He was born into the upper rung of Indian society, but his involvement in gang activities as a young person almost took his life.
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼After his father died when Joshua was only a child, his mother raised him with his two sisters and brothers. Like many young men lacking a father in other parts of the world, he gravitated toward others seeking to prove their manhood in troublesome ways.
Was it an actual photograph of Jesus, an angel, or someone else? Jane Dobson, the woman who first brought this unusual story to light, visited Southern California recently, and granted her first video interview explaining the unusual incident witnessed by her family and friends on a boat off the coast of Maine.
It was a blustery Saturday along the shore near Owl’s Head, with whitecaps forming to the horizon’s edge. Jane received some jolting news that morning. A close friend in Wisconsin had passed away the night before.
Don Reznicek felt compelled to take a hike on September 22, the autumnal equinox which marks the first day of fall. His inquisitive spiritual nature attaches significance to such dates, when he feels the “veil” between heaven and earth is at its thinnest.
While he shies away from the New Age label, his background combines Christian teachings, Eastern religions, and a current fascination with channeling angelic beings. “I want to find similarities in all the religious traditions,” Don explains. He is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, certified massage therapist, and qigong practitioner.
If there was any man seemingly beyond redemption, Kirk Martin personified that man. Full of violence and hate – having made a pact with the devil himself – only God could fashion the creative strategy to pull his feet away from the fiery abyss.
“I always thought God loved some people, just not me,” says Martin. He was the adopted fourth child of a loving family that prayed at dinner. Confirmed at his church in Livonia, Michigan, he quickly began to stray from his godly roots.
Lillie Leonardi served for over 25 years as a law enforcement professional. During her tenure she was employed as a municipal police officer, a chief of police and as a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pittsburgh Division.
She recently completed a book detailing a deeply spiritual event that took place at the site on 9-11. Entitled ‘In The Shadow Of A Badge: A Spiritual Memoir,’ the book reflects her story about a visitation of angels during the first hours at the crash site.
He was underneath a Peterbilt logging truck’s engine when the jack gave way, and 10,000 pounds crushed his body to within an inch of the cement floor. In his near-fatal experience he watched two angels tend to his body as he miraculously came back from the edge of death.
“I traveled around Wisconsin doing on-site repairs on diesel engines,” says Bruce Van Natta, 42. On a mild fall day, he had fixed the coolant leak on the mammoth logging truck, put his tools away and was ready to leave, when the truck’s driver asked him to look at one more thing.
In some near-death experiences, people report they were drawn toward “the light.” But in this horrifying near-death experience for an atheist art professor, he was drawn into the darkness of hell, which dramatically altered the course of his life.
“I was a double atheist,” says Howard Storm, who became a tenured art professor at Northern Kentucky University by age 27. “I was a know-it-all college professor, and universities are some of the most closed-minded places there are,” he notes.
During an emotion-filled evening of worship at the Vineyard church in Laguna Niguel, several photographs taken with a digital camera reveal some unusual effects.
“It seems like the angels are showing up more,” says Kathy Tanaka, a regular at the church. Her nine-year-old son Joshua took several photos with his new camera, which seem to show an angelic presence floating above his mother’s head. “My son just got his first camera, and he got a bunch of photos like that.”
When doctors inexplicably missed four-year-old Colton Burpo’s burst appendix, and the resulting infection nearly took his life, his father railed at God as Colton’s life seemed to slip away.
Pastor Todd Burpo found a small room in the hospital after Colton was taken into surgery, and he unloaded some raw emotions toward heaven. “Where are you God? Is this how you treat your pastors? Is it worth it to even serve you?” he shouted, as recounted in the New York Times bestseller “Heaven is for Real.”
After Colton’s surgery and a time in ICU, the fair-haired boy made a remarkable recovery. It wasn’t until four months later on a family car ride to South Dakota that Colton’s parents realized something very unusual happened to Colton as doctors fought to save his life.
Emma Sukut began to point at angels in her bedroom and talk about them to her parents at about 18-months-old.
“Every morning when I would get her up she would point up at the ceiling and say, ‘Look momma, there’s angels up there,’” says Caitlyn Sukut, her mother. More recently, she has spoken about “The Man” who appears with the angels.
Caitlyn was amazed one morning when Emma told her, “The man protects us and loves us. The man’s coming, momma. The man’s coming soon.”