PRAISE THE LORD ! Br. Suresh, this is a very exciting news to tell you and to the whole world that what a blessing I came back home with. My whole life has been changed after this retreat.During the retreat when Fr. Michael told us to put the hands on the part where we want to be healed, I did not know where to lay my hands on.so i just said a short prayer saying that “Lord if you want to heal me ,you give me such a healing that it is far from human capability to heal me. Then I put my hands on my eyes. and when Fr. Michael said somebody’s eyes are healed I knew it was me. Immediately I thanked the Lord, removed my glasses from my eyes and went straight to my room, put on the table lamp opened my bible and read the whole chapter 2 of John. PRAISE THE LORD. Now all the people knowing me that I have been wearing glasses for the past 20 years were amazed to see me . Alleluia! Alleluia!
Lucy Chung, Toronto, 20 March, 2012
"Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world"- (Isaiah 12:4-5)
The above is absolutely true and my husband and I praise and Thank God for all the wonderful miracles he has worked in our lives.
As a newly wedded couple way back in 2000, having good and stable jobs in India, we wanted to start a family immediately. There was no shortage of finances and starting a family was primary as we both loved children.
In 2001 however, our papers for Canada came through and my husband and I decided to move. The big change to this country, no job security and having no support system in terms of not having any family did not deter us from our plans of starting a family. However, there was one roadblock after another. We went to the best of the doctors in Toronto in the attempt of trying to conceive and trying to get to the bottom of the cause. However due to negligence of a good doctor, I literally lost my ovary due to ovarian torsion and was rushed to emergency at Mt Sinai Hospital in 2003. The doctors there managed to save my ovary – Praise God! But mentioned that due to my condition of PCOS (Poly cystic Ovarian Syndrome), the possibility of conceiving naturally would be absolutely close to zero.
But inspite of this, somewhere deep below we always knew that ‘In his time – all things are possible’ – we will just have to wait on the Lord!
In 2004 we were told by one of our neighbors about Gethsemane Ministries and I was completely crestfallen and did not want to attend any prayer group as I had become bitter and skeptical wrt everything/person in my life. I remember very clearly that at that time the doctor tried to tell us about IVF – however my husband and I were not convinced. This friend told us to go talk to Br. Suresh. After much reluctance I went for my first prayer meeting and something strange happened&ldots;.. there was a pull every Friday for me to go for that prayer meeting.
That year we went for our first Live In retreat at Jackson Point and that was a life altering retreat. Thereafter, we had a counseling session with Br. Suresh and he did mention after deep prayer quoting from the bible ‘ You will be blessed with a son’.. we claimed the promise. But now I was getting very impatient in terms of when will that promise be fulfilled?? But I guess at that time both my husband and myself needed a lot of inner healing. It took us 2 yrs of completely trying to transform our prayer life.
We attended the retreat with Fr. Manjackal in 2006 and when he prayed over us he said that God is blessing us with a child. A week later, I came to know that I was pregnant!! Praise the Lord.!!! But Satan has a unique way of stealing the joy from your heart&ldots; I was nervous if this pregnancy would come to light and was always scared – even though I had so many people praying for me.. I still doubted Gods mercy and glory..
However, our God is an awesome God and on July 1st 2007, I delivered a beautiful baby boy – Nathanael !!! Praise God!!! Everything was beautiful and I had a normal delivery.
We were back at the prayer meetings thanking and praising God for this wonderful gift and were so happy with one child. Never in our wildest dreams did we ever think that we would become parents again.
In 2010, Fr. Mathew Naickoparambil and his group were at Jackson Point conducting the retreat and we were also present. At that time my husband asked Fr. Mathew to pray over us that we might be blessed by another child. At that time Fr. Mathew asked us if we wanted just one more child OR more children – to which my husband responded of course more children. Fr. Mathew prayed over us and said your prayers will be answered. Shortly after that all of us attended the retreat at Rosa Mystica in the US.
During the exposition of the blessed Sacrament I felt as though there was a cool gust of wind sweeping through my head in the early hours of the morning in the chapel. I opened my eyes to see if the windows were open.. but all the windows were shut.. I kept praying and could just see the eyes of Mama Mary – looking down at me. It did not make anysense and I just kept this experience to myself.
As soon as we came back from Rosa Mystica, I was not feeling too well and my husband told me to do a pregnancy test. I laughed it out and said that is silly as I would have known if I was pregnant.
But due to his insistence, I did the pregnancy test and it came positive. I was so nervous and did not believe till the doctor did a blood test. When that too came positive I was so ecstatic that I immediately called Br. Suresh and gave him the good news. At my first ultrasound everything was fine and so was the baby. But when I went back in 2 weeks for my second ultrasound, the radiologist asked me if I was on any fertility drugs and if there was a history of multiples in the family. I thought these were just routine questions and I said ‘No’ to both questions. I asked why she was asking me all these questions and she said that I was not carrying 1 baby but 2!! Praise the Lord!! This was a true miracle.
But contrary to last time, I had a peaceful hand on my chest throughout this high risk pregnancy telling me that everything was going to be ok. I had all the possible complications this time around, thyroid problems, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia (high blood pressure) – but I just lifted everything to the Lord.
To make matters worst, my parents could not come over to help me and we knew based on talking to the doctor that this would be a c-section delivery due to the position of one twin. Everyone in the intercessory prayer group at Gethsemane prayed for me and on Nov 19,2010, we were blessed again with twin boys who we named Mikhael and Gabriel. God is so good that even though we did not have any help, I did not require a c-section and the boys were delivered normally without even a stitch. My recovery was so fast by Gods Grace.
My dear friends and couples who are going through the same problem of infertility that we went through, our only advice to you is completely trust in the Lord! HE is an awesome God and even though he might appear to take time to answer to your prayers,&ldots; he will give u nothing but the best.
Our family would love to thank Gethsemane Ministries Intercessory Prayer Group and in a very special way Br. Suresh who have been a source of inspiration for our prayer life. Attend the prayer meetings and you will experience the awesome wonder of God – the way we did!!