CPC Friends + the Internet + Prayer = Miracle

by Colleen Oglesby

My cell phone rang as I helped packed the supplies after the 2006 CPC in Anaheim. Emma, my 6 month old granddaughter, was having seizures and her parents were taking her to the hospital. Fear evolved into helplessness as I thought of the 3,000 miles that separated me from my granddaughter. I spread the word and asked the CPC participants to pray. I wondered what God had in store for little Emma. I learned over the next few months how the prayers of my CPC friends would reveal God’s glory and bring a miracle.

After my plane landed in Detroit, I went to the hospital where Emma was and learned that her condition had worsened. The seizures began to cluster and were working their way deeper and deeper into her brain. Her breathing stopped as our family watched her body turn blue. Emma’s life was slipping away. I walked out in the hall to pull myself together and grabbed my cell phone. I called a fellow CPC Conference Assistant and simply said, “Pray! I don’t know what to do, I don’t know what is going to happen, but PRAY!” I now look back on this phone call as God’s great intervention.

This fellow children’s ministry leader immediately sent an email to all the CA’s and other INCM friends. Within minutes, Emma’s name was lifted before the Father. I decided to fulfill my commitment to help at the Orlando CPC a few weeks later. As I walked down the hall, a total stranger stopped me, “You’re Colleen, Emma’s grandma! Our church has been praying for her.” My friend’s email had been forwarded to this stranger’s children’s pastor and she had shared the request with her team. She had been faithfully praying for my grandbaby! This scene was repeated during the course of the conference. Before the end of the week, I was moved as I learned about many other CPC leaders who had been faithfully praying for this precious baby.

We believe God has had his hand on this child from the very beginning due to these faithful prayers. God has been glorified through Emma’s life. These prayers impacted the hospital staff. Email prayers were printed and taped to her little bed so that she was “covered in prayer”. We shared Praise Baby and Baby Faith DVD’s with other families and nurses at the hospital. Doctors shook their heads in wonder at how God prevented developmental delays in Emma. Emma’s mother had opportunities to share the story of what God was doing for Emma.

Emma has grown. Just a few weeks ago she asked to watch the Praise Baby video that had been played over and over during her stays in the hospital. This video seemed to be the only thing that would calm her during seizure episodes. As the song Born to Worship began to play, Emma walked to the TV and became very still as she heard the words, “I was born to worship. I was made to praise you.” She closed her eyes and raised her hands in worship. I wept as I witnessed the Holy Spirit’s presence. There is no doubt that God has a plan for Emma.

Fifteen years ago, I went to CPC for the first time. I went for what the conference would give me as a Children’s Pastor. Little did I know that the friendships formed at CPC would result in a miracle. These friends used the internet to spread the word and the prayers of many saved Emma’s life.

Colleen is a CM trainer and consultant with 30 years of experience in teaching, training, & equipping children’s ministry teams. She has been a consultant for Standard Publishing and is a presenter for the National Center for Biblical Parenting. www.kidsarehis.com

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