Saved From Cancer to Do God's Work

Saved From Cancer to Do God's Work

Saved From Cancer to Do God's Work

As I've shared before, I am an ovarian cancer survivor. In 1990, right before my second cancer surgery at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN, I decided to learn everything I could about ovarian cancer. At that time, research meant a trip to the library to search through the card catalog, where I discovered that the estimated survival rate for a woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer was 20% at five years.

I've always been pretty good at math, and I quickly figured out that I had an 80% chance of dying in the next five years. Uffda. That was a lot to digest as a 17-year-old. Even though I was surrounded by prayers—both of those people who cared about me and my own—I couldn't help but be afraid.

A few nights after surgery, I was alone in my hospital room when God "spoke" to me. I suddenly felt warm, peaceful, and as odd as it seems, elated. I didn't hear God's voice in a literal sense, but He did assure me it was not my time to die. I suddenly knew I would beat the odds; and that while my life wouldn't always be easy, God had things for me to do. Now, almost 30 years later, I am grateful that God, in His infinite Grace, has kept me around to do His work.

I am a huge believer in the power of prayer and to this day, am grateful to all those who prayed for me. Which is why I am so thankful for you. I get to see the children you pray for and witness the changes in them as they walk their own path of healing. God lights their path and gives Ranch employees the strength to provide these children the support and care that they need.

I hope our kids hear that small, quiet voice of the Lord directing them—just as I did nearly 30 years ago. God has a plan for each of them, and they are a valuable part of His grand design.

Yours in Christ,

Janet Zinke
Senior Development Officer


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