Airport Miracle

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 7, 2017
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Airport MiracleAirports may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of miracles, but it's the perfect place for God to reveal Himself. It's why on busy ministry trips, Ken and I always keep our eyes open for divine 'appointments.' One of those miracle-appointments recently occurred at the Newark airport.

We were happy to be heading home after a fruitful time on the East Coast, and our United gate agent, Alice, was checking us in for our flight to LAX. As we engaged her in conversation, we learned that her family in Puerto Rico had suffered much since Hurricane Maria. Near tears, Alice explained that her brother, Carlito, was missing – he lives right below a dam that had become unstable; over 70,000 people below it were panicking and leaving their homes. A week had passed, and Alice's niece had been searching for Carlito, but had not found him. Right there at the ticket counter, we stopped everything and prayed for Alice and Carlito (thankfully, no one was waiting in line behind us). I pleaded for God to rescue her brother. We then took our tickets, hugged Alice, and headed to the TSA security line.

We were only 50 feet away from the United counter, when suddenly, we heard someone calling and running toward us – it was Alice! She was holding her cell phone and calling out, “They found him! Carlito is okay!” We dropped everything, huddled together in tears, and joined hands in prayer – right in the middle of the busy airport. How gracious of God to prod us to pray for Carlito, and then provide the answer seconds after we offered up intercession. So when you're traveling, friend, keep your eyes open, and your heart ready to pray. You may just experience a miracle-appointment yourself. 


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Praised be the Lord!!! He is good and merciful!! I learned about this, to pray always and more often about people in need everywhere in the world. God bless you and all Friends!!!=))
  • Oct. 12, 2017
  • 2:53 a.m.
  • Marja Poutiainen
Our God is not simply 'GOOD', He is 'GREAT', 'MIGHTY', 'POWERFUL', 'LOVING', 'GRACIOUS', and I stand in awe of His 'MAJESTY'!
  • Oct. 11, 2017
  • 3:34 a.m.
  • Frederick James Grimes
That post is so encouraging! Yesterday, I was in North Carolina when I heard about the devastating fires in Northern California and in my hometown. I was at a public venue with thousands of people. I heard the lady next to me saying names of streets involved in the fire (it was our former neighborhood from which we moved 6 years ago). I walked over and asked if she lived in Santa Rosa. She said yes and started crying as her house was in the path of the fire. I hugged her as she wept on my shoulder. She did not want prayer there, but I told her I would be praying. I didn't even get her name - but that wasn't important. It was amazing that the Lord would put me right next to a neighbor in pain 3,000 miles away from home.
  • Oct. 10, 2017
  • 2:31 p.m.
  • Lisa Gillis
Such a precious testimony. Praise God FROM WHOM all blessings flow.
  • Oct. 10, 2017
  • 1:10 p.m.
  • Camille Sudderth
I love you Joni and I'm grateful and thankful, always to hear, your encouraging words and how God uses you, his vessel, in your travels. You are such a gift and I appreciate how by you sharing your heart spur me on in my relationship with the Lord. Blessings to you always. Debbie Snyder
  • Oct. 10, 2017
  • 9:14 a.m.
  • Deb Snyder
Praise the Lord for His Grace and Mercy in answer to your Faithfulness in 'Asking' !!!! God Bless You....I love your love for Him!!!!!
  • Oct. 9, 2017
  • 8:33 p.m.
  • Jo Robinson
Amen! Since we last saw each other, I have been working at the VA here in Maryland and right now, I'm responsible for sending disaster emergency medical teams to San Juan. Daily, I get calls from the medical team I have there on the ground and I am amazed at all God is doing. It is truly awesome to continually hear how God is answering prayers. Thank you for sharing that encouragement!
  • Oct. 9, 2017
  • 7:51 p.m.
  • Barbara Kelly
Donna Krizman from Baltimore Maryland sent me the link to this story. I'm a Delta Air Lines agent in Minnesota who is working on a Rapid Response Disability initiative to Puerto Rico for disaster relief providing usable wheelchairs for those lost in the hurricanes. Please pray for details to come together in this humanitarian effort to get needed chairs in the air and on their way to our friends in Puerto Rico. ~ Thank you!!!
  • Oct. 9, 2017
  • 1:43 p.m.
  • Karen Carlin
Joni, I praise God for the impact you have on people around you everyday. thank you for sharing. We played field hockey and attended Young Life together years ago!
  • Oct. 9, 2017
  • 4:53 a.m.
  • Judy Rush Wood
Glory bumps - this is a great illustration - if we could all be a bit more still to respond to the Holy Spirit leading these divine appointments. Thank you for sharing <3
  • Oct. 8, 2017
  • 8:46 p.m.
  • Ann Marie
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