Cancer grips Darlene Zschech
Yesterday, former Hillsong worship leader and current pastor of HOPEUC, Darlene Zschech shared with the world that she found out recently (11th of December) after a routine check that she has developed breast cancer, and has spent the past few weeks having tests and surgery, finally being released from hospital on Christmas eve.
Whether or not you are a ‘fan’ of Darlene Zschech and the Hillsong movement, you cannot deny the influence that her gift and anointing has had on the Church around the world. On a personal level, Darlene’s teaching has had a great influence on my philosophy of worship and her leadership from a distance has played a big part in developing the worship leader that I am.
It is in moments like these that I feel the burden and privilege of Paul’s words in Ephesians 1:5
“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.”
It is a concept that is difficult to grasp fully, but because of the work of Jesus and His plan for me as an adopted son in the household of God, while I have never met Darlene, we are part of the same family. She is my adopted sister in Christ (and no, not in the Christianese way – in the real “we are family” way) and I feel an urgency to have a love and concern for her that results in earnest prayer.
The cynics (of which I would usually be one) will already be thinking that it’s only because she’s famous that I care, and will no doubt be irritated that I do not feel the same concern for a normal Christian lady in the other side of the world suffering the same plight. And they would be right. Our concern should be for all those in our spiritual family who are suffering – and I hope to one day be like the mighty prayer warriors of time gone by that God would have us all be, interceding for those I do not know with the same passion I pray for those I do know .
But for now, Darlene Zschech and her family (husband Mark and daughters Amy, Chloe and Zoe) are facing a crisis, and I invite you to spend a few minutes in the next few days to bring them before the Lord and intercede for Darlene’s healing, for her family, and for their church (Hope Unlimited Church) to be the support that a pastor and his/her family so desperately need in times like this.
While you are praying, my friend Lauren Hudson’s grandfather passed away last night after a long illness culminating in a fall yesterday. Pray for Lauren’s family as well – for peace and comfort in this time.