Stacey Farrell


January 09, 2017 6 Comments

I just want to start this off with thanking you for being instruments of God, for listening to Him and obeying Him.
My name is Stacey Farrell and live in South Africa, Krugersdorp.  I was involved in a car accident, 12 September 2013.  A lady skipped the stop street and hit us.  I was in matric  (Grade 12) and was busy with preliminary exams and had two left.  I then missed the matric farewell and my final exams.
I was taken to hospital after my accident, not being able to move or feel anything and my neck hurting a lot.  I knew it was bad and all I could do was trust God.
After that hospital found that their CT scan was broken I was sent to a government hospital near by and there God took over, gave me a great doctor that did the scans and new x-rays and told my mom it's too serious for them and organized for me to be placed in Johannesburg General Hospital, also Government but more advanced.
I was taken there the next day and had a doctor spend the whole day testing me and looking for the fault and how they can help.  I was admitted that night and told the following Tuesday, 17th, they would operate and have to do a spinal fusion and I dislocated my C6/C7 vertebrae in my neck.  I was on traction and had to lie still till then.
I went in for a supposedly 2hour operation, that turn close to 6 because the dislocation was squeezing my pipes and they couldn't get the tunes down my throat.  Then my right lung collapsed and they had to do an emergency tracheotamy.  After a struggle to get me to stabilize, they only did the front fusion and left the back for the Friday.  In the ICU I got double pneumonia and they had to move the operation to the following week.   They told my mom I might not make it through the night abd if i did, I would never move from my neck down.   We said no ways, God is in control. 
The Friday they sent me back to my ward, where a professor was taking student doctors around and saw my x-ray from that morning and told them to cancel my next operation because the bone was setting nicely already.
From there, we hit a few hurdles but every day my hands and arms strengthened and I could do a little more.
The 9th of October I was discharged and went home.  My school organized a physics therapist and she felt God had other plans and organized my into a rehab and people raised money for me to go.  
I went on the 28th October and they told me I would be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life and would snuggle with my hands and arms.  I told them no, I'm going to walk.  They told me I am in denial.  So I said, "God now is you can come show off".  They were stunned after 4 weeks, I went further and grew stronger that people there for 6 months.  I was discharged in the beginning of December. 
During the holidays I was in a swimming pool.  When chest deep I could slightly walk.  Excited I went back in January, as an out patient, and told them.  They couldn't believe it and did tests.  I could start to slowly walk!! Praise God!  I went from parrellal bars, to walking frame, to crutches. My time there, I was able to minister to others and tell of how God never leaves us and still hears us.
I completed my exams that March and began studying part time in the July, as a Foundation phase teacher.  2015 I got a job as a student teacher at a Christian school and am still there and studying.   I see a biokineticist now, I am able to balance a bit and walk better and even walk just holding a hand.
God blessed me with family that were my solid rocks and friends too.  He made ways and given me the desires of my heart.
I have seen how God has healed me, done what doctors said can't be done.  Kept me positive and grown my faith. 
Children are constantly telling me that they are still praying for me and look forward to seeing me run like them, in their words.
I have this hope that God hears us, we don't always understand His plans, but seeing these children have unwavering faith, how God has allowed me to use His story (my journey) to touch others, to tell them He still hears us, it blesses me 
So yes, I have a hope that no matter the circumstances, God wrote us in His story and we can live it knowing He is always there and loves us through it all!
God bless you guys and may He continue to use your group to share His story!
Written by: Stacey Farrell



6 Responses

Courtney Vinzant
Courtney Vinzant

January 16, 2017

Can I just say your songs and absolute faith in God so inspires me!! I am so thankful that I got to see u guys live for the Rock and Worship Roadshow in Ontario a couple years back. You have encouraged me when I’ve been in deep depression. I have been in Christian counseling for over a year now with problems from depression anxiety and a form of OCD and God has truly met me there! God has given me the strength I need daily to learn that I CAN overcome fear with faith every single day! I’m slowly learning at the age of 31 that I can only find my truly value in my relationship with God and that I know I am NOTHINGwithout Him! He is truly my everything! Im learning how to seek Him everyday! It’s not always easy but I know how blessed I am because I get to wake up everyday to serve Him! I wanna choose faith over fear and courage over doubt every single day! It’s a choice! I choose to say no to the devil and Yes to God because I know that God is not holding out on me, but in fact, preparing His very BEST for me! It is super hard to wait on His timing I will absolutely admit that! But I know that God is faithful! Thank you so much tenth avenue north for allowing God to use you guys! You are a tremendous influence, absolutely hilarious, not afraid to be honest about who we really are in this world and how desperately we need God to save each and every one of us! Thanks for being you! God bless you brothers and I hope to meet u someday in person! Until then I’ll keep prayering for ya! Mike donehey you are HILARIOUS!

Judy Harris
Judy Harris

January 12, 2017

I have been meaning to write for a while now. I was going through a separation from my husband when I heard your song “Strong Enough to Save”. God used it to heal my broKen heart. I really do believe it strengthened my faith to believe God could save my marriage. And so it did! We are back together and things are a lot better than before, not perfect, but definitely much, much better. Miracles do happen! So thank you and God bless you and your ministry.

Alicia Rendon
Alicia Rendon

January 11, 2017

Hi, guys! In 2016, my dad had to get a back surgery due to an accident he had at work in Dec 2015. He had a fall on some ice and was carrying a pole and slid on the ice and messed up his spine. The discs in his spine were dislocated, he wasn’t able to work for a while. He had a surgery in March and wasn’t able to walk, when he did he had to use a walker or needed a lot of support for his back. He went to work again in late May, but he wasn’t able to work like he used to. In June we found out that he was supposed to have another surgery in September later that year.
Over the summer I had made good friends with many people who believed in the power of prayer. Everyone was praying for him, I felt like I all hope was lost. My dad was so upset because he wasn’t able to work. When he got out of his second surgery it was like a miracle had happened. He was up and walking around, he was able to stand, of course he had to breaks but it was like he was healed.
A few weeks later he found out that he wouldn’t be able to work again. He was devistated, he thought all hope was lost. My dad wasn’t sure what to do anymore, especially because of all the financial reasons. So I spent a days and nights for things to get better or for a sign of some sort. And that’s when I heard this song!!! Mike had just released the video journal to “I Have This Hope”. It was beyond crazy how relatable it was! This song has helped me and my family get through the toughest of storms. Thanks so much, Tenth Avenue North!! Love you guys!!

Leah
Leah

January 11, 2017

God is so powerful and loving! I was blessed by this! Thank you for sharing. May God continue to bless you, sweet girl. <3

Emmy
Emmy

January 10, 2017

Yes, I agree with Kristen! What a powerful story! I’m sure God is using it to help and encourage many people! It has encouraged me!

Kristen
Kristen

January 09, 2017

This is beautiful!
I love stories like this because it shows you that nomatter what people say, God is in control of the situation.
They can say that it isn’t possible, but with God ALL things are POSSIBLE.
Thank you so much for sharing your story Stacey and may God Bless you girl! :) <3

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