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Forest Farmer from United States
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"...Setting right back there, there's a man praying for a child, setting next there: got something wrong with its feet. That is right, isn't it? I don't know you; you're a stranger to me. But Mr. Farmer, do you believe that God's going to heal the child and make it well? If I'm a stranger to you, raise your hands like that. Is that what you was praying about? Is that what your name is and all about it? Just raise your hand. You have your request."
[Only Believe, Chicago IL,61-0427]
Below is the testimony of the crippled boy Bro. Branham refers to in the quote above.
My name is Forest Farmer. In 1961 we had the opportunity to hear about Bro William Branham's ministry. We were going to a Pentecostal church in a Chicago suburb, (Justice) when my father was told of a meeting soon to be.
They said some people thought Bro Branham was a prophet. He had a God given gift to call people out of the congregation, the Lord would show him their name, what was wrong with them, perhaps their address, or something else only they would know.
My father started to study the Bible for what
a prophet is. Of course, he had to be correct 100% in his discernment, not 60-70% as some psychics can claim, because if it is God, God is never wrong.
I was born crippled in my feet. The only way I could walk comfortably was on the outside edges (with my soles facing each other). I was wearing special built shoes with braces in them. I don't remember hearing of the
cost, only being a lad of 6 years old, but I was told they were very expensive.
My father started telling people, since Bro Branham prayed for the sick, he would take me there for prayer. Critics told my Dad it was mind reading, or mental telepathy.
A study of mind reading showed the reader would have to be close enough to the subject to see the reaction to key words, or mental telepathy a contact of clothes or an object the subject had possessed. So Dad said if
he went, he would set so far away from the platform, neither of those would work! But meanwhile, he was praying, If Bro Branham was God's prophet, that God would let him call out Dad about my condition.
On April 27,1961 we went to the service at Mathers High School auditorium. We were setting near the back, a very few rows from the doors.
The first one Bro Branham called out was Dad. He said "setting right back there, there's a man praying for a child, setting next there; got something wrong with it's feet. That is right isn't it? I don't know you; you're a stranger to me. But Mr. Farmer, do believe that God's going to heal the child and make it well? If I'm a stranger to you, raise your hands like that. Is that what you was praying about? Is that
what your name is and all about it? Just raise your hand. You have your request."
Now it should be noted, I was not visible, but he stated setting next there. Dad was praying "if that's God's prophet let him call me out about Forest's feet." And then,” you have your request". Oh, the infallibility of God!
Mom and Dad took the special shoes off me that night. About a week later, I came down the hallway of our house walking right, not on the edges of my feet. Since that time, I've worn dress shoes, work boots, hunting boots, cowboy boots, tennis shoes, Indian moccasins, flip-flops and run bare footed, but I've never wore special shoes again. In my sophomore year of high school the coach wanted me to run the 100-yard dash in
competition. Thats a long way from being crippled. But thats my God!