Randy Clark pastored small churches in the U.S. midwest for about thirty years, starting in the 1970’s. In January, 1994, he was invited to preach at a church in Toronto. An extraordinary outpouring ensued, with people falling on the floor filled with overwhelming joy and a sense of God’s presence. In the next three years, some 3 million visitors (including me) came through that church to experience the “Toronto Blessing”. Randy’s ministry has included praying impartation of spiritual power over other ministers and evangelists. A number of successful evangelistic ministers such as Heidi Baker in Mozambique, and Leif Hetland, acknowledge the encouragement and strength they received from Randy’s prayers. Randy now travels the globe full time, preaching and praying for people. [Update May, 2013: I just got back from accompanying Randy on a mission trip to Germany — see here].
Randy came to our current church several times in the 2005-2009 timeframe to help conduct classes on prayer for healing. I once barged in on his break time to ask him to pray over a teenager with some sort of ailment. I don’t think that there was any clear healing from that episode, but I was impressed with how kind and courteous he was to pray for us at some length, when what he really was hoping for in that time slot was a little peace and quiet to prepare for his next sermon. A micro-bio and photo of Randy can be found here .
Without further ado, here is a link to a YouTube video of Randy praying recently for a 15 year old boy in Brazil: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjUkgOBFsBY
I will offer a little description of the video to orient the viewer. According to his mother, the boy had only 10-20% of normal hearing. Even with a hearing aid in each ear, they had to shout at him at home to be heard. In the first 1.5 minutes, they test to see if the boy can hear appreciably after his hearing aids are removed. It appears that he cannot. He does not respond to words spoken from immediately behind him. ( It might help you here to know that “Como se chama?” means “What is your name?” in Portuguese, which is spoken in Brazil. )
Over the next 2.5 minutes, Randy prays for the boy several times, then tests his hearing. After the first two prayers, there is no effect. After the third prayer, at about the 4 minute mark, the boy begins to hear more or less normally. By 5 minutes the boy (who is shy) is weeping at what has happened, and so is his mother.
The rest of the 20 minute video is mainly testing out how well the boy can now hear. It starts to look shaky in the 10 – 13 minute slot, when Randy moves several steps away, covers his mouth with his hand and tries to call out words in Portuguese for the boy to repeat. The boy just stands there and doesn’t get it. By 14:30 they figure out that Randy’s Portuguese is so atrocious that the boy cannot understand it. By 15:00 it is demonstrated the the boy can understand the speech of a native Brazilian completely normally, as the man backs away. In the last few minutes, the mother explains that earlier in the evening, the boy could not properly hear the sermon which was being projected over the loudspeaker, even with his hearing aids in. Also, she says the boy’s aunt had recently had some sort of intuitive word of knowledge that his deafness was going to be healed.
Assessment: It is undeniable that the boy can hear pretty normally after the prayers. As to how impaired he was before then, you can be the judge.
See the Healings on YouTube: Legs Growing Out post below for description and links to some videos of legs growing longer in response to prayer. And also the Healing Miracles in Mozambique: Medical Journal post for description of article in medical journal which documents healings of blindness and deafness in Mozambique.
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