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Issue 119 - October 2011 - Page 1

Jordon Mills Prayer Request

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Circulating social media message ask users to pray for the recovery of Jordon Mills. According to the message, Jordon is currently in intensive care due to "Chrons" and is in need of a miracle.



Brief Analysis
It is unclear if the "Jordon Mills" referenced in the message is a real person or if she really has a life threatening illness that requires a miracle. What is clear is that the message uses the same format and phrasing as a series of earlier and equally unsubstantiated prayer requests. The fact that the message so closely follows the format of several other recent prayer requests immediately casts doubt on its veracity. It appears that someone has simply altered one of the earlier prayer request messages by substituting a new name and illness.

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Last updated: 22nd September 2011
First published: 22nd September 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
Posting for a friend - please post on YOUR WALLS! URGENT! I ASK FOR A PRAYER FOR MY GREAT NEICE JORDON MILLS. SHE IS A YOUNG GIRL, SHE HAS Chrons SHE IS IN INTENSIVE CARE. PLEASE POST THIS ON YOUR WALL FOR AT LEAST AN HOUR; I WOULD DO IT FOR YOUR BABY GIRL . LET'S GO FOR A MIRACLE!! IT'S A PRAYER YOU MAY LOSE OUT ON. I'm always up for praying for a child in need, hope you feel the same way Repost for a friend,re-posting 4 a friend! Lets hope that god hears our prayers

Jordon Mills Prayer Request




Detailed Analysis
According to this message, which is currently rocketing around Facebook, young Jordon Mills is in desperate need of prayers because she is in intensive care with "Chons". The message asks that recipients pray for the child as well as repost the request on their walls for "at least an hour" in the hope of invoking a miracle recovery.

However, it is currently unclear if the particular Jordon Mills referred to in the message even exists, let alone if she is in need of a miracle. Moreover, the message is almost identical to at least two earlier prayer requests that also remain unverified. As the following example shows, the Jordon Mills request is very similar in phrasing to another message that asks for prayers for five year old Harly. A .Andrews:
ATTENTION ALL MY FRIENDS. TODAY I NEED YOU. I NEED TO SEE THIS MESSAGE ON YOUR WALLS!!! URGENT!!! I ASK FOR A PRAYER FOR HARLY. A .ANDREWS (5 YEARS OLD), SHE GOT HIT BY A CAR IN INTENSIVE CARE. PLEASE POST THIS ON YOUR WALL FOR AT LEAST AN HOUR; I WOULD DO IT FOR YOUR BABY GIRL . LET'S GO FOR A MIRACLE!!! IT'S A PRAYER YOU MAY LOSE OUT ON.
And the Harly Andrews version was itself a revamp of yet another such message that asks for prayers for five year old Diego Mendez:
ATTENTION ALL MY FRIENDS. TODAY I NEED YOU. I NEED TO SEE THIS MESSAGE ON YOUR WALLS!!! URGENT!!! I"M ASKING FOR A PRAYER FOR DIEGO MENDEZ (5 YEARS OLD), A TV FELL ON HIS LITTLE HEAD AND HE'S IN INTENSIVE CARE. PLEASE POST THIS ON YOUR WALL FOR AT LEAST AN HOUR; I WOULD DO IT FOR YOUR SON. LET'S GO FOR A MIRACLE.
Thus it seems clear that someone has used one of the earlier messages as a template and simply substituted a different name and illness before reposting the message anew. Of course, it is not entirely impossible that some misguided soul has made a genuine attempt to elicit support for a real child by recycling an existing prayer request. However, the message's strong similarity to earlier prayer requests means that many will immediately doubt its veracity. Given that many such prayer requests turn out to be outright hoaxes, such doubts are not misplaced.

The word "Chrons" in the message presumably refers to the inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's. Crohn's is a serious chronic disease that has many complications, but it is not considered a fatal illness

In any case, reposting vague prayer requests for people that you have never met, have no connection with, and know nothing whatsoever about seems pointless and rather silly. Given the amount of sick or injured people in the world at any one time, it would seem much more reasonable to offer support for people in need within our own communities.

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References
Harly A. Andrews Prayer Request
Diego Mendez Prayer Request
About Crohn's Disease




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