Terminal Cancer Survivor, Speaker, and Author
At the age of only four, Joshua Goodling was diagnosed with a deadly terminal cancer. The doctors told his parents he had only one week to live, and his chances of survival were zero! That was 46 years ago, so it's been a LONG week! After many months of surgeries and treatments, and two long bouts with the disease, the cancer was eventually gone, but it left him with many obstacles to overcome. Joshua's vocal chords were partially paralyzed, his growth was stunted, and he was faced with new daily challenges and difficulties that would remain with him for the rest of his life.
Humanly speaking, Joshua's life was destroyed by this cancerous monster that had disrupted it. He had every right, in some people's eyes, to be mad at God for bringing this into his life. However, Joshua soon learned that God wasn't destroying his life by giving him cancer, He was creating Joshua's life.
Today, when he stands in front of an audience speaking about overcoming life's difficulties, finding true happiness, developing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, or whatever the topic for that event may be, Joshua sees tears coming down the faces of many who are listening. He hears people come up to him afterwards and say things like; "Joshua, your story just changed my life!". He soon began to realize God knew all along what He was doing when he gave him cancer 46 years ago. Joshua now has a story to tell of how amazing and awesome God is, and that no matter how "dark" our trials may be in this life - they are all part of His perfect plan, and He knows exactly what He is doing!
When he first started speaking, people told him; "Joshua, you can't do this....you have all these problems, you have physical disabilities, etc.," And they were right. He can't do it in his own strength. However, the Bible tells us, "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." (Phil. 4:13). And through Him, we can bounce back even when our chances may be zero!
At public schools, private schools, churches, and youth events all over the United States, God has used Joshua's story to reach people who need to hear a message of hope, of encouragement, and of inspiration. Contact Joshua today about sharing his story with your audience anywhere in the world.