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Healed Without Leaving Her Home

Amy Reid


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“I didn't like seeing her like that. She is the glue to our family.” Ruben Perez remembers the day it happened. It was November 9th, 2021. After visiting family in El Paso, he and his wife, Rachel, had arrived at the airport to catch their flight home to Virginia.

“He was pulling our carry-on bag and my foot somehow hit the side of the carry-on bag,” Rachel recalls. “And I fell. I turned slightly sideways because I didn't want to fall backwards and hit my head. But I noticed my shoulder and my hip were hurting.”

After they got home, the pain in her Rachel’s hip subsided. The pain in her shoulder was a different story.

“It just kept getting worse. It got to the point where I couldn't raise my arm up at all,” Rachel says. “And stretching for things was extremely difficult.”

Ruben agrees. “I had to help her with her hair, because she couldn't lift up her arm to do that. Quite a few things that she just couldn't do.”

“I could not lift the laundry basket,” Rachel adds. “I couldn't even move a pan from the stove. I had to use both hands, or I'd ask Ruben to lift this for me, reach that cup for me, do this for me. I mean he had to help me get dressed. I have hobbies that I enjoy doing, and I couldn't do them.”

For the next couple of months, Rachel lived in constant pain. Over-the-counter pain medications only helped temporarily.

“She was always hurting,” Ruben says. “I could tell. She wasn't her happy self. I didn't like seeing her like that.”

At one point, she talked to a friend who is a physical therapist.

“I knew my arm wasn't broken,” Rachel says. “I knew there was nothing that basically they could see on an x-ray or anything like that. And so, she gave me some exercises. But I still couldn't raise my arm. I still couldn't reach. It got so bad that I couldn't rest. I would get up at two, three in the morning and come downstairs, because I couldn't stay in bed if my shoulder was hurting. So, I would sit up, I would read my Bible.”

Then, on February 28th, 2022, Rachel was watching the 700 Club with her daughter, Elvia.

"I was hoping that they would mention somebody with shoulder pain. I kept saying, ‘Please pray for me.’ Rachel laughs, “and I heard Gordon on 700 Club say:"

‘I’m seeing someone with tremendous pain in the joint and back of the shoulder. God is able to restore, He’s able to heal, He’s able to completely get rid of that injury. All of the pain can leave you now and it is leaving you now. In the name of Jesus, be made whole.’

And I said, "Oh my gosh! He's talking about me.” Rachel laughs, "I said, 'I receive this healing. I receive it, Lord. I know this is meant for me.' I could move it, and it hardly hurt anymore,” Rachel continues. "It was just like, ‘Oh my gosh!’ I told my daughter, 'Look, Elvia, I can raise my arm, I can raise my arm!' She got excited, too. We praised the Lord and gave all the glory to Him.” 

When Ruben came home from work Rachel was waiting to share the news.

‘“She says, ‘Look, I can move my arm!’” Ruben recalls. “And as we spent that day, that evening together, I saw that she did move her arm and that she was still celebrating that it didn't hurt her anymore, thank God.”

The pain hasn’t returned since and, today, Rachel is back to her active life!

“Ever since then I've been able to do the things I couldn't do before,” Rachel notes. “I enjoy doing them again. And I feel that freedom.”

Ruben agrees. “Now she gets up happy – now she grabs her own mugs and her own plates and everything. I still try to help her, and she doesn't let me anymore. She still wants to be that independent woman that she's always been.”

“It's all due to the power of prayer," Rachel declares. “You have to have faith. You don't give up, and you do it all for the glory of God. You give Him the glory. Because He will heal you. He has done it for me, and He can do it for anybody.”

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Amy Reid

Amy Reid has been a Features Producer with the Christian Broadcasting Network since 2003 and has a Master’s in Journalism from Regent University. When she’s not working on a story she’s passionate about, she loves to cook, garden, read and travel.