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In a small town in La Paz named ‘Jerusalén’, lives a 7-year-old boy whose faith has taken him on an incredible journey. Despite a diagnosis of terminal leukaemia, Cruz is continuing to trust God.

“[Before Christmas] doctors gave Cruz only two more months to live,” explains Brenda Alegria, Cruz’s Compassion project director. “Right at that moment we were crushed with the hard news … but it gave us the chance to pray even harder to see a miracle before our eyes.”

Cruz was first diagnosed following a regular health check-up at his Compassion project in 2012. “When December came, he started to run very high fevers,” recalls Sara, Cruz’s mum. She immediately took her son to hospital where he underwent a series of tests. Cruz was diagnosed with leukaemia. 

“[At that time] doctors talked with my husband and me privately to tell us that his spinal cord was 80% clean from the bad cells causing him a mild leukaemia, " Sara explains. "That gave us hope that this was treatable and curable.” 

But the visits to the children’s hospital in San Salvador turned into weekly trips of about 54 miles. “They take two buses to get to the hospital. It’s a long way, but we’re glad to help them with transportation costs,” says Brenda. “As they take the first bus at 3am, Cruz sleeps all the way until they get there by 7am to start with the treatment.”

Due to the severity of his medical condition, Cruz isn’t able to attend school. On weeks when he is well enough, he can however go to his Compassion project. Here he receives love and encouragement. It’s where he first put his trust in Jesus and where he’s continued to learn about God. “My favourite Bible verse is Jesus and the paralyzed man,” Cruz explains.

As well as Compassion programme activities, Cruz has received food supplements, vitamins and medicines. And even when he’s too weak to attend lessons, project staff have encouraged him through home visits.

“We take turns to visit Cruz no matter the time of the day. Even at night we’ve been holding his hand, crying with him, praying for the fevers to break. When he runs those fevers, his body weakens so much that he is not able to walk for days,” explains Brenda.

Unbreakable faith

Cruz’s battle against leukaemia seemed to be reaching an end in December 2015 when Sara received the sad news about her son. “The doctors extended a letter explaining that Cruz’s spinal cord was too weak to stand the treatment, so they decided to suspend the intravenous chemotherapy; he couldn’t make it to the radiation sessions. Doctors will still monitor him every 8 days but Cruz will take oral chemotherapy [pills] from now on.” 

Cruz with his mum

Cruz looking after his neighbour's goat.

“He is a happy child with an unbreakable faith, and often tells me to not to cry anymore because Jesus will heal him, he encourages me to believe that as well,” Sara continues through the tears. “This is my desire, that God gives me my son for the rest of my life. Every day I pray for a miracle, the miracle of staying with me, because losing him would be the hardest thing ever. But because he has suffered enough already, if it’s God’s will to take him, I will accept it.”

As an affectionate little boy, Cruz hugs his mum and replies, “I love you, mum. Jesus told me in my dream to be brave, therefore I will be brave.”

Join us in praying for Cruz and his family >



WORDS : Nora Díaz

PHOTOS : Compassion UK


 

Article Comments

Prayer for Cruz

I am continuing to pray twice a day for a miracle to heal Cruz from leukaemia if that is God's will for him. May God bless you Cruz and all your family. Love Joanne xx
17 March 2016 |  Author : Joanne

Cruz

I too have a 4 year old grandson called Cruz. I praise God for your faith in Him. Cruz. The Word of God says in Psalm 107:20 that He sent His Word and healed them. Praise God for His promises. This is you as well Cruz. Receive your healing in the name of Jesus. I thank God for your complete healing that was paid for on the cross. I pray for strong faith for Mum and that she will feel Gods presence every day. He is with you. Thank You Lord Jesus.
28 February 2016 |  Author : Irene Potter

Healing for Cruz

Dear sweet Cruz and Mother,you are so brave and cheerful. I pray Our wonderful God will take away this terrible illness and make you completely well again. In Jesus name.Amen
25 February 2016 |  Author : Carolyn Mentis

Cruz

In the name of Jesus, life and healing to Cruz' body and peace to him and his mother.
24 February 2016 |  Author : Prudence

Praying for Cruz and Sara his Mum

Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, "Stand up, take your mat, and go on home, because you are healed!" Mk2.11. Dear Lord, like the paralytic's friends, right now I bring Cruz to you and ask you to heal and restore him to full health and strength. Bless him, his Mum and all who have him in their care. Give them the assurance that you are with them in their suffering, and like the paralytic, you will know that the Lord Jesus has you and his Mum in his heart. This I pray in Jesus' name. Amen
24 February 2016 |  Author : Dennis Robinson

Cruz

By his stripes we are healed, pray for strength for you family and you for healing at this time difficult time. X
23 February 2016 |  Author : Elna davies

Prayer for Cruz

The Lord Jesus is within you and he knows all you are going through. Everything you feel he feels too, he is with you in your pain and he loves you so much and knows how much you love him too. You have such a strong constitution and are an inspiration to others, especially to your dear mother and family. We are all praying for you now, with God's never ending love xx
23 February 2016 |  Author : Janet Clipsham

Cruz

I will pray for one of Jesus' miracles to heal Cruz. What faith & hope he has. You are an example to us all. Keep on trusting Our Lord Jesus Christ. May God bless him and his family this day and always.
23 February 2016 |  Author : Joanne

Prayer for Cruz

“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”’ Numbers 6:24-26 God bless you and your mummy and bring you both peace xx
23 February 2016 |  Author : Hannah Laxton

Praying for Cruz

What a beautiful Blessed Little Angel you are Cruz, you give us all hope and light in this dark world. I pray that Jesus will heal you completely sweetheart and annoint you as His special messenger to us all. You are such a treasured soul. God bless Cruz xxxhugsxxx
23 February 2016 |  Author : Sonia Tonks

cruz

Cruz you are an amazing young man, keep on trusting in Jesus. I will certainly pray for you. God bless you and your mother xx
23 February 2016 |  Author : pam murphy
Article Comments

ARTICLE COMMENTS

Prayer for Cruz

I am continuing to pray twice a day for a miracle to heal Cruz from leukaemia if that is God's will for him. May God bless you Cruz and all your family. Love Joanne xx
17 March 2016 |  Author : Joanne

Cruz

I too have a 4 year old grandson called Cruz. I praise God for your faith in Him. Cruz. The Word of God says in Psalm 107:20 that He sent His Word and healed them. Praise God for His promises. This is you as well Cruz. Receive your healing in the name of Jesus. I thank God for your complete healing that was paid for on the cross. I pray for strong faith for Mum and that she will feel Gods presence every day. He is with you. Thank You Lord Jesus.
28 February 2016 |  Author : Irene Potter

Healing for Cruz

Dear sweet Cruz and Mother,you are so brave and cheerful. I pray Our wonderful God will take away this terrible illness and make you completely well again. In Jesus name.Amen
25 February 2016 |  Author : Carolyn Mentis

Cruz

In the name of Jesus, life and healing to Cruz' body and peace to him and his mother.
24 February 2016 |  Author : Prudence

Praying for Cruz and Sara his Mum

Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, "Stand up, take your mat, and go on home, because you are healed!" Mk2.11. Dear Lord, like the paralytic's friends, right now I bring Cruz to you and ask you to heal and restore him to full health and strength. Bless him, his Mum and all who have him in their care. Give them the assurance that you are with them in their suffering, and like the paralytic, you will know that the Lord Jesus has you and his Mum in his heart. This I pray in Jesus' name. Amen
24 February 2016 |  Author : Dennis Robinson

Cruz

By his stripes we are healed, pray for strength for you family and you for healing at this time difficult time. X
23 February 2016 |  Author : Elna davies

Prayer for Cruz

The Lord Jesus is within you and he knows all you are going through. Everything you feel he feels too, he is with you in your pain and he loves you so much and knows how much you love him too. You have such a strong constitution and are an inspiration to others, especially to your dear mother and family. We are all praying for you now, with God's never ending love xx
23 February 2016 |  Author : Janet Clipsham

Cruz

I will pray for one of Jesus' miracles to heal Cruz. What faith & hope he has. You are an example to us all. Keep on trusting Our Lord Jesus Christ. May God bless him and his family this day and always.
23 February 2016 |  Author : Joanne

Prayer for Cruz

“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”’ Numbers 6:24-26 God bless you and your mummy and bring you both peace xx
23 February 2016 |  Author : Hannah Laxton

Praying for Cruz

What a beautiful Blessed Little Angel you are Cruz, you give us all hope and light in this dark world. I pray that Jesus will heal you completely sweetheart and annoint you as His special messenger to us all. You are such a treasured soul. God bless Cruz xxxhugsxxx
23 February 2016 |  Author : Sonia Tonks

cruz

Cruz you are an amazing young man, keep on trusting in Jesus. I will certainly pray for you. God bless you and your mother xx
23 February 2016 |  Author : pam murphy
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