Joni Eareckson Tada, founder and CEO of Joni & Friends, was struck by tragedy as she received her second cancer diagnosis in November. The 69-year-old, who is known internationally for her work as an advocate for those with disabilities, has proven that she isn’t one to give up when faced with adversity; she battled stage 3 breast cancer in 2010 and emerged victorious, being declared “cancer-free” 5 years later. After learning that a small cancerous tumor had formed within a nodule that had developed over the site of her mastectomy, she responded by smiling and reaffirming her trust in God. Eareckson underwent surgery to have the cancerous nodule removed on November 26th. The very next day, she took to social media to share her appreciation for those who offered prayers, writing “Everything went so smoothly, so quickly, that I felt every path was paved on your prayers.”
Yvonne Orji, star of the HBO show “Insecure”, is another testimony to God’s neverending love. As the actress was struggling to make it in the entertainment business, she found herself consumed by depression. After experiencing an epiphany that came from reading Psalm 31:14-15, her life changed dramatically. From that point on, Orji has found renewed motivation and was convicted by the Holy Spirit. Shortly thereafter, she got the call from HBO offering her the role of Molly in “Insecure”, giving her career the push she’d been praying for.
In 2016, Singer-songwriter Michael Bublé felt his world turn upside down after receiving the news that his three-year-old son, Noah, had liver cancer. Michael and his wife, Luisana, immediately put their careers on hold and focused their attention on Noah. Treatment began soon after the family received the diagnosis. The couple shared the devastating news on Facebook and urged fans to pray for the little boy. What followed was a powerful outpouring of love and support from family, friends, and fans all over the world. Michael and Luisana put their faith in God, who blessed them with a miracle–Noah’s cancer was gone. The young boy underwent surgery in which doctors were able to remove the tumor completely.
The Canadian singer was outspoken about his thankfulness while speaking with James Cordon during an episode of Carpool Karaoke in November 2018, saying: “We all moved and we lived at [Children’s Hospital Los Angeles] and we just had the best doctors and, God, thank you, Jesus Christ, God.”
Andrew Stoecklein, who served as the pastor of a thriving California megachurch, committed suicide on August 25, 2018. The Inland Hills Church lead pastor was only 30 years old, and had been battling depression and anxiety.
Stoecklein’s wife took to Facebook to post a heartfelt tribute to her late husband, part of which read: “Until we meet again I will cling to my Father in heaven. He will carry me through every second, every minute, every hour of every day.”
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