Update from Margaret Murphy
November 2, 2017
We wanted to give you a quick update on Chuck. The results of today’s MRI appear to show a slight increase in the size of the tumor and the inflammation surrounding it. This could be due, in part, to the fact that Chuck is no longer on any anti inflammatory medications, such as steroids, although you can never know for sure.
Because of these findings, we have been advised to revisit Duke, where many more treatment options may be available to him at this point.
We are grateful that the apparent growth is only slight, and that there are no signs of mini strokes or other complications. Most importantly, we are grateful to be surrounded by a faith-based community of believers and friends who are praying for healing and who are waiting expectantly with us!
Shana Grugan sent this passage to Mary Hunter this morning and it is EXACTLY where we are right now. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make straight your path.” Prov. 3:5-6
Update from Allison Murphy
August 31, 2017 (following yesterday’s MRI)…
Another episode in the mighty works of God in response to the faithful prayers of His people.
Yesterday was a powerful demonstration of timeless truths about our Sovereign Abba Father. Blaze Pascal effectively argued that God has granted us the dignity of causality in two ways: the capacity to cause things to happen through both physical work, and equally important, through prayer work. Monday night our Abbey family held a prayer vigil for Dad, the tone of which echoed the events of 2 Chronicles 20, when before going into battle, Jehoshaphat appointed praisers to rejoice in the Lord with expectation of the victory He had promised. This vigil set the table for what was to happen on Wednesday, demonstrating that directed corporate prayer does make a difference.
In early July, dad’s MRI showed a sobering and dramatic increase in inflammation, and were we not to rely on our faith in the Lord, our eyes might have led us to believe that Dad had suffered a serious backslide in His recovery. As we drove to Charleston yesterday for a second follow up MRI, we had what dad calls, “uncertain expectations,” knowing that God is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask for or expect: “Lord, if you speak the word, Dad will be healed…”, but also prepared to see no significant reduction in inflammation – simply because, despite the steroids that he has been taking, Dad remains somewhat fatigued. Our prayer Wednesday morning was for divine clarity, and we remain unwavering in our faith in our Lord. Indeed, the Lord reminded us again that we walk by faith and not by sight: the MRI showed not only a significant reduction in inflammation throughout the right side of his brain, but a measurable amount of shrinkage in the tumor area itself. We drove home with sense of holy peace in the Sovereignty of the Lord, celebrating that indeed prayer does move the hand of God.
Be encouraged, prayer warriors, who are praying for many people throughout our Abbey family – and know that our family’s awareness has been heightened for all those engaged in their own battles against cancer and other illnesses. Let this be a word of encouragement that He he does hear the prayers of His people, and He does respond– for great is His faithfulness.
May the Lord bless you and keep you, may He cause His face to shine upon you, may He bless you, and may He eternally give you peace.
A PRAYER VIGIL was held on Monday night, August 28, leading up to his MRI on Wednesday, August 30th.
MONDAY, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Abbey Chapel
“Things happen when we pray that won’t when we don’t!”
Stu Boehmig will lead us in a time of giving thanks for all God has done in Chuck ‘s healing process and in praying for his MRI this Wednesday (August 30).
August 20, 2017: Bishop Murphy gave a wonderful sermon today on “Grace & Faith Combined”; you can listen to it on our Sermons page. He will have another MRI on August 30th. Thank you for keeping him and his family in your prayers.
July 26, 2017
Dear Friends of the Abbey,
As most of you know Chuck had an MRI done today at MUSC. This was an important check up. Margaret just reported they are on their way home and that she wanted to get out a brief note to all of us. She texted:
“The doctor has not gotten the official radiology report but still not completely sure if tumor may have shrunk…. it seems the tumor, has not grown and is stable.” She adds, “We are still trying to digest the meeting!”
She wanted me to thank all of you for your incredible prayer support.
I am sure it has been an extremely exhausting day and we are praying they can get home and get some rest.
I stopped by the prayer vigil today at The Abbey. How wonderful to have the time in quiet and silence to pray with others. God is moving and his Holy Spirit is active.
I take this as all good news.
I will keep you posted.
July 25, 2017
+Chuck will have an MRI tomorrow, July 26th. We are having a Prayer Vigil tomorrow at The Abbey from 9AM – 2PM and are praying expectantly for God’s healing. Please keep +Chuck and his family in your prayers.
(+CHUCK’S FAMILY: Margaret, Allison, Mary Hunter, & Anne Nolen …. plus his mother Anne and his siblings Donna, Tim, and Chris … and his grandchildren … Adams, Nolen, William, Hunter, and Emma. )
July 16, 2017 Update from Allison Murphy
The last 45 days have been sobering and troubling, I confess, but your prayers have once again stormed the throne room of the Lord and have carried the Murphy family, both emotionally and spiritually, and Dad in particular, strengthening him spiritually and physically. Please read this update and be encouraged, celebrating what happens when God’s people pray.
After a phenomenal MRI in May, one that showed a 20-30% shrinkage of the tumor, Dad began the next stage of his treatment: continued infusions of the clinical trial he is on, while the doctors experimented with how high a dosage of the chemotherapy drug he could take during his 5 days on, 23 days off regime. At the beginning of June, Dad began the highest dosage of chemotherapy possible (triple the dosage from what he was taking in March and April), which left him physically exhausted. During that time, he also received an infusion of Nivolumab, the drug that he could be receiving from the clinical trial (there is a 50% chance he’s getting the placebo, not the Nivolumab). Within 48 hours of the infusion, Dad began to show a serious decline in his strength, and 72 hours later, he was all but bedridden. After contacting his doctors to let them know what was going on, they immediately had him come to MUSC to get another MRI to see where things stood, as the symptoms that he was displaying were, to say the least, not good. As we stood in the doctor’s office, it was quite a kick in the stomach to see what appeared to be an INCREASE in the size of the tumor – and with that, a tremendous amount of inflammation that had not been present in the May images.
Though we understand that there is a chance that Dad is not receiving the actual drug from the clinical trial, we explained to his doctors that the listed side effects of the drug were all present in dad’s condition. His doctors decided to put Dad on high doses of steroids, with the understanding that if the inflammation shown on the MRI images were the result of the drug infusion, the steroids would dramatically reduce any brain swelling and inflammation from the drug, and we’d see improvment quickly.
By God’s grace, we have seen improvement quickly. In order to see what’s going on with his brain, Dad’s next MRI has been scheduled for July 26, at which point we will be able to see whether the inflammation is still present (suggesting that there has been new tumor growth) or not. With that, our family continues to remain confident that the Lord is healing our Dad, and that He will show us His glory in a fantastic way by completely healing Dad from this devastating disease. We also continue to ask for your prayers.
Please pray that the Lord will cover Dad and us, clothing us in His armor, and guarding from the whispers of the father of lies, not Life, and that Jesus Christ, the risen King of Kings, would remain in the center of our minds and hearts, and remain our vision throughout this season of Dad’s sickness. Please also pray that our Father God, who knit each of our minds and bodies while in our mothers’ wombs, would restore, renew, refresh, and redeem any attempts of the evil one to kill, steal, and destroy Dad through this present illness.
We continue to claim that yes – our God is an awesome God, and that He reigns in heaven and on earth. We stand on the knowledge that the Lord is holding Dad and each of us in His hands as we walk through this, and we praise Him for the mighty work he is doing, has done, and will continue to do in all of our lives – particularly in Dad’s, as we see the physical manifestation of the power of our King. Pray for Dad’s renewed strength and his continued healing – that the presence of the Lord would be palpable throughout our home and throughout our lives, and that most of all, when we see the results of this next MRI, that God’s glory will be revealed as we look upon a brain that is renewed and healthy – with no indication of sickness present.
This season has been so humbling for all of us: we continue to receive words of encouragement and reminders that Dad (and we) are covered in prayer, demonstrating that the Lord has set his people to pray for this miraculous healing. With that, we remain deeply hopeful and expectant- so be encouraged. Our family is so very grateful for our Abbey family, on which we continue to lean and rely, and also for the prayers of the saints around the world that are lifting us up “as on Eagles wings” in ways that give God all of the glory, honor, and praise. Finally, as you pray, I would ask that you please read the story of 2 Chronicles 20. As you do so, note the power of praise: how declaring the faithfulness of God, proclaiming our utter faith in Him, and finally, praising Him for His enduring love, brings voice to His promise: that the battle is not ours, but His. Praise produces victory through Him, and His victory over our enemies ALWAYS brings glory to His name. So as you pray, give Him praise, for He is a good, good Father, He is our Savior and our King, and He is our hope in whom we trust.
July 12, 2017 Update from Margaret Murphy
Thank you to all who prayed for Chuck today during the Prayer Vigil. Here is Margaret’s encouraging update:
“May the Lord bless each one of you for the prayers today. Your prayers sustain us.
As you know , last week Chuck’s MRI showed a lot of inflammation in the brain. The consequence of that was severe muscle weakness. When the doctor saw Chuck today he was amazed at his improvement and the nurse said, “you have improved by leaps and bounds”! He is now sporting a walking cane but I often notice he is carrying the cane!
We needed your prayers today for wisdom to continue the clinical trial or not, but the doctor said, “let’s not do the infusion (trial)and decide after the next MRI “. So we didn’t even have to make a decision and the trial is still on the table for us, if it proves helpful!
The next MRI is in 2 weeks so the inflammation will be gone and the MRI will be able to be read and a wiser decision can be made.
Another blessing is that the doctor thinks that because he improved so greatly, it is probably a reaction to the treatment, not tumor growth, Praise the Lord!
One of Chuck’s favorite Psalms is 103 which he has been referring to lately.
“Bless the Lord , O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name.”
Love and blessings,
July 6, 2017
Please continue to keep +Chuck in your prayers. Though he is feeling fatigued and weak from his treatment, he says he also feels your prayers sustaining him and his family and is so thankful for them. Join us in asking the Lord for energy and strength for +Chuck, and for an outpouring of love, healing, and peace for him and his family.
Please remember that we are having a brief time of prayer this Sunday after church (July 8).
Please contact Amy Bunn to sign up and participate in a Prayer Vigil next Wednesday, July 12.
Update on +Chuck
Please keep Bishop Murphy in your prayers as he endures double doses of chemo leading up to his next MRI which is scheduled for Wednesday, July 5th.
May 12, 2017
by Allison Murphy
“I don’t want to give you percentages… 20? 30% [reduction in size]?” Dr. Cachia ”
… Significant reduction [in the size of the tumor]” – Written MRI report
Our family is largely without words to express the magnitude of yesterday’s news, so we are left to resort to the words of Dad’s neo–oncologist, as well as the written report from the radiologist who read the MRI. “It is good,” said Dr. Cachia, as he walked into the room, echoing the words spoken by Yahweh in the first chapter of Genesis. Our last update described why yesterday’s trip to MUSC was rife with unknowns: we didn’t know if inflammation would prevent an accurate read of the MRI, nor did we know if the MRI would show new tumor growth (or not). At the hospital, we came to understand that from a medical perspective, “success” would be the absence of any new tumor growth. We were then shown the pictures of Dad’s brain that, in the absence of any inflammation, CLEARLY showed the significant distinction between the images on the 2.23.2017 MRI, as compared to what was shown on those from yesterday’s MRI. The split screen compared the images, with left side displaying the 2.23.2017 images, and yesterday’s images shown on the right. The side by side comparison of what we saw less than three months ago, and what was before our eyes yesterday, was staggering: yesterday’s MRI showed a) a “significant reduction” in the size of the remaining tumor (one angle showed measurements of 2.50cm in February, as compared to 2.08cm yesterday), b) that the surgical cavity from the January surgery had collapsed (which is good!) and c) the expanse of inflammation that largely stretched across the right side of his brain (inflammation caused by T2 cells in the underlying tissue which suggests the amount of the tumor’s spread into nearby and surrounding areas) was gone. God is moving powerfully in Dad’s healing, and our family is so, so humbled and so, so very grateful for the tsunami wave of prayer from all over the world for Dad and for our family – prayer that is undeniably uniting the body of Christ and enabling, in a palpable way, the Shekinah Glory and power of our Triune God to be displayed. Thank you for your prayers. The last update described the chemotherapy that has now begun for Dad: the schedule of five days on – 23 days off. Please join with us in celebrating that we can see, quite frankly, are able to watch, the mighty hand of God moving in the world about us; praising the One who is able to do far more than we dare to ask or imagine, and is doing it; and thanking God for what He’s done, is doing, and will continue to do. Join us in continuing to pray that He will reclaim what is His: all of the area where tissue has been invaded by sickness and disease that is not of Him, for “only You, O God, are able to bring order to the unruly cells…” in Dad’s brain.” “You have no rival, you have no equal – now and forever God you reign. Yours is the kingdom, yours is the glory, yours is the name above all names…what a powerful name it is: the name of Jesus Christ, my King.” What A Beautiful Name It Is- Hillsong
UPDATE ON BISHOP CHUCK MURPHY
by Allison Murphy
April 27, 2017
It has been just over 90 days since “D–Day:” January 23 was the day a mass was found in Dad’s brain. Approximately 75% of the mass was successfully removed through brain surgery on January 31, and then found to be Glioblastoma Grade 4 brain cancer, and it is with overwhelming gratitude for the prayers and support of this body of Christ that we’re able to praise God for what he He has done, what He is doing, and what we know He will continue to do as we embark on this next leg of our journey.
When we were first told of his diagnosis, we had no idea what to expect going forward: the only frame of reference that we had was our memory of how this same cancer devastated the life of his younger sister about 20 years ago, and ultimately led to her death. Although his doctors assured us that incredible strides had been made since Katy was treated, we were warned that any number of things could be on the horizon: weakness or loss of use in one side of his body, loss of sight/hearing, loss of short-term memory, and an inability to “find and speak his words,” were just some of the by-products of this very aggressive, very mean, and very ugly cancer.
Dad has now successfully completed six weeks of radiation and chemotherapy, and though he still suffers from fatigue, and though his hair is significantly thinner (though offset by his thick beard!), the Lord has protected his mind and his body from the physical and mental devastation that many with this disease have suffered. Dad often holds that which Charles Spurgeon once said: “when God sets out to do a mighty work, he first purposes his people to pray.” Your prayers have stormed the heavens powerfully, and those who have seen him can bear witness to how your prayers have moved the hand of God, holding and protecting him and our family.
We now ask your prayers again: the first MRI since his brain surgery is scheduled for May 11 in Charleston. The MRI should reveal where things stand: whether the tumor has spread and/or further progressed, or whether the chemotherapy and radiation have shrunk the tumor or otherwise stalled further growth. Regardless of the outcome, on May 11, Dad will also resume chemotherapy treatments, but rather than a daily dose, he’ll take an increased dosage for 5 days, “rest” for 23 days… and then begin again what are 5 day on/23 day off cycles. Should the MRI reveal that the tumor has grown or otherwise progressed, then he will stop the clinical trial in which he is currently enrolled, and we will huddle up to make more decisions regarding his treatment going forward– including whether to stay at MUSC or transfer to Duke for treatment.
At yesterday’s appointment with his neo oncologist, we were warned that in 40% of patients, this first MRI is non-determinative: too much inflammation remains around the site of the radiation to tell where things stand with the tumor. Should that be, we will have the opportunity to wait an additional month before a second MRI, allowing us an extended “wait and see” season (she said, dryly).
With that, please pray specifically for May 11: pray that there will be no inflammation present that prevents us from seeing that which needs to be seen in the MRI images; pray that there will be no growth, no progression… indeed, pray that there will be no remnant of what was once a Glioblastoma brain tumor. Pray for clarity, and pray for peace which passes all understanding, all in the name of our risen Lord, Jesus Christ.
Thank you for all that you have done through your prayers, and thank you for sharing with us in this journey, walking in faith and not by sight. In this Easter season, we do claim that the same power that raised Christ from the dead has defeated and destroyed the unruly cells that threatened Dad’s brain and body, and with great expectation, we pray that our Triune God will be glorified in and through His power displayed.
“May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” Colossians 1:11–12.
Please keep Chuck in your prayers as he is now undergoing a rigorous treatment plan, including 40 days of radiation. This will take him through Good Friday, April 14. (I will spare you my own analogies.) His next MRI is scheduled for May 11th. Please pray for our dear Lord Jesus, our Healer and Comforter, to remove every bit of cancer in Chuck’s body.
Monday, February 27, 2017
Dear Abbey Friends,
Here is the latest report on Chuck from Allison:
“And with peace that passes all understanding, we’re headed home. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the gift of prayer. To recap: we headed to Duke yesterday for a 10:30 am meeting with Dr. Freidman, who is head of the Brain Tumor Clinic at The Duke Cancer Center, and planned to discuss the clinical trial that had been recommended from MUSC, whether there were any others offered at Duke that we should consider, and then ultimately make a decision about how to move forward;namely, what treatment(s) Dad would receive and where. Today was covered in prayer, asking that the Lord would give us wisdom, discernment, and a clear consensus in our decision, and prayers were answered. Dr. Freidman clearly and decisively confirmed that a) Dr. Vendergrift, Dad’s neurosurgeon, had successfully removed the majority of the tumor, having done a good jobas HIS neurosurgeon would have done, and no additional surgery would be needed; b) the clinical trial that was presented to Dad had originated at Duke, and that Dad should “absolutely” do it; c) that Dad would receive the same treatment at Duke as he would at MUSC, so to proceed with the treatment from home (before any further consideration at Duke); and finally, d) that IF there was any tumor growth in the future, Dad was to contact Duke to discuss treatment options and clinical trials at that point…the operative word being “IF.”
We left Duke with a fresh sense of optimism and hope, encouraged and thankful that the Lord had removed any decision making requirement from us: through Dr. Freidman, He confirmed how, what, and where to move forward, and we are now united and grounded in the Lord’s promise of victory than we have been to date…To God Be the Glory!
Having cleared this hurdle with flying colors, Dad will begin treatment this week: a combination of radiation and chemo, and will be participating in a clinical trial, as well. This trial is set up as a blind randomized trial: there is a 50/50 chance he’ll receive a drug that will stimulate his immune system fight the cancer cells (in conjunction with chemo and radiation). We are so, so grateful for your prayers, storming the gates of heaven, and hope this report leaves you feeling as encouraged and excited to see howGod will show us His Glory as we are. Mom, Dad, and Anne Nolan will be headed to Florida on Saturday to receive prayer from Francis and Judith McNutt; armed with prayer work and medical advances, this battle we will win. To Him be all Honor, Power and Praise, Allison Murphy”
I think I can say that we can all take a fresh breath of encouragement from these words. We are so thankful for all of you have extended your care and concern to Chuck and the Murphy family. It has been a truly remarkable experience to watch the Body of Christ in action. The “Prayer Team” had an amazing time of ministry during the day long prayer at the Abbey. I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to have the support of God’s people when the storms of life come swirling around us.
Keep moving forward in prayer and faith,
Dear Friends of The Abbey,
Mary Hunter reports some excellent news on Chuck and his visit to Duke today:
“Your prayers carried us through this day.”
I will paraphrase some of the highlights of her report:
Chuck does not need further surgery. Dr. Freidman at Duke feels the surgeons at MUSC did as good a good job of removing the tumor as they would have at Duke.
Dr. Freidman started the clinical trial that MUSC is offering which is the same trial currently at Duke.
Dr. Freidman said he would have offered the same trial at Duke and strongly encouraged him to participate in the trial at MUSC.
Chuck soared through the physical and cognitive exam this morning.
The family is very grateful for the confirmation that they can move forward for treatment at MUSC and not have to travel to Duke or somewhere else.
They are getting clarity on the next steps forward and for the upcoming therapy which now seems it can be done here in the local area.
So, we are all deeply thankful that this day brought good news. We had a wonderful time of prayer yesterday after church in which we laid hands on Chuck and the family. Yes, Chuck showed up in church yesterday!
In addition, Anne Harvey and the prayer ministry are about to wrap up the “prayer vigil” which was held at the Abbey today. We are overwhelmed at the sense of the presence, blessing and favor of the Holy Spirit. We keep asking for the miraculous activity of the Holy Spirit to be powerful and immediate in Chuck’s life.
Keep moving forward in prayer,
We will keep you posted.
GUIDELINE FOR PRAYER VIGIL
for Chuck and Margaret Murphy and family
Monday, Feb. 27, 2017
9 AM to 5 PM
We at The Abbey are to be like the persistent widow – to always pray and not give up:
The Parable of the Persistent Widow Matthew 18: 1-8
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said:“In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
You may follow these guidelines or pray on your own.
- Praise God and give thanks.
Exodus 15:2 “The Lord is my strength and my defense[a]; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
Praise Him for what He has done through the surgery, the appointments at MUSC, and all that has come together for them to be at Duke today.
Read Psalm 150 and 146 and any other praise Psalms you may want to read as you praise God.
- Pray for complete healing and restoration and all attending Chuck and family
Pray the tumor is gone. We must expect God’s highest and best.
The appointment at Duke is at 10:30 AM and is to last 3 hours.
Pray for Godly wisdom and knowledge for all involved in the examination and consultation.
Dr. Friedman is the lead doctor.
Pray that the family with Chuck (Margaret, Allison, Mary Hunter and Anne Nolen) hear clearly and have Godly understanding of all the information given. They may have to make some decisions, so pray for clarity and unity of hearts and minds as they take the next step forward.
Give them a sense of God’s presence and peace as they listen, learn. and discern.
Read Proverbs 3: 1-8, 13-20
Margaret Murphy has given us a list of action words to pray against the tumor.
Example: Lord lay your axe at the root of the all the cancer cells to cut them off so they may no longer live. Lord mutilate the cells so that it will not survive.
Here are the action words to pray against the tumor: Suppress, Stamp Out, Destroy, Cast Out, ,Remove, Evaporate, Burn, Demolish, Devastate, Abort, Annihilate, Annul/erase, Axe, Blot Out,
Break Down, Consume, Crush. Slay, Snuff Out, Dismantle, Eradicate, Erase, Exterminate, Extinguish, Impair, Kill, Mutilate, Overturn, Quash, Quell, Ravage, Ruin, Swallow Up, Tear Down, Trash, Vaporize, Wipe Out, Wreck, Zap
Here are action words to heal the tumor.
Example: +Lord you alone can rebuild and restore the brain to the way you created it. Dear Lord, overcome the cancer with your healing power.
Here are healing action words: Make whole, Restore, Rebuild, Fix/correct, Patch, Build up, Make new, Cure, Heal, Make healthy, Reconstitute, Mend, Recondition, Reconstruct, Return, Purify, Give life to, Rehabilitate, Rejuvenate.
- Pray for the family
Chuck and Margaret Murphy
Mary Hunter, Scott, Hunter and Emma Kramer
Anne Nolen, Will, Adams, Nolen and William Howard.
Anne Murphy (mother)
Donna, Chris and Tim (siblings)
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
- Thank the Lord for what He is going to do and the healing that is coming.
Mark 11:24 “When you pray and you ask for something, believe that you have received it and you will be given what you ask for.”
With this week being the beginning of Lent consider to pray each day for the Murphy family, each by name, and the healing we expect.
Following are updates from the Rev. Stu Boehmig, our Associate Rector, emailed to the congregation. If you are not receiving his emails and would like to, email Susan Keenan (email@example.com) and she will happily add you to our list.
Friday, February 24, 2017
This is an important time for Chuck and the family.
Margaret sent the following note to pass along to our extended family:
“We finally had the MRI yesterday in Charleston and met with the doctor. He updated us on the lab report of the makeup of the tumor which was good news! Chuck’s tumor type responds well to the chemo medicine he is required to take and he qualifies for a clinical testing with immune therapy.
We go to Duke Sunday to meet with Dr. Freidman on Monday at 10:30. We are told to expect a 3 hour appointment and are hoping to learn a lot from this wise man. We know we will be faced with a lot of information that will require decisions. Chuck needs to start treatment this coming week so please pray for divine wisdom and discernment.
Again, Chuck is constantly giving thanks for the Abbey family. Your prayers and support are at the very center of his recovery. It means more than you can ever imagine to our family. God’s greatest blessing on you all. Margaret and Chuck”
Here’s where we come in:
1. As the Holy Scriptures tell us, we are to be in constant prayer “without ceasing” when a family member is in need. We are praying for every aspect of Chuck’s healing, treatment and upcoming decisions.
2. We will have a time of prayer immediately following our 10:00 am service on Sunday for anyone who would like to join us.
3. Anne Harvey and the Prayer Ministry are planning a “prayer vigil” on Monday at The Abbey from 9:00 am-5:00 pm while Chuck and family members are at Duke. Information and a sign up will be available on Sunday in the church lobby.
As this important time draws near, we are asking that our “Advocate and Comforter” the Holy Spirit be in every moment of this process. We anticipate the miraculous activity of the Holy Spirit to be fully present. We lean on each other and God as Chuck and the family lean on us and God.
Keep moving forward in prayer.
Tuesday, February 22, 2017
Margaret reported today that “Chuck is going to MUSC Thursday for an MRI. The goal is to see if he qualifies for an experimental study at MUSC. Sunday they are traveling to Duke to see if he qualifies for an experimental Duke study. She writes that Chuck is extremely grateful for the people at the Abbey. ..their prayers and support mean so much.”
So our prayer requests are first, for an immediate and direct intervention of the hand of God to completely heal Chuck. Secondly, that Chuck find exactly the right people and place to go for further treatment and that their travels go well. Ask God to cover every aspect of this time. Next week is an important week and will set in motion a trajectory of treatment and healing for the future. In addition, pray that Chuck recovers quickly from the past surgery.
On behalf of the family, I want to thank all of you for the remarkable support you have shown the Murphy family during this unexpected time. It is tangible and real. Keep being the Family of God to them.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Margaret reports today that:
Chuck is resting while going through almost daily testing. He is preparing for an MRI tomorrow.
Chuck is in week two of a total of four weeks for recovery from surgery and balancing of medicines. During this time they are gathering information on the next step, which looks like it will be six weeks of treatment. They are in the process of determining where this will be and when it will begin.
I visited with Chuck briefly last Saturday and he is in amazingly good spirits. He continues to give thanks for The Abbey and the support of his many friends throughout the world who are praying for him.
His mother, brother, and sister in law are coming for a brief visit this weekend. Having said that, it is important that he rest, so the family is requesting that he not have visitors at this time.
This week we are praying for:
Total and immediate healing.
Healing through intermediaries such as physicians, staff, treatment and medicines.
That God would lead Chuck to the right place for treatment.
That God would surround Chuck and the family with the miraculous presence and activity of the Holy Spirit.
We are thanking God for a successful surgery, great physicians, a loving family and a wonderful church.
On a personal note, on behalf of the staff and Vestry, I want to thank all who have been so helpful and gracious during this time. There is nothing more beautiful than the Body of Christ in action.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Note from Allison Murphy
Dad described the outpouring of prayers for him and our family as “breathtaking,” and we could not agree more. God has shown Himself throughout this week in ways that are incredible- this past Wednesday being no exception.
As a recap, Monday we were given the results of the tumor’s biopsy: a grade 4 glioblastoma, which was the same cancer that Dad’s little sister, Katy, had 20 years ago. Walking through Katy’s journey of treatment with her built a powerful memory for dad and us – one that was unpleasant, to say the least, and hard to watch, and an experience that Dad does not want to replicate. The first appointment on Wednesday was with the radiologist, who, after speaking with dad, mom, and Anne Nolen, remembered Katy: he described her case as heartbreaking, and outlined in detail the tremendous ways in which treatment of this type of cancer has progressed since she was treated. That appointment in and of itself was yet another God whisper: a breath of hope and much needed encouragement that our family, and more importantly, Dad, was able to hear and receive.
Dad also met with the neuro-oncologist with whom him we met on Monday, and he again outlined more options for treatment that were encouraging and promising – reminding us that Dad is not a statistic.
One of the disadvantages that we have had is dad’s pacemaker, put in years ago and no longer working, but still preventing him from getting an MRI. Many clinical studies and trials require an MRI to qualify, and yesterday, arrangements were made for Dad to have his pacemaker switched out today – replacing the old pacemaker with one that is MRI compatible. He is undergoing the procedure as we speak.
At this point, we want to again say “thank you” for the unbelievable outpouring of prayers: to say that we have felt God’s hand holding each of us individually and collectively would be an understatement. Please do continue to pray that the Lord would heal Dad in a powerful way, and that during this next season, The Lord would make clear the next steps that we should take as options become available (i.e., whether to stay at MUSC for treatment, or to pursue other options at Duke or another cancer center, and what, if any, clinical trial would best fit his type of cancer). We continue to be united in our certainty that the Lord is moving mightily, that He has Dad in the palm of His hand, and that He will be glorified through this entire process in a way that is powerful; in a way that, as Dad likes to say, “builds a memory.”
PICTURE OF BISHOP MURPHY, ONE WEEK AFTER BRAIN SURGERY! Keep praying!!! 🙂
Pictured with +Chuck is Scott Kramer, Chuck’s son-in-law (married to Mary Hunter).
THIS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017
AN EVENING OF PRAYER
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Join us in the chapel Wednesday night, February 8, as we gather to pray for Bishop Murphy, his family, and others who need healing.
Monday, February 6, 2017
From the Murphy Family:
The neuro-oncologist called us in today to deliver the biopsy results. Following dad’s lead, I’ll start with 3 positives:
• Dr. Cachia said dad is in great physical shape compared to other patients less than a week following brain surgery.
• He believes dad is cognitively in great shape–very sharp, humorous, and “asking all the right questions”.
• Dad is continuing to heal and wean off medications without any complications.
As far as the results, Dr. Cachia confirmed that it is a Grade 4 Glioblastoma in the right, frontal lobe. While this is, again, not the miraculous news of healing we were praying for, we are supernaturally okay and trusting God to perform a miracle in HIS time. We continue to pray that God will bring back Dad’s physical strength. We are grateful for the continued reassurance that God HAS dad and is going to bring healing, all for the glory of God and for the Kingdom.
We again thank you for your prayers. They are surely carrying us as we walk down this slightly scary and unfamiliar road.
In His Name, the Murphys <><
Afternoon Report from the Rev. Stu Boehmig
Friday, February 3, 2017
Mid-Afternoon Report from the Rev. Stu Boehmig
Thursday, February 2, 2017
I have some great news. Margaret reports that Chuck is home, resting and enjoying this great weather. The neurologist said he is doing terrific and recovering extremely well from the surgery. Although they won’t know for several days and perhaps until next Wednesday what the reports are on the testing, they are highly optimistic.
She said it would be good to hold off on calls and visits until further notice. As you can imagine they are all exhausted from the unexpected ride that they have been traveling. Having said that, they are extremely grateful for all of your support, prayers and encouragement.
Whether or not Chuck or the family is able to join us, we will have a brief time of prayer this Sunday after church. I hope you can join us. There is much to give thanks for and much to be prayed for.
Evening update from the Rev. Stu Boehmig
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Chuck continues to recover. However, he is not ready for any visitors. Our prayer (and the plan) is that he will home tomorrow. Chuck and Margaret have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of care and support from around the world.
It is truly amazing to see the Body of Christ in action. We have all had the privilege of being part of a fellowship and family as it comes together in prayer in our country and around the world for Chuck and the family. I know the prayer times we had at the Abbey last Tuesday evening and this Sunday morning and the Prayer Vigil yesterday had a sense of divine anointing about them that was remarkable.
There is wonderful imagery in Psalm 3:3 that says that God is the “lifter of my head.” The thought is that in those times when life can become overwhelming and sweep over us, our heads can become downtrodden and downcast and looking toward the ground. God comes and gently places his hand under our chin and lifts our head to gaze at him. We pray God is lifting Chucks head and allowing him to gaze at the light and countenance of God from whence all good things come.
Update from Anne Nolen Howard
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
“Dad talked to the Lord all night. He feels so good and I, for one, am riding on his “faith coat tails”. God is teaching us about faith and dad feels SO confident that the Lord has got this. He has successfully made it through surgery, his spirits are soaring, and his witty humor is out in full force. Still praying for God to work in His own time for complete healing—a powerful work of God—that will glorify God and grow the faith of many. He will stay tonight and come home tomorrow! Thank you and we ask for continued prayer!”
Update from Margaret Murphy
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
“Just talked to the doctor. He said there were no surprises and he feels like he got 75% of the tumor. We will not know for a week what kind it is. After the pathology report we will know the treatment plan. We saw Chuck and he is moving his arms and legs, so he is fine! Chuck said it is God’s protection that got him through surgery. We feel your prayers and ask for more! Thank you, Blessings, Margaret”
“Things happen when you pray that won’t when you don’t!” Over 50 people (“PRAISERS!) showed up at The Abbey prayer vigil to pray for Chuck today. When God’s people come together to pray, Christ is proclaimed and mighty things happen as witnessed with Chuck’s surgery. To God be the glory!
Please keep Chuck and his family in your prayers as they wait on the pathology report and begin the recovery process.
THANK YOU TO OUR FAITHFUL PRAYER WARRIORS!
MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017
eMail from Margaret Murphy
Dear Abbey Family,
Our plan for Tuesday (tomorrow) is to check in to MUSC at 1:30 pm. The whole process will last about 3 hours from start to finish. After surgery Chuck will be in recovery, then moved to a room, not intensive care. It will take 5 days to get a report from the biopsy but will let you know what Dr Vandergrift says. Please continue to pray. Chuck always quotes someone who said, “When God purposes to do a mighty work, he first calls his people to pray”.
Thank you for your mighty prayers!