TO GOD BE ALL THE PRAISE
You may consider me deranged when I say it is somewhat of an adjustment to live without constant pain, that knew just short periods of relief. Following a motor accident in 1969 I have suffered chronic pain of varying intensity. Have been specially prayed for on various occasions, attended pain control clinics and been treated by various specialists and professors which has only resulted in some lessening of pain for short periods and being told that no more can be done for me. This pain intensified greatly over the last month and I was struggling to do the essential things of life, let alone to tackle and succeed in other matters. Over 40 years of pain had taken its toll and the thought “Just let me disappear, Lord” was a regular recent request.
In the midst of this the Lord spoke a word into my heart “I am healing and delivering you.” The weekend that followed was unbearable the pain “drove me up the wall” At my wife’s insistence I made an appointment to see our family doctor on the Tuesday afternoon, intending only to consult him for treatment for a chest ailment at the time. He immediately got onto the pain matter and questioned me extensively about it and after examining my arm, he wrote a prescription . That night I swallowed the first capsule he had prescribed and slept without a whisper of pain the whole night through, and so it has continued for a whole week. Praise the Lord!
Here I must bring in something very important. Sunday night at the bible study, I sat next to the smallest of women. She became aware that I was in pain and on the verge of passing out. She took hold of my arm and asked permission from the pastor to pray for me. It was a prayer of faith that was sensed by all those present.
This is the Lord’s doing and He is greatly to be praised.
Praise the Lord whose mercy endures forever.
Selwyn and Phyllis Kettles
Selwyn and Phyllis left East London in 1956 and after studying were married in 1958 and then joined the AEB for 30 years. They then served the Protestant Association for 8 years. During this time they joined CBC. They then moved to Oudtshoorn and started the Prayer and Evangelistic Centre. From here they have developed a community prayer and counseling centre and an exciting outreach into the local prison where many have found a new life through Christ. They are also involved with the Industrial Ministry, taking the gospel to the work place. They are now 78 and 80 respectively and they can say "relying on the faithfulness of God and the ministry of the Holy Spirit we are able to keep on serving Him."