Last week, we had our first post-chemo scan. It had been about eleven weeks since her last round of chemo ended. Emily will have a lot of follow-ups in the coming years, but the ones that are most stressful are her chest scans over the next two years. If cancer comes back, it will likely be found in her lungs, and a majority of the time it comes back within two years.
Medically, there is a 70% chance her cancer will never return. We know that God is sovereign over all of that and we are trusting Him completely rather than statistics, but we are so thankful for the medical experts who have cared for our daughter. They have used the gifts God has given them to do His sovereign work. We are praying that Emily will be in that 70%. She truly has been an inspiration to me this last year, and we have seen great growth in her through this incredible trial. I think God has much in store for her future.
We are thankful that the 3-month chest scan came back clear! They took an X-Ray of her knee joint. It looks like the knee and bone replacement seems to be functioning well. Her physical therapist is pleased with her progress. For the next two years, she will undergo a chest scan every 3 months. The third year, she will have a scan every four months. The fourth and fifth year, she will have scans every six months. With it will be a lot of other tests, bone scans, monitoring her heart and hearing (that could sustain delayed damage from her chemo) as well as other tests I’m sure I’ve forgotten.
If you are reading this, you are probably one of the thousands who
Secondarily in importance, the weekend of December 8-9, I
There are similarities and differences, and I will be dependent on God to help me lead the staff well.
This past weekend, the church voted 98.3%
There are many similarities between Northridge Church (where I pastored for over 15 years) and New Heights Church.
- Both have a mission of “More & Better Disciples”
- Both have four campuses
- Both use video preaching at the campuses
- Both are in very unchurched parts of the country
There are also some significant differences.
- They have Saturday night services
- I will be teaching 5 times a weekend (I’ve typically done 2 or 3)
- I will be teaching less often. At Northridge, the least I ever taught was 35 times a year. That likely will be the most I will teach at New Heights as Team Teaching has been a strong hallmark of their ministry.
- I had the opportunity to build a staff at Northridge Church. At New Heights, I will inherit a staff who has been effectively leading for a long time. But with that will come adjustments for all of us.
- At Northridge, after over 15 years, I passed the baton of leadership to a new young leader. At New Heights, I was handed the baton by the lead pastor who led well for over 27 years.
Perhaps this is a surprise to you, and I’d be happy to share the story of how God has led in this direction. For now, we would appreciate your prayers as we work through all the details of moving. I never imagined when we moved in 2016, we’d be moving again in 2019. But God has made it clear – this is the step we should take.
We would appreciate your prayers.