AN ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS LEAVES YOU WITH A STORY TO TELL.
“For we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:20
FEATURED STORY
Story submitted by Michael DeTomasso, pictured in the middle.

In January 2001, I was rushed to the hospital unexpectedly. After many tests and anxious waiting, I learned the devastating news – I had leukemia. One of my relatives is a pastor and, as I laid in that hospital bed surrounded by loved ones in tears, he says to me, “Michael, what do you want in life?” I said, “To see my one year old grandson, Christian, grow up. To see him throw a baseball, football, or shoot hoops together.” He encouraged me and said, “Have faith.” In that moment, I wasn’t quite sure what he meant, but it started me on a journey.
The long days and late nights of chemo, sickness, and exhaustion came quickly, and I couldn’t see the end. I was missing my family, always tired, and I needed breakthrough. My daughters and my wife asked me to go to church with them. I wanted to have faith, but I just didn’t believe God could heal me.

 

With my family, I hesitantly walked to the front of the stage to receive prayer. All I remember is being asked if I believed in Jesus Christ, and my answer was, “YES!”. Within two weeks we learned about a new medicine that our insurance paid for that would improve my health. Four months later I was in remission. I was starting to understand what having faith actually meant.

 

For 12 years I went to my doctor every three months for testing and always left knowing the cancer was still in my body. I was grateful that the medicine was keeping me in remission, but I still needed complete healing. Life always seemed to have an expiration date for me, so, when my wife passed away, I decided to make the most of it. I moved to Texas where my grandchildren lived.

 

Just a few days after the move, my grandson was going to be baptized and my daughter invited me to also take that step. I was so overwhelmed with the love of Jesus and I said, “Yes!” again. The day came, and it was amazing. I declared, “Jesus is Lord and I will follow Him.”

 

One month later I went in for my routine blood test, and I got the phone call from the nurse where I expected to hear my results. Instead, she said I had to come in and speak with the doctor in person. My heart sank. I knew it had to be something bad and I was devastated. But, I heard this quiet voice in my head echo, “Have faith.” So, I nervously went to my appointment. The doctor came in and then smiled… I was so confused I asked him why he was smiling. He said, “Michael, I could of done this over the phone, but I needed to see the look on your face… You don’t have a single leukemic cell in your body!” I couldn’t believe it! God has completely healed me and has always proven my faith in Him to be right. Again, I declare, “Jesus is Lord and I will follow Him.”

Sharing your story releases His kingdom. You’re not alone as you take this next step on your journey with Jesus, and we can’t wait to hear about how your life is being transformed!
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