I came to the Portland 2018 event in a lot of severe pain in my back, hips and right arm from a fall I had on a treadmill on June 3rd. It’s a miracle that I was even able to come because of the amount of constant pain I had. I was unable to walk up/down stairs. I could only crawl. Every step I took would be excruciating. I would have to pause, take a deep breath and continue on very slowly.
I’ve had lots of surgeries, about 20, for lots of different things. I was in an abusive relationship for a long time. I was expecting four more surgeries coming up: a complete knee replacement in my right knee, surgery on the left knee for a torn ACL and meniscus, and right and left ankles for tendons on both sides. I had extreme lower back pain to the point that I’d had three surgeries on it already. I could not walk more than ten or fifteen feet without a walker.
Last night I came for the evening service, and the speaker was talking about being filled with the Holy Spirit and he was asking people to go to front. There were a lot of people up there so I just went to the aisle. My prayer was, “God, I just want more of you.” I put my hands up in the air and started praying and I began to feel like an energy going through my body. I had ten to fifteen people praying for me at one time.
I went up for an altar call in the Friday morning meeting. I have had a lifelong diagnosis of scoliosis, a 45-degree curve. I experienced a remarkable lessening of the twist of the spine. My right arm started tingling, and a big bulge visible on the top of my spine has shrunk visibly as testified by my mother.
I have had chronic pain in my body since I was a teenager. Today, during the afternoon session, I was jumping during worship and began to experience a lot of pain in my right elbow, right ankle and left knee. I stopped jumping and was being very careful the rest of the worship time due to the pain. After Lisa Bevere spoke, there was a call to lay hands on the sick part of our bodies.
We noticed this man who just stood out for some reason. We went over and shared the gospel with him. After we share the Gospel, he tells how on his drive to school that day he was crying out to God wanting to know who he really was. God heard his cry. The young man decided to follow Jesus!
As we first walked on to the campus, we saw a young man with a knee brace on. We stopped him, and he explained that he had missing cartilage, as did both his parents. We said something very cool was about to happen, and we asked if we could take a picture with our Polaroid camera so he could keep the picture for a memory.
We saw this young woman sitting on a bench with braces on both her knees and crutches. We find out she tore both her ACLs doing cheerleading. One had just had surgery and the other needs surgery too. We prayed for the one still needing surgery and it was completely healed!
One evening, after a long day, I was in my room taking time to be with God. After a couple minutes, I felt like I heard Him say, “Go to your next door neighbor’s house and share the gospel with them, and I will show you that I am with you always.”