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
MIRACLE AT LEAF RIVER
Hudson is what you'd call, 'A Man's Man'. At six feet three inches
tall, with a muscular frame, with long arms and big hands, he strikes you
as a man who has things to do, places to go and people to see. And
at 71 years of age, he moves about like a man twenty years his junior.
ruggedly handsome looks, ready smile and friendly approach endears him to
his family, friends and neighbors in the progressive little northern
Manitoba village of Poplar River, where he has lived for more than four
Canadian Cree Indian has doubled as a commercial fisherman and Pentecostal
pastor for 40 years, working long hours on the water catching fish and
longer hours ministering to the sinful, discouraged, sick and dying of his
community and other villages, both near and far away.
HEARD THE GOSPEL AT FISH CAMP
he learned about hard work from his father and grandfather, this wavy
haired, blue-eyed grandson of a Scotsman was taught the Gospel of Jesus
Christ by his lovely wife, Doris who heard the GOOD NEWS at a Fish Camp
where she worked one summer.
wasn’t long before Alex and Doris were spreading the Gospel everywhere
with great results, as people were delivered from alcoholism, witchcraft,
sickness and demon powers. They traveled by boat and visited the poor and
needy bringing them both natural and spiritual food.
Hudson's were untiring in sharing the GOOD NEWS of God's love through
Jesus Christ to the people of Norway House, Manitoba and were instrumental
in building the first Pentecostal Church there! They have a story to tell
- yea, many stories! In this column, I will attempt to tell one of those
true stories: 'THE MIRACLE OF LEAF RIVER!'. Rejoice with me, as I
take you to northern Manitoba to get a glimpse of God's Miracle Working
Power in action.
was August, 1979 and the Hudson family were returning home from Winnipeg,
where they had been attending a summer camp meeting. They traveled by road
to Jackfish and after transferring gear and supplies to their boat, they
struck out across the waters heading for Poplar River, under normal
conditions a three hour journey.
115 H.P. Motor and little boat were no match for the boisterous wind and
monstrous waves which met them head-on. With their clothes and blankets
soaked and danger staring them in the face, Alex was forced to 'put-in' on
a little wilderness island to wait out the storm.
STRIKES IN TRAPPER’S CABIN
the late afternoon, the little party of seven - Mom and Dad (Doris &
Alex) and five children from the ages of 8 to 15 decided to make the
journey home. Once more they ran into severe weather and were forced to
turn back and steered the little boat into the calmer waters of Leaf
now it was dark, being about 9 PM. They thanked God for an old trappers
cabin standing there. They would get dried out and get a good night's
rest! Alex started a fire in the stove and nearly everyone stood around
the stove for warmth. Alex Jr. - 8 years old - stood beside his Daddy as
usual, not wanting to miss anything.
took down the gas lantern and proceeded to light it, when suddenly it
exploded in his hands sending a spray of gas and fire in all directions.
He turned toward the door to throw the lantern outside and as he did, gas
& fire sprayed all over his young son. The entire cabin was on
instantly on fire and Alex stumbled out the door, as did all the children
except little Alex and their Mother, Doris.
froze momentarily, when the accident happened. She was surrounded by
flames. As she ran toward what she thought was the door, she saw a figure
jumping up and down in the fire. It was Little Alex! She threw her arms
around him and pulled him toward the door. Falling, she grabbed him by the
legs and dragged him out with the help of the others, who by this time had
put out the fire on their clothes.
was severely burned - his chest, around the waist and his back - and
Doris' fingers were also burned. They all gathered in a circle and thanked
God that they were all alive! Alex' hands and wrists were seriously
burned. Large bags of fluid had filled the blisters. With all the strength
she could muster - even though her fingers were burned - Doris managed to
paddle across the narrow river, where they tied up for the night.
LIGHT HANGS OVER BOAT
and Jean (13) agreed to stay awake while the others slept, lest someone
would wake up in the night and fall overboard. After a few hours, however,
they also fell asleep and were both awakened by a bright light which hung
over the boat like a huge canopy. Although it was still pitch black
everywhere else in the area, God's glorious light hung over and around
them, even lighting up the trees that were nearby. After seeing this
phenomenon for several minutes, they both fell fast asleep again. And when
it was light at about 6:AM, the entire group awakened and were refreshed.
decided to go to the “Mouth of the River” and Alex, with some help
from Gloria (15), got the motor started and steered to that point.
Utilizing some old, discarded tee-pee poles, they made a lean-to by using
their tarps and blankets. And because it was still blowing hard they
stayed in their make-shift sanctuary all day. Doris made some food, but
no-one was hungry because every one was hurting badly.
LIGHT AIRPLANE ARRIVES
evening, they heard an airplane and every one ran outside, waving. The
light plane landed on the river directly across from the burned-out
trapper's cabin. A man got out, unloaded some wares and the plane
immediately took off! The man on the bank waved to them saying: "Come
over here. Come over here"! And after about 30 minutes on the oars,
Doris brought the boat in.
he saw Alex' hands, he exclaimed, "I’ve got to get you out of here.
You've got to get to a hospital."
quickly loaded his wares & got the motor started. Then he headed
toward the rough waters where they met a large 22 foot Yawl, which took
them on a three hour trip to Berens River! The Nursing station phoned for
a ‘medi vac’ to take Alex and his son to the Burn Unit in Winnipeg!
Even though it was a stormy night, the plane arrived and ferried them
safely to the city.
WAS THE OUTCOME OF THIS TERRIBLE TRAGEDY? First, the surgeons were
preparing to do a major amputation. The doctor asked Alex: "What is
your occupation?" He answered, "A Commercial Fisherman".
Then he said, "You'll have to get a new profession. We're going to
have to amputate your right hand and three fingers on your left
and his family and others prayed for a miracle. The next morning, the
doctor was amazed. Something was happening! He said, "Bandage them up
again. We'll wait with the operation one more day". The following
morning when he examined Alex's hands, he was even more excited. THERE
WAS LIFE IN THE DEAD FLESH. His hands were rapidly healing. He said,
"Nurse, bandage them up again and we'll see what they look like
tomorrow". On the following morning, when the doctor removed the
bandages, he was ecstatic. God had healed the dead flesh and Alex' hands
were recovering nicely.
WAS NO NEED OF ANY AMPUTATIONS! HALLELUJAH
doctor believed however, that he would need a skin graft on one finger of
his left hand. The operation was scheduled for the next morning. Again
Alex and his wife prayed and the following morning, lo and behold, new
skin had grown overnight.
a miracle! Both his hands and all his fingers were healed without surgery
or skin grafts. And he went home within 3 weeks with NO scars.
doctors, however, told Alex that his days of ‘Commercial Fishing’ were
over, since he would not be able to tolerate the cold. Well, he has
continued to fish right up until today.
Alex Jr. needed skin grafts but was released after six weeks instead of
the expected six months, with no ill after effects.
finally, like Paul Harvey would say, "Here is the rest of the
story": The man who was brought directly to the Hudson Family in
their dire need and who ferried them to safety, undoubtedly saving Alex
Jr.'s life and his Dad's hands, was none other than a bootlegger, making
an unscheduled diversion in order to escape from an POLICE dragnet.
UTILIZED A BOOTLEGGER TO HELP HIS PREACHER-MAN
see, the bootlegger had hired an airplane to fly him with his stash of
'illegal booze' to a certain village. Police surveillance had him pegged,
but before he arrived, someone tipped off the pilot and plan B was agreed
upon -"Meet me with the Yawl at the trapper's cabin at Leaf
in His mercy made the diversion possible by having someone tip-off the
police and someone else tip-off the pilot, and arrange for the bootlegger
to be dropped off directly at the spot where his beloved missionary/pastor
family were stranded in an evolving life and death situation.
you know the wonderful story of 'THE MIRACLE AT LEAF RIVER', to the
glory of God. Remember, that our Lord is no respecter of persons and He
will hear your cry for help as He heard those of the Alex Hudson Family.
VERSE CAN CURE
SICKNESS & DISEASE
Pastor Max Solbekken, D.D.
said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God,
and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his
commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases
upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I AM the LORD that
healeth thee." (Exodus 15:26)
NONE OF THESE
One of the
most helpful books in print today is the classic, 'None of These Diseases'
by Dr. S.I. McMillan.
Dr. S.I. McMillan, a prominent medical doctor uses humor, common sense and
a biblical perspective, in dealing with the causes and cures of today's
lamentable that peace does not come in capsules", he utters in
failure as he remembers the thousands of patients who left his office with
"nothing but a prescription for a bottle of pills that would only
relieve the symptoms of their illness but not attack the diseases.
doctor laments that he now wishes he had rather prescribed his book, 'None
of These Diseases', so that a permanent cure could have been affected!
According to Medical Science, between 60 and 100% of all diseases are
caused by nervous tension, emotional stress and strain.
states that emotions such as fear, sorrow, envy, resentment and hatred are
responsible for the majority of our sicknesses and diseases. And
that emotional stress can cause high blood pressure, toxic goiter,
arthritis, migraine headaches, apoplexy, heart trouble, gastro-intestinal
ulcers and other serious illnesses and diseases.
(about 1996) the American Medical Association released the findings of a
nation-wide survey of tens of thousands of their medics. One of the
questions dealt with their success ratio in treating patients. The
answer is shocking - Only 10% of patients had received any lasting help
through their medical procedures.
MEDICAL SCIENCE HISTORY RESTS ON SHAKY
problems with falling hair? What do you do to cover up that bald
spot and receding hairline?
only solution is to massage your head, comb your hair forward, get a
toupee or just simply let it fall.
FOR DISEASES 3500 YEARS AGO
If you had
lived about 3500 years ago you would have gotten very different advice -
not from a therapist but from your physician.
He would have
quoted from the famous medical authority of that day, Papyrus Ebers.
falls out, one remedy is to apply a mixture of six fats, namely those of
the horse, the hippopotamus, the crocodile, the cat, the snake and the
ibex. To strengthen it, anoint with the tooth of a donkey crushed in
EBERS - AN ANCIENT MEDICAL WORLD GUIDE - REMEDIES FOR DISEASES 1552 BC
Ebers was published about 1552 BC and occupied a dominant position in the
ancient medical world and was one of the leading guides for practicing
physicians for a long time.
literally hundreds of remedies for diseases in this book, such as lizard's
blood, swine's teeth, putrid meat, stinking fat, moisture from pig's ears,
milk goose grease, asses hooves, animal fat from various sources, excrete
from animals, including human beings, donkeys, antelopes, dogs, cats and
MOSES, GOD MADE HIS HEALING COVENANT WITH THE JEWISH NATION
Moses was born
about the time the 'Papyrus Ebers' was written in Egypt. He was
educated in their highest schools of learning - scholars think he was also
a physician - as the son of Pharaoh's daughter.
But when God
called Moses to lead His people out of Egyptian bondage, he did not borrow
from the "occultist clap-trap" in their medical books of disease
remedies. He rejected the highest, most respected medical authority
of that day.
directive was "Heed the voice of God, do right, obey His
commandments, keep His statutes and I will heal you".
God did not
borrow medical advice from the 'Papyrus Ebers'. His advice to Moses was
contrary to the most highly respected medical thought of that day.
WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN STOPPING THE BLACK DEATH DISEASE
Europeans died of the disease Leprosy for hundreds of years. Some
physicians thought the cause of the disease Leprosy was eating hot food or
the meat of diseased hogs. Others blamed the disease Leprosy on
malign conjunction of the planets.
60 million people died from the BLACK DEATH disease in the 14th century.
Dr. George Rosen of Columbia University writes: "Leadership was taken
by the Church, as the physicians had nothing to offer. The Church
took as its guiding principal the concept of contagion as embodied in the
LEPROSY - PEOPLE AFFLICTED WITH THIS DISEASE WERE QUARANTINE
condition of leprosy has been established, the patient was to be
segregated and excluded from the community...it accomplished the first
great feat...in methodical eradication of disease."
Church needs to investigate measures to insure that the AIDS epidemic does
not leap from high risk groups to the general population, since
governmental and medical bodes are again "doing nothing".
in Europe, multitudes perished from deadly diseases because of improper
hygiene, sanitation and sloppy hospitals. In many villages, human
excrement and waste was dumped into the streets, bringing deadly diseases,
creating epidemics of typhoid, cholera and dysentery.
GOD HAD GIVEN
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE BURYING OF WASTES 3500 YEARS AGO
to the problem that was causing these deadly diseases, the burying of
wastes, had been given by God 3500 years before (in Deuteronomy 23:12-13).
MORTALITY RATE - GOOD HYGIENE STOPPED DISEASES FROM SPREADING
Vienna in the
1840s was famous as a medical center. One of the most famous
teaching hospitals of that day was Allegemeine Krakenhus. In
its maternity ward, one out of six women died.
Semmelveis discovered that if doctors washed their hands well, after doing
autopsies and before examining expectant mothers, the mortality rate
was not applauded by the Medical Profession. However, he was
ridiculed by his peers, discredited, lost his position and eventually
succumbed to the pressure, dying in a mental hospital.
given the same advice many centuries before (in Numbers 19). If
wasn't until 1878 that the method of cleaning hands and instruments was
introduced by men like John Tyendall, Louis Pasteur and Sir Joseph Lister
that the mortality rate began to drop.
The New York
State Department of Health, in 1960, issued a book describing a method of
washing the hands very similar to that found the BIBLE - Numbers Chapter
FOUNDER OF THE METHODIST CHURCH DECLARED IT WAS GOD'S WILL FOR MIRACLES TO
BE IN THE CHURCH, BUT THE MIRACLES HAD BEEN LOST DUE TO UNBELIEF
interesting to note that John Wesley - founder of the Methodist Church
declared that it is God's will for miracles to be in the Church, for the
entire Church age, but have been lost to the church because of UNBELIEF.
stated, "The only method of physics employed by the Early Church for
the first 400 years, was the prayer of faith."
science has come a long way since Papyrus Ebers was published in 1552, BC
and even since the 1840's in Vienna, but I still think that when your
family physician advises you to get a second or third opinion about an
operation, its a good idea.
Now if anyone
wants to try the remedy for falling hair, don't let me discourage you. But
then where would you find a hippopotamus these days?
As for me and
my house, we will Trust the Lord and serve Him only!
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