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Jimmy Carter teaches two back-to-back Sunday School lessons just days following chemotherapy.

Jimmy Carter teaches two back-to-back Sunday School lessons just days following chemotherapy.

Former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday School class at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Plains, Ga. The 90-year-old Carter gave one lesson to about 300 people filling the small Baptist church that he and his wife, Rosalynn, attend. It was Carter's first lesson since detailing the intravenous drug doses and radiation treatment planned to treat melanoma found in his brain after surgery to remove a tumor from his liver. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday School class at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Plains, Ga.(AP Photo/David Goldman)

Just a few days after revealing publicly that cancer has spread to his brain, 90 year old Jimmy Carter taught his regular Sunday School lesson Sunday at the little red brick Baptist Church in Plains GA of which he is a member. Former President Carter has been teaching Sunday School at the church for over 30 years. Sunday more than 460 folks crowded into the small church that has about 40 regular members. Some folks had driven hundreds of miles over-night and started lining up about midnight in order to secure a seat. Carter taught a second class at a local high school to accommodate about 250 more folks who couldn’t get into the church building earlier and still at least 70 more folks were turned away.

It was a well-known lesson – when life’s burdens grow heavy, pray to God for strength. The topic was perhaps more poignant because of his recent diagnosis. He only spent about 5 minutes at the start of his lesson discussing his own health. The lesson covered faith, love and relationships.

God, I’m really troubled. I ask you to give me the strength to bear whatever is on my shoulders and to bear whatever comes to me.
Former President Jimmy Carter

After teaching the class at Maranatha Baptist Church, he promised folks that he would return after teaching the class at the high school and allow them to take photos with him. Many reported the inspiration they received from his message.

 

The source for this story can be found at Huffpost.

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Anne Bay

President Carter is indeed a very unique special person. And I might add incorporates everything "Christian." It's not mentioned in this article, but several years ago the Carters left the So. Baptist Synod they were in and belong to a Baptist Synod that is all inclusive-ie. women pastors, LGBT and works for equality for all and treats all people equally, no matter what their belief system is or if they don't have one at all. President Carter's mother was a pioneer in welcoming each human being as special and even went into the Peace Corps as a senior citizen! He continues to amaze me with all he does and is.

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