by Chris Meehan
A persistent rash disappeared from the legs and face of MaKiya Cooper, a two-year-old girl from Evansville, IN, after People of Praise missionaries prayed with her in late May. MaKiya's mother, Brandi Cooper, says she had taken MaKiya to three doctors over nine days without finding a cure for the raised purple blotches on MaKiya's legs and face, near her lips and nose. Two hours after the missionaries prayed with MaKiya, the rash was gone.
Missionaries Evan Lent, Ellen Reed and Dan Schwab, a visitor from Servant Branch, first met MaKiya and Brandi late in the day on May 23. "It was about time to head back home, but when we saw a group of people outdoors in front of a white, two-story house, Evan suggested we stop," Dan recalls.
The missionaries began a conversation with Brandi, her sister Cathy and two men. MaKiya hung on to her mother as she rested her on her hip, while several other children ran around the small front porch and front yard. Cathy mentioned that they were Christians and she shared some thoughts about their neighborhood--the missionaries live nearby. She also mentioned MaKiya's rash. Before the missionaries left, everyone laid hands on MaKiya for a brief prayer, but nothing unusual seemed to happen.
Afterward, Brandi took MaKiya to Walmart to buy some anti-itch cream. During the shopping trip, she looked down at her daughter and noticed that her skin was clear and smooth. She snapped a picture of her daughter with her phone and sent it to Cathy with the news that the rash was gone. Cathy and one of the men ran down the block to tell the missionaries. Cathy didn't pause to put on her shoes.
“We were eating dinner in the men’s house and we heard a knock on the door,” says Ellen. “Nick Holovaty got up and went into the entryway to see who it was. As Cathy started to tell the story. Evan recognized her voice, got up and greeted her and invited her in.”
“It was you, and you, and you that prayed,” she said with a smile, pointing out Evan, then Ellen and Dan. “I was so excited that MaKiya got healed, I hurried over right away to tell you."
“Cathy showed us the picture of MaKiya on her phone,” says Evan. “She knew God had done it.”
Evan has maintained contact with the family and reports that, nearly a month later, MaKiya's rash has not returned.