“ Cripples rise from wheel chairs and walk” – was exactly the title Natal Mercury carried for an article 62 years ago on Friday 23 November 1951 in its News paper. Here is a duplicate of the words of that report:
“Scenes of mass-healing of cripples and stretcher cases getting up from wheel chairs and beds and walking, followed a prayer by an American evangelist, the Rev. William Branham before thousands at the Greyville Racecourse, Durban last night. Mr. Branham, who exhorted all cripples, sick, deaf and dumb people to be healed, was led from the platform sobbing and supported by two helpers.
After he made his appeal one small boy, sitting in wheel chair, staggered to his feet and, with support of two men walked across the platform. One after the other others followed until a huge crowd surged forward, crippled women and children threw down crutches and leg-irons; mothers wept as children took a few steps, for some the first time in their lives.
A Native rushed forward with his boy, who he said had had a twisted foot and body. “ I was crying” he told “ The Natal Mercury” “ when I saw my boy’s foot was straight; it was flat, He is whole.”
An Indian boy went up to the stage and gave up his crutches and leg-irons. He walked up and down the steps. A club-footed Indian girl took up her discarded club boot. One Indian girl, a tuberculosis and meningitis case, had been let out of hospital yesterday morning to attend the service. She was supposed to have gone back but she had not. Instead she went away [she said] with her parents.
A cancer case who had not walked for nine months came to the service on a stretcher, got up on Mr. Branham’s exhortation, and took away her stretcher. An Indian who had had a “locked” ankle for six months told “ The Natal Mercury” that he was healed. He had come in the afternoon, he said, with his ankle stiff and immovable. He could now move it easily. Men were praying over stretcher in cases where patients had not been healed. They prayed and urged the cripples to walk and the sick to be healed. On the other hand scores of people mostly non-Europeans, flocked to the platform to testify cures.
In the background stood little native girls on crutches, people with twisted bodies-smiling for the recovery of others, yet weeping because they had not been so fortunate. Earlier Mr. Branham dealt with a 17 year-old Indian boy who had been deaf and dumb from birth. He clapped his hands and the boy smiled. The first words that came from his mouth were “ Mama” and “ Papa”.
“ I am Healed”
Mr. E.C. Dennis  of 365a Flower Road Clairwood, stood on the platform at Greyville, blocking his left ear. He had not heard with his right ear since he was seven. Another evangelist Rev. F.F. Bosworth, whispered into his right ear, and Mr. Dennis repeated combinations of numbers over a microphone. The crowd, mostly Natives and Indians cheered as they heard him say: “ I am healed.”
--The above report is direct words from the Natal Mercury News paper clipping found on page 125 of the Book-“ A prophet visits South Africa.” By Julius Stadklev. Such things the Lord Jesus Christ did in South Africa. The reporter only did his job as he reported what he/she seen. What Jesus did a little over 1900 years ago, He once again did here. Heb. 13:8 Jesus Christ forever remains the same.
As I opened page 123, of the said book, I saw a news article headline saying:
“Bedridden Woman Walks At Evangelist’s command.”
It goes on the read: “ A Durban woman who had been bedridden for the past 10 months, rose up from a camp bed in the Durban City Hall last night where she had been taken to hear the American evangelist, the Rev.William Branham, and declared: “ I feel as if I were two years old” The Rev. Branham after a succession of people had come onto the stage to receive God’s blessing suddenly turned to Mrs. J.A. Naude of Blythswood Road and said: “ You Madam, have been suffering from internal trouble, but you are cured-get up from that bed.”
Mrs. Naude immediately rose to her feet swayed a little and then walked to the end of the bed where her husband and daughter looked on in amazement. Mr. Naude told a “ Mercury” reporter that he had had a succession of doctors attending to his wife and they had told him that nothing could be done for her. He had spent his savings trying to make her well.
Pastor J.F. Wooderson of Durban said he had visited Mrs. Naude about a month ago at her home in response to Mr. Naude’s request that he should go and pray for his wife.”
[Quoted from a Newspaper clipping of the Natal Mercury newspaper 1951 inside : “ A prophet visit South Africa”. On the picture next to the article I saw a healthy looking Mrs. J.A. Naude. On the page 124 is another picture of her standing arranging flowers with her smiling daughter Anne next to her, looking pleased at her mother’s return to health. Indeed Jesus Christ is alive, working with His Spirit through His faithful servants still to deliver the needy.
Evidence for the existence of God? You decide.