G'day Leon Joplin, this is Don Taylor
from the land down under. I was recently at the CCA
convention, but now I’m back in Canberra, Australia. I
wanted to write and share with you about the effect of your
prayer on Thursday Nov. 6.
As you may recall, as I
entered the Maxwell House with some sandwiches in a bag for
lunch, you seemed to appear from nowhere in the lobby asking
if you could pray for me. Now let me say, that generally
I have problems with this sort of thing, particularly after
a woman prayed for me and said “God told her that we should
But earlier that day, I went forward at Steve Bivin's
invitation to increase my faith to see more of God operate
in my life, and that I should step out of the boat with
boldness and not hang on to its 'security'. Paula Slow came
behind me and prayed powerfully for me.
appeared at lunchtime, and I accepted your ministry. Thank
you for your prayer for my physical health, my spiritual
health and what was happening in my life.
didn't know was that I have an L4/ L5 disc problem, which a
couple of years ago left me almost unable to move. I had to
be lifted bodily from the car into the emergency department.
Since then I have been on anti-inflammatory drugs,
painkillers and osteopathic massage and manipulation to keep
Recently I've had to take time out from my
work as an IT consultant because sitting in the wrong chair
or for prolonged periods rapidly regenerates the symptoms.
So I was not looking forward to the long flight from
Canberra to Nashville (the longest leg is 14 hours non-stop
Sydney to LA). About three hours into that long leg, I felt
my back go, so I started swallowing combined painkiller and
muscle relaxants to get me through the flight. Lugging a
heavy suitcase through Customs and Immigration at LAX
airport did not help either.
For the major part of
the CCA convention I was suffering from the combined effects
of jet lag and painkillers. At one stage on Tuesday night
while MC'ing the artist’s showcase, Sherrye suggested that I
should take a seat. What she didn't know is that I might not
have gotten up from the seat again, so I stood for most of
the 3 hours, out of fear. I missed a lot of the daytime
convention activities because of the physical problems I was
encountering. And then you prayed for me. That Thursday
afternoon, all the pain in the back left me. I thought it
was just the painkillers, so I stopped taking them to see.
I played tourist on Friday in Nashville. On Saturday I flew
20 hours back to Canberra and have been back 1.5 days, and
there is still no sign of pain in the lower back.
Praise God! Leon, I thank you for your obedience and to the
ministry God has called you to. I don't claim it to be a
'miracle' but God has started something in me through the
work of the Spirit in you, and I am grateful to Him and to
you that the long sort for healing has started. "This one
thing I know,” John 9.
Bless you, and be encouraged in Him, Don Taylor, Jemimah Media