College student prays for deputy during public encounter

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A gracious gesture receiving national attention is a college student praying over a Florida deputy during a public encounter at a local restaurant.

Justine Tucker was out to dinner with her husband Cameron on Saturday when Juan O’Neal approached the couple.

Tucker said the young man asked if he could pray over her husband, who is a deputy with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, after he felt “compelled” to talk to them.

“Tonight was a night that I will never forget,” her Facebook post read.

“After crying my eyes out we got to have an amazing conversation with this gentleman. He was on FIRE for God and you could feel His presence in the room. He said that he had felt compelled to talk to us and to pray over Cameron.”

The photo of the touching moment has gone viral.

O’Neal, a student at Stetson University in DeLand and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, often posts on social media about his faith.


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My game, His glory.

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Moreover, the congenial young man has shared several videos of original songs he’s written promoting Christian values. He is truly a living testament of what he believes. And it is transferable with love and gratitude. What a great example to all.

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