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May 30

This is Praise Harvest

In Evansville, IN, People of Praise members have turned vacant lots into an urban farm that produces thousands of pounds of vegetables each year for their neighborhood.

In Evansville, the Word is Getting Out

From left, missionaries Annie Bulger (now returned to college), Abby Earhart and Mary Timler.

By Sean Connolly

Joe Bulger and Mary Timler moved through an Evansville neighborhood dotted with trailers, dirt lots and modest homes. Two women—Bethany and Stephanie—sat on a screened-in porch, talking. The missionaries knew Stephanie already and joined in the conversation.

When the talk turned to cancer, the missionaries told a story from the day before. A woman with osteoarthritis in her neck had been healed of severe pain. “It’s all gone,” the woman had said after they’d finished praying.

As the healing story tumbled out, Bethany looked surprised and then she started talking excitedly.

“I have a friend who has a whole group of Christians living up the street from her,” she said.

Joe and Mary looked at each other. Now they were surprised.

Bethany continued, “They just prayed with her for her shoulder and it was healed.”

Mary made the connection. “Oh, you know LeAnn, too!”

Bethany looked at Joe and Mary. “That was you all?”

Sure enough, a few miles away on the other side of Evansville, the missionaries and LeAnn are neighbors. Bethany and LeAnn are old friends who talk on the phone daily, so LeAnn had naturally told Bethany about the Christians who had invited her over for dinner and prayer meetings, and had prayed with her shoulder for healing.

“Bethany still lives in my old neighborhood,” LeAnn explained to the missionaries later. Then LeAnn agreed to go there with the missionaries sometime and talk with her former neighbors about the Lord.

“When we go through a neighborhood, we don’t always knock on every door,” Mary says. “But the Lord is leading us to the doors he wants us to knock on.

"We aren’t yet concentrating on a single neighborhood for our missionary work. We’re fanning out in different areas and now people in many neighborhoods know us. It’s wonderful to see our efforts bearing fruit across the city.”


  1. Mike Murray says:

    Let the healing power flow wherever you go. Let Him guide your hands for that is His plan and wherever you go, His healing will flow. When the Spirit moves you,you'll know what to do.Just follow His lead and you will succeed.He is the healer,He is your guide,whenever He sends you He's right by your side.Follow that urging,don't let it go and wherever yougo His healing will flow.

  2. Jackie Louvierre says:

    What a great story! I can't wait to share it with my Middle School Religion students as a current example of how Paul and the early Christians started spreading the Gospel and building Christian communities!
    Praise God and may His abundant Love continue to bless, protect, and continually fill you so that you might bring about the Kingdom!

  3. Thomas Duddy says:

    Great stories. I pray for all our missionaries regularly, but especially on Tuesday, or designated Community/branch day of fasting and prayer. God bless you all.
    Tom Duddy - Oahu

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