Connecting People Through Prayer

Two women whose husbands had kidney disease formed a friendship and prayer partnership through

Posted in , Aug 23, 2011 is dedicated to prayer. People can log on anytime day or night, make a prayer request and know that they will be prayed for by one of our dedicated volunteers. It’s inspiring to read not only the requests but the many answers to prayer that are posted. Let me tell you about one of them.

Rebecca Raby was worried about her husband, Jim. His kidney disease had worsened and he had to go on dialysis. She posted her prayer request and read through some of the others. Her eye stopped at one: “My husband is re­ceiving treatment for kidney disease. Please pray for him.” It was signed “Amy” with a link to her e-mail ad­dress. Rebecca sent a reply, “I know what you’re going through…. Would you be my prayer partner?”

Separated by a thousand miles—Rebecca in Ohio and Amy Bernhardt in Canada—they connected by e-mail three or four times a week, comparing notes about doctors’ advice, sharing Scripture and praying for each other. Eventually both hus­bands, Jim and Bruce, needed kidney transplants, and received them within six weeks of each other. The two couples met for the first time six months after the men’s surgery. As you can see from this photo, both are doing well. As for Rebecca and Amy, they’ve had 10 years of friendship and prayer partnership to keep them close.

At Guideposts we connect people to people through prayer and faith. Log on to and see the many miraculous ways we (and you) do that every day.

Rick Hamlin is the executive editor of Guideposts magazine.

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