I reached NY a couple of weeks back to attend the Baptism ceremony of my first grandson, Nathan. It was one of the most important events in my walk with God.
Nathan had developed Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) at the 18th week of pregnancy, and the specialist doctor had regretfully advised an abortion. My wife, Raaji, and I were heartbroken as we sat in the presence of God. Saddened, I told God that the Adversary would use this opportunity to accuse and ridicule us further. The Lord spoke to me, saying “I have already revived him. He would have been dead because his intestines had moved up, pushing and squeezing his heart and lungs. He is my child. Do no harm to him, and I will take care of him.” I conveyed the Lord’s message to my son-in-law, Jebu, and daughter, Reji, as they were the ones to make the final decision. Trusting in the Lord, they chose to continue with the pregnancy and informed the specialist team of their decision. The doctors were not at all happy. They warned of the 60% mortality rate and of the huge medical bills involved. However, they were surprised and taken aback during Reji’s next check-up. Nathan’s heart was working perfectly in spite of the pressure it was under. This was the first in a series of God’s miracles in Nathan’s life.
As the pregnancy progressed, Reji was diagnosed with Vasa Previa, which is found 1 in 2500 women with a mortality rate of 50-90%. The umbilical cord got shortened, putting both mother and child in grave danger. God miraculously healed them of this condition. Unexpectedly, Reji’s water broke in the 31st week, and immediately a C-section was done. By God’s grace, Nathan was born on February 27, 2012. It was indeed a miracle that Reji had already been admitted to Stanley Morgan Children’s Hospital, in New York earlier in the week. If this had happened at home or in any other hospital closer to our home, Nathan would have been in grave danger because none of the hospitals around have the sophisticated and advanced facilities of Stanley Morgan Children’s Hospital.
Nathan was moved to a ventilator right away. An emergency surgery was required immediately, but the heart lung machine could not be used, as Nathan was too small and fragile. The medical team could not wait any longer, since each passing moment could prove more fatal for Nathan. A five hour surgery was done in which his intestines were moved down. But his wounds could not be closed, because there wasn’t enough space in his abdominal cavity to hold his intestines. At great risk, the wound was kept open and finally closed a few days later. God protected the wound from any infection. More miracles followed in the next 48 hours. God’s mighty hands moved his heart and lungs to their proper positions. The lungs expanded fully, and the heart continued to function properly. The issue of excess bad blood circulating throughout the body was resolved. Nathan’s bilirubin count was dangerously high, but when I cried out before the Lord, within 24 hours, God brought it down. Nathan’s doctors were concerned that he wasn’t passing urine after the surgery. After 72 hours, prayers to God Almighty enabled urine and stool to pass without any problems. Yes, it was only through prayer at every step and the Lord’s healing that helped Nathan survive every crisis. The ventilator was removed, and Nathan was discharged.
Jebu and Reji had documented Nathan’s situation right from the 20th week, when the doctors had advised abortion. Jebu and Reji wanted his healing to be a living testimony to the world, well documented with case number and details of the medical team so that no traces of doubt remained. Nathan’s video testimony was put on YouTube, and hundreds of my spiritual friends contacted me. There were some who wept because of the agony we had to go through, and many praised the Lord for His mighty miracles. Many sent it to their families, friends, and all their connections so much that views for the video on YouTube rose to over 1500. Some even copied the video on a CD and passed it on to their brethren who have no access to the internet.
Yet, amidst this show of solidarity and support for the glory of my miracle-working God, I also heard very negative comments from people who claimed to be led by the Holy Spirit. There was a shepherd in my ministry who strictly told his sheep not to see or speak of this testimony at all. Incidentally, the Lord had used me numerous times to lay my hands and pray for him and his family lifting them up miraculously during many a crisis. The reactions and responses to Nathan’s testimony revealed to me the true nature of the Spirit that was guiding many of the leaders in my ministry. It exposed their shallow relationship with the Almighty God even more than their jealousy and hatred towards me.
May the Lord bless and guide the hundreds and hundreds of my brethren, known and unknown, who continue to glorify God by sharing this testimony. Praise the Lord!