The phone rang, hello I said... your father just died, I was told. Man! My dad had never died before and in spite of me being almost 52 y/o I wasn't ready for that! All of you who had been close to your dad know what that feels like! This is when you forget you're an all grown up man and that you're not suppose to cry! That was on July 1st, 2006. On July 3rd I arrived to Estelí, Nicaragua just when they were carrying him out of my mother’s house for the funeral. He was 76 y/o, still healthy, slim and walking tall. At the end of the day he opened a water faucet to wash his hands… then he dropped to his right side and was dead before he hit the ground. Doctors don’t know exactly what happened, he just left this world the way a man should, at the end of the day!!! On 7/12/06 I got up and as usual I got on my knees to pray, when done, I stood up and as I was putting my pants on, I felt this burning and painful sensation on my left leg; I pulled my leg out fast and wondered what that was. A thought came to my head, “ALACRAN” which means scorpion. I carefully looked inside of my pants and sure enough there was a large scorpion. After one of my cousins shook it out of my pants, my wife stepped on it saying something like “Nothing messes with my husband”. Right away I heard some one saying “Go see a doctor”, others “chew tobacco” and “put kerosene on it” etc. etc. I looked at them all, having a towel around my waist, have you all not read that it is written in the scriptures: <font color="blue">MARK 16:17 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe ; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. </font> The numbness on the outside and burning in the inside along with strong pain lasted quite a while, my tong never got numb or swollen as expected. I was glad that I was one of those that believe!!! I Praise His Name! He still is the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (HEBREWS 13:8) I'm requesting your prayers specially for my dear mom. She's sad. God Bless you!