NOTE: While this is not technically historical, it does document the work of God for future generations!
On October 16, 2007, God performed an astounding miracle for Sis. Judie Ritchie, a member of River of Life in Muncie. In October 2001, Sis. Ritchie experienced her first stroke. This incident was followed by a series of Transient Ischemic Attacks, so-called ministrokes. In February 2002, she was hospitalized at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie and continued to suffer debilitating attacks over the next five years.
The strokes left Sis. Ritchie’s body partially paralyzed and greatly weakened. Drained of energy, she was unable to do housework and perform usual tasks. She walked with a cane and sometimes used a walker because of the hemiplegia in her right leg and foot, which were paralyzed and turned outward, causing her to fall often. She also experienced paralysis in two fingers on her right hand and was unable to take proper hold of things. Sister Ritchie had a knot in her abdomen that was also paralyzed, and the left side of her face was paralyzed, effecting her speech.
During the night of October 15, 2007, Sis. Ritchie experienced yet another ministroke. She woke to discover her mouth badly drawn down and had difficulty moving. By faith, she struggled to get ready for the weekly Ladies’ Prayer meeting held on Tuesday mornings at River of Life. “I almost stayed home,” says Sis. Ritchie, “but I’m so glad I ended up going!”
Approximately fifteen women were gathered for the meeting. Toward the end of the meeting, the sisters gathered in a prayer circle. A chair was placed in the center of the circle, and several of the sisters sat in the chair by turn to receive special prayer. When Sis. Ritchie took the seat, the ladies began to fervently pray the prayer of faith in the Name of Jesus, laying hands on her. Sis. Ritchie gives all the glory to God for what happened next!
I felt a weight like big heavy bricks in my feet, and it began to go up my legs. My right foot and leg moved back into position. The feeling continued to move up my body, and the knot in my stomach disappeared. The tingling in my fingers went away, and the feeling moved up my left arm into my shoulder and onto the left side of my face. My mouth moved back into place, and the paralysis left me!
When the sisters realized what God was doing, they began to rejoice with Sister Ritchie for the miracle God was performing.
For six years, Sis. Ritchie had not been able to play the accordion. She got up from the chair and picked up Sis. Margaret Martin’s accordion and began to play “There’s Something About That Name.” The sweet Spirit of the Lord began to move in a very powerful way.
Sis. Ritchie left the church and drove to Pastor John Martin’s home and testified of the miracle she had received. She then visited her two sisters and prayed for them. When her husband came home that evening, he asked if she had gotten the mail. She replied that she hadn’t and rose from her chair to walk with him to the mailbox. He was astounded at her movement and agreed to attend Bible Study that night with his wife.
Pastor Martin called Sis. Ritchie to the platform to give her testimony. She explained the supernatural healing that God had given her and joyfully ran the perimeter aisles of the church, igniting powerful praise and worship for God’s undeniable healing power!
Sis. Ritchie made an appointment to see her internist, Dr. Mohammed Bahrami. The doctor was amazed at her miraculous recuperation and recorded on his official report: “A miracle happened to her at church as she received prayer from her lady friends.”
God still answers prayer! Jesus said: “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, that will I do . . .” (Jn. 14.13). Sis. Ritchie’s healing is a dynamic testimony of the divine power that resides in the omnipotent Name of Christ Jesus! He is still Jehovah Rapha, the Lord that Heals!