A Missouri church leader claims prayer regrew a woman's toes. Others are skeptical.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Missouri church is claiming that prayer regrew a woman's amputated toes last week. No photo or video evidence has been found, leading many to express skepticism.
During a livestream of James River Church's March 15 service in the Springfield area, John Lindell, the church's pastor, explained that a "creative miracle" took place the day before at the Joplin James River Church campus.
James River Church and the woman involved, Kristina Dines, have not returned requests for comment from the Springfield News-Leader, part of the USA TODAY Network. As of the publication of this article, there are no photos or videos of the event taking place or the aftermath.
The alleged toe-regrowth event has drawn considerable attention on social media, with many expressing skepticism of the claims. A website urging anyone with proof to share it has popped up at ShowMeTheToes.com.
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Pastor makes toe regrowth claims during livestream
The services were part of the church's "Week of Power," which included services by Bill Johnson and Randy Clark who were guest pastors. Johnson is a pastor for Bethel Church of Redding, California, which was in the news in 2019 for attempting to resurrect the two-year-old daughter of congregants.
During a March 15 livestream, Lindell said that during a service hosted by Johnson, "prayer team members" prayed over Dines.
Lindell said Dines had three toes amputated after her then-husband shot her in 2015. In 2021, Stephen Thompson was convicted of shooting and killing Carissa Gerard and critically injuring Dines, according to KOAM's coverage of the trial.
"As the ladies prayed for Krissy over the next 30 minutes, all three toes grew, and by that point, were longer than her pinky toe. Within an hour, nails began to grow on all the toes," Lindell said in the livestream.
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Lindell has a significant social media presence, with 16,000 followers on Facebook and 23,000 followers on Twitter.
Dines' testimony removed from Facebook
The video where Dines reportedly shared her testimony about her toes growing back has since been removed from Facebook but still exists on Twitter. In it, Dines said that she had three toes amputated in an accident, but after attending a service at James River Church where women prayed over her feet, she witnessed the amputated toes re-forming.
"Tonight, I can stand on my tippy-toes. Listen, do you understand?" Dines said in the video. "I can stand on tippy-toes. No, I couldn't do that because I didn't have toes to tippy on."
More 'creative miracle' claims
During the livestream of the March 14 event, Johnson led a prayer session for "creative miracles." Johnson said creative miracles are different than healing, and that he was "healing by decree, in accordance with how God's world works."
For example, if someone has a loss of cartilage in their knee, "I lay my hand on his knee and say, ‘God, Let all things be made new. I call into being cartilage in this knee,'" explained Johnson.
Johnson alleged that a friend regrew a kidney as a result of prayer meetings: "We had a friend that had to have his kidney removed because it was diseased, and he went in for another kind of X-ray, a year later, and they found he had a brand-new kidney. He was in a meeting where he was prayed for and the Lord created that.”
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During a service on Sunday, Lindell made another claim about the power of prayer.
"I'm gonna say one other thing, and I don't say this lightly. But I just think you need to know what's going to happen... Some of you are going to raise people from the dead. I'm not saying everybody will be raised from the dead. I'm just saying there are some people in this room (who will) raise people from the dead. It's going to happen."
Follow reporter Susan Szuch on Twitter @szuchsm.
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