And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Matthew 21:22

It was about 6 in the morning when a boy arrived and asked if we could massage his mom. “Massage her?” I asked, then I thought that maybe she fell and hurt her leg or her hips. So I asked the boy: “What’s wrong with your mommy?” He responded that she was about to have the baby.

Massage her? A baby? I felt confused. I immediately asked God for wisdom. I told everyone in the house and we got together to pray and ask for divine direction and protection for this lady and her baby. Johanna, Jessika, and I prepared ourselves and left for the community. We talked about the possibility that they baby may not be in position. This filled us with worry and fear. The boy had run off to school without giving us directions to his house, but with the help of some neighbors we were able to find it. We found them waiting for us. While leading us to the room where the mother was, the father explained to us that the baby was not in position. We entered the room and found her sitting on a sheet on the floor with her feet up against the wall. I checked her and found that the baby was in a horizontal position and that her water had broken. “Oh Lord!” I thought, “What can we do?” I had never been in a situation like this, and though I knew what one should do, I had never done a massage to guide a baby into position. We looked for the community’s midwives, but none of them could be found. One had gone to Leticia, and the others were working in their fields far away. Then God brought Matthew 21:22 to mind: “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” So, Johanna, Jessika, and I, along with everyone in the house, including the children, knelt down to ask God to please guide the baby into position since none of us know how to do it. Then I made some phone calls to ask for advice. Everyone told me that the only options are to perform the massage or to just keep waiting. So I prayed again and told God that we didn’t know how to perform this type of massage, that the baby ran the risk of being asphyxiated by the umbilical cord if we didn’t do it right, that He needed to do it, our give us the wisdom to do it right. So, while the three of us kept praying silently, I placed my hands on her stomach and started rubbing it lightly. To my surprise, I felt the baby move almost immediately. It continued to move until it was in position, ready to be born. How wonderful is our God! He really hears our prayers, and worked this miracle! To his glory a beautiful and healthy boy was born. We all knelt down again to thank God for hearing us and showing us his power.

How amazing it is to know that no matter our circumstances, we have the opportunity to call out to God in prayer, He is always willing to hear us and help us. The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer. Psalm 6:9

Katherin Ortiz Parra