August 13, 2015
By Aaron Weaver
DECATUR, Ga. — In a short statement Wednesday, Former President Jimmy Carter announced that he has cancer that has spread. The 39th president of the United States had liver surgery on August 3.
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter offered condolences and prayers on behalf of the CBF family.
“I am deeply saddened by the news of President Carter’s condition,” Paynter said. “He is a true Baptist hero and has committed his life to living faithfully, championing human rights for all and encouraging peace and acceptance. As a Baptist family, we come around President Carter, his family and his church family with prayers for healing and comfort in this difficult moment.
“I encourage all people of faith to be in prayer for the hands that seek to heal, the body that seeks relief and the community of support that seeks comfort. President Carter is a man of great spirit. The world has benefitted from his faith in action and Christ-like presence.”
The Carter Center released a statement from President Carter Wednesday briefly describing his medical condition.
“Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body,” President Carter said. “I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare. A more complete public statement will be made when facts are known, possibly next week.”
President Carter and his wife, Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, are active members of Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga., a CBF-affiliated congregation where he teaches Sunday school. President Carter has been a key leader in the New Baptist Covenant, a movement that he started in 2007 to break down barriers of race, theology and geography among Baptists so that Jesus’ mandates found in Luke 4 can be realized. CBF is a vital partner in this important movement.
NBC is also asking for prayer for President Carter and his family.
“Throughout his life, President Carter has been a champion for others,” said NBC Coordinator Hannah McMahan. “President Carter never ceases to lift up the people around him. It is now our turn to lift him up and undergird him and Mrs. Carter with our prayers and support during this challenging time.”
Jeremy Shoulta, who serves as pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church, released the following statement on behalf of the church Thursday morning:
“We are grateful for all who have offered their thoughts and prayers to President Carter upon his diagnosis of cancer.
Throughout his many years of Christian service, President Carter has taught us much about having resilient faith in the midst of life’s trials and challenges. In the same way, Maranatha Baptist Church believes that God’s Spirit will be present with “Mr. Jimmy” during his upcoming treatment.
We ask for your continued prayers for President Carter and for Mrs. Carter as she walks alongside him.”
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