The Lone Star Convention and Expo Center was host to the 2nd Annual Judge Wayne Mack Prayer Breakfast today with guest speaker Don Piper. Don Piper ( born 1950) is a Baptist minister who wrote 90 Minutes in Heaven, a book, and most recently a movie, describing his near death experience.
On January 18, 1989, Donald Piper was driving on a bridge on his return home from a Bible conference. Before he cleared the bridge a tractor-trailer driven by an inmate from the Texas Department of Corrections crossed into his lane and collided with his small Ford Escort head on. He was killed instantly and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. Piper remembers being immediately transported to heaven, where he was reunited with loved ones.
Back on earth, within an hour after the accident another Baptist minister, Dick Onerecker, arrived on the scene. Rev. Onerecker was prompted by God to pray for Piper and did, even getting permission from the authorities to sit in the back of the vehicle with Don’s body. After praying for a long time, Onerecker began to sing the hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and was startled when Piper suddenly began to sing along. The paramedics initially refused to believe Piper had been resurrected but finally, after their miraculous discovery, Piper began a long, grueling recovery, which he attributes to both modern medicine and a miraculous act of God. He now has an entire ministry based around his near death experience and 90 Minutes in Heaven.