We Are a Praying Family


We don’t normally run a photo in the editorial. But in this case, the photo is the editorial. Consider what follows a really long caption.

In early February, Melinda Lane, managing editor of this magazine, was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on her pancreas. Word quickly spread of her upcoming surgery, a considerably invasive procedure involving the partial removal and reattachment of three vital organs. Friends, family, church members and coworkers began praying immediately for a miraculous outcome. But it didn’t stop there. Word soon spread via e-mail to some of the friends Melinda has made over the years—many of whom serve The Alliance throughout the world. A few days later, she received the following message—with the above photo attached—from Peggy Drake and Jetty Stouten, Alliance global team members in Burkina Faso:

Melinda, we went to a small church in the bush today. It was their day of fasting and praying, and we asked prayer for you. Here is a photo of the pastor’s wife praying as Jetty stood and prayed for you. They wrote your name down so they would not forget. We as well pray daily for you. With love, —Peggy and Jetty

We are a praying family. Every day, Alliance global workers rely on the prayers of the greater Alliance family for God’s empowerment, open doors for the gospel, discernment, protection, health and victory over spiritual opposition as they present Christ to those who have yet to learn of His great mercy and love. To learn more about how you can pray specifically for these needs, visit cmalliance.org/pray.

Oh—and, by the way, Melinda showed up at work today—a mere 9 days after her radical surgery. Her surgeon used one word to describe her recovery: Miraculous!

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