I have a story to tell.
But, all week, I’ve struggled with the words.
Because it’s not a pretty story…
It’s A Story No One Wants to Tell
A group of teenagers attacked an 11-year-old boy, Steven, near his home in Esmeraldas, Ecuador.
They grabbed Steven,
tied him up,
covered him in gasoline
and lit him on fire.
My stomach moves into my throat as I write these words.
Steven was able to get to a nearby river and extinguish the fire. However, the hospitals in the area were not able to treat the severity of his burns. A compassionate group of donors brought Steven to the United States. A state-of-the-art burn center now treats Steven’s injuries.
Steven’s challenges are far from over. Over 65% of his body is covered in burns. He has dealt with organ failure, sepsis, and septic shock.
by the grace of God,
He is healing.
Steven’s older sister wants to say to you,
“Pray for Steven,” she says, “so the function of his organs can come back to normal. We are thankful to God and have faith in Him because He is taking care of my brother. Sometimes doctors come and say ‘Steven has only a few hours of life.’ But my brother is still alive. God is with us.”
When the World Comes Crashing Down
When we are crushed, angry, and devastated. When all we can do is feel overwhelmed, desperate, and heartbroken. When our world comes crashing down. We thank Jesus. Not because of the situation. But because He is Here. Because there is power in His name.
This Is a Story I Want to Tell
Steven’s story isn’t only a story of an undeserving, brutal attack.
It is a story of God’s love crashing down.
It is a story of mercy.
All over the world, people are crying out to Jesus on behalf of Steven.
And He is healing, more and more every day.
He is now off kidney dialysis. He can sit up and eat.
There is power in the name of Jesus.
Some stories are more than stories.
I was hesitant to share this story because it is a gut-wrenching, heartbreaking assault on a child. But, I realized it is more than a story. This is Jesus in our midst. And this is something that needs to be shared.
This is love in the midst of hatred.
This is hope in the midst of despair.
This is Jesus loving us so much that He comes down and meets us where we are.
This is all of you, the hands and feet of Jesus, holding up your brother in Christ by offering your prayers and assistance.
Will You Join Me, and Others Around the World, in Praying for Steven?
- Pray for healing for Steven, both physically and emotionally.
- Pray for his family and friends who are dealing with this unfathomable situation.
- Pray for the medical personnel as they treat Steven.
- Pray for those who caused Steven’s injuries.
If God Moves You, Will You Help Steven and Other Children In Need?
Steven’s medical bills are expected to exceed $250,000. This is more than his family could ever earn in their life-time. If God moves you, would you consider donating to Compassion’s Medical Fund to help alleviate the costs? If additional money is raised beyond what is needed for Steven, it will be used to help other Compassion-assisted children and families with urgent medical needs.
Thank you for choosing to be a part of God’s story. I encourage you to share this story, as hard as it can be, and to be a part of the amazing story God is weaving throughout the world.
To read more about Steven and receive updates on his condition, please visit the blog at Compassion International.
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