A relative of mine — I’ll call her Clare — was mentally ill. Many people prayed for her. I wrote to a group of nuns and asked them to pray.
Sadly Clare’s condition worsened. She began spending whole nights and days screaming, spewing out hatred and death threats. Finally another relative got her into a hospital.
I hadn’t been in touch with the nuns for some time but shortly after Clare was hospitalized, I received a letter from them. They said they’d pray for Clare for nine days straight.
After a couple of days, something clicked. Clare’s psychiatrist got through to her and found the right medications. She became a different person, calm, friendly and full of energy.
The miracle in Clare’s life has lasted a year and eight months now. Every day, I thank God for it.
Prayer is powerful. Faith is powerful.
The Israelites of the Bible believed God would deliver Jericho into their hands. They acted on their faith, marching around the city. The priests blew the trumpets in faith. On the seventh day, during a long trumpet blast, the people shouted and the walls fell.
For me and many other Kamloopsians, today’s Jericho is the huge open-pit mine attempting to rise on the edge of our city. Concerned residents include scientists, physicians, mining experts, and lots of ordinary people.
Based on extensive research, we believe that dust, diesel fumes, noise and other pollutants from the mine would harm people’s health. This project would simply be too close to our population of 90,000. We hope Ajax’s walls come down before they’re ever built.
If you agree, what can you do? You can believe God is capable of doing something we’ll thank God for the rest of our lives. You can unite with others to convey your concerns to politicians and the media. Most of all, I invite you to pray.
If you disagree, I’d like to invite you also to pray. Perhaps our united petitions will help resolve this issue in a way that will be good for everyone. God has lots of ideas.
Last spring, I, along with several others, committed ourselves to praying about the proposed mine for 10 minutes a day. Will you join us for whatever length of time works for you? This is an issue that warrants going right to the top.