The Power of Prayer!

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Plucked from the sea: Moment boy, 12, is carried to shore after spending 20 minutes under water

Most uplifting! Here in Washington State, a boy has survived, and his story is being called a miracle.
A 12-year-old boy has survived after spending as long as 20 minutes immersed in the Pacific Ocean surf. Charles ‘Dale’ Ostrander was visiting the southwest Washington coast with members of his church youth group last Friday when he was caught in a riptide north of Long Beach.
Doug Knutzen is part of the volunteer surf rescue team that spotted the boy in the water. When Knutzen carried Dale from the surf and handed him to medics, the veteran rescuer feared the worst.
Recording the scene was Damian Mulinix, a photographer from the Chinook Observer newspaper who had responded to the beach rescue. He says the other children from the church group sobbed and prayed as Dale was carried to shore. ‘They were crying, face-down on the ground, praying — it was a heart-wrenching scene,’ Mulinix said.
Medics began working on Dale immediately and his pulse had returned by the time he was taken to a nearby hospital. He was flown from the southwest Washington coast to OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon.
On Sunday night, he opened his eyes as he was eased off sedatives. On Monday he said a handful of words to his parents, Chad and Kirsten Ostrander. As they encouraged him to cough to clear his throat, he replied, ‘I don’t have to.’
Doctors have cautioned his parents that even if Dale survives, he could have permanent brain damage.
“The doctors, they’re the ones that said ‘This is a miracle that this is happening,'” says pastor Tim Minge. Minge is the associate pastor at the church 12-year-old Dale Ostrander was traveling with. “He was not expected to be able to talk. They basically were trying to prepare the family for the worst, you know, he could be brain dead, he could just die.”
“When all these things began to happen, the doctors were just as amazed as we were,” says Minge. “We know there’s been a lot of people across the country praying for Dale, and praying for his family, so yeah, we do think God did something for this boy and his family.”
Visit Prayers for Dale for more information on his recovery and information on how you can make a donation or send a card.

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0 responses to “The Power of Prayer!

  1. Thanks, Deb, I needed that story! Our God is an Awesome God!

  2. Hey, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins, explain that with those great scientific minds of yours!
    “Seek and You Shall Find; Knock and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)

  3. God,truly has plans for Dale,he is not yet done here on earth. Thankyou,for sparing this young man.

  4. DCG, I watched that on the news and wept tears of joy – I was so moved. Wow – this child is a living example of why we should always open our arms to true love and faith.

    • Yep, a true miracle. Dale had a seizure Saturday night yet was walking on Sunday w/help from PT. Docs believe he’s going to be ok, eventually. Such good news!

  5. I will say he has me beat on the time, I experienced this twice, the last time was when in my mind after letting go I saw that I was amongst the clouds yet they where off in the distance, I felt bless then I heard the sound of rushing water faintly then without warning my heart kicked in from my feet raking against the river bed. It’s been like my mind has been slowly understanding that God and my heavenly family has always been watching yet as a child/teen your not caring because kids want to play, at 40 its scary to know that society is under the eyes of the father and there’s no manual to truly say your on borrowed time now that I seen what was placed before. I wonder has his mind started to question his visions.


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