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Weakened by Infection, Strengthened through Prayer

A serious bronchial infection left Carole with terrible pain in her back. This, coupled with the death of her siblings, diminished her hope for healing. Read Transcript


NARRATOR: In 2016, Carol Shenza developed bronchitis

with a persistent, severe cough.

And I coughed, and I coughed.

It just hurt to cough.

At one point, I coughed so hard that I

knew something happened in my back, and it hurt to move.

It hurt to turn.

I couldn't bend over.

I couldn't do the things that I was doing before.

NARRATOR: While the cough eventually subsided,

the back pain got worse.

CAROL: As long as I didn't move around,

that was the only time I was ever out of pain.

It grated on me, and it grated on me.

And this went on week after week.

And it turned into month after month.

Then, I had to give up the love of my life, which

was playing the piano.

When you can't do something you love like that,

it's like a piece is torn out of you.

And that's the way I felt, like something was missing.

So I would just sit in my chair, and I was very depressed

because it was like--

everything that I loved to do was taken away from me.

NARRATOR: Then, Carol lost two of her siblings

within two days of each other.

It was just a grief, horrific grief.

I didn't know what to do.

I was just crying out to God, and I was so hurt.

NARRATOR: The only thing Carol and her husband Bill could do

was pray.

I was in emotional pain and physical pain.

And then I prayed.

And I said, Lord how much more can I take?

I don't think I can keep going like this.

NARRATOR: The back pain continued for six months.

Then one day, Carol was watching her favorite show--

The 700 Club.

Gordon and Terry were giving words of knowledge.

He started calling out healings.

And then he starts saying something

about pain in somebody's back.

And it got my attention.

And he went on, and he described me.

You've had this spike of pain right in the middle

of your shoulder blades.

God's just released that from you.

All that tension is just dropping off of you.

I knew when he described the pain in the back--

I said, that's for me!

And I got so excited.

And then, Gordon said what he always says.

He says, do something you couldn't do before.

So I very gingerly got out of my lounge chair

and I walked halfway to the television.

And I bent over.

And I bent over.

And there was no pain.

NARRATOR: The first thing Carol did

was what she had missed most.

I went in there and I sat at the piano,

and I began to play It Is Well With My Soul.

And I just began to worship God.

I thanked him for my healing.

And you know what?

Not only did he heal my pain and take that away from me,

but he healed my broken heart that day.

He took that horrible grief, and I've never been the same.

The Word of Knowledge gave me a much deeper sense

of God's love.

It changed everything.

It was awesome.

He didn't care if I wasn't worthy.

It didn't matter to God because he loved me that much.

I want people to know God can do it for them.

If he could do it for me, he can do it for you.

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