The Rev. Richard Sigmund doesn't claim to be a healer, but he says he has seen remarkable miracles happen through prayer.
The Iron Range Christian Center in Irondale Township has invited Sigmund to perform healing services at 7 p.m. today and Saturday in the Crosby-Ironton High School choir room. The services are open to people of any denomination.
Sigmund preached in Deerwood last year, where he said many people were touched by the Holy Spirit.
"There is not a service that I've preached where a miracle was not done," Sigmund said. " ... I've seen blind eyes see and deaf ears hear."
Wes Chase, pastor at the Iron Range Christian Center, admits he's a little skeptical when it comes to healing evangelists, but recalled some odd things happening at Sigmund's service last year.
"A pregnant woman's baby was diagnosed with Down syndrome, and when she had it, it was fine," Chase said.
"A woman in a wheelchair stood up and ran around the room," he said.
According to Chase, many people heard angels singing and saw groups of angels in the balcony during Sigmund's service last year.
Chase said Sigmund merely teaches people how to pray. A healing service consists of music and a powerful prayer service led by Sigmund.
"I wanted to bring in a different person with a different voice with different experiences and maybe he can help," Chase said. "Maybe he can reach someone I can't reach."
One of Sigmund's intriguing experiences happened when he was 34. He was in a car accident and was unconscious, and before he was revived, he said he went to heaven where God told him it wasn't his time to go.
"There was the greenest grass and trees that were 2,000 feet tall, with not a dead leaf or branch," he said. "There were people from all nations who loved each other like brother and sister ... and the most incredible feeling of peace."
Sigmund was only 7 when he was called to be a healing preacher, he said. To this day, people call him "Little Richard" because he was so young when he started preaching. He describes himself as "a well-known child preacher" who frequently performed healing services on television and radio shows. As a teen-ager he was interested in becoming a lawyer or doctor, but was always drawn back to ministry.
"All I could think about was winning the lost," he said. "At 19 years old I totally surrendered to the will of God."
Nearly 40 years later, Sigmund is still traveling around the world, performing as many as 420 services per year.
"I'm just a man called to preach with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit called to pray for the sick," he said.
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