NEWS UPDATE FROM YOUR MISSIONARY OVE
LACKELL IN ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA, MAY 2008.
Dear Friends and
I like to call
this THE SLOW PROCESS BACK TO FUNCTIONAL MINISTRY. The recovery
after neck surgery has been slow and painful. Some nerves and tissue had
to be removed to get 37 lymph nodes out from the sides of the neck. The
good news was that only dead cancer cells were found in the pathology
report. After being on a feeding tube for about a year, I started to
relearn to swallow again a few weeks ago. To swallow correctly is a
complicated procedure and I had to learn that all over again, starting
with only liquids. The most difficult part of all during the time in the
cancer furnace has been not being able to speak normally since July of
It’s easy to
take for granted the gift of God of speaking and eating when we have done
it all our lives. But when we lose it, we realize the real value of these
gifts. I plan to write a book about this called THE BEST USE OF YOUR
MOUTH. Eating and kissing your spouse are ok, but the best use of your
mouth is speaking words about Jesus and eternal life to the lost sinner
and to speak edifying words to our Christian brothers and sisters. A few
weeks ago the Mayo Clinic dentist put a device called an obturator to
cover the hole in my soft palate that the cancer had made and finally I’m
back to speaking more understandable again.
A while ago I
spoke in a church for the first time in a long time and my words were
possible to understand by most people. I even taped it, and it was clear
enough. My life now is BC(before cancer) and AC(after cancer). I’ll never
be the same as BC, but I just have to believe that Romans 8:28 applies to
me and God will transform this “tragedy” for His glory. I feel like the
violin that was broken in 1000 pieces but was put together by the violin
maker to make a better sound than ever before.
that my wonderful Father in heaven can do the same with my broken life and
body. A German pastor sent me a wonderful prophecy of the power of
thanksgiving. “Thank God in everything, no matter what the circumstances
may be, be thankful and give thanks, for this is the will of God for you,
who are in Christ Jesus”(1 Thess.5:18) Jonah was stuck in the belly of a
big fish and Paul and Silas were in a the dungeon, but they were
practicing the Word by thanksgiving, prayer and singing hymns to God and
His power was released on their behalf. When I worked as an evangelist in
my native Sweden 1984-85 I always remember the song that the singer
Inga-Lill Sander wrote called NEVER LET YOUR PRAISES TO GOD BE SILENCED.
The devil has worked overtime on me this last year during the very harsh
treatments to discourage me and to make me think that my life and ministry
conclusion, be strong in the Lord, be empowered through your union with
Him; draw your strength from Him, that strength which His boundless might
provides. Put on God’s whole armor, the armor of a heavy-armed soldier
which God supplies, that you may be able successfully to stand up against
all the strategies and deceits of the devil”(Eph. 6:10-11)
attack has been to put his flaming missiles into my thought life about
past mistakes and sins in my Christian life. Only by entering God’s
presence with thanksgiving and praise have I been able to fight him off.
But it’s has not been easy a see-saw battle all the way. At times I have
been on the brink of defeat, but then God has brought me back on top.
are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are
perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never
abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through
suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the
life of Jesus may also been seen in our bodies”(2 Cor.4:8-10)
my book that I’m writing called YOU CAN WIN OVER CANCER TOO will help many
others in how to deal with cancer and how to overcome it.
the remaining 3 Petscans (every 3 months) will turn out well and show no
the Mayo Clinic dentist to complete the dental work, which may include
finish the book YOU CAN WIN OVER CANCER TOO.
God to open doors for me to share about missions in the churches.
continual financial needs.
leave Rochester, MN in God’s time for the next assignment.
Him to show me what to do next.
Ove Lackell, P.0.Box 21,
Rochester, MN 55903, USA
tax-deductible donations to:
Power Road # 113282
include a note saying that the gift is for Ove Lackell.
THANKS TO ALL WHO STUCK WITH ME ALL THIS TIME IN MY CANCER BATTLE!
As I have mentioned
already it’s been a very bumpy road and only by the grace and mercy of God
I’m still alive and looking to the future with great expectations. Thank
you for praying the earnest prayer of the righteous man that makes
tremendous power available. It made the difference! May God’s blessings
abound to all of you!
I love you immensely!