Living an ordinary teenage life, my dreams and aspirations were shattered when my health started to deteriorate. In 2010, I was diagnosed with Tuberculosis. After six months of  treatment, the doctor said that I was okay, but my health kept going down. Now running to different doctors and hospitals became a priority. In August 2011, during a Sunday morning service, I fainted in the Church which raised a concern. Next day, I was taken to a lung specialist.

As I entered the hospital, I read the motto, “WE TREAT, GOD HEALS.” It was a thought to ponder on. I had a few rigorous tests which did leave me thinking “WHY ME?” But I always remembered Romans 8: 28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good to those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” I was only broken to know that I was treated incorrectly and the previous medication had only destroyed my body. I had developed cavities in my lungs that were like water cysts which made it difficult for me to breathe or move around. My parents were in tears. At the same time, my Dad was not well too. He was certified medically unfit for work, which left my brother as the sole earning member.  We fixed our eyes on God and we believed in the God of miracles. When Mom was praying, she felt the Holy Spirit comfort her with the words “I will not leave you nor forsake you.” The very next day our dear Pastor called us up and enquired about my condition.

I was admitted for about a week having been given a lot of medication. They also mentioned that they could only treat me but I had to look up to God for help and not become weary. So in the midst of my darkest moments, I magnified God and instead of becoming discouraged and thinking “WHY ME?” I began to glorify and magnify God. It was here that I began searching and analyzing my life. I realized that my fellowship with God was broken. I was living a life of my own free will. I told the Lord, “Father, You have a purpose for my life.”

I was  treated for about a year and throughout the medication, I wholly depended on the grace of God and today in 2016, I stand as a living testimony proclaiming the grace and mercies of God’s healing and marvelous hand that was with me through all the pain. I stand completely healed as a witness that nothing is impossible with God.

I have not been depressed or discouraged since 2011 because I constantly go back and remember the things that God has done in my life. It is actually more real to me now than when it first happened. The works God has done to me is bigger in my life today than they were in the past. I remember where I was when God touched my life. It was so dramatic and so important that nothing can be compared to it. There is nothing that could tempt me to ever turn me away from God. I recognize that I am capable of doing anything that anybody else is capable of. My heart is fixed on God and I am rehearsing the victories and glorifying and thanking God.

I thank God for blessing me with the best family who have always been there for me and supported me. Through this journey it has helped me to realize the importance of the fellowship that God has given me. I have been blessed with a good Pastor and a family that has helped me grow spiritually and stronger in the Lord. I thank God for being my Rock and Pillar of strength.“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;  persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4: 8 – 9)

-Sister Stefe Peters