When I was 3 years old, I developed a serious skin disease. As I got older, my parents took me to the best doctors in Guatemala, and they said there was no cure for me.

Isabel Pleites

At age 7, I started noticing that I was not like everyone else. Besides the pain and itching on my skin, I suffered the rejection of people, and my heart began to harden. My parents always prayed for me, but they did not have a relationship with God.

One day, someone preached the gospel to them, and they gave their lives to the Lord. Less than a year later, when I was 14, we were invited to a revival meeting with the Puerto Rican evangelist Yiye Ávila.

At that point in my life, it had become harder to live with the disease that made pieces of my skin fall off and forced me to sleep with my body wrapped in sheets so that I would not hurt myself during the night. My condition had worsened, and I was very desperate. Every part of my body was in pain, and everything irritated me. I did not want to be with people.

When we got to the meeting, people gave me strange looks, and I wondered, “Why did my mom bring me here?” I sat at the very top of the stadium, as far up as I could.

After several songs of worship, the preacher began to speak: “Christ will heal you today. Receive Jesus, not only for healing in your body, but also in your soul.” I listened but did not want to respond to the call.

He continued: “Receive Jesus in your heart, and your life will change, and you will be [the Lord’s] witness around the world, and you will preach the gospel. You will testify of the wonders you see today.”

As I sat there, thinking that the call was only for other people and not for me, the preacher insisted yet again: “The Lord sent me here today, and He wants to heal you! Just lift up your hand to receive Him and come down to the altar.”

At that moment, I prayed: “Lord, if You are real, if You are the almighty God, remove this itching, this bitterness and the pain that is in me because I am not happy. I’m 14 years old, and I am not happy.”

I began to weep, and I gave my life to the Lord. That night, God healed my heart. I held onto what I learned from the message; I held onto faith and felt joy in my heart; but my skin condition had not changed, and the unbearable pain continued.

But the next morning, when I got up and looked in the mirror, I saw the most beautiful woman I had ever seen in my life. I was looking at myself—I was completely healed! My skin was clear from my head to my toes. I jumped, I cried, I celebrated—I had no more pain!

After that day, the people in my neighborhood would look at me and say, “You’re the girl who was sick, right?” I would answer, “Christ healed me!” Since then, I have served the Lord and believed in His power.

Today, I speak at conferences, visit orphanages and prisons, have a doctorate in theology, and this year my husband, Herminio, and I are planting All for Christ, a Foursquare church in Santa Clarita, Calif.

I encourage everyone to revive the fire on the altar of God because there is healing in Him. The Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever.

By: Isabel Pleites, as told to Melisa Prieto, administrative assistant at Distrito Hispano del Suroeste (Southwestern Hispanic District) in La Crescenta, Calif. 

Sanada en Respuesta a la Oración

A los tres años de edad me apareció una fuerte enfermedad en la piel. A medida que fui creciendo, mis padres me llevaron con los mejores médicos de Guatemala y estos decían: “No hay cura para ella”.  

Isabel Pleites

A los siete años empecé a notar que yo no era igual a los demás. Además del dolor y la picazón en mi piel, sufría el rechazo de la gente y mi corazón empezó a endurecerse. 

Mis padres siempre le pedían a Dios por mí. Un día alguien les predicó el evangelio y se entregaron al Señor. Al poco tiempo, a mis catorce años, nos invitaron a una reunión del evangelista Yiye Ávila. 

Por aquel entonces era más difícil vivir con esa enfermedad. Cuando llegamos a la reunión, el predicador empezó a hablar: “Cristo te sana hoy;  recibe a Jesús no solo para la salud de tu cuerpo sino la de tu alma”. Yo escuchaba pero no quería bajar. 

Continuó diciendo: “Acepta a Jesús en tu corazón y tu vida cambiará y me serás testigo en todo el mundo y predicarás el evangelio”. Mientras pensaba que aquel llamado era solo para los demás, el predicador insistió por tercera vez: “El Señor me envió y él te quiere sanar. Solamente levanta tu mano y baja”. 

En ese momento oré y dije: “Señor, si eres real, quita esta picazón, esta amargura y este dolor que están en mí porque no soy feliz”. Empecé a llorar y le entregué mi vida al Señor. Esa noche Dios sanó mi corazón pero el dolor desesperante continuó. 

Pero al levantarme a la mañana siguiente y verme en el espejo, vi a la mujer más linda que jamás había visto en la vida. Era yo…¡estaba sana! No tenía lesión alguna  desde mi coronilla hasta la punta de mis pies. ¡Brinqué,  lloré… no tenía más dolor!

Después de aquel día, todo el pueblo me miraba y me decía: “Usted es la muchacha que estaba enferma, ¿verdad?” Yo les contestaba: “¡Cristo me sanó!” Y desde ese entonces, le he servido al Señor y he creído en su poder. 

Soy conferencista, visito orfanatos y cárceles, tengo un Doctorado en Teología y este año estoy plantando la iglesia Todo Para Cristo en Santa Clarita, California, junto a mi esposo. 

Les animo a todos a avivar el fuego del altar de Dios porque en Él hay sanidad. El Señor es el mismo ayer, hoy y siempre. 

Isabel Pleites es una ministra Cuadrangular ordenada que está plantando All for Christ (Todo para Cristo), una iglesia Cuadrangular en Santa Clarita, California. Su historia le fue narrada a Melisa Prieto, asistente administrativa del Distrito Hispano del Suroeste en La Cresenta, California.