- A pastor felt discomfort and pain before a church sermon recently
- However, he pushed through and shared the message God put on his heart with his congregation
- Afterwards, he was rushed to a doctor and tests revealed he had suffered a heart attack
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Rouvain Du Preez is the pastor at Christen Lewe Gemeente in Lichtenburg. Last weekend started out as a normal weekend for Du Preez.
"Sunday morning was as usual, we showed up to church early and Tersia and I were busy with our respective preparations," he wrote on Facebook.
However, just before the sermon was set to start, Du Preez started experiencing discomfort.
"My shoulders were sore and I felt a little discomfort in my chest" he added in Afrikaans.
The sermon kicked off and after the announcements, Du Preez joined his congregation in praise and worship - at which point the pain and discomfort got worse.
"My left arm felt numb and I had a massive headache," Du Preez continued, adding he started struggling to breathe.
Du Preez spoke to one of the church leaders, whom he identified as Nico, sharing with him the discomfort he was experiencing.
Nico and another church elder, Lourens, prayed for their pastor while the rest of the congregation continued with praise and worship.
Briefly.co.za learned Du Preez served communion to the members of his church afterwards before starting the sermon.
"When I started preaching I experienced an indescribable calmness," Du Preez revealed.
While he was preaching, Du Preez could no longer feel the pain and discomfort. However, after the sermon it was like a massive weight was placed on him.
He said it felt like the "life was leaving" his body and the church leaders prayed for him again before rushing Du Preez to a doctor.
"I was admitted to hospital immediately and blood tests showed I had suffered a heart attack," Du Preez's post revealed.
Du Preez shared his testimony on Facebook to emphasize God's grace.
"In the middle of the heart attack, God made me calm," Du Preez said, adding the Lord's hand was on him the entire time.
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Take a look at Du Preez's Facebook post below:
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