My mom wanted to pass along an invitation to all of you...
The other day, I mentioned to Billy that I wished we could gather all of the people who are praying for him into one place at one time. We know there are hundreds of us, maybe even thousands. Can you imagine the sight of thousands of people praying for Billy at the same time? What a sound that would make! As we continued to talk about the idea, Danny (his youngest brother), came up with a creative suggestion. Even though we're spread out all over the world, what if we all prayed on the same day?
Monday, November 1, marks 40 days since Billy was diagnosed with gastric cancer. In the Bible, the number 40 is often associated with periods of waiting for God to work. God's people would also fast as they prayed. In that spirit, we'd like to invite you to join us on November 1st for a day of fasting and prayer for Billy.
What would fasting look like? Some people fast from everything but water. Others--for health reasons or life obligations--choose to fast from particular foods, or from other things (like music or facebook or the Internet). Whatever the case is for you, we wanted to invite you to fast with us, and to spend the day in prayer, asking that God would completely heal Billy's body.
In the book of Genesis, God promised to give the land of Canaan to the people of Israel. Over time, the Israelites ran into a lot of difficulties. One involved the city of Jericho. It was a walled city--a fortress--and there seemed to be no way for the people of Israel to overtake the city. So God gave them instructions. The people were told to march around the city wall, one time each day for 6 days. On the 7th day, they were to march around the wall 7 times, shouting and blowing trumpets during the final lap. The idea probably seemed ludicrous. The people of Israel certainly got mocked. But they did as God instructed, and the city wall came tumbling down! (Joshua 6:1-20)
Similar to marching around the wall of Jericho before the walls fell, we are asking each and every one to “march” your prayers around the hard cancerous wall of his stomach. Please pray that God would crumble the hard mass of cancer, making it disappear completely. Pray that God miraculously heals his body.
We’ve seen so many victories. Some of the doctors have even called Billy's progress "miraculous." Let’s trust God for the big one!
Thank you for praying!
Jill Bohren (Billy's Mom)