Hope Through Cancer With Doug Stringer

Hope Through Cancer With Doug Stringer

At the start of Doug Stringer's cancer battle, which he knew came from the enemy, he asked God to use him to minister to others. In this episode with host Marti Pieper, find out the powerful ways God answered this prayer.

33 Minutes • 15 days ago

Episode Notes

Charisma News

Special Series: Hope Through Cancer

Guest: Doug Stringer

At the start of Doug Stringer's cancer battle, which he knew came from the enemy, he asked God to use him to minister to others. In this episode with host Marti Pieper, find out the powerful ways God answered this prayer.

Introduction

Marti Pieper: When his doctor diagnosed him with terminal cancer, Dr. Doug Stringer responded with the faith God had built into his life. Here is why he believes the enemy tried to stop him and the deep prophetic insights he gained as he lived out in the natural what God was doing in the supernatural.

This episode is brought to you by the E book Revelatory Combat by Ryan LeStrange. Revelatory Combat is a concise look into the prophetic ministry and the partnership between prophets and apostles. It provides clarity for the battle facing the church in this hour. Ryan LeStrange and Charisma magazine are proud to offer you a year-long subscription of Charisma magazine, as well as a download of Revelatory Combat for only $20. If you'd like to take part in this offer, be sure to visit combat.charismamag.com or call 1-800-749-6500 and mention the word combat.

Marti Pieper: Ain't nobody got time for that. Who has time for cancer, and yet more than 1.7 million people in the U.S. are stricken each year. We need hope and spirit-filled help. Dr. Doug stringer, founder and president of Turning Point Ministries International, as well as the outreach Somebody Cares, can really say he didn't have time for cancer. Welcome to the Hope Through Cancer Series. Dr. Stringer, will you tell our listeners what all you were involved in when you first learn cancer had hit you?

 

More Hope Through Cancer Podcasts

·         With Karen Schatzline

·         With Jay and Sofia Lyons

 

Doug Stringer: I had just finished helping to facilitate and coordinate a solemn assembly, Joel 2, Second Chronicles 7:14 gathering in Louisiana. At that time, Governor Jindal had asked us to come and to do what we called The Response, a call to prayer for a nation in between challenges. We had already agreed also for later that year, to facilitate these in South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida, because those governors also asked if there's a possibility of doing them there to call the church together to pray for their states and for the nation. So, at the end of March, after we'd already finished in January in Louisiana, I was working out the gym, and I noticed a lump on my right side of my neck and didn't think much of it until a couple weeks later. I was with our chapter, Somebody Cares New England and their board up in Haven, Massachusetts. Then I noticed that the growth had grown larger, and I also noticed that there was another one growing. So, my wife said, Doug, you need to call some of your friends that are doctors and check with them. Each and every one of them said Doug, you probably should go see an EMT doctor and maybe get a get a checkup and possibly a biopsy.

 

Doug Stringer on Charisma

·         In Miraculous Battle, Doug Stringer Beats Terminal Cancer

·         Lead Well Through Life’s Detours

·         Post-Election: A Return to Civility?

·         Doug Stringer: Divided Church Breeding Divided Nation

 

Marti Pieper: That sounds right. So, can you tell us what happened after that?

Doug Stringer: I went to see a referral when I got back to Houston, where we live. It was April 6 I had an appointment with an EMT doctor. It was also my daughter's 13th birthday 13th, and so afterwards we went and had a birthday lunch and spent the day with my daughter and didn't think much of it. Then on Tuesday, the seventh, they asked me to come back in to do a CT scan. After that, we actually received a phone call and they had me come back to do a biopsy and put me on antibiotics. They called me one day and as I was pulling up into our home, and she says to me, Mr. Stringer, I never usually call you on a Friday, and especially personally to tell you this information. I would have rather had you come into my office. But I have to tell you, you have what seems to be an 80 percent aggressive lymphoma. I'd like you to come back in on Monday to get you immediately into the MD Anderson System because it's moving aggressively. So, when we first got the news, of course, it kind of hits you pretty hard. I asked my wife to go into the house and sit down with my mother in-law who lives with us, and my daughter. I drove off to a grocery store parking lot for a couple of hours. And as I sat there talking to God, shedding some tears, asking questions, I went home after a couple of hours, sat down with my mother in-law, my wife and daughter and before we took communion, I said a couple of things. I said, first of all, God did not do this to me. Secondly, if God did not do this to me, then it does not belong to me. And if it does not belong to me, it cannot be about me or about about giving place to what the enemy is doing here.

 

Doug Stringer Books

·         Leadership Awakening: Foundational Principles for Lasting Success

·         In Search of a Father’s Blessing: The Cry of a Lost Generation

·         Who Will Cross the Jordan?

·         Hope for a Fatherless Generation

·         Born to Die That We May Live

 

 

So, then, let's turn this into a message of a larger context and kind of like the prophetic dramas of the Old Testament where the prophets, whatever they went through, they lived that message through a larger context for their community, their nation. Even as the apostolic fathers, the great evangelists and missionaries throughout church history, oftentimes their experiences turned into a larger message for the times. And I said, let's do that. Let's turn this into a time to pray, intercede for the church of America to find healing, to be awakened, so we can be a blessing to the nations because if we keep our focus, that we won't let this thing beat us. I said only the Lord knows if I have a day or 100 years left. But let's live every day as unto the Lord because every day is a good day because we serve a great God. I know that everybody's story is different. But for us, we've got to keep a perspective because if I sit home, and I begin to sulk and begin to process and I give up, the devil wins. But if I can get up every day by the grace of God granted to me that day, to continue to do what God's called me to do, then we win, the Lord wins and through us, we can turn this into a message and a ministry to other people that are hurting and struggling.

That surely came, came to pass because so many people when they heard came out of the woodwork. People were praying from orphanages in India, to orphanages in Africa and schools in Botswana, Africa. People from around the world began to send me videos and messages and prayers and just saw the importance of the body of Christ working together, being apart and set into the family of Christ and the encouragement you get from that. But sadly, when we began to get into the MD Anderson program and they did some more tests, they found that it was 80 percent, aggressive B cell lymphoma, and that it was moving very, very quickly. They said by that time, it was already stage four. And but the thing we did was, every time we went, I said no one will touch me. draw blood, or do any tests on me without first letting us pray for them or taking communion with us. It was amazing how we were able to pray for so many people that came from all over the world. It was a teaching hospital. We were able to minister to people. We had noticed also I had great support from my family and friends and pastors that would come to visit when I was there. Yet at the same time, I noticed a lot of people were by themselves saddened, they were lonely. They were processing and you could see they were in deep thought, and we were able to reach out to so many people to minister to them. And as a result, we even became a ministry we didn't ask for, but became a ministry nonetheless. People from around the world began to call and ask us to pray. It wasn't just about cancer. It was about difficulties and challenges because I believe it opened an opportunity for them to see that out of their own crisis that somebody else could relate to them, and even every governor that we worked with in 2015, and subsequently since then, began to ask questions and began to open up. We had people from different communities and different churches begin to open up as a result. So, we did see this as an opportunity in the midst of what we were going through to become a ministry.

Marti Pieper: That is amazing. So, not only did you not stop your ministry God had given you but then he multiplied your ministry as you went through the treatment. I heard I heard you say that you believe the decibel spirit was attacking you. Can you explain that a little bit more?

Doug Stringer: I didn't say that I believe is Jezebel spirit was attacking me. I said if the enemy was attacking me, then the devil wins if I allow him to give place. I wanted to be very cognizant that, regardless of the circumstance, it could be an unexpected detour in my life. It wasn't something I'd ever planned would happen to me. I'd been to the hospital so many times in so many places and praying for so many people over the last 30-something years and yet at that moment when it becomes a reality and it's yours and you and you're having to confront this, I realized I could sit home and I can cry, I can process, I can quit. If I quit, the devil wins. But I realized, and I told my wife was tears as we began to pray together, we took communion every single day as a family. Even when I was traveling, we would get on social media, or we would get on Skype or on FaceTime and we would actually take communion as a family every day together, because we believe that it had to be through the blood of Jesus. By the grace of God, we fulfilled every commitment that year. And again, everybody's story is different. But I felt like if I didn't keep a focus beyond my circumstance, I would just die in the desert. I felt like I needed to keep my eyes focused on the ministry God called us to, to minister to the downtrodden, to the hurting, to the broken and let it become a ministry. So, we had three more obligations, at least with the response prayer gatherings that did America Renewal Project … to put together with pastors and pews and asked us to facilitate and coordinate in all these states … to cross racial, denominational and generational lines, to meet at the cross of Christ. And just for one day, can we get past our egos and logos and all of our peddling of our own things and promoting ourselves and no matter what status we had or titles we had, we put those on the altar of humility and come together to pray for our cities, pray for our nation, pray for our generation. It was a beautiful thing to see that happen in state after state.

But during that time to keep the focus, I knew physically I may not be able to do it. But by the grace of God, we were able to accomplish every assignment God given us in 2015. I've got to tell you a story here … even when we went into South Carolina and at that time it was Governor Haley before she became ambassador to the United Nations … We had gone into Charleston, South Carolina, and the only available date and the only available location large enough was going to be in Charleston, South Carolina. But it was not central to the state. So, we began to just process and pray. Well, I guess we have no option. But we went ahead and took Charleston, South Carolina, their convention center and the Coliseum. It’s by God's providence, as we began to crisscross that state and getting pastors to really come together for one day, we can put aside our differences and our personal preferences or denominational or racial tensions and put those aside to come to the cross of Christ together. As we did, that was on June 13, 2015. So, that was a Saturday and I was scheduled to go in by that time. They wanted me earlier but I wouldn't do it. I just felt like I needed to fulfill that obligation. I started chemo three days after that day. So that would have been a Saturday I started the chemo on the following Tuesday back in Houston. Then the following day, the fourth day after The Response gathering in South Carolina was the tragic, horrific killing at Mother Imanuel AME church. I remember receiving a text message from the pastor of Governor Haley saying the Governor Haley is going through a lot of process but realizing that we could not get through this if it wasn't for that gathering of all the churches coming together in prayer, crossing their barriers, coming together as the church, she felt she was drawing strength from that. And as a result, we saw how in that city, churches came out to the streets, churches came out together arm and arm, thousands across the bridge, holding arm, arm and arm together, praying and singing and standing with Mother Immanuel AME church. What could have been a greater tragedy out of those horrific murders and killings turned into a message of a larger context as well as the family released and forgave. The body of Christ came together. What a message reverberating across America from that. I realized if I not kept my focus and allowed the enemy to beat me, I wouldn't have been able to be a part of something that that helps to bring healing and hope in the midst of difficult situations.

 

Connect with Doug Stringer

·         At dougstringer.com

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

Episode Notes

Charisma News

Special Series: Hope Through Cancer

Guest: Doug Stringer

At the start of Doug Stringer's cancer battle, which he knew came from the enemy, he asked God to use him to minister to others. In this episode with host Marti Pieper, find out the powerful ways God answered this prayer.

Introduction

Marti Pieper: When his doctor diagnosed him with terminal cancer, Dr. Doug Stringer responded with the faith God had built into his life. Here is why he believes the enemy tried to stop him and the deep prophetic insights he gained as he lived out in the natural what God was doing in the supernatural.

This episode is brought to you by the E book Revelatory Combat by Ryan LeStrange. Revelatory Combat is a concise look into the prophetic ministry and the partnership between prophets and apostles. It provides clarity for the battle facing the church in this hour. Ryan LeStrange and Charisma magazine are proud to offer you a year-long subscription of Charisma magazine, as well as a download of Revelatory Combat for only $20. If you'd like to take part in this offer, be sure to visit combat.charismamag.com or call 1-800-749-6500 and mention the word combat.

Marti Pieper: Ain't nobody got time for that. Who has time for cancer, and yet more than 1.7 million people in the U.S. are stricken each year. We need hope and spirit-filled help. Dr. Doug stringer, founder and president of Turning Point Ministries International, as well as the outreach Somebody Cares, can really say he didn't have time for cancer. Welcome to the Hope Through Cancer Series. Dr. Stringer, will you tell our listeners what all you were involved in when you first learn cancer had hit you?

 

More Hope Through Cancer Podcasts

·         With Karen Schatzline

·         With Jay and Sofia Lyons

 

Doug Stringer: I had just finished helping to facilitate and coordinate a solemn assembly, Joel 2, Second Chronicles 7:14 gathering in Louisiana. At that time, Governor Jindal had asked us to come and to do what we called The Response, a call to prayer for a nation in between challenges. We had already agreed also for later that year, to facilitate these in South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida, because those governors also asked if there's a possibility of doing them there to call the church together to pray for their states and for the nation. So, at the end of March, after we'd already finished in January in Louisiana, I was working out the gym, and I noticed a lump on my right side of my neck and didn't think much of it until a couple weeks later. I was with our chapter, Somebody Cares New England and their board up in Haven, Massachusetts. Then I noticed that the growth had grown larger, and I also noticed that there was another one growing. So, my wife said, Doug, you need to call some of your friends that are doctors and check with them. Each and every one of them said Doug, you probably should go see an EMT doctor and maybe get a get a checkup and possibly a biopsy.

 

Doug Stringer on Charisma

·         In Miraculous Battle, Doug Stringer Beats Terminal Cancer

·         Lead Well Through Life’s Detours

·         Post-Election: A Return to Civility?

·         Doug Stringer: Divided Church Breeding Divided Nation

 

Marti Pieper: That sounds right. So, can you tell us what happened after that?

Doug Stringer: I went to see a referral when I got back to Houston, where we live. It was April 6 I had an appointment with an EMT doctor. It was also my daughter's 13th birthday 13th, and so afterwards we went and had a birthday lunch and spent the day with my daughter and didn't think much of it. Then on Tuesday, the seventh, they asked me to come back in to do a CT scan. After that, we actually received a phone call and they had me come back to do a biopsy and put me on antibiotics. They called me one day and as I was pulling up into our home, and she says to me, Mr. Stringer, I never usually call you on a Friday, and especially personally to tell you this information. I would have rather had you come into my office. But I have to tell you, you have what seems to be an 80 percent aggressive lymphoma. I'd like you to come back in on Monday to get you immediately into the MD Anderson System because it's moving aggressively. So, when we first got the news, of course, it kind of hits you pretty hard. I asked my wife to go into the house and sit down with my mother in-law who lives with us, and my daughter. I drove off to a grocery store parking lot for a couple of hours. And as I sat there talking to God, shedding some tears, asking questions, I went home after a couple of hours, sat down with my mother in-law, my wife and daughter and before we took communion, I said a couple of things. I said, first of all, God did not do this to me. Secondly, if God did not do this to me, then it does not belong to me. And if it does not belong to me, it cannot be about me or about about giving place to what the enemy is doing here.

 

Doug Stringer Books

·         Leadership Awakening: Foundational Principles for Lasting Success

·         In Search of a Father’s Blessing: The Cry of a Lost Generation

·         Who Will Cross the Jordan?

·         Hope for a Fatherless Generation

·         Born to Die That We May Live

 

 

So, then, let's turn this into a message of a larger context and kind of like the prophetic dramas of the Old Testament where the prophets, whatever they went through, they lived that message through a larger context for their community, their nation. Even as the apostolic fathers, the great evangelists and missionaries throughout church history, oftentimes their experiences turned into a larger message for the times. And I said, let's do that. Let's turn this into a time to pray, intercede for the church of America to find healing, to be awakened, so we can be a blessing to the nations because if we keep our focus, that we won't let this thing beat us. I said only the Lord knows if I have a day or 100 years left. But let's live every day as unto the Lord because every day is a good day because we serve a great God. I know that everybody's story is different. But for us, we've got to keep a perspective because if I sit home, and I begin to sulk and begin to process and I give up, the devil wins. But if I can get up every day by the grace of God granted to me that day, to continue to do what God's called me to do, then we win, the Lord wins and through us, we can turn this into a message and a ministry to other people that are hurting and struggling.

That surely came, came to pass because so many people when they heard came out of the woodwork. People were praying from orphanages in India, to orphanages in Africa and schools in Botswana, Africa. People from around the world began to send me videos and messages and prayers and just saw the importance of the body of Christ working together, being apart and set into the family of Christ and the encouragement you get from that. But sadly, when we began to get into the MD Anderson program and they did some more tests, they found that it was 80 percent, aggressive B cell lymphoma, and that it was moving very, very quickly. They said by that time, it was already stage four. And but the thing we did was, every time we went, I said no one will touch me. draw blood, or do any tests on me without first letting us pray for them or taking communion with us. It was amazing how we were able to pray for so many people that came from all over the world. It was a teaching hospital. We were able to minister to people. We had noticed also I had great support from my family and friends and pastors that would come to visit when I was there. Yet at the same time, I noticed a lot of people were by themselves saddened, they were lonely. They were processing and you could see they were in deep thought, and we were able to reach out to so many people to minister to them. And as a result, we even became a ministry we didn't ask for, but became a ministry nonetheless. People from around the world began to call and ask us to pray. It wasn't just about cancer. It was about difficulties and challenges because I believe it opened an opportunity for them to see that out of their own crisis that somebody else could relate to them, and even every governor that we worked with in 2015, and subsequently since then, began to ask questions and began to open up. We had people from different communities and different churches begin to open up as a result. So, we did see this as an opportunity in the midst of what we were going through to become a ministry.

Marti Pieper: That is amazing. So, not only did you not stop your ministry God had given you but then he multiplied your ministry as you went through the treatment. I heard I heard you say that you believe the decibel spirit was attacking you. Can you explain that a little bit more?

Doug Stringer: I didn't say that I believe is Jezebel spirit was attacking me. I said if the enemy was attacking me, then the devil wins if I allow him to give place. I wanted to be very cognizant that, regardless of the circumstance, it could be an unexpected detour in my life. It wasn't something I'd ever planned would happen to me. I'd been to the hospital so many times in so many places and praying for so many people over the last 30-something years and yet at that moment when it becomes a reality and it's yours and you and you're having to confront this, I realized I could sit home and I can cry, I can process, I can quit. If I quit, the devil wins. But I realized, and I told my wife was tears as we began to pray together, we took communion every single day as a family. Even when I was traveling, we would get on social media, or we would get on Skype or on FaceTime and we would actually take communion as a family every day together, because we believe that it had to be through the blood of Jesus. By the grace of God, we fulfilled every commitment that year. And again, everybody's story is different. But I felt like if I didn't keep a focus beyond my circumstance, I would just die in the desert. I felt like I needed to keep my eyes focused on the ministry God called us to, to minister to the downtrodden, to the hurting, to the broken and let it become a ministry. So, we had three more obligations, at least with the response prayer gatherings that did America Renewal Project … to put together with pastors and pews and asked us to facilitate and coordinate in all these states … to cross racial, denominational and generational lines, to meet at the cross of Christ. And just for one day, can we get past our egos and logos and all of our peddling of our own things and promoting ourselves and no matter what status we had or titles we had, we put those on the altar of humility and come together to pray for our cities, pray for our nation, pray for our generation. It was a beautiful thing to see that happen in state after state.

But during that time to keep the focus, I knew physically I may not be able to do it. But by the grace of God, we were able to accomplish every assignment God given us in 2015. I've got to tell you a story here … even when we went into South Carolina and at that time it was Governor Haley before she became ambassador to the United Nations … We had gone into Charleston, South Carolina, and the only available date and the only available location large enough was going to be in Charleston, South Carolina. But it was not central to the state. So, we began to just process and pray. Well, I guess we have no option. But we went ahead and took Charleston, South Carolina, their convention center and the Coliseum. It’s by God's providence, as we began to crisscross that state and getting pastors to really come together for one day, we can put aside our differences and our personal preferences or denominational or racial tensions and put those aside to come to the cross of Christ together. As we did, that was on June 13, 2015. So, that was a Saturday and I was scheduled to go in by that time. They wanted me earlier but I wouldn't do it. I just felt like I needed to fulfill that obligation. I started chemo three days after that day. So that would have been a Saturday I started the chemo on the following Tuesday back in Houston. Then the following day, the fourth day after The Response gathering in South Carolina was the tragic, horrific killing at Mother Imanuel AME church. I remember receiving a text message from the pastor of Governor Haley saying the Governor Haley is going through a lot of process but realizing that we could not get through this if it wasn't for that gathering of all the churches coming together in prayer, crossing their barriers, coming together as the church, she felt she was drawing strength from that. And as a result, we saw how in that city, churches came out to the streets, churches came out together arm and arm, thousands across the bridge, holding arm, arm and arm together, praying and singing and standing with Mother Immanuel AME church. What could have been a greater tragedy out of those horrific murders and killings turned into a message of a larger context as well as the family released and forgave. The body of Christ came together. What a message reverberating across America from that. I realized if I not kept my focus and allowed the enemy to beat me, I wouldn't have been able to be a part of something that that helps to bring healing and hope in the midst of difficult situations.

 

Connect with Doug Stringer

·         At dougstringer.com

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

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