Coming Home from Hospital

January 8, 2010 by Paul Chappell

Twelve days ago we brought our son, Larry, and his wife, Ashley, to Kaiser
Sunset Hospital in Hollywood for RPLND surgery. After a lengthy surgery, Larry was sent to recovery, and then to his room on the seventh floor.

A few days into recovery, Larry developed a condition known as “ileus.”
Ileus is a Latin word which means ” to hold in check. ” Basically, Larry’s bowels were not awake for eight days. During this time, Larrry was very ill and in significant pain. Through many nights, he had severe stomach pain and bloating against the forty-two staples on his abdomen.

In the midst of the pain, God gave Larry extra grace, and Larry’s spirit has convicted and challenged me each hour. Ashley’s dad, Ernie Baydo from Tacoma, Washington, has been with us in the hospital, and we have spent many hours of prayer together in Larry’s room.

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The ileus not only held Larry’s stomach in check, but our lives have also been in a holding pattern as, here in the hospital, God is teaching us how to wait and what it means to abide in His secret place.

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; zthey shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31)

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. (Psalm 91:1, 2, 4)


Through these intense days, we have seen God answering the prayers of His people. We want to thank our church family and friends for your prayers and words of encouragement. Each card, visit, blog comment, text, or call has meant so much. We are thankful also for the many health professionals who have served our  son.

In the past several days, we have been able to pass out three cases of A Daily Word, we have witnessed to many, and we saw one person saved.

We are thrilled today to be bringing Larry home from the hospital. We plead with you to continue your prayers as Larry begins chemotherapy treatments in sixteen days. Pray for his continued strength and complete healing. Pray that God will continue to be magnified through Larry and Ashley in the days ahead.

We will keep you posted as God’s work unfolds. Thanks again, and please keep praying.


  1. Pastor Chappell and family,

    Praise the Lord that Larry is home! My family and I have been praying for Larry’s health and the family’s strength. Thank you for your faithfulness to God and this church; your testimony through this Larry has been an encouragement and a challenge to my heart. My siblings miss you greatly, and they are anticipating your return. You will continue to be in my prayers; I know that the Lord will bring you through this.

    Job 23:10
    Brittany Brown

    Comment by Brittany Brown — January 11, 2010 @ 8:22 am

  2. I’m sure we’re not the only ones who have been reminded of the trials of Job. In fact, the trial of the Chappell-family faith today could be the trial of the White-family faith tomorrow.

    Brother and Mrs. Chappell, may God continue to strengthen you and your dear family, and heal Larry and others that may be hurting in your family; and may God use all this suffering for the furtherance of His great plan for your lives.

    Lots of love in Christ,
    Brother White and family and Church
    Surrey, BC

    Comment by Pastor Steven White — January 11, 2010 @ 9:22 am

  3. It was sooo good to see some smiles on everyones faces. Our family has been praying for Bro. Larry and his family for quit some time.
    Our prayers and our churches (Liberty Baptist Church,Fircrest,Wa) prayers will continue to be with you.
    Thank you Lord for answered prayers!

    Comment by Lisa Boyer — January 11, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

  4. Pastor Chappell,

    We have been praying for your son since our Pastor (Wayne Surface at Ohana Baptist Church here in Hawaii) told us the news.
    My family and I appreciate your twitter updates as we pray for your son and family.
    May the Lord bless your lives and ministry there in California.

    Tori Clark

    Comment by Tori Clark — January 11, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

  5. Pastor, I just wanted to let you know how happy we are that Larry is back home, and that our prayers will continue thruoghtout this trial. To our Lord Jesus Christ be the glory.
    The Ordonez family

    Comment by Tony Ordonez — January 11, 2010 @ 5:12 pm

  6. Pastor Chappell,
    I just wanted you to know that you and your family are on our prayer list at our church in Athens, Texas. We have been praying for your son and your daughter. We also have been praying for you and your church. Thank you for the comments that we can read for updates.
    Cindie Larragueta

    Comment by Cindie Larragueta — January 13, 2010 @ 8:47 am

  7. We will keep praying for Larry, you and your family. We thank you so much for your labor in the Lord and know He will give strength in this hour of need.

    Comment by David Gates/Egypt — January 13, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

  8. Dr. Chappell, Bro. Larry & family, we are continuing to pray for you at Heritage Baptist Church, San Leandro. Thank you for your steadfastness and may God continue to work greatly through all of this!

    Comment by CF — January 14, 2010 @ 12:41 pm

  9. Dear Chappell Family,
    My family and church have been praying for you and will continue to do so. Thank you for your faithfulness.

    Comment by Sharon Rose Napuunoa — January 14, 2010 @ 7:33 pm

  10. Just a note to say how glad we are Larry that you are home and improving, we will continue to pray for a speedy recovery and even after this whole trial is over we will still be praying for you & your family. Pastor & Mrs. Chappell, thank you so much for your love for the Lord and for never being afraid to preach & teach the whole word of God. Unfortunately I am not the best christian I can be, but thanks to you and Lancaster Baptist I will continue to get better. May God continue to bless your family and the ministry & I can’t wait to see what he does during winter revival.
    With love,
    The Price Family

    Comment by Mickey & Tanya Price — January 14, 2010 @ 8:59 pm

  11. I am from Bethel Baptist Church in Harbor City. My pastor is Rudy Abrot. Our church family always prays for your son. It is very heartbreaking that a man of God goes through it, but I know it is because of God. Your family is definitely a big encouragement to me. WE LOVE YOU IN THE LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Jessica De Leon — January 17, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

  12. Bro. Larry, We continue to pray for you as you are on both the church prayer list and on mine personally. God continue to bless you and may you find His grace is sufficient for every need. May each day you find yourself strengthened and encouraged in the Lord and physically as well.
    We are praying for your wife as well that God will strengthen her as she stands beside you through these days.

    Comment by Pastor Roger Green — January 18, 2010 @ 7:34 am

  13. Dear Chappell Family:

    Our church family continues to pray for Larry’s complete healing. I somewhat understand what he is enduring. I am a two time cancer survivor and I praise my God every day for His healing power. Larry is God’s man and may he remember when the Lord allows the heat to be turned up, His Hand is on the thermostat. Stay strong in the power of His might!
    We love you in Jesus! Rom. 8:28

    Comment by Dr. Adrian Harris — March 23, 2010 @ 9:13 am

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