Northern Ireland model Rachelle Liggett was a finalist in the Miss Ireland contest in 2011, at the time was perfectly health, and went on to obtain a teaching degree. As a child, however, Rachelle had been diagnosed with leukaemia, and spent several months in the Children’s Hospital in Belfast.
Rachelle described her condition as “very severe”, and while she admires the doctors at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children for the work that they did with her, she feels that her cure was primarily down to the power of prayer.
“I don’t believe that chemotherapy or treatment would have cured me on its own,” she says, “it was the power of prayer that saved me. During prayer, when the hand of a Christian faith healer was laid on my head, I could feel my fingertips and legs and toes tingle with pins and needles.”
“I believe this was the cancer exiting my body,” explained Rachelle. “I believe I was truly touched by the hand of God that evening. After this, everything in my life changed.”
An entrant in the year that Holly Carpenter won the title, Rachelle is currently working with children while completing a Masters degree in education. “I love the Lord,” Rachelle added, “and I am certainly not afraid of what reaction my story brings, because He is my strength and my protector and goes before me in all things.”