We Praise God for Answered Prayer – by Heidi Kamal

My husband, Raafat Kamal, started to suffer neck pain for no obvious reason last year.

The neck pain increased to an intolerable level, and he also began to experience constant arm pain, numbness, and tingling in his fingertips. Our physician referred him to a specialist who found that several herniated discs were pressing on nerves in his neck.

Returning home, my husband decided to take the prescribed painkillers and see whether the problem would solve itself gradually, canceling the need for surgery. We prayed fervently about his neck for the next few weeks.

Thankfully, the pain gradually became more tolerable. On most days my husband could manage without painkillers if he was careful not to make any quick movements or carry anything too heavy.

However, a few months later, Raafat suffered another injury. It seemed he had pulled a ligament in his upper arm. With this injury it became impossible for my husband to lift his arms above his head, further restricting his ability to move freely.

Then, as if things couldn’t get worse, this past September, my husband traveled to attend a union session in his division. During this trip, one evening in his hotel room, he accidentally tripped and fell, landing on his injured arm. As he fell on the floor he heard a cracking sound from his neck, followed by the most excruciating pain. Raafat was immensely relieved and thankful to God that he was able to get up from the floor because he was worried he had fractured his neck. By God’s grace, and numbed by strong painkillers, he managed to get through his appointments abroad.

Returning home to England, but in intense neck pain and with the General Conference Annual Council starting only a couple of weeks later, Raafat and I pleaded earnestly for God’s intervention for his health and for him to be able to cope with his upcoming trip to the United States.

The Lord intervened and heard our prayers. Amazingly, Raafat suffered no pain whatsoever during our trans-Atlantic flight and on the first morning after his arrival woke up realizing that his neck pain was completely gone. And not only that. For the first time in a year and a half he was able to lift both of his arms above his head with no restrictions or pain!

We believe that God provided nothing less than a miracle. I share this story to give thanks, praise, and glory to God, and to encourage others that we serve a God who still loves to hear and answer our prayers.

Heidi Kamal and her husband Raafat, who is the president of the Trans-European Division, live in England.

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  • Cynthia Duncan Mercer

    Praise God !!!! Powerful testimony of how faithful our God is.

  • khethiwe

    Amen we serve a living God who neither slumber nor sleep

  • Yves MBENDE

    Yes, God is always able and does things according to his will. Praised be His name!

  • Dike Emmanuel

    To God be the glory for the miracle of healing . We serve a living savior He is in the world today , I know He is living whatever men may say . Let us continue to trust and worship Him because in His is the fullness of His glory .

    • Ngozi Dyke-Ebirika

      Oh! What an awesome God we have? Praise Jehovah for an answered prayer. What God has done shall be permanent . Amen.

  • Kayreen kufa

    Powerful God.

  • Ros Farrell

    How great is our prayer hearing Heavenly Father.

  • Desiree

    Praise the LORD. Thank YOU FATHER for answered prayers in JESUS name.

  • Wojtek Janiuk

    Amen and Amen

  • Esther

    Amen. Praise God 🙏

  • Vlasta Hitzgerová

    Praise the Lord! Thank you very much for the encouragement.

  • Fungai Sakaike

    Amen and thank you for sharing a testimony of Jesus’s at work in our lives as the Great Physician!

  • I have a friend who is a good massage therapist and whenever I have time and money, I let him massage me for 30-60 minutes and portion of it was to give me that “cracking” sound on my spine and my neck. It is possible that the fall on that hotel room was God’s “free” massage therapy session to our brother Raafat that he badly needed. It gives me joy in my heart and a smile in my face when God answers our prayers in the most strange ways.

    • cecily

      I agree. Surgery is not a good way to take care of that. God intervened and snapped those discs back into place. That arm was healed through intercession, though. And those neck nerves being unpinched, which go down the arms, allowed the miraculous body God designed for us to heal very quickly.

  • Viveen McLeary

    Amen! Praise God! He is awesome and is still working miracles today. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • Patricia Renderos

    Amen praise God for healing him.May the Lord continue to protect you wherever you go.

  • Vincent Abuga

    Amen , may our Good Lord be praised

  • Gloria Mosha-Onchiri

    Jehovah Rapha our healer is still healing even today.Praise the Lord for this testimony!

  • KarenBG

    Amen! Hallelujah!!! Praise the Lord for His awesome healing power! Thank you Sis. Kamal for sharing this beautiful praise report.

  • shumayela

    Amen praise be to God

  • Noeline Cutts

    Thankyou Lord Jesus for healing Raafat, thankyou that Raafat did not succumb to the pain but wanted to do Your Will in his life no matter what. He went into the ” fiery furnace” with You & came our unscathed. Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Let the earth hear His Voice.Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Let the people rejoice.

  • Wyman Kingsley

    Amen. more evidence that the Lord’s work won’t be hindered, we must go forward as our mission is powered by the Holy Spirit for His purpose

  • Johnson Amboga

    Yes, indeed, even in our present day God hears prayers and performs miracles. What I feared as the story began , thankfully became a chapter of joy and happiness.

  • Twaambo Nchimba

    Amen to that miracle. Stories of this nature strenghthen the faith and hope we all have in Jesus that at the last day, God will bring an end to all suffering. God is able, Hossana in the highest.

  • Naa

    We Serve a living and a risen Saviour indeed. Hallelujah

  • Thembie Mapingire

    Praise the Lord who heals all our diseases, for His mercy endures forever.

  • Rosalia

    Amen, our God, our Savior and our great physician is good. He answers prayers. Praise be to His holy name

  • June Walker

    Amen! Thanks for sharing and encouraging.Continued Blessings.

  • Rose Mwaniki

    Praise God. i am reading this message but it is just amazing. Thanks for the sharing sister Kamal. Our God is in the business of healing not just our physical ailments but also our spiritual maladies. Let’s learn to trust in Him as He does His will in our lives.

    Rose Mwaniki – Nairobi, Kenya