“Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.’ Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has healed you.’” Matthew 9:20-22 (NIV)
Much like this familiar story found in Matthew, the testimony of Robert* in Bulgaria reminds us that true faith in the Most High God yields thorough transformation and healing.
Robert suffered from a rare illness that distorted and paralyzed his mouth. Though doctors were actively seeking a cure for his condition, Robert was aware that his situation was likely permanent. He was warned that even if he did experience some recovery, the condition would have lasting effects on his ability to communicate, eat and breathe.
A new believer in Christ, Robert turned his eyes on the Lord. He was unable to attend church services held by our church planter, but he sent one of his shirts to the service for the congregation to collectively pray over for healing of his illness. That way, Robert would attend his next medical appointment clothed in Christ.
Wearing the shirt that had been faithfully prayed over, Robert astonished his team of physicians with his speedy and complete recovery. Today, it is impossible to tell that Robert once suffered from such a debilitating condition.
Robert gives all the credit to God. He is thankful not only for the miracle of healing he received, but also that the experience brought his family to God. The entire family is enthusiastic in their faith in Jesus Christ, the ultimate physician.