The book of Acts reports many events of renewal in the life of the church. Yet, sickness, poverty, and many other diseases persisted. God took care of the sick, the dying, the lonely, and the forsaken, but it was the church that brought forth the ministry to the widows and orphans (Acts 6:1-7), the disciples who went to the sick (Acts 3:1-5) and the hopeless (Acts 5:12-16). Undoubtedly only the Spirit of life can bring life, yet healing and resurrection came at the hands of the faithful (Acts 20:7-12). Often, the care of the church was manifested not in dramatic headings but in consistent ministry. Renewal can be instantaneous; but frequently it is not simply one person who is the object of renewal. Frequently that one person is only a catalyst for a much broader renewal.
Larisa’s fight is not just hers; it belongs to all of us. Cancer is a lonely disease. Perhaps all disease is, yet this non-contagious undeserved sickness has become a plague for which there is often still no cure. All of our lives have been touched by cancer in one way or another, and we continue to feel helpless. Yet, if the fight against cancer is as much God’s as it is ours, then it is also “we” who need to do something. Obviously I am taking sides here by choosing to single out just Larisa’s cause. But that is my point! There is a Larisa in all of our lives where the fight against cancer becomes personal. The many opportunities where we can give to those suffering from cancer can be overwhelming; sometimes impersonal. That is why the personal knowledge of someone with cancer is where God calls us to enter with God into the fight for the renewal of life.
Consider supporting Larisa with prayer and financial help to make her new treatment option possible. Go to her Gofundme page and pledge. Or take the time today to consider how to help someone you know in the fight against cancer and for renewal together with God.