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So we went on, riding along and, all at once, I felt real strange. After been driving five or six miles, I felt real strange. And I said, "I don't know."

They said, "What's the matter?"

I said, "I believe that--that One that talks to me, wants to talk to me, so I'm going to have to leave the car."

So I got out of the car, and the women sitting on women's laps, you know, and everything, that little old roadster. And I got out of the car and went around behind the car. And I bowed my head down, put my foot up on the bumper in the back of the car, and I said, "Heavenly Father, what would You have Your servant know?" And I prayed, nothing happened. I waited a few minutes, and I thought, "Well, He usually, where there's a crowd like that, I have to get to myself." And so I waited a few minutes. And I happened to be attracted, look over there, and I happened to think, "Well, looky here, here's that old church sitting down here." And if you're ever at it, it's the Bunker Hill Church. And I looked over on the side of the Bunker Hill Christian Church, and there was the tombstones of the graveyard, right in front of the church. And I went over there. I said, "Now, you all got them letters. I never been in that country before, in my life; never was in above there, anywhere, in my life." And I said, "You get them names and numbers, and come over here, see if they ain't the same one on this tombstone." There it was, just exactly. I said, "That's it. We're on the right road now." I said, "That was the Angel of the Lord. See, I'd pass right on by it and not know it." So, oh, He's perfect.

And so we rode on and on. Directly I met a man, and I said, "Could you tell me where South Boston is, sir?"

He said, "You jog to the right, and the left," you know, so forth like that." And we just kept on going.

So, after a while, we come into... I noticed I come into a little place, and it had kind of a little village-like, and I--I looked, and I said, "That's it. That's it right there." I said, "There is the... There--there's that yellow storefront out there. And you watch. A man is going to come out of there with a blue overalls on, and a white corduroy, or a yellow corduroy cap, with a white mustache, and tell me where to go. If it ain't, I'm a big story-teller." And so they was all waiting.

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And--and I drove up in front of the place, and just as I drove up in front, out come the man with blue overall suit on, and the yellow corduroy cap, and a white mustache. And Mrs. Brace fainted in the car, seeing it come to pass like that. And I said, "Sir, you're to tell me where Harold Nale lives."

He said, "Yes, sir." Said, "You come from the south?"

I said, "Yes, sir."

Said, "You passed it about a half a mile down the road. You turn the first road to the left, you go up and you find a big red barn, and you turn in there at that red barn." Said, "It's the second house on your right, as you turn up that little lane-like road."

I said, "Yes, sir."

He said, "Why?"

I said, "He has an afflicted daughter, doesn't he?"

Said, "Yes, sir, he does."

I said, "The Lord is going to heal her." And the old man started crying. See, he never knows. And so he was included in the vision, he didn't know what was going on.

I turned around. We got Mrs. Nale kind of revived again, and went up there. Walked up into the yard, got out of the car, started in, started up to the place to the, you know, to the place where it was at. And a heavyset young woman come to the door. I said, "There she is. See?

And so she said, "How do you do?"

And I said, "How do you do." I said, "I'm--I'm Brother Bill."

"Oh," she said, "I--I--I thought you were." She said, "You got my letter?"

I said, "Yes, ma'am, I did."

She said, "I'm Mrs. Harold Nale."

I said, "Well, I'm glad to know you, Mrs. Nale, and this is just a little party come with me to pray for your girl."

Said, "Yes."

I said, "She's fixing to be healed."

She said, "What?" And her lips started quivering, she started crying.

I said, "Yes, ma'am." And I--I don't know, I never stopped for the woman, I walked right on down the hall, and my party followed me. When I opened the door to the right of the hall, big old country home, opened the door, there was the yellow news-... the yellow papers on the wall, red figures; the sign, "God bless our home." The old brass poster bed, chunk stove sitting to my left, and there was a little bitty cot sitting there with this boyish-looking girl laying in it.

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Now, something happened, I was up in the corner of the room, watching my body go to that bed. And I laid my hands right across her stomach exactly the way the Lord said. And when I did that, when Mrs. Nale walked in the room and seen that, down she went on the floor again, fainted. She's kind of a weakly person. And she fainted on her floor again. And Brother Nale was trying to work with her, and old Brother Jim standing there, saying, "Bless the Lord," holding his hands together, you all knew how he acted.

And so then I looked at that, and I seen that, and I laid my hands upon her, or across her stomach like this. And I said, "Lord, I do this at the command of what I think is God telling me to do it." And, about that time, she started crying, and she jumped up. And they just got Mrs. Nale to her feet, she had woke up from the fainting spell. And when the girl jumped from the bed, there come her pajama leg up on the right leg, just exactly the way that it showed in the vision, and there was that round knee of a girl instead of a boy. And down went Mrs. Nale again, see, she fainted. That's the three times she fainted.

And that girl walked out of there in that room, and went into her dressing room, weeping, and put on her kimona, come walking back, combing her hair with her... with that... And her one hand was paralyzed, too, on the right side. Combing her hair with that crippled hand. She's married, got a bunch of children, her name... I don't know what her name is now, but Nale, anybody could tell you, Harold Nale. And, that, visions are true. I could place that and take you to people that would make a volume of books of such things has happened.

Visions, September 30, 1960

MIRACULOUS HEALING OF GEORGIE CARTER

I was at my Mother's house and I was going to stay all night down there. I had been praying for the sick, and I got in late, and so I just stopped off at Mother's and I was talking to her. And we went to bed. In a little while, some, I got up, and I just couldn't rest. Did you ever have those restless nights? Be careful, if you're a Christian, that might be God dealing with you, see. So I--I got up and walking around, and I kind of got a burden. I thought, "Well, maybe somebody is sick somewhere, and they want me to pray for them."

And I got down, and I couldn't pray through. And just went on for a while, and after a while I looked across the room. And did any of you women ever wash and bring your wash in like that and pile it down in a chair? That's my mother. And then iron, barefooted. And if she knew I said that, she'd turn me over her checked apron. But I seen the poor old thing many times standing there, and singing with her iron, you know, barefooted, ironing. And she had... I thought she laid her clothes in a chair in the corner in the bedroom there.

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And looked like Something white begin coming closer to me. I looked at It, and It wasn't the chair. It was Something moving, white. And seemed like I went into It, or It come into me, and in a few moments I was walking down through a wilderness country and I could hear a lamb bleating, going, "Baa, baa!" Did you ever hear a little lamb cry? It's the most pitiful thing in the world. And it was bleating.

I said, "That poor little thing, I'm going to see if I can find it."

And I started up towards the brush and stuff. And as I got closer to it, it wasn't a lamb. It was a human, and it was calling, saying, "Milltown. Milltown."

Well, I never heard of the place in my life. So when I came to myself... I went to church the following Wednesday night, and I said to some of them, "Anybody know where Milltown is?" No one knew. So then Sunday night I announced it, "Does anyone know where Milltown is?"

And a brother by the name of George Wright, I guess many of you that go around the Tabernacle know him, and he said, "Yes, Brother Branham, about thirty-five miles down the Southern here." Said, "I live close to it."

I said, "I will be down next Saturday. God wants me to go to Milltown, there's somebody down there in trouble."

He said, "Small city, about five hundred people, or a thousand, down on the Southern there."

Said, I said, "Well, I'll be down."

We went down, and I remember I went to that grocery store where the big corner turns. I thought, "I wonder what the Lord wants of me." I went in and bought a box and come out there. And I thought, "I'll preach right here on the comer." Well, I got up on the box. I--I--I couldn't think of nothing to preach about. And all the folks there in the country, you know, come in on Saturday, do their shopping.

Brother Wright said, "I'm going up on the hill to do a little trading, Brother Branham, got to take some eggs up there to a man." Said, "You want to ride up with me?"

And I said, "Yes." And as I went up, there was a big white church standing up on the hill. And I said, "Hey, look, isn't that a lovely church!"

He said, "Yes, it's a pity about that church." Said, "That's a Baptist Church, and the pastor there got into some trouble. And," said, "the church went down, and never had a pastor there since." Said, "The city taken it over. The congregation all left and went to other churches."

And I felt the Spirit of God tell me "stop." I went over there, and the door was locked. And I said, "You go ahead, Brother Wright. And I, you have to pick me up after while."

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And after he got gone, I knelt down there and I prayed. And I said, "Lord, if You want me in this church, unlock these doors for me."

And so while I was praying, I got up, and I heard somebody coming. It was a man walking around. He said, "Hello!"

And I said, "How do you do."

He said, "I seen you were praying."

I said, "Yes, sir, I'm... I just... I'm a preacher and I just was praying here on the steps."

He said, "You want to go in?"

And I said, "Yes, sir."

Said, "I got the key."

I said, "Thank You, Lord." I said, "Thank You, Lord." Are you believing that? Yes, sir. Yes, sir, He's real!

And he opened the door for me and I went in. There, it'd seat about three, four hundred people. And I walked up to the place and I bowed my head and prayed. I said, "Who owns it?"

Said, "Oh, the city," said, "we just... I just take care of it here." Said, "The only thing we have in it is funerals and so forth."

I said, "What about having a revival here?"

Said, "See the city official."

And I went down and asked him. He said, "Sure, if you'll put a meter in it."

I said, "Well, I work for the utility company, I'll put my own meter in."

He said, "All right."

I put the meter in, and announced around there that I was going to have a revival. I never will forget the first man I asked. I said, "Going to have a revival, sir. Will you come?"

He said, "Say, we raise chickens around here. I ain't got time to go to no church."

I said, "Well, couldn't you just let the chickens alone for a little while and come to the meeting?"

He said, "Ah, we ain't got time for nothing like that." I got my business to take care of, and you take care of your own!"

I said, "I didn't aim to hurt your feelings, sir." About ten days from then, you know, they had to take out time to bury the man, he died. And so they buried him right down there in front of the church.

We started a revival. And, oh, I went out and prayed in the woods, and I thought the Lord give me a great message, and I was just burning up my heart to deliver it. I said, "Oh, we'll probably have a big crowd there tonight. Maybe the Lord wants me to hold a revival." So, I got down there, you know who was there? George Wright, his wife, and son and daughter, I had four in the congregation. I preached the message the Lord had give me, just the same.

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And then the next night there was an odd-looking fellow walked up to the outside, and he was a... They told me he was a backslidden Nazarene, once belonged to the Nazarene Church and had backslid. Had his corncob pipe in his mouth, and he knocked it out up on the side of the building, hair hanging down in his face. And tooth out on the side, and looks in, said, "Where is that little Billy Sunday you're talking about in here?" Like that, Mr. Wright went back and got him and set him down.

I was up there reading the Bible, behind the pulpit, Brother Wright come up, said, "The hardest falling fellow there is in the country, just walked in." Said, "Oh, he's a rip-snorter." Said, "His name is William Hall, he runs the quarry sitting on the hill."

I said, "Maybe that's the one the Lord's after."

So I got to preaching. Brother Wright went back to him, said, "You want to move up front?"

He said, "I'll take care of things back here, you go on up front." And as the meeting come on, when the service closed, Mr. Hall was kneeling on the rail, praying to God. He's my associate pastor down there now.

And still a few nights, there was some healings taken place, and then that started the crowd when that man was healed, assistant to Dr. Tree. There seemed like yet it wasn't an.

So there's a young lady that belonged to a certain church there. That, I won't call no name, they don't believe in any Spirit, just the letter, "We speak where the Word speaks, and silent where It's silent." And they had made a proclamation there, that anybody that went to that meeting would be given their church letter and sent home. Her daddy was a deacon in the church. And so she got a hold of one of my little books, and this lady, girl, she's about twenty-five years old now. Her name's Miss. Georgie Carter. She had been laying nine years and eight months, that she had never raised her head off the bed, TB. And they couldn't even put a bed pan under her, they keep a rubber sheet and had a draw sheet. I guess you know her, Brother Ryan. Had to pull the draw sheet like that. She had never seen the outside world, nowhere out, even the windows, for nine years and eight months.

And somebody come and told me, but said, "You can't go pray for her." Said, "She's crying for you."

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And just as soon as they said that, seemed like that was the one I was to go see. Well, her mother and dad wouldn't let me come, said, "No, we won't let that deceiver come."

And then after I got ready to leave the revival, her daddy said, well, he'd leave the house, and her mother said he's, she'd leave, and to satisfy the girl. But I think they must have got permission from the preacher, just to let me come down there. So I went in to see her, and the poor little thing had my little book laying there. And on the back of the bed, before she could... got past putting her hands back, the paint was all rubbed off the bed where she had held and cried and prayed for deliverance. But her church didn't believe in Divine healing. And she got this book, and she seen in the paper where another girl had been healed and had been sent in a vision, and she wanted to be healed. So the poor little thing had just cried so, and I went in, she said, "Brother Branham, I just believed that you would come and Jesus would let me get well."

I said, "Will you serve Him, sister?"

Said, "All my heart."

And her little old arms, she couldn't raise her sputum cup. She'd start and she'd go, "uh, uh, uh," then they'd have to hold the cup. She'd go, "uh, uh, uh," just spit in it like that. And that's the condition she was in. I knelt and had prayer for her, and went out of the room.

And about two weeks from then, I was back again to start another meeting. We had a three or four-nights meeting. And there was another minister up there that didn't believe in immersing. And I was going to baptize a bunch down there in the river. And he had had a revival in a tent, and he said, "If anybody... if one of my congregation even walk in that church where that crazy Divine healer... " Said, "I would--I'd absolutely take them out of the church." And he said, "The very idea!" Said, "That guy will drown you in water." You know. He said, "Well!"

I went up there to have a baptismal service that afternoon. And little Georgie, I told her, I said, "Now--now, sister, I can pray for you. That's all I know."

She said, "Well, can you do for me like you did for that Nale girl?"

I said, "No, that was a vision, honey. I have to see the vision first." And I said, "If He ever sends me back, I'll come back, but I believe you're going to get well." Encouraging her faith.

And, so, but the last day of the service, I went over to baptize at Totton Ford. Many of you people around Corydon know where that's at. And so I went over there to baptize. And here this minister had closed his service, and all the congregation standing on the bank. And I walked out there in the river, you know. Oh, my, that glorious feeling, the water splashing around everywhere! And I baptized about fifty people that afternoon. And while I was standing there, it just seemed like Angel was sitting on every branch of the trees. And I was standing there, started to pray like that, I said, "As God sent John to baptize!" I said, "He said, 'Go ye into all the world and make disciples of all nations, and baptize them. These signs shall follow them that believe.'"

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And, about that time, the Holy Spirit swept down across that bank, and the entire congregation, that minister walked out in the river, screaming, with their good clothes on, I baptized every one of them that afternoon. Every one of them! That's right. That's true. Women, screaming, with silk dresses on, young ladies, and mothers and dads, and were bringing their kiddies and everything. I baptized till it was almost dark, they had to pull me out of the water.

And so I was to have the meeting down at the Baptist Church that night. I went up with Brother Wright and them to eat supper. And Mother Wright, she's a real cook, way back up in the country where they live. And I said, "I don't want supper right now." I said, "I'll go over here to pray. The Lord wants me to pray, There's something leaning heavy on my heart."

So then she said, "Well, when I ring the dinner bell, you come, Brother Branham," said, "cause we going to have to hurry."

I said, "All right."

And I went over there and I knelt down. Did you ever feel like, you know, the briars stuck you and the floor was too hard? Did you ever have that? That's the time to press on. That's the Devil trying to keep you from it. Move right on! As long as you're doing right, you can't be doing wrong. See? You can't go this way when you're going this a-way. And I know it's right to pray, and I just kept on praying. The wind blew and a sticker hit me in the face, and I just said, "Thank You, Lord," just kept on praying.

And after a while I got lost in the Spirit. Did you ever get lost in the Spirit? Excuse me for talking fast like a woods on fire, but I'm trying to hurry up. But I just got lost in the Spirit. I didn't hardly know where I was at. I heard that bell ring, but I was having too good a time with God then, to think about supper. And the bell rang and rang, and I know it's getting dark. And I just praying, and I said, "Thank You, Lord, for Your goodness."

And just then it kind of quietened down. I thought I'd get up and go on over then, maybe the--the first bunch would be away from the table. And I said, "Thank You, Lord."

And as I opened my eyes, kind of right down through a little dogwood bush there, there was a Light, kind of an emerald-green, yellowish Light shining right down on me. And a Voice spoke, like a great deep Voice way back there in the woods, and said, "Go by the way of Carter."

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That was enough. That had it. I jumped up and started screaming. I run down. They had search parties looking for me out in the woods. I jumped over the fence, and down there in the field, and jumped right into Brother Wright's arms. He said, "Brother Billy," he said, "mama's been waiting supper on you for hours." Said, "They're out everywhere over the hill here, hunting for you."

And I said, "Well, Brother Wright, I'm not going to eat supper." I said, "Georgie Carter is going to be healed completely in the next few minutes." She was about eight miles away.

He said, "What?"

I said, "Yes, sir. THUS SAITH THE LORD!"

He said, "You mean she's going to get up?"

I said, "She's going to be normal and well in the next few minutes, soon as I can get there."

He said, "Can I go with you?"

I said, "Yes, sir."

And there was a man there from Texas, just brought his wife up, and she was healed. He said, "Brother Branham, can I go with you?" He seen the Nale girl healed a few weeks before that.

I said, "Yes, sir."

He said, "You mean that little pile of bones?"

And I said, She's going to be healed just in a few minutes." We jumped in the car and went down.

Now, God works on both ends of the line. Don't you believe that? When they was having a prayer meeting down at John Mark's house, Peter in the prison, the Angel of the Lord was there. You know what I mean.

And then this woman, the mother, Mrs. Carter, I want you all to write to her if you want to. She was very critical, but she...

The little Georgie cried. She promised God if she could get healed that afternoon, she'd go down and be baptized. So, and she hadn't raised off that bed now, her head up, for nine years and eight months. And then she was laying there, crying, and her mother got so worked up. Her mother set there, fairly young woman, went gray-headed and took the palsy, just sitting there by that bed all the time, day and night, just what little sleep she could get.

All right, her mother went in the kitchen, she knelt down, she said, "O Dear God!" Sincerity, now, just been taught wrong. Said, "O Dear God," said, "have mercy on my poor little girl in there. Poor little thing laying there, just a few days from death, and she's laying there. And that impostor come through this country here claiming to be something," and said, "and has got my child all tore up." Said, "God, have mercy!" Started praying like that.

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Now, here's her testimony. I don't know this, this is her words. She said she raised her head up like that, and was wiping the tears from her eyes. Her daughter lived next door...?... was good people. And the sun was setting in the West, and was shining in like this against the wall. She said she seen a shadow coming down the wall, and she thought it was her daughter coming around the house. But when It got right up to her, she said It was the Lord Jesus Christ. Said He walked right up close like that. She said, "Who is this?" And said He looked, and she could see me with this high forehead, and this Bible laying on my heart, coming, walking into the house. And she said, "Oh, mercy! I--I've went to... I'm asleep." She never seen a vision. She said, "I'm--I'm asleep."

And she run in and told Georgie, said, "Georgie, I was out there a few minutes ago, praying, and looked like I seen a form on the wall, looked like Jesus. And I seen that Brother Branham come in," said, "with two man following him. Had a Bible over his heart."




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