God’s Miracles and Support in my Life
Hi, my name is Helen,
Part of my years growing up were spent in Switzerland, where my father worked for the World Health Organization. There I studied to be a medical assistant and after working in this profession for several years I started work at Lufthansa, where I flew as an air hostess for almost 10 years. I met my husband on one of my flights and it was one of those fairytale stories; we married not long after we met, and had two wonderful children. A few years later we decided to emigrate to Australia, which was possible through my husband's profession as a TV producer. He was offered a job in Melbourne, which he accepted. So in 1983 we moved to Australia.
...our younger son Ted had a near-drowning accident in our swimming pool. Our life changed drastically.
Five months after we arrived in Melbourne, our younger son Ted had a near-drowning accident in our swimming pool. Our life changed drastically. The next hours turned to days then to months where we fearfully dreaded for his life. Day and night I sat beside his bed, holding him in my arms, singing and telling stories, trying everything to stimulate his senses to come out of the coma. After 3 months we were able to take him home; his body was stiff, bent backwards, and one seizure followed the other. (Diagnosis: cerebral palsy). He needed to be fed by a naso-gastric tube. The only thing he was able to control was the opening and closing of his eyes and we used this to communicate with him.
In this incredibly difficult time I begged, or rather screamed at God to reveal to me if He really existed, for this situation was way past my strength. I desperately needed help to cope. Several months after Ted had returned home we started an extensive course of therapy, and placed an article on the front page of the local newspaper looking for volunteers to help with this. The following day I received a phone call from a very nice gentleman who had seen my advert. He was not able to help me with the therapy, but wanted to show me how God could heal my son. We met a couple of days later. Using the Bible he explained and showed me the scripture in JOHN 3:5 that you have to be
born again of water and spirit. That means to be baptized by immersion (for the remission of sins) as an adult, for the decision to follow Christ or not is yours. Baptism as a baby is not scriptural, for a baby has not committed any sins nor is it able to make an important decision like this and receive the Holy Spirit. He also explained to me, that when you receive the Holy Spirit you start to speak in a new prayer language; the Bible calls it speaking in tongues. I went along to a meeting and was convicted straight away, after seeing the seriousness and love for God that these people had. Being sceptical, I checked it out for several months until I was 100% sure, and then was baptized and received the Holy Spirit, just as it is promised in God's Word in ACTS 2:37-38.
On the same day I experienced many miracles; my heart was filled with a love I had not known existed, and with such joy that one drop more and I thought my heart would split right through the middle. On top of that all my exhaustion had disappeared (I hardly slept in those days). It was really true! God is alive! He is real; all my fears vanished. Ted’s seizures stopped instantly, he was able to swallow again and my husband, who did not know of the decision I had taken, greeted me when we came home with the words “I am going to stop drinking”. For many years this had been a huge problem in our marriage; another miracle was that he managed to do this without any withdrawal symptoms! Ted improved more and more over the next days and I was very thankful for God’s intervention in our lives! All this brought more normality and peace into our house which was very important for all of us, especially for my firstborn who had suffered greatly.
The following years were filled with miracles and many healings, but it would fill a book if I tried to tell you about all of them. To mention just a couple; 2 years later my husband became a Christian as well, after he witnessed the disappearance of a tumour which I had discovered. As I had had cancer before, my doctor was very concerned and sent me to have an x-ray taken right away. In Church I asked for prayer according to ISAIAH 53:5
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him and with his stripes we are healed”. The tumour vanished 5 days later while I sat in the waiting room of a specialist. Through this miracle, my doctor started going to Church again. And years later my son broke his shoulder through a fall from the wheelchair and got healed 4 days later when he was anointed with oil and prayed for by a dear friend.
In 1986 we returned to Germany, and unfortunately not long after this my marriage broke apart. My husband died in 2000. My youngest son and I moved to Scotland where we found many new friends.
Ted was mentally quite alert; although he was physically still severely disabled he enjoyed his life and lived it to the full. Wonderful and caring friends helped and made it possible for him to take part in many excursions. In 2010 after a very painful and difficult time, he left me to be with the Lord and I have to say that without God I would not have been able to cope with all the problems over these last years. He has always been truthful to His promise, and given me the necessary strength, guidance (for example with nutrition, detoxification, therapies etc.) and help to cope with every situation and I am very, very grateful for this. He has kept a watchful eye on my firstborn as well, and helped him too, for it was not easy to grow up with a brother who got so much more attention than he did.
With all my heart I would like to thank and praise God that He has stood by me throughout all these difficult years and that He revealed to us how to be saved. Please don't wait too long, time is running out and judgement day will be here soon. HEBREWS 9:27
”And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” Only you can decide where you want to go, it’s either heaven or hell. Turn to Him with all your heart and He will give you the wonderful gift of salvation and will look after you compassionately with caring love. He promises this in His Word.