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Steve Carter grew up without his biological father being a part of his life. His parents divorced when he was little and he had a turbulent relationship with his mom and stepdad. His family weren’t Christians. However, since they weren’t impressed with the public schools in their area, they sent Steve to a private Christian school. This changed the trajectory of his life.  In the seventh grade, Steve gave his heart to Jesus and got baptized.

After graduating from Hope International University with a degree in Biblical Studies, Steve began serving in ministry.  Eventually, he became the lead teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church. After years of service while gaining the trust of the leadership and congregation, Bill Hybels decided to retire and named Steve the co-lead pastor to take over the 25,000-member church. After the announcement in 2018, Steve and his family felt like their dreams were coming true. Yet, a few months later, it all came crashing down when allegations of sexual abuse came out against Bill Hybels.

When Steve wanted to know the truth, he was met with anger from Hybels and several other church leaders. They hired a public relations team to handle damage control. Feeling sick, Steve knew he had to get to the bottom of the allegations. Meeting with each victim, he prayed for discernment as he listened to their stories. After meeting with the women, Steve believed them. He went to leadership again, pleading with them to address the issue and apologize to the victims for any wrongdoing but to no avail. Hybels continued to deny the allegations.

At that moment, Steve faced one of the hardest decisions in his life. Should he preserve his job, friends, home, and life that he and his family dreamed of and be a part of the cover-up, or do the right thing by telling the truth? He chose the latter and resigned from Willow Creek. Angry parishioners and leaders at the church were hurt and furious with Steve. As horrible messages began pouring in, Steve knew he had to protect his family and take them somewhere they could find healing and solace during this dark time. They packed up everything and moved to Arizona.


After moving, feeling heartbroken and lost, Steve cried out to God for words of hope. What he heard in response was to grieve, to breathe, and to receive.

Steve admits, “I knew how to achieve but I didn’t know how to grieve.”

In his book Grieve, Breathe, Receive, Steve shares how to walk through pain and come out better on the
other side:

1.    Grieve: Allowing oneself time and space to process loss and disappointment.

2.    Breathe: Slow down and take the time to inhale God's grace, peace, and love while exhaling negativity
and pain.

3.    Receive: Be open to lessons, surprises, and the healing that God provides.


After over four years in Arizona, Steve’s children wanted to move back ‘home’ to Chicago where their friends were. After much prayer, he and his wife agreed and moved back to Illinois. Today, Steve is a lead pastor at Forest City Church, he hosts the CRAFT AND CHARACTER podcast and helps others reach their God-given potential.

Learn more about Steve Carter.

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Mother Wonders What She Did Wrong

Dana was born with a cleft lip. His mother, Thoeun, was heartbroken and said she felt like a failure as a mom. “I wondered what I did to cause this to happen. I went for ultrasounds during my pregnancy. The doctors said everything looked normal. I wondered what I did wrong,” recalled Thoeun. 

After Dana's birth his dad said he had no idea where to turn for help for his son. All he knew was that he would always be there for his little boy and take care of him. “I felt hopeless,” he said. “I couldn't control my emotions. Sometimes I wanted to cry because of his cleft palate because I couldn't afford to help him."

Then a relative told Thoeun about Operation Blessing. Thanks to you, we arranged and paid for Dana to receive free surgery to repair the cleft lip. That surgery was successful.  

“Seeing his smile makes me feel stronger and more motivated,” said Dan his father. “Every day, I bathe him and look after him. Thank you to everyone who helped my son."

“His health has improved,” added Thoeun. “And he has gained weight. Even though we don't have much, we have happiness in our family thanks to the people who support Operation Blessing!”

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Parents Discover Their Sons Have a Death Sentence

Growing up, the Yang twins were always sick.

Their mother explains, “They often caught colds and had fevers, so we took them to a small clinic to get injections and medicine.”

Their father adds, “We fed them nutritious foods to make their bodies strong and thought they’d get better as they got older.”

Yet, they only got worse. And one day, Xin collapsed while the boys were playing basketball.

“He was sweating, and his face was white,” his brother recalls. “He put his hand over his heart and was panting the whole way home.  He said, ‘I’m afraid.  I don't want to die.’”

“His words filled me with terror,” Mrs. Yang shares.  “So, I borrowed money from a neighbor and took Xin to the hospital right away.”

Doctors discovered that Xin had a large hole in his heart that had been growing since he was a baby.  When they checked his brother’s heart, they found the same thing.

Mrs. Yang says, “My boys’ health got worse and worse. They could barely walk.  My sons asked me, ‘Mom, will we die if we don't have the surgery?’”

“We had to stay home and read or watch TV or just sleep,” Xin shares.  “I was so sad.  My brother read me stories about Superman.  He said, ‘Brother, you’re my hero. You’re going to recover!’”

His twin adds, “When I was sick, Xin told me we’d get through it together.”

The couple was poor and couldn’t afford surgery. Then, a friend told them about Operation Blessing, and you made it possible for both boys to get operations.
“Now they’re energetic and they never get tired,” exclaims Mr. Yang.

 “Once we played basketball from two-o-clock to ten,” says Xin’s twin.

Xin adds, “My classmates say I'm like a new person.”

“My boys are healed,” concludes Mrs. Yang. “We are happy from the bottom of our hearts.  I really appreciate the Operation Blessing donors for helping us. We don't know what we would’ve done without you.”

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