Testimony of Roy Manuel

Testimony of Roy Manuel

About a month prior to meeting pastor Vernon, I was very ill for four days. I was in a lot of pains that I myself could not identify. I battled the sickness for 3 days with prayers and praises to the Lord, yet on the fourth day, my faith faltered and finally went to the doctor and also got blood check to see whether I was down with denque fever or other illnesses. Strangely the doctor and blood check dismissed any troubles in my body, except for one: the prostate test. The following day I felt better, but I received a phone call from the lab, checking my conditions and asking whether I was under treatment as such. I asked why, and they said that I should really go for some therapy. And when I got the result, the test showed that I had a prostate cancer.

I was right away broken in pieces. My wife also was silent and terrified. My whole life, years of ministry, work, and everything else suddenly became seemingly meaningless. I tried to pray, and also thinking about praying and fasting, or seeking healing from Lord Jesus through my pastor (pastor Nick) or God’s other servants that I knew had the gift of healings. Yet every time I tried to call, or tell others about my conditions, the Holy Spirit kept reminding me of Psalm 46 : “Even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling……. BE STILL, AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD’”

My heart was full of misery, for I could not even bring myself to talk to anyone, for the Lord strictly commanded me not to. I could not discuss with my wife for I would only make her cry. We have ministered people with cancers in the past, and we knew what we had to go through. I told my wife that I was always ready to check out from this world, but she said that she was not ready for that, let alone our 2 daughters. I have claimed all the pertinent verses that are in the bible as trained by my pastor (pastor Nick), casting out the demons and the sickness I got. I tried so hard to stand in faith, yet I contemplated checking in the hospital. But all the way The Lord stopped me. I started to reason with God for all the things that I thought I had done for His Kingdom in the years of ministry. Yet, The Lord was silent.

By the fourth week my spiritual strength was empty. I had no choice but to come to terms with The Lord. I realized then that I am only a creation, and He is the creator. I am only a clay and He is the potter. He makes and He breaks. Who am I to protest to Him, the King of Kings? God always gets what He wants! Nothing that I had done nor that I could — would give me the rights to claim my will. So my wife and I kept kneeling down on our knees.

About a month passed, we received a discount voucher for blood check, and my wife advised me to get another blood check at the same lab. I went to the lab in the morning, and at night time my wife and I were scheduled to pick up pastor Vernon for a campaign where I was to serve as his translator. On the way to the campaign, the lab called again. They inquired to my wife again about my doctor, medicine, and therapy, due to the questionable result that they refused to give. We told them that I was not under any medical care at all. The lab required me to return to get another blood sample for they were weary of the blood result.

Upon hearing this I was again heart broken, and since pastor Vernon was in the car with me, I shared with him about the situation. I told him honestly that it was tremendously difficult for me to stand in faith, despite of all the years in the ministry and the trainings. Pastor Vernon then prayed a short healing prayer in the car, and I was greatly strengthened. That night the campaign of Lord Jesus thru pastor Vernon was mighty and the Holy Spirit moved very strongly. But I was pretty much out of strength. When we got home the lab called again informing that they still had some of my blood samples to rerun the test, free of charge, so I didn’t have to come back in the morning.

In the morning, it was my birthday, and I was just trying my best to keep calm. At 7 am, a lady from the lab called again in anxious tone, asking again about my doctor, medicine, and therapy. I dismissed everything since I had not seen a doctor for this problem. Yet she insisted to know whether I told the truth, and I said to her that it was the truth. Then later on she said that they had rerun the test twice, and THE DOCTORS IN THE LAB SAID THAT IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE THE PROSTATE CANCER INDICATOR DROPPED — HAD I NOT DONE ANY THERAPY! Upon hearing this, I was silent for a moment, and then I told the lady that THE LORD GOD HAS JUST DECIDED TO HEAL ME. I knew then that my LORD JESUS was in control all along. And then I took my wife’s hand and we both knelt down before the Lord, speechless and in tears.

Now I have a better understanding about the verse in the bible that I used to struggle with, Ecclesiastes 9:4 “But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.” I cannot say that I understand everything that God does. But God has changed me and my wife from inside out in one month time, taking out the old heart and putting in a new one. Truly He proved there is nothing that we could have done to deserve His favor. We only live by His grace and mercy. Although we think our life time is precious, His time is ever more precious. It really made me ponder, even in the years of ministry, whether I had been doing His will as opposed to my own will.

God does not play favoritism (Rom 2:11), I am no more than another man on the street. If God could heal me obviously He can heal anyone at will. This testimony is not only for my benefit, but I believe it is for every believer out there who still struggles with his/her faith.

And only days after, I received a sudden call from an old acquaintance, an american pastor calling from another part of the world in Florida, USA – who was not aware at all of my situation. He was in a rush, but he made the time to call me to obey the Lord because God told him that I was in a burdensome situation, and God wanted him to tell me to read Revelation 3:8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.” Upon reading this, my heart wept and was humbled. Apparently Lord Jesus was never silent. I thank God that I was given only a little strength. Praise and glory to our Lord Jesus Christ forever.

God bless you.

Roy Manuel.

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