Jeremiah Thomas, 16, stands in need of supernatural healing from cancer. Join us in praying fervently for what only God can do. -This is a video from the Louisville revival at OSA's national event in 2017 where Jeremiah re-dedicated his life to the Lord through baptism. Please SHARE and PRAY! He is dearly loved by his family and friends, and has only thought of others during this trial. We are believing God for a miracle!#PrayForJeremiah
Posted by Operation Rescue/Operation Save America on Tuesday, April 3, 2018
The Courage and Faith of a Christian Family
Meet Jeremiah, 16, who had a sudden diagnosis of a life-threatening tumor that threw his families life into a whirlwind.. I think you’ll agree that this developing story from Texas is very touching, and has both encouraged & moved us all with the huge witness that is taking place through the bravery and faith of this Christian family and their 16 year old son. Please read the story below and keep them in your prayers. Please also share with others if you can.
The news from Tijuana is not good…
The news from the doctor and surgeons last night was worse.
Jeremiah’s (16) bone cancer is taking over. It is wrecking havoc on his organs. It is invading his body. The pain in his back and the paralysis in his legs have returned- a sign that the tumor on his spin (that was surgically removed at Mclanes’ Children’s Hospital in Texas) is growing back.
The CT scan showed two pints of blood in Jeremiah’s left lung. This explains why he is weak, dizzy, and passing out. It is also why he stopped breathing on Thursday and now needs oxygen. The doctor said Jeremiah’s body should have five pints of blood circulating through it. Two pints were instead filling his lung. He required a blood transfusion to replace the loss.
The tumor in Jeremiah’s chest is also growing. Like an iceberg, its bigger than what can be seen protruding from his body. The doctor explained it is now the size of a melon. Like a blob, it is pushing against, absorbing, and invading the space of other organs. It has crushed ribs and flattened his left lung.
Like all living things, tumors need blood in order to live. When cancer cells gather and become about the size of a grain of sugar, they release a chemical signal. The body’s blood vessels respond to the signal. New vessels grow and attach to the tumor. The tumor then has the nutrients and oxygen it needs.
Because Jeremiah’s chest tumor is attached to blood vessels and is so close to his heart and other vital organs, cutting away blood vessels and arteries is risky. The wrong snip could cause a massive life threatening bleed.
The only thing between the tumor and Jeremiah’s heart is the flattened lung.
That is what we are dealing with.
Even considering such a surgery is, as Jeremiah’s doctor said, “thinking outside the box.” After discussing Jeremiah’s condition and reviewing the CT scan, the surgeons at Angeles Hospital Functional Oncology Center do not believe they can accomplish such a surgery.
In addition, the innovative treatments we were the most hopeful for, including the thermal blood therapy, are no longer options. The doctor’s difficult news was delivered with compassion, “God still does miracles.”
We are grateful for the holistic treatment and innovations of Angeles Hospital, but they too can no longer help us.
Rusty won’t give up and Jeremiah is still fighting. He wants surgery. He is still sweet, hopeful, and brave. He’s bright. Smiling. Almost apologetic. Talking with him at his bedside, its easy to forget he’s sick. Until you look down and realize he can’t move his legs. Or your eyes glance up and you see the bulging mass under his t-shirt.
Our hope and prayer is that there is another hospital with the ability to undertake such a risky surgery. As Rusty said, “An hour glass has been turned upside down and Jeremiah’s life is seeping out.”
The truth is, everyone’s life is “seeping out,” a little every moment.
Jeremiah’s life is “seeping out” on social media. People are following his story. They are moved with compassion. They are praying. They are loving.
They are helping. They are grieving with us. They are treasuring the life they have. Jeremiah is being made a “spectacle for Christ” (1 Corinthians 4:9).
Jesus commented on another spectacle from his time. He reminded his disciples of how the tower of Siloam fell, killing eighteen people and burying them in the ruins. He asked, those killed by the tower, “think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:4-5).
Jeremiah would say that compared to others, he has not really suffered. His “seeping out” is happening while in the comfort of Western medicine and holistic care, in the presence of family and friends.
Others have had their lives “seep out” on the dusty floors of ancient Roman coliseums. In Chinese black jails. In Nazi concentration camps. In sandy desserts of the Middle East. Or anywhere Christianity is illegal, forbidden, or punished. His suffering cannot compare.
Yet it is the same faith. Jeremiah rededicated his life to Christ at the Operation Save America national event in Louisville, KY in July. He was part of the youth revival that took place. Since that time, he has been on fire for God. Seriously on fire.
On Friday (March 16) he was with his buddy Dylan Sanchez sharing the Gospel with students on a college campus.
On Sunday (March 18) he was worshipping God at church with his family.
On Monday (March 19) he ministered to an elderly friend as he helped him build a ramp.
On Wednesday (March 21) he was scrambling onto the top of our van so that he and his best friend Jotham Craven could “tag team preach” over the wall at Planned Parenthood, loving the lost and rescuing his preborn neighbor.
Friday morning (March 23) he was back ministering at the abortion mill.
Friday night he was sitting in a doctor’s office hearing that his sports injury was really a malignant tumor in his chest.
The tower fell…and we were crushed (Luke 13:4).
Some might ask why. Others might think, but he was serving God.
Bad things happen to good people. Good things happen to bad people. God makes “his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:45).
Luke 13:1 describes the death of certain Galileans, “whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.” The Galileans were sacrificing animals in the temple in Jerusalem and were suddenly massacred by Pilate. They were ministering, and tragedy struck.
The victims of the massacre were from Jesus’ home town, the place he presumably spent thirty years of his life. Galilee was also a place where Jesus performed many miracles. The Galileans likely knew Jesus, or at least knew of Him.
Why would God allow these Galileans to experience tragedy? Did they have it coming? Did they deserve it? Is God unjust?
Jesus puts such presumptions to rest. “Suppose ye that these Galileans, who were slain as they were sacrificing, were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you nay.”
Posted by Kendra Thomas on Saturday, June 2, 2018
Jeremiah’s Father speaks from San Diego hospital
Some believe the tower of Siloam adjoined to the pool of Siloam (the pool of Bethesda) and that it belonged to those porches which were by the pool, in which the impotent folks lay, that waited for the stirring of the water (Jn. 5:3). Those seeking God’s mercy would gather there.
It was sort of that way for Jeremiah. He had drawn closer to God and then tragedy struck.
On Easter Sunday (April 1) he preached the sunrise sermon at our church, holding onto the pulpit to steady himself.
By Monday evening (April 2) he was in the Emergency Department in excruciating pain and unable to walk.
His life, and our family, has not been the same. We learned he has an aggressive bone cancer. He has two spots on his lungs, a tumor in his back, and one in his chest- the one threatening his ability to breathe. He’s had surgery on his spine and received the best possible traditional and holistic care at hospitals in Texas and Tijuana.
Towers fall on us all.
Cancer can seemingly come from nowhere because we live in a fallen world, tainted by sin. God designed us to be perfect. Creation, before sin entered the world, was perfect too. God gave us free will so we may freely choose to love Him. But our first parents, Adam and Eve, sinned in a perfect paradise called Eden. Since that time, we’ve all been born in sin, with a proclivity, a bent, towards evil.
The Bible says, “All sin and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). It also says, “The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). The sad truth is that we all die and face eternity” (Hebrews 9:27).
God is just. Because He’s just, He must judge sin. God is also holy. Sin cannot be in His holy presence. Therefore, sin cannot enter heaven.
That’s the bad news.
So what happens when you are confronted with your mortality like Jeremiah? If your sins are forgiven through Jesus Christ, you go to heaven. If not, the justice of God demands you pay for your sins. You are refused entry into heaven and instead go to hell, a place of torment.
But God is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Because He loves us, God had provided a way back to Himself. He sent His only son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place.
That’s the Good News.
The perfect, sinless son of God payed for our sins on the cross. But Jesus didn’t stay dead. He rose again on the third day and is now seated on the right hand of God the Father. His resurrection proves He conquered death. He wants us in heaven with him. All we have to do is repent and believe the Gospel.
Yes, Jeremiah only has a 10% chance of survival. Watching him sleep now (his face gray, his legs still, his chest heaving, oxygen tubes by his nostrils helping him breath) it seems like our percentage has changed for the worse.
But Jeremiah has something others may not. He has resurrection life, eternal life in his body. He has Jesus.
Jeremiah told me this morning, “In my circumstance, death is real. We’ve only got one chance to make things right before God. Confess we are sinners. Confess we need a savior.”
That’s Jeremiah’s message to the world. We all need the Savior.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” ( Ephesians 6:23).