"The police would not have found him way out in the country back roads if the prayer chain hadn't phoned me, and God hadn't given me an urge to phone the Hutterites. This was definitely a miracle, not a coincidence!"
(Alberta, Canada)?Canadian media was buzzing last week, with the glad news of a six-year-old Drumheller boy, who'd been abducted while walking home from school, but who was found unharmed, just hours later. (Photo: Calgary Herald)
According to the Calgary Herald report, the boy and his 8-year-old brother were walking with two other boys, at about 3:20pm on Wed. Nov. 14th, when a man suddenly drove up next to them.
The man reportedly grabbed one boy by the backpack, who "wriggled free," but the driver was able to pull the 6-year-old into his car, at knife point, and speed away. Although, extremely shaken, the abducted boy's brother ran for help, and was able to give police a description of the man and his car, including identifying the type of vehicle, which helped authorities to narrow the search.
An Amber Alert was issued, however, reports state that the alert took three hours to set in motion. But it was during that time, before the Amber Alert was given, that God was already at work sounding His own alarm.
Brenda Epp, of Canada, had received the urgent message about the boy's abduction, at about 5:20pm that day, through a Nazarene Church prayer chain, and suddenly felt impressed to contact a nearby Hutterite (similar to Mennonite) colony, to ask them to pray.
What follows is the account given by Brenda Epp, of Canada, in her own words?
Right away I phoned my friend in Ontario. We prayed that angels would keep the boy safe, and that satan would be bound. [We prayed] that there would be a quick recovery of the child, and that something would happen to the vehicle.
Then I phoned the Wintering Hills Hutterite Colony, which is 2 miles east of our farm. George, the pastor of the colony, answered the phone. I asked if they were going to have service that night, and would they pray for a six year old boy that had just been abducted at knife point in Drumheller, while on his way with his friends, to the Drumheller Church of the Nazarene, for Kids Klub.
He said "Yes we will pray."
Another Hutterite, named Scotty, was traveling home from another colony nearby. He saw the [kidnapper's] vehicle parked on the side of a gravel road. [He had not yet heard of the abduction.]
Scotty stopped and asked if the driver needed help. The kidnapper asked for directions to the Trans-Canada Highway. While they were talking, the boy tried to talk to Scotty, but the kidnapper told him to "shut up" four different times. Unaware of the kidnapping, Scotty gave him directions, and headed to the colony.
After Church, which was when Scotty had arrived home, some one mentioned the kidnapping. [Before long] when he sat down to pray, Scotty realized that he had just spoken with the kidnapper.
This was when he called the police. A police chopper, as well as several police cars that were already searching, [were] now [able to] concentrate all [their] efforts in one area [and soon the kidnapper was apprehended]. At approximately 7:50p.m., George called back saying the boy had been found.
At the time he was arrested, the man's vehicle had run out of gas. The police would not have found him way out in the country back roads if the prayer chain hadn't phoned me, and God hadn't given me an urge to phone the Hutterites. This was definitely a miracle, not a coincidence!