In 2007 I, Sean Carney, wrote an article for inclusion in the Jewish Heritage Scripture Studies book authored by Rabbi Jeff Zaremsky.
was always interested in spiritual things.
's mother became interested in eastern mysticism and Sean, with his
brother Kevin, was initiated into Transcendental Meditation. (But first we must enlighten your pocket book).
mothers death he
went to live with his
grandparents where, prompted by physical and emotional abuse from his
brother started scheming to get sent away to live with their father in Canada.
Irish Father, who he
previously saw very little of because of his
heroin addiction, was also a self proclaimed atheist, and a great abuser of illicit drugs and alcohol.
grew up receiving drugs instead of money for an allowance.
This home was also not happy.
Shortly after his
sixteenth birthday Sean
snuck out of the house on the last day of school and took a taxi to the airport.
Hours later, and 2,000 miles from any family, he
arrived in Vancouver, BC, to attend an 'Alternate' Free School
, which the government deemed a rehabilitation center.
The school didn't turn him away when he
arrived on their doorstep even though they had previously denied his
Shortly after arriving in Vancouver Sean was introduced to a Buddhist that had a great apartment and no rent money.
The Buddhist was chanting constantly for money to pay the rent.
Seeing an opportunity Sean
knocked on the landlord's door and offered to pay the rent up front so he
could have the apartment when the chanter did not receive his
That apartment, later affectionately known as "Carney Hotel" for four years, became a place for young transient people to crash (sleep) and get a vegetarian meal, thanks to the Ten Talents cookbook, a Seventh-day Adventist cookbook!
Four years later, after graduating high school, Sean
hitchhiked to Peru to snort cocaine for a few months and then headed to Brazil to dance in the streets.
While in Peru a woman just as drugged as him would preach about Jesus, the Sabbath, natural foods and natural healings.
Hey… why not?
had been raised a Seventh-day Adventist
Returning to Canada he
met a young woman who became pregnant.
They traveled to Mexico and then to Arizona via New Orleans.
In New Orleans a young man approached Sean
, who was smoking a cigarette at the time and asked if Sean
would like to quit smoking.
The young man was a student at a Seventh-day Adventist College
and was selling a magazine "The Five Day Plan to Quit Smoking" to earn his
would quit smoking if the man gave him the magazine.
The salesman left and then returned.
The cigarette in Sean's hand was thrown into a puddle and that was his
They returned to Canada and married, just hours before the birth of their daughter.
wife started seeking to know more about God.
They had been praying to "God, whoever or whatever you are" for wisdom and on the night of his
Cousin's Bar Mitzvah asked to know who "Jesus" was.
They were directed to the crucifixion story, became convicted, and gave their hearts to Jesus.
had experienced incredible answers to prayer including finding a place to live in Mexico, getting rides across the country, the help of some wonderful Christian people to return to Canada because they were living in Tucson, Arizona with armed drug dealers and more.
In Canada they met a family selling a school bus that that had been Seventh-day Adventist missionaries.
They asked what Sean would like to do with his
After that conversation Sean
went home and said "I do not know who these Seventh-day Adventist people are, but I have to find out".
They moved to the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia and called a local Pastor.
asked him "Is it true that you teach Natural Healing?
One sweet woman asked "Would you like to sing" and Sean
"No". shortly thereafter they were invited to join a 'Sabbath School' class and the lesson that week was "Jesus; Lord of the Sabbath".
It was as if God had lined up the lesson that week for Sean
All the families in the church invited Sean
family home for lunch.
They went with the first family to invite them.
This family was the 'health reform' family in the church.
The food on their table was just like Sean
was used to eating.
"How did you learn to eat like this?
"How did you learn to eat like this?
they asked. (They also had the Ten Talents cookbook).
Reuben, the head of the household, sensing Sean
's great interest in natural healing, told Sean he
had a book about the greatest natural healer that ever lived.
To Sean's amazement that natural healer was Jesus and the book "The Ministry of Healing" brought conviction to Sean's heart.
started Bible studies, stopped smoking pot, cut his
hair, and became a witness to his
Years later when Sean
returned to Osoyoos for a visit he
drove up to an old friend driving a load of young people to work in the orchards.
They talked for a few moments.
When the driver pulled away a woman that was one of the passengers said "Is that Sean Carney?
to which the driver replied, "Yes, he
is a friend of mine from church".
currently works as Practice Administrator for the Medical Practice of his wife, Linda Carney MD of AllMedPhysicians, pLLC in Buda Texas.
worked in California's Silicon Valley in Internet development for Apple Computer
and @Home Network.
He was the founder of TAGnet (Three Angels Global Networking, Inc.) which assisted Seventh-day Adventist Ministries in publishing on the World Wide Web beginning in the early 1990's.
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