Update from Kevin Palau:
Luis started chemotherapy treatment on January 31. He has finished 3 treatments and is feeling good. His body seems to be responding well to the chemotherapy and he is at peace.
By the grace of God, Luis has been able to continue to be involved in key ministry opportunities from his home as well as here at the office in Portland. He has recorded several video messages for key groups around the world – places where he was scheduled to be in person. He also had the strength to take part in a full day of filming for the Palau movie that is in the works. There is a short portion of the movie where Luis is the narrator and his image is used. The production team traveled to Portland earlier this month and turned Luis’ office at our headquarters into a movie set. It was a fun day for Luis and the team.
Please continue to pray for the chemotherapy treatments. They happen weekly. Pray that the medicine will do it’s job and that Luis will continue to have strength and peace in the midst.
Update from Kevin Palau:
It has been so encouraging to see hundreds of thousands of people praying for Dad and reaching out in various ways. Almost 2 million people watched the short video (see below) we shared in English and Spanish. We thank God for you all!
Andrew, Keith, Steve, and I wanted to get an update out to you now that Mom and Dad have returned from receiving a second opinion from a top lung cancer specialist here in Portland. We’re encouraged to have a very clear diagnosis and treatment plan, and to have found a doctor whom Dad and Mom are very comfortable with. We’re trusting God to guide every step of the way.
This second oncologist confirmed the original diagnosis: Stage 4B lung cancer. Further tests and scans conducted last week revealed that the cancer has spread to lymph nodes in various places as well as Dad’s lower spine. The cancer Dad has is the most common type of lung cancer and it’s not one that can be treated by some of the newer, more targeted treatments. The plan will be for a regular regimen of chemo for the next two months to see if that can slow it down. At that point immunotherapy could be an additional option.
Dad and Mom remain absolutely at peace in the Lord and the hope is that this treatment would allow at least a year for Dad to keep being the amazing blessing that he is to all of us. His big dream, and one that now seems very much in reach, is to be able to go with Andrew to both Bogotá, Colombia in August and Grand Rapids, Michigan in September to preach the Good News.
Thanks for your continued prayers and support.
Kevin, for all the Palaus
-----January 18, 2018-----
We need to share some important news with you. It’s not good.
When Pat and I returned home from a ministry trip to the UK in November, I was fighting some sort of sickness. It seemed like a bad cold. Possibly pneumonia.
Over the Christmas break, the doctors ran some tests. Sadly, it indicated cancer.
Just this week it was clearly confirmed. Stage 4 lung cancer.
As you can imagine, this isn’t news we were expecting or hoping for. Yet our trust in the Lord remains rock solid.
We’re still praying over the right treatment plan. The doctors have a few more tests to run as well. The family has sought all the necessary and prudent medical advice and I trust we have a full and complete understanding of the situation to make the wisest, most God-honoring decisions. And of course, we have faith and trust in God. We’re in His hands. And we still have ministry to do.
As of right now, I feel fine. I’m full of energy (praise God) and committed as ever to sharing the Good News. Yet Pat and I know the next several months will be trying. We ask for your prayers.
I’ve seldom been sick in my life. A handful of colds. A few cases of the flu. The only time I was hospitalized was in my 50s when I broke my leg. But that was stupidity, not illness. So as you can imagine, this surprised us all. Pat and I and the entire family are still processing.
I’ll keep doing what I’m doing for as long as I’m able. And frankly, I’m praying the Lord gives me many more years of fruitful ministry.
But of course, with a diagnosis like stage 4 cancer, it’s not business as usual. We must consider the very real implications and possible outcomes. This will definitely impact my travel and preaching schedule as I begin treatment. After that, only the Lord knows.
As we seek the best medical advice and counsel, we're also trusting the Lord and praying for complete healing. I would ask you to join us in that prayer. We’ll be sure to keep you updated.
In many ways, I feel the Lord has much more in store for me. Yet whatever tomorrow holds – I’m completely at peace. Both Patricia and I are. As we look back, we praise the Lord. Fifty-seven years of marriage. How many places we’ve been. How many people we’ve reached with the Gospel.
I hold strong to verses like Isaiah 41:10:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
One reason I’m at peace is because I know the ministry is in great hands. No matter what the future holds, whether God chooses to heal me completely or take me home to glory – I know the work of the Palau Association will continue on for generations to come.
I praise God that in His wisdom we began preparing for this inevitable reality more than 10 years ago as our sons, Kevin, Andrew, and Keith began to take on greater roles within the team.
As far as day-to-day operations, I haven’t been intensely involved in years. Our son Kevin has led that charge, and God is blessing his leadership in ways I never would have imagined. Kevin has proven himself as a true, natural, winsome leader filled with the blessed Holy Spirit.
In the same way, Andrew stepped up as a proclamation evangelist more than 10 years ago. He is truly anointed. Today, he actually reaches more people than I do through his own campaigns – in Africa, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and even right here in the United States. He plays a key role in my campaigns as well – helping carry the burden of preaching at many of the outreach events.
And Keith has been a huge blessing in his role with the Development Team, keeping us closely connected to so many great friends around the nation.
I plan to continue to do my part as I go through treatment and work toward healing. I’ll preach when I can. I have writing to do, as well as radio. I also have a heart to reach young people through social media. And keep training those 45,000 pastors through the Luis Palau Bible Institute.
So in many ways, not much will change with this news. For me personally, yes. But for the team, absolutely not. We’ll continue to reach out, to train other evangelists, and to inspire cities to lift up Jesus.
And as long as I have breath (I’m praying that will be many more years) I will preach. I will raise high the banner of biblical evangelism. I will do my part. And I’m praying you continue to do yours as well.
If ever there has been a time when we have needed our friends to stand with us, it’s now. We need your prayers. We need your support. We need your financial partnership.
We all have but one life. And of course, we never know when it will end. I pray that we all make the most of it – as long as it is called day. Because soon enough, night will come, when no one can do the work (John 9:4).
Thank you for praying and trusting the Lord with us. We’ll be sure to keep you in the loop as things progress and we learn more.
Please pray for Pat and me personally. These are uncertain times. But we are holding fast to Jesus and His peace, and trusting the Lord.
Pray as well for Kevin, Andrew, and Keith as they continue to lead the team well. This will be a big year of ministry. Many big plans underway. God has so much in store – and there are still so many who need to hear the Good News. My new reality will require Andrew to take on more of the direct ministry. But that’s good. He’s gifted. He will carry the Good News with strength.
We can’t slow down. We can’t let the enemy get a foothold. Let’s be steadfast in our resolve. Let’s not waver. But instead, let’s press ahead with all the more urgency and tenacity.
Pat and I would love to hear from you. Any word from the Lord – any Scripture or encouragement you could give. It would be a true blessing. You can email me at email@example.com. We may not be able to respond right away, but we’ll do our best.
Thank you for praying!
For His glory,