The Power of Prayer Against All Odds
This week I expereinced again the power of prayer winning against all odds.
This is about the case of Mary Jane Veloso, the woman caught with drugs in her suitcase at the Indonesian airport and sentenced to die through a firing squad. She said in her defense that she was just used by her recruiter.. That the suitcase was not really hers. Weeks and days before people have been clamoring for her release moved by her testimony, praying for her to be saved.
Our President, Pinoy, as he is fondly called, personally talked with the Indonesian president for clemency on behalf of Mary Jane.
One small breakthrough in her case was when, miraculously, her recruiter voluntarily gave herself up to authorities, asking for protection, claiming she has been receiving grave death threats.
The Indonesian president remained adamant, however, that Indonesian law should be respected and that the death penalty will push thru.
She will be executed with 8 other nationalities.
I remember watching the news on the night of her scheduled execution, with people holding vigils and praying for a miracle even as the hours ticked towards her execution, holding to a slim chance of hope that the president will change his mind and grant clemency.
I slept praying for God’s will to be done in her case and to show mercy and move powerfully on her behalf.
I woke up to the good news that her execution has been moved to a later date! All the others were executed. I found out that this was for the reason that Our president asked the Indonesian president to make her a major witness against human and drug trafficking, especially against her recruiter.
The Good News
Here’s the story that I got from globalnation.inquirer.net:
EMBRACING HER FATE WITH OPEN ARMS Condemned to death, Filipino Mary Jane Veloso still manages to smile and shine in a colorful and floral Indonesian dress at Yogyakarta prison on Kartini Day on April 21, incredibly only seven days before her scheduled execution, to honor Indonesia’s national hero and woman’s rights activist Raden Kartini. AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Defying intense pressure from the international community, the government executed eight death row prisoners early on Wednesday on Nusakambangan prison island near Cilacap in Central Java, but spared the life of Filipina Mary Jane Veloso.
READ: Mary Jane Veloso: ‘If God wants me to be alive, I’ll live
“We’ve carried out the executions,” said an Attorney General’s Office (AGO) official, talking to the press on condition of anonymity.
The eight were Indonesian Zainal Abidin, Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte, Nigerians Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise, Raheem Agbaje Salami and Okwudili Oyatanze, Ghanaian Martin Anderson.
Veloso was spared after a woman who allegedly recruited her to act as a drug courier gave herself up to police in the Philippines on Tuesday.
READ: Mary Jane Veloso recruiters surrender to police
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on Wednesday before dawn that Veloso has received temporary reprieve from the Indonesian government minutes before her scheduled execution.
“We are relieved that the execution of Mary Jane has not been carried out tonight. The Lord has answered our prayers,” Charles Jose, spokesman for the DFA told reporters at a stakeout at the department’s headquarters in Manila.
Jose went down from the DFA building where he, along with Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and other officials were seemingly on a vigil to monitor developments in Veloso’s supposed execution.
Jose refused to answer questions and was expected to issue further statements on the case.
In a radio interview over DZMM, Veloso’s mother, Celia, expressed elation over the news.
“You are right. If God wants you alive, even in the last minute, you will stay alive. We are so happy. We will visit you (Mary Jane) right away tomorrow,” Celia said in Filipino.
Minerva Lopez of the National Union of People’s Lawyers also said Veloso’s private lawyer Edre Olalia had confirmed from Indonesia that Veloso’s execution was stopped by Indonesian authorities.
“Attorney Edre Olalia said that the implementation of the sentence as regards Mary Jane Veloso was suspended until the proceedings in the Philippines against the alleged recruiter Christina Sergio shall have been commenced and concluded,” Lopez said during the vigil for Veloso outside the Indonesian Embassy in Makati City.
READ: Filipina maid’s family prays for divine, gov’t intervention
Hundreds of people outside the Indonesian Embassy in Makati rejoiced early Wednesday as they received the information about Veloso’s stay of execution.
In Indonesia, AGO spokesman Tony Spontana said the government had agreed to the final requests fielded by two Australian death-row convicts for their bodies to be flown to Australia for burial.
A Cilacap Police officer said that after the executions, prayers were said for each person according to their respective religion. “The executions went well, without any disruptions,” he said.
The AGO stated that the executions had been carried out after it had heard all eight convicts’ final requests.
The execution was the second round after the first was carried out on Jan. 18, during which six inmates from Indonesia, the Netherlands, Brazil, Nigeria, Vietnam and Malawi were killed by firing squad.–With Jakarta Post/ANN
Originally posted: 1:43 AM | Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
What an amazing testimony to prayer! As of today, Mary Jane lives.
God truly hears when His people pray.
How about you.. Are you in the midst of something that seems to be against all odds?
Be encouraged. There is power in prayer.
With God, thru the power of prayer, you can win against all odds..
- When you are facing insurmountable odds, PRAY! Great things happen when you pray.
- Enlist others in praying for you. There is power in united prayer.
This is it for now. ‘Til next time.
To our Health, Wealth, and Victory, GODSPEED!