Daniel and Susan Segraves
Near Father’s Day 2021, I was diagnosed with a disease heard of by few people … smoldering myeloma.
My primary care physician had noted something of concern in my annual bloodwork, and she recommended that I see a hematologist at least some time within the next four months. It was my understanding that it can be difficult to get an appointment with a doctor with the necessary skills. The Lord opened the door for me quickly; I had an appointment the next day.
My diagnosis called for a two-year plan of treatment. Over this time, I experienced a significant change in lifestyle, limiting travel, physical movement, and speaking engagements.
Today, on May 23, 2023, at 1 p.m., I met with my hematologist and received the good news that my bloodwork is normal and that I can discontinue the medications. I will not need to see this specialist until August 23 of this year for a follow-up examination. In the meantime, I can travel and teach. In other words, God has enabled me to reassume a life of health that I can live for His glory.
I have experienced the healing hand of our Lord!
It seems significant to me now that when Tim Gaddy, the district superintendent of the Arkansas District of the United Pentecostal Church International invited me to speak at the Arkansas District Camp Meeting in July of this year, he asked me to teach on the subjects of the Gifts of the Spirit and Signs and Wonders. He made this request before he was aware of my diagnosis.
I hope to see some of you at this camp meeting. As I frequently mention when I am in Arkansas, my spiritual roots run deep in this state. It is where I was baptized with the Holy Spirit as a young boy during the 1950s. This was in Rector, where my father, Glen Segraves, served as pastor from 1953 to 1959.