Former president Jimmy Carter taught Sunday School in Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga. on Aug. 23. Carter's Bible class comes just three days after his cancer radiation treatment for melanoma in his brain.
Cancer won't stop former president Jimmy Carter from teaching Bible class.
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According to CBSNews.com, Carter taught two Sunday School classes on Aug. 23. One was at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Ga. His Sunday School sessions come just three days after he received cancer radiation treatment.
Carter taught the other class at a local school, per Reuters (via Yahoo.com). At the conclusion of this talk, he went back to the church to pose for pictures with attendees.
Carter is the United States' 39th president. He is now 90 years old. He has been teaching Sunday School since he was just 18 years old, per CNN.com's Elliott C. McLaughlin.
He taught his 689th Bible class at Maranatha Baptist Church on Sunday. He and his wife Rosalyn have been attending the church since 1981. That was the year he left office, per McLaughlin.
He taught a lesson on love, faith and relationships on Sunday. Around 500 people attended church on that day. The church only has a capacity of 300, per CBSNews.com.
Carter didn't discuss much about his health.
"That's enough of that subject," he told CBSNews.com. "I'm perfectly at ease with whatever comes. It is in God's hands."
Carter devoted around 40 seconds to the topic before moving on. People lined up as early as midnight hoping to witness the former president preach. Macon.com's Joe Kovac, Jr. reported on the development.
There were a lot of visitors from other states. Among the states are Alabama, Indiana, Maryland, Iowa, Nebraska, Texas and even California, per Kovac.
During his talk, Carter encouraged churchgoers to keep the faith even during trying times.
"Say, 'God, I'm really troubled and I ask you to give me the strength to bear whatever I have on my shoulders and to face whatever comes to me," Carter said (via CBSNews.com).
He referred to Acts and the first book of Samuel. These revolved around the stories of Paul, Barnabas, David and Saul. Carter cites them as examples of forgiveness and conflict resolution, per CNN.com.
Carter also told the congregation about his future plans.
He will continue teaching Bible classes at Maranatha Baptist. He will also continue teaching at Emory University. He will also work with the Carter Center, per McLaughlin.
Carter announced he has advanced melanoma on Aug. 20. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer. He said it has already spread to his liver and brain. LiveScience.com's Rachael Rettner confirms this.
Carter underwent a procedure known as stereotactic radiation on Thursday. Rettner says this kind of treatment makes radiation more accurate.
He said he has already taken the drug Keytruda. The Food and Drug Administration has approved this to treat metastatic melanoma.
Carter's doctors have already removed a small tumor from his liver, per LiveScience.com.
Carter served as United States president from 1977 to 1981. He was active in humanitarian causes. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, per Reuters.
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