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Paolo Moyani joins Pastor Junnie Pagunsan outside the Far West End church.

Brain Tumor Brings Member to Jesus

Story by Tiffany Doss

For a several years, Paolo Moyani experienced double vision and headaches. Doctors told him he simply needed glasses. Upon moving to the United States, 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.

Shortly after arriving in the U.S., his aunt invited Moyani and his family to the Far West End church in Richmond, Va. “After the first visit, I didn’t want to go back,” he says. “It was so different from what I believed.” But his family continued attending.

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 praise 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 his life centered around the church, home and the hospital. “I begin to learn more about God during those very difficult and dark days,” 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] 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.”

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