Tim Keller, bestselling author and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, posted an update on his medical condition early Friday morning.
In June, Keller announced that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and asked for prayer as he began treatment.
In his most recent update, he explained that he has been through six rounds of chemotherapy, which has reportedly shrunk the tumors on his pancreas. Keller reports that he has been tolerating treatment well and will be continuing with chemotherapy to further eliminate cancerous cells.
The pastor also shared how he has grown closer to God through his current situation and asked for prayers for continued healing.
Here is the full text of Keller's update:
Dear Praying Friends,
Kathy & I want to thank you for your many expressions of support, and for your faithfulness in praying for us. We have been acutely aware of those prayers, and God has heard them – As of yesterday, I have finished six rounds of chemo for pancreatic cancer, and, while there are indeed some side effects, my doctor says I'm tolerating the treatment very well. I have not been seriously debilitated and I can still do some work and ministry. Yesterday, we also met with my oncologist to go over the scans taken on Monday to assess the effectiveness of the chemotherapy. The report is very encouraging. There has been shrinkage of the tumors and so we are continuing the chemo in order to diminish the cancer further. Our situation has driven us to seek God's face as we never before. He is giving us more of his sensed presence, more freedom from our besetting sins, more dependence on his Word – things that we had sought for years, but only under these circumstances are we finding them. We humbly beg that you all continue your prayers for the effectiveness of the treatment and minimal side effects to accompany it. Your prayers and concern mean more than we can express. Thanks so much!
Tim and Kathy