“I’ve come forward to tell you something that happened this week. When his teacher Luis was praying for him, he saw Jesus. It was as if he were in the clouds. And something like this doesn’t happen so we can keep quiet about it. I wanted to share it with all of you.”
His name is Ricardo, and he is about 10 years old. He has been battling with leukemia already for over a year. I know it hasn’t been easy. Many emergency trips to Guatemala City, where better medical care is available, have complicated their lives. (I say better, because the care they could receive in the nearest public hospital is immensely inadequate. In Guatemala City, the care is still horribly inadequate…but a small step up from what we have locally.)
Yet this little ten year old boy gets up on the stage this morning at Church with his mother to encourage us not to give up hope. His mother shared a testimony of something incredible that happened this past week. He had a stomach ache. His mother is under strict orders from the doctors in Guatemala City to call the hospital immediately whenever he has any pain whatsoever. But with tears in her eyes she told us that this time they hadn’t needed to make the emergency trip out to the capital city. As his teacher prayed for him, God had shown him a vision and he took the pain away.
“I don’t know what the future holds, but we are so thankful for the time that God has given us with my beautiful son. We know that God began the good work in him, and he will finish it in his timing.” She was in tears, openly confessing that though she knows God is able to heal, she doesn’t know what his will is. And more than that she continued, “Brothers, Sisters, when you are in pain, when you have problems, call out to God. Pray to Him and he will answer you.”
If you are able and willing, please join me in praying for Ricardo.
Our God is a God of miracles and I know that my God is able to heal Ricardo. Sometimes he chooses not to, and though it is hard to understand, I am not called to understand but to trust. Join me in asking God to completely heal Ricardo’s body. Let’s also pray for his parents and extended family, as emotionally and spiritually the struggle is continuous.