People Are Camping Out to Hear Jimmy Carter Teach Sunday School

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Former President Jimmy Carter Holds News Conference On His Cancer Diagnosis
Jimmy Carter discusses his cancer diagnosis on August 20, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.Photo: Jessica McGowan/2015 Getty Images

Former president Jimmy Carter has been teaching Sunday school in Plains, Georgia, for decades, usually drawing a crowd of about 100. But following Carter’s announcement this month that his cancer has spread to his brain, the crowd jumped to 1,000. The Washington Post reports that this Sunday, Maranatha Baptist Church began letting people into their parking lot on Saturday night so they could sleep over in their cars and be first in line for Sunday’s service. About 400 people showed up for the service, with some driving for hours or even flying into town. Carter gave a lesson on forgiveness, then took a photo with each person who showed up (but no selfies). He also gave an update on his condition: “Doctors tell me they’ve made the most progress in the last five years in lung cancer and melanoma,” Carter said, “so, I’m lucky.”