Executive Minister Prays for Man Waiting for a Kidney
During a Pastoral Visit to Fremont, California, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo prays and advises a man on a kidney transplant waiting list.Show/Hide Transcript
Jason Pablo: In August of two thousand I was diagnosed with a form of heart disease, it was an enlarged heart which eight years later resulted in a heart transplant. The doctors at the beginning of 2014, they kind of noticed that my kidneys were beginning to deteriorate. It had everything to do with the medications I was taking. That was killing my kidneys. So, it was somewhat of a catch twenty-two, where it was something I needed, but at the same time, it was a little toxic to my kidneys. July of 2015 they actually said it’s getting pretty bad, where we need to put you on a kidney transplant list. Would I get one? Would I get a kidney? Would I not get a kidney? Would there be a match? How long would I wait? My wife and I, my kids, we just started praying.
Okay, you’ve been through this before Jason, and God didn’t fail you the first time around and God didn’t fail you after you got the heart transplant, why worry about it now? So once we heard that Fremont was possibly one of the sites for a pastoral visit, my wife and I, we just kind of talked about it. We decided to write to the Church Administration to see if brother Eduardo would give us a prayer while he was going to be in Fremont.
The day of the pastoral visit comes and, is it going to happen? I looked at my son, I just go, “Oh yeah, it’s okay. If it doesn’t happen, we haven’t heard anything.” Just as I said that, this door opens up and says “Brother Jason Pablo, brother Jason Pablo!” As soon as I walk into the room, I just see Ka Eduardo there. And I’m like, you wanna cry, but you’re just in shock. Wow, I can’t believe that this is happening. We talked a little bit, he asked me, “How’s everything going? Have you guys found a donor yet?” And I said, “Well you know, everything’s going fine po, going through dialysis, we’re still praying that we’ll find a donor.” And he goes, “Well that’s good, you just keep praying.” Ka Eduardo, he prays for us, he’s praying to God, “You know what these families are going through, You know how much they love You. Please show them Your love, show them a miracle if You have one in store for them.”
It was just amazing hearing all [of] that. The prayer’s done, we say our goodbyes, and then he comes up to me just before we’re about to leave, Ka Eduardo shakes my hand, and he puts his hand on my shoulder. And he says to me in Tagalog, he says, “Get better. Take care of yourself, get better. There’s still plenty for you to do.” And it was at that moment I said, “I’m going to be fine. I am going to stop worrying about this, I know I’m going to get better from this. There’s no need for me to worry about who, when or if.” He told me there’s still a lot for me to do. And me and my wife, my kids, we held on to that.
It was like God telling me, “I still got you. You don’t have to worry about anything I still got you. I am still here to take care of you.” Like there was a miracle that was waiting again. Again, I figured I had used up all my miracles the first time around on the heart transplant but here it was. About a month later, I hear the phone ring, and I hear my wife talking on the phone, “Yeah this is her.” She hangs up the phone and comes running into the room. And she says, “That was the Stanford Kidney Transplant Team.” I said, “Wow, what’d they say?” “They said they found a match. And I was like, “Oh yeah, who?” She goes, “Me! I’m your match!” And we both just started crying out of joy, but at the same time, we actually said to each other, “It was because of that prayer. It was because of what Ka Eduardo said to us.”
What this kidney did for me was, it—that whole bargain thing—do more for God. God’s already shown what He can do for you. I got to take care of this body now. God’s given me two miracles; He’s shown me what He’s willing to do, that there’s still plenty left to do, I hold on to that. Any time there’s an opportunity to be able to be part of an activity, or help the kids, or sing a little bit more with my heart, teach CWS (Children’s Worship Service) lessons for the kids to be a little bit more proud of their membership, of their faith, that’s what there’s plenty more for you to do is, for me, I’ll use everything that I’ve got to do it.
Ever since the kidney transplant, I’m a lot more active than I was even after the heart transplant. Here I am working out way more, hitting the gym a lot more than I have ever done in my life, and playing basketball, slowly doing that more and more. I just think that with every situation in life that God gives you, you have to be able to show how good God is. When I go to the hospital for a checkup, it’s very often that a nurse says, “Hey thanks for dropping by, I’m glad you stopped by, there’s this patient we want you to talk to, give them some sort of inspiration.” When I first started doing that, when they first started pushing that, I was like, “What, me?” But then I realized, God placed it, God put a miracle in your life, to be able to not only show the world, but also to share what you can do. Who am I to be able to share and even inspire people the way that it’s turned out? I feel privileged to be able to do that.
Since the kidney transplant, brother Eduardo had another pastoral visit that was actually a chapel dedication for the Local Congregation of Mountain View. So I got to see him, got to shake his hand, and he says to me, he goes, “It’s as if nothing had ever happened to you, it’s as if you never needed a kidney transplant.” And I just kind of smiled, just kind of laughed it off. But I just said, “Thank you po.”
Ka Eduardo, I just want to let you know that the prayer and your advice to me on that beautiful day in February, it’s something that I hold onto to this day. Whenever I need a happy place to go to, I go back to that room, that prayer room inside Fremont, and just wanted to say thank you. Your words of advice carried me through, it changed my mind, it changed how I thought, how I felt, from that day on. All my kids saw, all my wife saw from that day on, while I was waiting for the kidney transplant or just something to happen with the kidney, they just saw their dad, or her husband smiling and laughing and trying to work [as] hard as I could, to help the church in any way I can. I just want to say thank you. The power of those words, the power that you gave us that day, your words of inspiration is what it is. Just pure inspiration. You’re definitely God sent. Thank you.