Cancer crisis

Cancer crisis
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When Moriah was 11 her youngest brother was diagnosed with abdominal cancer a few weeks before his first birthday, shaking her child-like faith in a good God.

Moriah's parents were Christian missionaries and she could not understand why God had let this happen to her family or to such a young child.

"There were so many emotions that I felt, and could not process completely on my own. Questioning God did not make the situation change at all, it only left me empty and angry," she recalls.

Moriah had made her own commitment to Jesus as a five-year-old, praying with her parents after hearing missionaries at a Christian summer camp tell their personal stories of the change God can bring in people.

"When I got home that afternoon [my parents] helped me pray for Christ to save me. We prayed, thanking Jesus for dying on the cross and asking God to forgive me of my sins."

Now she was facing the biggest test of her young faith.

More tests were done on her brother, Brasen, and doctors decided to remove the tumour from his abdomen and then determine if he needed chemotherapy or radiation.

Moriah's father sent out a mass email updating his co-workers around the world about the family's situation and asking them to pray.

"The day after he sent the news, we received an email back from a man in India. He shared how God had revealed to him that 'the boy, Brasen, will be happy and healthy. The cancer will have no hold over his body,'" Moriah remembers.

Two weeks after Brasen's first birthday he had surgery to remove the tumour. Doctors were confident they had removed all cancerous cells, and that the cancer was contained within the tumour they removed. There was no need for chemo or radiation.

Brasen is now 11 years old and has been cancer-free for ten years.

"Even though this experience stretched not only my faith but my family's faith as well, there was one promise that I continued to lean on from Romans. It states, 'And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose,' Romans 8:28.

"This verse reminded me that no matter what happened, God had everything under control, and that He would use this situation, no matter the outcome, for His glory.

"Trusting in God is not always easy, but understanding that He knows exactly what is going on is comforting," Moriah concludes.

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