Lynnette Hoppe served as an Orthodox Christian missionary in Albania for eight years. Her love for God and the love of God shining through her were the source of a very effective ministry. She was an active participant in the resurrection of the Orthodox Church of Albania in many ways, including publications, youth and children's camps, and service to the poor.
Lynette was diagnosed with breast cancer in December of 2004. For medical treatment the Hoppes returned to the United States, where it was found that Lynette already had metastasis to her bones, making her prognosis very grim. She lived victoriously with cancer for 20 months, choosing to return to Albania for the last three months of her life and to be buried there. Lynette's falling asleep and funeral were a beautiful testimony to the love of God which she had lived.
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"Now we have to live whatever we have ever preached to others," Lynette Hoppe wrote in her diary. "I have been classified as having Stage 4 cancer (of 4 stages), and my prospects are rather grim. Nonetheless, I remain cheerful and hopeful and want to spend what years God grants me in joy and thanksgiving, serving as and wherever I can."
Lynette wrote this entry shortly after discovering the severity of her cancer, and began an incredible journey of faith with her husband Nathan, through which she touched the lives of countless people. St. Francis of Assisi said, "Preach the Gospel at all times; and if necessary use words." Well, Lynette and Nathan often preached the Gospel with many words over the past eight years, serving as long-term missionaries in Albania. With the unexpected news of her cancer, however, God called them to offer a unique and unforgettable type of witness that used few words.
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