UPDATE: Love Right On Time… Lady Raised From Dead and A Muslim Healed

Posted: June 28, 2011 in Christians and The Church, Healings, Jesus Encounter, Most Popular Posts


The Question…

Ever wonder why people being raised from the dead is only something we read about in the Bible or hear about in a testimony from Heidi Baker’s ministry in Mozambique, Africa? Yeah, me too! And we’re not alone. God is waking this generation up to the fact that when Jesus said “Whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father (John 14:12),” He meant it. Our calling is to “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons (Matt. 10:80).”

Some of my friends and I at Ohio State have really been pressing into what it means to fulfill our calling and walk in the “greater works” that Jesus was talking about so we could see the greatest miracle of all, one soul coming into a Loving relationship with Jesus Christ. So we did what any normal college students would do on summer break, we started listening to the police scanner app on our phones and chasing ambulances to try to pray for people to be healed. Unfortunately, it didn’t go very well.

Just Your Normal Saturday…

On this particular Saturday a couple weeks ago my friend Sheria and I were headed to our friend (and my little Jesus sister) Saria’s graduation party. We stopped by the grocery store to get cards and when we came back to my car we realized I had locked my keys in my car. Sheria and I turned to one another and I said “Every time this has happened Jesus has been delaying me for some reason.” You might have read my blog from October about finding the OSU Prayer House that way (Click Here).

Sheria had recently renewed her AAA membership and had received a card saying it was good through July 2011, so we thought we’d call and be on our way in 15 minutes. When she called they quickly informed her that though they had sent her a card, it hadn’t gone through the computer properly and her membership had not been renewed.

Disappointed, we walked back to the house and we got in the car she had actually bought day, a 1987 Ford hatchback. First thing Sheria said when we got in the car was “I feel like Jesus is about to take us on an adventure.” I was feeling the same thing so we started praying, first that the car would start and second that the Holy Spirit would guide us where He wanted us.

Delay or Divine Appointment?

We were on our way down I-670 towards the airport because the party was at a hotel on Cassidy Rd. While we were talking we missed the Cassidy Rd exit… Then we missed the Steltzer Rd exit… Finally we got off on the third exit to back track to Cassidy. That’s when we pulled up on this at the intersection at Steltzer Rd…

Immediately we knew that this was why God had already delayed us an hour. The accident had just happened and if we had taken the Steltzer Rd exit we probably would have been involved. Two airport police were there at first and they started clearing the intersection completely and we were the last in line to get cleared. We were torn because we wanted to get out and pray for the people involved but the police were telling us to go. That’s when the rest of the emergency vehicles showed up and we were stuck. They then cleared a spot for us to go… but the car died.

It was very clear we were supposed to be here so we pushed our car off the road and began to scan the accident. Right away I spot my friend B*, a Christian rapper in Columbus and someone I went to school with. We had reconnected only two weeks prior, upon God’s leading to go to 13th Ave on campus one night to find a familiar face (a whole other story in itself). I texted him saying “Hey bro we’re here at the accident and we’re praying.” He seemed to be okay and was standing outside his van talking on the phone.

This Is It…

The other car was destroyed, pieces all over the intersection. There was a lady in the passengers seat and she moved around a little bit and then her head slumped down. My heart began to race a million miles per hour!  As we started to pray the medics got to her and started taking her vitals as the fire fighters started to cut into the car. Our hearts sank…

Now let me pause to say, we had been praying for opportunities to see the dead raised, but praying a naive prayer out of excitement and being prepared when the answer comes are two entirely different things! Sheria and I turned to each other and I said “This is it. This is what we’ve been praying for.” Standing about 20 feet from the wreckage we began to tell the body to live. Then the Holy Spirit told us to start telling the body to live. I even texted people to pray and put up a picture on Facebook explaining the situation. We knew the power of our God.

After what seemed like 15 minutes we saw the lady move under the sheet! The medics immediately uncovered her and rechecked her vitals, then put her in a neck brace. At that point she started talking and was able to tell them what happened. She ran the red light going 65mph and ran into B, who was going about 40-45mph, almost head on. They were then able to cut her out of the car with the jaws of life and get her into the ambulance.

The Wreckage…

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More of God’s Love…

It was now clear for us to go see B and a few friends of his got there at the same time to pray for him. He was a little battered, bruised and cut up. His arm looked broken because it was swollen up and really red. We circled him and prayed for healing. After that the Holy Spirit led us to pray for the lady in the ambulance again. They cleared the scene and that was it. B went to the hospital and they were surprised that after over 100 mph of impact he only needed a chiropractic adjustment. Praise God!

Sheria’s uncle picked us up and we got a new battery for her car. We finally made it to the party 3 1/2 hours late, yet we were one intersection away (about 30 seconds).

Here’s The Best Part…

So B got the accident report a week or so later and it is official, she was dead 1 minute and 20 seconds. The crazy part is that the time in the report is a second time she died, in the ambulance, at the same time God had told us to pray for her again. They had actually zipped her up in a body bag and she began to move! That’s my Jesus!

Later That Week…

Thursday of the week following the accident Teresa, Ricardo and I were at the OSU Prayer House watching Furious Love (an amazing documentary about God’s power moving in the darkest places on earth) when the Lord prompted us to go out on High St. Unfortunately Ricardo had to go home, so it was just Teresa and I walking down the street at 1:30am. We prayed for God to highlight someone to us and then we saw a man walking bare foot but holding his shoes about 100 yards ahead of us. That seemed like a pretty good sign we should ask him what was going on.

Once we got up to him we asked him why he was barefoot and he began to explain that he was homeless and had broken his leg 10 months before. He hadn’t had proper medical treatment so it never healed properly and he was in much pain. We asked him if we could pray for him since Jesus Loves to heal people and he said we could. And Jesus did! The pain left and he asked us to walk with him to put his shoes on. As we did we prayed more and his crooked leg straightened up and the limp started to disappear.

This Somalian man that had only been in the States for a year extended his hands without any prompting from us and in his broken accent said “Thank You Jesus!” It was so beautiful! I asked him if he had a relationship with Jesus and he went on to tell us that his people tell him to pray 5 times a day to God. I asked him if he was a muslim and he said he wasn’t anymore, he is going to pray to Jesus! We prayed for him a little longer for blessing and left him sitting there smiling and experiencing the Love of God.

What Does This Mean To You?

  • Firstly, if you Love Jesus with your full heart you serve one amazing God! And His Spirit, the same Spirit that rose Christ from the dead, LIVES IN YOU! Wow…
  • Second, Revelation 19:10 says “…the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” That means that when one testifies about something God has done, it applies and is possible in your life too. YOU can see the dead raised and the sick healed. In fact, it’s your mandate as a believer (Mark 16:15-18). One of the churches I shared this testimony with during service had a testimony a week later of an 8 year old boy who got killed in a car accident being raised after 20 minutes of being dead! (There were a total of 3 resurrections this past summer in Columbus, OH alone)
  • We must remember, the greatest miracle of all is one soul coming into a Loving relationship with Jesus. That’s our main purpose as disciples, to make disciples. We’re not here to chase miracles, signs and wonders. Cool thing is that miracles, signs and wonders chase us when we live a life fulfilling the Great Commission and calling on our lives.
  • Finally, God’s Love is always on time. That lady had no idea we were sent there to intercede against death twice. Think about that for a moment. She had no idea… How many times has God showed His Love in our lives, yet we didn’t see it because of our perspective, so we thought His Love wasn’t there? Look at the (former) Muslim… He had no idea the Creator of the Universe had set him up that night to be shown Love. That’s incredible! Jesus’ Love always meets us where we are, in our worst situations, and at the right time. Sometimes it’s hard to see, but be comforted in knowing it is there. Just ask him for a new perspective.
*We’ll call him B for Blessed to be alive and to protect him in this testimony. It’s important to make sure we steward testimonies and don’t let them exploit people.
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To God Be All The Glory!

  1. sandyovalle says:

    I love how Jesus works! Praise Him

  2. Brandon says:

    kingdom win. boom.

  3. Gina Alves says:

    Our God is an Awesome God, he reigns in heaven and earth!!

  4. Ryan, we are seeking our Father’s face and pressing into Him. Because of this, I know we will see these kind of miracles in the “Bible Belt.” It is then that people will then begin to understand the goodness and love of God, and their hearts will turn to true repentance. PTL! \o/ Go, Daddy, Go!

  5. David Wade says:


  6. Our God is Greater! 🙂 and He’s love is sooo powerful!

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