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Praying for coats, miracles

by Carla Hinton Published: October 31, 2009
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Diane McDaniel has always believed in the power of prayer, so when she prayed for winter coats for some special girls, she expected results.

She didn’t know how the Lord would do it, but she believed in miracles.

The miracle showed up in the form of a group of women from Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond.

McDaniel is a state Department of Human Services social worker and supervisor of the Deborah Rothe group home. She said young girls have been placed at the home through court orders due to neglect by a parent or caregiver.

Women from two Henderson Hills small groups took the girls to Burlington Coat Factory and bought each of them a new coat. They also took them to another store and let the girls choose items such as scented bath wash, hair accessories, shampoo and colorful hoodie sweaters.

For McDaniel, it was a miracle.

"Yes, I’m a social worker, and I’m supposed to keep church and state separate, but the state can’t get me for making my inward request to my heavenly Father,” she said. "These kids are here, and they saw faith in action.”

Beth Millard, one of the women in the Henderson Hills group, spoke modestly about the shopping trip.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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