For the first time since his devastating cancer diagnosis last week, former President Jimmy Carter taught Sunday school in his hometown.
The 90-year-old Georgia native gave two back-to-back Bible lessons to large crowds at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, on Sunday — spending only a few moments talking about his diagnosis before moving on to a 45-minute lecture on faith.
“Any time, we can just bow our heads and say, 'God, I'm really troubled. I ask you to give me the strength to bear whatever is on my shoulders and to bear whatever comes to me,'" he said, according to the Huffington Post.
Carter has been teaching Sunday school at his church for over three decades. The congregation only has about 40 regular members, but Carter’s appearance brought in hundreds.
“When I got through being governor, I went back to Plains,” he said, NBC News reported. “When I got through being president, I went back to Plains, and now no matter where we are in the world, you look forward to getting back home to Plains."
Those who attended the service, many of whom traveled from out of state, praised the former president for his words and his unshakable faith.
“I admire his way of living, his lifestyle, the things that he did while he was in the White House,” Marianne Hayward, who traveled from Alabama for the service, told NBC News. “We admired him as a president, and we wanted to be here."
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