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SBC regis. secretary Wells faces cancer

NIXA, Mo. (BP)–Jim Wells, registration secretary for the Southern Baptist Convention, has been diagnosed with cancer and will undergo treatment in mid-December.

Wells, director of missions for Tri County Baptist Association in Nixa, Mo., has served as the convention’s registration secretary since 2002. In a Nov. 23 e-mail, Wells expressed gratitude for the outpouring of concern he has received from across the country.

“To say thank you seems so little,” Wells wrote. “I have sensed [God’s] power and presence in such a way that my life will never be the same again. Your prayers have been what have held Judy and me up through all of this and I am convinced that God wants to get great glory from all of this. Your love and encouragement have been such a blessing and thanks for praying.”

A doctor at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis delivered the diagnosis Nov. 22, telling Wells he had a sarcoma malignancy in his left hip muscle.

“The good thing is that it has not affected the sciatic nerve,” Wells said. “It should not affect my mobility afterward. I will have surgery for its removal on Dec. 14, with pre-op, cancer screening and CAT scans the day before. It is a two- to three-day hospital stay and standard procedure is for radiation treatment to follow.”

Wells can be contacted via e-mail at [email protected].
Compiled by Baptist Press staff.

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