Norfolk man's car crash escape led to miracles
By Sandie Shirley
A living miracle, Bob Morrish believes he was saved from death to play a part in the miracles he sees in others during his Norfolk prison visits.
The sports car Bob was driving was a mangled wreck when police covered his body with a sheet, presuming he was dead. But Bob still had a pulse despite the terrible injuries that included umpteen broken bones, a ruptured spleen, damaged internal organs and facial injuries requiring 54 stitches.
He underwent hospital surgery after an ambulance team passed the accident scene by chance and discovered he was still conscious after the horrific head-on collision with a lorry.
"Surgeons believed my injuries were too severe for me to survive the night," said Bob who astounded nurses by leaving his hospital bed and walking unaided within weeks.
The accident three decades ago did not take his life but it did rob him of his joy and caused depression. He later suffered a slipped disc and for ten months spent five days a week at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.
Having reached rock bottom he responded to a church invitation by his eldest daughter. Bob received prayer and gave the reins of his life to Jesus Christ. He said: "Until then I thought religion was reserved for children and old people but within a few days I was singing with a new joy and my life started to get interesting."
Two years later he again suffered a slipped disc but within a fortnight Bob was invited to a Norwich
church for a healing service. He struggled to get out of his car to walk through the church door 28 years ago, but explains: "Two men stood either side and prayed for me with a hand on my shoulders and my head. Afterwards, I turned round to thank the person behind me since I felt a hand on my back with much warmth but there was no-one there. It was absolutely amazing; physically I had God's hand on my back where the disc was out and it has never slipped out again since," said the member of a south Norfolk church.
Bob shares his amazing testimony and life-changing experiences with male prison offenders and is seeing their lives transformed.
"I have the proof of healing, joy and blessing in my life and I want to encourage others," says Bob, who also found divine strength and provision when his business collapsed 12 years ago.
"I started to go into prison on a Wednesday evening. I soon realised that God has given me a one-to-one ministry for encouraging offenders. As I have got close to many of them I have seen God change them over time," said Bob, a member of Prison Fellowship – a volunteer organisation across 112 countries.
"I recall one guy – an ex-Hell's Angel. It took 26 armed police men to arrest him but he found Jesus in prison and the change was amazing. I kept in touch with him following the end of his sentence and remember his wife saying she had a new husband who became drug and alcohol-free, who helped with the housework, sometimes cooked the meals and even began attending church!
"A few years later I started helping with the Sycamore Tree course. The six-week victim awareness course runs for two-and-half hours a week. It is not a Christian course but it is run by Prison Fellowship volunteers using the bible story of Zacchaeus the tax collector and is accredited by the Open College Network at level 1 and 2.
"The men receive an attendance certificate, which is sometimes the first certificate they have ever received. The course is held in the chapel and men are often attracted by the peace and love from the chaplaincy team. It is rewarding when seeing the change in men who realize the damage done to their victims, families and themselves. If you want to witness the miracles and the power of God in prison please join us."
Pictured above is Bob Morrish and the mangled wreckage of his car.