Saturday, January 3, 2009

Jan 3 Update

Jan. 3

I wanted to take this time to speak heart to heart to you about all that is happening. As most of you know, we finished the chemo course, took the bone marrow test and none of the cancer went in to remission. This is very disheartening to us , as well as to you ,I know. We have been battling this leukemia for 9 months now and many of you have supported us( literally... carried us through this ordeal), but with the blood counts dropping all Summer and into the Fall, we finally had to come to Oahu because my body could not fight this bad sinus infection and the cancer cells were back in my blood stream in dangerously high numbers. We made the decision at that time to excellerate a third chemo treatment, knowing there was only a small chance of remission.

Now, if you could just continue praying for me and my family that would be wonderful. It would do two really powerful things. , it would knock one more time Hard on Heaven's gates...... it would ask one more time for a miracle. It would require a complete demonstration of God's true power and glory if he healed me.

Secondly, it would continue the process within all of us to learn to cope with adversity and to increase the realization of the value of true loving relationships.


Kit is dictating this letter to me... and his mind is getting really foggy right now... so we are going to continue this later. WE love you guys and we really appreciate all your support through these months.

The doctors are trying to isolate the bacteria , microbe, or fungi that is causing Kit's infection. Please pray that his own blood would start to produce the nutraphils that could help fight infection. The doctors know that Kit wants to come home to Maui and that is our goal.

Love,Kit and Shelly

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Praying for those nutraphils! Please God do a miracle! WE love you!

Richard and Pat

Ron and Barbara said...

Dear Kit, Shelly & Maisha, We are praying with you specifically and for you. What an inspiration! Even though you don't feel like it! You guys are awesome!

Thanks so much for allowing all of us to be part of this Journey.

Love as always

Anonymous said...

Dearest Kit and Shelly,
Our love and prayers are constantly with you for comfort and healing. We love you!!
Don and Laura Roll

Anonymous said...

God told Joshua to be strong and courageous.Kit and Shelly, your names should be right next to his. You both have been nothing but strong and courageous in this battle with cancer. Our love and prayers are with you-praying that you will be able to return to Maui soon.

Mike and Barb in Chicago

Alan and Loretta said...

We will pray for your safe return home as well as for the nutraphils.
God is with you all the way and we praise him for the love, strength and grace he is giving to each family member. May you feel God's hands continually sustaining and comforting you. We love you.

Charlie and Doreen Barnhart said...

Dear Kit, Shelly and Family,
Kit, we pray for healing of your infections and that you will come home to Maui. Shelly, we pray that HE continues to lift you up and give you strength. We will not give up.
Love,
Doreen and Charlie

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised:)

Anonymous said...

Pastor Kit, Shelly and Family,
We have been in prayer since we first heard of this news. We will not stop praying knowing that all things are possible to them that believes. We also keep praying for the "Mighty Power of GOD" to continue to take place within your body (Ephesians 3:14-21). Our hearts are hopeful and thankful that by the Stripes of JESUS, healing can take place and that GOD is the Great Physician!!! In 2008 we have had friends that encountered some really bad reports by their doctors, only to experience a tremendous turn around of Gods promises in their lives - All for the Glory and Testamony of Gods Greatness!!! What may seem impossible to some is not impossible with God. We too are in agreement in prayer, beleiving that you'll be Strenghtened and Healed by and in Gods Mighty Power!!!

With all of our love; Tony & Lisha

Lee and Renee said...

We love you and we continue to pray. Our hearts hurt with yours and our hope continues with yours.
Lee and Renee

Anonymous said...

Always praying and thinking about you guys ,we will not give up, just like you !!!!We pray for a miracle and a safe return to Maui .From Brazil ,love Anuschka,alex and mikela

Robyn Iaea said...

Psalm 9:10
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Kit and Shelly,
I went to sleep with you on my heart and woke first thing to check for an update. Our hearts are heavy, and yet we know that the Lord is with you and He will keep you both in His arms, never leaving you. Kit, you may not remember this, but once you told me that it is in times of adversity that we are closest to the Lord, for "when we are weak, HE is strong". You encouraged me that these were the times you had grown the most. I can't begin to know the pain you are experiencing, and so I do the only the thing I can-- continue to pray, to knock HARD on heaven's door and to ask Jesus to be a tangible presence for you, Shelly, Mikey and Maisha. It is such a privilege to pray for you--all of Waipuna Chapel is interceding for you and asking for a complete healing. We long to see your smiling faces back on Maui soon!

Love you in Christ,
Robyn & Halii

Robyn Iaea said...

p.s.
Our son Corbin is attending camp this weekend with Grace Bible Church, so you will have many teenagers lifting you up asking for God's healing!:)

Janet on Maui :) said...

Dear Kit & Shelly,
we are pounding the doors of heaven with our prayers. I will continue to add my prayers to the many who are lifting you up, as they lifted Moses' arms when he could no longer on his own.
LORD we beg You for Kit's life, for the warrior white blood cells to multiply and defeat the infections and cancer. We trust You Lord....
I love you Kit & Shelly, come home soon,
Hugs & prayers,
janet

Anonymous said...

Kit, Shelly @ Maisha, Words can't express our feelings for what you are going through. We have never been through this so we don't know exactly what you are feeling. We can only say that we are praying for you all alot that you will have strength. May God bless you. We pray that Kit may return to Maui, as he wishes. Thank you very very much for the updates, we check them often. We know how hard it must be to write them.

Love Lane & Ceryl, Haslett, Mi

Mele said...

We are pounding on the gates of Heaven for our miracle. From our bleeding hearts we will pray.

We love you guys and await your return.

The Stricklands

Anonymous said...

Your comment made me think of that song "Knockin on Heaven's Door". We continue in our fervent prayers for each of you during this time.

Sitting in the airport in Atlanta praying for miraculous healing and that God's will be done.

Doug Spencer

Anonymous said...

Hi Kit and Shelly,

We're still praying for all of you.
We love you so much!

Love,
Mike, Nancy, Madeline and Kenny

Anonymous said...

Hi Kit & Shelly,
I'm wearing my "run for Kit" shirt and I'm going out on a prayer jog right now.
Love,
Gerry

Anonymous said...

Kit and Shelly:
We continue to pray for God's divine intervention and healing for you Kit. Strenght, comfort and peace to you dear Shelly!
We love you so much!
Zautner Ohana

Anonymous said...

Lord God in Heaven, Your will be done, Your kingdom come, in Kits life as it is in heaven.
is it time Father? no more hope in medicine. You and You alone are what the lauers and all of us are looking to now. please give us faith AND trust. childlike faith that is sure that You can heal and trust in You and Your ways that are so high. please be glorified. may Your Name be so mightily lifted up by the life of kit lauer.

thank You that kit is in Your loving all-knowing good hand. please bring healing to the infection Father. we all so want him home on maui. may his every breath bring You honor and glory. may every prayer prayed on his behalf bring You honor and praise. please help the body and elders to be bold and humble before You. this is all about You Father and Your precious Son. thank You that the lauers know this, may they be super built up by Your Spirit. again, for the glory of Your great Name and Jesus'.

what a precious thing to love God with you kit,
carrie

calvin said...

Dear kit,shelly and family,
We are praying for you kit all the time you are in my thoughts through out the day and into the night.I love you kit and shelly as well does my wife and 2 boys. you have made me into a better man,husband and follower of the lord kit and I am forever grateful for having met you and your family.We will continue to pray and wait for your return to maui,I really wish I could be there with you and just talk with you and shelly{ John 1:5 This is the message he has given us to announce to you: God is the light and there is no darkness in him at all.} John 1:13-14 I write this to you who believe in the son of god,so that you may know you have eternal life.And we can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will.} I have so much that I could say about you kit but I would probabely max out the blog space so I will just keep it short and continue to write to you daily.With so much love and respect for you kit and shelly I will see you soon,

love,
Calvin Livingston and family.

Kathie said...

Dear Shelly, Kit and Maisha:
You are in my thoughts and prayers for miracles and healing at all times! I love you so much.
Thank you for the continued updates that keep us all close to you!
Love, Kathie

Kim Insley Morrell said...

Hi Shelly and Family,

I prayed that the Lord would fulfill Kit's wish to be home on Maui......you are all on my heavy on my heart.

Love you so much Lauer Family!!!

Kim

Cathryn True Varlet said...

Hey, Kit.
I'm up on the "4th watch" (3AM in California)interceding + thinkin' about you, Kit & Shelly.

Emailed Psalm 139 today after our time of fellowship on the phone. Please read it OUT LOUD to Kit, Shelly, if he's too weak to read it? OK? (Here it is again!)...

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PSALM 139:
"O Lord, You have searched me and known me,
You know my sitting down and my rising up.
You understand my thoughts afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.

For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.

(Julian's favorite part + mine!):

IF I TAKE THE WINGS OF THE MORNING
AND DWELL IN THE UTTERMOST PARTS OF THE SEA, EVEN THERE YOUR HAND SHALL LEAD ME, AND YOUR RIGHT HAND SHALL HOLD ME FAST.

If I say, "Surely the darkness shall fall on me," even the night shall be light about me;

Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from YOU,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother's womb,
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
and that my soul knows very well.

My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret,
and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me, when as yet there were NONE of them!

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;

When I awake, I am still with You..

...Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any hurtful way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

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Julian also sent along Psalm 19...
"the heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork."

(after Kit mentioned his work on Cosmology and the Existence of God) ...because he's so impassioned with the same thing that has consumed Kit in his lifework, "Loving God With Your Mind" (seminar).

We're spiritual mothers and fathers, Kit.
God bless your heart.
He IS so pleased with you, my friend!

"Strength will rise as we wait on the Lord," you said was your favorite worship song.
"He lifts us up on eagle's wings.."

Beyond all that I'm thinking of a song "We Will Meet"...

Chorus goes...

"We will meet in the golden city, in the New Jerusalem.
All our pain and all our tears will be no more
We will stand with the host of heaven and cry'"Holy is the Lamb"
We will worship and adore You evermore."

Verse goes...

"Soon your trials will be over,
offered up by mercy's hands;
A better view from where we're standin',
We're going to another land...

The sweetest welcome from the Father,
Gathered up and carried home,
We are past this time for waiting,
Come let us bow before Your throne.

We will meet in the golden city in the New Jerusalem,
All our pain and all our tears will be no more
We will stand with the host of heaven and cry,"Holy is the Lamb"
We will worship and adore You evermore."

Holy, holy, holy is the Lamb....

2nd verse:
Never let the powers of darkness,
Neither death nor even life,
Let nothing ever separate us,
from the Holy love of God...

We will meet.....

(We'll be singing, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lamb")

Before the throne Kit. I'm before the throne for you and Shelly, Mikey and Maisha and all of your spiritual children, of which there are many.

He is VERY VERY VERY pleased, He says, "My son". He calls you son!
So much love. Soooooo very much love He holds for you, my dear friend.

Be ever held in His embrace, Kit...
Shelly...Mikey and Maisha.
Be ever held in His embrace.

Love, Cathryn (True Varlet)
true_music111@yahoo.com

msbtc1 said...

Dear Kit and Shelly,
We are the Amaral family from Grants Pass. Although we have not had the pleasure of meeting you we feel as if we know you. Kit, we listen to your messages online and I cannot tell you the impact they have had on our lives. The spirit is so alive and shining within you. We pray for a micacle in your healing. God is so good and merciful. You have touched many lives with the insight you have given. Please continue to stay strong. We will continue to pray for strength within you and your family.

May God bless you and keep you always
Mike & Sheri Amaral
Edgewater Christian Fellowship

michael, ciara and mikaela said...

We don't have many words. But a heavy heart that than only turn to Our Father. Praying for His miracle indeed! Feel our greatest hugs, kisses, love & prayers,
ciara, michael & mikaela

Anonymous said...

We are praying for you, Kit, daily, moment by moment. Our heart, and mind is with you. Father I pray that your mighty hand would touch this incredible soldier of God who carries the Word of encouragment and comfort to so many even in the midst of his own trials. We LOVE YOU so much Kit! Shelly, Maisha, Mikie, Shae we are here for you we love you so much. Pat, Kandi, Jazzie