The Backfiring Car Defeats Bandits

The mission field can be dangerous, and WGM equips missionaries for those types of situations. However, sometimes only God can intervene to help those in need. Read this excerpt from The Best of the Story: Miraculous Answers to Prayer to learn how God used a car to save those who were in great need as they served Him on the field.

“And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.” Genesis 35:5

“When World Gospel Mission had missionaries in China, frequently bandits took possession of cities to rob and plunder. Missionary George Warner, later president of the WGM, wrote of the time he rescued two young Chinese school teachers from a town occupied by robbers.

“After locating the teachers, gunfire forced Warner and his companions to abandon the car to seek shelter in a nearby building. On returning, they discovered five or six bullets had smashed the windshield, penetrated the car, and hit tire treads, but the car immediately started.

“As they were fleeing across plowed fields trying to get out of gun range, the engine began to backfire. Warner had noted earlier that the carburetor was cracked and had tried to fix it with soap. While backfiring, the radiator began to boil, and fire started beneath the hood. Fearing an explosion, they fled and sought refuge in a ditch. Suddenly the radiator hose burst, and the car was enveloped in smoke and steam. At the same time, the shooting from the bandits ceased.  Warner returned and reattached the burned hoses while others found water for the radiator. He was amazed when the car started and they were able to escape without injury.

“Later, he saw that the fire in the engine had welded the cracked carburetor, and the exploding water lines had put out the fire. Everything had been “fixed” by the backfiring of the car. But why did the firing from the bandits cease? The backfiring car with the sound of exploding water hoses accompanied by smoke had caused the bandits to think that well-armed men were in the car and were firing in self-defense. The bandits fled.”

“Our God has the ability to distract the hearing and vision of the enemy so that he thinks we are well defended—which indeed we are.”

Will you pray for missionaries on the field? Pray that they will be protected in miraculous ways in the face of danger. Use or as resources for your prayer life.

Warriors Needed: This work is not my own

Chrissy Greenwell is a missionary serving in church ministries in Mexico. In this excerpt from her latest prayer letter, Chrissy shares about the biblical value placed on warriors and explains how you can become a warrior yourself.


“In my devotional readings these past several weeks, I’ve noticed a recurring theme of warriors. There were warriors in the Old Testament who went out to conquer the Promised Land. There were warriors who went out to defeat the enemy and take back that which was stolen. There were also warriors (prophets) who battled the enemy by declaring the prophetic words of the Lord. In the New Testament we read of warriors who didn’t give up their faith but held on to the hope they had in Jesus Christ. Other warriors were taken unjustly before kings and other rulers, and there they seized the opportunity given to proclaim the Good News. And as Paul wrote to the churches, he sought warriors to join him in battle.

“Though separated by a great physical distance, know that I count on you, dear warriors, to help carry this ministry through to glory! Without your continued prayer and financial support, I could not be here, and many lives would be untouched. Thank you for joining me as the churches joined Paul. I want to share these words (Colossians 4:2-6) which Paul wrote to the church in Colossae. It is our mandate as warriors working together.

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Will you lift up Chrissy’s prayer requests: local churches, special ministry events, pastors, and missionaries in Mexico?


mis130425_01Emily Henry is a missionary serving in children’s and youth ministries on the American Indian Field. In her latest blog, Emily talks about how prayer can sometimes be intimidating for youth and shares what she’s doing to remedy that fear.

“Our teen group this week learned about a practical and easy approach to prayer.  My focus was to make prayer a natural behavior for them.  I believe teens tend to think of prayer as something intimidating and complicated whereas in fact it’s just like talking to a friend.  A friends who’s trustworthy, loyal, loving and unchanging.  So I brought in a worksheet that will hopefully help them in their prayer time.  It focuses on thanking God, asking for prayer for others, things they need to work on, their own requests and answers to their prayers or how God has helped them that day.  I also had them write down the A.C.T.S. format to help them have a better outline for their prayer time:

“Adoration is the act of praising God.

“Confession is the act of telling God the sins that we are struggling with.

“Thanksgiving is giving Him thanks for all of the gifts that we have received.

“Supplication is when we come to Him with our wants and our needs and our requests for others.

“The kids were really open to this; taking notes and asking questions.  I’m so excited to see this group grow!”

Will you join in practicing this A.C.T.S. prayer technique while you pray for these teens? May they experience God’s presence and a new sense of joy and connection through these prayer practices.


A Weekend On Call…

Mike and Julie Ganey are missionaries serving at Tenwek Hospital and in the surrounding community in Kenya. Did you know that Tenwek Hospital is more than just a hospital? Its motto, “We Treat, Jesus Heals,” is one that the staff truly takes to heart. Tenwek is not just a hospital; it is a battleground. God is answering prayers, fighting evil, healing the sick, and changing hearts on a daily basis. Today, thanks to their latest blog post, you will get a glimpse into a weekend on call with Dr. Mike Ganey.

“Things got started Friday night with a one month old boy having seizures in Casualty (the ER). Imaging revealed he had bleeding around his brain – a subdural hematoma for the medically inclined. He was showing signs that the pressure inside his head was building and we needed to remove the blood in order to protect his brain. However, he was bleeding from every poke he had received to place an IV and check some blood tests. It seemed that the cause of the head bleed was some type of bleeding problem. In our area, this was likely to be related to some herbal medicines given at home. But it’s hard to know for sure. No tests to confirm it. We gave some medications that might help for some other possible causes but he was still obviously bleeding. So we decided to do a smaller and potentially inadequate procedure to avoid a larger procedure that might cause him to bleed to death. Right decision or no? We proceeded to drain the blood and left a drain to remove any ongoing bleeding. We brought him back to the nursery and told his mom we needed to pray that his bleeding issue would resolve. We had treated, we needed Jesus to heal him….


“One of our chief residents showing a second year resident how to secure the drain so our little guy would do well after the surgery. Cool to watch the knowledge being passed down.” Photo Credit: Mike Ganey

“The weekend got a bit quiet after that and we continued to monitor and treat our existing patients with few major new patients. The boy struggled but showed small signs of improvement.

“We then had another infant come in to Casualty. This time it was an intestinal blockage causing blood in the stool. We made the diagnosis and proceeded to theatre (the OR). For the fifth time since I’ve arrived, we attempted to resolve this type of problem (intussusception) without operating. Instead we used an air pump to push air into the intestines to fix the problem by pushing one piece of intestine out of the adjacent one which had caused the blockage. We tried several times to get it to work and made progress on the X-ray but it wasn’t completely fixed. We had almost given up and were about to make the decision to operate when one last effort and some prayer led to it getting sorted. I actually jumped up in the air I was so excited. He avoided an operation and we had our third success. This type of thing is done commonly in most of the developed world but we have just begun doing it here at Tenwek. It was a great success. Super fun to see it work.

“Shortly after we finished (at 2am), another patient arrived needing our help. He had been shot in the face with an arrow and wasn’t moving his left side.


“We don’t see as many bow and arrow injuries anymore but this x-ray shows an arrow deep within this man’s face.” Photo Credit: Mike Ganey

“We spent a few hours getting blood available in case we needed to transfuse him during the operation. Then I reviewed the case with the other surgeons in the morning and came up with a plan to remove the arrow. It went well and a visiting cardiothoracic surgeon was a great help in accessing the arrow to remove it. Now we are waiting for him to recover. Like Tenwek’s motto, we had treated, we needed Jesus to heal….

“So I am recovering from lack of sleep and some anxiety over caring for these and other patients this weekend. And I continue to pray that God will be gracious to these souls who need mercy and healing.

“Thank you to all who enable us to be here and be the hands and feet of Jesus to these who need skillful and compassionate assistance. It’s a great privilege.”

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