I will pray and I am tough
Testimony By Sister Anna Soong, Singapore
This is the testimony shared by Sister Anna Soong of his son, Gershwin Lim (also known as JJ) on how he had a sudden spate of appendicitis in Year 2011 and how he was healed with God’s help.
In the name of the Lord Jesus, I bear testimony. On the early morning of 5 August (Monday), JJ woke up with pains in his stomach. The pain continued till 7am and it was unbearable even with painkillers. That Monday, JJ was supposed to have his preliminary examinations before his PSLE.
When morning came, I brought him to the doctor to get a medical certificate for missing his examination, but he was suspected to have appendicitis and was referred to KK Hospital’s A&E. That day, he went through a series of tests and scans. On Tuesday morning, the pain subsided and I thought he could be discharged by 5pm. Unfortunately, the pain came back in the afternoon. At 4pm, the doctor decided that he should operate as soon as possible at 5pm. Very quickly, JJ was wheeled to the operating theatre to remove his appendix. No other family members were around as they were not contactable. His father was also not able to cheer him on, so I told JJ, “No one can help you now. Pray as only God can be with you in the operating theatre”. Thank God that JJ was brave, and he obediently said, “I will pray and I am tough”.
After JJ woke up from the surgery, he again complained of pains. I was puzzled as his appendix was already removed. However, when night came, the pain was unbearable for him. It was later found out that the doctor had forgotten to give him painkillers after the surgery! When I asked JJ about how he felt, he said, “My teacher told me that Jesus has three nails, four holes and many more on his head. What are these holes on my tummy as compared to His?”
Upon his discharge, he was also given painkillers for seven days. However, JJ refused to take the medication and said, “I must have faith. God will help me”. Very often, we hear and know the word of God, but it is not easy to see His word manifested in our lives. I thank God that even at such a young age, JJ can actually put his faith into practice.
When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. In JJ’s case, it is through prayers from family and church brethren. With God’s grace, JJ was able to grow spiritually through this encounter, just as Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. I was also really grateful that there were many brethren praying and showing concern for JJ. With guidance and encouragement from brethren, JJ grew stronger in faith and matured spiritually. At a tender age, he has learnt to rely on God.
With God’s grace, JJ was able to grow spiritually through this encounter, just as Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
There were so many visitors visiting JJ that even my husband was surprised. JJ is only 11 and yet there were so many adults visiting him. It was also one of the rare moments when my husband talked to church members. He would usually shy away from people of religion because his father studied in a mission school, so he was brought up hearing his father’s unpleasant encounters with Christians. The four days’ stay in KK Hospital created an opportunity for my husband to get to know his children’s friends from church. I am thankful that he had a good impression of JJ’s visitors. He was even able to tell me the names of JJ’s visitors. In the past, when my children and I talked about church members, he would not bother to pay attention to their names. This time, he finally had the opportunity to talk to Christians. I am unsure when my whole family will be saved, but this is a wonderful beginning indeed. May God’s will for my whole family to be saved come true.
All glory be to God.