International evangelist Luis Palau placed in hospice
International evangelist Luis Palau, who has been battling lung cancer since 2018, has been placed in hospice care.
In a Facebook post Monday, Palau's son Andrew wrote that his father, who had been feeling great during much of his three-year battle with the disease, "took a turn for the worse" at the beginning of 2021. Since then, he has spent time in and out of hospitals dealing with heart and lung issues, according to the younger Palau.
"Although the doctors thought they had stabilized his condition and were happy to send him home, he returned to the hospital on Friday, February 19th," Andrew Palau wrote. "After meeting with doctors, the decision was made to stop all treatment and start on hospice care."
A former Cedar Mill resident who now lives in the Bethany area, Palau's home base has been Cedar Mill Bible Church. A renowned evangelist for years, Palau has attracted as many as 140,000 people to a single event during his worldwide tours. A native of Argentina, he attracted 80,000 people to a 1999 gathering in Portland's Waterfront Park.
A movie chronicling Palau's life, "Palau: The Movie," was released in April 2019 with noted Argentine actor Gastón Pauls playing Palau.
On his Facebook post, Andrew Palau wrote that his father was in good spirits and not in pain.
"We know this is probably hard for you to hear," he wrote. "Please know that the entire family is so thankful for your encouragement, prayers and friendship.
At the end of the post, he added: "The Lord knows his actual time, and Dad keeps reminding us in these last few days, 'As for God, His way is perfect.'"
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