Thankful for What Never Happened

Written by Sister Rose Milantoni and Sister Betty Alessio on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Posted in Testimonies

Thankful for What Never Happened

Today, we're sharing two military experiences that share a common theme. They show how God answered the diligent prayers of the saints by preventing disasters on the battlefield. Many times we focus on what God does, but we often overlook the calamity that He prevents.

Sister Rose Milantoni shares the first experience.

My husband, Brother Joe Milantoni, served in the Army during World War II. After basic training, he was sent to England to prepare for the invasion of Germany. The night before his unit was to be deployed for the "Big Invasion," Joe broke his ankle playing basketball. He wrote home to tell us how very upset he was that this had happened and that he was unable to go with his unit. All those here in our home branch, Detroit Branch 2, were fasting and praying for those who were serving in the war. Joe didn't realize at the time how disastrous that invasion would be for all those involved. Brother Jim Cowan, our presiding elder, wrote back to Joe informing him of the Lord's protection over him during this time. God had a plan for our life together even before we were married.

Sister Betty Alessio shares this next testimony.

While serving in Germany in January 1945, Brother Jim Alessio's infantry fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Conditions were frigid, and Jim ended up with severe frostbite on his feet. He was sent to a hospital in England where he saw other soldiers with their feet amputated due to frostbite. God spared his life and his feet. During the war years, many family members and brothers and sisters held weekly fast and prayer services, and the results were astounding. All veterans of the saints came back home except one. So you can see how prayers availeth much.

Back then, the saints united in fasting and prayer for the welfare of the soldiers. What issues do you and your church family need to fast and pray about together? If God answered the saints' prayers years ago, then He can answer yours today.

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  • Anonymous


    09 July 2014 at 14:15 |
    These 2 powerful experiences bring to remembrance the testimony of Bro. Tony Cappatocio (1921-1997), who was a Deacon in the Redford, Michigan Branch. The experiences are as follows as he told them at different times in our meetings:

    1. How God saved him from drowning during the landings at Normandy on June 6, 1944. He said he felt 2 [unearthly] hands lift him up out of the water and put him back into the landing craft.

    2. That God saved his life when a shell exploded near him during the Battle of the Bulge in Dec.1944.

    3. He said every soldier was trying to get into his unit because it was a "lucky" unit. We of course understand that that "luck" was actually the miraculous intervention and protection of the "Lord".

    4. Bro. Tony said he always felt like he was surrounded by an invisible armor (the prayers of the saints back in the states).

    5. Bro. Tony stated that he was in every major campaign in Europe and he never had to fire his weapon even once. He said that he never wanted to shoot or hurt anyone - and he then strongly emphasized that he did not want anyone to shoot or hurt him either!


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