Marines, urban myth

According to this site, the Marine letter from an earlier blog is not accurate. I think they are probably right. Most of their explanations seem legit.

However, I would take issue with one point. They said that names tend to drop off, not get added to when it is a real situation. I have a friend, a personal friend whom I have known for about fourteen years, who is a missionary overseas. He sent me an email about a coworker then serving with him overseas who was desperately ill. The actual email he sent me was a copy of an email the sick coworker had sent him and his request for me to pray and pass it on.

I sent the email out to maybe forty or fifty people I know personally. Within a month the sick coworker had received over 18.000 emails. He and his family had also received calls from CDC and doctors around the country who specialized in tropical illnesses.

In less than two months, this man, who no one knew what was wrong with and who was dying with a brand new baby daughter, was totally well and out of the hospital. I sent the notice to the forty or fifty people I had sent it to originally.

About six months after that, I got an email from a pastor friend in NC who had received an email from another pastor friend in FL, asking about the situation. I answered the FL email and hope that it got in that denomination's newsletter. (The prayer request had.)

Two years later I was in Indiana finishing up my dissertation. A pastor friend there asked me if I had heard what had happened to the missionary. I passed on the news that he was well and had a second daughter.

The next summer I got an internet email, from someone I don't know, with the missionary's letter and my friends original addendum. But the email said that the missionary's name was David Ezekial something. I answered that mail with the updated information and asked them to pass it back.

The missionary's name was not what was on the letter.

Anyway, if you are still praying for a missionary from Thailand who is home on furlough and expected to die and the CDC won't even look at his case, know that many individuals from CDC offered to help and he is totally healthy and has been for about five years.

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