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An Important Message to Family & Friends

Dear Family and Friends,

I apologize in advance for the long post, but I want to share some recent news in our lives that the Lord is unfolding. This past Wednesday, after a series of appointments and a CT scan, we received word from my doctor that I have a probable case of lymphoma. We are preparing for follow up appointments with a surgeon and oncologist in the next two weeks for a clear diagnosis and a treatment regimen. I’m probably three or four weeks away from starting some form of treatment.

At this point we know very little, but let me share the good news. This is probably Hodgkins Lymphoma, which is both treatable and survivable. Other than some swollen lymph nodes and a small soft-tissue mass just below my sternum, I have no other symptoms. No pain, no high blood counts, no discomfort, nothing whatsoever that would indicate that I’m sick.

In the past couple of days, the Lord has truly gone before us in more ways than I can recount. But in the rest of this post, rather than focus on the news, I want you to know how we are responding as a family to this trial…

First, We See This as a Golden Opportunity
Job said in Job 23:10, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” Believe me, I’m the first to know that there is nothing good about me. (Frankly, God knows everything about me, and He’s been exceedingly patient and gracious to let me live this long.) But I do know that God wants to use this trial to do something golden in my life and in my family’s life. From the first night, when we met as a family and prayed together, I taught the kids that trials are golden opportunities—like God loaning us a very precious treasure. This is something we desire to steward, to use to influence others for Christ, and to allow God to purge and work in our own lives to make us more like Himself.

Second, We See This as a Gracious Opportunity
Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” God’s grace is truly amazing! And nothing in life can compare to knowing Christ personally and knowing that we are right where He has ordained. From before the doctors spoke with us, I have experienced that “peace which passeth all understanding,” which can only come by God’s grace. Please do not worry for us. In the past two days, we have enjoyed our lives, laughed together, and experienced the same wonderful family life that we normally do. This trial has given our whole family a fresh opportunity to know God’s grace and see Him at work personally. It’s been pretty amazing!

The hardest part of this whole thing has simply been telling people. Others are sorrowing more than I am… and it’s hard to put that on people. Personally, I’m not worried, scared, nervous, or shaken. I’m intrigued by what God is up to. I’m focused on honoring Him and trusting Him. I’m confident that whether by life or death, He is accomplishing His purpose for me. I’m eager to know where I’m headed for treatment. I’m determined to fight this because I know my family is counting on me. But I’m not sorrowing, despairing, or in any way discouraged by this. And that’s just God, not me.

Third, We See This as a Growing Opportunity
Most people go through life hoping something like this won’t happen. The noise of life makes it easy to ignore death and live like it’s never coming. Biblical living is different. It begins with the end in mind and expects the unexpected. God teaches us that trials are a part of His plan, and He promises to sustain us through them. For that reason, I look back very thankful for the life God has given, the experiences, the decisions, etc. with no regrets. In 20 years of ministry, I feel that God has given me 40 years of blessings!

I look ahead knowing that we will grow through this and confident that, whatever the outcome, He is working all things together for our good. He is very, very, very good. And it seems that this trial has cleared away the fog of life just enough to more clearly reveal the brilliant glow of His unbelievable goodness. I know, by human logic, this doesn’t make sense, but it’s true. I see God’s goodness more clearly now than I did a few days ago.

Our family has only had a few trials over the years, and I’ve always known that sometime, somehow, God would allow something like this in our lives. I am humbled that He would allow me to serve Him, and that He would allow me to have a trial through which I may glorify Him more.

Here are a few thoughts on how we plan to move forward:

We Will Move Forward with Purpose
Years ago, God called me to serve Him. This is His purpose for our family, and we embrace that purpose in this trial as well. We have determined, in prayer as a family, that we will do three things: Love God, trust God, and live for God for the rest of our lives. This is our declaration—our hearts are fixed. For a long time, I have asked the Lord to allow my life to be His message. In this time, we want to continue declaring God’s message and living to serve, encourage, and influence others to Christ and for Christ.

We Will Move Forward with Joy
I’m a happy person. I like to laugh. I enjoy joking around, even about this trial. As a family, we like to enjoy life. And we intend to continue that spirit, by God’s grace. While we are praying for healing and health, we are also prepared to rejoice in whatever circumstance God places us. We have rejoiced these past three days. Literally, we have laughed and enjoyed ourselves as a family. I have done the same with co-workers and staff with whom I labor. I want others to be completely comfortable with our trial and in our presence. I want to be an encourager to others around me.

We Will Move Forward with Reality
I realize that death is a serious matter, so don’t take me wrong on this point. Death doesn’t scare a Christian. And let’s face it, in this situation, death is a possibility. But in reality, death is always a possibility for everybody. I refuse to go forward in denial or to lead Dana and the kids into denial. I’m not trusting the power of positive thinking. I’m trusting the power of God, and leaving the outcome up to Him. I recognize the very real possibility that my days are fewer than I expected—but in reality, that’s always the case. I just have a fresh realization of it. If God allows me to live—I will live for Him and thank Him for a longer life. If God takes me early, then I will go with a great attitude, and declare His message as long and loud as I can between now and then. Either way, as a family, we will hope and pray for healing, but prepare for ultimate healing if that’s what God chooses.

As this sickness unfolds, I will step back and live life through the lens of God’s highest priorities. But understand, while we will not focus unnecessarily upon death, we will not ignore its possibility either. We simply will not be intimidated by it. In living, pray that I can teach others how to live biblically. If by dying, pray that I can teach others how to die biblically. It’s that simple. And for a Christian—either way, it’s a WIN!

We Will Move Forward with Rest
A couple of people have suggested to me that an immune system illness could have been created by stress or a schedule that was too busy. For the most part these are people unfamiliar with my schedule or stress level. I want to assure you that this isn’t the case. I don’t experience much stress in my life, and normally, I get 7 or 8 hours of sleep each night. I couldn’t ask for a better staff who labor with me and share the workload. My blood pressure has never been high. For the past 20 years I’ve simply been living out God’s call and purpose. Even doctors have told me this illness is not in any way connected to my diet or lifestyle. No legitimate medical evidence suggests such.

That said, first, we are resting in God’s grace. Second, please know that we are committed to doing whatever the doctors suggest in the form of rest and recovery from upcoming treatments or surgeries. There’s no question about this. We will follow medical experts in this matter. And we will be sure to get extra time as a family both before, during, and after treatments (which will probably be 6-12 months).

As a side note, there are a couple of ways God has prepared us for this. First, several months ago, I was compelled to begin an exercise routine for 30 minutes per day. (This is really out of character for me, so I know this was the Lord’s prompting.) Over the last three months I’ve gotten in shape, which has probably better prepared me for chemo. Second, in working towards a masters degree, I’ve been spending about an hour each day in the Psalms studying. WOW! Talk about a crash course for trial preparation. This truly has reminded me of God’s ways in trials. Looking back on my time in the Psalms, it’s almost like God called me to His side a couple of months ago and said, “Stay closer to my heart, you’re going to need this soon.” What a great God!

We Will Move Forward with Support and Prayer
Already we have hundreds of church family, pastors, family, and friends from around the world who are praying for us and letting us know. No wonder God has given us such a joy and peace in the middle of this strange reality. Our pastor left our home a few moments ago after visiting with us and praying with us. The staff at church has already expressed an overwhelming amount of support and encouragement. On and on it goes. So many of you have called, texted, or emailed… prayers, verses, thoughts. Thank you! It’s pretty amazing to have people who love us that much! God has given us a very large family!

Closing Thoughts:
I want to wrap up with a few important thoughts.

First, I ask you to pray for some friends of mine who are going through worse trials and who need your prayer probably even more than we do. My cousin Dean is fighting colon cancer at age 46 and his children are very young. Pray for Dean and his family. Second, my buddy Larry Chappell, who works with me in youth ministry, is on the upside of his cancer battle which began a year ago. He is in remission, but continue to pray that he will stay healthy and strong. Third, several young people in our youth group have very sick or struggling parents. It’s difficult to see our teenagers with these types of trials. Finally, a friend of mine in North Carolina named Tommy has been struggling for several years with lung cancer. He’s a great man!

Second, I want you to know my heart’s desire. I want God’s will. I want to finish my course with joy. When I pray for healing and life, it is primarily because I know my family needs me. I want to make the most of every single day that God gives me between here and Heaven, and I want to continue to cherish every moment and every relationship!

Third, I want you to pray for my family more than you pray for me. I know this will be harder on Dana and the kids, so don’t you dare pray for me without praying for them TWICE! And please don’t worry about me. I’m not needing to work up some false, fake confidence or pretend that I’m fine emotionally. I really am. I want you to rest in knowing that my spirit is restful, refreshed, and content. Jesus Christ makes that a reality.

Finally, if you happen to read this and don’t know Christ as your personal Saviour—write me. I would love to help you understand how a person can look death in the face and be ok with it. It’s not about religion. It’s all about a relationship… and you can have that relationship today if you would like!

Thanks for praying for us. I will post an update when we have more information. And thanks for taking time to read this ridiculously long diatribe!

Praying that God will be honored in all,


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  • Thank you for sharing your heart. Now we can help to bear your burden. You and your family will be in my prayers daily.

  • Our family is praying for you, Bro. Schmidt, that the Lord will be with you and your family and that he will heal you and comfort you during this time. We love you and are so thankful to you for being a part of our lives and helping us grow in the Lord!

  • I appreciate you and your ministry. I love you and will pray for you daily.

  • Bro. Schmidt we are praying for you and your wife as well as for Lance, Larry, and Haylee! You have been a help and guide to me and I will pray everyday that you will be miraculously brought through this fiery trial! I love you!

  • Thank you for sharing this with us. I was encouraged as I read your post and draw strength from your faith in God and his divine purpose for your life. I promise to pray for you and your dear family daily. I love you and am thankful for your ministry.

  • Cary – love you & your family. Thankful for your influence & friendship in my life. I’m praying for you & your family. II Thess. 5:18 takes on new meaning. May God’s grace continue to sustain you all!

  • Brother Schmidt we are praying for you, your family, and your ministry. Trusting and knowing that the Lord will continue to be glorified in everything.

  • Bro. Cary, you & your family are in our prayers. Your faith is such an encouragement to us. Love & prayers, the Shannons in AZ.

  • Bro. Schmidt,
    We are praying for you and your family.
    The Morris’, Victory Baptist Carterville, IL.

  • Thank you for the update. I promise that you have my prayers for you and family. I am blessed by your ministry and often share your blog with others.

  • Bro. Schmidt, you and your family are loved by so many across this country including us here at Solid Rock. Thank you for allowing God to use you. You’re outlook concerning this trial is both encouraging and convicting. We will fervently pray.

  • Cary and Dana, our hearts are so burdened for you and your family and friends. Please know we are praying and will continue to pray fervently. — David and Carin Gibbs

  • Our prayers go with you all and our church family will be lifting you up before the Lord.
    Thank you for the encouraging post even in the midst of a storm.

    Here to Serve,
    Jeff and Mindy Bush and family
    missionaries in Argentina

  • It was a blessing to read your testimony of God’s grace and mercy in your life. Be assured of our prayers for you and your family.

    The Carrs

  • Thank you for the fresh reminder of what life truly is about. We love you and know that the Shadow Mountain Baptist Church and your friends around the world will be in daily prayer for you and your family.

  • Bro. Schmidt, thank you for being such a biblical example, and having such a positive influence in my life, you and your family will be in my prayers daily.

  • Bro Schmidt,

    Thank you for being a testimony of Gods grace. My wife and I have always been encouraged by the example you and Dana have led. We will pray for you and your family daily. We love you and hope we can help bear your burden.

  • Bro. Schmidt,

    Our family will be in prayer for you in the days ahead. Thank you for being an encouragement in our lives from upclose and from far away.

    Your friends,
    Cliff & Jaime Reedman

  • Our family are praying for you, Dana and the kids. Thank you for your faithfulness and leadership in the Youth and Music Ministries. We love you! _Scott

  • Bro. Schmidt,
    We are praying for you and your family daily. We love you guys and count it a great privilege to be your friend. Please let us know if there is anything that you need.

  • Thank you so much for sharing your heart. I just want to thank you for your willingness to follow the Lord’s calling on your life, cause you have been such an encouragement for year to me and my family, through your podcasts, music and so many other ways. We’ll keep you and your family in our prayers.
    Sandra Carter – Shaow Mountain Baptist Church

  • Bro. Schmidt. You and your family will be in our prayers daily. Thank you for sharing this part of your life with us. Will be exciting to see God work in you and your family!
    Dave, Kelly & kids

  • Wow! Trials can shake someone’s faith. Your testimony shows why they are precious gifts. We love you and will pray for your family, friends and you.

  • Bro. Schmidt, Thank you for your testimony and Christ honoring perspective. You are such a blessing and encouragement to so many people. We love you and your family. You all are in our prayers daily!

  • Brother Schmidt, We love you and your awesome family. Praying for you during this trial that God will heal your body and comfort your family during this time and that he will provide for all your needs.

  • Bro. Schmidt,
    You and your family will be in our prayers. If there is a model youth pastor whom to look to in our days, it’s definitely you. I will announce it to our young people at the Montecito Baptist Church this Sunday, and you can count on hundreds of prayers going to God in love for you and your family.

  • Bro. Schmidt,
    Kami and I as well as our church will be praying for you and your family. We love you and know that God is in control.

  • Wow! What a testimony. I will certainly be praying for you and your family. You are a true blessing!

  • Will be praying for you and your family. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do for your or your family personally.

  • Brother Schmidt – Thank you so much for sharing your own personal trial with all of us. You have been such an inspiration to our family for the past 2 1/2 years, and your testimony here has broadened that inspiration. Your faith, your grace… THANK YOU! Please know that our family will be praying for you and twice for your wonderful family! We love you.

  • I praise the Lord for the great grace and peace He has given you. And I will pray for you and your family. I will also lead our church in prayer for you. It is clear to me through yours and Larry’s sickness that God has even greater things in store for LBC and its many ministries.
    You have been such a great blessing and help to so many through the years. Your ministry has impacted my own. While we would wish you did not have to bear this burden at all, I and many others will rejoice at the opportunity to bear it with you. It is a great blessing to help others who have helped you.
    Pastor Mike Westmoreland
    Madison Street Baptist Church

  • Bro. Schmidt, thanks for being such an encourager even in the midst of a trial! We will be praying for you and Dana and the kids. I pray that your treatment will be easy and you will be healed.

  • Bro. Schmidt thanks for being there when Melissa was young. We will pray for you, Dana and the kids. We were just talking about Larry the other day and how he could turn his pacifer over without taking it out of his mouth. We tired it with Ayden, Melissa’s son but he can’t do it yet. We think of you and our family often, and all the times the boys stayed with us. Praying all will go as God has planned.

  • Your post encouraged my heart. My family will continue to pray for you, as we have, but now more specifically for your health trial. You have been a blessing to us and have encouraged us so much. It is our privilege and honor to lift you and your family up in fervent prayer.

  • Bro. Schmidt, Thank you for sharing your heart. You mean more to my family than you will ever know. Your testimony gives strength to us all. We will continue to pray for you and your family! Psalms 37:3(a verse that has truly given me strength recently) We love you! Dan and Helen Callaghan

  • Bro. Schmidt,

    My family and I are so sorry to hear the news. We will be praying for you and your family. Thank you for always being such a great encouragement and blessing to me!

  • Wow! That is the right perspective. I love you brother. I have prayed for your family regularly. Your wife and children have been on our heart. We are and will continue to labor with you in prayer.

  • Bro. Schmidt,

    I want to let you know that myself and my church family will be praying for you! You have been used through your writings in such a great way in our church. We praise the Lord for you, and we will be praying for great opportunities to minister to others through this trial.

    Laborers Together,
    Pastor Stephen Ashmore
    Bible Baptist Church, Hampton, GA

  • Miss you, love you, and will pray for you. We serve an awesome God! Thanks for your encouragement in my life.

  • Bro. Schmidt we love you and we’re praying for you and your family. Thank you for your testimony. Thank you for your encouragement, guidance and words of wisdom for our children over the years. Most importantly, thank you for your friendship. Again, you are in our prayers.

    God Bless you and your family,
    Renwick, Earlene, Tiana and Renwick Alexander Gray

  • Bro Schmidt –

    In so many countless ways you have had an unseen impact on our church through the ministry of Striving Together. As a brother in Christ, please know that I will be praying for you and your sweet family.

    Thankful for Your Faithful Testimony,

    Joel Mosier
    Assistant Pastor
    Bethel Baptist Church
    Sellersville, PA

  • Bro. Schmidt, thank you for continuing to point us to our Lord through this trial. We have always appreciated the way you ministered to us as you visited us at City of Hope. We will pray for you and your family daily!!
    By His Grace!
    The Enseys.

  • I will continue praying for you and your family. Thank you for your testimony of faithfulness, even in a trying time. You and your family are a blessing to me and to our church family!

  • I will pray for you, Dana, and your sweet children as well as the rest of your family I may not know.
    You sounded great yesterday singing the invitation song at 11 AM Service .
    WE are so thankful to God for using you so greatly to the glory of Jesus Christ.
    You have blessed my life over and over – praying with Jim and me and with your insight with teens. I’ve relied on you and Dana so many times.
    God’s grace and strength with my daily prayers for a full recovery.
    Love in Christ,
    Mrs. Janet Ballew

  • We will be praying for you and your family. Thank you for your spirit as you press forward!

  • My family will be praying for you, and for your family as well. Thanks for sharing and being so honest with us. Your church family loves you 🙂

    The Baggaley’s

  • I’ve been using your book as a tool for my young adult ladies SS class. I have loved teaching and learning with the Discover Your Destiny series. I am sorry to hear about your trial but was encouraged by your post. We will keep you in our prayers

  • The Brooks family is praying for you! You have no idea how much you mean to us! God has truly used you in my life and our family! You’re by far the most influential person I have grown up around! Time and time again you have shown a godly and consistent life that has drawn others to our wonderful Saviour! I look forward to seeing God glorified by you in this trial! Your testimony has grown me in years past and now as I serve in the student ministries. God is awesome! and He is GOOD….ALL THE TIME! I love you Bro. Schmidt! Let me know if you need anything 🙂 Praying daily! ….throughout the day

  • Praying for you and your family.

  • Bro. Schmidt,
    I am praying for you and your family during this time. As we all join with you to pray for God’s healing just remember James 5:14-16. ( “…the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”)

    Jessica Thibo

  • Bro. Schmidt,
    I like everything you said here but our family need you, too. We couldn’t wait for our kids to go to youth department so they can learn from you and get influenced by. If this had to happen, God knew by whom He can get glorified the most. Thank you for being there and being such a great example. The Kims

  • You and your family are such a blessing. Bill & I will be holding you all in prayer. With love in Christ, Bill & Pat Ash

  • Bro. Schmidt,
    you don’t know me but this was posted on facebook by a friend of mine . Your attitude is already glorifying God. My daughter is a freshman there @ WCBC and I feel blessed knowing she is there around such amazing people who love our Lord and want to make him known to others.

  • Brother Schmidt I just wanted you to know that I am praying for you. I wanted to thank you for your testimony and for loving Ryan. You made him feel so special when he graduated and I will never forget that. We love your family and will continue to pray for you all. take care and just know that we will continue to lift you up before the Lord

  • Thank you for sharing. Your life is a testimony of God’s grace and mercy. Our family will be in prayer for you and your family.

  • I found it interesting to see that the post just prior to your post about finding out about your cancer was “How to Survive a Rough Day”. God is good! 🙂

  • God is good! Praying for Dana and the kids TWICE, and you of course. So thankful for you and your family serving the Lord at LBC. So encouraged by your post and Biblical insight on your trial.

  • We love you and want you to know how much of a blessing you have been to our family. Thank you for your faithfulness, even through this trial. May God be glorified through you. We will definitely be praying for you and your family.

  • Bro. Schmidt, Our Church family and staff will be praying for you and your family(twice). I love you and appreciate your transparency and how you have allowed the Lord to shine through. (GRACE) God’s Richest Ability Claimed Everyday.

  • Bro. Schmidt – I love your spirit! You are a great blessing to our family. Your influence both in person and in print has helped us more than you’ll ever know. You and your family are in our prayers. We love you!

    The Badger Family

  • Love you and am praying for you and your family. Our teens will be praying for you on Wednesday during our Bible Study.

  • Nancy and I will pray for you, Dana and the kids. I am thankful that we serve a mighty God, Who hears and answers prayer. Thank you for the investment you have made in the lives of our loved ones and friends. We are your debtors. Jer. 33:3

  • Dear Bro. Schmidt – We love you and your family and how the Lord uses you to touch our lives and the lives of our church family. Thank you for the way you shared your story, and how your trusting the Lord and glorifying Him in every aspect of this situation. We will be praying for you, and your sweet wife and kids twice! 🙂

  • We love you and your family and are praying for you.

  • Our family will be praying for you and your family…thank you for your amazing testimony and example!

  • I’ll especially be praying for Dana! I’ll be praying for you and the kids as well, but from one wife to another-her strength and peace will be my focus (per your request)! We love your family and our always encouraged by your examples!

  • Bro. Schmidt,

    While we were living in Lancaster, you and your family’s testimony was such an encouragement to us. There were some times you met with Ryan and counseled him and it helped us so much! Melanie really enjoyed being in choir and having you as the director. Christ just shines through you and your family! Thank you for everything you did for us! We are praying for you and your family and that God will heal your body.

    We love you!
    Ryan, Melanie, Ryianna, and Liberty Cox

  • James and I will keep you and your family in our prayers! Thank you both for the huge impact that you have had in my life. We love you and God bless!

  • Bro. Schmidt, please rest assured of our constant prayers for you and your sweet family. We love you and Dana and have thanked God for you many times over the years, as you’ve mentored Peter and Anna in the youth ministry. Your friendship, leadership and Godly example as a Christian is such a blessing to us. We love you!

  • Excellent! After watching my husband go through 2 major surgeries in 2 weeks and nearly losing him, and now watching him endure chemo, I can tell you, God is more than able. The nurses and staff at our hospital know that my husband is a miracle. They did not expect him to survive the night, and were amazed when he began to stabilize after taking him to ICU. We had had a prayer meeting in the surgical waiting room before he was taken to ICU. God has given him a good attitude, and he has not been fearful. It was a very difficult time, but we would not change anything. We know that was His will for our lives. May God bless as you and your family go through the next months.

  • Bro. Schmidt,

    Thank you for expressing your heart with such grace. My perspective on life, family, and trials has been profoundly challenged as I read this. You have always been a source of encouragement and stability for our family and so many others during their seasons of testing. Rest assured that our family will uphold you and yours in prayer daily. We love you.

  • Bro. Schmidt,
    We will be praying for you – and your family – for strength, wisdom, and courage. Please know that you will be often in our thoughts and prayers!
    Nic and Suz Ruby

  • I love your approach toward this challenge in your life Bro. Schmidt. You have already encouraged us during YOUR time of need. I trust our regular daily prayers will do the same for you, Dana, Lance, Larry, & Haylee too!

  • Bro. Schmidt,

    Our folks here in the Philippines will be praying for you and your family.

  • We will be lifting you up before the throne of grace to the God of all power, grace, and comfort. We will be doing this for your family twice as much!! We thank you all for your prayers and love for us as well. We know He will be glorified in and through you.

    David Gates and Family

  • Bro. Schmidt, we are praying for you, and every time we do so, we pray for Dana and the children twice! We are challenged by your example of grace and godliness through this trial. Thank you for your influence on my children’s lives. We have been blessed by you and your ministry.
    We love you and your family!
    Jim, Jennifer and the kids

  • Bro Schmidt we will be praying for and your family on a daily basis. We thank you for your leadership and the influence that you have had on our children and countless other teens. We love you and your family and count it a blessing to be part of a ministry with leaders like yourself.

    Jimmie and Journet Prater & Family

  • dear brother Schmidt,
    thank you for the wonderful testimony. folks in Belarus are praying for you.
    Bible Baptist, Zhodino, Belarus

  • Bro. and Mrs. Schmidt:

    We are praying for you and your family. Thank you so much for your godly influence on our kids.

  • Brother Schmidt,

    We are and will be praying for you AND your family! Thank you for being strong during your trial. These are truly “encouraging words” to hear. I will remember your attitude during your trial the next time I’m going through it!

    The Mark Longworth Family
    Bacolod City, Philippines

  • Bro. Schmidt,
    I have been and will continue to pray for you. Thank you for a strong biblical example of confidence in God and trust in His unfailing mercy, love, and grace. My heart is for your healing and continual labor in the ministry. You are such a help to so many. Thank you.

  • Bro. Cary,
    I will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time. God is sovereign and I know He will give you the grace to carry you through. May God bless you for your tender spirit at this time.

  • Bro. Schmidt, we will be praying for you and your family! My pastor, Rick DeMichele had that same diagnoses a couple of years back and it was hard on the whole church, but he got through it with a great testimony. He said the worst part of it was all the “home remedies” and medical advice he got!
    We love your family and you have always been a blessing to us!

    Nick and Rachel Reed

  • Thank you for this post. You and your family are an amazing blessing. I am Youth Pastoring here at Ambassador and I owe a lot of what I do to watching you for those years through Bible College. I am praying for a quick recovery!

  • We are praying for you and your family, Brother Schmidt. Thank you for being a blessing.

  • We are praying for you and your family. Thank you for being a Godly example and blessing through this trial.

  • I will be in prayer for you, your family and your friends with cancer. I too was given the news of Lymphioma when God allowed this same trial to occur in my own life seven years ago. I learned that Lymphoma is just a “word” in our modern vocabulary, it changes nothing in our spiritual make-up. The outcome as Christians; a deeper Godly enhancement! Blessings such as faith, love and prayer just become a natural haven when we are in need. The wisdom you applied in your letter tells me God is already being glorified. The best decision I made in battling cancer was to have the deacons and my Pastor annoint me with oil and pray over me, because then I knew I had fulfilled His Biblical commands concerning the illness. The rest was up to God to use however He saw fit. The peace I have over this decision still lies at the core of my healing and in the depth of my faith. We are not to think that a strong mind and body can get the job done. God proved this to me in my moments and days of weakness. Last, the best that can happen is heaven, the worst self pitty and not keeping God on His throne, because where God is there is hope, healing and comfort!
    Peace and many blessings to you, Debi

  • Bro. Schmidt, I was so encouraged by your words. You and your family are such a blessing and wonderful example for my kids. We are so blessed and thankful to have you for our Youth Pastor. We love you and will pray for you and your family daily.

  • Dear Bro. Schmidt,

    Your wisdom, strength, faith and godly character demonstrates the very depth of your loving relationship with our saviour, Jesus Christ. We are so grateful for all you have meant to this family and are confident that God still has much to accomplish in and through your life. God has used you profoundly in our lives and countless others. We are encouraged by your post and will earnestly pray for you, Dana, Lance, Larry, & Haylee and your cousin Dean and friend Tommy. Without saying, we will always pray for Brother Larry Chappell. Thank you for your friendship.


    Tom, Karen, Jaime, Thomas, Brandon and Kira

  • Robin and I will be praying for Dana and you all as the Lord walks you through this time. I am excited about your attitude and cannot wait to see what the Lord will do in the lives around you and you show forth His grace.

    Keep Plowing…

    Todd, Robin & the Giesen Kids

  • Praying for you Bro. Schmidt. For you and Dana and the children. God is good. All the time. Thank you for your faithfulness.

  • Dear Bro. Schmidt,
    I’ve only recently “known” you through your wonderful music which I’ve heard and played. I want you to know that in this short time you have impacted my life with your music and wonderful testimony. How great God’s ways are… How great He is! I am praying for you here in Long Island, New York.

  • Dear Bro Schmidt,
    You have always been a blessing to my children no matter how hard their hearts hardend you were always there to pray for them. We will all be praying for you and Dana and the kids.

  • Bro. Schmidt,
    Please know that we will be praying for you and your family through this. You have been such a blessing to our family and we thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord.
    We praise God for your correct outlook on this situation; toward God. We pray God will use you all greatly. Looking forward to hearing great and mighty things! With Love, Al and Trish

  • Thank you for the post. It was such an encouragement and challenge. I will be praying for you and your family.

  • Brandy and I are praying for you and your family many times a day. Thank you for your influence on our lives.

  • Praying for you and “double” for your family. One of my closest friends has recently completed is treatment schedule for the same condition. For now, he is cancer free. I am claiming victory for you in faith believing that God WILL deliver you. We need you in fight for the cause of Christ for many, many more years. Write a great song about all this!

  • Carey,

    What a wonderful God we serve! He alone is the only one that could give someone such peace and hope. The effects of sin on this world like death, sickness, hopelessness, fear, etc.., are horrible things. But thanks be to God who through Christ has blessed us with EVERY spiritual blessing! In Christ we have been made whole, we have been given eternal life, we have hope and we have nothing to fear for what can separate us from the love of God! The way you are responding to this is a wonderful testimony of the grace of God in your life. May He continue to keep you and uphold you with His righteous right hand as you work through this trial. I will pray for you and your family!

  • Sorry! I meant to type Cary! I wasn’t paying attention.

  • Cary, I have been personally blessed by Dana and your lives. Your first book, Discover Y

  • I have been so blessed by Dana and your life. I have watched at a distance as God has used you in an amazing way. Your book, Discover Your Destiny, is a regular part of my curriculum for college student teachers. I am grateful for the influence you have had on my life. That said, I will surly as God to send healing, and courage, and peace in your time of need.

  • Brother Schmidt,
    We heard the news of your diagnosis from our daughter Amy who is at Hyles-Anderson College. Brother Schaap requested prayer for you in the Wednesday evening service. I want you to know that our entire family will be praying for you and your family through this trial. You have been a blessing and have had an impact upon so many people during your ministry, and we thank the Lord for you. Thank you for the detailed report you gave on your website, and we were encouraged by your spirit and testimony of God’s grace and goodness.
    May the Lord bless you in the days and weeks ahead, and again, be assured of our faithfulness to pray for you.

    Bob & Ginger Baines
    Berean Baptist Church
    Cumming, GA

  • Bro. Schmidt,
    You have had a great impact on my life. Thank you. I am praying for you and your family. God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!!!

  • Bro. Schmidt,

    Thank you and your family for being such a blessing to us personally at Heritage Baptist Church (San Leandro, CA)! You are such an encouragement to us through your spirit and ministry down at LBC. We are praying for you and twice as much for your family, that God will do great things!

  • Our family will be praying for you as you go through this proces. Thanks for being an encouragment ot us over the years.

  • I will pray for you thanks for the insperation you gave me while I read this

  • Dear Bro. Schmidt and Sis Dana,
    We have joined your army of prayer warriors. Help is on the way. Psa. 121 says so.
    Love, Francie

  • This post encouraged me so much. It is awesome to see the peace of God evident in your life. Thank you so much for the example. I am praying for you and especially your family.

  • Bro Schmidt, I prayed for you today, and will pray daily for you as you battle this affliction. You have been such a help an encouragement to me and so many others through the years, and now it’s our turn to help bear your burden to our Heavenly Father’s throne.

    God Bless You, my brother!


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