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.