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Healed wheelchair woman to share her miracle story with NI audience

By Eamon Sweeney

A woman cured of long-term paralysis in front of thousands of people almost 30 years ago will share her story at a Co Antrim evangelical mission.

Jean Neil from Warwickshire will also pray for people in need of healing after being invited by Pastor Graham McClellan to St John's Hall on the Lurgan Road in Crumlin.

Jean said: "It began just after I got married when a piece of carpet got pulled from under my feet and I fell and broke my spine.

"I was in traction for eight weeks but it didn't work so they operated on me and I had my coccyx taken away and I ended up in a wheelchair for the next 25 years.

"I always had a strong Christian faith and I kept on going and tried to be as normal as I could, but life was hard. I also had four children during that time."

Jean admits that at times she looked hard at her medication and, as she put it, "taking the easy way out". However, she said her faith in God prevailed despite health problems that also included heart attacks and neurological issues.

"At Sunday school, I had a little boy praying for me," she said.

"And around three weeks later I had a series of dreams. In the first dream I saw myself having an operation and I died during it.

"In the second, I dreamed of being in a large hall and being prayed for by a tall man with a foreign accent.

"I woke up and I told my husband and also my pastor. He believed they were dreams from God. The first dream he thought was a warning and the second one was a promise that I would be healed."

However, in March 1988 Jean's life changed forever at a Christian event at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

She said it had the same red seats, the same design and a huge audience, just as she had dreamed.

"The main speaker was Reinhard Bonnke, a German evangelist and I recognised him as the tall man in the dream," said Jean.

When he prayed for Jean, she was able to get out of her wheelchair and walk again for the first time in a quarter of a century.

"Since then I have had a ministry to pray for the sick and have travelled all over the world in the hope that I can help others," she said. "I hope my trip here to Northern Ireland will allow me to do just that."

The events began last night and continue until Sunday.

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