Guest post by Kevin O'Brien.
I need to speak out too after last night 1 November 2012. Josiah O’Brien, Felicity’s and my son, pushed his wheelchair from behind out of the Salvation Army Church hall and down the road to the car then after a short trip walked into Subway to get a late snack.
Since July Josiah has had to use crutches as his left leg has had a muscle causing a constant kick on awakening, about three tics every two seconds. For the past three weeks his right leg also has become unusable and very painful to touch. When not in a wheel chair, he has got around on his side, with one leg up in the air to keep it from being touched. Despite that he has remained cheerful although a bit agitated at times.
Hospital experts from throughout New Zealand have examined him either directly or remotely. The consensus view being, that whatever it was he had, it was extreme and that there was no way he could control it. It was thought on balance to be probably of neurological origin but nothing was proven. Tuesday this week Josiah had an MRI scan under general anesthetic and results are still awaited. However the recovery nurse observed and recorded tremors while he was still unconscious tending to prove the neurological origin.
Last night Evangelist Ram Babu was ministering in Tawa and I took my boy along with expectation. Ram Babu is from India and was here for the one night before returning to India next week. Ethnically, white NZedder’s there were a small minority: God’s family has no colour.
The meeting was typical of healing meetings with praise and worship loud enough to shake the heavens. Miraculous healing took place through prayer based on words of knowledge. We all watched in awe as a woman had an arm restored to its proper place and length.
Ram Babu preached on the Corinthians text about being a new creation in Christ and that Christ does not fix or repair but makes new those who come to him.
Josiah was getting tired and I thought of taking him out but he would not go and later told me that he just blocked out the loud sounds to “wait for the healing”. Josiah responded to the altar call and I was surprised to see his little hand raised gently up without any influence from me. Indeed I had my eyes closed too most of the time. I wheeled him up to the front and Ram Babu laid hands on him and prayed for healing then continued on to pray for others.
In a minute or two an assistant came and asked Josiah to stand up and get out of his wheel chair. Josiah responded cautiously and he slowly put both feet fully on the ground and was self supporting. He then was asked to come up onto the platform and the whole church was excited watching this miracle. Josiah was running around on the platform mostly on tip toes (he had been unable previously to put either foot fully on the floor) and began to walk and run properly as he once did. He was obviously tired and appeared as though he might be crying and I was a little concerned that he was being asked to do so much.
I was then invited to come up onto the platform too to be with him. The first thing I did after hugging him was to pinch his right leg in several places knowing that he could not previously tolerate it being touched. I touched it severely. There was no pain response. Josiah was healed!
Ram Babu encouraged him some more and sat with him a while. The whole church were in amazement. We left at the close with everyone else with Josiah asking me to return the wheelchair that very evening. I had to remind him that shops were not open at 9pm. The wheelchair coincidentally was due to be returned or rehired the following day so God’s timing was impeccable.
To God alone be the Glory.
I know that my redeemer lives.