In 1997, beloved SPO2 Rico Balisi, then in active service as a policeman, suffered a heart attack. He was immediately brought to the Angeles City Medical Center. The doctors there assessed that he had only 24 hours to live. He was then transferred to the Philippine Heart Center where doctors examined him and found out that his heart was enlarged, and it had a wound and a blocked artery.
He needed to be operated on immediately, and needed to prepare P500,000-P800,000 ($11,000-$18,000) for the procedure. They didn’t have that amount of money. Bro. Rico’s wife told him she was going to ask from charitable institutions, and left.
When she came back, she informed her husband that approval for donations from these institutions would take a very long process. They didn’t have a choice but to leave the hospital and go back home, with the many medicines that the doctors prescribed.
Back home in the province, despite the many different medicines that Bro. Rico was taking for his heart, he suffered everyday, not being able to breathe normally. One midnight, he could hardly breathe again, and as soon as morning light came, they left for the provincial hospital. On their way, Bro. Rico’s eyes caught the signage of the JESUS MIRACLE CRUSADE INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY that was in front of the Pastoral and Fasting House in San Fernando, Pampanga. It read: “JESUS SAVES, JESUS HEALS”. Bro. Rico took note of it and planned to visit it when they leave the hospital.
In the hospital, the doctors couldn’t do anything but to advise him to have that operation and to continue taking his medicines. Again, Bro.Rico and his wife went home disappointed.
The following Sunday, Bro. Rico and his wife went to the Sunday service of JMCIM in San Fernando, Pampanga. He received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized in Jesus’ name.
Within a month of attending services, Bro. Rico had not yet received the healing he so desired. But he continued to attend and listen intently to all the testimonies of God’s miraculous healing. He approached those that testified and asked them how they obtained healing. He asked a brother who was healed of heart disease, and this was his answer: “I just continued to serve the Lord faithfully and trusted Him completely.” Another one said, “Take courage, trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, for nothing is impossible with our living God!”
Bro. Rico also watched regularly the JMCIM TV program while at home, joining in the mass healing led by beloved Hon. Pastor Evangelist Wilde E. Almeda.
Gradually, Bro. Rico’s heart disease was healed by the Lord. That was many years ago, and he continues to serve the Lord faithfully to this day.
Halleluia! To God be the glory!
-Sis. Rina R. Peru