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Claim: A 15-year-old cancer sufferer named Rebekah Tauber has requested calls to her prayer pager.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
Origins: Many of the Internet-circulated appeals made in the names of unwell children are naught but mean attempts to provoke the good-hearted into clogging the inboxes of those like themselves as they unknowingly spread
Of the prayer request for Rebekah Tauber, they said "It's legit." Then-15-year-old Rebekah had a rare form of cancer but was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy at the University of Texas'
The prayer pager program run by Second Baptist has grown mightily since its inception: Whereas in 2004 there were only five people carrying such pagers and being prayed for, in
The pastor at Second Baptist gained the idea from an
Those who chose to page Rebekah at 1-713-716-0106 to tell her prayers were being offered up on her behalf were greeted by this message:
You have reached the Second Baptist Church prayer pager for Rebekah Tauber. At the tone please enter your five-digit zip code followed by theUnfortunately, Rebekah passed away on 14 February 2008.
Barbara "rebeckoned" Mikkelson
Last updated: 15 February 2008
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