Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Where did all of those prayers for Ben's safe release COME FROM?

Here's a fun game for us to play while I work on writing up the account of the past couple of days. If you were praying for Ben, add a comment to this post, telling your general location. If you know other people who were praying, add their locations too. Some friends of mine, in a closed Facebook group, have started a list like this, and they've got 50 countries and 48 states on their list . . . so far . . .




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Emma H. said...

I was praying in Australia. So excited to see he is free!

Esther Bettney said...

Praying in Siguatepeque, but had family/friends praying in Ontario, Canada and California.

Anonymous said...

Praying in Alabama (still praying)

elilillie said...

NC, FL, IL

Penney Douglas said...

I'm in Katy, TX (Houston). So happy and rejoicing in this happy ending. Praise the Lord!

Anonymous said...

Praying in NH. A friend in one of your groups posted asking for prayers.

Judi H said...

We had our camp praying here in Ontario as well as family and friends in Manitoba and British Columbia in Canada. Also friends in the Dominican Republic and MI, USA

Daniel and Abigail said...

Campamento, Honduras

Anonymous said...

We were praying for you all here at Ft Meade, MD. And now we rejoice with you, too.

Leah S. said...

Eagan, Minnesota

Cheri said...

I was praying from Orange County, California and had people praying for you and Ben from China, Indonesia, Macedonia, Nebraska, Ensenada Mexico, Bakersfield and San Digeo, CA and Dubai.

Stephanie Reeves said...

Orlando, FL! Praise God with you for Ben's safe return.

Orilla Crider said...

West Plains, MO

Anonymous said...

Atlanta, Georgia. I had friends all over the world praying as well.

melissa said...

Knoxville, Tennessee! Had friends in Seattle, Washington praying. Was on the phone with K-Love (national Christian radio) to put on their prayer request line when I got the notification he was FREE!

Ruth said...

The request came through our prayer chain in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Julie said...

Norman, OK

Anonymous said...

Chattanooga, Tennessee and Carrollton, Georgia

Sharon said...

Washington state.

Anonymous said...

Indiana

Robert Hostetter said...

Frederick, Maryland USA

Anonymous said...

Praying in Bakersfield California... friends of Janet Richards who let us know about your family!

Laura Beck said...

Northwest Ohio

Anonymous said...

I live in Kansas, but I was doing my praying in Texas.

Cindy in California said...

I was praying here in California. I first heard about Ben on the Honduras Living Yahoo group and later got an e-mail from a former missionary in Honduras who lives in South Carolina. They sent a special e-mail to their entire e-mail list.

LG said...

I'm about a half hour from Philly, in a Pennsylvania suburb. :) Thank God your son is all right! Heard about this from a friend on FB.

Rhoda said...

Troyer in North Carolina praying

Anonymous said...

Pine Grove Mills, PA

Denise said...

We were praying in Star, Idaho and Boise, Idaho - and now we are rejoicing with you all!!! :)

Val Hoppe said...

Southeast Michigan, USA. So thankful everything turned out ok.

Jamie said...

Georgia and Illinois.

Angela M said...

West Central Minnesota and my in-laws from Winnipeg were also praying. (My in-laws were missionaries in Tegucigalpa for 10 years.)

jcs said...

Minneapolis, MN.
Delighted he's home safe!

Anonymous said...

Phnom Penh, Cambodia!
Love,
Rhonda

Anonymous said...

Outside of Baltimore, Maryland. We are also so thankful Ben is free!!

shannon said...

baltimore

Anonymous said...

I've been praying for Ben from Cleveland, OH. Saw your story unfold on one of the SL fb pages. Amy B. SO happy. :)

Anonymous said...

So happy and relieved to hear of his release! We have been keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers from outside Baltimore, Maryland.

Karen said...

Dallas, OR (via Cori in NH)

Cynthia Schnee said...

I am from Pennsylvania, and I had friends praying for Ben from California and Georgia! :) What a week you have had. May God grant you rest and I look forward to hearing your story when you have the time. For now - enjoy your family time!

Anonymous said...

I live on the west coast of Australia. I put in on my Facebook so friends were praying too

Denise said...

From our immediate family --
Ben in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Katie in Summerville, Georgia
The rest of us in Thurmont, MD along with dozens if not hundreds of homeschool & church families throughout Frederick, Md area.

Also, my son Sam & wife, Katherine and her family who were in El Salvador on a mission trip when this happened. The church/mission they were serving also joined in prayer for Ben.

My extended family in upstate New York, and Jim's family in North Carolina.

Other personal friends of mine in : Lewistown & Philadelphia, PA; Manassas, VA; Delaware; and a couple places in Texas.

Might be more, but that's quite a lot!

Blessings!
Denise

Roger and Janine said...

I was praying from Trinidad, West Indies. My husband and I are missionaries from Green Bay, Wisconsin serving here. Rejoicing with you at the quick return!

Anonymous said...

Praying from Kerrville, Texas!

Robin E. said...

I'm in Yuma, AZ and my family was praying for Ben. I heard about the situation on the Sonlight forums.

Rita Doppenberg said...

We are in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada. My family & I are missionaries on a furlough from the Jutiapa region of Guatemala. Many people from both Canada and Guatemala were praying and continue to lift you all up in prayer. God Bless!

Kris said...

Praying in Maryland, with family/friends praying in Texas, Utah, and Massachusetts.

Anonymous said...

Portland Oregon :)

Patty said...

We were praying in Trujillo, Honduras, along with friends in Tocoa, San Pedro, La Lima, Roatan, and La Ceiba. There were also prayers from friends in Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Arizona, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire. God has a pan for Ben.

AndreaBT said...

An old SL siter, I was praying from Indiana. So thankful and relieved for all of you.

Anonymous said...

NY, Oh, CT NJ, NH Fla, Penn,
Marvin and Amy and family have been praying..... We have people all over praying we are praising The Lord that he is safe

Hunybee said...

Honolulu, HI was praying!

Kristal said...

Ohio... with friends praying in TX and SC.

Still praising our awesome God for the wonderful end to this situation.

Jenny Smith said...

Colorado Springs

Irene said...

An old SL'er too. I remember those old sweet pics of your Bucket Boy. <3 Prayers from Southern California from myself, my daughter, and several of our friends.

Jules said...

Prayers from the sticks of NW Illinois!

Anonymous said...

Coverage from Spring Hill, TN! Praise God that he is home!

Anonymous said...

Omaha, Nebraska. :)

Susan said...

I am a Sonlight sister praying in WI, and I had friends in Mexico (as well as others here) praying too.

Anonymous said...

Brighton, Illinois.
But I also know I has friends praying in Vika, Sweden.

Anonymous said...

Virginia Beach, VA. So glad he is safe. God is good.

M said...

Praying for Ben's safety and release came from my friends and family in Montana, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Louisianan, Nevada, Alaska, Washington, Ohio, Oregon, Minnesota, Hong Kong, Germany, France,

Christa Z. said...

We were praying in Missouri, and so was our church family!

Kristy said...

Prayed, with my SL sisters, from Conroe, TX (just north of Houston)

Anonymous said...

Kerrville, Texas

Georgiann said...

I was praying in Kuna, ID. (I'm part of the SL Forum.)

Anonymous said...

Central Indiana. former sl mom, saw it on fb. Weird how I knew it was Bucket Boy right off, even with just basic info.

Dawn said...

Hanover PA

Anonymous said...

Praying in Washington state.

Anonymous said...

A friend from California told us on FB. Since we were friends from our overlapping years in Louisiana and I recently moved to Virginia, we were praying from VA.

Krista said...

Ottawa, Ontario Canada
Abu Dhabi, UAE
and many many more.

Krista said...

Praying in Ottawa, Toronto and Hamilton Ontario

Abu Dhabi UAE
and many states and other places.

Laura Jackson said...

I"m from Arizona but am on vacation and was praying from Iowa. So glad Ben's safe and at home. Cathy (azcathy)

Shawna said...

Fort Carson, CO, and family and friends in Southern California and Oklahoma
Crying tears of joy that he is home safe!

MilczewskyMama said...

I was praying in California. :)

Brad said...

we had people praying in Florida and in Oregon and in England. Oh and Washington state.

Anonymous said...

Praying still in South Carolina.

Anonymous said...

A number of folks in Italy were praying!

Anonymous said...

Houston, Texas :-)

LynnAnn Murphy said...

We're fellow mountain missionaries, but in Huehuetenango, Guatemala! So, so happy to hear of Ben's safe return. My heart hurt for you, Mom!

Erika said...

NE Wisconsin was praying! Friends from all over the state quickly joined in and shared the request once it was made public on Facebook. It was absolutely amazing to see all these people praying for Ben!

Anonymous said...

Praising Jesus that Ben is home safe! I do not know you, nor do I follow your blog, but read about your ordeal through a friend's Facebook. And prayed for you right then. Now I am sending up a prayer of thanksgiving... from Georgia, USA!

Natalie said...

I am in Perth, Western Australia. We have friends in America who posted about Ben and we in turn reposted. Prayers from Australia came from all over Perth and also from friends in Albany. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm praying in Alabama!

Heidi’sbooks said...

Bristow, VA! In the middle of the night, and throughout the day.

Anonymous said...

central New York state

sdje said...

Chicago, IL U.S.A. And friends from Ohio, Florida, and Illinois joined me.

Sharonne Beam said...

Hi Trish....

We are rejoicing with you!
Here on The Foundation facebook page you guys received over 1000 written prayers and praises, more than 306 000 were reached with the news, the post on the kidnapping was shared more than 4070 times....and it is still going on! They came from all over the USA, from England, Europe, Canada, China (yes they have FB there), Australia, South America, all over Central America and New Zealand...to Name just those I can think of! And the phone calls rolled in as well with offers of help! What an awesome God we have! Love to you all!

Ana G said...

I was praying in Phoenix, AZ. I know two FB friends who were praying in Colorado and Oklahoma.

Anonymous said...

I prayed for your family from Murfreesboro, TN.

TNmomma said...

I was praying for Ben in Rock Island TN! Thank God he's free!

Anonymous said...

i don't know u but i read about this online & it captured my heart, here in ohio. (i just. could. not. imagine.) i rarely email prayer requests, but i did this one, to family members in colorado, ohio, and pennsylvania. i pray for grace for all of u as u continue to recover. blessings.

Anonymous said...

We prayed here in Indiana and had others praying in many other states. So glad he is safe! (A SL sister)

Anonymous said...

Our church and I were praying in Austin, Texas.

tlaraelewis said...

Several of my family were praying from outside Buffalo, NY

Amiyrah said...

I was praying in Edison, NJ. God bless you and Ben.

Robin said...

Hi Trish! I was praying here in Maryland outside of DC. LOTS of people in my church were praying too!

Anonymous said...

We prayed to and praised the One God!! In southern Indiana.

MERRITT FAMILY: said...

PHILIPPINES!

Trish, this list brings tears to my eyes! I can't imagine what it must do to you. Our God is so good!

Much love from this side of the world! <3

shelley.

Anonymous said...

Julie Turner in Okeechobee, Florida

Anonymous said...

I was praying from Virginia. (Friend of the Egers) Thanking God for saying "Yes"!

Roxanne said...

Praying is Australia, NSW.Praise God for the safe return of Ben.

Tricia O. said...

As a friend of Anne, Chloe, and Susan, I was praying in Fort Mill, SC.

Dawn O. said...

Appleton, WI--rejoicing with you!

Unknown said...

Ethiopia but also had friends in Rwanda and Guinea praying. Along w/ US friends in OK, IN, CO, FL and probably more states.

Linda said...

Hanoi, Vietnam

Anonymous said...

Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Donna said...

I was praying in Jessup, MD and had 3 friends also praying, one in PA, one in NC and one currently in TX but is usually in MD

Anonymous said...

I was praying in Elkridge, Md. Glad he is home safe!

Tonia said...

I was praying in Mongolia! And had friends praying in Thailand, SC, PA and other parts of the US.

Purviance Family said...

Praying in Wrangell, Alaska. So happy Ben is home and safe. Thank You Jesus!

Suzanne said...

Rancho Mirage CA. SO glad he is safe!

Anonymous said...

Illinois

Anonymous said...

Tennessee and also friends in Mississippi.

Kelly said...

Kelly in Beaufort, South Carolina

Anonymous said...

I was praying in Kolkata, India.

curlygirlmom said...

Southern California.

Lisa Cocking said...

Chiang Mai, Thailand. :)

Anonymous said...

Prays from Bowie, Maryland. I am a friend of Robin Murphy. So thankful for Ben's safe return...we are rejoicing with you!

Kathleen Grieve said...

praying and rejoicing here in Columbia MD!

Heather said...

Auckland, New Zealand. And the person from Kolkata, India, must be a friend of mine!!! Love you, Trish!

Beth Nichols said...

University Place, WA

Diane said...

Long Beach, CA. (A little city of 450k souls 20 miles south of L.A.)

Sue said...

i was praying in Gilbert, AZ! :)

Punc ~:c) said...

Ohio, Asked others in WV, PA, Ireland, New Zealand, and Canada that I know about.

Anonymous said...

Was praying in Grain Valley, MO! Rejoicing with you!

Anonymous said...

Denton, TX

Anonymous said...

LA, TX, MS, MO, IL - Jessie in LA

The Ellis Family said...

Praying from the Highlands of Papua New Guinea!

Anonymous said...

Nebraska

Donna said...

Fort Worth, TX

Wendy Nelson said...

Praying in Orange County, California.

stampershirley said...

Been praying for your family and for Ben's safe return here in Owosso, Michigan

Tricia said...

We were praying in Hungary, and those who posted on my fb posts asking for prayer live in MI, NY, NV, IN, TN, and OH.

Anonymous said...

India. The Lord is so good.

Anonymous said...

An undisclosed location in China :)

Anonymous said...

Prayed with several sisters here in Serbia, plus had folks in Maine, TN, CA, and LA praying.

Laurie said...

Cheyenne, Wyoming. :)

Anonymous said...

We are from New Mexico, USA and just arrived in Chiang Mai, Thailand three weeks ago today :) which is where we found out about your family's situation. Thanking God for His mighty work in your family!!!

Beth said...

Prayed in Thailand

PATCHED UP said...

We prayed in Chad, and friends also prayed in Kenya, UK, South Africa, India, Thailand, and several states in the US- PA, IL, CO, WA at least.

Anonymous said...

I had people praying in Kabul and Jalalabad, Afghanistan....in Dubai...in Chaing Mai, Thailand....Nairobi, Kenya...and the States.

Meehan Five said...

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia--where we serve as missionaries with our 3 kids. I can't imagine...

Grace Deangrace said...

Praise God for Ben's safe return, Lois in Melbourne Australia

Lorinda said...

Our family, friends and church here in Albania, as well as many friends in the US: AL, CA, CO, FL, GA, IA, IN, LA, MI, MO, MT, NC, NY, PA, TN, TX, VA.
Also, there were friends around the world praying in Czech Republic, Guatemala, Montreal Canada, Ukraine and Russia.

Anonymous said...

Thailand....

Anonymous said...

We were praying from Penang, Malaysia! So thankful to hear of his safe return to his mama's arms. May you be blessed!

Nicole Jones said...

We were praying here in Western Australia! And we had friends all over Australia and the US praying for Ben's release! :)

Joy Bellingham ( britmum) said...

Shrewsbury, Shropshire England and also our sister churches in Southern Ireland, Texas, and Honduras.

mother of many said...

I live in Fraserburgh Scotland. I know I had friends praying here too. I also contacted friends in Erskine Scotland, who contacted other friends and family to pray in the rest of the UK. My close friends in Florence Oregon USA were praying for Bens release and your family also. Praise God for His answer !!

Debbie said...

We were praying here in Charleston, SC! We are a SL family. We had people from TN, NC, MO, CA, IN, and Papa, Hungary that I know for sure.

Joe Link said...

Joined by many others I was praying from Maryland, while other friends and family were doing so in Texas, Kentucky, Delaware, Tennessee, Montana, Michigan and Ankara, Turkey.

Life in Chiang Mai said...

I am an Australian living and working in Chiang Mai Thailand.. we were praying and were so happy to hear of a wonderful ending! Continued blessings on all your family xxoo

michelle said...

Clarkston, MI, USA :-)

Lisa Horton said...

In Indiana while visiting the states for the summer...back to Mongolia in a few days. So thankful to hear that Ben is safe and back home. Answered prayers :)

Anonymous said...

Chicago, other parts of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan

Anonymous said...

Knoxville,Maryland

Pam said...

I was praying in Michigan and am now rejoicing with you for his safe return!!

TaMara Sloan said...

Florence, SC

Anonymous said...

Warrenton North Carolina formerly of PG County Maryland... a friend of mine knows you from her home schooling group and asked for prayer

Anonymous said...

Baltimore, MD

Anonymous said...

Ottawa, Canada

Anonymous said...

Central Indiana

Desiré said...

We prayed in Blacksburg, VA and had family/friends praying in Howell, NJ; Bolingbrook, IL; Fife, Scotland, Woodstock, GA; Manassas, VA and West Linn, OR.

Valerie Bishop said...

Central Arkansas.

rab said...

Kingston Ontario Canada

Anonymous said...

As your SL sister, my family and I were praying for you in San Antonio, Texas. Many in my church family here told me they were praying for you as well as friends in Austin, TX. I am so glad Ben is safely back with you and I praise our Mighty God!

Anonymous said...

Northern Indiana

MulveyMath said...

Praying in eastern Pennsylvania.

little me from 10ec said...

Angi in Knoxville, Tennessee

Anonymous said...

I prayed in Colleyville, Tx (Dallas). Cried when he was rescued! Praise God!

little me from 10ec said...

Angi in Knoxville, Tennessee

Kristin said...

Cedar Park, TX

Praising the Lord for His faithfulness!

Anne Garber Kompaore said...

Burkina Faso. Anxious to hear how God liberated your son!

Anonymous said...

Elkridge, MD

Linda Torres said...

Lawrenceville, GA

Heard about your situation o FB. Immediately started praying. Weeping years of joy for your sons safe return. Thank you Lord for your never ending faithfulness.

Anonymous said...

Mystic, Connecticut. I also asked my fb friends to pray for Ben. I used to "know" you from the Sonlight forums and we met at the BFM in Williamsburg. Best wishes from a former Sonlighter "TiggersCanBounce". :)

Anonymous said...

Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Virginia

Anonymous said...

Praying from Orlando with many colleagues!

Anonymous said...

Chattanooga, TN
Had friends praying in FL, AR, TX, VA, NM and Thailand

Miriam Pauline said...

I was praying in Germany. Had friends in a prayer group in Chatanooga praying as well.

Continuing to pray as you all process and readjust.

Anonymous said...

Estes Park, CO

Gracie Murphree said...

We were praying at our mission in Talanga, Francisco Morazan, Honduras and had all of our sponsors in 36 states USA, Canada, Spain, Ecuador, Japan, Austria, SIngapor, Scotland and World Racers and friends in Bolivia, Columbia, Uganda, Rwanda, Romania and I know there are more but can't think of them off the top of my head.

Anonymous said...

Had you covered here in Northeast Oklahoma.

Lisa W.

Laurie Matherne said...

As you know, I am in Tegucigalpa. My friends prayed here and in New Orleans, Louisiana. Still PRAISING GOD!

Kelly said...

Atlanta, GA

Anonymous said...

San Antonio, Texas

Christe said...

Arlington, TX! Rejoicing with you!

Periwinkle said...

Hi Trish,

We prayed from good Ole' Keymar, MD and had a friend in Sykesville MD
Praising God with all of you!

Cynthia said...

Praying from Southern Maryland!

Stephanie said...

Virgina, now sending thanks for his return.

Sharon Sowers said...

We were praying in Elkton, VA

Brad Irvin said...

Rogers,MN here and people all over the Twin Cities I could spread the word to to pray.

Love y'all! (As they say down south)

Robin said...

Praying in Texas.

Marrion Baldwin said...

Athens, Greece

Kerri Kraisser said...

I prayed for Ben in Ellicott City, MD.

jennifer said...

I'm in Abu Dhabi, UAE. And I had people praying in the US, the Netherlands, Australia, and the UK...those are the ones I know about.

jennifer said...

I was praying in Abu Dhabi, UAE. And I had people praying in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands.

Christine said...

Rural Minnesota as well as friends and relatives of mine in Texas, California, Iowa, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Massachusettes and more!

Anonymous said...

Our family was praying for Ben in Siletz, Oregon. We will continue to pray for God's continued safety and peace for your entire family.

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