Miraculous ‘normal’ pregnancy after a long wait!!!

I got married in Aug 2013, but never got to see positive pregnancy test. NEVER! I won’t say I was greatly disappointed as I was also waiting for few things between me and husband to settle down slowly and it took a while. Once things became alright everyone started expecting and wherever we went we got plenty of advice and tips. We were hesitant to take Sunday classes due to the initial issues between us, but somehow for the past two years we have been teaching little children every Sunday.

In the meantime, we tried multiple doctors (no big treatments) and were bored with the same repetitive scans and tests, which reported no issues as such. The last set of scans taken in 2017 reported I had little harmless cysts and they would take time to resolve and the doctor would stop even the few tablets I had to take on 5 days at the start of my cycle. I would have to be honest here. My cycle – can vary from 26 days to 60 days too. You can hardly guess what my fertile days are, including doctors. And there were many times when I had trouble with egg rupturing, they would just grow and the doctor would suggest again to skip that particular cycle or two to start all over again from the scratch. And you can easily guess how my mood was, all through every pelvic scan. I went for HSG (tube) test in May 2017, sincerely speaking, because of all the prayers of my prayer buddies I got enough strength to undergo the test and yes, it was painful but I expected the worst when I went, and it didn’t seem so worse as I expected it to be. Then my doctor said she would start with IUI (artificial insemination) process from the next cycle as there were no blocks detected in the tube test. Well, as always, I asked few more months to avoid IUI, but my husband was very rigid this time to start with IUI as per the doctor’s suggestion. Though I didn’t like his idea, I also didn’t like my idea of prolonging the wait as I did for more than 3.5 years. I was very relaxed after the tube test as anyways we were going to face all the harsh treatments. I had extended stays at work both on the weekdays and also on weekends supporting my team through their weekend support and that includes night support as well. I am a kind of person who is always early to work and late to bed. I hardly remember the days we were together. We even went for long drives assuming we would have to stay home once the treatment starts. Triples at times! Lot of jerks and road bumps crossed!

On June 26, 2017 we went to the Scripture Union campsite as Sundays school teachers for a retreat program, and I went there along with my heavy laptop bag as usual to assist my team during their holiday support. I got to work when the church friends had games to play. But during the worship session, as I was encouraged by a senior Sunday school teacher, I fully trusted in the Lord and kept on repeating ‘Karthar enakkai yaavaiyum seidhu mudipaar’ song written after Psalm 138:8.

After returning home after a long tiring day, I realized it was more than 50 days and I was not too much surprised with it as my cycle, as I told earlier, can go up to 60+ days as well. Then I thought of doing pregnancy test just for formality. I am sure I have done only close to 10 UPT all through the past 3.5 years. I have never seen two pink lines which many couples long to see. This time unusually I saw two pink lines for the very first time in my kit. I could hardly realize how I could interpret that test result. Though I have forwarded others, one of my friends’ testimony and the long list of pregnancy promises, I never confessed them at least once. I know many were praying for me, but I was not serious to pray about a baby. I showed my UPT kit to my husband and we were not able to believe that we were expecting. We thought of getting it confirmed by the doctor the next day. Since my doctor was busy on that day with emergency deliveries, we had to wait. I underwent some scan again and I was laying down there and thinking what the technician would tell me after seeing the result. I have to be honest that I expected her to yell at me “Hey you said you had a positive result, but there is nothing in here.” But I heard her saying, “Can you see here?” I was so scared to see what she was about to show me, then, she showed me the baby’s heartbeat, only by that time I could believe that I was pregnant for the very first time in my life. A wait close to 3.5 years! (my 4th wedding anniversary was on August 22 and I didn’t want to celebrate it without the bundle of joy we usually expect every passing month) With that heartbeat readings I was waiting for the doctor to return. Once my turn has come, when the attender called me to check my weight, the doctor said, “no, she is not pregnant, she has come here for the regular check-up” assuming I have gone there for IUI preparation. When the attender handed her the reading my doctor could not react for a while until she said, “this is excellent!” She even confirmed with me saying, “this is a normal pregnancy with no treatment (not even a single tablet) this month!” and I said “Yes” to her, but deep inside my heart, I was crying out, that this is not a normal pregnancy as the medical world would say, but 100% miraculous pregnancy which only our God made it possible. He is the one who calls out everything out of nothing. I even fell into temptation one Saturday, and so I can’t claim even a single credit for why He has blessed us. He has blessed us because of who He is! And not because of who we are!

My prayer buddies at office prayed for me. Thanks a lot guys for all your prayers! Whenever my office housekeeping staffs saw my pregnancy bump they guided me so much; they warned me when they saw me sitting in a wrong posture. One of my office colleagues even filled my water bottle every time she saw my empty or half-filled water bottle. I have got so much love and support from my family and friends! Everything meant a lot to me. We had to take countless number of cabs from the day we knew I was pregnant until after the delivery! God has kept us and the little one inside so safe, in spite of all the rides. With His grace I could go to work until I completed 9 months.
The scans showed the due date to be Feb 12, 2018. It was such a bitter month for us, because in 2002 on Feb 22nd my in-laws lost their daughter when she was just 22. I truly believe God has restored the loss and proved that He has not forgotten us. The month which was so far so bitter for us, is the month of miracle for us now.

Yes, on Feb 7, 2018, early in the morning I told God that I could not wait any longer to deliver the baby as it was way too much to bear. The countless trips to the washroom and the weight of the belly and the constant push I had in my bladder made me so tired for the last few weeks. Exactly on the same day it started with mild bloody show by 7 AM IST. We went for a check-up and was told that the delivery might come on the same day, or several days later!! But after 2:30 PM IST I started having severe labor pains.  By 6 PM IST they started preparing me for the delivery and within 2.5 hours we received our little princess!!! Between 6 PM and 8:30 PM the help I got from the technicians, doctor, housekeeping staffs inside the labor room was more than a miracle!!! The Lord has really shown me high favour in their eyes. Some even reminded me to call out to God when I had unbearable pain! I kept on reciting some choruses, Bible verses and short prayers to God and He has beautifully carried me through it all!!! The first kiss of my little one on my cheeks brought in so much tears in my eyes!!! It was all God & God who made that moment possible in my life!!! Oh how much I need to be thankful to Him!!!

Outside the labor room, many were praying for me and especially my husband said prayers which we have drafted from reading many books and booklets, promise verses for short labor, etc,… and I believe God heard all the prayers everyone said!!!
Though I was 30+ years old and I had a normal delivery! Can you believe it? Many said that a woman above this age would not have normal delivery, even if she does she would have labor pain for long hours as her bones would have become so rigid. And as I work in IT and in front of laptop for extended hours, and do not have much house chores done as often as I should be, the labor would be tough and most likely it was going to be a caesarean delivery! I am always on the lean side and hence I was also very much afraid of how I was going to bear the pain, but my God who has started it had let me come out the labor room with victory for His glory, even though my baby’s heart rate went below 100 twice when she was trying to come out since her head was little big to pass through easily!!!

We named our little cutie pie ‘Janice Jane’. Janice means ‘the Lord has been gracious’ and Jane is the feminine name of ‘John’. Her loving smiles, magic working hands, blinks of her eyes and what not, all about her bring so much joy in our hearts and tears in our eyes! We believe that she would grow in wisdom, God’s grace and find favor in the eyes of people!
As per Psalm113:9, The Lord gives a barren woman a home; making her a joyous mother of children.
Sorry for making this testimony a lengthy one, but I could write forever when I think of His hand in this entire pregnancy journey. I hope this would encourage others who are going through a path of long wait. I pray that the Lord would see your tears (He does it already) and would bless you with a baby and make you a testimony!! God bless you!!!!

 (This testimony is written by an IT Professional who is working for an MNC, based out of Chennai, India.  If you want her to pray and encourage you with the Promise verses that she got for her pregnancy term, please write to prayer@ccf.org.in and will be shared with her with confidentiality)

From Disappointment & Rejection to a Miraculous Job in a Foreign Country

Praise God. 

I was working in Bangalore in the year 2013.  My company was always paying my salary after a delay. Apart from this, I was going through a phase of disappointments and rejection from my own people without any reason. People took away most of my blessings. I struggled hard to forgive the people who came against me.

I attended a week of fasting prayer in a church at Bangalore during September 2013. Three days after the fasting prayer, I received a call from a foreign country asking for my resume. I didn’t apply for job in any of the foreign country. The recruiters saw my profile that was updated four years ago and called me. That is possible only by God. I was recruited for the job with out an interview.

After prayer, God revealed through one of the prophets that it was His plan to take me to a foreign land and bless me.

Today, I’m blessed and delivered from unforgiveness. God blessed with both spiritual and earthly blessings. God blessed me with an apartment in the same place where I lost my inheritance. Glory to God.

Jose 

Totally Healed from Diabetes & Fatty Infiltration of the Liver

In 2013, as I felt an uneasiness in my chest and stomach, I sought an appointment with doctors at Apollo Hospitals. I settled for the EXECUTIVE Health check-up though it was thrice costly than the MASTER Health check-up and was usually prescribed only to people above 40.

The results came with Diabetes and a Fatty Infiltration of the liver-stage 2. A group of Doctors and Dietitians explained how I need to live longer for my kids who were just 2.5 & 5 yrs old then and how serious the problem is considering that my Dad had died of Diabetes when he was just 55.

I had two sheets in hand, a Fact Sheet which was my medical report and Faith Sheet which was a compilation of promises from the Word of God that I had been putting together for years. I carefully preserved the medical report and took it with me to office everyday as a reminder to cut down on the binge eating that is a result of corporate dinning and HR luncheons, almost every week.

I started READING THE PROMISES OF GOD and at one point started talking to my Liver and Pancreas, claiming those promises. I told them that BY THE STRIPES OF JESUS CHRIST YOU LIVER AND PANCREAS ARE HEALED (Isaiah 53:5, 1 John 2:24) AND SO I COMMAND YOU TO WORK ACCORDING TO YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION AND CALLING. You shall perform to the best that God created you to be

I had to consciously KEEP CLEAR OF THE FEAR THAT PEOPLE and DOCTORS RAISED and had to TALK TO MY MIND TO GET BACK TO THE WORD OF GOD.

I was checking my sugar levels and even after heavy Non-Veg food and sweets served in Weddings and Corporate gatherings, my sugar levels were normal and is still. It’s been 3 years and 7 months since I stopped taking those medicines. I ride bicycles for Kms on the trot and can walk 10kms or climb a flight of stairs quickly without fatigue. There is no 20 times to the loo for urinating as a result of diabetes because AM PERFECTLY HEALED. HALLELUJAH

The Word of God in Proverbs 18:21 says that Death and LIFE ARE IN THE POWER OF THE TONGUE: and they that love it SHALL EAT THE FRUIT THEREOF.

Dear beloved, let’s start SPEAKING CONSCIOUSLY about what THE WORD OF GOD SAYS ABOUT A PROBLEM more than what the facts are. (Isaiah 55:11, Hebrews 4:12)

(This is a testimony from a HR professional who is currently settled and working in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India)

 

Unexpected Reward from CEO along with easy B1 Visa approval

Dear Friends in Christ, I work for a MNC in Chennai. I had this desire to visit USA at least once. In 2014, I had the opportunity to travel but that was stalled due to budget issues. Again, towards the end of 2014, I was offered an opportunity to travel for 6 months but I had to reject it since my wife was conceived for the second time, the first being a miscarriage. I took this tough call after Jesus prompted me to do so during a fellowship meeting at Church. So now, the management was not happy with my decision, rightly so, because no one ever rejects offer to travel to USA! I just cannot ask for another opportunity.

I just prayed to Jesus to lead me and continued with my work.

You must have heard about CSR – Corporate Social Responsibility in your organizations. Similarly, our organization had one too. I was just an ordinary volunteer. I did what I can during my spare time and also encouraged many volunteers to give their time back to the community at large.

In Oct 2016, I got an email stating that I had won the Global Volunteer Award and a citation would be given to me by the CEO of the company in the headquarters in NYC. Initially I thought this was not going to happen because I had to be in USA by December 1st week and I did not have B1/B2 visa required for the travel. So, the company processed the VISA and I was all set for the VISA interview. Remember those were “Trump” days and B1 visas were rejected very frequently unless it was for a business purpose that cannot be avoided. The VISA desk in my office was helping me prepare for the interview. They said “Don’t tell anything about the award. Just tell them that you are going for a business meeting”. This did not go well with me. I decided if I had to go, I will tell the truth and go. The only purpose was to meet the CEO and receive the award.

So, the interview day had come and I was lined up before the counter. Many B1/B2 visas were rejected that day. I just hoped in Jesus. My turn came up. The US VISA representative quizzed me about the purpose of my visit. I instantly told him that I’m getting and award from the CEO of my company so my presence is required there. The VISA representative congratulated me and asked a series of other questions related to my work, family and salary. He took a blue form (221g I guess). This form was being handed over to the rejected candidates for any kind of clarification. I just cannot afford this because there would be a delay in VISA stamping. He was about to hand over the form to me but suddenly took it back saying he needed to hold my passport. He did not verify even one of the documents I had taken with me. I took leave but was totally confused whether he will approve the VISA.

Jesus told me very clearly. It is HE who approves the travel not the VISA guys!

As assured by my God, I received the stamping in the next 2 days. I was so thrilled I shared with all my friends, relatives, my fellowship members and church. The travel was taken care entirely by my company and I was privileged to travel in BUSINESS CLASS in Qatar Airways! Many who heard this were so amazed at what Jesus was doing in my life.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. (Ephesians 3:20)

Yes, it’s Jesus who did this and I had a safe and comfortable journey.

I had the unique opportunity to meet the CEO of my company along with the board members. In fact I had the opportunity to meet my US counterparts in New Jersey and also my relatives in Pennsylvania and Baltimore. The entire journey was like a dream come true and I truly thank JESUS for his blessings.

This is a testimony from an IT employee working in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

 

Do not ask “Why me, God ?” rather ask “What through me, God?”

Around 7 months before my wife Susan developed a small cyst in her neck and we initially ignored it as an infection. A few months later another one came up and this time we went to the doctors and after a series of Blood tests, Ultrasound and Biopsy she was diagnosed with Stage 2 Thyroid Cancer. We just froze hearing the news and it was easily the saddest and toughest moment in our lives. Our immediate prayer was ”Why me Lord?”and why did you allow this in our life.

We were advised with the next steps which needed an extensive surgery followed by Radioactive Iodine treatment. The surgery was successful without any complications and was done by Dr.Paul M Jacob, one of the best Endocrine surgeons in the country and his wonderful team @ CMC Vellore (The best and most ethical hospital in our country). Post surgery, we were advised to be ready for a long quarantined radioactive treatment for residual removals and to check if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Staying in the hospital exposed us to the real needs of life looking at the suffering fellow patients who needed love, care and emotional support. Our hearts were moved seeing many suffering patients. We were asked to take the isotope body scan and be ready to get admitted for the radioactive iodine treatment. Life was really tough trying to balance work, kids and the medical process. All through this we knelt down as a family praying to Jesus for a healing miracle and also asked our close friends to support us with prayer. This week when we finally did the isotope body scan and blood tests, a Big Miracle happened.  The doctors were surprised that they could not find even a single cancerous cell in the body (not even a trace) and there was complete healing. Less than 1 percent of the cancer patients get healed without radioactive treatment and by the grace of Jesus, Susan is now officially cancer clean and a cancer survivor.

Staying through in the hospital and battling this deadly disease, Susan has a desire to help cancer patients and has started a new organization called ‘CHRISTCAN’. The word CAN taken from Cancer and the word which says: ‘I CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens me’. Christcan will specifically work with young kids who have lost either of their parents due to Cancer and also with young women cancer patients. We would have never done something like this if we had not gone through this phase of successfully battling cancer.

So the next time you have a problem, do not ask “Why me, God ? ” rather ask “What through me, God?”.  Never ever Give Up!

–  Joshua Madan, Co-Founder & CEO of Covenant Group.

(This testimony originally appeared on Joshua Madan’s Facebook page and has been republished here with his permission)

 

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