Monday, February 20th, 2012, 9:00pm EDT
In this Time4Thinkers Live chat, we’re looking at spiritual healing up close with Doug Jenkins, a professional logger from Missouri who was crushed by a falling tree and rushed to a hospital. But not before he’d managed to reach into his pocket and call his wife and a Christian Science practitioner for immediate prayer. Doug describes how he was thinking and praying as he moved swiftly from the intensive care unit back to his home without requiring the surgery or extensive drugs recommended. We invite you to listen to Doug’s experience and join us for a discussion with him and his wife, Kerry, and the practitioner, Ron Mangelsdorf, about this unmistakable proof of the healing power of prayer.
Doug and Kerry met as students at Principia College, a school for Christian Scientists. They were married the following year, and after graduating returned to Doug’s home state of Alaska. After two seasons of farming in south central Alaska, they settled in Fairbanks, just south of the arctic circle. They built three log homes together, raised and ran sled dogs, and lived without plumbing or electricity until their second daughter was born. Kerry entered the full-time public practice of Christian Science in 1987 while Doug devoted everything to professional auto racing for a short time when the family moved to Missouri. The family grew larger with the addition of 3 boys. Doug now operates a classic car restoration shop and a positive impact timber products company.
Ron Mangelsdorf is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher living in Alaska. His sense of daily living is best described by Mary Baker Eddy’s statement, “We live in an age of Love’s divine adventure to be All-in-all.” In his mid-twenties, he moved from Chicago to Alaska. At the time he felt he had heard “The Call of the Wild,” but later discovered it was really the call of God. What started out as a great Alaska adventure soon shifted to “Love’s divine adventure”–and what an exciting journey it has been. Along the path, he met the love of his life, and together they raised three children, built a home, and have worked side-by-side every day for the cause of Christian Science.
Christian Science lecturer, Chet Manchester, is the host for this chat.