Joy despite Cancer ~ Carolyn’s Story

*This is a message given by two long term friends of our family (especially very dear to my wife). David and Carolyn Kranz, along with my wife's family, were part of the early days of Hosanna!, a small church plant in Lakeville/Burnsville, MN right across from the Buck Hill Ski slopes.  Along with Pastor Bill Bohline, who married Kathy and I (with Carolyn's help!), the Kranz's continued to serve and make a difference in the church and in the lives of many people.  Today, Hosanna! is a multi-thousand person congregation with a great track record, doing some tremendous things in the Twin Cities.  For Kathy and I, one of the joys of returning to Minnesota was the privilege of reconnecting with the Kranz's 6 months ago at a morning service at Hosanna!.  That morning, David and Carolyn share this message — (Carolyn starts speaking about 11 minutes in… after her husband shares thoughts on the journey they've had)—- This is a story of joy and heartache and praise.

It is a very moving story.

After a very long bout with cancer, Carolyn has joyously gone to be with the Lord.  To me, hers is a powerful reminder of how real a life of faith can be.    Please take the time to see and hear this tremendous, all-too-real story.

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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