Sunday school class writes, illustrates book about prayer

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 18, 2012


Prayer is a powerful thing, and that’s the lesson Debbie Ham’s Sunday school class hopes people will learn as they helped illustrate a book she wrote recently.

“I’m not a writer,” she said. “But God is.”

Ham said a little girl, Danielle Sightler, who is in her Sunday school class called her because her horse, Cola, was sick.

“She had already lost a horse (Dakota),” she said. “So we prayed for the horse.”

Afterward, Ham said God laid it on her heart to write the book and let the children in her class illustrate it.

“These children are all in first through fourth grades,” she said. “Danielle is also in the class.”

The book is aptly titled, “A Prayer for Cola,” and is told from Cola’s perspective.

“One day I became very sick,” Cola said in the book. “My stomach hurt really bad. I was lying down because I was too sick to stand up. Danielle became very scared. She didn’t want me to go to Heaven to be with King Jesus and Dakota. Danielle called her Sunday school teacher and asked her to pray for me. Her teacher prayed for me and told Danielle to sing to me, stay close to me and keep on praying.”

Through the book, Ham said the children are trying to minister to children who do not have the opportunity to go to church or know the power of prayer.

“A lot of people don’t think it’s OK to pray for animals,” Ham said. “But the Bible tells us to pray to God about everything.”

Ham said she’s been a minister of kids for more than 30 years, and said the book is “all about the kids.”

“One of these days, these children can look back and see what they have done, how they have touched others lives,” she said. “They’ll have something to share with their children.”

Those interested in purchasing a book can purchase them at Green Tree Christian Fellowship for $5 or at Brooks Tru Value Hardware.

A book signing will be held at Brooks next Sat., Feb. 25, at 10:30 a.m.

“Through prayer, Cola still exists,” Ham said. “She’s still alive. I carry around her picture in my phone. Danielle has been blessed and has since received a lot of different horses.”