N NOVEMBER 1998, my son, who was two years
old at the time, was diagnosed with lymphoma. I was employed at
the CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Family Practice Clinic in Kountze, Texas.
Kountze is a small community and the word quickly spread about Julian’s
illness. I had many patients that began to pray for him, and they
even put him on their prayer lists at church. I didn’t ask this
of them, they simply did it.
Soon, new patients would come in, and when I introduced myself,
they would say, “Oh, we are praying for your son at church.”
I didn’t even know these people and they certainly didn’t know Julian,
and yet, the love of Jesus Christ just shined through them as they
prayed. Patients would visit the clinic, and although they were
ill, would ask to pray with me and for my family. These constant
prayers helped my husband and I make it through trying and troubling
times. There were numerous Associates who were praying for us, also.
family’s faith in God and the great power of prayer were strengthened
and renewed. Loving, caring Christians who carried us through Julian’s
illness with their prayers surrounded us.
On January 21, 1999the day we were awaiting information about
Julian’s surgery to remove the cancerous nodethe cancer began
to shrink and dissolve after it had been growing for four months.
The doctors were amazed and could not believe that the node was
getting smaller. My husband and I decided to postpone any further
tests and treatments for a whileagainst the advice of our
doctorsand to simply let God do His work with Julian.
Within two weeks, the node was completely gone and Julian’s
lab tests returned to normal. Everyone is still amazed at our testimony
of the awesome power of prayer and healing. We realize and live
with that power every day as we watch our little miracle son grow
into a happy, healthy four-year-old. I believe that Julian is anointed
for special work on earth through our heavenly Father, and I look
forward to the day when he is older and can completely understand
his healing and listen for God’s special work through him.
Gina VanDevender, PA-C
CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Family Practice Clinic