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Prayers bring resurrection of faith, but not of child
A week ago, a filing cabinet fell on 2-year-old Zion Jungck and killed him as he played in the family room. But to his parents, Paul and Valerie, that wasn't the end of his story.

Zion was pronounced dead and embalmed, and the Jungcks took his body to their Silverthorne, Colorado, home and began to pray for resurrection.

 "Nothing happens if we don't ask," Paul Jungck told The Summit Daily News last Thursday. "I know confirmed stories of people who have been raised from the dead. We have really prayed for that. I know that he can bring him back to life again. We're not basing our faith on whether or not this happens."

The prayer request garnered much attention in the local media, but the parents expected it. "It's much safer for your reputation when your child dies to bury your child, do the conventional thing," Paul said. "I'm sure people who don't understand would look at us and say A, we're in denial, and B, these people are just whacked. Even when you start talking about hearing the voice of God, a red flag goes up. We're not ashamed of what we're doing."

Other Christians, however, didn't find the request so strange and joined the couple in prayer. Yesterday, more than 150 people attended a service for Zion.

"I just want to make it clear we wanted to come here tonight to praise the Lord. We're not here to raise Zion from the dead," Paul Jungck said. But resurrection was still on everyone's mind.

"I have seen great faith this week. I have been challenged by great faith this week—and stirred," pastor Russ Goodrum of Abundant Life Church said at the service. "I want to publicly thank Paul and Val for strengthening my faith … this has been healthy in so many ways, this breaking ...

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