Sign of Hope
On Good Friday last April, 4 month-old Hunter Oyster, of Marlboro Township, was fighting for his life at Akron Children’s Hospital. While his parents – Nathan & Rahamiah Oyster - were with him at the hospital, his grandparents – Lola & Fred Oyster – started a prayer chain.
Lola asked God for a sign that everything would be ok. Just then, she looked out the front window of her home and saw a group from North Canton Grace United Methodist Church (Tuscarawas District) carrying a 14-foot long, 600 lb cross. The path of the church’s cross walk had passed right in front of the Oyster home. Lola ran outside and told the group her story. They prayed with her and the church congregation added Hunter and his family to its prayer list.
Now healthy, 15 month-old Hunter Oyster and his family were on hand at this year’s Good Friday service for the dedication of Sign of Hope Park at North Canton Grace UMC. The cross carried during last year’s cross walk, a sign of hope for the Oysters and so many others, has been permanently installed at the park.
Akron Beacon Journal Coverage: Cross carries special meaning for grandmother
Canton Repository Coverage: Family believes crosswalk prayer aided sick baby.