Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2000]
Ezekiel David Allen is a young missionary on the Chiang Mai, Thailand mission team. He is critically ill with an unknown parasite and apparently WILL DIE WITHIN TWO MONTHS unless there is an intervention by the Lord.
Please help create a global blanket of prayer for David, Michelle, and their
From: David Allen
My condition is serious now. The body is beginning to break down because I have no more fat or nutrient reserves. My diet consists mostly of vegetable broth, Gatorade and saltine crackers. I tried homemade bread a few weeks ago and ended up in the emergency room.
I am in constant pain and have taken pain killers regularly. The severe diarrhea has continued for
So far, 8 doctors have not been able to diagnose the parasites. One lab in Dallas thought they had a positive diagnosis (a rare parasite called cryptosporidium), but the Public Health Center of Disease Control in Houston said it was an incorrect diagnosis.
They have found 2 foreign agents, but no one has ever seen them before or can identify them. One is a parasite and the other looks more like an amoeba.
One of the effects of the parasites is to prevent my GI tract from absorbing nutrition. The CDC in Atlanta is
My doctors are trying everyone else. They are in contact with one of the top infectious disease doctors in Thailand, and several of the experts here in the states. I believe that the pictures of the parasites are to be passed around until someone can identity them.
I am not doing well. I feel like I am in a very dark valley right now. I have been praying for so long for help with no response, that I have become discouraged in prayer.
This is a first for me in my life. Michelle and my parents are being a tremendous support for me, but they are having a hard time seeing me suffer so much. My prayers now are very elemental "Father, save me!"
But the pain continues each day and I continue to lose weight.
Please pray not only for my body, but for my spirit. I have not known fear like this before. I don't want to be fearful, and I don't need to be fearful because I am confident in my salvation. I think my fear is related more to the thought of not being with my wife and the new baby. This was the happiest time of my life before I became sick.
We are encouraging everyone we know to lift up David and his family before the Lord of Lords.
Please forward this message to those you think will join us in this global chain of prayer.
INTERNATIONAL MISSION BOARD, SBC Southern Africa Regional Office
PO Box A-614, Avondale
LIFE IS GOOD BECAUSE GOD IS.
Origins: The crisis addressed by this prayer request for missionary David Allen is long over. According to the August 1998 Chiang Mai Netletter, David's health was greatly improved even as of that date, and he survived his famed illness of 1997 (yes, that's how long this particular entreaty has been around).
In 1997, while on a furlough in Dallas, David Allen was examined by doctors who were unfamiliar with the intestinal parasite he had picked up during his mission work abroad.
The missionary has since almost entirely recovered, even though the doctors treating him Stateside never identified the nature of the organism that had felled him. They speculated he might have been infested with a parasite and eggs with a three-month life cycle that finally passed out of his system, accounting for both his illness and subsequent recovery.
David Allen and his wife, Michelle, are now missionaries in Thailand. They are members of the Preston Road Church of Christ in Dallas, Texas.
Barbara "missionary position paper" Mikkelson
Last updated: 14 June 2010
Russell, Robin Galiano. "Well-Intentioned E-Mail Won't Die." Dallas Morning News. 9 July 2004.