I just remembered a wonderfully moving experience I had on my recent trip to Manauga Nicaragua. I went there to do some due diligence for the Bellevue Foundation to determine how we could partner up with the Baptist Theological Seminary of Nicaragua. There are a bunch of photos of that trip on my Flicker site.
Anyway, the class of students studying the ministry of Pastoral Care knew I was having back trouble and stayed behind to ask if they could pray for me. I was in a meeting but said I would be most honored if they could do that after the meeting. You can see me in the picture (bald head, kneeling down). Of course they were speaking Spanish and so I could not understand what they were saying but I understood Señor Jesucristo (Lord Jesus Christ) and Espíritu Santo (Holy Spirit) and mi hermano (my brother). I also understood the fervency of their prayers which lasted about ten minutes and seemed to increase to a crescendo and then begin to taper off. What a blessing to be cared for like that. I think that prayer session with laying on of hands and anointing with oil could very well have been related to God’s movement in my life towards this surgery. Nevermind…forget the maybe part and let’s just give God the credit for it.
James 5:13-15 (NKJV)
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
Thank you to my brothers and sisters in Christ in Nicaragua who loved me enough to pray for me like that.
I’ll tell you more about the Seminary in a later post (Lord willing)