remembers the day two and a half years ago that changed his
"My heart stopped completely, and I coded twice.
I actually died twice," he
spent weeks in the hospital.
"Then i went into a coma for seventeen days, lost almost all my brain activity.
They were really ready to give up on me totally and put me in a nursing home, but the Lord woke me up," he
Bennie Liggins is a pastor of Unity United Church of Christ.
is alive today because of faith.
wife are working with their church to teach others about heart disease as volunteers with the American Heart Association
"I sent a lot of packets to the faith-based churches, because I need for their women to know yes, we believe in God, and we know that God will take care of us, but God requires that we do certain things," she
That includes frequent exercise, regular checkups, and learning about your medical history.
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says teaching others and inspiring through faith keeps him moving forward.
"It was always a sense of peace, a sense of serenity that I cannot explain to anybody.
I always had assurance through prayer, through faith, that everything would be okay and it has become okay.
We're moving in the right direction," he
doctors are very happy with his
says at the hospital , they told him he
might not ever speak again.
back in the pulpit again every Sunday.