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This is One of the Resurrections

May 22, 2008

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This is an AP video story on a woman raised from the dead in West Virginia. Below is a copy of the post from Pastor Karl Strader’s report of the Revival in Lakeland. I received the e-mail 5/20/08/ The video story was posted online today, 5/22/08

Stephen Strader
May 20, 2008

Day 48

Pastor Stephen reads the story of number 11 raised from the dead ======================================================

Darla writes:
A young lady from our Choir Ministry came to your revival several weeks ago. On May 8th at choir practice our Worship Leader had the young lady tell of your Revival in Lakeland, FL.

Then our Worship Leader had the young lady pray for anyone in our choir that wanted prayer because she believes in the transfer of the Anointing. When the young lady prayed for me, in her prayer she mentioned Healing, Revival in my family, and Restoration. We did not know what was coming our way but our Lord did.

On Saturday morning May 17th at 2:00 am in the morning I received a phone call that my husband’s Aunt Val had had a heart attack. Val had called her sister Shelia (my mother-in-law) told her to come over, then Val called the paramedics herself, then her son Tim.

When Shelia got to Val’s home the paramedics were waiting and Shelia told them to bust in the door. When they found Val she was laying face down, gray, and no pulse. The paramedics did CPR for eight minutes until they got a faint pulse. She was taken to the nearest hospital.

The doctor’s accessed her and then had the family to come in. We were told that they were not sure if she had a heart attack or not but she was on a ventilator, they put her in an induced coma.

The doctor was more worried about brain damage because she had been without oxygen for so long and she had shown signs of some damage. The doctor was transporting her to another hospital to do a new procedure called Hypothermia – it drops your body temp to 75 degrees and it helps preserve the brain. She was transported at 5:00 am.

At 6:30 am her son received a call that a test was performed and there was no brain activity. Shortly thereafter, her heart stopped two more times – two more times being shocked, they gave her medicine to start her heart once and once they did CPR. They doctors performed another test – still no brain activity. The doctors told the family that she only had 20% chance of living – but her mind would not be the same. If her heart stopped one more time she would not survive.

By this time they were telling us she had had several heart attacks. Val’s son finally made the decision around 12:30 pm on Saturday to have her life support removed. This decision only came after much prayer – and God did give him total peace. The family was told to go say their good bye. Most of the family are Christians. As each one of us went in we had prayer with her.

Three of my sister-in-laws and my self anointed her with oil and had prayer. While we were praying, she would start to shiver from the top of her head – then it would go through her body to her feet. She did this several times.

One of us asked what was that – we knew the Lord was working on her – The nurse said it is only where she is warming up. While in the waiting room the family read Hebrew 11 – the faith chapter – we broke out in worship and song.

At about 3:15 was time we thought it was all going to be done – Val’s son was told there was a problem with organ donor. Val had requested it but her son said no. He was afraid that no autopsy could be performed. So the organ donor corporation was called in… they are called CORE. They were over an hour away.

At this time some of the family thought that this was a bad diversion – they couldn’t believe that when the decision was made and there was peace that it had all stopped.

When CORE finally came, they told her son that they would only use the liver and the kidney and it would not interfere with the autopsy. Once again, any family member that wanted to go back could. One last time, prayer came from the very last visitors.

We were told that CORE would contact the doctors in Pittsburg and see if they could use any organs, because once you are over 50 they usually don’t. We all left around 6:00 waiting on the final call.

A family friend/pastor stayed – he asked the nurse – could you check and see if there is any blood pressure or pulse so I can tell the family – the nurse checked and there was nothing. All the machines had been taken off but the breathing tube. So the pastor/friend left.

When the nurse was with her she checked one more time- nothing – then she pulled out the tube – Val’s hand went to her mouth – the nurse jumped and said that had to be a reflex – then Val opened her eyes.

The nurse was almost in shock – she called for another nurse – they started a blood pressure on her – Val took a breath – her heartbeat came back – she had a blood pressure – had Val asked for her son.

At 6:30 pm The family was called and said get back SHE IS ALIVE and talking a breathing on her own. WOW!!!! PTL!!!!!

Jesus stepped in when man stepped away – when doctor’s could do no more – Jesus did the rest.

We all went to see her Saturday right after the call. She knew everyone. Sunday, she was more alert and carrying on conversations with us. =============================================================

Today, Monday morning she is sitting up in bed feeding herself Jell-O!!!!!!! =============================================================

These things are happening in the United States, not third world nations. The doctors do not have an explanation for this, but we do. Jesus is ALIVE and he is doing through his church what he did when he walked the earth – destroying the works of the devil.

Here is a link to the local coverage of the story, including interviews with Val, her son Tim and what happened at her church Sunday morning!

UPDATE: I found this comment by one of Val Thomas’ pastors here:

I am one of Val’s pastors. Another thing to add to this story is the souls that are being saved as a result of this miracle. 6 of Val’s own family members have been saved. We have had multiply salvations and healing miracles since the time of this resurrection. God is moving in a mighty way. A revival fire has been lit in the hills of WV. Praise the Lord!

Pastor Jamie Wright

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Nancy from San Antonio permalink
    May 23, 2008 7:53 am

    Okay, got this skeptic thinking….
    that is truly something!
    Blessings to you Ms.Rahab.

  2. eddie permalink
    May 23, 2008 8:58 am

    Get your stories straight!!! The video says she went 17-1/2 hours without any brain activity,yet your bull story above is around 6 hours.People do anything to get on the internet or on the news.Grow up people!!

  3. rahabsplace permalink*
    May 23, 2008 9:05 am

    Complain to the AP – they are the ones who investigated the story. I just posted the video and the email from the emotional family which was sent Monday.

  4. eddie permalink
    May 23, 2008 9:16 am

    also,if she had a breathing tube she would not be able to talk this soon,and she has no iv’s! Hmmm!!

  5. Nancy from San Antonio permalink
    May 23, 2008 11:07 am

    Wow. As skeptical as I am, I can’t deny
    this: And it also made Fox News… stating
    that the woman was already in “rigor mortis”..
    at any rate, I don’t think people need to be
    ugly about it?!!,2933,357463,00.html

  6. Nancy from San Antonio permalink
    May 23, 2008 11:10 am

    And it made Fox News too, quote: the
    woman was already in rigor mortis!
    Now, how can that be rationally explained

  7. Nancy from San Antonio permalink
    May 23, 2008 11:10 am

    check out

  8. May 29, 2008 10:55 pm

    On my website, on the right-hand side. There is an actual news report of a man who was raised from the dead in the state of Florida. Atheists became horrified as this man was raised from the Dead in Jesus Name!

  9. June 17, 2008 12:42 am

    Thanks for posting this to my blog. As a Christian, (lapsed maybe! 😉 ) I fully believe that God could do this. My rational mind also knows that the human body is a remarkable organism that has an amazing ability to go into self protection mode, and a remarkable ability to heal itself. However, I rejoice with this family in that an amazing event took place, and this lady has been given a new lease on life.

    However, it still does not add any validity to Todd Bentley’s ministry, which is what my article was about. The gentleman that came up on stage with the 2 prosthetic legs and glass eye, and claimed he experienced a one inch growth in his legs, and mentioned the ability to distinguish light through his eye needed 2 new legs and a new eye. It makes absolutely no sense that he would only get an inch, when he needed a new pair of legs. Also, how does one verify this? You can’t. You have to take this gentleman’s word for it, and in an emotional setting such as that, people’s emotions do get carried away. I’ve seen it as a pastor in a charismatic church, and in Todd’s meeting which I have attended.

    At least in this woman’s case, doctors could verify something happened. I’m reluctant to actually say she was clinically dead, because she was on a ventilator, and in an induced coma. Technically, she could have remained in that state for who knows how long.

  10. rahabsplace permalink*
    June 17, 2008 1:21 am

    I agree that there is a lot of emotionalism (if I could hear clearly after not hearing for years, I’d get pretty emotional) and I do know that there are people who are feeling more than what is actually happening.

    Todd’s team called George (the guy with the glass eye) after he got home. He’s been to the doctor and his doctor verified that his stumps have indeed grown an inch. He can also see light still through the glass eye, which I will admit is pretty wild. There are people all over the world praying for George to get fully restored.

    Todd is stepping out into something we haven’t truly seen in this country in probably 40 years. And he is young. This is a huge learning curve for him. What does encourage me about him is the fact that he is making adjustments as he goes and he is seeking counsel from mature leaders such as Bill Johnson, John Arnott, Patricia King, Che Ahn.

    I’ve been watching almost nightly since probably 4/8/08. I have seen a lot of people who say something along the lines of, “I was here last week with this condition. Todd prayed, I got touched. I went home and went to my doctor. The test results show my condition is gone. Here’s a copy.”

    Does everyone get healed? No, and Todd doesn’t claim that they do. He is also very clear about the fact that he doesn’t heal, Jesus does.

    I think, though, the thing about this movement for me isn’t about Todd. It’s about the fact that I have gotten the courage to go out and pray for people where I live. We’ve seen a grandmother of one of members get healed of partial deafness. One of the guys in my church was healed of partial deafness. I prayed for a girl with a broken arm out on the streets. She told me the pain left and she could put pressure on it, which she couldn’t before. I’ve prayed for people in ER and seen them improve before they saw the doctor. It has been FUN!

  11. June 17, 2008 1:56 am

    I can only hope that people are not being led down a dangerous path. I get very wary when individuals place their experiences on a par with scripture, and proclaim they have a new revelation. If these healings are being medically verified, then Mr. Bentley needs to release that information, or give access to those doctors. I am still very skeptical of the man with the prosthetic leg. Again, much of what I have seen in that area is trickery. It’s really not that hard to manipulate a persons hips and legs to “grow” an inch. Like I said, and I think it is a valid argument, one needs to ask the obvious question: If God was doing this, why could He not give this man 2 brand new legs and a new eye?

    Also, I am wary of individuals that say they went to their doctor, and their doctor verified it, but offer no written proof. I’ve just seen too much deception in this area in my years, and people end up hurt and broken. I’ve seen many people leave church after experiencing this “anointing” because once the “show” is over, they wander around looking for the next “fix.” I just urge caution, and testing the fruit.


  12. June 17, 2008 2:02 am

    Eddie, chill, and at least look at what is being said by the individuals in the video. If nothing else, be happy that this individual got a second chance.

  13. June 20, 2008 2:20 pm

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Eddy!

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