Dave’s Conversion Testimony

Hello, My name is Dave; I live in Maryland in the USA. 20 years ago I began to write down the profound experience that I had which I believe God used to lead me to His son, Christ Jesus, and to accept His work on Calvary as the substitute for my debt.

I was raised Catholic, and attended church regularly as a child, so I did learn some matters concerning Jesus in my youth. However, I never felt drawn to accept the Word of God as true. In 1991, my second son, Greg, who was only 18 months old, was diagnosed with AML leukemia. I was crushed, because I feared for his death, and wanted to be able to love him for my entire life.

In this condition, God led me to read the Bible. For the first time, I began to read the Gospel of Matthew, without doubting its authority. I was filled with awe and the plight I was in, regarding my son’s illness, was lightened in great measure, because I came to believe that both my son and I would one day be together in the hereafter, because of what Christ did on Calvary. His Gospels clearly pointed to faith in Him alone as the path to be on. The Word was hard for me to always understand, but when I chose to accept it as true, and not doubt it, I was given understanding.

Eventually, I accepted Christ as my savior, after completing an assessment of my self worth, which would always leave my wanting for merit to attain salvation.

My son endured two bone marrow transplants. After the second one, in October of 1992, it appeared not to work. The doctors were 95% certain that he would die from his disease, shortly. I brought him home. He was only 2 1/2 years old. I put him on the couch in our family room. He was, indeed, very ill. His gums were bleeding, his skin was tallow and the whites of his eyes were yellow and bloodshot. He appeared near death, indeed. He stared at the ceiling in our family room, which was a plain white ceiling and said, “Not go home right now; I stay. See the candles?” It was around Christmas time, so we thought he was referring to the candles in the windows out front. He said, “No, see the candles?” as he pointed to our ceiling. This happened over a weekend, and the doctors asked us, if he survived the weekend, to bring him back to the hospital where they would do a bone-marrow aspirate to confirm what they expected, namely, that his platelet cancer had fully metastasized. We brought him back to the hospital that Monday. They did the test. To everyone’s great surprise, they found no cancer in him at all, and his vital signs and blood counts all indicated that he was well on his way to recovery. We were all dumbfounded.

I turned to the Bible, as I was confused as to why the world experts told us our child was about to die from cancer, and then days later, he seemed to make a miraculous recovery. I began reading Revelations for the first time. I got to Revelation 1:20 and gasped . . . John the Apostle had a vision of heaven, which indwelt the cosmic Christ, who walked among the candlesticks in heaven which corresponded to churches here on Earth. Remember Greg’s comments? He was dying. He said “I not go home right now; I stay. See the candles?” He saw heaven as it really exists, called it home, and was somehow spared for a time from going to the place he was caused to call home.

Greg lived another nine months, until his cancer once again metastasized and ended his life on September 12, 1993. However, as his mother and I provided his home-based hospice, we were regaled with further astounding events. Before Greg died, he went into a coma. Just before he passed, he came out of his coma. He looked at us through far-away eyes, and said, “Everything is green” (see Revelation 4:3 ). He said, “The men are here now; I have to go. I love you Mom, I love you, Dad.” He closed his eyes, never to reopen them. Several days later, his heart stopped, and he was pronounced dead by the home-health nurse. The pain I felt at that moment, in spite of my faith, was excruciating. It was as if my healthy, happy 3 1/2 year old was just hit by a car and killed. As I carried his cold, heavy-n-my-arm body out to the funeral director’s van, and handed the shell of my son to the director, I realized why my pain was so great. I realized that I could never be his father again.

My solace, though, was in believing that he now had a much greater father than I could ever hope to be. A heavenly and eternal father. I now share this story in a 55-page document, if anyone is interested in reading it in further detail. God bless you all, and thank you for letting me share my experience.

11 thoughts on “Dave’s Conversion Testimony

  1. jay

    welcome home to the faith brother I know that you are raised as a catholic and I am a catholic also I accepted the Anglican reform I recommend to you to go to the Anglican church they have the same worship style of the catholic church but it is more protestant and biblical and also it is a traditional church it is a good place to have fellowship with one another.

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  2. Emily

    This is so beautiful, reduced me to tears. I am sorry to hear about your Son but he is truly an inspiration to all. His strength and realisation was something everyone should envy, even myself. Our Father will always seek and find new ways to ensure we are aware of his presence, and in this occurrence with your son, that is what he done. He gave your Son the chance to be with you longer. I will forever enjoy your story and shed a tear for your loss, but also for the beautiful story of our Father giving your son entrance to Heaven. And allowing many people the chance to hear your story for what it is. Thank You Dave.

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  3. RAJA SEKHAR.P

    HELLO MY DEAR BROTHER IN CHRIST PRAISE AND GLORY TO OUR GRACIOUS HEAVENLY TRINITY GOD. I THANKED THE GOD WHO HAS CALL FOR YOU THROUGH YOUR LOVING SON.MY DEAR BROTHER I KNOW YOUR PAIN AND GRIEF ,AGONY BY LOOSING VERY LOVED CUTE SONS DEPARTURE ,BECAUSE IT IS SAME INCIDENT I FACE IN MY LIFE .MY LOVING SON SUFFERED WITH EWING’S SARCOMA ( LUNG CANCER).AND HE TREATED FOR 9 MONTHS ONE FINE DAY OUR EVERLASTING GOD CALLED MY SON TO HIS KINGDOM.ME AND MY WIFE AND ALL OF OUR FAMILY MEMBERS MISS HIS PRESENCE IN THIS WORLD.THE GOD HAS GAVE HIM AND HE TAKE HIM .BUT GOD IS SO KIND AND LOVING HE BLESSED US WITH HIS HEAVENLY GIFTS I HAVE SON AND DAUGHTER.FORM THE DAY OF MY SON’S DEPARTURE I SUBMIT MY SINFUL LIFE TO MY SAVIOUR .WE ALL MEET IN HIS…

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  4. Belinda

    My dog came over to comfort me as I was bawling my eyes out. Thank you for sharing your story my heart is breaking for you. I have a 4.5 year old daughter that just drowned in a neighbors pool right in front of me. I jumped in pulled her lifeless body out and my neighbor got her breathing again. She is doing great but I keep going there in my mind what if I wasn’t there… You have suffered the worst pain anyone can suffer and I am so glad your son was able to let you know he was safe and loved while headed home. I would like to read your entire story if you want to share it. God bless you xoxo

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  5. Abiodun

    By and by, when the morning comes
    When the saints are gathered up above
    We shall tell the story how we overcome
    We shall understand it better by and by

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  6. Jan

    You can be thankful that you will indeed see your son once again – that is the peace we have as believers. A peace that passes all understanding. Our God is faithful and a loving Heavenly Father – your son is having the time of his life right now! Lord bless!

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