Embedded with a 10-pound tumour in her uterus, filled with 28-pounds of fluid in her body and virtually incapacitated by a swollen body, US-based Eritrean-born Ms Lamlam Kassa battled to come to terms with the 2009 backbreaking prognosis. A professional Nursing Assistant in charge of seeing to the wellbeing of homicide and suicide patients, Lamlam would find herself enduring six separate gruelling medical examinations converging at the same dreadful diagnosis and recommendation. Subdued by a dramatically fast-growing tumour, each of the six doctors she visited in the United States recommended for her to undergo surgical removal of her uterus. Terrified by this, Lamlam asked as to whether the doctors could recommend alternative treatments instead of the surgical operation. Alas, the doctors did not know of any other alternative to alleviate her predicament.
As if the mental torture her ill-health condition exerted on her mind was not grave enough, Lamlam could not lie down properly for a normal sleep that would have given her mental faculty the tranquility it needed to survive each night undisturbed. The rate at which the fibroid was growing in her body compromised the full functionality of her vital organs. As the fluid in her body increased with respect to the growth rate of the tumour, the combined mass competed for space against her organs. For example, the sheer size of the fibroid continued to squeeze her urinary bladder, making it difficult for her to retain urine for a reasonable time period. If she had to ease herself and did not hurry up, then she wet herself before she made it to the toilet. Given her state, it was impossible for her to run fast enough to make it to the toilet. To compound the situation, Lamlam would visit the toilet about 18 to 20 times in the night. This forced her to wear sanitary pads. The urinary case was, however, different from that of her bowels which became hardened by the pressures the fibroid mounted. Although it would turn out to be futile, she resorted to consuming organic food and raw vegetables to stimulate free bowels.
With her condition exacerbated by the volume of the fibroid and fluid in her body, Lamlam’s heart rate fluctuated, tilting towards a slow beat; she could neither lie on her left or right side; she vomited intermittently; she became anaemic as the tumour competed for the blood her general body needed; she lost strength by the hour, as thyroid problems also set in; and her general health deteriorated by the day. Cushioned with several pillows for stability and to ease pains, the advancing complications would force Lamlam to sleep in a sitting position for several months.
What could have been responsible for all these misfortunes in Lamlam’s life at the time she should have been enjoying her life? Could the various spiritual attacks she had had through demonic dreams be of any significance? Of all the many questions there were to seek answers for, why did she often dream of seeing herself caged inside an enclosure? Born into a polygamous family – in which her father married four women, had twenty children and lost five – Lamlam is among the fifteen surviving siblings. Two of her siblings were killed in the Eritrean-Ethiopian war. Among her ten surviving sisters, six got married and two of them later became divorcees. At forty-one, Lamlam counted herself as one of the unmarried remaining four siblings.
Although she could not easily identify what to attribute her health complications to or trace anyone in her family who may have gone through what she had endured, Lamlam learned that when her 26 years old mother died all of a sudden, she, then a 6 month old, was made to suck her dead mother’s breasts for milk.
“While she was lying dead, I drank a lot of milk from her,” said Lamlam. Was this part of her ancestral ethical foundation to allow a baby to suck the inert mother’s breasts under the guise of quieting a crying baby? Could this be responsible for poisoning Lamlam’s tender body? What actually killed Lamlam’s mother just six months after giving birth? While several questions loomed in her head, Lamlam would come to understand from her aunt, who raised her and the nine other sisters, that she hailed from a deeply rooted traditionalist family or idol worshipping background and that her deceased mother used to experience countless evil attacks, including a spiritual husband who constantly slept with her.
Lamlam remembered how her aunt cherished idol worshipping and performed sacrifices in the house. Growing up in an idol worshipping home, Lamlam watched as her aunt offered sacrificed chicken and goat to the idols. Whenever, as a toddler, Lamlam was very sick, she recalled, “A lot of my family thought that I would not make it; that I would die. They took me to witch doctors, and did a lot of things.”
As Lamlam continued to battle her life-threatening ailment in the United States, her family back home mobilised others to pray for her. Her family was saddened by the sheer scale of her illness that they did not think she would pull through it. It also became difficult to continue her work, causing her to lose her house. She could not mingle with others anymore because she felt embarrassed and uncomfortable with whatever she had to wear.
One and half years into her battle against the tumour and associated health complications, Lamlam’s brother, upon hearing about the recommended surgical operation, told his sister, “You are not going to do that, (for) the LORD will heal you. You have to go to Nigeria.” “To do what?” she asked him. “To see the man of GOD, Prophet TB Joshua,” he said.
Introduced to the Emmanuel TV cable by her brother, Lamlam started to watch the telecast to increase her faith while she waited patiently to travel to The Synagogue of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria. Arranged for the prayer line, Prophet TB Joshua laid his hand on her and gave her four parting bottles of the Anointing Water. Following this, Lamlam had a dream in which the Prophet asked a Wise Man to enquire as to why she was crying out for help. When Lamlam explained her plight, he requested of the Wise Man to get him a razor blade. When the Wise Man handed Prophet TB Joshua the razor blade, the latter used it to cut through Lamlam’s body. As God used him spiritually to perform the Divine operation, the Prophet brought out a human head-like object that he threw away, before finally declaring, “There is nothing wrong with you; you are free.”
Immediately after this remarkable revelation, Lamlams health started to rapidly and miraculously improve. Upon returning to the United States after being spiritually uncaged, she continued to watch Emmanuel TV and minister the Anointing Water. Understanding her dream to be the spiritual indication of what was to be manifested physically, she decided to go ahead with the operation, confident that God was in complete control. Upon going for the pre-operation medical check up, the medical report revealed a remarkable fact – the tumour was no longer in her uterus! The puzzled doctors could not understand how the huge tumour had moved ‘by itself.’ It’s new position in the body was one the doctors marvelled at as it simplified the operation and enabled them to do so without removing her uterus! Just as God revealed to her in the dream, the doctors proceeded to surgically and successfully remove the mass of tumour from Lamlam’s body without disturbing her uterus.
The test was not over yet, however. In the aftermath of the operation, Lamlam developed a low blood pressure. Again. However, while in the post-surgery recovery room, she dreamt she saw Prophet TB Joshua hand her a decorated colourful cup bearing a number of positive inscriptions and pray for her. He then instructed her to drink from a cup, which she did. When the nurses came by to monitor her blood pressure, they reported that her system was normal. In addition to this, she was subsequently cleared of the thyroid and anaemic condition, leading to her next day’s discharge from the hospital.
Lamlam excitingly talked about how total peace has now overwhelmed her body. She has also found assurance in everything she’d endeavoured to accomplish in her life. With the tumour, swollen body, back pain, discomfort in her general body, weak urinary bladder, compromised vital body organs, low blood pressure, etc, now all completely gone, the Lord went on to level every mountain in her and family’s life. Her family began to mend broken relationships by forgiving one another and harvest what God had in store for them. Countless breakthroughs!
Based on her experiential insights and lessons learned, Lamlam had a word for the world: “What I can tell the world is that, first of all, have faith in the Lord! When things happen to us, they are not (meant) to destroy us, but to shape us. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Hold on to the Lord, don’t give up. Know that doctors treat, (for) they cannot cure ‒ only God Almighty can cure.
“(For) people in my situation, it’s not easy for your uterus to be taken away. Because of frustration and a difficult-to-endure pain, a lot of people don’t wait. Because they cannot handle the pain, they just go ahead and do what they just have to do. But whatever we go through in life, the Lord is so merciful He gives us the grace to handle the pain and everything. We (have to) wait on the Lord, and believe that He is God (and) is able. Have faith in the Lord, trust in Him, and wait. If He has done it for me, He will do it for anybody else. So hold on in the Lord, pray and never give up.
“Things happen in life to make us realise that sometimes we take everything for granted. What I learnt from my experience is how to trust the Lord; how to be patient; how to be grateful for everything. We take everything for granted ― to open our eyes, to swallow the food, to go to the bathroom easily, to sit and get up… we take everything for granted. It’s God’s grace and mercy. This is a gift from the Lord so we have to be grateful for everything that we have, and not (concentrate on) the things we don’t have. We should always ask the Lord, ‘whatever I am going through, what are You teaching me?’ So we can learn from our experiences. If there is no test, there is no testimony.”