THE WITCHDOCTORS LOSS

The Philippines

“We can’t help her. She is demon possessed. You can take her home now,” the doctor’s proclaimed. On the way home, in hopes to find help for their nanny, the young Filipino couple took 18 year old, Jasmine, by the Catholic church for the priest to pray over her. As they stood before the priest, the demon took control of Jasmine’s body and said out loud to the priest, “You are a liar!”

The next day is when we received the call requesting help to pray for Jasmine. Myself and a friend walked to the employer’s house where Jasmine was staying only a mile away. Jasmine’s father had just arrived from a remote village to take her back home, so we spent some time chatting with him before entering the house.

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THE WORD

Singapore

“Ok, let’s turn to Romans 3:23,” I said as Aria sat staring at me. After an awkward silence, she timidly responded, “What is that?”

Aria had agreed to meet me for a one on one bible study, but as our conversation continued, I realized that maybe she didn’t understand what “bible” study really meant. “It’s a scripture in the bible that we are going to read together,” was my response. My heart began to understand as she muttered, “A scaa…rip…tuurre?” I knew what her next words would be…”What is a scaa…rip…turre?” I sat in silence as my mind raced with what to say next. I don’t ever remember being asked this question before this very moment.

Aria soon filled the silence by continuing to ask more questions.

“I’ve always wondered what these little numbers were. What is a book in the Bible?

Are there other books that goes with this one?

What is a chapter and a verse?

What is the Old Testament and New Testament?”

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Overhaul

Guatemala

Most of the time when praying for people, we may pray two or three times before seeing complete healing. They may feel better after the first prayer and the healing will continue the more we pray, but this was not the case for Gabor, a mature Mayan gentlemen. He received an overhaul by Jesus. 

Years of hard labor was heavily marked on Gabor’s face as he approached a team member and myself. The interpreter soon realized that one of his ailments was deafness in one ear, as he screamed loudly for the sweet gentlemen to hear him. 

Despite the loud noise of our interpreter, this gentle man standing before us spoke in a soft tone. Good thing he did, because he continued to explain a series of painful places in his body. One of which was his prostate area. The other was in his esophagus. Both of which prevented him from sleeping at night. 

If that wasn’t enough, Gabor continued, “As long as we are here tonight, let’s take care of all the sickness. It’s hard for me to see too.” Gabor was living up to the meaning of his name, “God’s bravest man.” His faith stood tall and God was listening.

“God forgives all our sins and heals all of our diseases.”  Psalms 103:3   

One by one, we tested each ailment.  Gabor was experiencing issues with his vision.  We gave him a piece of paper with writing on it at a normal font and he could not read it. When we asked him loudly to read a large sign with large font, he could read it with no issues. He also shared that he was in a lot of pain in the two previous areas mentioned. 

So, we began to pray one by one for each ailment.

After we prayed, we tested each area of his body for healing. First we tested his ears. The interpreter stood behind Gabor and said, “Can you hear me?”  Yes, came the answer.  Then the interpreter moved back a few steps and asked a different question.  Soon smiles began to form on our faces, Gabor answered immediately.  Still again, the interpreter moved several feet back and the echoing words confirmed that God had healed Gabor’s hearing.

Then we asked about the pain in his esophagus and prostate area – all pain was gone!

Go ahead…. Take a minute to wipe the tears and jump around the room.  That’s what we were doing!  But, it’s not over.

Remember, his eyes….Gabor couldn’t read a normal font size.  We gave him the same piece of paper and asked him to read it.  He could see the normal font size now.

This man walked away with new eyesight, new hearing, no pain in his prostate or esophagus!  God heals ALL of our diseases! 


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Faith as a Child

Guatemala

I watched the beautiful Mayan child clinged to her mother as I held out my arms to hold her. A familiar reaction I have experienced in other parts of the world, especially when being introduced to a white woman for the first time. I imagine if I had only been raised in one culture, language, and ethnicity my reaction would be similar. At least she wasn’t crying or screaming like some children I met in Africa.

“My daughter, Itzel, is not sick, but will you pray a general blessing over her?” the mother asked. 

I knew it would be God’s love that cast out all fear in Itzel’s heart concerning me.    So, I asked my interpreter to put her hand on the child and then I gently put my hand on top of hers.  The little girl held on even tighter to her mother as I prayed.  Not only was my bright white skin shining in this girls eyes, but now I was touching her. I could tell by her facial expressions that things were not getting easier and her realm of safety was getting smaller and smaller.

Everyone had their eyes closed, intently receiving the prayers being offered up for this child.  The interpreter was not conveying my prayer to the mother, only listening.  Thirty seconds into the prayer I watched Itzel’s body relax and pull away from her mother. She un-tucked her arms from her fragile face and reached out with her palms up towards God. The fear in her eyes was gone as she closed them and rested in the presence of God with her arms lifted high.

“God’s love casts out all fear.”  1 John 4:18

It wasn’t the words I spoke, because no one could understand them.  It wasn’t through a hug or a smile, because she didn’t want to touch me and everyone’s eyes were closed.  It was through God’s love and presence that Itzel felt peace and felt God’s presence. 

There is power in prayer. 

I encourage you to pray for someone you know that is facing hardship in their life right now.  “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in Him.”  1 John 4:16


“I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”Luke 18:17 & Mark 10:15


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