Collin Pace was 18 years old when he found out that he only had a month to live.
“So when I was 16 I lived here in Springfield, Virginia, going to Lake Braddock High School. Started to get sick, you know, thought it was the flu, thought it was colds, just constantly having problems,” he said in a Summit Church D.C. video.
Between the ages of 17 and 18, Pace was “constantly back and forth in and out of hospitals” and had gone through “several different procedures” and “exploratory surgeries chasing down the symptoms.”
“I would have lots of issues from breathing where my heart would race and then it would bottom out and actually get extremely slow. Basically living in a day-to-day pain cycle,” he explained.
Pace said that growing up his mom “always made a big point” to always make sure they were always in church, since he was five years of age.
“We were always active in our church, we were always participating or even helping out a lot inside of our church. So we had a lot of prayer inside of our church, was in constant communication with the pastors there and the members there,” he said.
After sitting down with the oncologist and getting “extra tests and procedures,” Pace received some devastating news.
He was diagnosed with “Stage four CS” and said the doctor told him “it had already metastasized at this point.”
“So what that means is cancer cells had already broken off from the original tumor and had formed throughout most of the rest of your body,” Pace explained in tears. “So you actually had several tumors spread throughout your body and it was constantly in your bloodstream.”
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Pace said that day, which happened to be his birthday, they went to Johns Hopkins. The doctor was late and “he’s not normally late.” When he arrived he had test results with him but he would not look at him or his mother.
“And there was nothing that they could do. He said at this point you have about 30 days. You can make your own choice, you can choose to stay here in the hospital, or you can go home and we’ll give you any medicine you want to make you as comfortable as you can be,” he explained.
Pace said he had to hear his mom tell his brothers that “he’s not gonna make it.”
“I decided that if this was going to be how it was that I want to take one more family trip. So our church was actually going to Israel that February and about a week into the trip is when we go to the Jordan River and at this point, I’m feeling just so exhausted, but I already made up in my mind and in my spirit that I was going to make it to the river,” he said.
Continuing, Pace said, “My brothers had to carry me to the water because I couldn’t walk, and I could remember knowing that I was gonna go down the water and arise a different person. I could feel it and I knew it. Cancer would be gone the moment I came out of that water.”
Jeremiah 30:17 says, “But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD.”
Pace said when they got back to the U.S. he had to get his blood work test and they said, “There’s something wrong with this test, we gotta do it again. You’re past your 30 days and this can’t be right.”
A miracle had occurred. Pace said that his test results showed “zero trace of any cancer.”
“There is no remission. There is no blood levels going down and they’re receding. It was completely clean as if it never existed and from that day forward I could feel my body stronger. I could feel it getting better,” he said.
Pace continued, “So the enemy had worked really hard to clearly stifle me, to hold me back, to take me out, to prevent me from doing all that God had planned for me but I can tell ya, God’s power has the final say.”
He now leads small groups at his church, Summit Church, and likes to be actively involved along with his family.
“So I can come here today and boldly stand in front of every one of you and let you know that our God still heals today,” he said. “The stories you read in the Bible, they’re not just stories those are living proof in the living Word that has come to life. There’s nothing special about the Jordan River, you get baptized right here, but you just gotta have your faith and be all in, you’ve got to elevate your faith and go vertical with it.”
Pace concluded, “I am a walking miracle.”
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Author: Rebecca Guzel
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