Friday, November 28, 2014

About Tom

I have not been locked up in a cell but I have been imprisoned by my body and earlier in my life I was imprisoned by sin. But no matter how impossible a situation looks, 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, He can take care of the situation you're going through! 

When I was 18 years old, I was given only a short time to live. Blood tests revealed that I 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 I could receive treatment, but that wasn't all. An unlikely bone marrow match was also needed and a marrow bank did not yet exist.

My journey was not easy. I did receive the transplant, but during the process I went into a blast crisis and came even closer to death. I found myself totally paralyzed, my lungs were collapsed, I was on life support and later, confined to a wheel chair, for eight years. All my joints contracted and left me imprisoned in my own body. It felt like I was stuck inside a concrete statue. I had been through a battle but I was determined not to lose the war. Years later, I still experience many complications from my illness but God gives me strength to do what He asks me to do. I may experience walls of limitations but in Jesus I am free! And no one can take that away from me.

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. There is good news though. 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 and peace to others!

Today I experience complete VICTORY! The leukemia is totally cured and the paralysis is gone. If I can help and encourage someone else, everything I’ve been through has been worth it all!

Recently, I encountered a new battle. I was diagnosed with Stage 4 of Chronic Kidney disease. My life is threatened with kidney failure. Doctors' expect within 2 years, I will be on dialysis. Then the doctor. says my life expectancy is about 3 to 5 more years. But I have news for him. Only God knows when my life on earth will end! 

Contact Tom to hear him share how God has worked in his life!

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