The Best of the Story: Hubert's Healing

Special Note: The Best of the Story: Miraculous Answers to Prayer (published 1993, reprinted 2001) was written by WGM retiree Burnis Bushong. The purpose of the book is to share miraculous answers to prayer experienced by WGM missionaries over the years. We hope these stories inspire you to pray for missions activities around the world. A new story from the book is posted each month.

Hubert's Healing

Monthly excerpt from The Best of the Story
By Burnis Bushong, Retiree

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

In Bolivia, twelve-year-old Hubert Harriman, with a Guarayo playmate, was playing with a disposable hypodermic needle. As they tried to dislodge a reluctant plunger, it slipped and the needle was driven into Hubert’s knee. Hubert told no one, but headaches and other pains developed. He shared with his parents what had happened. The missionary airplane, Wings of Peace, was called, and he was taken to Santa Cruz and then on to Cochabamba by car.

Doctors diagnosed that the dirty needle had created a bone infection as well as meningitis. An operation and antibiotics followed. Hubert appeared better, but pain and fever persisted. The doctors said that the bone infection was spreading and that amputation above the knee was a possibility. The physician suggested the boy be taken to the United States as his life was in danger.

During this six-week period, Hubert’s condition was shared with the Prayer Bands and the World Gospel Mission constituency. Harold, Hubert’s father, flew with the boy to Los Angeles. Specialists operated again and informed Harold that the boy would live but his leg would be stiff and he would walk abnormally. When the cast was removed, the doctor was amazed to see that Hubert slightly moved his leg. This should have been impossible.

“The boy will recover!” was the surgeon’s comment. And recover he did! After a time of rehabilitation, he was released and he returned to Bolivia. The following spring, Hubert’s high school had their annual track meet, and guess who won the fifty-yard dash! Hubert, of course. The athletic event was a camp meeting for the entire family. Hubert went on to become a successful pastor in Indiana, a member of the WGM Board of Directors, and president of WGM for 12 years until his retirement in 2016.

Waiting upon the Lord will help us to conquer the difficulties of life when tragedy appears to have us crippled.