On-line missionary faces ALS with hope in Christ


ALS bloggerHis blog is called “Unshakable Hope” – a striking contrast to what one might expect from an ALS patient of 18 years.

By far, Bill Sweeney, 54, has already outlived expectations for a normal patient afflicted with what’s otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a degenerative neural disorder that progresses until patients can’t breathe – usually within 3-5 years of diagnosis.

And though his paralysis keeps him cooped up at home, he never complains on his blog. To the contrary, he chides gently those who do rant – and his buoyant optimism would make anyone ashamed about sniveling over trivial inconveniences.


“One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned from this long trial is that hope – and the joy, peace and faith that always accompany Christ-centered hope, only comes through a conscious, determined effort,” he writes on his blog through a painstakingly slow process that employs eye-tracking software to detect letter by letter what he wants to write on his computer.

“I’ve had my hope challenged many times, and I’ve become pretty good at conquering these challenges.” Read the rest of this Christian news article.

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14 responses to “On-line missionary faces ALS with hope in Christ

  1. Amazing story. Good on you Bill, what an inspiration you are.

  2. How I love this man and his incredible testimony! He is one of those I prayed for while I walked with my little dog daily in Arizona and who I still pray for as we live in Ohio. He is an inspiration to me and should be to all of Unshakeable Hope! Truly he will hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant” in God’s timing. Until then I pray for a cure so I can meet him this side of heaven. Thank you for honoring him, blessings,

  3. I love this man’s blog, he is always been an inspiration to me! This is a beautiful post honoring a beautiful person!

  4. I always look forward to his posts. What a tremendous testimony is his steadfast faith and positive spirit. He’s a blessing to me every time he writes.

  5. Thank you for this post, great inspiration…Blessings to you and your wife Bill.

  6. I follow and read his blog. Such an inspiration!

  7. Mike,
    Thank you so much for writing this article – I feel humbled and honored!
    My wife and daughter cried as they read it and both said it was “so well written.”
    Thanks again, my friend.

    • Im very happy to hear that people were touched. The fact is that your testimony and your family is an inspiration to me and many others on the blogosphere. God has given me the gift of writing. I wish to use it to honor Him. May God continue to get the testimonies out! May the light of true Christians shine to save people!

  8. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THE BEAUTIFUL TESTIMONY OF A BEAUTIFUL LIFE, UNASHAMEDLY PREACHING THE “GOOD NEWS!” HIS LIFE EXEMPLIFIES ‘HOPE,’ UNSHAKEABLE HOPE!” HE HAS CHOSEN TO GLORIFY CHRIST WITH HIS LIFE INSTEAD OF LIVING IN SELF-PITY. HIS FAMILY IS BEAUTIFUL AS WELL. HE WROTE A POST SOME TIME AGO, ABOUT THE BEST CHRISTIAN HE KNEW AND WENT ON AND NAMED HIS WIFE, MARY. I CAN’T THINK OF A BETTER OR HIGHER PRAISE, GIVEN TO ANYONE. IF WE NEVER MEET ON EARTH, THERE’S A SPECIAL HOME FOR ALL OF GOD’S CHILDREN TO LOOK FORWARD TO. A BEAUTIFUL LAND WHERE THERE WILL BE NO MORE SORROW, PAIN OR DEATH! BROTHER BILL’S SUFFERING WILL ALL BE OVER; AND OUR SUFFERING WILL BE GONE FOREVER ALSO!

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