Testimony of Healing
I would like to share with you my testimony of God’s goodness and His amazing love. My testimony is not just about healing but experiencing tremendous peace through difficult times knowing that He was in control of my situation.
My story began in Wales in 1977, which was when my back problem started. After falling downstairs at home, I began to experience back pain, this went on for several years, and I was told that I had disc problems. After moving to Stourport in 1988 the problem became more and more debilitating.
After a consultation with Mr Cleek at Kidderminster Hospital, I was told that I had bone missing from my lower spine; three prolapsed discs and disc wear at the top of my spine, which gave me neck problems. Mr Cleek explained that he was not able to perform such a complex operation and I was referred to Oswestry Orthopaedic Hospital.
While I waited for my appointment at Oswestry I was hospitalised twice at Kidderminster with severe pain where I was fitted with a spinal corset. I was also given facet joint injections and epidurals. When I eventually saw the consultant at Oswestry in 1990. I was told that I needed to have a rod inserted into my spine and the discs were to be fused. I was told that this procedure would not take away all of the pain and would face a long recuperation period. I agreed to be put on the waiting list for the operation.
As time went on my problem worsened. I spent many weeks at a time in the house unable to walk unaided and was eventually forced to use a wheelchair for mobility. Nothing alleviated the pain, I was registered disabled and had to rely on my family for everything.
I had become a Christian in 1983 and had a deep faith in God. I never ever doubted that He was able to heal me, as I believed in His word (The Bible). One day I read Jeremiah 31 and was struck by the words “You will be rebuilt daughter of Israel and again dance with the joyful” I felt my heart race as I read this and felt that God was speaking to me, as I had always loved to dance and longed to do so in church. I didn’t tell anyone about this word – not even my husband.
I had also watched a Video about the “Fire Conference” with Evangelist Reinhardt Bonke and as he prayed for the sick, a woman who was unable to walk was healed and got out of her wheelchair. At the end of the video they interviewed her Specialist for his thoughts on her healing. It turned out to be Mr Eisenstein at Oswestry, my – Consultant.
As time went on I become more disabled with pain and one day I prayed and said “Lord I give this problem to you, I know that you are able to heal me, but even if you don’t, I trust you and know that you will take me through the operation”. After that prayer I received complete peace. People used to ask me how I remained so cheerful; all that I knew was that God was upholding me and giving me peace and strength.
In April 1992 I was invited to a church meeting to hear George Miller the Evangelist preach. I could only go if I had a “good day” and on this particular night I was able to struggle to the meeting on my crutches. On the way in I spoke to George who said “Gill you’ll be walking out of here” – I laughed.
During the meeting I sat propped up in the chair with pillows with my feet up on another chair listening to George preaching about God being able to do the impossible. I already knew and agreed with this and at the end George began praying for the sick. Before I knew it my husband Neil and my friend Angela had me by the arms. They helped me to my feet and held me up while George prayed. I wasn’t at the meeting for prayer I went just to hear George speaking. After George prayed for me I fell to the floor under the power of The Holy Spirit. A tremendous warmth came over me and my pain went! as I lay there I said “Lord if you are healing me this has to be real as you know I have to face Doctors and Specialists”.
Next thing I knew I stood up and was able to stand up straight, unaided and totally free from pain. As I looked around I saw the looks on peoples faces who were stunned my friends were in tears. I ended up running around the room.
To my amazement I also discovered that the lady I had seen healed in Reinhard Bonke’s video was sat a few rows behind me.
I went home to face my children who were amazed, as they had seen their Mum for so long in so much pain. When I went out the next day my neighbours were also amazed as I told them what had happened.
After a couple of weeks I went to see my GP who had visited me at home many times and was well aware of my problems. As I walked into his surgery he was taken aback and wanted to know what had happened, so I told him about how I was prayed for. He asked me where this took place and could give me no logical explanation. He asked me to come back in a couple of weeks to see him, obviously expecting this not to last. On my return visit I was able to give him lists of all the things I was able to do, including all the everyday household tasks. He then agreed to declare me fit.
I wrote and asked The Social Security to stop my mobility allowance as I had been re- assessed in 1991 and was granted payments for a further four years. It took me several letters to get them to agree to stop payments into my bank. I suppose they were not used to people wanting to stop benefits.
I also cancelled my operation, which was to have taken place in August 1992. I wrote to Mr Eisenstein and explained what had happened and who now must be wondering to himself after having two of his patients healed by God!
Eleven years on I am still totally fit and free from any pain.
My life has been totally transformed since my healing and I have shared my testimony on many occasions in many different places. Whenever I share my testimony, I always emphasise that you receive complete peace and strength when you hand your problems over to God, no matter what you are going through. He tells us “to cast your burdens onto me and I will give you rest”
I have come to know that God is able to do immeasurably more than we can ever ask or think and He will never leave us or forsake us.