A Boyce College student who was stabbed and carjacked outside an emergency room while making a pizza delivery says he forgives his attacker.
Josh Lewis, 19, has been employed at Spinelli’s Pizzeria since last August and is a sophomore at Boyce, the undergraduate school of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. While delivering a pizza to the emergency room downtown at Norton Hospital on Sunday (May 3), he says a man confronted him outside his car and demanded his keys. When Lewis noticed the man had a knife, he dropped the keys and ran toward the hospital. But Lewis says the man caught up with him and stabbed him in the back before taking off with his black Jeep Cherokee and the pizza inside the car.
“I’m not really holding a grudge against him,” said Lewis, who is from Detroit. “If he was in the same room as me right now, I would tell him what he did isn’t okay, but I would tell him that I forgive him and try to share the Gospel with him and show him Christ.”
After checking into Norton’s emergency room, Lewis was transferred to the University of Louisville Hospital where he was treated for a collapsed lung and torn muscles. Doctors later realized the knife also punctured part of Lewis’ liver. Lewis’ mother flew in from Detroit and says the stabbing could easily have killed him. Lewis was released from the hospital today (May 7).
“We don’t look at this as an accident or a fluke, but God’s grace working in difficult situations,” his mother Terri Lewis said. “God spared him, and we have no doubt about it.”
Since the story was first reported Sunday evening, Lewis has made headlines around the world, including major news aggregation sites like BuzzFeed, USA Today and BBC. Lewis worries his story may have become a viral sensation solely because it was erroneously reported that he delivered the pizza after he was stabbed.
“I’m doing my best to catch up behind the mess that all the news stories made and explain that what they posted wasn’t true,” Lewis said, noting he is bothered that false information may have made him “famous.”
While Lewis is receiving international recognition from celebrities and social media sites, the attention he is receiving from friends at Boyce College and Sojourn Community Church, where he is a member, is generating the most support for his recovery.
“Josh is always an upbeat young man, you can tell he has a great mind. He’s likeable, well-respected,” said Boyce Dean Dan DeWitt, who has visited Lewis in the hospital several times since the incident. “I’ve been thankful for all the Boyce students who have expressed their support of Josh. There was a small group of students huddled in the waiting room when I got there, and most of that small group stayed until 3 a.m. the first night he was in the hospital. We’ve had students there in the hospital literally around the clock, supporting him, supporting his family.”
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SOURCE: Baptist Press
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