WHY I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES
People are growing increasingly
skeptical about the
possibility that miracles can happen and do happen today.
What is a miracle? It can probably be
"an event that takes place which transcends the laws of nature and
explained by any scientific or rational means."
Do miracles happen today? Why don't you
Frijters? He would have quickly told you that he didn't believe in
was much too practical for that. Besides, he would have said "these are
things that you read about as having happened somewhere far away to
to neurotic tendencies who only imagined that something miraculous
But let me tell you about
Henk Frijters was born in Tilburg,
Holland in 1945.
His father was self-employed and sought to give the very best to his
That included taking them to church regularly but it meant very little
When Henk was thirteen the family moved
where he attended high school and planned to become a drama teacher. He
for a time in the Belgian army.
But in 1965 something happened which
changed his life. One night the local chief of police confronted him on
street and told him that his parents had been involved in a serious car
accident. It was a grinding crash which resulted in his father's leg
be amputated and his death two weeks later. His mother was in a coma for
next eleven weeks and died without regaining consciousness.
Henk spent the next few years at home
of a younger brother and sister. During this time he suffered from
nightmares and feelings of guilt. On the night of his parents' accident
indecision as to whether or not he wanted to go along delayed them. He
but had gotten out of the car a mile before the place where the accident
His thoughts haunted him. "What if I
had made up my
mind quicker? Or had even taken a little longer?" It did not occur to
Cod had spared his life by the decision he made.
In 1968 when his brother and sister
and more self-sufficient, Henk decided to leave home and all the
memories to seek a new life in another part of the world.
He came to the Milton area of Eastern
he had an uncle living. He met a pretty Dutch girl from Belleville named
They fell in love and a year and a half later were married. During the
period of time they both worked at schools for the deaf and in group
needy children from family court. Henk studied interior design by
for four and a half years from the Design Institute of Chicago and
worked as a consultant for a department store. Over the next several
home was blessed by the birth of four children.
But all through this time his memories
In 1974 he opened his own interior
They were a typical, well-adjusted family and did all the right things.
attended church regularly and sent their children to Christian
They prospered for two years but in the
1976 Henk started having severe headaches. Doctors at the Belleville
Hospital discovered a small tumor on his brain and gave him a series of
treatments. He seemed to find relief.
However a few months later the
and this time the doctors were unable to find a physical cause. They
headaches on the pressure of his business. They went for a holiday but
became increasingly worse.
In the spring of 1977 the area
recession. The supplier of eighty percent of his inventory went bankrupt
pulled several small businesses down with him including Henk's. A short
later, Mary fell and tore all the ligaments in her foot. Their third
contracted meningitis and was rushed to the hospital in a coma. The bank
repossessed their car. The mortgage company ordered them to vacate their
within five days. Life seemed to be closing in on them.
But that was not all. By this time Henk
so many pain-killing drugs that the Canadian Manpower Services and
Services evaluated him as being unemployable. Finally they were forced
into the basement of a relative's home. Even their marriage was starting
One day while visiting his daughter in
Henk met the neuro-specialist there and he arranged for an immediate
examination. Later the specialist said: "Just relax on the examination
Henk while I make a phone call." With that the neuro-specialist stepped
adjacent office. Through the open door Henk could barely hear the
but he did pick up the concluding remark of the doctor which shattered
said: "I'll have Mr. Frijters there by 9:30 in the morning and you can
know but I believe that the brain damage is irreversible."
Henk was in a state of shock.
damage? This can't be." With all of Henk's other problems he certainly
need this and he wondered how much more he could take.
The next day Henk was sent to Kingston
Hospital where another examination yielded the same diagnosis. The
became how to treat it.
After three days of testing he was
ordered by the
doctor to go home, put his affairs in order and come back to the
looked as though he was going to be there for a long time.
He went first to the home of his wife's
Walter in order to pick up a car someone had left there for them to
sat down and began unloading all of his troubles on Walter who was the
social worker for a major hospital. Henk was sure he would have the
because he knew that Walter had become "very religious."
After their talk Walter said: "Henk
nothing we can do for you - but we'll pray."
That rocked Henk. He said: "I nearly
was thirty-two years old and this was the first time anyone had said
like this to me."
As Walter and his wife knelt and began
to pray Henk
became even more unsettled.
"Lord, we're here with Henk," he said.
"He tried to
build a business and he left you out Lord. He blew it. And Lord, Henk
build a family but he left you out. He blew it."
As Walter continued praying and
problems to God, Henk had to agree. He said: "I have left God out of my
Sure, I went to church and sent my children to Christian schools but it
have much meaning to me." Henk continued: " And the night before I had
the hospital my wife and I had a terrible quarrel. Though I didn't find
until later, Mary had gone down on her knees and prayed: 'God, you can
I am a Christian and I won't divorce him but you can keep him in the
because I don't want him anymore."
At this thought Henk said he had a
to cry but he restrained himself because "men don't cry - especially
When Walter was through praying he
looked over and
said: "Henk, have you ever asked Jesus to take over In your life? You've
the message In church so often but have you ever asked
Henk said: "Suddenly I knew what I had
lord,' I groaned, 'if there is anything left to my life it is yours.
Henk continued: "I cried for more than
half an hour
- for me years of trying to live my way." When Henk made that full
his life to Christ, he became aware of a great peace that settled down
While Henk was still basking in his
joy, Walter said: "Henk, God says that if we lay hands on the sick they
healed. We want to do that now." With that Henk was floored. He had
anything like this before. Walter assured him that everything would be
right. He and his wife laid their hands on Henk's head and began to
said: "I felt the pain with which I had lived for more than nine months
out of my head. I went over to a mirror a little later and was amazed to
that the lines from pain were smoothed and my eyes and tongue which had
discolored from too much medication had returned to their original
During the next two years the doctors
nothing wrong with Henk. They sent him to the Medical Centre at the
of Toronto. After six months of out-patient observation the doctors
file with this comment: This patient claims to be healed by faith. We
explain his healing."
Although for the most part Henk was
during this time they never lacked anything. Money, food and clothing
provided in miraculous ways. Henk said: "Mary and I drew closer to the
to each other. Following a dire medical prediction, our fifth child was
without complications. God was showing us his faithfulness in many
A short time later Henk and Mary
convention in Toronto where they both experienced the infilling of the
Spirit as they surrendered their lives completely to Him.
In 1979, Henk was sent to do some
research in home care for developmentally handicapped people at a
institution . At this institution, Henk observed a twelve year old boy
both blind and deaf. His face was expressionless and he was so severely
that Henk became nauseated at the sight of him. He was covered with
his arms and legs were pitifully twisted in unnatural positions as he
lay on his
mattress on the floor. As Henk turned away from the boy he felt the Lord
impressing him: "Henk, I want you to love him." But he hesitated since
pitiful sight had caused him to feel nauseated. Henk felt impressed the
time and taking control of himself he knelt by the child and said: "Lord
will have to love this child through me."
The Lord did just that. Henk said his
disappeared as he took the child on his lap and cleaned him up as best
As he looked down on the boy he said: "I felt I was looking into the
Jesus." The Lord had said while he was here on earth: "Inasmuch as ye
it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto
Henk continued: "The next moment the
love of God
seemed to envelop us completely. As I looked down on the boy who was now
completely relaxed and had even untangled his arms and legs I saw him
me. I had trouble seeing clearly because my own eyes were filled with
that moment of being totally wrapped up in God's love, the Lord in His
sovereignty gave light to my left eye. From birth I could not see in my
and the Lord put sight in that eye at that moment of total
A week later, according to the records
institution, the boy was found dead one morning. As Henk confidently
the situation, he was "resting in the arms of my Saviour and
Since that time Henk has had many
share his testimony to churches and to men's groups throughout Eastern
In 1984, Henk felt God leading him into a larger area of ministry. After
preparing himself with theological training he assumed the pastorate of
Colborne Pentecostal Church, a home missions-supported congregation
which he saw
turn around and become totally self-supporting. He also served as the
Fellowship Ministries Director for the Eastern Ontario and Quebec
The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, for over nine years.
Henk and Mary, together with their five
Jan, Sara, Delia, Andra and Joel live every day with the knowledge of
miracle is. Sound health has no substitute.
But the greatest experience of all is
the sense of
fulfillment and daily joy that comes through lives totally committed to
That's the real miracle!