Dr. & Mrs. Gary A. Schwarz
Gary and Cheryl are founders of Principles for Life Ministries. They have been happily married for 44 years, working side-by-side as pastor and wife in several Bible-believing churches and also as missionary teachers in Romania and Central America. They have two beautiful Christian daughters, Heidi and Rebecca, who are both married to good Christian men, Ben and Aaron. Ben and Heidi lead a full-time ministry called Chasing Ebenezer. Aaron is an IT specialist. He and Rebecca have a 6-year old son named Malcolm and a 3-year old daughter named Moriah. (3 John 4) We all live in the Portland, Oregon area.
Principles for Life Ministries
2288 SE Hale Drive
Gresham. Oregon 97080
Gary Requests Prayer
This is Cheryl writing. We are in need of prayer support right now! Yesterday was a difficult day as we received some very unwelcome news from Gary’s oncologist. As you know, if you had a chance to read Gary’s recent message, the doctor had told our whole family who gathered in his office to hear the results of Gary’s bone marrow biopsy, that Gary did NOT have leukemia or some other blood disease. We were ecstatic!
Well….. yesterday late afternoon, the same doctor called and said that a final test came back showing mutations in the genes in his blood cells. Long story short, Gary DOES have CMML (Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia), a type of leukemia that has no cure. Evidently it is in the beginning stages and the only treatments are not curative but can help the symptoms.
This doctor is leaving his practice to go into research. So Gary will have blood work every two months to follow the disease and will be seeing a new doctor in four months. We had never heard of this disease and are trying to educate ourselves via the Internet.
We KNOW God is still just as FAITHFUL and PRECIOUS and LOVING and ALL-WISE as He always is. We are just trying to process the human emotions that come with hearing great news (we thought) to hearing that there is a disease present with lots of unknowns. We love you and thank you for caring about us!!!!!
Gary adds, “I am calming myself with the words of Job who said, ‘The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.’ Our lives are not our own. Jesus made that clear from the moment we began to follow Him. So no complaints here. But surprises are often hard to deal with, especially when you want to live long and minister to family and friends.
Speaking of that, I intend on continuing this blog. However, with very low energy, I may have to keep it to one or two posting per week. Pray for God’s wisdom and strength in all that we do. Remember, I am still battling type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, and spinal stenosis.
In Christ’s Love,
Gary and Cheryl Schwarz