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A note from Rachael Crabb

March 2, 2014

Dear Prayer Partners,

It has been a long time since you’ve received a Prayer Initiative from NewWay—here is a short, very important one. I wanted to update you about Larry’s latest bout with the gastrinoma/cancer that has settled in his liver again—3 tumors in the liver, two in one lobe and 1 in the other lobe so no invasive surgery! If he had to go under the knife it would be three separate surgeries, with time between each for the resections to be restored. We did not want that invasion but love how God made us, a liver can regrow!

All this has lead up to Tuesday, March 4th, when Larry will have one of the newest procedures done by an interventional radiologist. Dr Stangle will go thru the groin into the liver with a catheter of chemo and inject it into the liver. The doctor trained at Mt Sinai in NYC in this fairly new treatment and said side effects are minimal (out of several 100 Dr S has done he has had 2 patients lose their hair (picturing Larry bald for a time is not a pretty sight). We are hopeful that unseen lesions will be wiped out and kept at bay for a bit with this concentrated chemo (the doctor also told us that he will always have this cancer and it’s not if it will return BUT where it will return). I guess after 17 and 1/2 yrs of dealing with this off and on we are realizing that we are involved in a unseen story being told all around us and are grateful.

A longer prayer initiative will be coming–we have a very busy schedule coming up for NewWay in the next several months (the doctor also told us that Larry needs a week after this procedure to recoup, so we’re giving him 2 weeks before he hits the road running on March 19th) We also like including the many prayer needs and praises you send to us. Know we are grateful for friends who hold up our arms!

With gratefulness to a BIG GOD,

Rachael for Larry and the little team

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9 Comments
  1. Caroline permalink

    Our family will be lifting you both up in prayer every day, and the doctors too. Thank you so much for allowing God to use your lives to encourage so many others.

    Thank you for being real and exposing what God is still doing in you after a lifetime of following Him. So beautiful, both of you, with or with hair!

    Thank you for struggling forward.

  2. Kay Fekete permalink

    Dear Rachael and Larry,

    Dan and I will be praying for this new turn of events!

    Also, wanted to let you know that Dan and I are now involved in a business with medicinal mushrooms – especially Lingzhi / Reishi / Ganoderma. There is a ton of research being done on the use of medicinal mushrooms with cancer, even taking them while undergoing chemo or radiation to help rebuild the white blood cells and restore energy more quickly.

    I know it probably sounds weird, but please email me if youd like more information. They are in the form of capsules, tea or coffee. And you can google it and see for yourself. We are becoming more convinced that this is one of Gods natural healing products.

    Love you both. Its been years since weve seen you, but we love getting your updates.

    Kay and Dan Fekete

  3. Brenda permalink

    Will be praying for His peace and healing touch. Thanks for sharing. Bless you all!

  4. Our prayer is that God will give you both and the family His strength at this time.

  5. Monte Sheets permalink

    I am praying for Larry and all of you!

  6. Christina Wilhoit permalink

    Praying for you and your precious family.

  7. Barry Keller permalink

    Praying 1Thess.5:18 and others for you Rachael and Larry
    Barry and Arlene Keller

  8. Dear Larry ~

    This, a note long overdue. You have influenced and shaped my counseling philosophy greatly over the years, at Philadelphia Biblical University, the AACC conferences, a conference at Gordon-Conwell, and the reading and re-reading of your books and your writings in the Christian Counseling Today magazine. God has used you greatly to impact my life, first personally and then professionally, and all I can say is thank you.

    God has put you on my heart in recent days and now I see why. Please know that I will be praying for you and for your family on a steady basis in the days to come.

    Warmest blessings and great appreciation from a ‘fan’ …

  9. Words seem limiting to express my heart of gratitude to you both for being Titus 1:1 “servants of the Word of God” for the knowledge of the Truth that leads to changed lives. I wouldn’t even be here today if it were not for you, Larry. I so wanted to take my life in 2006 and God stopped me in my tracks. And I found your writing and … God intervened. No more! Oh, I’m still a mess but I have found a Rest that I never knew existed. I’ve read your books, one left to go. Through your ministry, I found a Beautiful God in the midst of harrowing circumstances that in some ways still exist for me. Every day, I read my Bible and 66 Love Letters since 2009. And I’m helping other women passing on what I’ve found. I can never thank you enough. I am more alive, more present, than ever, even than yesterday. I can’t explain it. I just want to say the simple words: Thank You. I am praying for you as you embrace this new chapter. With prayers and tears—Romans 8:26 the Holy Spirit is praying for you with “groanings too deep for words.” My promise to pray for you and precious Rachael! Hope to see you both again soon.
    Beverly Brandon (SSD 25/ Next Step @The Cove/ Holy Land Trip)

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