God Cared About My Pain – By Willie Oliver

15531816362_65a751f23d_zFor several years now I’ve suffered excruciating pain without thinking for a moment that God would want to heal me. After all, thousands of people all over the world suffer much worse pain every day than my relatively small problem. Pain, I thought, is just part of living in this sinful world.

My condition caused unbearable pain to shoot down my left leg to my toes without notice while I was preaching or presenting a workshop in my role as director of Family Ministries for the Seventh-day Adventist world church. I also felt the pain while doing my 2 mile (3 kilometer) power-walk every morning. I needed to sit to get relief or to call on Jesus for help to complete a presentation without interruption.

My physician put me on over-the-counter pain medication to manage the pain. An MRI showed I had two compressed vertebrae that would require pretty invasive surgery to correct. The specialist who ordered the MRI suggested that I continue to manage my pain though medication until I decided to go forward with the surgery.

Then something happened.

I read Heidi Kamal’s story about her husband, Raafat, president of the Adventist world church’s Trans-European Division on the United in Prayer blog on Nov. 11. Heidi wrote that Raafat’s months of intolerable neck and arm pain had been healed miraculously through prayer.

Now I have always believed in prayer. As the son of an Adventist pastor and Adventist schoolteacher, daily family worship and prayer have been an integral part of my life. Educated in Adventist schools and trained as an Adventist minister, prayer for me is like breathing.

So, I wondered, why hadn’t I prayed about my condition?

I was moved by Heidi Kamal’s testimony. I believed that if God could heal Raafat, He could heal me, too. So that Sunday morning after reading the testimony, I asked God to cure my pain as I power-walked my regular two miles. I also immediately gave up my painkillers in faith. For the remainder of that week and ever since, I have continued doing my 2 miles each morning — and without pain.

Read Heidi Kamal’s testimony

I am grateful to God for His amazing goodness to me. I know without a doubt that if He could do this for me, He can do anything for you, too, if it is His will and you believe. Trust Him today.

Willie Oliver is director of Family Ministries at the General Conference headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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  • tsholofelo

    Amen and thank you brother Oliver for such encouraging testimony and a reminder of Raafat’s testimony. Thank you for another living proof that our God still heals. please pray for my friend Joyce who has been suffering from an excruciating back pain which has landed her in hospital now. Pray for healing and complete recovery.

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  • Margaret Major

    Praise God! Thank you for sharing those faith inspiring testimonies and pointing us to our wonderful God who hears all our sincere prayers and answers according as it be for our best good, always. I too am on a journey of faith and healing which I will share one day when the pathology results give me written proof, and I am able to live in vibrant health without methotrexate medication. I am already experiencing wonderful, amazing improvement through the Clint Paddison Program.

  • God still answers prayers. He’s interested in every aspect of our lives – little things and big things. Let’s talk to him more each day as he wants to hear from us.

  • Derek Morris

    What a powerful testimony! Jesus says, “Ask and you shall receive.” We always add “according to Your will”, 1 John 5:14, trusting that our loving Creator and Redeemer knows best. When we ask in faith in Jesus’ name, we will see Him work in us and through us in miraculous ways.

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  • Eunice Downer

    Thank you Bro. Oliver for you testimony. I too am suffering from excruciating pains from my lower back down to my legs, which makes walking very difficult! Your testimony has encouraged me to pray about ii. I am so thankful that we serve a God who cares.

    • Margaret Major

      I feel so much for you Eunice, the pain is excruciating. I pray that God will put His healing hand on you and bring relief, miraculously, if it is His will. Meanwhile may He you give you grace to bear it. Or even guide you to the right God fearing person or surgeon to help you as He did for me when I had surgery on a ruptured disc in 1989 at the SAH and it was totally successful and I have been pain free from that particular type of pain ever since. Praise God.

      • Eunice Downer

        Thanks Margaret for your kind words nand prayers. I am happy to know that you are pain free now, thank God. I know He able to heal me. God bless you sis.

  • Jenita Larmond

    Thank you for your testimony, Pastor Oliver. It is the Lord’s desire that we prosper and be in good health. Let us ask Him.

  • Desiree

    Powerful and inspiring testimony ,I thank GOD for answered prayer in JESUS name.

  • Marilyn Fletcher

    Thank you for sharing this testimony. The miracles of Jesus often seem far away and not available to us, however, your testimony shows that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forevermore!

  • Cynthia Duncan Mercer

    I never tire of reading and hearing testimonies of the miraculous power of Jesus!! Once gain, I am moved with the compassion of Christ. Praise be to God!! Hallelujah!! Thank you for sharing:)

  • Jerry Page

    We all are praising the Lord with you, Willie and Elaine! You are such a blessing to our church and you have gone through that pain without most of us even knowing much about it. It is amazing how the Lord is working in all our lives as we give everything over to him. I have been meditating on the precious statement in Steps to Christ p. 100 lately; “Keep your wants, your joys, your sorrows, your cares and your fears, before God. You cannot burden Him; you cannot weary Him. He who numbers the hairs of your head is not indifferent to the wants of His children. “The Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy” (James 5:11) His heart of mercy is touched by our sorrows and even by our utterance of them. Take to Him everything that perplexes the mind. Nothing is too great for Him to bear for He upholds worlds, He rules over all the affairs of the universe….No calamity can befall the least of HIs children, no anxiety harass the soul, no joy cheer, no sincere prayer escape the lips, of which our heavenly Father is unobservant, or in which He takes no immediate interest….The relations between God and each soul are as distinct and full as though there were not another soul upon the earth to share His watch care, not another soul for whom He gave His beloved Son!”—Now that is the ultimate Christmas gift! What a God!! Praise Him today with me!!!!

    • Victoria

      Amen,glory to God.

    • Esther

      Amen. Thank you for sharing this statement from Steps to Christ.

    • Thembie Mapingire

      Amen pastor Jerry for that powerful reminder. Thank you

    • Namirembe


    • Peace

      Amen & amen!

  • aaw2aah

    Thank you for sharing and reminding us that there isn’t anything we cannot take to our loving Father, who is only a prayer away and always willing to listen to his children. It has encouraged me to share some concerns I have on my heart with him, believing he will give me the desires of my heart.

  • PNB

    Awesome! Praise JAH for your healing brother Willie!
    Thanks for sharing your testimony.
    God bless your work in His vineyard as you ascribe all praise and honor and glory to Him!
    Blessings. – Peter Nigel

  • Frida de Bruyn

    As I started reading I remembered Kamals story and thought it was strange that the same topic was up again. Now I just praise God that for leading. I hope in a couple of months to hear of more stories about more backpack healed. Being a nurse who worked at an orthopedic ward I know the look on the faces and feel for the pain… Thank God He cares!What a miracle

  • Peace

    Amen & amen! I’m blessed by this testimony!!!

  • Adelone

    Thank you for this powerful testimony! I have come to believe this is part of my life, but now I will petition God for a miracle.

  • Vlasta Hitzgerová

    Thank you very much for your testimony, Brother Oliver. It’s a great encouragement. God bless you.

  • Ruth Patterson

    I have been so encouraged by Willie’s testimony and Jerry’s statement from Steps to Christ. We serve such an awesome God who cares so deeply about us. May we continue to spend time on our knees in these trying times.

  • Fainah