Greetings, everyone! I am David C. and I am visually impaired. In May 2019, I graduated from Biola University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance with an Operatic Voice emphasis.My second trip to Bethel, which took place from March 7 to March 10, was hands down the best experience that I had at Bethel so far. I would like to share one testimony from this trip with you:
Just like I visited Bethel for the first time, the purpose of my visit to Bethel was to share my research paper on praying for healing for the visually impaired and the blind to as many BSSM students as possible. I wrote this paper because for the first twenty-one years of my life, I never felt loved when people prayed for my eyes to be healed. Many people in the disabled community have a similar story like mine regarding receiving prayer for their healing, and I wanted to change this trend once and for all. During my second trip up to Bethel, I heard God say to me this: “You are visiting Bethel to share your paper with Bethel students, right? How can you share your paper with them if you have your guard up? Let my children come to you. When they approach you and ask you if they could pray for your eyes, then show them your paper.” Here, the guard to which God was referring was my glasses.
I have trouble taking off my glasses in Charismatic, Pentecostal church settings because many people have laid hands on my eyes inappropriately and prayed for them in ways that were very hurtful. When I heard the LORD’s voice, I took a step of faith and I took off my glasses for the first time in a long time at Bethel during the Sunday morning and evening service on March 10. During the 6:00 P.M. service, I met Riely M., who is a third year BSSM student. I heard God asking me to receive prayer from her. When I heard that, I became very anxious. What if she were to pray about something for which I did not give her permission, such as praying for my eyes? I did not want the traumatic memories of people praying for my healing in unloving ways to come back.
When I was thinking these thoughts, God reassured me that I would be extremely blessed if I allowed her to pray for me. Hence, I mustered up some courage and asked her to pray for me. She was overjoyed when I gave her an opportunity to minister to me. When she began to pray for me, she started by praying a blessing over me as a person, particularly over all the gifts and talents that God gave me. Then, she gently touched my eyes with one hand and prayed for the drops of the blood of Jesus to cleanse my eyes and to bring wholeness to my eyes. When she prayed this prayer, my jaw dropped open in shock because I love it when people who pray for my eyes plead the healing blood of Jesus over my eyes.
How did she know that this was my favorite type of prayer? That had to be the Holy Spirit hands down guiding her! This prayer is also very comforting because it does not bring back any traumatic experience from my past. Because I felt so loved, I let her pray for my eyes multiple times. Before she prayed for my eyes some more, I shared with her the proper way to touch my eyes using both hands. She was very humble and teachable! As she prayed that Jesus would pour his blood over my eyes, cleanse them, and heal them, I experienced the redemptive power of the blood of Jesus.
Usually I cannot trust anyone with such a sensitive topic as praying for my healing unless I know this person deeply or if this person has read through my paper. God used someone whom I initially thought did not meet my qualifications to be a tremendous blessing to me through her prayers. After she finished praying for me, I realized that God sent me someone who had all the character traits for which I was seeking in someone whom I would trust: namely, she saw me as a complete person in Christ, she viewed my healing as not the means of completing me, but as a blessing on top of my completeness, she was very gentle and tender in the way that she prayed for me, and she understood the meaning of true compassion.
I will never forget this redemptive experience, and I pray that my testimony would be a source of encouragement to many people! God bless, David