Never Would Have Made It Without YOU – Episode 213

Never Would Have Made It Without YOU

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Featuring: Paul & Beverly Watkins

Published: June 6, 2020

Paul Watkins hung onto life when his body went into sepsis after surgery. His kidneys failed, he lost 37 pounds, and spent 12 days in the ICU. He shares his powerful story with Rev. McCray and what helped him find victory. In Paul’s own words, “Prayer saved my life!”


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Show Notes:

Paul Watkins was diagnosed with prostate cancer, developed sepsis after surgery, his kidneys failed, went on dialysis, lost 37 pounds, spent 12 days in the ICU, on a ventilator for four weeks, and almost died. According to his account, prayer saved his life. “The good Lord guided that medical team. I know that everybody in my church was praying for me… and that is why I am here.”

His near-death cancer experience forged positive changes in his life. He considers himself more caring, compassionate, and patient than before. (His wife and caregiver, Beverly, agrees.) “I don’t take things for granted like I used to…because I know how precious your life is.”

The future is full of hope for Mr. Watkins. “As I think about what I went through and what I have ahead of me, the Good Lord delivered me and that gives me hope, because I know that Christ was there, and I know that God is there (in the future).”


  • “Prayer saved my life. It did. I am thoroughly convinced of that. There is no doubt in my mind that prayer saved me. Prayer delivered me.”
  • “Both of us had a village that was taking care of us. And it was spiritual. It helped that clinical part…I know that God and Christ guided my medical team.”
  • “I was not concerned about how strong my faith was when I came in here and had my surgery. But I think my faith became stronger. I know that there was somebody watching over me. The Lord said, ‘I am not done with you yet.’”

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