Curt was hit in the head with a softball and he may need medical attention."
Curt Vanderstelt, pastor of Superior's North Bay Community Church, holds the trophy his church softball team won the weekend he sustained a serious head injury.
Vanderstelt's remarkable recovery from that injury shocked his
doctors and pointed directly to a miracle from God's healing hand.
In time, Curt
was able to re-learn everything -- from walking and talking to reading, writing and feeding himself.
returned to finish high school, attend college and marry me.
I always thought of him as a walking miracle.
Then two summers ago, he
had another freak knock on the head, this time from a shoe that came flying off a roller coaster of all things!
That resulted in a slightly scary post-traumatic concussion syndrome that required plenty of rest over a few weeks.
been told by doctors that he
must avoid being hit on the head again, for his
actually took another couple of steps, made it to the base and then fell to his
knees and crashed forward, hitting his
head again enough to scrape up his
After 30 seconds or so, he
came to and seemed completely lucid.
At the hospital, the initial CT scan showed no bleeding or extreme swelling of the brain, but Curt
was already very far downhill.
The ball had hit the vision center of the brain and Curt
was experiencing severe vision loss.
ears were ringing wildly, which is normal for this situation, and he
was completely mixed up.
long-term memory was locked up.
knew me as his
wife, and recalled the names of a few family members; however, he
had no memory of our daughter or of our nine years spent in Wisconsin.
short-term memory was no better.
God has given Curt
an amazing ability to teach and preach Biblical truth in a clear, compelling manner.
Indeed, Curt's preaching has impacted many lives for the Gospel for 15 years.
......Twin Ports area in February from southeastern Wisconsin, where Curt had been a youth pastor at Kettle Moraine Evangelical Free Church.
Now he was the pastor of North Bay Community Church in Superior.
People around the globe were praying constantly for Curt
Doctors told me to prepare myself for a long road ahead.
Though they were baffled over the severity of Curt's condition, they saw no physiological reasons he
shouldn't recover over time.
vision already had improved steadily and the ear-ringing had diminished.
unexplained fainting, excruciating headache and relentless confusion persisted, however.
The doctors made one thing clear: This rehab would be a marathon, not a sprint.
On day six, Curt
was ready to move to Miller-Dwan Rehabilitation Center
The intake staff established their goal of getting Curt functioning well enough to live at home
My goal was complete restoration to his
Later this same day, Curt
revealed that he
figured out that when people were praying for him he
should close his
eyes and be quiet.
What a devastating revelation.
was experiencing a total disconnect from spiritual concepts.
wanted me to explain what God was.
That night was one of my lowest points ever.
Exactly one week after the accident, my sister, Kristi Shields, and her dear mother-in-law, Cherie Shields, accompanied me to see Curt
I felt an urging that Curt
should hear Scripture and asked Cherie to read.
We chose I Peter, since Curt
had been studying that book most recently.
continued to repeat this passage.
I was filled with astonishment at Curt's attentiveness.
I asked him what he
knew about God.
replied that God was the Creator and Sustainer of life, the first person of the Trinity.
"What about Jesus?
I quizzed him.
is the Second Person of the Trinity, the propitiation for our sins.
went on to quote John 1:1-4 - perfectly.
Cherie told Curt she
had been praying that the Holy Spirit would bring back to his
remembrance all that he
had been taught.
"The Comforter," Curt
We women sat wiping away tears, while Curt
couldn't understand what the fuss was all about.
tells people now, "I have no memory of that week at the hospital.
It is as if I was taking a long nap and just woke up.
But we had just witnessed the powerful living Word of God work in my husband's brain, restoring his
awareness and memory.
We felt like we were in a sacred place.
went on to relay other facts that previously had been missing from his
He knew he was pastor of North Bay Community Church; he knew we lived in Superior; he knew we had a daughter; he knew we had done extensive work on our home -- from floor to ceiling, he said, rolling his eyes in classic Curt-style.
The warmth and brightness of his
personality were intact, along with his
celebrated sense of humor.
We freely shared with them the story of reading the Bible to Curt
They listened, but seemed hesitant to own the possibility of a true miracle.
They said things such as "This almost never happens!
and "This kind of recovery is highly unusual," and "Congratulations!
and "We never see this!
Be assured, I lived every uncertain moment of that frightening week and I know that Curt
was touched distinctively by God's power.
May God be praised for the wonders He
We now have a fresh appreciation for the blessing of being healthy and home together as a family.
Through all of this, our church experienced a great rekindling of its faith and a strong reliance on the power of God through prayer.
eased back into his
duties at church for the first few days, but is now going full throttle.
recently began that sermon series on I Peter, which is entitled "Hope in the Struggle."