On April 15, 2012, Pastor Damian Kyle of Calvary Chapel Modesto made the following announcement.
“Dear Calvary Chapel of Modesto Family and friends of Calvary Chapel of Modesto,
I have recently been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s small cell lymphocytic lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia, also known as SLL/CLL. This is a cancer of the lymph system.
This disease is considered incurable but highly treatable by the medical community. It is a slow growing cancer and is often managed by those who are diagnosed with it for years.
I am currently undergoing further tests and an additional biopsy in order to provide my oncologist with the information needed to definitively determine the stage of my cancer and what my treatment should be. All of this should come together at the end of this month (April). It does appear that my lymphoma was already at an advanced stage by the time of its discovery.
My wife Karin and I are at peace and experiencing the grace of God that is always “greater still”. We trust completely in His wisdom, power, and love. He never makes a bad decision. There is nothing that is impossible for Him, and we can’t get Him to love us any more than He already does.
“God nothing does, nor suffers to be done, but what thou wouldest thyself do, couldest thou see the end of all He does as well as He.”
Personally, I think God is going to punch this disease in the nose in some way of His choosing, and give me an active life on the other side of all of this. I certainly could be wrong, but those are my prayerful convictions.
I ask for your prayers concerning the following;
• For God’s continued grace, in all of its necessary forms, to be upon my wife and family during all of this.
• For God’s grace, in all of its forms, to abound toward the wonderful people who make up this Calvary Chapel Modesto family.
• For God’s supernatural healing of this disease; He is worthy of such faith.
• That He would give needed wisdom to each of the medical professionals involved in all of this.
• And for all of God’s unseen and yet unknown intentions in all of this to be fully accomplished. He is up to something good.”
Thank you. God bless you.
With my love,
This prompted the following report by the local news:
The most recent update I could find was from December 2012, see below:
While you’re watching, stick with it and enjoy this sermon on Hebrews 10: A Christless Eternity, A Fearful Thing.
All I can add to this report is that I saw Pastor Damian at the Deep South Leaders Conference in May, and he seemed good. Keep him in prayer. May God continue to keep His hand on him, watch over him, and give peace and joy to him and his family.