How does one respond to the unfathomable news of terminal illness? C3 Oxford Falls campus member Nick Hybner responded the way that came naturally - with a fierce faith and trust in his Heavenly Father. Words by Nick Hybner.
What a journey the last 6 years have been. Tomorrow will mark 6 years since I underwent brain surgery to remove a high grade malignant brain tumor - and what an interesting time it has been. Through the entire period my wife, Rozz and I have seen amazing answers to prayer and miraculous empowerment to walk through this challenging period.
It seems like yesterday that I had been married just six weeks to my wife Rozz. I was in 2nd year Bible College getting ready to study for my first term exams when the unexpected happened. On the 12th of April 2008 I started feeling nauseous and light headed. I found out later these symptoms were due to inflammation of the brain and the location of the tumor. I thought I was going mad or was perhaps being a bit of a hypochondriac. Not really knowing how to accept these symptom, I was thinking to myself, “What’s going on?! I am an anointed C3 college student!” I was hospitalized for 3 weeks and treated for Encephalitis (which was an incorrect diagnosis) before being released from hospital and told to rest.
After deciding it was time to put all this behind me and focus on pushing back into normal life I started being active again. I stepped back into the workforce and surfed when I could to get my fitness level back. Whilst on my way to a meeting with my employer to discuss my role over the coming months, I received a phone call from the hospital. They called to inform me that I needed to be prepped for brain surgery, as my latest brain scan indicated I might have an abscess on the brain. “Ok - what’s going on?” I thought. I knew all my fellow C3 college student prayer warriors would be praying for me so why would I need to go through surgery?
During my time in hospital the peace that was upon me was indescribable. I knew I had so many people praying for me and I also had this confidence on the inside that God had spoken things over my life, which I had yet to fulfill. This peace made things almost comical when a young lady doctor walked up to my hospital bed in tears to inform me of my prognosis. It wasn’t good. She suggested that I should start planning some overseas holidays as I had a high-grade Glioblastoma brain tumor and they expected I had under a year to live. One kind doctor told me I would be lucky to make it through the next three and a half months! Regardless of what the doctors told me, due to confidence in God’s plan for my life, C3 pastoral & prayer support and a wife and family that stood by me (revealing a love for me that I had somewhat been taking for granted), I knew God would bring good out of this illness. It was now a matter of praying & seeing His Kingdom come and His will being done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Thus, over the following years of numerous prayer requests being communicated with the unsurpassable prayer team at C3, we saw miracle after miracle. Some of the doctors called me ‘Super Blood’ due to great blood test results. I was being referred to as the ‘miracle man’. Was this a Job experience I asked myself? Obviously I questioned the whole purpose of this illness but knew somehow God was going to cause it all to work together for good. He heals all my diseases and forgives all my sins. To simply remind ourselves that the very hairs of my head are numbered, that God’s eye is on the sparrow, to know he will never leave us nor forsake us, that Jesus himself makes intersession for us continually and is ready to wipe away every tear form our eyes when we arrive in Heaven puts things into focus. Having an eternal perspective is a healthy mindset and it all starts right now as we thank God for who he is.
Nick and his wife Rozz are committed members of our C3 Oxford Falls campus. Nick is one of those rare 'Champions of the Faith' that both inspire and compel others to think bigger and trust our great God, who 'works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose' (Romans 8:28). Many can testify to the incredible strength that Nick has shown throughout his entire journey. An active volunteer in several capacities (Valiant Man and Christian Essentials among them), Nick now serves on the prayer team, fighting as an intercessor for others.
Do you need prayer? At C3, we believe strongly in the power of prayer. 'When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.' Luke 9:1-2.
We are hosting weekly prayer meetings during our series on The Lord's Prayer. Come along Tuesday at 7pm to the Oxford Falls campus. Click here for more info. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to enter your prayer requests for our team.