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A grass fire had started. It was out of control, and my friend needed help.

Originally published online on June 16, 2022

In the early spring of 1971, I witnessed a compelling example of answered prayer that proved to me the power of God. 

A friend and I were counselors at a large horse and cattle ranch in Zion, Arkansas. The ranch also had facilities and staff to care for about twenty emotionally disturbed teenage boys. We had set up a school in a small farmhouse on the far side of the ranch property. My friend would take about ten students on horseback across the ranch each weekday morning and teach morning classes. I would drive over with lunch around noon and teach in the afternoon, and then the boys and I would ride the horses back to the ranch house and cabins in time for dinner. There was no phone at our makeshift school.

One dry, windy morning, my friend was in the schoolhouse with the kids. As I was getting ready to head over to relieve him, we got an urgent call from one of the kids, who had run to a nearby farm. He told us a grass fire had started near the schoolhouse. It was out of control, and my friend needed help. 

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