Chip MacGregor

October 10, 2015

An unsung hero


Unsung heroes are all around us.

Look at you and I, with our publishing contracts, rubbing shoulders with famous writers at glamorous conferences, and agents who know their business and find promise in us. People look up to us as heroes. We have the best jobs in the world!

Heroes also feed the poor, teach the less fortunate, and enable those with special needs to live fulfilling lives. If you do those tidbits of selflessness and many other acts of kindness, yes, you’re a hero.

My brother is an unsung hero. A pastor of a small church, he took your stories and reference books and used them to teach his assembly. He has no book contracts, no glamor, no rise in fame. He served his congregations for a higher calling, and asked for nothing. He fed the poor. He cared for the weak. He taught his family morals and to love others.

Now, he’s dying.

Late stage IV melanoma. He’s 37, with a wife and three children under 13. He has but a few months to live, and with cutting edge treatment, perhaps a year. But it’s spreading too fast.

I humbly ask that you consider using your giftedness to, in some small way, encourage and bless my brother. You would help bear the burden of someone who would be embarrassed and probably mortified if he knew I were writing this because he, in his words, always wanted the spotlight to shine on Jesus alone.

If you’re interested in sending a book or a note of encouragement, a text or video message, email me at and I can send you his information.

Francis Chan, Randy Alcorn, and many others have been a huge encouragement to him this week. Here’s your chance to be a hero to one of the good guys.

Follow his story here: Christopher Leavell


And here: Go Fund Me



Peter Leavell, a 2007 graduate of Boise State University with a degree in history, was the 2011 IMG_9833-1winner of Christian Writers Guild’s Operation First Novel contest, and 2013 Christian Retailing’s Best award for First-Time Author. Peter and his family live in Boise, Idaho. For entertainment, he reads historical books, where he finds ideas for new novels. Whenever he has a chance, he takes his wife and two homeschooled children on crazy but fun research trips. Learn more about Peter’s books, research, and family adventures at


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  • A.E Sawan says:

    A true hero like him does not need the spotlight or recognition. He has a contract, with god. I am sure he is braver than you, and me. Here is something for YOU to think about. I failed to understand it’s meaning, until I watched my sister fighting her battle.
    “For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
    And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?”

  • Edwina Cowgill says:

    Chip, my heart goes out to Peter, his wife, children, you and the rest of the family. I cannot imagine how difficult this is for everyone and I will be in prayer. I was wondering if you would allow me to repost this blog on my site. I have a lot of praying friends. You can let me know at Blessings, Edwina

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