Pray for Nabeel Qureshi and Family

By now, many of you have read Nabeel Qureshi’s post on the shocking news he received a few days ago that he is in the advanced stages of stomach cancer. "The clinical prognosis is quite grim," Nabeel wrote in a letter to family and friends. "Nonetheless, we are going to pursue healing aggressively, both medical and miraculous, relying on God and the fact that He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine."

When Nabeel and I shared a meal a few weeks ago, he had talked of terrible discomfort in his stomach. None had a sense of what lay ahead. Life brings its sudden turns.

Our hearts go out to Nabeel and his family, and our prayers for him. No doubt this is a valley that no one anticipates so soon in life. The entire RZIM team and our families are in impassioned prayer on his behalf. We ask you to join us in lifting him up during this time.

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Years ago when in Shanghai, the famed Chinese evangelist Wang Ming-Dao shared with me a song he sang every day when he was imprisoned for years, under the brutal Mao regime. I can just about hear him singing it now. The same comfort we seek in every crisis:

All the way my Savior leads me; What have I to ask beside? Can I doubt His tender mercy, Who through life has been my Guide? Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort, Here by faith in Him to dwell! For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well, For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well. All the way my Savior leads me, Cheers each winding path I tread, Gives me grace for every trial, Feeds me with the living bread. Though my weary steps may falter, And my soul athirst may be, Gushing from the Rock before me, Lo! a spring of joy I see, Gushing from the Rock before me, Lo! a spring of joy I see. All the way my Savior leads me; Oh, the fullness of His grace! Perfect rest to me is promised In my Father’s blest embrace. When my spirit, clothed immortal, Wings its flight to realms of day, This my song through endless ages: Jesus led me all the way, This my song through endless ages: Jesus led me all the way. -- Fanny J. Crosby, 1875

May our Lord’s presence be with dear Nabeel and his family each day. We pray for victory whatever the future holds.

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