It Happened One Day at Camp…

“Did you hear what happened to Kelsey?” one girl said. 

“Oh, I’ve heard rumors,” I replied with a bit of excitement. 

“Mrs. Adams, have you seen Kelsey?” another said. 

“Not yet,” I said as calmly as I could. 

“KELSEY, YOUR MOM IS HERE! HURRY! You have to show her,” the excited girls screamed.”Just wait until you see her.” 

Then she emerged from the hallway like a bride being escorted by her bridal party. She was grinning from ear to ear and looked like the girl I dropped off five days ago except… 


It was like any other day. It was hot, make that blistering hot. The kids had worn themselves out at church camp that day with field games. The girls had hunkered themselves down for a bedtime rest and…it happened. The Holy Spirit was there. It was ministering to the boys on the other side of the church and the girls were awoken to join them. None of them knew what they were about to walk into or what was about to hit them. I can’t go into a lot of detail because I wasn’t there. But I do know what came out of it, a changed girl named Kelsey…my girl. 

Kelsey has had a form of scoliosis all her life. Mild at first, but getting progressively more evident as her teenage years have crept along. She didn’t have the curvy kind, the kind that twists the spine from side to side. She has the kind that causes a hump near the top of the back and neck. She slouched a lot. I don’t have many pictures to purposefully show her curve, but here are a couple that display it in a natural way. 

Kelsey in July 2009


I guess that I in some ways became accepting of Kelsey’s condition. From what the doctors said, we had probably passed the point where a brace would help, instead we were at the point of corrective surgery. I was not comfortable with the thought of surgery on my daughter’s spine. It didn’t seem to be affecting her physically, though in hind site it was probably the cause of a lot a different pains that she was feeling in her body. 

The Holy Spirit had descended on those kids that night in the sanctuary of our church. A visible cloud of smoke was present and the Holy Spirit had come to change lives. Lives were given to Christ that night, doubt as to whether a God existed was gone, and Kelsey’s scoliolis was…healed. Right there in front of all those kids and youth leaders, He lifted her up and straightened her spine. Wow is all I can say. 

She is a living, breathing testament that we have a God who still moves in us and through us. He still heals, not just colds, but physically moves bones and fixes defective parts. He is a compassionate God who loves and wants everyone to know it. That is what is special about her situation. See, the greatest thing that happened that night was not Kelsey’s healing. It was kids who were transformed into believers and gave their hearts to Christ, ultimately changing their destiny. Kelsey’s destiny was already sealed through the blood of Jesus. 

But just like Jesus told the Pharisees in Luke 2, “Why are you reasoning these things in your hearts? Which is easier to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, “Get up, pick up your stretcher, and walk?’  But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,” He told the paralytic, “I tell you; get up pick up your stretcher, and go home.” Immediately he got up, picked up the stretcher, and went out in front of everyone. As a result, they were all astounded and gave glory to God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”…there is a bigger purpose in healing. Kelsey’s healing is a testament that God is real and that He has come to seek and save the lost. Seeing is believing and God made Himself believable on June 29th, 2010 at 3 am at Cobb Vineyard Church. 

“Look Mrs. Adams. Look at Kelsey. Kelsey, spin around and show her,” she said. 

I looked at my beautiful girl, standing straight and proud, and she melted into my arms. We wept together for a few minutes and all I could say was, “Oh how He loves you Kelsey. He loves you so much!” 

Kelsey today


“Trust in the Lord with all your heart 

and do not rely on your own understanding. 

Think about Him in all your ways and He will guide you on the rights paths….This 

will be healing for your body and strengthening for your bones.” 

Proverbs 3:5,6,8 


3 responses to “It Happened One Day at Camp…

  • Amy Carroll

    What an amazing story of God’s power and grace!!! I love that you are already seeing the good that He is doing not only in Kelsey’s life but in the kids around her.

    Thank you so much for sharing this with me, Jodianne. This sounds like a message opener…

  • Monica

    Praise the Lord! Not just for sweet Kelsey’s transformed spine, but for her transformed heart! I absolutely loved hearing her tell her story on the 4th. He loves her indeed!

  • JOYce Ashley

    WOW! WOW!!! And WOW, again!!! What a dynamic illustration of God’s love and power!!!!! Thanks, dear Jodianne, for sharing Kelsey’s story! I know that you, Kelsey and those teenagers who were there will forever be changed!!!

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