Over the past few weeks the People of Praise has received a great deal of attention in the press. Here, we aim to correct the record and provide clarity on a few important points.
By Chris Meehan
An Allendale woman was healed of back and neck pain after community members prayed with her.
In September, Miss Betty arrived at Ruthanne Seitz's house for their weekly Bible study, wincing and rubbing her neck and shoulder. She was one of the first to arrive, so Ruthanne and Patti Deakin (Allendale) began to pray with her—until their prayer was interrupted by a ringing doorbell and then a phone call. On her way out of the house after the Bible Study, Miss Betty ran into Ruthanne's husband Ron, who also prayed for her.
The next morning, Ron went was on his regular morning walk through the neighborhood, which took him by Miss Betty’s house. She was out in her yard by the fence.
“How are you feeling today?,” Ron asked.
“Not very good!,” said Miss Betty. “All your prayers yesterday helped, but I still feel pretty bad. It was so hard to get out of bed this morning, and it really hurts to turn my head from side to side.”
Ron walked over. “May I pray for you, again?”
Miss Betty nodded, so Ron laid his arm around her shoulders and asked God to take away the pain. Then he continued on his walk.
The next week, when Betty arrived for the Bible study, Ruthanne asked her how her neck and shoulder were. Betty described what had happened when Ron prayed with her: “Ron put his arm on my shoulder, and when his hand touched my shoulder blade, heat came from his hand and went into me. His hand was really, really hot! Suddenly, I could raise my shoulders without bringing tears to my eyes! And I could turn my head from side to side once again.”
Several weeks later, she told Patti that the pain had not returned. “Tell everyone what God did for me!,” she said.
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