“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!” Isaiah 52:7 (NLT)
SALEM, Oregon – Grace Fabian lost her husband years ago while they were translating the New Testament into the language of the Nabak people in Papua New Guinea.
Fabian shared her testimony with more than 65 students at Corban University on Tuesday, March 2. The students listened to her challenge to submit to Christ’s calling and be willing to go and do anything He leads them to do. After a time of questions and answers, the students encircled Grace and laid their hands on her and prayed for her and her remaining speaking engagements over the next few weeks.
One of the young women who joined the throng of students in surrounding the veteran missionary to pray for her, fell to her knees and grabbed Fabian’s feet in reverence. Student after student led out in prayer not only for Fabian, but for their own lives and need to commit to serve and follow Christ like Fabian has modeled. After the long prayer time ended – most of the 20 or more students prayed – Fabian asked this young girl, “Why were you holding my feet?”
The young woman said, “It says in the Bible, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ So I wanted to hold and pray for your feet.”
Grace Fabian is the author of Outrageous Grace: A Story of Tragedy and Forgiveness. Paul Johnson, of Corban University, contributed to this story.