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July 11

The People of Praise Responds to Recent Press

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.

Two-Year-Old Healed in Evansville

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.

Responses

  1. Marcie Rosencrantz says:

    What a wonderful miracle, just by praying. God is so good to us. We should all pray more!!

  2. Linda Simpkins says:

    How exciting!! I love these stories.

  3. Mae says:

    Great story. Praise God for Evan's openness to the Holy Spirit and for God's healing power!

  4. Bill Bolka says:

    Faithfulness begets faithfulness.....Christ in you, the hope of glory!

  5. Nancy Grams says:

    Healings are so faith building! Thank you, Missionaries, for responding to the Lord's call to bring the Good News to all the world.

  6. Robin says:

    I have goose bumps these bumps are only brought on by seeing the Glory of God. Praise the Father for reaching out and touching the little ones. May the little ones bring others to Christ.

  7. Angie says:

    Glory to God! Thanks for sharing this! Reminds me of when Jesus healed the 10 lepers and one came back to thank him as soon as he saw that he was healed.

  8. cathy goad says:

    I am cathy and reading this story gave me goosebumps just like it did telling it and seeing it i am so thankFul for all that god has done and very thankful for being able to meet evan and all the rest of the group they bring smile to our faces everytime they come visit my kids totally love them and how they share songs and storys and just talk with them our neighborhood isnt the best so we dont get to talk with many neighbors. Thank u guys so much for all u have done u are for sure gifts from god!!!!!!

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