Alabama Revival Sparks Miracles, Healings

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MOBILE, Ala. -- A blast of spiritual revival has struck a major American city in the South.
    
Mobile, Ala., has witnessed documented healings and thousands of salvations taking place in its convention center.

For one well-known pastor, the revival is an exciting re-run.

The revival has filled the downtown convention center with wild worship and shouted sermons several nights a week. But with one twist, something different right at the core of the revival.

God is using an old-fashioned southern preacher, and combining his talents with that of a spikey-haired young British evangelist.

The preacher is John Kilpatrick of the Church of His Presence in Daphne, Ala., whose former church was at the center of the Brownsville revival in Florida in the 1990s. Kilpatrick said the revival, which started in July, was marked by many immediate miracles.

"I saw people seeing for the first time," Kilpatrick said. "And I saw people hearing without their hearing aids. And you used to have to holler at them to get them to hear you with their hearing aids in."

"I had a tumor in my head," said Caleb Petty, a 10-year-old boy who was healed instantly from a deadly brain tumor.

"Evangelist Nathan had a word and called out that God was shriveling up a brain tumor," said Carrie Thomas, Caleb's stepmother.

"I felt it disappear," Petty added.

The boy has gone from being full of pain, housebound, and weak to being back in full health.

"I'm still overwhelmed," Jason Thomas, Petty's father, said. "I'm, like, 'Wow!' It's like 'Lord, you love me this much!" 

Petty's miracle set off a round of revival among those who know him, including a miracle for a nearly deaf relative.

"God healed her ears," Carrie said. "She told us, 'You better watch out what you say now, because I can hear.'"

Debbie Casebolt had been suffering from lung cancer since 1999. Her lungs withered up badly.

"I had hours or days to live," Casebolt said. "I felt like I was being suffocated to death."

The Casebolts hurried to the revival, where Debbie grew stronger by the day. In a recent checkup, her doctor found in new X-rays that one lung was completely back to full strength and the other nearly so.

"And he said, 'Yes, this is a miracle,'" Casebolt added. 

"God is a miracle-working God, and we're a witness of it, and we know beyond a shadow of a doubt," said Pastor Ralph Casebolt, of Oasis of Life Church in Kansas City, Mo.  

"I'm not running races yet, but boy I feel alive again," Casebolt said.

There have been many kinds of miracles, some of them even fun. One man said he'd been unable to eat ice cream for 40 years because it would literally make him sick. Then a few weeks ago, God healed him at the revival and he's been able to eat ice cream everyday with no symptoms.

Thirty-one-year-old evangelist Nathan Morris loves all the miracles and salvations.

"And we're seeing the altars packed every night," Morris said.

Morris loves to tell of an angry young backslider who was leaving his girlfriend's house in fury because she was watching the revival online.
    
"And at that moment, I apparently said into the camera 'You watching by way of Internet, don't go anywhere.  Sit down!'" Morris stated. "They said immediately his jaw dropped. He sat down and that night he fell on his knees and gave his life to Jesus Christ." 

He has been especially touched by Christians, even pastors who are having their faith and fervor revived.

"'I was going to leave the ministry. I was going to leave the church,'" another pastor told Morris. "He said, 'I sat in the seat and suddenly the power of God began to surge through my body.' He went back on Sunday morning. He was preaching and miracles began to break out in the church."

"Revival is like church on steroids," Kilpatrick said.

The revival is presently streamed live at Church of His Presence. There have been are reports of healing happening to people watching the services online in distant places.

"Because some people just can't get here. They can receive right in their houses what's going on right here," Ralph Casebolt said.

The people are praying for revival fires to break out all over the region, all over the country, and all over the world. 

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