A teenager from Northern Ireland has been declared cancer-free, and he is giving God the glory.
Christian Today reports that Josh Martin was diagnosed with a severe case of cancer in his abdomen on Christmas Eve 2014.
Since then, he has undergone multiple surgeries, months of chemotherapy, and long hospital stays. His parents, along with the family’s church, Bangor Elim, launched an online campaign called #prayforjosh in order to raise support for their son.
“[T]housands of people worldwide have joined with us as we prayed for our 14-year-old son,” said Josh’s mother.
Josh said that even though there were moments of doubt, he believed that God could and would heal him. When Josh’s parents got back from the hospital and told him the good news, he said his faith was confirmed.
“When they told me, I was very shocked, but I wasn't really that surprised because I had faith that I would be healthy,” Josh shared. “I believed that I would get better and I had faith that I would.”
His parents shared on the #prayforjosh Facebook page that they were so excited to share the good news that Josh was cancer-free.
“[W]e are incredibly excited to let you know that Joshua's scan results show that he has no tumours and no sign of any cancer growth!!!!! We are so thankful to everyone who has prayed for our son and we would be grateful if you could continue to pray for him. Words can't express our joy - we are praising God today!!!!”
“I realized there is a God and he is looking after me,” Josh added.
Publication date: October 23, 2015
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.