My name is Mrs. Aparna Desai. I hailed from a Hindu family and resided in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. Coiled in the lap of luxury and comforts, life came to a naught when in the year 1993; I was detected with Breast Cancer. After series of treatment like Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy for 6months I received some reprieve. In the year June 1998, another blow shattered my remnant hope into smithereens, when I was detected with Bone Cancer in the lower jaw. Under general anesthesia 11 teeth were extracted. When I was being operated God’s grace filled me. Though I failed to recognize Him as Christ the Lord, yet He knew me; (Jeremiah 1:5, Before I formed you in your mother’s womb I chose you).
In spite of the best treatment, the Doctor who treated me declared that I had only 1 – 2 months to live. Words cannot express the untold pain, agony and helplessness I was in.
When the doors of hope were shut and there was no other way to escape the throes’ of death, Jesus made way and rescued me from the darkness and brought me into His light through a friend called Annie (member of New Life Church, Abu Dhabi). She encouraged me when I was at the peak of my suffering and prophesied the word of God from Psalm 118:17 that ‘ I will not die, instead I will live and proclaim what the Lord has done’.
On 3rd November 1998 the Lord led me, through her to attend a crusade in Abu Dhabi. With great expectations I attended the meeting. There I accepted Jesus as the Lord my Saviour! (Oh! What a glorious day). Shattered hopes were resurrected. As soon as the meeting began, I felt fire all over my body (wasn’t aware that it was the fire anointing of God). I was relieved of all the pain and discomfort in my body. Wonder of wonders! I was healed and received a new lease of life. Soon I was led by this God-sent friend to ‘New Life Fellowship, Borivali’, when I was returning back to India, on December 1998. Since then, there was no turning back as I was determined to follow Jesus, be it life or death.
Again I went through a refining furnace in December 2009, when I was informed by the Doctor that I was in the last stage of cancer. It was as if the ugly past was trying to raise its hood. But as the word of God says in Proverbs 10:22 ‘The blessing of the Lord makes one rich and he adds no sorrow to it’. This time instead of fear, hope and faith surrounded me. God’s mercy radiated like the breaking of dawn and He heeded the prayers that were raised in one accord by His children and I was completely healed (And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. James 5:15).
God is very faithful and His faithfulness didn’t stop there but extended to my family as well. One day, unexpectedly my husband Anil met with a major accident on 5th May 2014 which left him bed-ridden for few months. Had it not been for the prayers raised by the church (house church as well) and timely help administered to him at the time of accident, he would have not survived.
Also, twice my son met with accident while travelling to work. When his colleagues were injured and some even hospitalized, he escaped unhurt the 1st time, 2nd time only had minor leg injuries (God’s angels are protecting him at all times)
Time will fail if I recount many such wonderful things the Lord has done and is still doing in my life. Today, my friends, if anyone is passing through a period of testing in their sphere of life be assured the Lord who created the universe is with you and just as He delivered me from an impossible situation will deliver you too.
“The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.” – Psalm 34:10
God Bless You
Mrs. Aparna Desai
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