Prayers Urged for Pastor Chuck Smith 

Pastor Chuck SmithThe daughter of Pastor Chuck Smith, founder of the Calvary Chapel movement, is calling for prayers for her father after doctors upgraded the stage of his lung cancer.

“Prayer warriors, it is time to put on your armor and fight in the spiritual arena,” shared Janette Smith Manderson on Sunday. “Dad's doctors just upgraded his lung cancer from Stage 3 to Stage 4, due to the fluid in his lung. This fluid contains cancer cells.”

According to Manderson, Smith recently had fluid removed for a second time. Smith first announced his Stage 3 lung cancer diagnosis to his church on New Year’s Day 2012. Seven months later, doctors said his cancer was reduced and seemed to be in remission. It is not clear when the cancer came out of remission.

On July 1, Smith will have more fluid removed and a CAT scan to see if his lung is expanding. If his lung does not expand, Smith will have to have a catheter installed in the lung area to help him empty the fluid at home. If Smith’s lung does expand, doctors will put talc into his lung to keep the fluid from forming.

“The talc procedure is simpler and preferable for various reasons,” Manderson shared. “Please ask the Lord for His perfect plan for Dad to be accomplished. We trust our Heavenly Father to know best. Thank you eternally for praying."

On Tuesday, June 18, Smith marked his 86th birthday.

PHOTO ABOVE: Chuck Smith, Senior Pastor, Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa.

Published: June 27, 2013