The faintest touch on her face would trigger an episode. The pain became so debilitating, she had to leave her job as an engineer and isolate herself from friends.
Doctors discovered Chris had a rare, chronic pain condition called Trigeminal Neuralgia. It’s also known as the Suicide Disease. “Because people just can’t get out of the pain. And so they will eventually take their own life.”
So, year after year, Chris endured the pain. Doctors treated her with medications, injections, and surgeries, but they provided only temporary relief.
Finally, with all her options exhausted, Chris asked God to help her cope with the pain.
In August 2012, Dave encouraged her to attend a healing service hosted by a local pastor, Tim McCarthy and a volunteer, Marlene Klepees.
“She puts her hand on my face and says just a simple prayer. She’s getting very bouncy and joyous and she’s like, ‘Oh, I didn’t expect that. There it is!’
Chris began to feel heat in the back of her neck. Up to that point she hadn’t believed in a God who still heals, so she didn’t know what to think. All she wanted to do was get out of there as fast as possible.
As Chris and Dave headed home, a tingling sensation spread throughout the left side of Chris’ face. It felt like something was melting and dripping on the inside of her skull.
“For 25 minutes I had that. And then it stopped; I had no pain! We were both just confused. Where’s the pain? It had been 15 years! It was gone.”
Chris was in awe of what God had done. “In that moment I was quiet. The pain was gone!”
Chris and Dave say the miracle made them reevaluate their priorities. When you have just been touched by the healing power of almighty God, everything changes. For years, she was her pain. That was her identity. Similarly, for all that time, Dave was her caretaker. Now everything that had been wrapped up in survival was freed up. Who would they be now?
Both Dave and Chris had been successful, fast-rising engineers with GM. What would they do? They prayed and felt God calling them to quit their jobs. It was scary, but also thrilling. They left GM and sold their belongings. Today they travel as missionaries and spread the word about God’s healing power.
“Because He’s absolutely incredible – that I could go from being so sick, to this. It’s just amazing and we have the most blessed life,” said Chris.
What made Chris’ healing even more personal for me is that I know the guy whose church she went to for prayer. The guy who led the healing service is the father of my college buddy, Kevin McCarthy!
This kind of story is a fresh reminder of how much Jesus loves each of us and is working through us to bring healing to the nations.
So many of us need healing of different kinds in this season of sheltering. Physical healing and relational healing. The divorce rate is up 30% in Wuhan. Marriages have been under strain. Child abuse has hid behind closed doors. People are hurting.
What do you need healing from? God wants to heal us of our afflictions – why not reach out to him today and ask him to touch you?