Prayers Never Die



Prayers Never Die

By Julie Hopper

Her name was Bessie, and the year was 1925.  She was saved in a revival being held by Bishop Spurlock who had come to the small town of Bedford, Kentucky. He powerfully ministered at their church and first exposed the Jesus Name message to the dedicated congregation ready for new revelation and a deeper walk with Almighty God.  Bessie was the mother of Virgie, Margaret, Mary, Raymond, Elliott, Paul and Ray Perry.

Bessie prayed that her three youngest sons would be preachers. Bessie believed I John 5:14 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.” She would never see the fulfillment of those prayers because she died of tuberculosis when her youngest son, Ray, was merely eighteen months old. But her prayers never died.
At first it seemed the prayers were in vain because her husband took the family to Louisville, Kentucky, and raised them on skid row. They begged for food, lived in foster homes, and were abused. Later, Mr. Perry remarried, and the children continued to suffer abuse by enduring the harsh treatment of a stepmother while their father tended bar.
The Perry family moved back to the country when Ray was about ten years old, and the abuse worsened. Ray didn’t know what prayer was or how to pray, but he went to a hill and looked up to God and said, “If you get me out of here, I’ll serve you the rest of my days.” A couple days later Ray’s sister, Virgie, and her husband, Lester, came through on their way back from vacation, They stopped at the farm and announced, “We’re taking Ray with us!” They took him back to Louisville where they were attending a Jesus Name church. It was while attending this mission hall church that Ray was baptized in the beautiful name of Jesus Christ by the Pastor.  Ray was so desperate to receive the Holy Ghost that he even told God he would give Him his bicycle. Ray received the Holy Ghost shortly after that prayer. 
Because of Bessie’s prayers, her son, Paul, started a church in Campbellsburg, Kentucky.  Another son, Elliot, evangelized and then pastored in Bedford, Indiana.  Bessie’s baby son, Ray, along with wife, Karen Anderson Perry, pastored Christ Apostolic Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Upon retiring from pastoring Ray and Karen have continued to minister as evangelists and have witnessed more than 10,000 people receive the precious gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38-39). And the Promise lives on. Paul, Elliott, and Ray’s children are all pastoring churches today.  All of this because Bessie’s prayers never died…
Psalm 37:4-5 says, “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”  If we pray and believe for our children, God will bring it pass.  Prayers never die!


Note: Julie Hopper along with her husband, Mark, pastor The Potter’s House Church in Battle Creek, Michigan.  Julie is the daughter of H. Ray Perry, Bessie’s youngest son.