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WELLINGTON, New Zealand--Grant Stubbs and Owen Wilson were flying up the sloping valley of Pelorus Sound in New Zealand, admiring the beautiful panoramic view. Then there was a cough. "Bless you, Owen."

"For what, Grant?"

"Your cough."

"I didn’t cough."


Then there was a wheeze and a sputter, then silence as their micro light plane engine died. Both men turned out to be Christians. They told the Associated Press that they both immediately prayed to God for help.

He said he prayed during the ill-fated flight Sunday that the tiny craft would get over the top of a ridge and that they would find a landing site that was not too steep--or in the nearby sea. Wilson said that the pair would have been in deep trouble if the fuel had run out five minutes earlier. "If it had to run out, that was the place to be," he said. "There was an instantaneous answer to prayer as we crossed the ridge and there was an airfield--I didn’t know it existed ’til then." After Wilson glided the powerless craft to a landing on the grassy strip, the pair noticed they were beside a 20-foot-tall sign that read, "Jesus is Lord--The Bible."

"When we saw that, we started laughing," Stubbs said.

(From a sermon by James Bohrer, "WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?" 1/14/2009)

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