"It wasn't the answer I was hoping for, but it was the answer I needed," explains a Steinbach missionary who says his prayers were answered in a unique way.
Four years ago Shane Dyck was living in Atlanta, Georgia, teaching English to refugees when he felt that he was receiving a message from God at a large church event.
The message? ‘Don’t worry. The money is going to come in’.
Dyck guessed the three different people who said this to him were communicating about his current salary as it was based on donations.
He found out the next day that is was not what this 'money coming in' would be for.
"The next day I collapsed and I actually died for about 6-10 minutes because of a genetic blood clotting disorder I didn't even know I had. I woke up in the hospital and they said, 'people don't walk away from this.'"
The doctors told Dyck that they would suggest doing surgery with a 50/50 chance of survival. He went through with it but was bedridden because of it.
"My parents had to fly out and become my primary caregivers again. I had to relearn how to walk, dress myself, everything."
The major potential issue, being a Canadian citizen in the U.S.A when this medical emergency happened, was how the medical bills would be paid.
"During COVID I was contacted by the insurance company, thinking oh great they're going to say it wasn't fully covered. He said, 'Everything is done. You don't have to worry about this and they won't contact you anymore.'"
A huge wave of relief washed over Dyck as he found out all his medical bills during the incident added up to $2.5 million.
"For the past two and a half years I haven't needed any walking assistance or anything. The day I collapsed was also the 14th anniversary of the day God saved me from wanting to commit suicide and the day I became a Christian."
Now Dyck works for El'Dad Ranch in Steinbach helping reintegrate people with disabilities back into society after their run-in with the law.