A Whole New Life

Sis. Baby Manzano at JMCIM worship service, Amoranto Stadium, Quezon City, Phils.

In 1989, Sister Baby Manzano was dying of  leukaemia. The doctors in Manila had finally given up hope that she would ever be cured, giving her barely two months to live. With this grim prognosis, Sister Baby and her husband sailed to her home in Mindanao, where she would be with her family as she faced the certainty of death. She was very ill and weak, unable to leave her sickbed.

One night, while she was waiting for sleep to come, her eyes caught something in the national newspaper that was placed near her bed. It was a healing crusade by JESUS MIRACLE CRUSADE INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY. She saw the picture of its leader, one Evangelist Wilde Almeda. She read that through his prayers, sicknesses and diseases are healed in the name of Jesus. At that instant, she felt that her body regained strength, and hope was rekindled in her soul.

The days that followed, she excitedly planned to travel back to Manila to attend the crusade. She told her family about it, insisting that they travel immediately. Her loved ones were both surprised and worried. They were worried that she wouldn’t be able to survive the trip, being so weak and ill. But she wouldn’t hear any of it. She was determined to go, firmly believing that she would receive healing in that crusade.

Sister Baby and some family members sailed back to Manila. The day after they arrived, she asked her husband to find where the crusade was being held. ( Unfortunately, they forgot to bring the newspaper with them and she has also forgotten the details of the invitation. She only remembered the church logo and the face of the evangelist). Her husband, not knowing where to go, simply rode a bus and tried to look at all directions as the bus traveled. He thought that her wife was too sick she no longer knew what she was talking about. But if it made her happy, he would listen to her and do what she was asking him to do. He thought that his wife had very little time to live and he didn’t have the heart to refuse her simple request.

In the evening, her husband went home without any news. Her wife couldn’t stay long in bed anymore without taking action. The next day, she was determined to go with her husband to search for  the crusade. Her husband was very concerned about her, thinking that she might faint along the way.

In the bus, Sister Baby saw somebody that she thought might know where the crusade was. She could only see his back. He was big and had long hair, was wearing white from top to bottom, and carrying a Bible. When this man got off from the bus, Sister Baby scampered behind, followed by her husband wanting to assist her. The man was walking fast, never looking behind. Sister Baby was determined not to lose sight of him. Her husband, not seeing anybody except his wife, wondered why his wife seemed to know where she was going and why she didn’t choose to walk on the path,  but walked through the shrubs. He was wondering, too, where his wife was getting all that strength, walking without assistance.

Suddenly, Sister Baby stopped walking. They had reached their destination. When she looked up, the Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry logo that she saw in the newspaper greeted her. She was standing right in front of Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park. She turned around to thank the man that directed them to that place, but he was nowhere to be seen. She asked her husband if she saw where he went, but her husband told her he never saw anyone. He wasn’t even aware that a man was with them all along!

That night, Sister Baby was prayed for by the Beloved and Honorable Pastor Wilde E. Almeda. Instantly, she received healing. It has been almost 22 years since this miracle happened. And Sister Baby and her husband, who became a preacher of the church, together with their children, continue to serve the Lord faithfully and steadfastly to this day.

Halleluia! To God be the glory!

(Author’s note: This was taken from “Living Testimonies”, Chapter 14 of my book Walking Along the Narrow Path: A Story of Redemption, Healing and Restoration copyright 2009 by Rina R. Peru)

Sis. Rina R. Peru

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