By John Thomson

I wanted to write this letter as a testimony of what God can do for us in a time of great need. I wanted people to know of my experience when I recently had a stroke.

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I was alone at my most favorite place in all the world - my place at the beach at Turkey Creek, North Carolina near Sneadís Ferry.

I cannot remember the timeline in which everything happened because I must have been unconscious part of the time. I went to bed Thursday night after 11:00 P.M. and was found by my neighbor and friend William Parker at 9 P.M. Friday night.

I had had a stroke and lay on the floor in the doorway between the bathroom and the bedroom. I could reach up and feel the lavatory. I tried to lift myself up but didnít have the strength. Then I tried to reach the telephone Ė but couldnít. I lay on the floor Ė how long? I talked to the Lord, "Lord, I need help." Then, "Lord, send someone."

After sometime that I lay helpless on the floor I prayed to God, "God, You know where William is. Please send him to find me." It seems that it was within minutes after my prayer that William was at my side.

He had come to the house looking for me; saw me through the window lying on the floor; and come inside. When he looked at me, he thought I was dead and touched my shoulder. I opened my eyes and asked, "Whatís going on?" William said, "Oh, not much."

Then he ran the distance (about a tenth of a mile) to the next house to get his brother Mitchell, who had worked with the rescue squad. They called "911" and then ran back to my house where I lay on the floor and stayed with me until the ambulance from Camp LeJeune got there.

William went with the ambulance from my place to the Wilmington hospital, where the doctors worked on me.

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I want people to know that God answers prayer and if you are not a Christian, all you have to do is to ask Jesus to come into your heart and forgive you of your sins, and He will. He will be with you forever helping you through life.

We are Godís hands to help people while we are here on earth. I want to thank God for sending William to help me that night, and all the other people who were involved in my rescue.

John Thomson

Note: John Thomason is a member of Camp Ground United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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