Ruthie’s father was a doctor as well, specializing in treatments
for tropical diseases.
Both parents served as medical missionaries in Africa and
traveled all over the world aiding various medical dispensaries.
Ruthie and her older sister had the good fortune to travel with
them on numerous projects. Ruthie was exposed to various
“healing rituals” being performed in regions of India, Africa,
and the Philippines.
Ruthie accidentally stumbled into a situation in the Philippines
one day and unbeknownst to her, she was watching something that
would change her life forever. In a public gathering place
outside the Menora Hotel in Manila, there were rows of padded
cots and an assembly line of petite women massaging as many as
five men at the same time under one roof. All would hold onto a
long, wooden bar spanning the entire ceiling, sometimes engaged
in very loud conversation with each other as they pummeled and
rocked through the men’s clothing. One of the women even had a
baby on her back while massaging her patient.