Rainbow blesses prayer vigil for mayor

By Bonnie Culverhouse

“Look, Mom, it’s a little rainbow,” said the son of April Aguilar, Human Resources director for the City of Minden. Indeed a small rainbow could be seen to the right of Minden Medical Center and the window of the room where Minden Mayor Terry Gardner remained hospitalized Monday evening.

For the second time in as many months, a large number of people  – around 75-80 – gathered to pray for the mayor and his wife, Debbie.

Gardner suffers from pancreatic cancer and recently checked into Minden Medical Center with side effects, including pneumonia.

“At this point, it’s a God thing,” city attorney and pastor Jimbo Yocum said.

Jeff Scott, associate pastor at Living Word Worship Center told the crowd it was important to “stir up your faith.”

Debbie Gardner stood at the window of the mayor’s hospital room and waved to the crowd below in MMC’s parking lot.

“We need complete healing in Mayor Gardner’s life, but only God knows if it will come in this life or the next,” Scott prayed.

Bishop Rick Cosby quoted scripture to comfort the persons attending and prayed for the doctors attending the mayor’s needs.

At the end, Yocum prayed for the Minden City Council – for unity – as well as the community and residents of the town.

“This is everybody’s Minden,” Yocum said. “We pray for them to have special chords of wisdom.

There was a rainbow outside Minden Medical Center Monday. Mayor Terry Gardner’s wife Debbie watched from the first set of window on the top floor.

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