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8/27/2020 2:40:00 PM
Finish Line Christian Center Has Breakthrough Event
Tie-in with recently-released film
On the right, Pastor Michael Coe and wife Tonya of Clover (S.C.) Liberty Pentecostal Church join Joyce and John Smith. On the left is Pastor Jason Noble.(Photos Courtesy Bill Ward Photography)
On the right, Pastor Michael
Coe and wife Tonya of Clover
(S.C.) Liberty Pentecostal Church
join Joyce and John Smith. On
the left is Pastor Jason Noble.


(Photos Courtesy Bill Ward Photography)

Joyce Smith greets her fans at the Finish Line Christian Center in Mount Holly.
Joyce Smith greets her fans at the Finish
Line Christian Center in Mount Holly.

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Pastor Shannon Williams
talks with Colby Brown.

Thomas Lark
Staff Writer


MOUNT HOLLY––Finish Line Christian Center in Mount Holly hosted a big event this past weekend.

According to Pastor Shannon Williams, it tied with the recent release of the movie, Breakthrough, the story of John Smith, who survived 15 minutes trapped beneath the surface of a frozen Missouri lake, five years ago. After being rescued from this horrific and harrowing ordeal, Smith, then 14, had no pulse for more than 40 agonizing minutes. His adopted mother, Joyce Smith, was called in by the emergency room doctors.

But Mrs. Smith did not give up hope. She prayed, and as Williams explained, her son miraculously returned to life. Breakthrough is all about this miracle. It was released last year and was a big hit with Christian audiences. Finish Line showed the film Saturday and Sunday. The Smiths were on hand Saturday, along with their pastor, Rev. John Noble, to meet their fans.

Williams said Wednesday that it was an unforgettable event.

“We had people travel from all over to hear the testimonies of God raising a young man back to life,” he said. “John Smith was dead for 45 minutes and given up on by doctors when his mother came in. And instead of saying goodbye, she prayed and asked God to give her son back to her. He was out of the hospital in 16 days and completely cleared in 40 days, with no brain damage at all.”

Williams said he and his flock enjoyed getting to meet the Smiths and learning more details through the film.

“One woman drove eight hours to be a part of this with her son, who has shaken-baby syndrome,” he said. “Twenty people got saved over the weekend, which is amazing. My only wish is that more would have been here for this faith-inspiring story.”


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