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When Mary Owen set out to climb Mount Hood in Oregon, she expected to make the ascent and return quickly. She filed the proper paperwork and set out alone to conquer the mountain. On her climb, a storm struck, and white-out conditions forced her to turn around. She got lost descending the mountain and ended up making a shelter in a canyon. When she tried to climb out the next morning, she fell 40 feet, hurting her leg and ankle. Due to the injuries, Owen decided to wait to be rescued, but quickly began to wonder why no one seemed to be searching for her. She used the survival skills she had learned and waited. Then on the fifth night, Owen sensed that things were about to get better. She spotted an airplane the next day, and then dreamed that she would be rescued by a helicopter. The next day, that is exactly what happened. Owen told reporters that at first she could feel that no-one was praying for her, but after a couple of days, she began to sense that people were praying and that was an encouragement. She said, “I woke up with this sense of peace from thousands of people praying for me. It was really, really powerful.”

Rescued Hiker says she could feel people’s prayers— Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell.

Mary Owen details week-long survival on Mt. Hood, by Wayne Havrelly,, Accessed March 31. 2013.

James 5:16 (ESV) Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

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