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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

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

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

  12. 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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