Dog Bite

My husband accompanied me on a two-week mission trip to Central America.  One early evening we were walking on the beach when a large dog came barking and chasing after us.

I stopped, stood straight and still and spoke firmly:  “In the name of Jesus STOP and be still!”   The dog stopped, became quiet and suddenly took off running—after my husband!

Poor Dan is not yet a follower of Jesus and doesn’t understand the power in His name.  So he tried to outrun the dog!  When he saw the dog gaining on him he stopped and started kicking.  The dog sunk his teeth into Dan’s leg before running off.   Fortunately, medical treatment prevented complications.

The experience strengthened my conviction that God’s Word is indeed true.  Jesus’ name is powerful and He delights in us as we trust in Him.

  • Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.     Acts 4:12
  • Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.    Romans 10:13


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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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6 Responses to Dog Bite

  1. Liana says:

    What a story Kathleen, ‘twould be funny except for the fact that your husband was injured. Thank you for sharing about the power in His Name and how He is present in every situation.

    • Kathleen says:

      Yes it IS some story, isn’t it! Looking back, I agree that it was rather funny, but not at the time! What stood out to me was the power I saw when I used the name “Jesus.”

      • Liana says:

        Was just going to say sorry. Of course it wasn’t funny to be chased by a noisy, large dog. I should have enlarged my comment and said to someone far off, it might have seemed rather funny, the way it just suddenly stopped and changed direction. Sorry for your husband though, must have been quite frightening.

        Reminds me of the wonderful word that He can change the mighty rivers … nothing is impossible with God and the way He changed that dog’s direction … amazing.

        “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will.” Proverbs 21:1 KJV

  2. Frank King says:

    Kathleen, your testimony is an interesting angle on the authority of the name of Jesus. He cares about our every concern. Even harmful dogs are subject to us through His name. Sorry your husband was bitten.

    • Kathleen says:

      Thank you, Frank. Yes, God does care about our every concern. I don’t think enough Christians think about the authority of the name of Jesus. I’m glad I did!

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