Vance was driving home from a conference when he got a heartbreaking call from his pastor, telling him that Debbie’s teen-aged son, Travis, had been in a horrific car wreck. Debbie and her family attended Vance’s church and they needed his support. While Vance changed direction and headed toward the hospital, he thought about Travis and his mixed up life of drugs and drinking. Raised in a Christian home, Travis chose a life that was a heartache to his family and church friends. Vance prayed for Travis as he pulled up into the parking lot. Debbie met Vance as he headed toward the ICU. With tears streaming down her face, she explained that Travis was in a coma and, according to the doctors, his brain function had ceased. Travis’s body was being kept alive artificially. After verifying Debbie’s report, Vance brought her to a quiet room where they prayed for Travis. Finally, Vance asked, “God, if Travis is not ready to meet You, please don’t take him!”
Returning to Travis’ bedside, the vigil lasted for hours, then days, weeks, and months. Somehow, to the amazement of all, the machines began to pick up signs of life from Travis’s brain. Today, seven years later, Travis walks, talks, and has a child-like faith in God that is a source of encouragement to everyone who knows him. Travis is happy and confident that in the future, if anything should happen, he is ready to meet God.
“Faith is not faith until it is all you’re holding on to!”
True Stories of Faith are based on actual events that have happened to people all over the world. Each story recalls a time or episode where faith in God was restored or encouraged through difficult time. Sometimes the names are changed because the significance is not always about to whom the events happened. The significance is about God’s faithfulness and love. Readers are encouraged to submit their true stories of faith to be edited and published in The Kaleidoscope Weekly. Send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. or write to us at Faith Stories; P.O. Box 562; St. James, MO 65559