Casting Crowns singer Mark Hall announced last week that he would be undergoing surgery for what doctors believed to be kidney cancer. According to the Christian band’s Facebook page, Hall’s kidney was removed yesterday (March 11) and is now recovering from the procedure.
"Mark is out of surgery. Everything went really well,” read the Facebook post. “Dr. says textbook operation. Just like we prayed for. I told the doctor that he might possibly be the most prayed for Dr. on the planet today. He will be in recovery for a while. Thank you so much for your prayers.”
In another post prior to the surgery, Hall’s wife Melanie thanked supporters from around the world for their prayers.
"I'm completely humbled by the number of people that have expressed their love for us and are interceding in prayer,” she wrote. “There are no words to express the gratitude in this wife's heart. Thank you for praying for us. We have had friends and strangers from all over the world tell us they are praying — an orphan school in Kenya, neighbors we just met, long lost high school friends, Christian music artists from their concerts, schools, offices, pastors in South Africa, chaplains in the Army, churches, radio DJs, fans, missionaries in Brazil, and countless others I couldn't begin to name. Thank you. Your prayers are felt.”
She continued the post with a list of prayer needs.
“1. Please pray that God will watch over everything related to the surgery and that it goes well. Pray that we have favor with the hospital staff and doctors.
2. Please pray for complete healing and a quick recovery for Mark.
3. Please pray that God will give us opportunities and discernment to share Christ's love. And pray that we will have strength and courage to represent Him well on this journey.
4. Please also pray that God will give YOU an opportunity to share His love through this. Many of you have said that friends, family members and co-workers are asking you questions about God because of what is happening to Mark. Please, please use these opportunities to point people to Jesus. It may even be one of the reasons God has allowed this.”
Publication date: March 12, 2015