Monday, October 16, 2017

Tom

When I was 18 years old, I was given only a short time to live. Blood tests revealed that I had a life-threatening disease. The doctor said there was no hope!

It was 1984, a time when the medical treatment for leukemia was not as advanced as it is today. And even though there was a life-saving bone marrow transplant, it would cost well over $100,000 just to get started. The money would have to be paid before I could receive treatment, but that wasn't all. An unlikely bone marrow match was also needed and a marrow bank did not yet exist.

My journey was not easy. I did receive the transplant, but during the process I went into a blast crisis and came even closer to death. I found myself totally paralyzed, my lungs were collapsed, I was on life support, unable to communicate and later, confined to a wheel chair, for nearly eight years. All my joints contracted and left me a prisoner in my own body. It felt like I was stuck inside a concrete statue. I had been through a battle but I was determined not to lose the war. Years later, I still experience many complications. Conditions known as "aphasia" and "E.S.R.D." or kidney failure, among others but God gives me strength to do what He asks me to do. I may experience walls of limitations but in Jesus I am free! And no one can take that away from me.

I have a burden to go and tell people what Jesus Christ has done for me and the victory He wants others to have when they put their trust in Him. I have never been in prison or a slave to drugs and alcohol but I have something in common with a lot of people. I felt hopeless and many have given up on me or told me I couldn't accomplish something. But there is good news! Jesus says I will give you victory! Victory can be found when you ask the Lord to take control of your life. The hope I have is not just in this temporary life but in eternal life only found in Him! Now I'm walking, talking, singing and bringing His message of hope and peace to others!

Today, the leukemia is totally cured and the paralysis is gone. If God can use me to help and encourage someone else with His message, everything I’ve been through has been worth it all!

"I love to lead prisoners to Christ! Please pray that God gives me even more fields to harvest!"

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