Two New Zealand pilots ran out of fuel in the microlight airplane they were flying, so they did the only thing they could do at the time – pray.
Immediately after, they were then able to make an emergency landing in a field — coming to rest right next to a sign reading, “Jesus is Lord.”
Miracle or simply coincidence?
Grant Stubbs and Owen Wilson, both from the town of Blenheim on the country’s South Island, were flying up the sloping valley of Pelorus Sound when the engine spluttered, coughed and died.
“My friend and I are both Christians so our immediate reaction in a life-threatening situation was to ask for God’s help,” Stubbs told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
He prayed during the ill-fated flight Sunday that the tiny craft would get over the top of a ridge and that they would find a landing site that was not too steep — or in the nearby sea.
“There was an instantaneous answer to prayer as we crossed the ridge and there was an airfield — I didn’t know it existed till then.”
After Wilson glided the powerless craft to a landing on the grassy strip, the pair noticed they were beside a 20-foot-tall sign that read, “Jesus is Lord — The Bible.”