For nine nights, leading up to the festivities, community members gather and pray a novena together. Holy Mass marks the beginning of the celebration and is followed by a procession through town. There are various activities throughout the week, but every day there is lots of traditional music and dancing.
|This is the health clinic in our village.|
After leaving the local clinic, Corali sorrowfully accepted that it was the beginning of the end. Her sadness was not for herself, but her five kids and several grandkids. Although she believed the older kids could fend for themselves, what would happen to her 4 year-old son and 11 year-old daughter? Between sniffles, Corali humbly asked if we might pay for a mammogram to help her figure out how much time she had left with her family. We agreed to take her into the city the next morning.
At 4:30 am Corali arrived at our house with her daughter. After gathering my belongings, I asked if she was ready. "I'm ready for whatever God has planned." she said calmly as she squeezed her daughter's hand. I was amazed by her courage.
|This is the mountainous road between |
our pueblo and Tarapoto, the closest big city.
|Frank and Genie Summers, founders of|
Family Missions Company
However, when the time finally came for the mammogram we turned our attention to the Lord. I explained the importance of laying hands on the sick. I explained the importance of praying with confidence. Mr. Frank and Ms. Genie, the co-founders of Family Missions Company, say "If you need a miracle, ask for a miracle!" Although her spirits were down, I convinced her that we needed to pray for a miracle, and so we did. We begged Jesus to take away any cancer; to replace any tumors with something that could be cured with medicine. We prayed fervently and with great confidence.
A friend of mine says, "Miracles do not produce faith. Faith produces miracles." I believe that Jesus saw Corali's faith and blessed her, just like He did for so many during biblical times. Please pray that this miraculous healing helps Corali's family to re-evaluate their own beliefs and see Jesus for who He really is....
Mr. Frank says, "Our God is a REAL God that does REAL things for REAL people in the REAL world." To that I say,