JC and Betty ChoateWINONA MS (BNc)- In an email sent Jan. 2, Betty Choate provided an update on J.C.’s health as he continues to battle cancer and receive treatment. J.C. has worked many years in the Far East and directs World Evangelism Foundation.

“J.C. has been in various hospitals for tests and treatment for the past two months. We were so thankful that he could be discharged to be at home during the time when our children were here, the last week of December. He is in continual pain in the vertebra where he was given radiation, so he takes pain medicine and medicine to help him sleep so that the pain is not more intense than he can bear.

“The other day, as I was feeding J.C., I couldn’t help but break out crying. He said, ‘Don’t cry. Be strong, Hon. It will be all right.’ But it hurts so much to see him suffer. And it hurts so much to know that 52 years of loving and living and working together are coming to an end. But I have promised him that as long as I have health and strength, I will continue with the work that has been his focus all of his spiritual life — since he was 17 years old and began to preach very shortly after he found the truth and obeyed the Gospel.

“There is a lot that I can do and, working with the Barriers, the Bates and the Rushmores, we can continue to develop the work that J.C. envisioned and wanted to accomplish. I know that you will be praying for J.C. and for us in these commitments.”