Rev. Austin Miles, a chaplain in Northern California is a writer and historian. He is the author of Santa's Surprising Origins, a story that received worldwide circulation and resulted in him being cast in the 2004 Hallmark Christmas Movie titled, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus. He played the mall Santa who magically received the gift of sign language.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

General • Prayer Turns Flames From Church-Caught on Film

Multi-talented Rev. Richard Lee of Spokane Washington should not be a surprise since he was born into a family of high achievers, including his uncle, famed Academy Award Winning Cinematographer James Wong Howe.

Lee excels in whatever he undertakes. He is Pastor of New Hope Center in Ritzville, an attorney who astonished everyone by handling a difficult case regarding Asian Culture and against all odds, had the felony reduced to a misdemeaner, and he is a personable weekly radio host for The Richard Lee Program heard throughout Washington State on KTW 630 AM out of Spokane.

When he received the news that the Ritzville Fire Department was battling a raging fire headed toward his church on September 3rd, he ran out the door. A woman was cleaning the church when the fire broke out and the fire fighters arrived with blaring sirens.

The woman was told to leave the church which she did. She rushed to a slope where she could see the church and stopped to pray. Other church members soon joined her, uniting in prayer that God would stop the flames from reaching the church even though they were practically lapping at the front door.

As they prayed, the wind mysteriously shifted, driving the fire in another direction away from the church. It was all caught on camera. Another example of “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16.

Everyone in the area who had witnessed the approaching fire,including the Fire Department agree that what took place was indeed a miracle. Video taken as the wind suddenly shifted as people prayed can be seen by going to, then searching for: Adams County Journal Ritzville. There are photos at the New Hope Church Ritzville Facebook site and on the RichardLeeMinistries Facebook site.  The website is:

The direct link to the video of the fire miracle is:

Here is a direct link to the fire still photos:

Richard Lee’s radio program can be heard on the internet at the time of broadcast, Thursdays, 12:30 P.M. Pacific, by going to:




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