March 31, 2017


First Southern Family,


Back in October of 2014 we announced to you that I had been diagnosed with stomach cancer.  At that time we shared with you that our first and foremost prayer was that the truth of God’s Word in I Peter 1:6-7 would be manifested in our lives in that it says: 6In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  This is still very true for us and the desire of our hearts.


Over the last few months, as many of you are aware, I had developed strictures in both my large and small intestine that appeared to be the result of adhesions from previous cancer treatments and surgery.  I returned to MD Anderson on March 16 and was admitted to the hospital where the following Monday the doctors were able to perform a bypass surgery of the strictures related to the small intestine.  The surgery was a success and my recovery from it has been very encouraging.


Unfortunately, while performing the surgery my surgical oncologist performed numerous biopsies that resulted in a positive reading and a diagnosis that the cancer has returned.  Next week the doctors will consult with each other to determine the next course of action and treatment.  We really are not certain as to what they will decide to do since the cancer, while confirmed through biopsies, still has not manifested itself so as to be visible by CT scans.


Scott Pace will be preaching for us this Sunday, April 2 but I plan on being at both the 8:30 am and 11:00 am worship services.  I will share a few more details with you at that time.


Don’t be discouraged; God is still on His throne!  He has healed once and in His incomprehensible power and might He is fully capable of healing again.  Yet, regardless of what the future may hold for any of us, let us remember: “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works

within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”  Ephesians 3:20-21


In Christ Alone,


Shane, Misty, Maci and Mallory