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Michelle Duarte


For as long as I can remember, I have had this certain pain along my abdominal area and sides that felt like very intense pressure. It would always come and go, months, even years would pass by, but the pain always came back. Not that long ago, the doctor’s told me I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which is why I get that certain pain, it was one of the symptoms and has no cure. Only thing I could do is take medication for when the pain occurred.


During my second term at IMPACT195, on the Joshua retreat, the pain came back and it lasted two weeks, a week longer than usual. That month, the pain continued to intensify more than ever before. It was an extreme cramping with pressure throughout my entire abdominal area. It had gotten to the point that I wasn't even able to be a part of activities or go outside much. The only thing that helped me get some rest and somewhat relieve the pain was prayer while lying down in bed or sat indoors. The Sunday after the retreat, I was still in pain so much I had to take Ibuprofen at least every four hours.


As the pain continued randomly on and off, IMPACT195 School of Ministry’s Prayer Week event came. On the first day of the event, I went up for prayer, not knowing for what specifically, only that I was supposed to. While I was getting prayed for by some peers, God spoke to them a word for me – doubt. Right then, I knew it was because of the doubt I had, not believing God could heal me, despite the fact that I have seen first hand and knew of His miraculous healings. I kept thinking, “How can He heal me from something that has no cure?” I will admit I underestimated His power. God also revealed to me that I doubted His desire to heal me because He hadn’t already healed me. I thought I continued to have the pain because He didn’t want to heal me. I went home that night and as I lied down in bed and tried to sleep, I couldn’t. The pain was unbearable and as I cried and cried, I even considered going to the E.R. I pulled through that night, but the next day at the prayer event, I went in and said, “God I surrender, I just can’t anymore with this pain, please take it away."


I attended the prayer event again and as I was receiving prayer, I started feeling myself swaying from side to side and got this tingling feeling on my right foot along my toe. Then immediately after that feeling, the people praying over me prayed, “God let Michelle feel your presence right now from head to toe.” I definitely felt the Holy Spirit moving, but I only smiled and didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to “jinx” it. That night when I went home, I had no more pain. The following day, the pain was completely gone and I had no need to take any more medication, not one pill all day long. That week, I only had the pain for two days rather than the typical week or longer. Ever since then, I have been pain free. I was healed! God healed me!


God is truly our greatest Physician and by His grace, we are healed. All things are possible through Jesus Christ. Mark 11:24, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Just as healing happened for me, it can happen for ANYONE. God loves His children equally and can heal all things. Mark 10:27, “But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘with men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.’”