About Uncle Charlie
UC's Miracle Testimony
Psalm 40:3 "He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what He has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.
My Story: (Scroll down to link at bottom to view selected photos taken by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol)
On November 15th, 2007, I was on my way to a camp site near Dallas, TX to perform one of my family concert events with my singing partner Rachel Sanchez and my illusionist buddy Keith Coast. There were about 800 kids coming to this one night event, so I was pretty jazzed!
I was driving alone about 2:30 in the afternoon, going down a two lane highway. I was doing the speed limit of 65mph. Another vehicle was coming the opposite way, also doing 65mph. In an instant, with no warning, the other car suddenly swerved in to my lane and hit me squarely head on. There was no reaction time, no brakes involved - only a direct impact at 130mph. To this day I don't remember seeing them coming at me - it happened so fast. Unfortunately both the driver and passenger in the other vehicle instantly lost their lives.
After seeing even the few selected photos from the link below, I think we can all say that it is nothing less than a miracle of God that I was able to live through such an impact. Only God’s amazing power and grace could have rescued me from that horrific event. I was driving the Chevrolet Trailblazer rental on the right. (Many other pictures were left out of the gallery out for obvious reasons).
As I somehow came out of unconsciousness during the rescue operation, I remember seeing about 10 firefighters and rescue workers working frantically around me, trying to get me out of the car. They were using the "Jaws of Life". This went on for at least an hour. I still can visualize what it was like being trapped in the car, crushed to the point of not being able to move or breathe. But I could really sense God's Spirit was with me and He kept me calm with an unexplainable peace.
I ended up with 20 broken bones (including 14 ribs, a broken sternum, broken foot in 3 places), lacerated liver, lacerated spleen, various internal injuries, a crushed right wrist (My hand literally went through the dashboard and got caught inside). I also received head trauma which caused me to stutter severely and to make really loud, involuntary Tourettes noises.
These disorders lingered for 18 months. There were times when I thought I would be that way for the rest of my life, but God showed Himself strong and answered the prayers of thousands of fans, friends, and especially children all over the world who were praying for me diligently!
The first miracle is that I lived through that accident, period! By all human accounts, there is simply no way I should have survived. All officers and firemen involved say the same thing - that they have seen many tragic accidents in their line of work, and people just don’t survive these kinds of impacts. But God is a God of the impossible, and I am living proof!
The second miracle has been my recovery and restoration of my health! The recovery road wasn't exactly easy with surgeries, physical therapies, cognitive testing, countless visits to Doctors and Hospitals, etc. But the bottom line is that God heard and answered all those people praying on my behalf! Thanks to God’s miraculous healing power and thanks to the support and God-given expertise of great doctors around me, I am now able to lead a productive life and to continue to minister the way God created me to minister without stuttering or making loud noises, and with very minimal interference
During my healing process, which seemed at the time to take forever, God gave me great comfort and perspective which allowed me to endure in spite of the difficulties walking, using my writing hand, talking, even concentrating. God has given me a resilient spirit, a great faith, and wonderful support from my family and friends. That, along with His promises in Scripture and positive perspective I found through much faith-based reading, is what carried me through those dark times. God gave me a special sense of His presence, which gave me calm and hope.
The third miracle God performed was His financial support for us as I couldn’t work for nearly two years! I can’t even tell you how He did it, but His hand of provision came through for us when we needed to pay enormous medical bills, and every time we had a need, period. People gave from their hearts, children’s ministry groups took up love offerings for my family, other artists in kids ministry took up love offerings for us, kids themselves raised money doing car washes and the like, and we actually never had a need that went unmet! God is our provider!
To this day I keep every single card, letter and email (and there are over thousands of them!) sent from loving friends and fans world wide. They serve as a reminder of how much I am loved and appreciated by those touched by my ministry in some fashion. It spurs me on to want to keep serving our wonderful Savior!
Fully realizing and appreciating the fact that God spared my life for a reason, my desire now is to make my “second half” even more significant for God’s purposes than my first half!
I began with a verse in Psalm 40:3. That's my testimony verse for my second half! My purpose verse, (mission statement verse, if you will), is found in Isaiah 61:1. “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.”
To God be the Glory - great things He has done! The best is yet to come!