Praying and Trusting

February 17, 2010 by Paul Chappell

I wanted to take a moment today to thank our many friends who are praying and trusting God with us regarding the physical needs in our son Larry’s life as well as our spiritual need for God’s sustaining grace and power.

About a week before Thanksgiving, Larry was summoned to the hospital for an emergency surgery. After the initial surgery and further consultations and studies conducted, it was determined that Larry should have a second surgery. This surgery (RPLND) was conducted at Kaiser hospital in Los Angeles, California, in late December. Although Larry had some post-surgery complications with the condition on his ileum, we are thankful that God brought him through the surgery and has blessed him with healing since the surgery.

Due to the discovery of cancer in some lymph nodes in Larry’s abdomen, the prescribed course of treatment was adjuvant chemotherapy.

Larry recently completed his first course of chemotherapy (beginning thirty days after the surgery date). As of this writing, he is beginning the second course, which includes five consecutive days this week of intravenous chemotherapy for several hours each day.

Between the surgeries and the chemotherapy, Larry has experienced some challenging days, but his spirit has remained steadfast in the Lord, and he and Ashley have encouraged one another throughout the entire process.

We have studied Larry’s type of cancer extensively and we are following the standardized course of treatment for his particular need. Our hope, however, does not lie merely in the good prognosis of the doctors; it rests in the hands of our powerful God. Early on in the process, God gave me the verse Psalm 71:5, “Thou art my hope, O Lord….” I know that Larry and Ashley are also hoping and trusting the Lord throughout this process. God’s Word promises in Psalm 9:10 “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”

Please continue to pray for our family as we seek the Lord through this time. Pray for Larry especially over the course of the next several days as he goes through this intense time in his life, and pray for Ashley as she supports her husband.

Last week I had an awesome few hours with Larry as we traveled together to join his brother Matthew on the occasion of his engagement to be married. As always, I was encouraged and stimulated by Larry’s conversation. He has deep insight into the work of the local church and current affairs in our country. I can sense his passion is strong to preach again and to make a difference in his generation.

Once again, we ask your continued prayers for Larry during this next course of treatment. Pray that God through the medicine and by His healing hand will raise Larry up a different and an anointed man for His glory. Pray that we as a family will not waste this trial and that we will learn all that God has for us.

I’m so thankful to our staff who have labored diligently with me through this time. I’m thankful for a loving church who has prayed compassionately and fervently. I’m thankful for many of our pastor friends and their congregations who are praying for Larry, Ashley, and our entire family.

This is a different season for us, but we know this is a time that is very important and allowed by God. May God richly bless you for your care, your concern, and your prayers on our behalf.


  1. Pastor, Thanks for the update! We are continuing to pray for Larry and Ashley and the Chappell family! We are praying for complete healing, and know God is able! We love you guys!

    Comment by Michelle Reis — February 18, 2010 @ 7:25 am

  2. Dear Larry and Ashley, just wanted you to
    know that I am still praying for the both
    of you guys. Our God is an all mighty God
    who will never give us more than we can,
    handle, even when we think that is it, no
    more, he provide even more strength for
    us, so hang in the tight, for you have been
    a real blessing to me. Thank you Pastor for
    keeping us updated.

    Ginger Brown

    Comment by Ginger Brown — February 18, 2010 @ 7:50 am

  3. Pastor and family,

    I am praying and trusting that God will use this in the lives of so many people. I know that God has shown me so much through your family. I understand exactly what your family is going through, and I know that our God is great. Thank you for your testimony and faithfulness through this. Let Ashley and Larry know that we are praying for them.

    Brittany Brown

    Comment by Brittany Brown — February 18, 2010 @ 8:38 am

  4. Pastor and Family,

    We will continue to pray for a complete recovery for Larry. Your entire family means a lot to us and you are all in our daily prayers. Thank you for the update.

    Isaiah 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

    God Bless You All.
    Salty Family

    Comment by Salty Family (spanish ministry) — February 18, 2010 @ 4:43 pm

  5. Thank you Pastor for this update. We have been encouraged to see how the Lord is strengthening you & Terrie thru this time. We are continuing to pray daily for each of you.
    We’re praying that the Lord will continue to strenghen and completey heal Larry. We Love all of you and we know the Lord hears prayers.

    Comment by Dorothy Edgar & Samantha — February 18, 2010 @ 5:41 pm

  6. Pastor and family,
    We are continuing to pray for healing and strength for Larry and Ashley. We are thankful for a sustaining God who loves and cares when we are going through difficult times. Pastor, thank you for your sermon last night. God has used it in our lives and we are thankful for that. Praying for you. The Jesse Johnson Family

    Comment by Candace Johnson — February 22, 2010 @ 7:59 pm

  7. Paul, just wanted to know that my family and I will be praying for Larry and the rest of your family!


    Comment by Ray Sauter — February 22, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

  8. Bro. Larry looks more and more like dad 🙂 God is soo good to us in answering our prayers. Our family and church are faithfully praying for you and your family, praying spacifically for God to allow the treatments to do what they need to do and thats completely getting rid of the cancer.
    We love you and your family
    Your sister in Christ
    Lisa Boyer

    Comment by Lisa Boyer — February 24, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

  9. Dear Pastor & Mrs.Chappell,

    We greatly do appreciate your recent updates on Larry. Jerry & I both love you and your precious family so much and are faithfully praying for all of you at this time. Through this trial, all of you have become a stronger people and your testimony of the Lord’s grace is very evident in your lives and your faith has become stronger. May our loving Lord continue to strengthen you at this time.

    With our love,
    Jerry & Nancy McKeehan

    Comment by Jerry and Nancy McKeehan — February 27, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

  10. We just wanted to let you know that we are praying for you (The Chappel family) here in Papua New Guinea. Keep pressing on.

    Comment by Pastor Tau and Suzanne Abary — March 8, 2010 @ 9:55 pm

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