Before Bro. Richard Palmones came to know and serve the Lord, he worked as a machine cutter operator in a furniture factory. He was full of vices – alcohol, women, gambling, drugs.
One morning in 1990, after a whole night of indulging in his vices, he went straight to his work in the factory. Still drunk, he operated the machine to cut furniture without noticing a piece of wood that was lodged in the machine. When the machine started running, the piece of wood flew to his left eye smashing his eyeball. He instantly blacked out and collapsed.
When his consciousness returned, he was already in the hospital. After almost a week in the hospital, the doctor told him that they needed to operate on his left eye because his eyeball was broken. His injured left eye was completely blind. He needed to prepare a large amount of money for the surgery, but his doctor couldn’t assure him if he would recover his sight in his left eye. Bro. Richard decided not to have surgery. He was sent home with a lot of medicines for his eye.
Not long afterwards, his right eye grew dim due to the many medicines that he was taking. His right eye had developed cataracts. With the left eye completely blind, Bro. Richard could hardly see his way. He was led around by his wife. He also suffered pain in his left eye and it felt like it was full of splinters and dust.
During this time, his beloved wife was already a born-again Christian and was diligently attending worship service in JESUS MIRACLE CRUSADE INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY. Before the accident, she used to invite Bro. Richard to attend worship service, and although he yielded to her invitations, he remained hard-hearted.
Seeing his desperate condition, Bro. Richard’s wife urged him to watch the TV program of JMCIM and receive the Lord Jesus Christ in his life. Bro. Richard’s heart has changed after the accident. He became repentant and started to “watch” the TV program. Not being able to see clearly, he listened intently to the testimonies and preaching.
Soon, he was brought by his wife to the worship service of Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry. He received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized in water in His name. After baptism, his right eye regained its complete sight, and he felt like splinters and dust fell from his left eye. But he didn’t receive sight in his left eye instantly.
Bro. Richard’s life was completely changed. He forsook all his vices. He remained faithful in serving the Lord. He offered up prayers with fasting. Not long afterwards, his left eye was completely healed by the Lord and he received his sight.
He left his work and surrendered his life to the Lord. He became a worker in JMCIM and later on became a preacher of the church. Together with his whole family, Bro. Richard continues to serve the Lord faithfully to this day.
Halleluia! To God be the glory!
– Sis. Rina R. Peru