Verse 4 of Psalm 23, talks about going through the valley of the shadow of death. The word "death" here is referring to eternal separation from God. But a shadow isn't real. It only forecasts where you are going or where you have been. But when you take Jesus by the hand, He will lead you through the valley and only He can lead you out of that valley!
"So many people in this world are walking alone through that valley and need some hope to hang on to. My situation may not have been what somebody else is experiencing, but there is nothing that the Lord can't handle! If He can cure a disease, cause me to walk again and bring me back from death several times, how much easier can He take care of the situation you're going through!"
When Tom was 18 years old he was given only a short time to live. Blood tests revealed that he had a life-threatening disease. It was Leukemia and the doctor said there was no hope!
It was 1984, a time when the medical treatment for leukemia was not as advanced as it is today. And even though there was a life-saving bone marrow transplant, it would cost well over $100,000 just to get started. The money would have to be paid before he could receive treatment, but that wasn't all. An unlikely bone marrow match was also needed and a marrow bank did not yet exist.
His journey was not easy. He did receive the transplant, but during the process he went into a blast crisis and came even closer to death. Six months later, he found himself confined to a wheel chair, his lungs had collapsed, he had been on life support and was totally paralyzed . . . Tom had been through a battle but he was determined not to lose the war. Years later, he still experiences many complications from his illness but God gives him strength to do what He asks him to do.
“I have a burden to go and tell people what Jesus Christ has done for me and what I know He will do for others when they put their trust in Him. I have never been in prison or a slave to alcohol or drugs but I have something in common with a lot of people. I felt hopeless. But there is good news; hope can be found when you ask the Lord to take control of your life. The hope I have is not just this temporary life but eternal life only found in Him! Now I'm walking, talking, singing and bringing His message of hope to others!”
Today the leukemia is totally cured and the paralysis is gone. Tom shares his evangelistic testimony message at prisons, schools, juvenile correction chapels, churches . . . and wherever God opens a door.
“If I can help and encourage someone else, everything I’ve been through has been worth it all!”
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