YWAM is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year. We spent a few days in San Jose to take part in the celebration for Central America. Loren and Darlene Cunningham, our founders came. We were really excited about being a part of this time. I(Leslie) was set to help out with the kids program.
During the two hour drive from Jaco into the city Ezra began complaining about his stomach hurting. As the day wore on, he was complaining more frequently. By the evening it was clear he was not well. He spent a fitful night and in the morning I took him to the doctor. The doctor examined him and suspected apendicitis. I have had my apendix out, so I know what that looks like. As she was doing the exam, I got tears in my eyes watching the pain he was in. I was pretty convinced that it was apendicitis and feeling so sad for my boy. The doctor immediately sent us to a specialist. We did blood tests, a sonogram and all signs were pointing towards a diagnosis of apendicitis and surgery. After many hours at the hospital the doctor said she would release us to spend the night at home and have us return in the morning for one final exam and then the surgery. Ezra was not allowed to eat anything in preparation for surgery. What a shock this was. I felt so bad for my boy and truly didn’t want him to have to go through this. It was even harder because we were staying with friends and not in our own home.
Well, that night our friend Vanessa came into the bedroom and began to pray for Ezra. She was praying such a prayer of faith and asking for Ezra to be healed. I sat with her with my hands on Ezra praying in agreement with her. As we prayed I watched Ezra’s body begin to relax. He drifted off into a peaceful sleep. He slept the entire night without waking up. I even had to wake him in the morning to go to the doctor. He woke up in the car and I looked at him and asked, “How’s your tummy?”
He looked at me and replied with a question mark in his face, as if wondering why I was asking that. “Jesus healed me,” he said. “Last night when Vanessa prayed, Jesus healed me.”
The doctor examined him again, but there were no longer any symptoms. With puzzlement, the doctor released us. Ezzy was healed! So, in the end, we did miss most of the conference, but we’re overwhelmingly thankful that we were able to see the healing hand of our God and that we didn’t have to see our son go through surgery and spend several days in the hospital.
“O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.” Psalm 30:2
Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass,
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children-
with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.
The LORD has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.
Praise the LORD, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
Praise the LORD, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the LORD, O my soul.