4/25 Dave’s Testimony: Quilt of Valor… Covering Chemo with Prayers!

Monday was chemo day. Thousands have prayed for Dave’s rare stage four intestinal cancer, discovered only a month ago. It’s been a whirlwind, but God has been in every single detail. One thing Dave was dreading, was the chemo. Side effects can be vast and overwhelming. But here’s what prayer does…

God timed the weekend before chemo to be one of love, joy, family, and honor. It was a great distraction from what was waiting ahead. Dave’s sister flew in on Saturday. She took much of our burden and brought joy to our home. Wendy is my sister too, and she loves our kids, so everything flowed naturally as if she’s here all the time. I got a chance to just breathe!

Cancer Center hope for those going through chemo: People need Jesus!

On Sunday; Dave’s brother, Mike, and his wife, Paula, came to visit. It was fun, and so uplifting; Dave was even able to join us on the back deck for a pizza picnic under the umbrella! God times everything beautifully: It was the same day Dave received his military honor: the Quilt of Valor.

The Quilt of Valor Foundation has many wonderful volunteers. Its mission is to provide handmade quilts to service members, or veterans touched by war. The quilts are intended to bring comfort and healing to the recipients. Dave also received a certificate for his service in the U.S. Army as a helicopter crew chief in Korea. The quilt was presented, and traditionally wrapped around him, by Melody Ausburger. It was especially heartwarming, that Dave’s beautiful, patriotic Quilt of Valor was made by his own proud mother, Diane Lufkin! Thank you, Mom! We love you!

Dave wrapped in Quilt of Valor, wearing his created tee shirt: “Strength through Jesus.”

“I clothed you also with embroidered cloth and shod you with fine leather. I wrapped you in fine linen and covered you with silk” (Ezekiel 16:10 ESV)

On Monday, after I dropped off Dave for chemo, a friend messaged me saying she wanted to give Dave a tee shirt made during her son’s illness with cancer. Praise God his last scan was clean! But, she was now at the hospital with her mother. The doctors think she has cancer. I met her at the South Tower, where Dave had stayed for almost three weeks. She told me she had to walk to the car to get the shirt, so I said, “I’ll walk with you.” She said she only had a little time, so I said, “I’ll run with you!” It was a beautiful time of offering shared prayers, and praising God, because both our families are leaning on strength through Jesus. She gave me two shirts. I wore one today. It was super soft, and the verse says, “…I will not be shaken” (Ps. 16:8 NIV). The shirts are available and 100% of the profit goes towards cancer research.

Dave felt good coming out of chemo. We came home, and he was in great spirits! He was able to eat and watch TV and hang out with our family. He received a super soft, cheery, yellow knitted prayer blanket from my friend, Sarah; whose ministry we support in Haiti. Her prayer group had prayed over the blanket and sent beautiful verses of comfort and love. Last night Dave had the tiniest bit of nausea, but his medications worked, and he slept through the night.

Today is Tuesday, and it’s been the same! He’s peacefully sleeping, as I’m writing. How is it that yesterday’s events were orchestrated so beautifully, and how is Dave doing so well, when he’s been fighting such a traumatic battle? Only GOD! Over 3,000 people have been praying for Dave; and we know, without a doubt, that strength through Jesus is pulling him through it all! (By the way, for those who have asked; yes, we will be creating more of Dave’s “Strength through Jesus” tee shirts. We’ll be sharing proceeds with veterans battling cancer, and other charitable Christian organizations.)

Because of Jesus, we can see the beauty in the battle during this season. When we submit to God’s will, he strengthens us, in spite of our weakened, fragile bodies. “When you go to war, your people will serve you willingly. You are arrayed in holy garments, and your strength will be renewed each day like the morning dew” (Ps. 110:3 NLT).

Wall of flowers at Cancer Care Center: Flowers are fragile, yet beautiful, offering hope for a season of new life!

“Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land” (Song Sol. 2:12 NIV).

Dave is a wounded, yet strong, brave soldier. But, as proud as he is to be a United States Army Veteran, he is even more proud to be a soldier in God’s Army. Though he is sick, broken, and scarred; he can wear it proudly, as a badge of honor; because he knows this season is only temporary. Like Jesus, who battled the devil, and became broken and scarred, Dave has submitted to God’s will. No matter what comes, we know that Jesus died and rose again, for all of us! Jesus received a fully healed body, and now lives eternally with God in Heaven. We, who choose Jesus, get to do the same!

“From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus” (Gal. 6:17 NIV).

Those of us who follow Jesus will have some heavy, horrible battles. But the silver lining is we can march confidently towards victory. Our war truly ends when God calls us home to Heaven; where we are ultimately rewarded with brand new beautiful bodies which will never die. Our confidence is in Christ, for Jesus is the one and only way.

Dave’s “caring cross” carved out of olive tree wood from Bethlehem, given by good buddy, Wayne.

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him’ “ (Jn. 14:6-7 NIV).

Our family celebrating Dave’s Quilt of Valor

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In Christ,

Angela Royse Pelleman

2 thoughts on “4/25 Dave’s Testimony: Quilt of Valor… Covering Chemo with Prayers!

    • Angela Royse Pelleman says:

      Thank you, Michelle! All for our good and the good of others and God’s Glory! It’s encouraging to be able to see God’s plan in action during a time as difficult as this crisis. God is good! 💙🙏🏼💕

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