Third Life – Prayer Request

Shin had a near death experience today this Sunday morning at 10:00AM.

Children’s service began at 8:30AM. Shin couldn’t stand up for praise because he couldn’t breathe so he sat down and put his head between his knees. Then after that we were dismissed to go to Escuela dominical (Sunday School) to help the classes.

Then, in Shin’s words, this is what happened leading up to the incident:

During the entire class I felt bad but thought it would go away.
I started losing feeling in my hands so I tried to massage them.
Then I started to cough while they were taking prayer requests so I asked them to pray because I couldn’t breathe. Then my jaw and head started to feel numb and I was dizzy.
I moved to the window, then to the door to get fresh air.

Finally I was so dizzy I told the teacher I had to go outside so I went downstairs and drank water. Then after class ended the kids came down and one student asked me if I was okay. I said I didn’t know. Pastor Christian asked me if I needed to see the doctor. Then Charles and Pastor Cho came and Charles offered to take me there.

By the time we left, my hands, face and feet were feeling numb.
But I was thinking, “If this is how bad it is, I think I can get there without dying”
But I was wrong. About ten minutes in, my whole face was numb. Then my body started to feel completely numb like my whole body fell asleep.

Usually after an arm or leg falls asleep comes the pain. With the pain I didn’t even know if my hand was clinched or not. I only know that it was clinched because I saw it. I couldn’t control my muscles and I couldn’t breathe. I was breathing but the oxygen was not being dispersed in my body.

I was like a rock. I lost sight at some point. I was in such confusion I didn’t see anything. I was gasping and I felt like I lost control of my body because I couldn’t feel. All my muscles were becoming tighter and tighter. Then I started to feel like, “Oh, this is what happens when you’re about to die”. Everything went black and I felt as if my last breath was coming soon.

All my muscles were constricting including my throat and stomace. I coughed as a reaction to find out that every time i gasped air in water came out of my mouth. I thought it was this from my lung. After I vomited I somehow gained enough composure to start praying. I started to pray out loud. I don’t know how because it takes a lot of breath to pray. I felt my body worsen to the point my tongue stopped functioning correctly. So I started to pray louder and louder to God.

At some point in the prayer I said, “God I surrender my life to you, Your will is your will, I’m happy either way,” and that He would use it for His glory. At that point, my tongue started to soften and my speech came back.

When he started praying the first words he said were, “Jesus. Jesus.” But his tongue was completely numb too so he was praying, “Jethus, Jethus.” I will paraphrase because I can’t remember exactly but he was saying but he said, “Even if I die I will praise you. Even if I lose my mentality or my body I will still praise you with my life… Now I see that I can’t even live without you – because you give me breath. If I die, bless Annie. Help her not to be afraid of my death. I give her to you. But if you give me my life I will honor you with my life. I died the first time and this is my second death. I rededicate my life. My life is yours because you saved me”

Charlie was also interceding for Shin with his right hand on Shin’s back and his left hand steering around cars…honking the horn, hand-signaling, and cutting through red lights.

As Shin was commending his spirit to God, I was pleading with God that it wasn’t time yet and commanding Satan to leave in the name of Jesus. I thought Shin was in the process of losing his mental capacities because his speech was slurred and I thought his condition was worsening. I couldn’t believe that at the moment he thought he was about to die, that he would praise God and surrender to God’s will, and even intercede for me.

But as he prayed, he was getting better. When he started to pray outloud, he felt his tongue loosening and an ability to speak correctly. He thought, “OH! I’m being healed!” Then the tenseness started loosening, beginning in his chest. His arms and leg loosened only after he left the hospital. Charlie sensed that it was getting better also. I wasn’t sure but I felt relief because he was able to pray for a long time and that was a good sign.

Somehow, by the time we got there, Shin was still numb and struggling but it was less. The nurses immediately took his vitals and the doctor gave him a mini tranquilizer to relax him. The x-ray and vitals showed that Shin was completely fine and he was getting normal oxygen levels. He was diagnosed as having an anxiety attack.

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Shin had been experiencing minor breathing problems this past month but it was always during Worship, Prayer meetings & fellowship at church. Sometimes it stayed with him until after he came home but it always started there. I thought it was due to humidity because humidity makes you feel stuffy. But looking back, Shin saw it was a definite pattern. We are sure that this was a spiritual attack.

We were extremely fortunate that Pastor Cho announced it to the church just as service was starting so the congregation lifted their voices in prayer for him. It was no coincidence that the pastor’s sermon today was about sickness: The whole inner section of today’s bulletin was about the causes of sickness!

I didn’ t know we had such a great need for spiritual protection. Please pray for us, the other leaders of the pastoral team: Pastor Cho, Pastor Freddy, Pastor Christian, Senor Emiliano, David, Charlie, and the members of Marangatu.

12 thoughts on “Third Life – Prayer Request

  1. Nasim

    OH MY!!! OMG! Shin! i pray for you guys soo much…i actually saved some money to go there…That’s so sweet shin…(the part for blessing annie) I really hope you guys be safe at all times…may God be with you guys…my mom also isn’t feeling well…just idk…but really guys keep safe…
    p.s: we are going to go snowboarding next saturday and Mathew prayed for you guys.
    Missing you all the time!

  2. Pastor Andy

    In the name of the Nazareth Jesus, I command all evil spirits be casted out from Shin Kim!!!
    In the name of the Nazareth Jesus, I command all evil spirits be casted out from Annie Kim!!!
    In the name of the Nazareth Jesus, I command all evil spirits be casted out from our glorious mission to Paraguay!!!
    In the name of the Narareth Jesus, I command 10,000 angels of God to protect Shin & Annie !!!
    I will spread your prayer request!
    Trust in the Lord!
    Pastor Andy

  3. Steve Morrison

    Dear God,
    I lift up Shin and Annie this time to you.
    They have gladly given their lives to you.
    May you protect them, and keep them away from all evil and sickness.
    May you grant them peace and serenity in their services.
    May you restore their soul and be healthy like a tree planted by a stream.
    In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

  4. Ceana

    The devil tries to break things apart in so many ways, to stop the work being done for God’s glory…I am glad that you are both okay, but I also agree with you that this was a spiritual battle. Maybe if we look at it that you are in a battle zone every minute, maybe more there in Paraguay than here. I will be praying and asking others to pray too. God bless.

  5. sung lee

    Our Father in the heaven
    Thank you for your protecting and healing your servant Shin today. Thanks Annie, Pator cho and other christian brotheres and sisters who prayed for you and interced by prayer and providing necessary medical transportation to a local doctor immediately.
    We believe God knows all things from the beginning and the end of everything happens to your servant.
    May God be glorified through this. Thank you God, you are merciful,sincere and the healing God.

    In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, you satan and demons,all evil powers, away from Shin,Annie and the
    entire christians of the church they serve right now.
    Go your way and do not touch ,threaten or be near to Shin,Annie and the church any more, In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.

    Shin and Annie,
    Thank God that you have been saved from satan’s grip.
    I am very proud of you and my heart pounds when you prayed even at the moment you gave up your soul to God!
    You even interceded for Annie at the moment of life and death, like Jesus christ did!
    I am so glad that God was with you even to the moment of death. I think that was what happened when Moses went on his way to Egypt after he had met God in the wilderness. Satan tried to kill Moses on the waay but God saved him through his promise and mercy.
    May our God be exalted and be glorified through this. I want you to know that you are the mighty christian soldier and our hero. You gave lot of courage to your christian families here. May God bless you,Annie and many other christians who were there.
    We love you, we pray for you. We will contine to pray
    fou your ministry. Do not be afraid.
    May God Bless You!
    In christ
    sung and kum

  6. jennie kim

    hi annie & shin,

    i heard from soojin what happened, and she fwd’ed me this link. I’ve had similar attacks and those times, i surrendered to death as well. Other times, i told the devil to F the F off! They bother me less when i use the latter approach.

  7. hyuk

    I’m stunned and horrified. I can’t imagine how it’s like to live at a place with so much spritual activities are going on. You and Annie are in our prayers.

  8. Phillip Lee

    Shin i hope you will get better soon. And Annie i hope your going to be okay too. WE will keep praying for you.

  9. Jay


    Wow. That’s scary. What an experience for you and Annie. I’m so glad you got through this horrifying experience. I’ve been praying for you and Annie and will continue to do so even more and for everyone down there.

    Maro /Jay

  10. .

    i hope you guys feel better soon.
    i am really sorry for what happened.
    i will make sure i will pray for you guys
    i really bless God and today i learned another important lesson today.
    thank you

  11. Vivian

    hope that you guys are safe now
    and always remember WE are always praying for you guys
    Be Safe and Healthy!!
    Love you GUYS!!

  12. Lois Suh

    Shin & Annie,
    May the Almighty Father in Heaven protect and keep you both. I hope that God will continue to bless you through all of your hard work. I know that was a huge scare but wow, All I can say is wow, because Shin, you submitted before God. Stay strong for each other. I will definitely been praying for the both of you. I miss you guys dearly.

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