God has done some awesome work through this prayer group! We had a new teacher join us this school year. Her son is also a cancer survivor, (He was born with cancer and underwent treatment as a newborn! He’s now 19 years old!). Nancy requested prayer for her brother-in-law, who is diagnosed with diabetes. Although his very poor circulation has been treated for over 4 years, nothing has worked, and the doctor was planning to amputate both of his legs. After we prayed, within about 2 weeks, John went to the doctor again, and SUDDENLY his tissue had started to regenerate and to heal. There was simply no explanation. When John’s wife (Nancy’s sister) called her, Nancy told her about our prayer. We have continued to pray, and John has continued to progress and heal!
John grew up with a very poor childhood. His parents gave him up for adoption, then his adopted parents both died. There was a problem with his guardians, and he basically had no home or family. He had spent years angry at God, and not believing in prayer or God’s goodness. His heart has changed and softened, and turned to God now, as he rejoices over his healing! Praise God!
With all the negative emphasis on the economy today I feel strongly compelled to share this brief testimony on how God and his Word hold true and how God has empowered us to prosper in any economy and differentiate us from the world.
A little while ago Pastor Dino was encouraging the congregation to consider supporting the Come Home to Life television program. I was moved in my spirit and committed myself to giving an offering from the profit from my business. I wrote out a giving envelope and put it on my desk as a reminder knowing it would be months before all the tax papers would come from the accountant for the year end financials. This year I was able to write the check for a tithe of our profit. The check was only for $900.00 but I sewed it in belief that God would give me a 100 fold return for my commitment. In the following month we had our best month ever and reaped a 100% return generating $90,000.00 in gross sales for the month.
Despite the economy, we had a record year (which is hard to do after 14 years of being in business). And although the economy has fallen to record lows, we will once again have a record year exceeding our sales from last year. I believe that our success in this economy is directly related to my commitment to tithing. Even though I still miss the mark (often) He is faithful to his Word.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is in the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
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He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
My son’s hockey team was playing in a big district game. Midway through the second period he was injured and could not get up off the ice. An orthopedic surgeon was in the stands and attended to his injury on the ice. After examining his leg, the doctor said he believed it was broken where it meets the knee. In the meantime, the rink had called an ambulance, and the doctor held his leg immobile while he was being carried off the ice. I asked the doctor where the nearest ER was (we were in Macomb County) and he said St. John’s, but he also added that they do not do emergency surgery there, and that if my son needed surgery he would have to be transferred. We declined the ambulance ride, but did have the attendants help us carry my son to the car and get him in. I sat by him and prayed over him in tongues all the way to the hospital. At the hospital we ran into a woman from church with her daughter. The ER doctor examined my son and immediately gave him pain medication. They took x-rays. The doctor showed us the x-rays on the computer monitor and confirmed that his leg was indeed broken. (the girl’s mother was right there and saw and heard it all). They gave us a prescription for pain medication, put my son in a brace from his ankle to his upper thigh, game him a set of crutches and instructed him to put no weight at all on his leg. I still have the Discharge Instructions which read: “FRACTURE LOWER EXTREMITY – A fracture is the medical term for a BROKEN BONE. It will take at least four weeks for the fracture to heal. FRACTURE KNEE – You have a FRACTURE (break) of a bone in the knee joint. Depending on the severity of the fracture, this will take four weeks or longer to heal”.
We went home, and I remember telling my son that God’s best for him was not a broken leg. And together we commanded his leg to line up with the Word of God in Jesus’ Name. Also, he agreed that if he woke during the night in pain, he could call me but he was not to say “OWWWWW My leg hurts” he was to say “OWWWW, by Jesus’ stripes I’m healed”.
He did not wake during the night with any pain. The next day we went to see the partner of the ortho doctor who was at the rink the night before. He had already spoken to his partner and knew what he was expecting to see. He examined my son’s leg and said, “Well, it’s not currently presenting as a break. We need to get a MRI.” The final diagnosis: A bone bruise and a sprained ACL. No break, crutches only as needed. And a 10 day rest from contact sports. God is good and my boy is back skating just like new.