BLOG 65 December 4, 2017 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE
Followers of this blog know that Robert L. Wise has traveled across many states collecting stories of miracles and divine interventions that confront the contemporary secular mind. Read and see what you think.
Although I knew little about their work, I had heard of the Crusades that T.L. and Daisy Osborn began in 1949 that had stretched around the globe. Possibly, this is all news to you because the work of the Osborn family had been almost entirely outside of the United States. However, I had first run into reports of T.L. Osborn’s work that had been revolutionary in the Netherlands immediately after World War II. Both T.L. and Daisy have passed away, but LaDonna Osborn continued the ministry in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Recently, I met LaDonna Osborn
LaDonna had a light in her eyes that sparkled with a penetrating and unique glow. Although, I came knowing virtually nothing about her, I quickly knew she was an extraordinary individual with a passionately devout faith. As we talked, LaDonna shared the story of the family’s work in a multitude of countries.
In the ‘50s, T.L. Osborn held a meeting in Camaguey, Cuba. A woman who had been totally blind came forward to proclaim a total healing. Her eyesight was completely restored. While startling, this was nothing new to the Osborns. In their meetings that encountered thousands, they had come to expecte such results.
One young man who had been blind since birth was walking across a field toward the services when he suddenly crumbled to the ground. The people around him thought he had died. Actually, he had received a vision of the risen Christ that was so overpowering that he was struck to the ground. When he finally regained consciousness, he stood up and proclaimed loudly, “I have seen the Lord, and now I can see. I was blind, but now I see!”
How does such happen? I ask LaDonna how she explained such occurrences. She quickly answered, “The Bible says Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. What he did in the past, he continues to do today. We preached Jesus, people believed, and Jesus confirmed the message with his miracle power.”
Over the years, the Osborns documented an almost incalculable number of miracles. Their message was simple; the results were profound.
Stay with me. There’s more to come next week.
Robert, curious you telling this story. During WWII, Thomas and Clara Corbin made a total of five trips to Havana Cuba. A missionary by the name of Faith Stewart was running an orphanage there. Space was scarce so your great uncle Tom collected contributions and off they went to begin a building campaign to expand the orphanage.
Each time the funds ran out they returned to the States visiting Churches of God with their films of the ongoing work. Then they repeated the process. Collecting funds, building until the materials were used up. Others offered to help them with the collections but expected to be paid for their time and travel. Tom and Clara travelled at their own expense and on one occasion took their youngest daughter, Gloria Ruth. It was on this trip that Gloria aged 14, felt the call to missions. Her focus throughout school and college were to study Spanish and be prepared to take the message of Jesus Christ to Central America.
It served her well serving in Costa Rica, the San Blas Islands, Panama, and Venezuela as well as pastoring in several congregations including an English-Spanish church where they had dual services. After the war years, the Corbins continued to travel the states helping congregations build their own buildings as he taught them the various skills needed to complete their project. They typically lived on site in their own little Air Stream trailer.