Community Church Blog

2nd August 2016

"Alleluia! I am so thankful that Jesus has healed me"

Gareth shared with us on Sunday a testimony of the healing of 'degenerative changes at the base of both first metacarpals and the scaphotrapezoid joints' of one of our members.  Here's the full story!

"After suffering with pain and swelling in my thumbs for quite some time, I went to the doctor who organised x-rays of my hands and I received the above diagnosis. I was told nothing could be done - it was caused by age and wear and tear due to work. I was given exercises and told to take painkillers.

Over the next few months the condition worsened - I was finding it difficult to open bottles, do up buttons and undertake some of my work duties, such as teaching cycling. When I used the brakes my hands were in severe pain; and when teaching archery, pulling the string of the bow was painful (my job involves teaching children outdoor pursuits such as cycling, archery etc). The condition was affecting my work and at times I was despondent, feeling I did not want to get old and decrepit!

On 26th June 2016 after our church meeting I was chatting to a friend and he asked me if I would like to go climbing with him sometime. I told him that I couldn’t go, as I would not trust my hands due to this medical condition. He suggested that we should pray. I said ‘ok’. He prayed and my thumbs felt a little better. He prayed for a second time. This time I felt an intense pain shoot through my thumbs! I had to hold on to a nearby table as the pain was so sudden and severe! Then ALL pain disappeared.

The following week and from that point onwards I have been able to undertake many activities totally pain free! I have been cycling, doing archery, driving tractors, and all free from pain. The clicking and grinding noise that I could previously hear inside my thumb joints has gone too! Even typing this testimony would have been painful a few weeks ago. Not any more!

Alleluia! I am so thankful that Jesus has healed me."

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Maureen Hopkins
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