Prayer Request

Those of you who pray, please pray for my good friend and colleague Joe Walker. Joe is married to Alisa and is the father of four school age children, Emily, Adam, Sarah Joy, and Justin; he is also the rector of St. Timothy’s Anglican Church here in Edmonton. Back in June Joe was diagnosed with a particularly aggressive and fast-acting form of cancer; he has one fast-growing tumour in the small intestine and another on the liver. For various reasons his cancer is inoperable, and from a medical point of view all that can be done is to keep him as comfortable as possible.

Joe’s wife Alisa has recently sent out this letter and asked that it be passed around.

July 27th, 2011

Dear Family and Friends and all our Prayer Supporters,

This is the first mass email I am attempting.  If you are a professional in another capacity and wondering why you are on this list, please forgive me I just could not at present remove your name from the group.  To everyone else, please pass this on to your church prayer team or to any friends that you think would like to pray for my husband.

The verses that have been going through my head these last few days are a call to all of us.  Men of faith rise up and sing of the great and glorious king.  You are strong when you feel weak.  In your brokenness you’re complete.  Rise up women of the truth.  Stand and sing to broken hearts.  Who can know the healing power of our awesome King of love.  Rise up church with broken wings.  Fill this place with songs again of our God who reigns on high.  By his grace again we’ll fly.

This is my hearts cry that we will sing and praise God for who He is and with thanksgiving we will make our requests known to him.  It is no secret to God that Joseph and I desire healing this side of heaven.  Today while there is life, I am constantly on God’s lap thanking him for all the ways in which He is providing for us and pleading with him to have mercy on my husband and heal him.  So many of you have been sent by God to support us in different ways and I want you to know how grateful we are and I pray that God will provide for you and meet your needs out of His abundance.  Your time before God’s throne on my husband’s behalf is an incredibly valuable gift.  Thank you.

Last week, we went to the Cross Cancer Institute and at present they are not able to provide any therapy for Joseph.  The intestinal tumour is at present, stage four, and has spread to other organs and chemo would simply make him sicker.  I knew in my gut from the second day that we were in the hospital that we were in a boat from which only God could rescue us.  Now it is official.  After being in the hospital for a month, we have now been home for ten days enjoying each others company.  Joseph’s nausea is better and he is able to keep some food down and his bowels are working so much more effectively.   We thank God for these mercies.  He is exhausted most of the time and we pray for energy and freedom from pain cramps.  All these are big physical issues that seem very scary and sad at times but I am convinced and believe God’s word that nothing is too big for Him.  Nothing is impossible with God.  With stubborn relentless faith we keep asking that the power that raised Christ from the dead and that gives life to us will heal my husband’s body.  In obedience I want to speak words of life.  I will not give up because of what I see in the flesh but I will press on in faith thanking God for what He has done, is doing and will continue to do.  I accept God’s will and pray that it be done.  For today, God’s will is that we pray for each other that we may be healed.  James 5:13-16.

Here are two sections that have encouraged me.  Romans 4:17-21.  Against hope, Abraham believed in hope the promises of God.  Even though his body was as good as dead, He did not waver in unbelief regarding the promises of God but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had the power to do what he had promised.  And Psalm 33 (along with 34, 62, 91).  But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.  We wait in hope for the Lord.  He is our help and our shield.  In him our hearts rejoice for we trust in his holy name.  May your unfailing love rest upon us , O Lord even as we put our hope in you.

Thank you so much for reading this and taking the time to bring us before God in your prayers…

In Christ, Alisa

Please keep them all in your prayers.

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