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McCormick to share tale of afterlife

One night while diving for lobster on the small island of Mauritius, Ian McCormick was stung on his forearm by five box jellyfish, which the local Creole fishermen called "invisibles." A sting from a box jellyfish often proves to be fatal -- as exemplified in Australia where 70 people are known to have died from their stings. Many books quote this particular type of jellyfish to be among the most venomous creatures in the world.

By the time an ambulance arrived, McCormick's body was totally paralyzed and necrosis had begun to set into his bone marrow. En route to the hospital he began to see his life flash before him. At this point of his life he was an atheist -- he knew he was nearly dead, but he didn't know if there was life after death or whether there was just nothing. As he lay there dying, he saw his mother in a vision praying for him, encouraging him to cry out to God from his heart. The ambulance came and the nurse took McCormick's blood pressure twice but could not find a pulse as his veins had collapsed. The doctors tried to save his life by injecting anti-toxins and dextrose into his body, but seemingly to no avail. Within a few minutes he seemed to slip away. He was verifiably dead for approximately 15 minutes.

Come hear what happened next as the afterlife was opened up to McCormick. The rest of McCormick's incredible story will be told at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 21 at Wadena Assembly of God Church, 419 1st St. NW, one block west of Tri-County Hospital. As a resident of Great Britain, McCormick shares his testimony mostly in England and around Europe, but through a special arrangement Wadena Assembly of God is fortunate to bring him to this community.