Boston, Mass – Before he visited the popular faith healer Benny Hinn, Adam Petrovicki was a skeptic. “I was agnostic,” explains Petrovicki, a 16 year old junior at Fenway High School, “but I was intrigued by Hinn every time I would watch his ministry, late at night when I couldn’t sleep.”
“It is fascinating to watch people come to Hinn in wheelchairs, get healed, and walk gingerly off the stage,” says Petrovicki. “I couldn’t help wondering if it could happen to me.” What makes this personal for Petrovicki is the fact that he has suffered from Tourette’s Syndrome since he was three years old. Tourette’s is an inherited neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by involuntary outbursts of socially inappropriate, offensive, and often vulgar expletives, called tics.
As a result, Petrovicki joined 18,000 others in Boston’s TD Banknorth Garden, the site of Benny Hinn’s latest crusade. The teenager also found himself among thousands of others hoping for a miracle, when the time came in the service for healing. Unfortunately, Hinn’s screeners bypassed Petrovicki after a brief interview. “I didn’t fit the profile of what they were looking for,” said Petrovicki. “They were looking for people with general head or back pain…or people on crutches.” Petrovicki also speculates that since the crusade was televised, the producers didn’t want to take a chance that he would tic on the air.
Disappointed and disillusioned, Petrovicki was about to give up on his brief experience with religion, but decided to attend church the next day – “to give God one last chance to prove himself,” as he puts it. At random Petrovicki selected the First Baptist Church of Boston. Much to Petrovicki’s surprise, he heard the gospel message clearly presented, walked the aisle, and had a conversion experience.
Astoundingly, Petrovicki’s conversion to Christianity brought about a miraculous change to his Tourette’s. “Before, I would spew forth vulgarities that would make a sailor blush,” explained Petrovicki. “Now, well, I …er, ugh…geez, frick, shoot, dang-it, gosh darn freaking, sonuva gun!….as you can tell, I still tic, but what comes out is this non-offensive, sanitized, slang.”
According to Petrovicki, his post-conversion symptoms are such an improvement that “it’s as good as being fully healed.” He reports that when he has an episode around his new Christian friends, they dont’t even notice. In fact, says Petrovicki, “I think a lot of my Christian friends have Tourettes too.”