Jacob Simmons and Gentry Lee Sutherland, the engaged couple who experienced the alleged phenomenon, developed photographs in Walmart and placed the receipt from the service on Sutherland’s kitchen table.
A few days later, Sutherland, a 21-year-old student at North Greenville University, and her fiancee attended their regularly scheduled Wednesday night Bible study session. The message that night was about a close relationship with God.
Once the couple returned to Sutherland’s residence to watch a movie, she noticed a startled expression on Simmons’ face.
“Right before we were about to start I noticed Jacob standing beside the counter. I said, ‘What’s wrong with you,'” Sutherland recalled. “He said, ‘Look at this receipt.’ I just looked at it and it looked kind of brown, and he said, ‘No, Look at it.’ So I took a second look and then I saw the face. The message we had just heard at church an hour before went through my mind.”
The couple agreed that the shape of an ink-blotted bushy beard, facial structure and two eyes appeared to take the form of a divine face.
“The more you look at it, the more it looked like Jesus,” Sutherland told NBC. “It was just shocking, breathtaking.”
Although the couple has been sharing the peculiar image with family and friends, Sutherland does not expect everyone to believe their story. However, she said there is no doubt in her mind about the image on her receipt.
“People are going to believe what they want to believe,” Sutherland told NY Daily News.”There (are) tons of people who will say, ‘Oh, we’re in the Bible Belt,’ but here’s my question to the doubters, who else has the power to put their face on a check-out receipt but Jesus?”
**As reported by Christine Thomasos
**Photo courtesy of TheDivaSpot.wordpress.com