I am asking all of my blog readers to please pray for Matt Chandler and his family. I first saw Matt Chandler preach live at the Catalyst Conference last year. He is an incredible pastor from Texas that I greatly admire and respect. Since that time, I have listened to Matt’s sermons almost every week. I have been encouraged and strengthened by the truth that he boldly preaches. Matt is about the same age as me and he has three children, so I feel a certain connection to him, both theologically and as a pastor.
Right before Thanksgiving, Matt suffered a seizure and was taken to the hospital where a brain tumor was found. He has undergone surgery and the church released the pathology results today. The results were the words no one wants to hear. It was a malignant tumor and the doctors were unable to remove all of it during surgery. I ask that you read through the entire report from his church and then take the time to pray for Matt and his family and his church. James 5:16 says that “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” Let’s join together for our brother in Christ. Here is more information from The Village Church’s website.
Matt, who is being released from the hospital today, is meeting with a neuro-oncologist this week to outline the next steps of the recovery process. There is a range of treatment possibilities but the exact course of action has not yet been determined. He will continue outpatient rehab.
The Lord is calling Matt and Lauren and The Village Church body to endure this trial. It will be a challenging road for Matt, his family and our church body. The gospel is our hope and the Lord is our strength. Matt and Lauren continue to find solace and hope in Christ. They weep facing this trial, but not as those without hope and perspective. The gospel clarifies their suffering and promises more of Christ through it all.
The best way to serve the family is to continue to be faithful in prayer. Specifically, pray for the following:
- Wisdom for all the coming decisions
- Strength and peace to endure
- The kids’ (Audrey, Reid and Norah) hearts; pray the Lord is merciful as they process and that their little hearts do not grow embittered
- The Chandlers and The Village would suffer well because of the gospel and for the sake of Christ’s name
As you hurt and weep for the family, do not do it alone. Gather with your home group and with other believers in homes and pray together. This is a time to walk together with others and to endure this trial in community. If you wish, send cards and letters to Matt and Lauren at 2101 Justin Road, Flower Mound, TX 75028.