My name is Rev. Judy Smith. I have been partially deaf in my right ear and totally deaf in my left ear most of my life. I have been reading lips, as I have been living in a nearly silent world, especially the last few years.
I remember being a young girl, and my Christian parents (my dad was a minister) taking me to doctors. I had infections in my ears, and pain so bad that it radiated from my ears to the back of my head. I believe I had a punctured eardrum in my left ear. At the age of sixteen, I had two surgeries on my ears. They removed the bones in my ears and placed plastic ones in their place. The doctors did the surgeries six months apart. The surgeries eliminated the pain as I remember, though my hearing improved little. In my junior year in high school, I had a tutor at home, as I could not hear the teachers. I graduated from high school and went to a community college where I got a degree in Nursing.
I prayed for normal hearing over the years and kept on believing for my miracle.
Saturday, March 29, 2014, Brother Tony and Sister Susan McCanless were holding a revival at The Gathering Place Church in Walnut Cove, NC. Brother Tony asked for people who had hearing problems to come forward, as he would pray for each individual. I knew, I knew, I knew that God was going to heal my deaf ears as Brother Tony prayed for me! There was not a doubt in my mind or in my heart that I was going to receive a miracle in my ears. The entire congregation was believing and praying. God touched me and healed me!
Thank God! I can hear in both ears, the first time in approximately 60 years! (I’m 67.) This morning, Sunday (the day of this writing), I played the piano at church, and could actually hear the music! I play by sheet music, and had used that gift to glorify God, even though I could not actually hear that well what I was playing.
I thank God! I can’t thank Him enough. If you get a chance to attend a meeting being held by Brother Tony and Sister McCanless, I encourage you to go! You will be blessed!! He’s a dynamic teacher and preacher of the Word of God, and Sister Susan has an outstanding singing voice! She has a God-given gift, no doubt.
Thank you for allowing me to share my testimony with you. Ephesians 1:16: “Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers.”
Rev. Judy Smith
Tony McCanless with Judy Smith
From the minister’s perspective:
The Lord revealed to me some of what was going to happen in the service the night Judy received her healing. The previous night, I had preached on special anointings. I had asked who had ear problems, and of the hands that were raised, I seemed to be impressed to ask a man to come forward. When I asked him to remove his hearing aids, he refused. I had already sensed in my spirit that he might not expect to be healed. His action certainly seemed to confirm that. Unbelief affected the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ. In Mark 8:23, He led a blind man out of the town before He ministered to him, possibly to get away from unbelief. In Mark 7:32, a deaf man, who also had an impediment in his speech, was brought to Jesus. Verse 33 says He took him aside from the multitude, probably to get away from unbelief. Another clear indication that unbelief affected Jesus was when He raised Jairus’ little girl from the dead. In Mark 5:40, they laughed when Jesus said she wasn’t dead, but only asleep. In response to that unbelief, He ran them out of the house. The only ones He took in the room with Him, were the parents, and Peter, James, and John. If unbelief affected the healing and miracle ministry of Jesus Himself, it will affect us when doing His works in His Name.
I asked the others who had ear problems if they could come the next night. Judy said she read lips, so I faced her to talk to her. I encouraged her to say to herself several times that night and the next day, that she would be healed when I prayed for her the next night. I asked her if she understood me, and if she would do that. She said she would.
The next day, I was in prayer much for the service. I also was very concerned for the man that would not take out his hearing aids. I had expected him to be healed and not need them anymore. His response did not seem to agree with that. I was concerned for him. I wanted to help him if I could. I even considered finding a way to contact him to see if I could talk to him privately. I sensed by the Spirit that I should not do that. The Lord spoke to my heart and reminded me that in Mark 6:5-6, He marveled at their unbelief, and could do no mighty work there. I, too, marveled that this man did not seem to believe. Jesus said to me that I would not be able to get everyone to believe. He said the man would not be back the next night.
I asked the Lord how I was to minister to Judy, totally deaf in one ear, and nearly deaf in the other ear. I was feeling inadequate. I’m not the healer. I can’t heal anyone’s ears. I knew I totally needed the Lord’s anointing, and people with me who also would believe.
That’s when the Lord showed me what was going to happen. He told me not to preach or teach first, as I usually would. He said that during the music, and He would show me when during the service, to keep the music going, but playing softly. And at that time, I was to go to Judy and minister to her in Jesus’ Name, with the anointing of the Holy Ghost. He said her ears would open and she could enjoy the rest of the service. That’s when I knew what was going to happen. The Lord said she was going to enjoy the rest of the service. Praise God forever!
That night while singing “I Believe,” it happened just that way. God opened her ears! And the next day, Sunday morning, her face just beamed and shone as she played the piano and could hear it! She played by sheet music, and said she had relied partially on the vibrations. But now she could actually hear her music as she played for the glory of God.
I am so glad to have been in that revival with Bishop Harry & Janice Wood, in Walnut Cove, NC. I am so glad to have met Rev. Judy Smith. I am so glad our precious Lord, and living Saviour, is still our Healer. I praise God with my sister, Judy, for the great things the Lord has done.
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