The Skateboard Lady

0 comments Posted on April 13, 2021

by Janet Holm McHenry

I was surprised to see Diane in our little church that Sunday—the skateboard lady, who owned a video store on Main Street in our little town.

While she rented videos in her shop, she was called the skateboard lady because she also sold skateboard supplies. Wheels and other parts. Tools and wax. Bumper stickers that said, “Skateboarding is NOT a crime.” She also had started a campaign to raise funds for a skate park for kids.

I had prayed for Diane as I prayerwalked each day . . . that she would come to the faith and live her life serving Jesus.

And there she was that morning, sitting two pews in front of me. Surprisingly, she stood at the end of the service and made public her commitment to follow Jesus. An answer to prayer!

But a short few Sundays later Diane stood again and asked for prayer: she had advanced cancer. Sure enough, she died just a few weeks later.

Oh, how I was mad at God! I had prayed for Diane. And while she had come to the faith, what about those skateboarding kids? What about their skate park? I continued to prayerwalk, but I had a wrestling match with God. What good were my prayers anyway?

A short time later I opened our little newspaper to read that a construction company would donate its services to match funds given in Diane’s memory. In about six months we had the best skate park in northeast California. All because of Diane and God’s answered prayers.

Janet McHenry has been prayerwalking in the Sierra Valley for over 22 years. She is the author of 24 books—six on prayer, including the bestselling PrayerWalk, now in its 20th year of print with WaterBrook. Janet is also the creator of an online masterclass called Prayer School. Information about her course and books can be accessed through her website,, and she would love to connect with you on social media.


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