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Woman Healed of Bone Cancer

Every other Tuesday, Maria Lopez would come to clean my house.

Maria always arrived like a bubble of energy determined to restore order to my universe, scrubbing as though it were an act of worship.

As we became acquainted, I learned that Maria was a pastor's daughter from Peru who had no family in the United States. I had only been a Christian a few years and appreciated Maria's enthusiastic faith. She prayed out loud while she cleaned, and sang praise songs in Spanish while she scrubbed. She praised Jesus everywhere she went.

One Tuesday, Maria didn't show up for work. I anticipated seeing her cheery face the following day. But no one came.

When she didn't arrive the next day, I called. No one answered the phone.

This is so unlike her, I thought. She's so reliable. There must be a good reason.

On the third day, a nurse called to say Maria was at the hospital. ...

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John Bailey

August 11, 2011  11:13am

A great story of persistent faith and God's power. I used to illustrate Matthew 15:21-28.

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