True Missions Stories
Hong Kong: "The Mysterious Guard"
Mariel*, a Christian worker in Hong Kong, severely hurt her back. She was in major pain for several days. Five days after the injury, the pain was so bad she couldn't straighten her legs. Muscle spasms and pain went through her body. She and her husband Steven spent most of the afternoon, on a Tuesday, praying for relief. Only after three hours of prayer was there enough relief for her to even sit up again.
Every Wednesday morning, Mariel would go to a Bible study in a church in Hong Kong. After spending three hours in prayer the Tuesday before, Mariel felt she could go ahead and attend the Bible study and have the ladies there pray for her healing. That Wednesday morning, she was able to walk slowly, but there was still a lot of pain.
As Mariel left her apartment that morning, she walked very slowly down the hall toward the elevator. Several guards and other workers stood around, as they always do. But this particular morning, there was one guard whom she had never seen before.
The new guard greeted her and said, "You have hurt your back, haven't you?" She nodded. The guard then showed her several ways that she could protect her back while walking and moving. Then he told her to have a good day, and he started walking away.
As Mariel continued toward the elevator, she heard the guard say: "Trust in God. Walk in your healing." She turned to thank him again, but no one was there! As Mariel walked on, she could feel the pain gradually starting to leave.
Later, the women at the Bible study did pray for Mariel, and over the next few days her back got better each day. The amazing thing is that neither Mariel nor her husband ever saw that guard again.
Both Stephen and Mariel have walked throughout the apartment complex without finding him. They believe that on that Wednesday morning, God sent a special messenger-an angel-to them with a promise of healing.