I Got a Prayer Call From A Sweet-Hearted Christian-American Woman

I love it when I get my karmic comeuppance.

Ah, we live in such times of just-so hubris across all boards.

Many decades I’ve ridiculed religion and in particular, prayer, calling it “literally the least you can do.”

And yet, I find myself touched to the core of my heart because someone took the time, effort, and action to look into my projects on GoFundMe and GiveSendGo, pick up the phone, and ring me all the way over here in Thailand.

So maybe it’s not literally the least you can do.

It’s given me a crackling voice, moist eyes, a certain humility, and an everlasting resolve.

Take a listen yourself.

There’s three previous posts on the project:

  1. https://www.freetheanimal.com/2022/05/im-helping-a-rural-single-mom-family-in-thailand.html
  2. https://www.freetheanimal.com/2022/06/you-have-to-make-the-grade-a-revealing-gofundme-update.html
  3. https://www.freetheanimal.com/2022/06/how-its-going-the-thailand-clothes-bags-shop-project.html

…As I was growing up in the fundamentalist Baptist realm back in the 70’s, there was three things that impressed me. One was the preaching dynamically from a pulpit—just the raw skill of it. Another was song-leading from the pulpit. Creates energy. But the other was the skill of doing ad-lib prayers.

At about 17 years old I attended a Christian young-folk conference in Lucerne, CA, and I entered both the preaching and song-leading competitions. Coached by the astute performer-pastor Phil, I took first place in both.

It often seemed like a bit of a competition as well, to off-the-cuff get in the tightest integration to make a perfect prayer. The one above isn’t so much of an example of that, but what touches me the most is that she took the time to know the essentials of the project and recite them.

If there really is a God, then it’s that sort of dedication that ought be most favored, dear Lord.

I sent the audio to Yui.

So what’s it mean, really? What’s the power of prayer? It’s clear to me now because of the importance of this to me and my loved ones.

It’s a value to me!

Anyone can believe in divine intervention. I do not. Or, do I, really?

For, I seem to have experienced the divine…

UPDATE: Within hours of posting this, we received the largest single donation to date, $500. Anonymous. Previously, the largest was $200.

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  1. Shaun Bradshaw on June 15, 2022 at 05:44

    More like to the power of words/action. An act of providing sincere words of encouragement; tangible and measurable as opposed to a silent unwitnessed prayer to the heavens. You more than most understand the power of words.

    Would that prayer unuttered in your presence have had the same impact on you?

    • Richard Nikoley on June 15, 2022 at 07:27

      Certainly not, Shaun. Good point.

      So therein lies its power and it’s real. It’s a sort of cheerleading, the power of fans, etc.

      • Shaun Bradshaw on June 19, 2022 at 20:13

        Mark it virtue from someone who finds you a value. This post has resolved me to make sure those I value know how and why they matter to me so as to reinforce those attributes.

  2. Richard Nikoley on June 15, 2022 at 08:15

    UPDATE: Within hours of posting this, we received the largest single donation to date, $500. Anonymous. Previously, the largest was $200.

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