My father used to get drunk and abuse us constantly. My mother decided to flee to the city, with only the clothes she stood up in, taking her children with her. With no money, no relations or friends, she arranged for a cellar for us to live in and her work as a domestic servant sustained us.
Yet, one day, mother fell sick and doctors could not diagnose what was wrong with her. She stayed in bed, with her body paralysed, and in great pain. My elder sister was seven at the time, and she cooked for us until the food ran out. She went out with my brother to gather the remains of food in garbage bins. Together with the bones that she got from the butcher’s she made them into a soup, which did for all our meals. Every day it was the same story.
One day my sister gave my mother a little book and said, “Look what I found in the garbage bin.” She wasn’t to know that that book would change our lives forever.
On the deathbed, when our mother read the New Testament, Christ touched her life. Suddenly, she got up, moved her legs, and, weeping, said, “Jesus has cured me…” Nobody had ever knocked on our door to speak of Jesus. And, with no one teaching her, she knelt and offered a prayer of thanks to God, asking forgiveness for her sins. With her face bathed in tears, she put her hand against my head and prophesied, “This son of mine will live to speak of this Book”.
God confirmed my mothers wish and, at 25 years of age, I took on the role of being called to preach the gospel.
My son, be attentive to My words; incline your ear to My sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart for they are life to him who finds them and healing to all his flesh. (Proverbs 4 v 20 – 23)
Healed of Blindness
“Our son Conchur was born with a benign tumour at the back of his right eye, he had no sight whatsoever in that eye, my husband and I were devastated. The Doctors told us that no man or equipment could make the eye perfect – nothing!
One day, three years ago, a friend said to me, “Eddie Stones is doing a retreat in Belfast. Why don’t you try to go?” Going didn’t appear possible then, but at the last minute it became possible.
I got talking to Eddie and told him that my son had been born blind in his right eye and that nothing could be done for him. When Eddie prayed with Conchur he told us that he saw a car windscreen with the rain running down the windscreen and the wipers washing the screen clean. He also saw two headlights, one on, and the other was dim. This was all new to me but I did not want to be rude and ask questions.
An hour or so later we were at Mass, and when the priest, Fr.Ronnie Mitchell, lifted up the Host, the most amazing thing happened, and I was to realise the full meaning of Eddie Stones vision.
Conchur’s right eye began to run tears; he lifted up his right hand (the wipers) to wipe the tears away (rain). On doing that he turned to me and said, “Mummy I can see out of my bad eye” (which was the dim headlight coming on).
My heart was turning over watching this in front of me. I immediately went to my bag to get pen and paper and I wrote the tiniest letter that I could make. Conchur was able to see it with his up-to-now blind eye. Just before Mass was finished, I went up to the altar to tell Eddie and Fr. Ronnie what had happened. It was a fantastic day. I will never forget it. My son was physically blind and I was spiritually blind. The God I had then is not the God I have now, He is truly alive and I love Him!
“What is impossible with men is possible with God!”
Healed of blindness “I am the light of the world.”
Here are three testimonies of healing relating to a church in Medjugorje, Bosnia. This is a heavenly place like Lourds, France, or Knock, Ireland, were people have seen the Blessed Virgin Mary appear.
For 22 years Veronica had been completely blind because her retinas were damaged. One night in August 1998, whilst in pain, she began to pray. All of a sudden she saw Jesus standing before her beckoning to her with his arms outstretched. During the vision, she saw a village in great detail, then a mountain with a big cross on top and the village church with two steeples. “I said to Jesus, ‘I don’t know where this place is’ Jesus looked at me, smiled and said, ‘Medjugorje!’ ”
In the morning she told her husband, Alex, everything that she had seen and that Jesus called the place Medjugorje. Neither of them had heard of this place as they lived in South Africa, but a few days later they met a friend who had just returned from a pilgrimage to Medjugorje! He was not merely able to tell them how to get there, but also able to confirm all the details in Veronica’s vision. Naturally it was with a great sense of expectation that they too made plans to go to Medjugorje. As they arrived there, Veronica, being blind, was unable to see whether it looked like what she had seen in her vision, but for Alex it was uncanny. All the details were exactly as Veronica had described them.
When they went to hear Vicka speak, (One of the children who had seen the vision of the Blessed Virgin – now an adult woman) there were so many pilgrims that Alex and Veronica were squashed at the back of the group. But as Vicka talked, Alex noticed that she was gazing at Veronica. Alex told her: “She is looking at you!” Then Veronica heard, “she’s waving at you! She’s smiling at you!” When Vicka had finished speaking, Alex said, “She’s coming down and walking toward you! She’s right in front of you!” Then Vicka placed her hand over Veronica’s eyes and prayed. When Vicka removed her hand, Veronica could see! Leaping for joy and dancing in the street, Veronica cried out in thanksgiving! She, who was blind, could see! To this day she is filled with a tremendous sense of awe at how God has touched her life, and desires to bring to others something of the joy she now experiences.