Luis Palau --- sometimes referred to as the Billy Graham of Latin America -- was placed in hospice care last week. Palau has been battling lung and heart problems for the last few years. According to his son Andrew Palau, who posted a statement to the Luis Palau Facebook page, his 86-year-old father's battle with stage 4 lung cancer "took a turn for the worse" at the start of 2021.
"He spent two weeks in the hospital in January, dealing with heart and lung issues. Although the doctors thought they had stabilized his condition and [we're] happy to send him home, he returned to the hospital on Friday, February 19th. After meeting with doctors, the decision was made to stop all treatment and start on hospice care. All the medications and treatments were proving to be too much for his body to handle."
Palau was returned home to spend his final days with his family, the statement notes. "We don't know exactly how much time we have left with Dad, but the end seems near," the son added. "He is in good spirits and not in pain. We know this is probably hard for you to hear. Please know that the entire family is so thankful for your encouragement, prayers, and friendship."
Andrew Palau thanked supporters for their love and prayers. "We are all at peace. We serve a good God who loves us beyond compare," Palau's statement continued.
"Dad is pushing hard to the finish line just to see each of the grandchildren as his final heart's desire. The Lord knows his actual timing, and Dad keeps reminding us in these last few days, 'As for God, His way is perfect.'"
If you would like to send a note of encouragement, the family has requested that you send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. They are taking time with him each day to read the emails and notes they receive.