We recently moved to Allen, TX a suburb of Dallas to get more room for our growing family. As part of that move, we decided it might make sense to find a church home closer, that we could be a part of not just on Sundays but throughout the week as well. We only visited First Baptist Allen twice, but knew that was where we were supposed to be.
The day after our second visit to the church, one of the ministers called to follow-up and asked if there was anything they could pray for. Little did she know I had just gotten the biopsy and the sonogram that was indicating IBC. She prayed with me and then told me that the director of the class I had met the day before was a 7-year breast cancer survivor (diagnosed at 25, Stage 3B, double mastectomy, chemo/radiation, the whole bit). There happened to be two events going on with the church that week where we got to connect and learn her story. It gave me such hope. I love that I would meet her the day before all this would break loose. She has been a great comfort, knowing she has been down this road before and God healed her. And she has a daughter Noah’s age- too perfect!
On Saturday night, I sent out emails to many of my friends who I knew would be in churches on Sunday morning asking for prayers from them and their communities. We also announced our news during Bible Fellowship class (a smaller group of people at the church in a similar life stage) and the whole class stopped and prayed over us. The service that day was titled- “It’s okay to be broken” and there was a section of the service devoted just to praying for those who were “broken” (I figured if I had cancer I probably fell in this category). During the service I had this palpable peace come over me. It was like all the muscles in my body could finally release after a week of being incredibly tense. I could feel the hundreds of prayers from across the nation being prayed on Sunday morning for my healing.
The church has welcomed our family with open arms even though we only visited the church a couple of times. It has been an incredible blessing. We hope we are able to give back over time all that they have already done for our family.
We are so thankful for friends and family that have passed my story and need for a miracle on to others who have begun to pray for me. I know God listens to the prayers of His people and it could make the difference between life and death. So thank you to everyone who has committed to pray for me. I am so thankful for you.