"An excellent presentation. Great ideas for the church to think about." -- Wendell Bane, Lead Pastor, Trinity Evangelical Church, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Cancer Lessons: The Ultimate Answer is Faith
Lecture and Presentation by Curt Smith
tags: Cancer, Christian Living, Greaving, Care-Providing
Curt Smith has advocated for the sanctity of human life for over 35 years until his son, Andrew, fell to cancer at the tender age of 25 in January of 2016. A Butler University academic and basketball standout, Andrew and his wife were living the dream in his formative years as a professional basketball player in Lithuania when doctors discovered a cancerous lump, setting into motion a two-year agonizing decline.
Curt and Deb Smith entered this painful season with a theological conviction that there is meaning in suffering, and today they are emerging, even in bereavement, all the more convinced that the lesson from cancer is the same as any suffering -- simply, child-like, faith in God's purpose. God was, is, and forever will be good, and he faithfully redeems tears.
"Our Father in Heaven lost his only begotten son to this fallen world we call life," Curt says. "He knows. He understands. He grieves with the bereaved parent whose child is no more."
Curt Smith delivers "Cancer Lessons" from a conservative Christian perspective coupled with deeply-felt respect and affirmation for those suffering through end-of-life situations and their care-givers, regardless of their faith convictions or lack thereof. Cancer Lessons is delivered with humor, cheer and sober candor, and peppered with anecdotes from Curt's fascinating career helping household political and celebrity leaders. Curt can also include perspectives from his years as a public policy expert on matters related to abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia, and more.
This speech is similar to Curt's "Be The Match" speech, but focuses less on the spiritual aspect of Andrew's story and more on the promotion of Be The Match program.
30-45 minutes, with extra modules available related to care-giving for the terminally ill, public policy considerations, and question and answers.
Powerpoint. Optional: break-out sessions for collaboration.