Pastor Chuck Winter has called our attention to an informative feature article in the Yakima, Washington, Herald-Republic on Pastor Paul Guay (shown here in photo from the Yakima paper) of the Mabton, Washington, Grace Brethren Church as he has battled nasal cancer. Here is a short excerpt–to read the entire article click on http://www.yakima-herald.com/page/vo/289387260728665
His voice cracks and fades as he preaches about joy in the Lord, regardless of circumstance. He pauses often for sips of water while teaching that God’s mercy surpasses earthly suffering. He coughs between passages that teach how happiness runs deeper than temporary bad luck.
“That gives you no right to mope around,” he says.
The 65-year-old Guay has been tempted by his share of misfortune.
Two illnesses have blunted the tool the pastor of Mabton Grace Brethren Church uses most — his voice.
First, spasmodic dysphonia has caused his vocal chords to have spasms, giving his voice a sound that’s sometimes raspy, sometimes breathy like a whisper. Botox injections keep the spasms at bay, but he can’t take them while undergoing radiation treatment for nasal cancer, his second bout in two years.
“I never ceased to be amazed that people keep coming to church,” he says.
His congregation says the same thing about him.
Surprisingly, he has not missed a Sunday sermon because of his illness in his 13 years at the church.