There was an amazing story of how a man out kayaking on Lake George, a long narrow lake located on the Southern edge of the Adirondack Mountains in New York State was rescued by several missionaries after his kayak overturned.
The lake drains into Lake Champlain through the rapidly flowing La Chute River which drops over 200 feet (ca. 61 m) and has several waterfalls and rapids. This has resulted in the formation of strong currents on the narrow lake.
In September, Jimmy McDonald, a former drug addict, was out kayaking with his family when he unknowingly drifted into a section of the lake with a strong current while taking photos and videos with his new cellphone, God TV reports.
After realizing what was happening, McDonald tried to paddle back but was unable to because it was too strong.
Then McDonald’s kayak flipped, and he found himself in the water. His lifejacket, which didn’t fit properly, was now being pushed over his head.
McDonald was unable to right the kayak, and sitting in the cold water he was quickly tiring from his ordeal as he struggled to hang onto the kayak.
Realizing, his situation was getting serious, and he was in danger of drowing, McDonald said he started praying:
“That’s when I said, ‘Alright, I think I might die today. I think this might be it. I prayed to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for help.”
And the help came in an unusual way. Because also out on the water was a group of missionaries on a Tiki Bar tour.
They weren’t drinking as they were a group of priests and missionaries who were at the Paulist Fathers Retreat located on the lake, and they were out on the boat for a day trip.
When George Barrett, who was leading the tour, saw McDonald struggling in the water he went over to him to find out if he needed help.
As the Catholic priests pulled McDonald on board, he quickly saw God’s hand in his rescue as did many of the priests out on the boat, who realized they were in the right place at the right time.
“I definitely do believe it was a bit of divine intervention,” Barrett, said.