Alana Germann was in her late 20s, the mother of a newborn, when she had her first stroke, just three weeks postpartum.
The prognosis wasn’t good.
“I was unable to walk. Not much vision. I lost total feeling on my left side,” said Germann, now 31 and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Augusta.
“I was covered in prayers,” she said of her weeks in the ICU.
A physical therapist told Germann she didn’t think she’d be able to walk or drive again, let alone take care of her family.
“Forty-eight hours after she said that, I was walking again,” Germann said.
She said it was a miracle.
This week, Germann participates in a miracle and healing service led by the Alleluia Community Healing/Miracle team of Dan Almeter, Chuck Hornsby and Mark Wilby.
It begins at 7 p.m. Friday at The Master’s Table in downtown Augusta and is free and open to all.
The miracle and healing service is made possible by the miracle of Easter, Wilby said.
“The miracle service is set for April 5, five days after the Christian world celebrates the resurrection of Christ from the dead,” he said. “We believe Jesus is alive, not dead. When we meet for the service on April 5, Jesus will be present and alive.”
Many who come will be in need of physical healing.
“God wants to reveal his amazing love for those who are lost and in need of healing,” Wilby said. “Jesus will be there. We will be there, and we will demonstrate the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit.”
Last year, more than 1,000 turned out for an Alleluia Community healing service led by evangelist Damian Stayne.
“He encouraged us to launch out on our own,” Almeter said.
“We want everybody to leave there experiencing God’s love,” he said. “We want them to be touched by the Lord’s presence. People are skeptical today. When you see a demonstration of God’s power, it builds faith.”
Amy Parris, 41, a member of Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Augusta, brought her four children to last year’s service.
“It was worth the experience for them because the leader encouraged all of us to pray. It was encouraging to them,” she said. “They were inspired and more encouraged to pray for others throughout their day because they believe their prayers make a difference.”
There’s plenty of bad teaching about faith healing out there, Hornsby said.
“A lot of the time faith healing has bad connotations. We believe in all healing, be it faith healing or medical healing,” he said. “Not everybody gets healed, and we can’t say why that is. … We do know God can heal anybody, anywhere, anytime.”
Parris said she has experienced healing twice. As a girl, she was diagnosed with scoliosis. She remembers the summer her mom made her a bathing suit.
Parris tried it on, and her mom kept saying, “Stand up straight. Stand up straight. I went to the pediatrician and one leg was one inch shorter than the other,” Parris said.
Her mother took her to a healing service at a Catholic church in Alabama.
“I went back to the doctor and they measured my legs and they were the same length,” Parris said.
A curve in her back, however, had not been healed. By high school, it started to cause pain when she sat for long periods.
When she was 14, students at the Alleluia School traveled to a conference at Notre Dame. Parris went, enduring hours of discomfort on the long drive.
She was invited to the front of a prayer service but didn’t go.
“It was kind of strange to me,” she said. “I hadn’t experienced much of the charismatic community.”
Afterward, a friend pulled her into a prayer circle. Parris said she expected lightening or earthquakes. None of that happened.
Parris reached around and felt her back after the group prayed for her.
“I felt it. It was straight,” she said. “I was mesmerized. I felt unworthy. I didn’t feel like it was important enough for God to heal me. I honestly believe he did. I don’t know why he healed me, but here I am 30 years later, still telling the story.”
Today, Parris and Germann are runners.
“From that day forward,” Parris said, “I’ve never had really any other pain.”