Over the past few weeks the People of Praise has received a great deal of attention in the press. Here, we aim to correct the record and provide clarity on a few important points.
By Chris Meehan
An Evansville man who had been seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident had his ankle pain and limp disappear when three People of Praise missionaries prayed with him.
Five minutes before the end of a recent missionary outing, David Frank, Mary Timler and David Zimmel spotted Michael, a man with a limp, walking to his car.
David Zimmel approached him with a question: “Have you ever seen a miracle?”
“It’s a miracle I’m even alive!,” Michael replied.
He said that he had been badly injured in a motorcycle accident. Several successful surgeries had rebuilt his neck, but a smashed ankle was still causing him extreme pain.
“God can finish the healing,” offered David.
“Doctors say it’s not fixable,” Michael replied.
“God can heal you,” David repeated, before telling three stories of people he knew who were healed of problems with their knees or feet–including himself.
“You mean you’re going to lay your hands on me and my feet will stop hurting?”
“Yes!” David said.
“Well, it can’t hurt to try.”
The three missionaries prayed over Michael. Afterward he got up and took two steps that he said were pain-free. David asked if he could walk without a limp. He took about 20 balanced, even steps. Michael appeared amazed, but skeptical. “He left with a quizzical expression on his face,” David said.
A week or so later, Mary went back to the same place and met a woman who said she was Michael’s girlfriend. She said Michael hadn’t complained about pain since the day he had been prayed with, but he remained perplexed by the healing. “Have you ever seen the Lord do anything?,” Michael had asked her.
Another neighbor told David that he had seen the missionaries pray with Michael and seen him walking afterward. Michael had approached him and asked him whether he believed in God. “It’s the weirdest thing,” Michael told the neighbor. “They prayed over me and now I’m not limping.”
“It’s fairly common for people not to know how to respond to a healing,” says David, “but I enjoy seeing the Lord surprise people. I’ve told this story around 10 times since then, when praying with people, and they’ve been getting healed.”
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