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Pray for Deon Kipping: Gospel artist battling stage 3
cancer says ‘I just want to quit’
Article By Rebecca Johnson // EEW Magazine
Posted July 17, 2017
Photo Credit: Getty
Award-winning gospel singer and composer Deon Kipping’s battle with Stage 3 cancer is wearing
on him, but he has a 4-year-old son who is helping him carry on.

“The process hits me hard at times, to the point I just want to quit,” admitted the weary warrior on
his official
Instagram page as he deals with the difficult side effects of chemotherapy.

So what keeps Kipping going through bouts of extreme fatigue, nausea and temporary loss of his
ability to taste? According to the gifted 38-year-old writer of Marvin Sapp’s 2007 hit “Praise Him in
Advance,” he remembers a lesson he passed along to his little guy.

“I taught my son this phrase when he feels like he can't do something: ‘Kippings Don’t Quit,’” shared
the “Place Called Victory” singer. “I can hear him saying it back to me.”

While the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Award-winner revealed to his followers the motivation for
continuing the fight, he also highlighted the way God uses his son to inspire him to pray.

Describing one such experience, the Bridgeport, Connecticut native wrote, “This has been one of
the roughest seasons of my life. This week alone has been tough, but tonight I told my son to get in
his bed. About 30 minutes later he comes out the room and says, ‘Daddy you forgot to pray.’”

Kipping continued, “I went in the room and prayed with him, but realized when I walked out that my
4-year-old son reminded me to pray. That let me know I am teaching him right, but God knew I
needed a reminder tonight. Thanks God.”

Saying thanks in the midst of a hard-fought battle that isn’t over yet isn’t easy. In a brief
Kipping allowed his followers into the chemo room. “As much as I didn’t want to come, I showed up. I
was late, but I showed up. Here we go: port time,” he said, introducing others to the chemo port—a
small disc under the skin through which chemo is administered.

Though treatments are designed to kill off cancer cells and make Kipping well, he said, currently,
his “medical levels are down.” So, as much as the proud dad wants to be strong for his son, in this
weakened state, the writer of JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise’s "Incredible God, Incredible Praise,”
admits he can’t always mask his illness.

“That was the struggle for me. I wanted to make sure that I had enough strength to be able to play
with him and lately I haven’t had that much strength,” Kipping said in an interview with Erica
Campbell on her syndicated radio show
Get Up! Mornings.

At Kipping’s lowest points, he said God has been using his child as a vessel to intercede for him.

“I don’t know what God is doing, but he’s been coming to me and randomly just praying for me,”
said Kipping, who fully believes in the power of prayer. Despite the pain and difficulty, he continues
to speak life. “Some people look at cancer as a death sentence,” Kipping told Campbell, “but I know
God didn’t leave me here to die.”

Since Kipping announced his battle with Stage 3 cancer on social media, the outpouring of love and
support from the gospel community has been overwhelming. William Murphy, Tasha Cobbs, JJ
Hairston, Jonathan Nelson, Isaac Carree, Jason Nelson, Vashawn Mitchell, Gerald and Tammi
Haddon, Zacardi Cortez, James Fortune and more, joined forces for a
benefit concert that raised
over $25,000 for Kipping’s care earlier this year.

He knows he’s blessed in the midst of it all.
And there is something else the passionate musician
says he believes that keeps him going: “...that this is only temporary.”

Are you battling some sort of illness and need God to move. Let Empowering Everyday Women
Ministries pray with you that God would heal your body
as He did for our Founder, Dianna Hobbs..
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