Healed wheel­chair woman to share her mir­a­cle story with NI au­di­ence

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS -

A WOMAN cured of long-term paral­y­sis in front of thou­sands of peo­ple al­most 30 years ago will share her story at a Co Antrim evan­gel­i­cal mis­sion.

Jean Neil from War­wick­shire will also pray for peo­ple in need of heal­ing af­ter be­ing in­vited by Pas­tor Gra­ham McClel­lan to St John’s Hall on the Lur­gan Road in Crum­lin.

Jean said: “It be­gan just af­ter I got mar­ried when a piece of car­pet got pulled from un­der my feet and I fell and broke my spine.

“I was in trac­tion for eight weeks but it didn’t work so they op­er­ated on me and I had my coc­cyx taken away and I ended up in a wheel­chair for the next 25 years.

“I al­ways had a strong Chris­tian­faithandIkep­ton­goin­gand tried to be as nor­mal as I could, but life was hard. I also had four chil­dren dur­ing that time.”

Jean ad­mits that at times she looked hard at her med­i­ca­tion and, as she put it, “tak­ing the easy way out”. How­ever, she said her faith in God pre­vailed de­spite health prob­lems that also in­cluded heart at­tacks and neu­ro­log­i­cal is­sues.

“At Sun­day school, I had a lit- tle boy pray­ing for me,” she said.

“And around three weeks later I had a se­ries of dreams. In the first dream I saw my­self hav­ing an op­er­a­tion and I died dur­ing it.

“In the sec­ond, I dreamed of be­ing in a large hall and be­ing prayed for by a tall man with a for­eign ac­cent.

“I woke up and I told my hus- band and also my pas­tor. He be­lieved they were dreams from God. The first dream he thought was a warn­ing and the sec­ond one was a prom­ise that I would be healed.”

How­ever, in March 1988 Jean’s life changed for­ever at a Chris­tian event at the Na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre in Birm­ing­ham.

She said it had the same red seats, the same de­sign and a huge au­di­ence, just as she had dreamed.

“The main speaker was Rein­hard Bonnke, a Ger­man evan­ge­list and I recog­nised him as the tall man in the dream,” said Jean.

When he prayed for Jean, she was able to get out of her wheel­chair and walk again for the first time in a quar­ter of a cen­tury.

“Since then I have had a min­istry to pray for the sick and have trav­elled all over the world in the hope that I can help oth­ers,” she said. “I hope my trip here to North­ern Ire­land will al­low me to do just that.”

The events be­gan last night and con­tinue un­til Sun­day.

Jean Neil with the story of her heal­ing en­counter

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