Pray for Dale’s Step Father, Bob–He’s in Surgery

BobOne of the greatest men I’ve ever known is Dale’s step-father, Bob Mateer. A couple of weeks ago he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he’s in surgery to remove it right now.  Would you pray with us? It’s a six-12 hour surgery, it’s pretty invasive.  They’re taking out 60% of his pancreas. We’re praying for full recovery from cancer and no side issues because of it!

We love him more than words can describe. He’s priceless. He’s the epitome of the grand and noble family patriarch that you read about in books.

You’ve just got to hear a short story about his conversion to Christ.

He had a high finance position at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City- then left for an even better position in LA, CA. He had all the money he and his family needed and more—they lacked nothing of material worth.

One day Bob had lunch with a Campus Crusade man  at a country club, that man introduced him to Christ. The man asked if he could pray for the food and then asked the whole country club if they would join him! The country club was not accepting of the prayer but Bob was.  He was immediately enamored by Jesus. He wanted to know more and more of Him. Quickly he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and Bob’s life was never the same.

Everything in the tangible world lost its importance to him. Money didn’t have a hold on him, Jesus did.  He wanted to dedicate his life to further the kingdom of God. He decided to leave his high finance job, the only life he knew and luxurious lifestyle to impart wisdom to the body of Christ.

He left California and moved his family to Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA to become a professor of high finance.  He came for a fraction of the money he was accustomed to. But he was doing the will of His Father- and he was happy.

Bob is one of the most self-sacrificing people I’ve ever known. He has spiritual wisdom that surpasses us all by far. He is the definition of a servant. I glean something from him every time I’m with him.

Thank you for praying for him today and in the coming days.  The surgery is expected to take 6-12 hours. His recovery is intense.

James 5: 13-15

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. ..Is anyone among you sick? …let them pray over him…and the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.”

  • Stephanie Yu said:

    I will most definitely be praying for him!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  • I'm praying now. And how wonderful that you have had such a rich relationship with him.

  • Joanne Peterson said:

    I'm praying for healing and complete recovery. Please let us know how he is doing.

  • Mary T said:

    Sharon, praying for Bob...a successful surgery, a comfortable and complete recovery, and many more special moments with family and friends! Prayers for your family! God bless!

  • Trudy Payne said:

    I am very sorry to hear of Dale's step-father's cancer. I will pray for Bob and for a full recovery. He sounds like a wonderful Christian. We need more people like him. My love to all the family.
    Trudy Payne

  • Joy said:

    Sharon, thank you for sharing both Bob's trial and his testimony. What a blessing to hear of his total, "all in" commitment to the Lord. I'm always blessed by such God stories and thrilled by such unconditional, sweet surrender. Lord, may I willingly live a life of such abandonment to Your will and purposes and do it with such delight. Gord and I prayed for Bob last night and I just read your update on FB. We will continue to pray that the results are good.
    What a heritage you have. Your girls and grandchildren are blessed, as well as generations yet to come. May you all continue to live in followship with Him, walking in the footsteps of your Lord and Savior.
    Hugs, love and prayers,

  • shelly said:

    Dear Sharon,
    I pray for you and your family. God's will be done.
    I lost my father to pancreatic cancer 8 years ago. It is a very difficult situation your family is in. Hang on to one another. I'll be praying for you.

  • debbie presnell said:

    Sharon, I am praying for this dear, special man. What a blessing he is!!