in the Las Vegas valley that is here for you.

    Comment by Pastor Ernie Carrillo — November 23, 2009 @ 7:57 pm

  11. We will be praying for your son and family during this time!
    Andrew Stensaas

    Comment by Andrew Stensaas — November 23, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

  12. Pastor Chappell, We are praying for Larry and Ashley, as well as for your family. Thank you for your service for the Lord!

    Comment by Erin Stewarty — November 23, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

  13. Pastor, we have been praying hard for your family for these past few weeks and will continue…these trials have caused us to pray harder for you and your family.

    Comment by Kevin Williams — November 23, 2009 @ 9:23 pm

  14. Pastor Chappell-Your son, his wife and your entire family will be in our prayers God Bless- Pam Hastings

    Comment by Pam Hastings — November 24, 2009 @ 5:00 am

  15. We will be praying for Larry and ALL of you…
    The Longs,
    Puyallup, WA, Berean Baptist Church

    Comment by The Longs — November 24, 2009 @ 6:46 am

  16. Pastor Chappell, Our prayers are with you and your family during this time of trial. You have been a blessing to my family through the years and we are holding you all in our prayers as a family and as a church! God is faithful, we love you!

    Comment by Stephen Houk — November 24, 2009 @ 8:41 am

  17. Pastor Chappell, Please know our church family will be praying for Larry. What a joy it was to meet him and hear him proclaim God’s Word in Cortez. I look forward to future updates as to how God is working in his behalf.
    Dann Patrick, Pastor, Faith Church, Goldsboro, NC

    Comment by Dann Patrick — November 24, 2009 @ 8:58 am

  18. Bro. Chappell,
    We are sorry to hear about your son, and we wanted to let you know that we are keeping him in our prayers.
    Fred & Vicky Carrillo, Lighthouse Baptist Church, Las Vegas, NV

    Comment by Vicky Carrillo — November 24, 2009 @ 9:42 am

  19. Pastor Chappell,
    I will tell our church to pray for Larry at our weekly prayer meeting. Those whom God uses the most, He often afflicts – your son has much to be optimistic about.
    William Dudding
    Pastor, Mission Peak Baptist Church

    Comment by William — November 24, 2009 @ 10:50 am

  20. Bro. Chappell,
    Our family will be praying for Larry and Ashley. Please keep us updated!! May God bless each of you during this time. Only be thou strong, my brother!!
    Pastor Rick Chandler, Bethel Baptist Church, Graham, N.C.

    Comment by Pastor Rick Chandler — November 24, 2009 @ 10:58 am

  21. Bro. Chappell,
    Please know that my family and our church family will be praying for Larry, his wife and you and Mrs. Chappell.
    Chris Chadwick

    Comment by Chris Chadwick — November 24, 2009 @ 11:58 am

  22. Dear Brother, please be assured of our prayer in this matter.
    From “down under,” Bro Young.

    Comment by Evangelist Fraser Young — November 24, 2009 @ 12:24 pm

  23. Tonight you and your family were brought before the Lord at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Kingman, AZ.
    Stay strong Pastor.

    Comment by Larry Thornton — November 24, 2009 @ 8:15 pm

  24. Dear Brother Chappell,
    I cannot imagine the burden and difficulty you and your family are facing. My wife, my church, and my family will be holding you up in prayer. We feel tremendous pain for you guys. We are trusting in God’s healing power. May God’s be sufficient for you all. We love you.
    Pastor Rick Stonestreet
    Calvary Baptist Church, Fairfield, CA

    Comment by Pastor Rick Stonestreet — November 25, 2009 @ 5:37 am

  25. Brother Chappell,
    Sharon and I are praying for the Lord’s healing touch on Larry, for Ashley to know His peace and your entire family to know His help during these days. Our church family took all of you to the Father’s throne last night.
    Pastor Tim Rabon, Beacon Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC

    Comment by Pastor Tim Rabon — November 25, 2009 @ 6:41 am

  26. Pastor Chappell,
    We will be lifting your family in prayers through out this Thanksgiving week. While we are sharing the reasons we are thankful; you, Lancaster Baptist Church and WCBC staff are definately in my list of reasons to be thankful this year. Thank you Pastor Chappell for all you do.

    Comment by Donny Brown and Family — November 25, 2009 @ 9:57 am

  27. Pastor Chappell,
    Please know that the Blythe family is upholding your son and the rest of your family in prayer.
    Mike and Barb Blythe

    Comment by Mike Blythe — November 25, 2009 @ 1:08 pm

  28. Pastor, my heart goes out to you and your family at this time of trial. Please know that I hold you up in prayer regularly and will add this special request. I thank the Lord for you and your faithfulness in serving the Father and preaching the Word to us always. I pray that you have a very Thankful Thanksgiving and that the blessings will be poured upon you and yours during this time. I have handmade a gift for little Camden and hope to get it to the church one of these days. What a blessing grandchildren are and now I’m so enjoying my great grandchildren – watching the offspring continuing in the ways of the Lord. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

    Comment by Sue Cary — November 25, 2009 @ 2:53 pm

  29. Pastor Chappell,
    I know what it is to have a son with cancer! I will be praying for your son and the entire family (and Church Family) that God will have great victory in everyone’s life. Great things are ahead as a result of this trial! You don’t know me, but I love you.

    Comment by Joe Bono (Valley Forge Baptist) — November 26, 2009 @ 4:29 am

  30. Dear Pastor Chappell,
    I’ll be praying for you and your family.

    Comment by Michaela Poblete — November 26, 2009 @ 11:18 pm

  31. Hello Brother Paul,
    Please be assured that we will be lifting up Larry & the rest of the family to our Heavenly Father. We are all familiar with Romans 8:28 & I know you’ve preached from it. We will trust in that promise!!!!
    In our thoughts & prayers, Susan Hazelrig (American Christian Academy classmate & PCBBC classmate)

    Comment by Susan Hazelrig — November 27, 2009 @ 6:22 pm

  32. Pastor,
    My family and I are praying for God’s healing upon Brother Larry and for a comforting presence in your family.

    Comment by Michael Yarborough — November 27, 2009 @ 10:51 pm

  33. Pastor and Mrs.Chappel, We are praying for you all. We miss you.
    God Bless, Gordon & Karen Mckee
    Misawa, Japan

    Comment by Gordon & Karen McKee — November 29, 2009 @ 1:48 am

  34. Pastor and Mrs. Chappel, Ashley, and family. We just heard about your son Larry. Please know that there are people all around the world praying for his recovery. We have placed him on our prayer sheet, and my wife has put him on the prayer sheet for her Bible Study on Wednesday night. We prayed for him in both services on Sunday. We will also be praying for your strength in this hour. God Bless You. Pastor Carlo and Debby DeStefano

    Comment by Pastor Carlo and Debby DeStefano — November 30, 2009 @ 4:30 pm

  35. Pastor and Terrie,
    I don’t know how to work these sites, but I ran across this post on Kelli Royal’s page. I pray that all is well. I only saw this a few minutes ago, and wanted you to know my prayers are with your family.

    Comment by Traci Potter — December 1, 2009 @ 9:46 am

  36. All of us at Central Baptist Church in Clovis, Ca. will be praying for you. I battled cancer with my son in 2005, and would be glad to help in any way I can. Thank you for the many, many blessings you have been to me.

    Comment by Dr. James Woodley — December 2, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

  37. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Chappell,
    We are praying for God to help us to trust in Him during our own trials as well as others. We know that all things work together for the good to those who are called according to his purpose and glory. We can only see darkly in that mirror, but know that after we are glorified with our Heavenly father all things will be seen clearly. Faint not, fear not….for God is in control.
    The Barzon Family
    Wylie, Texas

    Comment by The Barzon Family — December 3, 2009 @ 1:14 pm

  38. Bro Chappell,
    I am a 5 year colon cancer victorious survivor. After losing 1/3 of my colon and 6 months of chemo the good Lord has seen me through every second of life. I always knew His loving presence was there to encourage me when life become too overwhelming. I enjoyed hearing the doctor pronounce me cancer-free, and 2 years later my 19 year old son was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on his aorta. All of those left behind emotions came flowing back, but to His glory we are both are giving Him all the glory for everything. Every cancer is different, every body is different and we both broke the odds of recovery. We will be praying for you and your family. Feel free to contact me.

    Comment by Pastor Larry Olson — December 3, 2009 @ 2:18 pm

  39. Dear Dr. & Terri Chappell

    I am praying for Larry every morning during my quiet time. I know that my prayer life focuses on who God is and what He has done. What limitless possibilities when teaming up with and depending upon Him.

    Your Friend, Roz

    Comment by Roz — December 5, 2009 @ 2:04 pm

  40. Hello Brother Chappell,

    We heard about Larry’s new challenge last Wednesday night and have added him and your family to our Church prayer list. Lancaster Baptist Church has been a great spiritual blessing to my family and Church personally. James 5:14,15

    In Christ,
    Pastor Aikey & Cornersrone Baptist Church
    Alumini of WCBC: Sara Aikey & Rey Viloria

    Comment by Pastor Aikey — December 6, 2009 @ 12:40 pm

  41. Pastor, my family and I are praying for Bro. Larry Chappell and the rest of your family. We love you all and we know that the Lord will put his hands on Bro. Larry Chappell and will heal him.

    Bro. & Mrs. Ventura

    Comment by Jorge Ventura — December 9, 2009 @ 4:41 pm

  42. Dear Pastor and Family,
    Praying for God’s strength and comfort during this time of affliction. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement for our family over the years.

    Comment by Dale and Nancy Lusk — December 9, 2009 @ 5:11 pm

  43. Dear Pastor and Family,
    I just wanted to let you that my family in Boston and their church are praying for Brother Chappell, his wife, and the entire family. My husband, Michael, and myself are also praying for Brother Chappell and the entire family.
    Ashley Smith, Lancaster, CA

    Comment by Ashley Smith — December 9, 2009 @ 5:19 pm

  44. Let Larry know my family is praying for him, his wife and for all of you Pastor. We love you and pray that it is in God’s will to heal Larry.

    Comment by Tony Ordonez — December 9, 2009 @ 5:19 pm

  45. Dear Pastor and family,
    Since my wife and I heard about Larry’s illness we have been praying for him every day and we are believing on GOD’S words, Isaiah 53:5, that he will be healed.

    Comment by Lennie & Cynthia Houlker — December 9, 2009 @ 9:00 pm

  46. Our family is praying for Larry, Ashley, and your Family EVERY DAY! We love you Pastor & Mrs. Chappell!

    Comment by The Valerio Family — December 10, 2009 @ 9:04 am

  47. Dear Pastor and Mrs. Chappel,

    You are greatly loved. We will be praying that God will give Larry healing, and that your family will experience a peace and strength beyond all understanding.

    Denise Josephson

    Comment by Denise Josephson — December 10, 2009 @ 9:50 am

  48. We are praying for the Chappell family and fervently praying for Brother Larry Chappell. We pray for a full recovery after his upcoming surgery. Our hearts are burdened for you and your family at this time.

    Proverbs 3:5

    In Christ,

    The Price’s

    Comment by The Price Family — December 10, 2009 @ 10:37 am

  49. Dear Pastor,

    I just want you to know that I am praying for Larry. The Lord brings him to my mind, several times a day. I whole-heartedly BELIEVE, that God will heal him.. We love Larry very much. He is such a godly young man.
    I will continue to pray for him daily. We love you Pastor.

    Proverbs 3:5
    Linda Brunner

    Comment by Linda Brunner — December 10, 2009 @ 6:27 pm

  50. Dear pastor and Mrs.Chappell
    I am praying for your son Larry, Ashley, and your whole family in this time of trial. LBC has become a true blessing to me. I pray Brother Larry has a full recovery.
    Deborah McGuire, Palmdale,Ca.

    Comment by Deborah McGuire — December 10, 2009 @ 9:13 pm

  51. We are praying every day, multiple times a day for our pastor, his wife, Larry and Ashley.
    Thank you for your faithfulness and example for us to follow in good times as well as times of trials.

    Comment by Jim Burns — December 11, 2009 @ 5:41 pm

  52. We are keeping Larry and your family in our daily prayers.
    We personally know of the great success rate with this type of disease.
    God bless you family through these recent trails.
    Linda and Ardy Conrad

    Comment by Ardy and Linda Conrad — December 14, 2009 @ 5:28 pm

  53. Dear Pastor,
    You and Terri are always in our prayer, specially right now brother Larry situation we pray for him and your family every time we have family prayer after school, dinner time, and bed time. God the Father will take care of him because we love him and his wife.

    Comment by Melissa Merten and family — December 15, 2009 @ 1:57 pm

  54. Dear Pastor Chappell:
    Rest assured of the prayers of the people of God at Fellowship Baptist in Durham, NC. We will add Bro. Larry to the growing list of full-time servants who are battling this disease.
    Thanks for the great work that you folks are doing for the Lord in Lancaster.

    Comment by Rick Finley — December 17, 2009 @ 10:26 am

  55. A lady named Jennifer on the Homeschool Crew asked us to all pray for your son. She is a member of your church. We are doing that. We have had a child that suffered with brain cancer for 2 years so we know how you are feeling. Sending hugs to you and yours, and please continue to trust in Him regardless of the crazy stuff happening to your family.
    Julie and Walt Knight and boys.

    Comment by Julie Knight — January 1, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

  56. Pastor Chappell,

    Just want you to know that we’re praying for you and your family, specially for Larry. I know the Lord is still in full control of the situation. I admire your faith and courage Pastor and just be strong in the Lord always.


    Comment by Geoffrey Guzman — January 5, 2010 @ 7:57 pm

  57. Dear Larry and Ashley I would like you to know I am praying daily for you, and are in my thoughts always, also praying for your doctors to stay on top of your treatments.HANG IN THERE!!! God Bless

    Comment by Holly Nelson — February 16, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

  58. Dear Larry and Ashley, Keith and I continue to pray daily for you. I am prarying specifically for your doctors and your medical care. We are confident in God’s healing power.

    Psalm 103
    Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

    Comment by Keith and Vivian Cone — March 9, 2010 @ 8:56 am

  59. We continue to pray for God’s complete healing of Larry and that he will use Larry in a great way the reach the unsaved.

    Comment by Richard & theresa Keefer — March 15, 2010 @ 5:12 pm

  60. Aloha from Hawaii, We are faithfully praying for Larry Jr., Ashley and your family. GOD is faithful. We can’t second doubt anything GOD puts before us, but be thankful for all we have. Sending all of your family love, sunshine and our prayers.

    Blessings from Maui, Irene

    Comment by Irene Plunkett — March 18, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

  61. Praying for your son and family. God Bless.

    Comment by Pastor Humberto Martinez — April 2, 2010 @ 6:34 am

  62. Dear Larry and Ashley.
    We are praying for you and we love you. God will bring you
    thru this.

    Comment by Willie & Shirley Wilson — August 18, 2010 @ 6:36 pm

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