*Aneta was both a psychotherapist and an atheist. When Aneta met people who spoke of their faith in God, she felt compassion for them. For she was convinced that believers in God were in need of mental therapy. But when Aneta was given a hopeless diagnosis, she experienced a first-hand encounter with the Truth.
Aneta spent the majority of her difficult life in the Former Soviet Union. As a child, she was separated from her family and never told of the siblings that she had. Until one day, when she received a phone call from a woman named *Danya in Israel explaining that she was her blood relative- her sister! Danya had been searching for her through a Russian tv program called, “Wait For Me”, which helps families to reconnect. It was through this reunion with Danya that Aneta decided that she too would immigrate to the homeland of her Jewish ancestors.
After arriving to the country, Aneta reached the age of retirement and spent her days caring for a sick member of the family. A short time later, she too fell severely ill, and was hospitalized. “I know believers in God who could pray for your healing”, she was told by a visiting friend. “I’ll ask one of them to call you if you’d like”. Aneta’s thoughts concerning believers hadn’t changed since her younger years. But she felt that a refusal of prayer would seem disrespectful. So, she agreed.
A few days later, one of the staff of CBN Israel’s partners from Beit Hallel, phoned Aneta in the hospital. The staff member prayed for Aneta’s healing and hung up the phone. After the prayer, she began to feel something happening inside her body. A doctor came in to give her a blood test and had a look of surprise in his eyes as he reported that she was completely healed!
When Aneta returned home, she knew the truth. Today, she shares with everyone she meets that God is alive and it was He that healed her.
“Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”– James 5:14-16
*Names altered for privacy.
This article originally appeared on CBN Israel, January 17, 2018, and reposted with permission.