In October 2008 God
gave me the opportunity to experience His power as He worked through me to
heal a little girl of type II diabetes. Here is how it unfolded.
When I first went to
work for Applied Materials, one of the first people that I met was Charlie
Jenkins. Charlie was the security guard who worked the desk at the front
entrance to our building in Austin. He was also a fellow follower of
Christ and became my closest friend at Applied. We were close even as I
went through my health crisis in 2007 with the brain surgery. On any
given day when I was working at my main work location, I always worked my
schedule so that I could have lunch with Charlie.
During those lunches,
we always talked about two topics: Our God and our families. Over the
years I had visited Charlie’s home in Bastrop,
Texas on several occasions. Charlie maintained a home for
his family, including his wife, two daughters, one son-in-law, and three
grandchildren (whom he loved deeply).
In the fall of 2008
Charlie shared with me that school personnel from his 10-year old
granddaughter’s school had notified them that she should taken to see a
doctor. She had eating habits and was exhibiting some symptoms that
indicated that she was probably experiencing the onset of diabetes.
I told Charlie and I
would pray for his granddaughter and I did pray fervently for her over the
next few days. During that time of prayer, God placed it on my heart that
I should go to visit Charlie’s house in Bastrop to pray and lay my hands
on the child. When I saw Charlie at work the next day, I relayed to him
what God had told me and we arranged for me to come to his house on that
I went to his house and
with Charlie and his wife together with us in his living room, I brought
his granddaughter close to me, reassured her that God loved her and that
everything was going to be alright, placed my hands on her forehead, and
prayed a prayer rebuking the illness that threatened this child. When I
was done and before I left that day, I reassured Charlie and his wife that
the child would be fine (for this I felt deeply in my spirit).
At the time of my
visit, the child’s parents had already scheduled a doctor’s appointment
during the next week to continue examining her. A few weeks later I would
ask Charlie how the doctor’s visits were going and he would tell me that
the child was fine and they didn’t find anything wrong with her. To this
day over a year later, whenever I ask him the response is always the same,
“she is doing great!” But God’s touch of healing on this child was still
not yet complete.
months later in the summer of 2009, Charlie received an extra blessing
when while attending vacation bible school his granddaughter also accepted
Christ into her heart as her Lord and Savior.
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