Testimonials

The Our Journey of Hope® program is designed to help pastors and lay leaders effectively minister to those dealing with cancer, such as the men and women featured on this page. Cancer care ministry has been an important aspect in each one of these individuals' journey through cancer. Please take a moment to read these testimonials and see the impact that pastors and lay leaders can have in a cancer patient’s life – and why knowing how to effectively minister to cancer patients and caregivers is essential.

Donna Marshall
Camp Springs, MD
From the Heart Church Ministries

For Donna Marshall and her church From the Heart Church Ministries, their path to Our Journey of Hope was one they didn’t know they needed to take. With a health care ministry already in place for their congregation worldwide, Donna reached out to Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia for materials for a banquet to honor those battling cancer, and their caregivers. What she received was much more valuable.

No case is typical. You should not expect to experience these results.

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George and Jeannie Stewart
Honolulu, HI
Cancer Caregivers

The call to start a cancer care ministry was clear to George and Jeannie Stewart. When they first heard a pastor discuss a cancer ministry, they looked at each other in silence and knew immediately what they were to do.

George’s previous wife had been a treating cancer patient and he and his current wife Jeannie had developed a heart for ministering to cancer patients and their caregivers. But they never could have anticipated where the journey would take them.

No case is typical. You should not expect to experience these results.

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John Pickens
Oklahoma City, OK
Henderson Hills Baptist Church

The road to creating a cancer care ministry isn’t always an easy one. There are obstacles and roadblocks and for those who have been called to this type of ministry, they all agree that it must be a passion in order to press on and see it through.

The need and the blessings, however, are great.

For John Pickens and his wife, Lisa, their roadblock came in the form of a large leadership at their church of Henderson Hills Baptist Church and working to get information into the right hands.

No case is typical. You should not expect to experience these results.

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Julie Murphy
St. Petersburg, FL
Calvary Chapel

The Our Journey of Hope program began at Calvary Chapel in St. Petersburg, Fla., through the cancer community. Julie Murphy was home on leave battling stage III breast cancer and saw a segment on the 700 Club television talking about the Our Journey of Hope cancer care ministry. A co-worker at the church was also battling the disease, and together, they decided that after they had finished their treatments, they would start a ministry at their own church to help people like themselves.

Murphy’s plans and hopes were shattered, however, when her friend and co-worker did not survive her battle. God’s plans were not changed. Just three or four months later, she felt God was pressing her to start the ministry, so she began it alone.

No case is typical. You should not expect to experience these results.

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Mark Phillips
Amarillo, TX
Faith Southwest Methodist Church

Mark Phillips has pastored his own churches. He has ministered to cancer patients and acknowledged their caregivers’ contributions to their recovery. Then, Mark received his own cancer diagnosis and was forced to battle through his own cancer journey. Now, Mark Phillips recognizes that his own past contributions possibly fell short.

“After having had cancer, I went back in my memory to the churches I served and I wondered ‘Did I give them adequate care? Did I give sufficient care to the cancer patient and to their support team?’ I questioned myself. I can’t go back and relive it or change it, but all I can do is go from this point on and try to change what I would have done.”

No case is typical. You should not expect to experience these results.

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