Hey gang…just wanted to let you all know that you should check out Terry’s trip blog. It has all kinds of pictures and details about all that’s being done there and it’s wonderful. Check it out at http://childrenoftheking.blogspot.com
Can’t go into too much of this without being a weepy mess but Terry is some kind of special. The short version of this God story is that hundreds upon hundreds of people have been influenced by his love for God and his love for Honduras. He was one of the original founders of TORCH and has been going for the past 10+ years, and now several times each year. He was so much of the reason that I ever chose to go and I owe him a lot for the way He made God and the treasures of this place recognizable to me.
Now while Terry would never let this define him (and precisely the reason I think of him each time I hear the word giant) he’s involved in a vicious battle with cancer presently. I remember over a year ago getting word from Margaret that Terry was going to have to have a biopsy for a spot on his back. We all began to pray then that God woud heal Terry and that this all would go away. The results came back and it was mellanoma and a very aggressive form of mellanoma but it hadn’t gotten into his lymph nodes or some other very good signs. The doctor’s didn’t give a real promising diagnosis however and the percentages looked pretty grim. Terry fought and we prayed and he continued to work on fire for the Lord and go a mile a minute as he does and the doctors were amazed at how well he came through all of that. When he went for his checkup though a few months ago they found a few spots on his belly and it had gotten into his lymph nodes and so he had a spot removed and talked with his doctor and said “look, I’ll do whatever you need me to do that will best help in this situation but I have a trip coming up for the month of July where I’m taking about 200 people to Honduras and if I could wait until after that for the rest of the procedures I’d sure like to.” So the specialist told him that waiting until after Honduras wasn’t going to change anything or put him at risk and so right now my friend Terry is leading a trip in Honduras, I have no doubt being loving and inspiring, doing what his heart most loves, while his body is fighting off a nasty disease.
I love this guy, and I write all this today to share with you his blog and the cool things that are going on in Honduras and I suppose to tell you about another one of my favorite people in the world, but beyond any of that, I am begging that you will become another one in this army of prayer on behalf of Terry and his family. God is faithful and we trust Him to work all of this to His good, it’s just that in this human heart I want to get to walk with him for a while through some of the dreams God has for all of us.
Terry–thanks buddy for what you’ve done for so many of us when you knew we were watching and when you had no idea. Your example and your genuine love for Jesus has been a huge influence in my life and the lives of so many others. I love you truly and deeply!