Originally published in The Christian Mail
Loren Cunningham, the founder of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), is living with Stage 4 cancer, according to a statement released by his family. However, despite the diagnosis, his family remains hopeful and optimistic about his recovery.
The sickness of the evangelist was reported on the official page of YWAM last week. The post reads; “Dear friends across the Body of Christ,
“Thank you so much for your prayers for Loren and his health. As you know, the doctors did a biopsy on some very slow-growing nodules in his lungs earlier this month, when they got large enough to biopsy. They turned out to be cancerous, which led us back to Honolulu for a full body scan on February 22nd.
“The results from that scan have just come in, revealing that there is extensive cancer in Loren’s lungs, bones and lymph system (stage 4 cancer). One miracle is, the cancer cells have not spread to his brain. Another is that Loren is able to be quite active at this time!
“We believe with all our hearts that these miracles are an answer to the prayers of the Saints. Everything about this case has been unusual. The oncologist said that usually, lesions in the lungs grow very quickly; Loren’s have grown very slowly. We don’t know whether that will be characteristic of the growth of the other lesions as well? But what we DO know is that he is in God’s hands. … “
The family went on to say that Cunningham is surrounded by loved ones and that they are all praying for his recovery. They also asked for prayers from the YWAM community and anyone else who has been impacted by Cunningham’s ministry over the years. Despite his health challenges, Cunningham remains an inspiration to many. His passion for spreading the Gospel has touched the lives of countless people around the world, and his legacy continues to live on through the work of YWAM.
Cunningham, who is 85 years old, founded YWAM in 1960 with a mission to “know God and to make Him known”. The organisation has since grown to become a global movement, with over 20 000 staff and millions of volunteers working in more than 180 countries.
In response to the news, members of the YWAM community have expressed their support for Cunningham and his family. Many have shared stories of how Cunningham’s ministry has impacted their lives and how they are praying for his healing.
The news of Cunningham’s diagnosis is a reminder of the importance of prayer and the power of faith in difficult times. The YWAM community will no doubt continue to rally around Cunningham and his family as they navigate this challenging season.
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