The testimony of Bro. Roger Ibera is one that girds up your faith in the Word: Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. (Matthew 10:29, emphasis mine).
Up to 1999, Bro. Roger had lived his life indulging in worldly pleasures and vices. He didn’t have control with his body, giving in to his fleshly desires. He was obese and later on acquired many diseases, like poor eyesight, heart disease, and worst of all, kidney disease.
He had been to different hospitals in Metro Manila, including The Philippine Heart Center. In desperation, he also resorted to different quack doctors, subjecting himself to their dark rituals. But in the end, he found himself at National Kidney Institute where he would be in and out of for 1 1/2 years. During this time, he had become skin and bones from the diseases he was suffering from.
In one of his confinements at National Kidney Institute, he stayed in a semi-private room and he witnessed how each one of his roommates would leave the room dead. He became depressed and hopeless.
One day in the hospital, he temporarily lost his vision and his memory. He didn’t know who he was and he could only see white images. When his sight and memory returned, he wrote to his family in the province, informing them of his whereabouts and situation. All that time, he was alone in the hospital. He was given mats upon mats of various drugs but he wasn’t getting better.
One Saturday, while alone in his room at National Kidney Institute, he looked out the window to the waiting area and saw a preacher sharing the Gospel to the people there. While he was observing through the window, the preacher looked up and their eyes met. The preacher approached the window and talked to him.
Bro. Roger learned that he was a preacher from Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry. He told him his situation, that he was going to undergo a much-needed surgery in a few days hence. The beloved preacher shared to him the Gospel of salvation and invited him to attend the worship service at Cuneta Astrodome.
The next day being a Sunday, Bro. Roger rose up at dawn and busied himself to prepare to escape and go to the worship service. He removed everything that was attached to his body, quietly left his hospital room, hailed a taxi, and off he went to Cuneta Astrodome, full of hope for healing and deliverance at last.
Since it was still dark, he waited outside. Soon, the beloved brethren arrived and streamed into the venue and he observed how the sisters were clothed modestly without the worldly adornment of jewelries and he heard how they spoke about their pastor with respect and high regard. He was in awe.
When the congregational singing began, he couldn’t explain the great relief that he felt in his body. And when the beloved Jesus Finest Generation Choir sang, he was lifted up in the spirit and he felt like he was floating in the clouds!
When altar call came, he was so in a hurry to reach the front that he bounded down the bleachers. He received the Lord Jesus Christ gladly and was baptized in water in His name.
He didn’t go back to the hospital. The next morning when he went to the toilet to urinate, two large stones came out. He took them and brought them to National Kidney Institute and showed them to his doctor. He testified to the doctor how he received salvation and healing in Jesus’ name.
When he continued to attend worship services and serve and love the Lord Jesus Christ faithfully, he received complete healing of all his diseases. That has been 22 years ago and Bro. Roger continues to live in health and wellness by the grace of God.
ALL PRAISE, HONOR, GLORY AND THANKSGIVING TO OUR LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, OUR DEAREST LORD JESUS!
~ written by Sis. Rina R. Peru