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Power of Prayer: Phil Marts

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Phil Marts was working on a big industrial project Memorial Day weekend of 1992 when a conveyor hit him in the head, causing him to crash into a wall.

"And then I fell nine feet and landed face first," said Phil. His wife Linda said, "really that day, I believe they really didn't think Phil would live through the day."

Phil and Linda had been married for 20 years. She was a teacher in Whitehouse when she got the call that her husband had been in an accident. "You just can't imagine how devastating really that it is. To find that out and then be wondering all the way to the hospital," Linda said.

Phil's daughter Melissa Marts said the nurse at the hospital scared her. "She said, I believe your mother is in this room. And it was the family room and I'm thinking, the family room? Why are we in the family room?"

More than 150 people came out to pray in the ICU waiting room that night. All showing support for the Marts family. A trend that began with Phil's best friend. Phil said, "he closed the door where they were gathered and said 'let's pray.' And from that point on, word spread."

Melissa said, "It was amazing to see that many people. And they would sit in circles and they would pray and they would walk and talk with my mother and I and tell us that it was going to be okay."

Phil was in a coma for 11 days, and the prognosis was not good. "The doctors had told my wife and daughter that I might not wake up," Phil said. "That the brain was swelling so bad that it might be an end to my time on Earth."

Linda said, "we have always been people of faith, but that is very trying to your faith. But I don't see how people make it through something like that if they don't have a faith in God."

When he woke up, Phil was totally deaf in his right ear and he couldn't talk or respond physically at all. Doctors had told his family that he would never have a normal life again. "But they forgot to tell me, and they forgot to tell my family," Phil said.

Over the next six months, Phil would do rehab in Tyler and in Dallas. He learned how to walk, talk and went back to work full time after doctors said it was impossible. Phil says along with his friends and family at West Erwin Church of Christ, one scripture sustained him through in his most difficult times, Luke 18:27. "What is impossible with man is possible with God," Phil said. "And that's what got me through this."

Linda said, "doctors and medicine can do miraculous things, but nothing is like the power of prayer. And we give all the glory to God for Phil's recovery."

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