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Sometimes there are no words…

By July 12, 2017January 27th, 2023No Comments

A violent, unprovoked attack.
In broad daylight.
A young boy captured, bound, doused with gasoline, then set on fire.

For no apparent reason.

My hands are shaking and my heart is breaking as I hesitate to even write this post.

There are no words for such a horrific act. I can’t fully wrap my mind around this evil.

But what if this was your child and the medical care needed was beyond your ability to pay, even if it took the rest of your life?

As a parent, you would do everything possible to save your child’s life. I know I would.

This is Steven’s story.

Steven’s parents cried out for help to the Compassion International staff in their country. His needs were more than any hospital around them could treat. Through some generous Compassion donors, Steven is currently receiving medical care in the United States. Yet, the costs are rising rapidly each day. And for Steven’s parents, they are astronomical.

Through the care Steven is receiving, he is making good progress. But, he will need years of specific, complicated medical assistance. He’ll never again be a carefree 11-year-old boy.

I can’t imagine Steven’s suffering AND being in a country away from family and friends. I can’t imagine the suffering of his parents, the desperation to do anything possible to pay for their child’s ongoing medical needs.

And then I remember the statement, “do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.

Alone, I cannot pay for Steven’s medical bills; but together, we can.

Will you consider providing a donation to help with Steven’s ongoing medical care via Compassion International’s Medical Assistance Fund?

Will you join me and pray for Steven and his parents? Will you join me and pray for the medical team working around the clock to help ease his suffering?

Thank you.

Galatians 6:2 says, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Somehow God will redeem this nightmare.

If you are dealing with a crisis in your family, please reach out. I promise to listen without judgment and help you take the next step.


  • Kirsten D Samuel

    I empower Christian wives to discover they are seen, loved, and heard. These women find the freedom to be who they are beyond their partner’s struggles, and find hope that there is a life worth living.

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