The boy with the waxen leg

On Thursday, Jemar is having surgery. It’s an amazing story how he got to this point.

You may remember Jemar from my trip to the Philippines in May. I met him in Masbate, which is a small island about an hour’s flight from Manila.

Jemar had a bad infection in his leg, so I snapped a photo, and when I returned to the big island, I showed a missionary friend.


Jemar at his grandmother’s hut

A group of doctors were at the missionary base that day, and after examining the picture, said he must get to a hospital in Manila right away.

I asked the LORD, “How will he get to Manila?” We had $26 in our ministry bank account. Then I got an email from a U.S. couple who felt led to give. I hadn’t mentioned our need to anyone but the LORD!

So Jemar and his illiterate grandmother, who didn’t have a government ID card, flew on a big plane to the big island. They said they felt so rich.


Jemar, Grandma, and friends at the airport

At the big hospital, Jemar got examined. The doctors say Jemar has a medical developmental disorder that thickens the bone and gives it a wax-like appearance. Without help, he could lose the leg.

But now a donor has given for the medical expenses and on Thursday, Jemar will have surgery.

Jemar and Pastor Roy Malpas in the hospital

Jemar and Pastor Roy Malpas in the hospital

From a photo, to onsite doctors, to a plane ride bought by strangers, to the big hospital, to a surgery bought by a stranger, Jemar is experiencing the body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:26-27 says, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”

When the body works, it really works.

Please pray for Jemar.


Chris Heinz is the Founder and CEO of Munyay, which creates coaching tools to help you love your life and work. He's also the Vice President of Human Resources for EnergyCAP, Inc. and is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation, a Certified Professional Life Coach, and a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach. Chris enjoys coaching people, writing, and speaking on the topics of engagement, coaching, and strengths. He blogs often at

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  1. I have just finished praying this morning about Jemar, just few hours from now Jemar will lay in a bed inside the operating room. There are so many things to thank God, thanking God for those people involved in bringing Jemar from a remote mountain place to the city. Taking plane only rich people can afford, I saw him amazed of what city of Manila is.
    I pray after this surgery, Jemar will go back to his schooling with a better, healed leg.
    Praise the Lord!