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Healing of 2-year-old has ripple effect on church, communitySAHUARITA, Ariz. (BP) -- Robert McDonald knew God could work all things together for good, according to the promise of Romans 8:28. But a chain of events that began with catastrophe on Super Bowl Sunday has left him and his church family forever changed.
The McDonald family had joined friends to watch the Super Bowl at a home in Amado, Ariz., but all attention turned to 2-year-old Jace when he was found at the bottom of the backyard pool.
No one knew how long the child had been underwater, but he was blue when they pulled him out of the pool.
"We just started doing CPR and praying," Robert McDonald said.
First-responders soon arrived and took over the life-saving efforts while the McDonalds and their friends continued to lay hands on Jace and pray for his life.
Robert and his wife Stephanie, members of Common Ground Church in Sahuarita, Ariz., continued to trust God with their son's welfare as he was flown to University Medical Center in Tucson. Even though they were told to prepare for the worst, they believed God could and would save their child's life.
The next day, on Feb. 6, the attending physician told the McDonalds, "Your son is done, he's gone. There's nothing you can do." But the parents continued to have faith.
While the McDonalds fought the battle of their lives on their knees, thousands of others began to intercede on their behalf as well. The Common Ground Church family had put the word out through Facebook that one of theirs was in danger, and a prayer vigil was organized for Feb. 7 at Sahuarita Town Lake. Hundreds from the church and community turned out to pray on behalf of Jace and his parents and three older sisters.
Despite the family's hope and faith, doctors at University Medical Center continued to prepare them for Jace's death.
"But there was one doctor, a third-year resident, who was different," Robert said. "He even carried himself differently than the other physicians -- he had an unusual confidence about him. And while all the others began to avoid us, this one doctor continued to remain hopeful."
It later surfaced that the young doctor had taken an unpopular stand among the attending physicians. An email from his mother recounted that he had wanted to be a doctor from an early age, but he also had known "the Great Physician" since childhood.
The resident had begun to pray for Jace when he was brought into the emergency room, the mother wrote.
Robert told the Sahuarita Sun, a community newspaper that published a story titled "Jace's journey teaches the power of prayer," that the young doctor stopped by as Jace was moved out of ICU. "The real reason I'm here," he told Robert and Stephanie, "is to tell you your son, when he arrived, was dead. There is no medical evidence or reason for your son to be alive. He's a miracle, and you need to remind him of this." Read More
China escalates crackdown on house churchesWASHINGTON (BP) -- The Chinese government is engaging in a three-phase campaign to eradicate Protestant house churches, according to the China Aid Association. According to the ChinaAid information from an unnamed source, the government's strategy was clearly outlined in a document released during a training class last September. Read More
Theologian Grudem responds to Dan Savage rantNASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Theologian and author Wayne Grudem has issued a public response to Dan Savage's attack on Christianity in light of the gay activist's charge that Christians often ignore the Bible's teachings. Read More
AZ defunding of P. Parenthood continues trendWASHINGTON (BP) -- Arizona has become the latest state to bar funds to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law May 4 legislation that prohibits state family planning money from going to organizations that perform abortions. Read More
Vanderbilt BCM to decline registered status
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Even though Baptist Collegiate Ministry was approved as a recognized student organization on the campus of Vanderbilt University, the BCM will decline that status. Read More
Obama gay 'marriage' stance called 'absurd'
This story originally was posted Monday, May 7.
[IMG=32556@right@140]WASHINGTON (BP) -- Observers on both the left and right are wondering if and when President Obama will publicly declare his support for gay "marriage" after Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan each went further than Obama has on the subject.
Duncan on Monday (May 7) answered "yes" when asked on MSNBC if he supported legalizing gay "marriage." The day before, Biden came close to saying... Read More
Ky. board approves new staff structure
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- The Kentucky Baptist Convention's Mission Board approved a plan May 8 to overhaul the structure of the convention and its staff.
The proposal, presented by KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood, passed with a strong majority vote of the board. Only five dissenting votes were cast.
The convention's organizational structure now will consist of five ministry teams, consolidated from the previous six. With the exception of the executive office team and the business s... Read More
Anthony Allen elected as HLGU president
HANNIBAL, Mo. (BP) -- After a seven-month long search, Hannibal-LaGrange University trustees unanimously elected Anthony Allen as HLGU's 17th president.
The announcement came at the end of spring commencement May 5 at the Hannibal, Mo., campus. Allen was elected in a special called business meeting May 4.
Allen, senior vice president of administration and chief administrative officer at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, will fill the role left by Woody Burt, who w... Read More
FROM THE STATES: Colo., N.C., Texas evangelism/missions news
EDITOR'S NOTE: From the States, published each Tuesday by Baptist Press, relays news and feature stories from state Baptist papers and other publications on initiatives by Baptist churches, associations and state conventions in evangelism, church planting and Great Commission outreach, including partnership missions. Reports about churches, associations and state conventions responding to the International Mission Board's call to embrace the world's 3,800 unengaged, unreached people groups also ... Read More
BP Ledger, May 8 edition
EDITOR'S NOTE: BP Ledger carries items for reader information each week from various Southern Baptist-related entities, and news releases of interest from other sources. The items are published as received.
Today's BP Ledger includes items from:
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Baptist and Reflector
Joni and Friends
SBC LIFE/North American Mission Board
SBC LIFE Focus on Your SBC Entities: The Executive Committee
By Roger S. Oldham
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (S... Read More
WORLDVIEW: 'Don't look back' is terrible advice
The Lord gave us memories for a reason, says columnist Erich Bridges, who believes it's not a good idea to live with a goal of "not looking back." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: An end-of-school party with a purpose
The end of the school year is a great time for churches to host events that could attract families of children and youth, says columnist Diana Davis. Read More