House Church Talk - Testimony The Man Without A Face

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Testimony The Man Without A Face
Feb 11, 2004

Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2004 10:57:35 -0800 From: "SIHOP Network"
sihop at Subject: Testimony-WOW! 

A True Story by Paul Harvey 

You may be surprised to learn whom this young man turned out to be :-) 

Years ago a hardworking man took his family from New York State to
Australia to take advantage of a work opportunity there. Part of this
man's family was a handsome young son who had aspirations of joining the
circus as a trapeze artist or an actor. This young fellow, biding his
time until a circus job or even one as a stagehand came along, worked at
the local shipyards which bordered on the worst section of town. Walking
home from work one evening this young man was attacked by five thieves
who wanted to rob him. Instead of just giving up his money the young
fellow resisted. 

Unfortunately they 'bested him' easily and proceeded to beat him to a
pulp. They mashed his face with their boots and kicked and beat his body
brutally with clubs, leaving him for dead. 

When the police found him lying in the road they assumed he was dead and
called for the Morgue Wagon. On the way to the morgue a policeman heard
him gasp for air. They immediately took him to the emergency unit at the
hospital. When he was placed on a gurney a nurse remarked, to her horror,
that this young man no longer had a face. Each eye socket was smashed,
his skull, legs, and arms fractured, his nose literally hanging from his
face, all his teeth were gone, and his jaw was almost completely torn
from his skull. Although his life was spared he spent over a year in the
hospital. When he finally left, his body may have healed but his face was
'disgusting' to look at. He was no longer the handsome youth whom
everyone admired. 

When the young man started to look for work again he was turned down by
everyone just on account of the way he looked. One potential employer
suggested to him that he join the freak show at the circus as The Man Who
Had No Face. And he did this for a while. He was still rejected by
everyone and no one wanted to be seen in his company. He had thoughts of
suicide. This went on for five years ('Oh, can you imagine his heartache
and despair??') One day he passed a church and sought some solace there.
Entering the church he encountered a priest who had seen him sobbing
while kneeling in a pew. The priest took pity on him and took him to the
rectory where they talked at length. The priest was impressed with him to
such a degree that he said that he would do everything possible for him
that could be done to restore his dignity and life, if the young man
would promise to be the best Catholic he could be and trust in God's
mercy to free him from his torturous life. The young man went to mass and
communion every day, and after thanking God for saving his life, asked
God to give him peace of mind and the grace to be the best man he could
ever be in His eyes. 

The priest, through his personal contacts, was able to secure the
services of the best plastic surgeon in Australia. There would be no cost
to the young man, as the doctor was the priest's best friend. The doctor
too was so impressed by the young man, whose outlook now on life, even
though he had experienced the worst, was filled with good humor and love.
The surgery was a miraculous success. All the best dental work was also
done for him. The young man became everything he promised God he would

He was also blessed with a wonderful, beautiful wife, and many children,
and success in an industry which would have been the furthest thing from
his mind as a career if not for the goodness of God and the love of the
people who cared for him. This he acknowledges publicly. Who was this

Mel Gibson. 

His life was the inspiration for his production of the movie "The Man
Without A Face". He is to be admired by all of us as a God fearing man, a
political conservative, and an example to all as a survivor and a true
man of courage. And to think I admired him before I knew any of this! He
is quite a man! 
-Paul Harvey 

"The Passion of the Christ", produced and funded by Mel Gibson will be
released into theatres on February 25th, Ash Wednesday. This movie on the
final 12 hours of Christ's life is based on the Bible and is a TRUE
accounting according to God's Word from Jesus' close friend and disciple.
Billy Graham calls it the most important movie opens 2 weeks
from today! 

Please pray for Mel Gibson, his family and anyone associated with this
life-changing film. He has been receiving many death threats. While the
movie was being filmed on location, there were actual physical healings
of workers and many came to believe and accept Christ as their Savior.
Mel Gibson shared this information when he recently visited Saddleback
Church in Irvine (God's and Rick Warren's church/author of Purpose Driven
Life>>>>the #1 Best Seller in 2003, it is a great book!!)...... 

Please support this movie and take a friend/neighbor/co-worker to see it.
Please note that the movie is rated 'R' due to the violence that Jesus'
actually suffered. It was not the Jews who were ultimately responsible
for Jesus' horrible, sad, heart-wrenching death; it was my and your
sin......take kleenex!! 

'What the enemy meant for evil (to kill/destroy Mel Gibson when he was a
young man), GOD turned into GOOD!'>>>>>>> as He always does when we seek
Him and when we make Him Lord of our lives as Mel Gibson has. PTL and may
God richly bless you with your heart's desire as you take a stand for His
Righteousness and seek Truth- M+ 

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