When Rue Duval, 65, was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer again in 2014, the emotional pain accompanying the reoccurrence was overwhelming. But she didn’t want to tell anyone about her radiation treatments or chemotherapy. Rue attends Ash Grove (Missouri) Assembly of God, with a weekly attendance of 250 in a community of 1,400. Youth Pastor Amanda Starks says Rue is deeply loved by the church, especially the youth, as many consider her a surrogate grandmother.
When the chemotherapy finally took its toll, Rue told a friend, who reprimanded her because her silence kept people from lifting her up in prayer. And the church did begin to pray, but there was no indication of any change in Duval’s condition. That is until May 20, 2015, when Duval stepped in to listen to the youth worship service. But is wasn’t your “typical” AG youth group. Starks says many of the students in her youth group come from difficult family circumstances – single-parent homes, little money, or drug issues. “These are not church kids; they did not grow up in the church,” she says. “They come not because they have to, but because they want to.”
When Starks noticed Duval step into the room, she says, “I felt the Holy Spirit tell me to go back and ask her if it was okay if I let the youth know of her condition and for us to pray for her.” Duvall agreed to her request. “I brought her up and explained what was going on… we had her stand in the middle of us, and I began to pray and declare life over her.” Duvall remembers the moment: “They gathered around me putting their hands on me,” she says. “As they prayed I lifted my hands, closed my eyes, and prayed. I felt like I was being lifted up off the floor and was floating in the air.” Although she never physically left the ground, Duvall suddenly fell to the floor, overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit. For the students with no AG church background, it was a totally new experience.
“The kids’ faces were priceless,” Stark says warmly. “Their faces looked like they had killed her – they had never seen anything like that happen before. As Duval lay in the presence of God, Starks took time to explain what had happened, with the students embracing God’s response to their prayers.
As Duval sat on the floor, a peace came over her. “I felt calm,” she says. “When I got up to leave I didn’t have pain anywhere in my body. Even my knee, which has arthritis, didn’t hurt. I felt energized. I felt healed!” Later that week Duval had blood work done – the results revealed no cancer! Recently she had a PET scan done, and she was declared cancer free. For Starks, Duval’s healing has transformed her youth group. Now, when people need prayer, the students are the first ones to jump up, lead in prayer, and believe in God for healing. And God is answering their prayers.
Source: PE News
Bible Study: 1 Corinthians 2:9
PRAISE God that Duval and these young people have experienced the mighty power of God.
PRAY That these young people from difficult backgrounds will stand firm in Christ’s might.