“And He said to, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Greetings in Jesus name,
In November 2013, I traveled to India for the fourth time. While ministering and celebrating at the Mission India, Missionary Annual Conference, in the city of Nagpur, a life-enhancing event occurred. During one of the conference breaks, I was resting in a courtyard when I noticed a mosquito stinging me in the vein of my arm. Because I had taken all the precautionary medications for diseases, I smiled and said to myself, “No problem!”
During worship before one of the conference sessions, I was in the midst of all the worshipers, arms raised and praising God, when all of a sudden a “flood of evil” hit me from every direction with fever, profuse sweating, dizziness, nausea, full-body pain with aching joints, and severe weakness. “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.” The Lord immediately spoke to me saying, “This is of the Devil, and his purpose is to cause you to quit the charge that I have given to you.” In my weakness, I spoke to the Lord, “I will worship YOU in spirit and in truth.” As the attack intensified, I immediately began to move about the worshippers to anoint them with oil and pray for as many as the Lord led me to.
A couple of days later, it was time to leave India and return home. I remained extremely ill. When I arrived home, the sickness lingered for seven additional weeks.
On February 28, 2014, I was teaching a class at Mt Zion House. I began to experience symptoms as if I had suffered a stroke. I was taken to the hospital and treated in ICU for three days, all the while believing I had indeed suffered a stroke although the doctors could not find any cause for my condition. When the symptoms subsided, I was released from the hospital.
Three days later, while preparing for a Wednesday evening sermon message, I began to experience even more severe symptoms. It appeared to be another stroke. This time I was unable to walk, and my wife called for an ambulance. The doctors in Elkhorn determined that they were not equipped to deal with my perplexing medical condition, and with Sharon’s and my eager consent, I was transferred by ambulance to St Luke’s in Milwaukee. The doctors at this hospital were perplexed too, but were determined to treat me as though I had suffered strokes.
A few days later, as I was dressing to leave the hospital, a specialist in neurology came into my room. He just happened to be from Nagpur, India! As we discussed my medical case, this doctor was also perplexed. Our conversation turned to my travels in India, and when he heard that I was bitten by a mosquito, Dr. Ahmed’s eyes grew wide. He asked if they could perform one more test for “Dengue,” a disease spread by mosquitos. Of course, we said yes. I was released from the hospital, and continued taking heart medication. Later that week, I received a call that the blood test was indeed positive for Dengue. We scheduled an MRI and the results showed that the disease had spread to my brain. Now everything started to make sense.
Therefore, in early March I was treated aggressively with a high dosage of steroids. Six weeks later, I had another MRI, and all indications were that the lesions were gone. I felt great. Clean bill of health. I made plans to go on a one-week fishing trip at a friend’s cabin for the walleye run. I was packed, boat loaded, and in good health. Then the day before l left, I collapsed! This time the symptoms hit me even harder! I could not walk or get up. I was admitted into Lakeland Hospital, because this time they knew what they were dealing with. I was treated in ICU with steroids for one week and Dr. Ahmed traveled to see me. I had another MRI, which showed that the disease had traveled throughout my entire brain. I almost died, but God had other plans! It was amazing to see what God was doing. While I was in hospital, I was able to pray for numerous doctors, nurses, technicians, aides, and others as well. I was even being wheeled into other patients’ rooms at their request because family members would hear that there was a pastor in ICU. I give God the glory for allowing me to minister on my sick bed!
After being released from the hospital, I had to learn how to walk again. My balance is slowly getting better, and I can now go up and down stairs. The lesions on my brain caused severe double vision for several months, which still bothers me some. I was extremely dizzy, head spinning all the time, but this too is getting better now. I could not drive for months, although I am driving now – so watch out! The left side of my head and face was numb and in excruciating pain. Any fast movements, loud voices or noises caused more pain. The right side of my body was numb and extremely sensitive to the touch of metal or cold. I lost my voice, and for many months could only whisper (for some that was a blessing.) My memory has been extremely diminished; on the other hand, I CAN remember the Word of God. My neurologist told me that the last person he treated with Dengue who suffered this much impairment took two years for full-functional recovery. The good news is that he did recover! I recently underwent another MRI. The results showed that ALL lesions are gone, except for one on my brain stem. This is a good report! Unfortunately, there is no cure for Dengue.
I am slowly getting better and being healed in Jesus’ name. I am gradually able to spend more time at work. God is constantly affirming His love, care, provision, and revelations of Himself and His Word to me. I now have more empathy for others who are suffering for whatever reasons in their own lives. I say this with all sincerity, I would not wish this illness on my worst enemy, nor would I sell or exchange what I have been and continue to go through for all the riches in this world. Amen. God is with me. I have a wonderful church family who support me. There are people praying all over the world for me, and I am blessed. Now for the testimony of what God has done and is continuing to do through this attack of illness – that I know about!
- We now have a Christian residential rehabilitation center in Nagpur, India that is bearing much fruit. Please pray for Pastor Trilochan and his wife as they lead this ministry we call – SACHAA UDHAAR – after John 8:32
- There are leaders in all 27 states of India as well as the countries of Nepal and Bhutan that desire this ministry (Sachaa Udhaar) in their own area.
- There is a slum in India that now has two new wells that provide fresh water to the people. In this same slum, Pastor Trilochan has much more influence for the sake of the Gospel than ever before.
- God has raised up faithful servants at Mt Zion House in my absence. Special thanks and appreciation to Bo, Scott, and Chaplain Larry for continuing to lead the ministry of MZH.
- Mt Zion House for Women is bearing fruit. Please continue to pray for Brad and Karen as they faithfully lead this ministry.
- The Mt Zion food pantry is amazing, ministering to both the physical and spiritual needs of many families each week.
- There are people praying all around the world for us, and we are ministering to and encouraging people all around the world through this.
In closing, I want to thank you for your prayers; please continue to pray for my healing and full recovery. I sincerely covet and appreciate each and every prayer. And – if you were wondering – yes indeed, I do plan to go back to India, if the Lord allows. No matter what you may be going through, always remember Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
May God bless you,