Two churches are claiming that their prayers were behind the safe return of 13-year-old Jayme Closs, who was kidnapped from her home in Barron, Wisconsin on Oct. 15.
However, the churches are not taking any prayerful responsibility for the teen’s parents who were allegedly murdered by her alleged abductor Jake T. Patterson in the family home, reported NBC News.
The St. Peter Catholic Church in Cameron, Wisconsin — where Jayme reportedly attended — was the first to declare victory.
Church member JoAnn Trowbridge told WEAU:
Our prayers have been answered and God is good…Thank you is all I can say because I think God got sick of us nagging him so he answered our prayers…She is a strong girl and we are blessed to have her back.
Geri Schoenecker, another church member, added:
I think all of our prayers is what brought her home…Now I pray that she can handle this and get her life back together.
Larry Leff, who is also a member of the church, did a victory lap:
I tingle because I have been praying for her since it happened, I don’t know the family personally but it’s just wonderful.
Mary Haas, who attends St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cameron, also claimed victory to the Star Tribune:
We are overjoyed and we couldn’t be happier. It’s a miracle and it’s wonderful. We prayed and prayed and prayed.
Juan Valadez, who worked with Jayme’s murdered father, James, proclaimed a miracle had taken place:
I’ve asked people, “Do you believe in miracles?” They say “yes,” and I say, “Well, we just had one today.”
The Star Tribune notes that Jayme wasn’t present on Jan. 13 at St. Joseph where her aunt, Jennifer Smith, attends, nor was Jayme at St. Peters, where her parents’ funeral was held.
Jayme’s immediate family was not at church either.
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