Phil said we could share with you:
Earlier this week Phil and Darlene went to be with Phil's parents in Oklahoma. His mother had been suffering from increasing pain, and was taken to the emergency room. They discovered cancer. It is in an advanced stage.
So Phil and family are caring for her, and seeing to it that she is kept comfortable and given all the loving care she needs as she prepares to depart and be with Christ, which is far better (Philippians 1:23). Donna knows the Lord, and is ready and eager to see His face.
God's word is sustaining Phil. He is realizing the bittersweet nature of death for the Christian, how it can be that the death of His own is precious in the Lord's eyes (Psalm 116:15), and yet death is the "last enemy" (1 Corinthians 15:26). He wrote, "In the midst of this experience, I understand perfectly how death can be such a terrible enemy, and yet at the same time be precious for believers." Only God's word can give that insight and hope.
Frank and I had the great joy and privilege of meeting Phil's parents, Ray and Donna, when we joined him for the Founder's Conference in 2007. They spoiled us absolutely shamefully, fed us like sultans, treated us far better than we — total strangers — deserved, and were a sheer pleasure to be around. We saw instantly where Phil got his quick wit and sense of humor. Dear, good people.
I know he and Darlene — and Ray and Donna — will appreciate the prayers of their Christian family.
UPDATE: Phil just let me know that Donna Johnson now rejoices and beholds the face of her Savior, never again to know sorrow, or pain, or tears. Pray for her husband, and all those touched by her joyous heart, and now deprived of her for a time. We miss her, and we do grieve; but we do "not grieve as others do who have no hope" (1 Thessalonians 4:13).
Pastor Chris Anderson touched me abidingly in the way he spoke of a dear friend who was taken by cancer nearly two years ago, and I now say it of Donna Johnson: she battled cancer, valiantly and selflessly. This morning, Donna Johnson won the battle: the cancer is dead and Donna Johnson is alive forever, in the presence of the Lord whom she loved, proclaimed and served. She enjoyed gazing on Christ from afar, and now she is doing so face to face. Victory!