November 16, 1993, in a middle class home in
Clear Lake, Texas, Deborah Powell's house
was broken into by burglars while her
youngest daughter Sarah was there alone from
school. Deborah came home and found her
daughter hog-tied, her hands tied to her
feet and having amnesia. Although she
couldn't remember what happened to her, she
was deeply depressed and because of her
amnesia, she had to relearn everything all
month after the crime, Sarah fell down and
had what appeared to be a seizure. Sarah was
diagnosed with having severe post-traumatic
stress disorder and it was during her
seizures that the terrifying details of the
crime would enter her memory. When the
burglars entered the home, Sarah became
hysterical. One of the burglars attempted to
smother her with a pillow. Fighting for her
life, she noticed a tattoo on the burglar
who was trying to kill her. When he realized
she had seen his tattoo, he became enraged
and struck her in the head. It was at this
point that she died and had a near-death
"After I left my body, I found myself waking
up underneath a tree in a place that seemed
to be the best place that anyone could
possibly be. It's the place I call heaven.
It is definitely the place where I want to
spend eternity. As I began to look around, I
saw a figure approaching me and it turned
out to be a good friend of mine. He had
passed away four days before. Brian walked
up to me and simply explained to me what was
happening to me. He said I was going to be
okay and that I was going to be spared for a
certain reason. I had something to do. He
said he had someone to introduce to me.
Shortly after, someone else walked up. It
was a tall man in a white suit and white top
hat who spoke in a British accent.
said, ‘I am going to be with you for a long
time. I've known you all your life and I've
been your guardian angel all of your life.'
said he didn't want me to be afraid because
of what was happening to me. I wasn't dying.
I would have to go back. Then he told me
that I was brought there to rest to gain the
courage and energy to go on and finish what
I'm supposed to finish.
seemed like everything then started to kind
of fade out and then I was back in my room
before I knew it. When I woke up again, my
dog was licking me in the face and I didn't
know where I was or who I was or how I got
there or why I was tied up."
Something occurred while in the presence of
her psychologist who was making regular
visits to Sarah's home to help her regain
psychologist was trying to calm me down
because no one could. I was to the point
where I wasn't even trying to listen to
anybody. I was just rocking back and forth
and trying to sing to myself. While I was
talking to her, a light appeared. It
appeared as a circular shape and then came
down as a long oval. That was George.
"Immediately, I just stopped crying and
Sharon (her psychologist)
just seemed to be amazed. She said, "How
come you calmed down so quickly?" And I
said, "He says I am going to be ok and he is
going to take care of me now."
guardian angel Sarah met during her
near-death experience, who became
affectionately known as George, helped in
Sarah's emotional healing and reached out to
touch the lives of Sarah's family and
"I told my mother to sit down. I said I have
an angel and he is going to be with me
awhile to help us get through this. He says
he has been with me a long time since I was
a baby. He says that when I was a little
kid, I used to laugh at him because he had
this big hat that he had to push out of his
Sarah's mother heard this she started to
cry. There was time when Sarah was two or
three years old when Sarah would laugh a lot
in her room. Her mother would peek in the
room and ask what Sarah was laughing at.
Sarah would say, "the man with the big hat
comes and makes me laugh all the time."
Sarah's mother even keeps drawings that
Sarah created of this "man" who made her
laugh as a child.
At this point in
her healing, Sarah would frequently receive
visitations from George. Sarah would
actually be able to see and converse with
George even though family members could not
see or hear him. Sarah was even able to have
George heal her friend who had suffered
constantly with various illnesses throughout
her life. When Sarah was fully recovered,
George prepared her for his departure.
George had a message he wanted to leave with
Sarah to share with others and he wanted her
to write it down. The following is the
see that everyone within your reach
hears about what happened to you.
All of it. You must open their eyes
and give them hope. Dedicate your
soul to healing people simply by
talking and letting everyone know
how the world is changing. You'll
begin to get responses. Ideas will
come. Solutions to problems will
appear and the people will send you
letters supporting you. Some people
will be negative, but these are the
people who will be harder to reach.
Don't let them discourage you. You
have proven to be strong and your
family as well. I know you can get
through this and when you do, you'll
come out even stronger than before.
Through your mouth, they will hear,
because you are a child – a child of
God and a child who can bring hope
to God's people. Please stay
peaceful and one with God." -
Sarah Powell's Guardian Angel
After receiving this message, George went
away and could not be seen by Sarah again.
Sarah has this to say about guardian angels:
everybody has their own personal
guardian angel. It's really amazing
to think that there's someone just
for me – someone that God sent just
for me. That's what I always think
whenever I feel down."