With nearly a dozen successful healings, God has answered prayers at Kingdom Life Church in Gas City, Ind. that no doctor has been able to answer.
Ally Thies (fr) experienced a life-changing event Oct. 12 when she instantly recovered from excruciating back pain through healing prayer.
She struggled with two bulging and herniated discs in her lower back for more than three years until Resident Assistant Lindsey Peoples (so) encouraged her to attend Kingdom Life.
Thies had not planned to receive a healing prayer beforehand. She was only planning to attend the service, until Peoples felt called by God to arrange a healing prayer by a Kingdom Life prayer group for her.
“[Thies] couldn’t stand during worship and the Lord was putting it on my heart during the entire service that he wanted Ally to do a healing prayer,” Peoples said. “Ally was hesitant at first, but she agreed to do it, and she had her back prayed for.”
A group of five people laid their hands on Thies and asked God to fix and straighten Thies’ back, praying for healing and relief.
Immediately after receiving the healing prayer, she began to feel numbness throughout her entire back, a feeling she had never experienced before.
The prayer group allowed time for God to do his work by praying for Peoples, who needed emotional healing prayer due to family struggles. Throughout the duration of People’s healing prayer, Thies began to experience intense back pain along with twitching in her lower back.
“It was the worst back pain I had ever experienced,” Thies said. “It felt like someone was squeezing my back.”
The group explained to Thies that the pain could be God moving her back into place.
Unable to stand, the group began to pray over Thies again as tears stung her eyes from the pain, lasting nearly ten minutes.
After ending the prayer, the group asked Thies to stand up. When she got up, there was a complete lack of pain — something she had not experienced in more than three years.
“God performed a miracle on me — things that only happen in the Bible,” Thies said. “I just hope that I can inspire people with my story and my testimony.”
Adjunct Professor of Music Spencer Lloyd plays a big part in these healing prayers held at Kingdom Life.
“The Holy Spirit is the great physician,” Lloyd said. “We certainly appreciate and accept [doctors and scientists], but if we’re operating from a perspective that all knowledge is from God, even medical knowledge, they have just uncovered what God already said existed.”
Thies is not the only Indiana Wesleyan University student who has a successful healing prayer story.
On Nov. 2, Mackenzie Raatz’s (sr) stomach was healed from intense complications by healing prayer at Kingdom Life.
For three years, Raatz was unable to eat gluten or dairy products because it left her with agonizing stomach pain. From September to the day of her healing, her condition had worsened, leaving her unable to eat any food without excruciating pain. The only way she could eliminate the pain was by sleeping.
“Ally and I have endured tremendous ongoing pain and we both knew if doctors could not give us any medicine or answers, our God has all the answers,” Raatz said in an email interview with The Sojourn. “Ally and I have been able to experience freedom in ways that no doctors or medicines could give.”
Claire Walterhouse (fr) also experienced successful healing prayer at Kingdom Life on Nov. 2.
A week prior to her healing, Walterhouse attended a bonfire in the woods and tripped, leaving her with a painful stress fracture in her leg. At Lloyd’s suggestion, Walterhouse tried a healing prayer at Kingdom Life, and her pain went away immediately.
Lloyd emphasized that Kingdom Life does not disregard medicine, doctors or medical practices.
“We don’t go after healing just because it’s a healing, we go after healing because it’s a representation of the good Father,” Lloyd said. “That’s what this is about. We want people to know the Father.”
Lloyd encourages anyone in need of healing, physical or emotional, to attend Kingdom Life for healing prayer.