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Local ministers novel gives lessons in faith

caines | 1/4/2012, 7:30 a.m.

South Miami mom shares how God helped her family overcome tragedy

Like many mothers before her, Prophetess Velerie C. Williamson envisioned that her child would grow to adulthood and accomplish great things. The Lord had shown me that my son was to be an anointed basketball player, she said of her son, Cue Anthony Feckleton. But her dreams appeared to be shattered when she received a phone call about her then-13-year-old child in October of 2008. I was told that he had been in a motorcycle accident, she recalled. [He] was being airlifted to Miami Childrens Hospital and thats when I really began to pray, pray, pray and seeking God ceaselessly. After Williamson arrived at the hospital she found out the dire situation her son was facing. While sitting on a neighbors dirt bike, Feckleton had turned the throttle and sent the bike crashing into a nearby car. There was massive internal damage to his face, arm, and abdomen. Williamson was shocked the first time she laid eyes on him in the hospital. His head was the size of a basketball, she said. Blood was everywhere. I didnt recognize him. The Holy Spirit told me this was my son . . . so I laid hands on him and started praying in my heavenly language. Somehow I just knew that he had already been made whole. Feckleton had to be placed in a medically-induced coma for two weeks. During the days while her son lay in a coma, Williamson remained in the hospital every day and night. But she was not idle instead she offered hope and comfort to other parents with children in the intensive care unit. After her son awoke, he had to have surgery to repair the damage to his face and arm which had been shattered by the accident. Six weeks later, Feckleton was released from the hospital. According to Jennifer Caminas, the public and media relations specialist at Miami Childrens Hospital, Feckletons doctor confirmed, that he made a remarkable recovery. Today, the 16-year-old Feckleton remembers little of the accident itself. However, his body gives testament to the catastrope that he miraculously survived. He still has slight scars under his eye from the reconstructive surgery and his right arm is functioning because of the metal rods and pins that surgeons had to implant. Beyond that he reports that physically everything else is normal. According to his mother, I wanted [the doctor] to correct the scars, but then the Lord said that they are battle scars. Now every time I look at them I see the miracle of what God has done. Williamson was inspired to write and publish the story about their ordeal, Miracle, Signs and Wonders in 2009. She republished the book in 2011 and held a book signing at her church, Jesus Christ Revelation Ministries, on Friday, Dec. 30th and Saturday, Dec. 31st. She hopes that anyone who reads their tale will walk away inspired themselves. I want people to know that God is still in the miracle business that he is still saving lives and that He is teaching us to walk by faith, not by sight. By Kaila Heardkheard@miamitimesonline.com