For a several years, Paolo Moyani (pictured left) had been experiencing double vision and headaches. Doctors told him he simply needed glasses. Upon moving to America, Moyani says an ophthalmologist was alarmed at his description of his vision problems and ordered him to go to the hospital. After an MRI, they made a shocking discovery – a brain tumor the size of a tennis ball.
Through his aunt’s invitation, Moyani and his family began attending the Far West End Church in Richmond, Va., shortly after arriving in America. “After the first visit, I didn’t want to go back,” he says. “It was so different from what I believed.”
As Moyani went through chemotherapy and radiation for the tumor, he says he and his family were embraced by members of the church. “I didn’t have insurance. We didn’t know where to get the money when the bill started coming in, but God was ahead of us. I praised God for a loving and caring church family that supported us even though we were not members. They helped us defray some of our bills and provided food and lots of prayer and love.”
During the course of his treatment, Moyani says life was church, home and hospital. “I begin to learn more about God during those very difficult and dark days for me,” he shares. I saw the light of Jesus, I learned how to pray. For the first time, I learned to study the Bible and learned how to surrender my life to Jesus with the help of my church family. My family began studying with Pastor Junnie [Pagunsan] (pictured right) every week and I decided to be baptized. It was the greatest day of my life. Now I am a follower of Jesus, a living testament of God’s miracle, one year cancer-free and still learning and growing in Jesus.”