We experienced a miracle, said Darren van Rensburg, team member of OM Ecuador. On a recent Thursday evening Darren and six other team members arrived half an hour early for the weekly OM prayer meeting in the city of Guayaquil. They drove into the gate, and the owner of the house, Franklin, in his 70s, began closing it.
Before he closed the gate completely, three men entered quickly and grabbed Franklin and one of the girls on the team, while the other pointed a gun and demanded that they hand everything over. They handed over wallets, cell phones, a computer, a guitar and a projector.
Darren called out the window that they were missionaries and asked for mercy. One of the men opened the car door, grabbed Darrens wallet from his pocket and the keys from the ignition.
Franklin, who was being treated harshly by one of the men, said in a loud voice: In the name of Jesus, calm down. Moments later, the three men dropped everything and ran. Is that really possible? Darren asked himself. How can it be that, with so much in their hands, their plans successful and needing only to walk away, they suddenly just dropped everything and ran?
We believe that there is power in the name of Jesus, he continued. Praise the Lord that we are all fine, that nothing was taken, and that we can look back on what could have been a truly traumatic event as a testimony to God's goodness, and the power of the name of His Son.