Somers, New Castle, New Brunswick, Canada
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
RECEIVED A HEALING MIRACLE FROM JESUS CHRIST
suffered for 17 years with back problems
accident in a mine changed my life in 1977 and our little dream would fall
apart. I had a home, a family and a little baby girl 5 months
old. We had a new car, good jobs and everything we needed, until it
all collapsed one day!
WORKED IN THE MINES
in the mines and we had a lot of trouble with pipes pumping water from
underground to the surface. As I began my shift one morning, I was
told, "The pumps have stopped pumping again. You'll have to do
we had to use dynamite and get the pumps going, but they didn't want us to
use dynamite because it was too dangerous and could do a lot of damage.
WAS THROWN ON A PLATFORM AND LANDED ON MY BACK
got under the pipe and began working on it when everything let loose.
When it let go, I was standing on the wet, greasy platform. The
water pressure hit my chest and threw me backwards. I fell of the
platform and landed on my back, on a set of railroad tracks below.
DOCTORS OPERATED ON MY BACK AND REMOVED A DISK
was taken to the hospital and they tried different things. Nothing
helped. Finally they decided to operate - the first of many - and
took a disk out of my back.
OPERATION ON MY BACK DIDN"T HELP - I HAD CONSTANT BACK PAIN
was told by the doctor before the operation that the chances were 50-50.
After the operation, I was no better. They tried other things.
I went to doctors in Fredericton, St. John, Halifax & Toronto. I
saw a lot of doctors. No one could help me! A doctor in
Fredericton said, "Lets try another operation on your back."
So I went back on the operating table. This time he told me
"there is no guarantee."
said, "Well, I look at it this way - have have to try
something." Soon after the second operation, I still had
constant back pain and I started going to a chiropractor and I continued
going there for 13 1/2 years.
I did get back to work, but I never had a pain free day for 17 years - NOT
ONE MINUTE WITHOUT PAIN". My back pain was constant and the
back pain made my life miserable.
LEARNED TO LIVE WITH THE BACK PAIN
learned to live with the back pain. Most of the time I could live
with it. When it got too back and I couldn't stand it, I would go
home, park my tractor trailer (18 wheeler) and stay in bed for a week or
two and just get out of bed to get treatment. When I got the back
pain under control I would go back to work again.
doctors and chiropractors kept telling me, "This is not good - each
time you do this, you are doing more damage to your back and body!"
the back pain got so bad I started losing all feeling from the waist down.
I'd be driving, when suddenly all feeling would go from my waist down.
There was nothing! I would pull myself over with my arms into a
different position, and the feeling would come back and I'd keep on going.
WAS PARALYZED FROM THE WAIST DOWN
one day, I began getting out of the truck, I turned around, stepped out
and there was nothing. I landed on my face on the ground, completely
paralyzed from the waist down.
laid there for quite a while. Then I pulled myself over a little bit
with my airms using the step of the fuel tank. I tried to get myself
in a position to stand up when the feeling would return, which it
went to the doctor and told him what had happened. He said,
"You are going to have to stop working. One of these days the
feeling will not come back and you'll be in a wheelchair for the rest of
your life." So I headed down to 'Compensation' again.
They tried various procedures which they had not used before - like
hooking up different machines - one after another - but nothing helped.
the time I was going through this horrible back pain I still believed in
the back of my mind that someday a doctor would come up with a cure for
me. I thought I would somehow meet a doctor who would help me.
Well, for the last 2 1/2 years before my miracle, I worked 6 months and I
had a hard time doing so.
DOCTOR SAID - THERE IS NO CURE FOR YOU
day they 'sat me down' on a bed and told me, ":There will never be a
cure. you will eventually be in a wheelchair. You will never
that time I had to face reality - there was no hope. People had been
praying for me for 17 years. I had prayed for myself. Now I
was giving up on the doctors and the people around me and putting my trust
totally in the Lord.
was taking 3 times the amount of prescribed medicines and yet I could not
stand the pain. I was praying every night that God would take me
home. That I would die. Many days, I couldn't sleep at all -
day or night. My wife would hear me crying and asking God to let me
was allowed one pill every 4 hours, another one every 12 hours and another
one at night. I got to the point that I would open up the bottle and
take 2 or 3 pills at one time. I couldn't wait for the 4 hours.
The pills I was to take one every 12 hours - I was taking 2-3 every 3-4
MAX SOLBREKKEN CAME TO LYTTLETON FOR A CRUSADE
was born and raised in a Christian home and went to the Baptist Church in
Lytleton. My daughter Tasha started attending the Pentecostal
Church. She said, "Dad, there is a man coming you preaches the
gospel and prays for the sick and many people are getting healed.
Will you come?"
said, "Tasha, I'd love to go but with all the pain I'm in and the
suffering I am going through - I wouldn't be able to sit through the
that time I still believed that there was a doctor coming - I still had
the thought in the back of my mind - I would be cured through medical
Pastor Max Solbrekken came and Tasha asked him to pray for me.
Pastor Solbrekken gave her an anointed prayer cloth for me to use. I
carried that cloth until Pastor Solbrekken cam back in September.
When Tasha told me that he was returning she asked, "Dad, will you
come?" I said, "Tasha, I don't know how I can do it, but I
will go. I promise you I will."
have a good friend, Mervin Mutch, whom I work with. He called me on
Thursday and said, "What are you doing?" I said,
"Nothing." He asked, "How's your back?" I
BROUGHT DOWN THE BETTY BAXTER STORY OF GOD'S MIRACLE IN HER LIFE
finally got to see to see most of it (sitting, standing and lying down) -
in starts and stops - and saw what God for done for her. Mervin
asked, "Will you come to the Max Solbrekken Crusade?"
answered, "I promised my daughter and i am going to promise you that
I will go to the meeting even though I do not know how I am going to stand
Friday night I didn't go because the pain was too great. Saturday,
the pain was as bad as the night before. Cathy asked, "Are you
going to go to church tonight?" I answered, "I don't know.
I am in an awful lot of pain." She said, "You
promised." I asked her if she was going and she said she wasn't.
said, "I think I will go", and as soon as I said those words,
the pain got worse. I am sure it was the devil trying to keep me
away from the crusade.
took a bunch of pills before going. I also put extra pills in my
pocket and I went to the church and sat on the back seat.
came to me and said, "Come sit with me at the front and when Pastor
Max prays for the sick, you'll be right there." I said,
"No, I will be in so much, I'll have to go in and out and I don't
want to disturb the service so I will stay at the back."
Brother Max was through preaching he asked if anyone wanted prayer.
A lot of people went for prayer so I thought, "I'll stay here until
they are finished." Mervin started to bring me to the alter
area when Pastor A.W. Rowe approached me. I was in bad shape.
He asked, "What is your name?" I told him. He said,
"We have been praying for you for a long time. After Pastor Max
is finished praying with this person, I am going to tell him that you are
Max asked me to sit down on a chair, he took my feet in his hands and
tried to raise my legs but the pain was so bad I couldn't lift them very
PASTOR MAX SOLBREKKEN PRAYED I WAS INSTANTLY HEALED
he prayed, I was instantly healed. The pain left - there was no
pain. I couldn't bend over enough to get my finger tips below my
knee caps but instantly I could touch my toes and jump up and down and
lift heavy things. I was in total shock.
stayed after the service and picked up Pastor A.W. Rowe - who weighed 230
pounds - and a few other people. As I was leaving the church I
thought I'd go and tell Mom and Dad who lived about 1 1/2 miles from the
church but decided to go straight home (15-20 miles) so that my wife would
be the first to know about my miracle.
"I've had this for 17 years and I've got a wife and 2 children who
have been with me through everything."
I got home, the house was empty. My wife had gone to visit her
sister and the kids were with their friends. I got wild and I
ran up and down the stairs, did push-ups and sit-ups with no pain
GOT DOWN ON MY KNEES AND THANKED GOD. PRAISE THE LORD
my wife got home, she was at the sink and I came up behind her and said,
"Guess what?" She said, "You got healed".
I said, "Yes, I got healed." She turned around and looked
at me. And she knew that the pain was gone.
love my children and I love my wife. She has been with me now for 22
years. For 17 years I was crippled up. I have a daughter and a
son who will be 17 and 20 this summer.
couldn't do anything with them for 17 years. I wouldn't pick them up
or play with them. Anytime I was working, when I would come home, I
didn't try to do anything with them so as not to hurt my back. I
wasn't allowed to pick up anything and couldn't. But I've been doing
stuff with them in the last 3 years like water-skiing and ski-dooing.
back pain used to be so terrible that I, as a grown man, would lie in bed
at night and cry and couldn't sleep for days because of the terrible pain.
Its a very hard thing for a grown man to lie in bed, night after night,
crying and praying that God would take me home.
3 YEARS I HAVE BEEN PAIN FREE NO PILLS & NO PAIN
wife heard me pray this prayer night after night. I didn't want to
leave my family, but I couldn't stand the pain. I couldn't deal with
it anymore but now for nearly 3 years I have been PAIN FREE - NO PILLS
& NO PAIN.
have been working since my miracle from God. I work in the woods and
I have been trucking every day - hauling logs. I have 12 stakes
which I have to change 2-3 times a day. Each stake weighs 200 pounds.
driving - before my miracle - others had to change my stakes for me.
Since the miracle I change all my own stakes. On the night of my
miracle, my daughter and son came home. Tasha;s boyfriend's family
has a motorboat and I said, "You know what, next summer I'm going to
that following summer they got me in the boat and I went water-skiing.
People say to me, "You went water-skiing??" And I say,
"I've got a problem - I'm 40 years old and I've got a 20 year old
mind." I am doing all the things I've never done in my life!
And my wife says she has a new husband and the children say that they have
a new Dad.
DONE AT LYTTLETON PENTECOSTAL CHURCH
on May 25, 1997
Somers: I've got a new husband in every way. And I
thank God for it.
Max Solbrekken: Pastor A.W. Rowe faxed me 17 pages from the
Workers Compensation Board's doctors and specialists regarding Terry
Somers: Exactly one month after the miracle happened, I
went back to the specialists and after x-rays and a thorough examination,
he said, "If you did not have the scars on your back or the monograms
and all the extensive medical reports, any doctor examining you or
x-raying your spine, would say that you never had the accident or were
never operated on. Your back is the same as before you had the
Somers: It's like having a new life. Now we can do
a lot of things together as a family.
Mutch: Well, I phoned Terry the day before Max Solbrekken
was coming to Lyttleton for a Labor Day Rally in 1994. I asked Terry
how he was. He said, "Not good." My back is in bad
shape. I can't do anything." He said that he had 2 back
operations where they removed a disc and the nerves were damaged. He
told me about all the hospitals he had spent time in and that the doctors
tell him as always, "There is nothing we can do. There is no
hope. Your case is incurable."
said that he was just a young man but he would just as soon die. I
said, "Terry, you don't need to believe that. God Almighty can
heal your back. Max Solbrekken is coming here Friday and you come on
up." I asked him if he had a VCR and I took Betty Baxter's
testimony tape of how God healed her from several incurable diseases."
HAD HOPE WAS WHEN HE SAW THE BETTY BAXTER VIDEO AND PROMISED HE WOULD
ATTEND THE MAX SOLBREKKEN CRUSADE
didn't come to the meeting on Friday and on Saturday his wife Cathy and
her daughter Tasha got after him to go. On Saturday night when I
came here, he was standing at the door and I noticed he was in terrific
pain, leaning against the wall.
said, "Terry, come and sit with me near the front". But he
said he needed to sit near the back so he could get up and move around
because of the pain. He didn't know whether he could even stay for
the service because of terrible pain."
said, "Alright, after Max Solbrekken finished preaching and calls for
the sick, you come up." After the message, people became coming
forward for prayer but I saw Terry still at the back leaning against the
wall. I went to the back to get him. I said, "Terry, come
on up, you've got nothing to lose."
Max Solbrekken sat Terry down on a chair and prayed and then in a minute
or two, Terry was jumping up and down saying that all the pain was gone.
Then Pastor Max asked him to lift Pastor A.W. Rowe who weighed 230 pounds
and that kind of scared me, but Terry did it with no ill effects.
thought, "A man that could not lift anything just a few minutes
earlier, but now can lift a man weighing 230 pounds. That is the
work of God Almighty." God is no respecter of persons and what
He has done for Terry - He can do for anyone else."
came to me Monday and asked if he could use one of my trucks because he
wanted to go back to work right away. I told Pastor Solbrekken and
was a bit worried that he could over do it - but Pastor Solbrekken said,
"These miracles usually stand. They hold good."
WORKED FOR A FULL WEEK AND ON THE FRIDAY WAS AS FRESH AS ANY OTHER
HEALTHY PERSON. Praise God.
Max Solbrekken: Tasha, what
do you think about all this?
Great. I love it. I have a new Dad.
Max Solbrekken: How do you feel Terrance? How do
you feel about your Dad's miracle?
Il love it. My Dad's a new man, and we have got a new family.
IS THE KEY
healing, miracles and answers to Prayer?
Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
SEEKING GOD IN PRAYER, PRAISE, WORSHIP AND EXPECTANT FAITH
receiving miracles and answers to prayers in found in seeking God in
prayer, praise, worship and having expectant faith. Unfailing faith that
God will answer your prayers and expect a miracle. I
believe that a major key to miraculous healing miracles can be found
in the steadfast faith, steadfast godly lifestyle and exemplary Christian
DOCTOR ANSWERS QUESTIONS ON FAITH HEALING
Dr. A. Wagenaar of Hilversum, Holland
Dr. Wagenaar, will you tell us what your position is in the field of
"I have been medical superintendent in the
Orchidee Hospital, Hilversum, for the last six years. Before that I was a
family doctor for 23 years in Dordrecht."
Do you believe in
miracles of healing?
"Of course! In my practice as a family doctor I have seen many
miracles take place."
When is healing
"When it is not the result of medical
Can a miracle not be
explained away psychologically?
"No, that is not to be thought of. Just
as you cannot explain away the miracles of the New Testament.
physician knows that spontaneous miracles do occur. You will be interested
to know that spontaneous hearings have even been reported in patients who
suffer from cancer. This has been publicized several times in medical
journals. Medical science has admitted that miracles do occur after the
prayer of faith."
You said that you have
seen miracles occur in your practice. Could you give us an example?
"Yes, in Dordrecht I had a very busy practice.
A family doctor in the course of his practice meets many people who are in
urgent need of medical help and he does all he can to help them.
will tell you about one patient. He used to play music in bars and was
inclined to treat life lightly. He needed an operation and I gave him a
card for the hospital. But before he was to be operated on I asked him to
go with me to one of Ev. Johan Maasbach's big meetings. He agreed and,
during the meeting, concentrated on God. When he went later to check in
for the operation the surgeon said, You can go home, we are not going to
operate on you, you are totally healed!"
Have you advised other
people too to go to Johan Maasbach's meetings?
"Yes, many! Generally after an
introductory talk and often after I have spoken to one of the elders of
the church; I asked the elder to visit my patient and, so to speak, break
the ice. I know that Br. Maasbach sends the patient on to the Heavenly
Doctor who can do more than all the branches of science combined.
and above those I have mentioned I have sent many others to Br. Maasbach
after they had been to consult me. I have seen them saved in the meeting
and healed as well. I am so glad that in this time when one church after
another is being broken down there are still people who let their voices
be heard more than ever. We urgently need more men like Johan Maasbach.
is a man who has preached for many years that sickness usually comes from
within - from the heart of man - and is often the result of hate, envy,
grudges and bitterness. Now medical science too admits that many diseases
are a result of inner tensions!"
You believe then that
Br. Maasbach is not being medically irresponsible in what he preaches?
"No indeed! He preaches that people who come
forward for healing must bring not only their sins but also their cares
and all their inner problems to God. That is a healing truth. That is
How did you yourself
come to faith in Christ?
"I will tell you! When I was a young man of 23
1 almost drowned. I was trying to save a woman who had fallen into the
water and it nearly resulted in my own death. However, after fighting for
my life and finally reaching dry land, I was a new man. I knew that I had
reached a spiritual turning point. God had let me live!"
What do you think about
certain doctors who have seen miracles with their own eyes and still
refuse to believe?
"I have met people who have had their healing
confirmed by many people and who afterwards went to various doctors to
demonstrate their hea5;ng only to be rejected. I must assume that these
doctors are totally blind to God's existence..
is not however a problem peculiar to medical science; you know as well as
I do that many ministers, preachers and priests; are just as blind to the
message of divine heating."
Doctor, do you often
speak to your patients about faith in Jesus Christ?
"I always do so when I feel so guided. When you
know that, medically speaking, there is no cure possible then - at least
this is how it is for me - you can only speak a positive word, the Word of
have personally led several people who were ill to the through inner
tensions to the Lord. Only He, Jesus Christ, can give that desperately
Do you think that later
a medical cure may be found for certain illnesses which can now only be
cured by a miracle?
"If I think of cancer, I know that man is hard
at work to find a cure. This is the prediction and hope of everyone
working in that field. However they have not yet found a cure. And should
a medical cure be found there will still be other incurable
Finally doctor, do you
consider that personal faith in Jesus Christ is of importance to science?
"Very important!! You know that science has
gone out on a limb in believing that man is descended from apes. Science
is still trying to find the missing link!! The friction between faith and
science is that when man comes to faith he can no longer accept such
theories as that of evolution.
in Jesus Christ is of the utmost importance for all, including those
engaged in the pursuit of scientific knowledge."
and with His stripes we were healed." Isaiah 53:5