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Stories from the Bible Belt

Posted on Saturday, March 11th, 2006.

God seems to be at the forefront of many participants’ minds in a way that He doesn’t seem to be in New York where Jonah Engle and Nadja Middleton facilitated before joining the Mobile Tour. A couple of people have prayed before the start of their recording. Some have preached to their interviewer. Others have shared how faith has saved them. Many simply express gratitude towards God.

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Joyce Averils told her brother Kenneth Averils about surrendering her life to God just as she was about to “check out”. No longer able to cope with her problems, Joyce decided swallowing pills was the best solution. That is until a long neglected Bible caught her eye. She picked it up, read from it and ended up choosing surrender over suicide.

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Janet Lutz is a hospital chaplain who came to reflect on her years of service, shortly before her retirement. Janet feels privileged to have been in a position to witness what she calls “holy moments” and to bless the hands of hospital workers. Another fond memory: learning from operating room technicians that, unbeknownst to the public and their colleagues, most of them would pray for patients while preparing surgical instruments. Towards the end of the interview, Lutz concluded: “I think stories are what make us human and in telling those stories, we can find out who we are and we can connect to the larger story, which is the story of God in our lives


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