SID: Hello Sid right here with Jan Aldridge. This is so horrible and yet wonderful. So she says God speaks to her, her tongue is twice the size of a normal tongue, she can’t speak right. She doesn’t look right. Everyone looks at her. She is so embarrassed of her situation and God says he is going to heal her, but it didn’t happen. She goes to this prayer meeting and someone prays for her and what happened?
JAN: Well like I said, my tongue started getting hot. And I had my eyes closed and…
SID: Any other part of your body getting hot?
JAN: No, no; just the tongue got very hot and so…
SID: How hot?
JAN: The only thing I know how to even describe it is, imagining someone took a coal off of a barbeque grill and touching it. I mean it was not just warm, I’m talking a discomfort. And so I thought I am going to have to open my mouth to get some relief and when I opened my mouth the shock came. The tongue – the weight of it whenever I would open my mouth – it would just, from the weight you know, just come down; but this time when it came out it was just shaking just like that. Well when it’s attached to you and it’s burning and shaking you kind of open your eyes, and forget what the person is praying.
SID: Did you realize that you were being healed at that moment?
JAN: No, no that’s why I said you could call my testimony “Healing for Dummies.” You would think after standing for that long, I would be thinking, but my mind went carnal; you know, I’m thinking maybe the Lord is punishing me; maybe he wants me to be like this. And I’m repenting and then I’m wondering if it’s speaking in tongues; and then I even wondered if maybe I had gotten in a cult. I mean all these things. You would think the first thing I would think is you know, he has heard my prayer. So when Diane finished a prayer, I sat down I was just holding on to the tongue, due to the, you know it was trembling and due to the heat. She prayed for some other people…
SID: But why were you holding onto it? You mean were you like this?
JAN: Because people were looking, I mean because it would not go back into my mouth and you’ve got an enlarged tongue and it’s shaking just like that; you know and you feel like an idiot just sitting there letting it (shakes her tongue) you know just like that; so I was covering it up. And so she prayed for two or three other people and said that if there were no other prayers that we would be going home and I thought no, no, no we’re not going home like this. And again you would think that after standing on that I would think you know God’s going to finish it. My prayer was just put it back like it was when I got there. And so I got her attention and she looked at me just as calmly as you are and she said tonight is your night. And I remember thinking – because I thought this had to be a Benny Hinn – you know it had to be the TV cameras; you know this was a big one. And she said it just as calmly, and so when I went up to her she said “I’m not going to lay hands on you because you and the manifestation of your miracle have caught up.” She said “Raise your hands,” and in order to do that I had to let go of the tongue. And I realized later that a lot of times we want Jesus to do something, but we want to hang on to it. And so the minute I let go and raised my hands, she prayed. She said, “Father in the name of Jesus, I command this tongue to line up with the way that You created it, and the strings of her tongue to be loosed.” And when she said that, the tongue stopped shaking and I kept thinking you can fake a lot of things. Let’s be honest, you can fake falling out, you can fake a shout, but you cannot fake a miracle. And I’m standing there with my hands raised thinking all the doctors said ‘this is impossible.’ But I kept thinking of what God said: ‘what’s impossible with man is possible with Him.’ And I stood there, and somewhere between five and ten minutes, I began to feel just a little movement. And the whole time I’m preparing myself; no, this can’t be it. Maybe I just moved my head. And in a few minutes it went a little more. And I’ll never forget the same people who were shouting and all before, you could have heard a pin drop. And I mean it was just hands raised, the woman of God had addressed it, and in a few minutes… What you have to understand is this is not something that had been swollen, this was not an illness, this is from day one, the very thing about me I hated. When that tongue went over that lip, I knew that God had been faithful to His word.
SID: In my notes it says you were actually afraid your tongue would get too small.
JAN: It did! I’d never felt it in my mouth. I thought I was going to swallow it. I was thinking ok, that’s it. Because, you know, the thrusting of it, I’d never felt…
SID: All right, the impact of it was done and you are normal. You didn’t have surgery; you’ll be able to talk. When that hit you, what did you think?
JAN: There was a, there was a; I can’t even tell you, there was a gamut of emotions. You want to cry, you want to laugh; because it’s almost like, is He going to take it back? I remember Johanna Watson was the lady that had actually driven me there that night and the whole way home she kept the light on in the car and I kept looking in the mirror looking at it. And when I walked in the door my parents had already laid down for the night. And when I opened the door, for the first time in my life, I said “Momma” plain. And my mother came down the hall and met me and she said He’s done gone and healed you hasn’t he?
SID: She heard you say “Momma” plain, without any impediment?
JAN: Right, right. That was the first time.
SID: I don’t know about you, but I must ask the question. Please Jan, would you stick… Your tongue is normal!
JAN: It is normal, it is normal. The next day I went to the same school, same small town that I grew up. On Monday, or rather Tuesday, I went to school with the tongue double in length. I went back Wednesday normal. I got to testify in the different classes because everybody’s questioning, what happened to you?
SID: All right what did the dentist say?
JAN: My dentist, Dr. Turner he has since gone to heaven to be with the Lord, but he was skeptical; and he heard that the Wednesday night, excuse me let me correct; the Thursday night after the healing, I had been invited to share the testimony. And Dr. Turner came in, you know being a man knowledgeable and all. And when he came in the door and saw me, he gave his life to the Lord and was delivered of alcohol; and I’m happy to say he served the Lord the rest of his life because he knew…
SID: How about the surgeon just briefly?
JAN: Went back to him because I was happy and when I went in, he uh, I said well what do you think? Not being smart-alecky or anything, and he said well who did it? And I’m thinking well who did it? What do you mean, who did it? I got healed. And he said “No what doctor did it?” And I said “No doctor did it because you said if a doctor did the surgery, I would never speak and I’m speaking to you.”
SID: Did you hear that? He said what doctor did it? I’ve got good news for you – God does not respect people, he respects faith, and trust in his word; and his word says by his stripe this is in Isaiah 53; 800 years before the Jewish Messiah came to earth; and he said by his stripes in the Hebrew, in the Greek it says by his stripe singular. The Mel Gibson movie didn’t do justice to the brutality that Yeshua; that’s Hebrew for Jesus; went through. Because his whole body was one bloody stripe which means he paid the price for every disease known to mankind. And I heard, before this show happened, Jan heard God’s voice; I heard God’s voice for you. He said that anyone that is watching or listening to us right now that has a problem with their head, neck and back only believe. His presence is pouring into you right now, in Yeshua name and by faith like Jan; you know when she let go of her tongue it started shrinking; do something that you could not do before. Bend your back, bend your neck, eat something you were allergic to; well I don’t know if you want to do that (laughing), but you know what I’m saying! Listen in his presence – all things are possible. Ask Yeshua to become real to you. Ask Jesus to become real. Ask him to forgive you of your sins. This is your moment; this is your time.