As I focus in on writing the conclusion of Ben's story (I think there will be 2 or 3 more parts), I've had on my mind the number of people who have told me that they felt led to pray very specifically for one particular person, or outcome, or just one part of the larger picture.
While thousands of people prayed for Ben's safety, some missionaries in Tegucigalpa told me that they felt led to pray specifically for me (and I have needed those prayers). A number of people from all over the world have said that they were fervently praying that the heart of the kidnapper would be softened. Some - a surprisingly large number - prayed that these events would lead the kidnapper to turn to God and change his life. Many people have shared that they found a particular scripture that seemed to somehow be the passage for this situation, and they prayed and meditated on that scripture throughout the hours when Ben was being held.
If you felt led to pray in any particular way during Ben's kidnapping last week, and you'd be willing to post about it in the comments here, I'd love to hear it. I absolutely believe that what we've experienced is much more than a story of a little boy being kidnapped and then returned to his family - it is the story of a miraculous answer to prayer . . . and if you prayed, then you are a part of the miracle, and therefore part of the story!
Thank you all, again, for praying for us! And thanks for commenting . . . I'm looking forward to reading what someone else writes, for a change, LOL.