By Peter Wooding, European Bureau Chief for ASSIST News Service
UTTOXETER, UK (ANS – August 21, 2017) — Matthew Murray believes he was miraculously healed after being given just three hours to live. Now his incredible story is heading into print in a powerful new book called He Still Heals.
When the pastor of Renew Church in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, contracted malaria and saw all of his major organs go into failure, he and his family feared the worst.
With half of his blood stream filled with the deadly parasite and his body rejecting medication, his wife Becky was told by doctors to prepare for the worst and that her husband could be dead within three hours.
It was after receiving that news that she turned to social media, and the Murrays believe a viral prayer campaign saved Matthew’s life as Christians across the world pleaded with God to save him.
“I believe I’d be dead if it wasn’t for God’s people,” says Matthew, who is now 30.
The 2014 miracle came after Matthew contracted the most severe form of malaria on a mission trip to Kenya, where he and Becky run King’s Children’s Home and School in Bumala B., as part of One By One, the humanitarian missions organization that they run together.
If five per cent of the parasite gets in your blood, it can kill. Matthew’s malaria count had risen to 50 per cent, and doctors in Alabama, USA, where Matthew was when he fell ill, wrote him off.
Matthew’s malaria count reduced just hours after the prayer campaign was launched and he was discharged from hospital a few days later with a clean bill of health. He lives a healthy life today with no side effects, and following a media frenzy following his recovery, he has toured around churches telling his story.
Matthew felt prompted to put his story into print, and He Still Heals, published by New Life Publishing, is to be released this October.
“I never wanted to be accused of marketing a miracle or selling my story, but I knew I had to write this down. All profits will go to our work in Africa and I pray it will be a great blessing to many and give hope to those who have none.”
To find out more about the charity One by One go to: www.onebyone.net
Editor’s Note: Matthew Murray is available for media interviews. To request an interview with him, just contact Peter Wooding: firstname.lastname@example.org or at tel. +44 (0) 7500 903067.
Photo captions: 1) Book cover. 2) Becky and Matthew Murray with their son, Josiah, who was born in 2011. 3) Peter Wooding in Ukraine on the Russian border with a Christian soldier.
About the writer: Peter Wooding, the younger son of Dan and Norma Wooding, is an award-winning radio, TV, and print journalist. Having previously spent 10 years as news editor with UCB Radio in the UK, he has travelled extensively reporting from countries including Greece, Russia, Serbia, South Sudan, the Philippines, Uganda, South Korea, Zambia, Gambia, Mozambique, Croatia, Israel and India. Peter, whose most recent trip was to Ukraine, reports regularly for ASSIST News Service, Samaritan’s Purse, and Leading The Way. Peter was earlier this year appointed London Bureau Chief for the Global News Alliance, and his wife Sharon live in North Wales, UK, with their three daughters, Sarah, Anna and Abigail. To contact Peter please e-mail him at: email@example.com or by telephone at: +44 (0) 7500 903067.
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