aul's Story #2
True story and testimony
Good News Christian Magazine
Man Seeks To Spread Love, Not Hate.
For The Suffering He's One Who Delivers Hope.
A Story About Paul McLaughlin
by Janice Lemke
Your background isn't as important as what you do with your future, says
Paul McLaughlin also known as "The Miracle Man."
Many people around Portland, Eugene and Springfield, Oregon have seen
his street campain sign encouraging them to "Help Stop Child Abuse."
Others have benefited from funds he has raised for child abuse programs
Still others, who tell him of abuse they have suffered,
may hear words of encouragement based on his own background.
"No matter what happened to you in the past, "he says, "However horrible
it was, don't blame it on God or other people. HE can help you turn
everything around so you can help others who have suffered. "The Miracle
Man is a living proof.
For many years, Paul had no hope for a better future.
"I thought I would
stay small forever and never grow up, and always live in a world of pain
He almost lost the chance to grow up.
At the age of two, he was admitted
to a hospital malnournished, battered, almost dead.
He later wished he
BUT N0-ONE HEARD HIS SILENT CRIES!
He listed the kinds of abuse he and his twin sister endured:
"Placed on top of hot stove, eat stool and bars of soap and vomited,
head split open many times with spiked dress shoe and stick.
flesh skin without clothes on.
The list goes on and on.
He was beaten
almost every day about 4-6 times per day."
As he walked to church with his parents he was afraid of them.
look at the people on the street and in church and cry out in his mind,
"Look at me, I am being hurt. Help my twin sister. We need help."
one heard his silent cries.
His Older brother and sister were not abused.
In the midst of his terrible childhood, Paul also came to know "this
thing called love."
When he was baptised (Methodist church in Donora,
Pennsylvania) at age of seven or eight,
"LOVE ENTERED MY LITTLE BODY AND
I KNEW WHAT IT WAS," he says.
"As I was being abused, this love was with
me and yet I hated God for giving me this terrible childhood.
Classified as learning disabled, Paul was placed in Special Education
courses and finally graduated from high school at age 21.
After 2 years in the Army, he began his own campaign against child abuse
in 1975 in Tacoma, Washington and Portland, Oregon.
He'd talked to kids on the streets, referring them to agencies where
they could get help if abused, homeless, or on drugs.
He'd visit people
in hospitals and clinics.
"It took much courage to start my campaign," he says. "So much fear was
inside of me because of the past severe abuse."
Some people would laugh,
swear or throw things at him.
Since 1975, he spoke on seven radio talk program, appeared in a TV
commercial, ten Forums in Washington and Oregon, his story in two
magazine, his fund raising projects for the homeless, cripple children,
It bothers him, he says, that a few are willing to report child abuse
when they see it until it is too late and the children are killed.
Paul became a Christian in 1989 through the ministry of Focus on the
"It took over 35 yeras to become a true believer in Christ," he
"I had blamed God for my suffering.
He then realized "CHRIST GAVE ME THIS LOVE TO EASE THE BURDEN OF
Christ had taken some of my pain by giving me this love and yet I used to curse God.
Paul admits he's still far from perfect, but knows his faith in Christ
brought segnificant changes in his life.
"I went home to see my mother
and I forgave her and I gave her a hug.
Paul doesn't understand the "why of suffering," but accepts that God
wanted him to live so he could help others.
"I wish others could have
what I have," he says. 'NO PAIN, BUT THIS THING CALLED LOVE.'
He told of a 15 year old girl he talked to.
She also had suffered abuse
and tried to kill herself by slashing her wrist with a razor blade.
changed her life because I said three magic words, "I love you".
cried and gave me a hug and told me that no one ever told her that
..the last of Pauls story..
Liz & Paul McLaughlin
Stop Child Abuse
Eugene, Oregon 97405
To send your story to me: Janice Lemke