Notice first! None of
this testimony is intended to convey the idea that we should
not avail ourselves of medical intervention. However,
even medical science has its limitations, and there are
many places in the world where medical resources are either
limited or non-existent.
My name is Hal Weeks. I discovered I had cancer of the
lymphatic system when I was fifty-eight years old. The
prognosis was a thirty-five percent chance of survival for
five years. But God had other plans. I was ninety-six last
January 20. This is the story of this miracle which occurred
without any medical intervention other than diagnosis.
Although It was originally treated with cobalt for a period
of twenty-one days, as it turned out, it did not heal me.
As time went
on I discovered several nodes in my neck and under my right
armpit that seemed to be growing. In August, 1977, at the
age of sixty-four, a large node was removed from my right
armpit. It was diagnosed as a poorly differentiated nodular
lymphoma which meant my cancer had metastasized. I was then referred to an oncologist for treatment.
However, he agreed to defer any treatment on the basis of
my belief that I would be divinely healed. I was scheduled
to return in three months. Over the three month period The
tumors kept getting smaller until they were gone. When I returned,
the doctor could find
no evidence of the cancer. He said, "If I were examining
you for the first time, I would have diagnosed you as not
having the disease."
I continued having periodic checkups
until August, 1982, at age 69, at which time he transferred
me back to my family doctor. Then in 1995 I discovered two
large lumps over the right collarbone. It was determined to
be lymphoma that had apparently returned. I did not have a
biopsy since I did not plan to have medical intervention and
the surgeon said there would therefore be no point in it.
Again, I turned it over to the Lord. Over the
next six month the tumors increased in size and number. I began
to have second thoughts about not having medical treatment. As clear
as I have ever heard the Lord speak, He said "I thought
you had turned it over to me." I repented of my concerns
and again trusted God for a healing. It stopped getting worse
for two months, at which time the Lord said it would be gone
in three months and it was. Since then I have had many other
conditions healed, again without medical intervention. There
has been no further reoccurrence of the cancer.
not to say we should not seek medical help. I have and do
use the resources of medical science. In fact, in June 2001
my heart went into fibrillation. I called my doctor
and was told to go to the hospital emergence room. They
kept me in the hospital for ten days until they had determined
what medication I needed. Although the side affects of
the medication are a downside, I am still able to function.
And the Lord still ministers to me in many, many ways.
Having always believed in prayer, I had been asking God to
heal me all during the course of this disease. However, since
I had not revealed my condition to more than a couple of friends,
I had not received much -- if any -- general prayer. For several
years, I did believe I had been healed and I did receive what
the doctors called a marvelous remission. But with the recurrence
in August, 1977, and a diagnosis that the condition was now
more advance, I became deeply troubled. At that time, a friend
of mine invited me to attend a Full Gospel Businessmen's
Fellowship dinner. Being "charismatic" their emotional behavior turned me
off so I decided to "lay a fleece" before the Lord.
I said, "Lord, if this is something you want me to get
involved in, heal my back." (I had a back problem
that had been causing me pain for some time) Immediately the
pain left and my back was healed. I now believe this
was the deciding factor in my seeking the experience known
in charismatic and Pentecostal circles as
baptism in the Holy Spirit. I was
prayed for to receive this at a Full
Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship meeting
on August 18, 1977, at the age of 64. Nothing seemed to happen
at the time, but I was assured I had received this baptism
and I thanked God for His gift. At about 10:30 the following
Saturday evening, while in bed reading some charismatic testimonies
and reflecting on them, my attention was drawn to a strange
tingling sensation in my right arm. This subsided but shortly
I noticed the same sensation on the side of my face. As I
began to rub my face and neck, where the tumors were, I felt a sort of electrifying
of my right arm. I remember exclaiming, "Lord, your hand
is holding my hand." Immediately, waves of an indescribable
sense of the power of God began to sweep through my entire
body. I have had similar sensations since but never again
with that intensity or duration. For several days afterwards,
the power of God was so strong on me that I finally had to
ask God to "lead me beside the still waters." I
did then experience some abatement for a time of rest, but
this was the beginning of a whole new way of life and the
beginning of a new relationship with Jesus that I had never
known before. At the time it was impressed on my mind that
I had received three prizes. The third prize was the
healing of cancer; the second prize was the deliverance from
spirits of fear and doubt; and the first prize was going from
knowing about Jesus to knowing Jesus in a personal way as
my Lord. As to speaking in tongues, Although I
had had no objections to doing so, I was not actively seeking
to do so. About a month later I woke up in the middle
of the night and felt the power of God come over me.
An inaudible voice said to me, "speak." When
I did I began to speak in tongues. For a time I found
myself speaking in a different tongue. Now I speak in
many different tongues, although I do not have the gift of
interpretation of tongue. I have been told that one time I
spoke German by someone who knows German.
Although medical science classifies this as a spontaneous
remission, I claim it as a divine healing.
I continue to see others healed through my prayers, as well
as through those who have followed our teaching on "how
to heal the sick". (see "How
to Heal the Sick) I have told the Lord I am more than
satisfied with the lifespan he has already given me, but he
says this is not my time and I am to continue in ministry
several more years. My leaving this "vale of tears"
will be peaceful and without trauma. Who could ask for any
more than that?