On the way to meet up with the Healing Team, I saw an old man leaning on a barrier at a road crossing. I asked if he was OK. He had gone for a newspaper and was resting on the way back to his retirement home. He will be 89 in December.We chatted about work and I explained that I worked for an International Organisation that had outlets in nearly every country in the world. He sounded intrigued, but not too surprised when I said it was the Kingdom of God. He had a Bible but didn’t often read it. I tried to encourage him to make his peace with God before it was too late.
We had a worship time in church, then hit the streets. Soon after we arrived a group of Muslims set up an information table not far from our pitch. Over a two hour period we prayed for a number of people. Several reported being pain free after hands-on ministry. A Christian evangelist nearby helpfully kept pointing people towards us as they passed by.
Before we finished I went over to the Muslim guys. They asked what we were doing. I explained what we did. One Muslim guy immediately started talking about the Trinity and tried to undermine what the Bible teaches about the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I tried to get the conversation on to Jesus, but he wasn’t prepared to listen, so I moved on.
While volunteering today, a woman client told me she’d had viral meningitis, followed by an injection in the spine. She was still in pain days after the injection, so I offered healing. Two of us laid hands on her. Afterwards she said she felt heat and a tingling feeling all over her body, and the pain had lessened. I told her that was the Spirit of God – the Holy Spirit – touching her. She also said she’d previously been taken to a Spiritualist church for healing, but nothing had happened. She said “it felt a dark place” and I explained to her why it was a dark place. She then told me she felt she wanted to find her way in life, so I gave her a Luke’s Gospel and invited her to take it home and read it. She left with a “thank you very much”.
Shortly afterwards a Christian man involved in our outreach work to the needy came in, clearly in pain as he was limping badly. He told me what the diagnosis was and how it would take a while to recover. I told him we’d just prayed for a woman for healing and invited him to receive also. He just smiled and left it at that, despite remaining with our team for the next couple of hours.
Sadly, the church largely fails to teach on healing, so the devil has a field day offering counterfeit healing thought Spiritualism. Meanwhile, Christians don’t know what to believe on the subject since it’s ignored by most church leaders. Didn’t Jesus command his followers to “teach everything I have commanded you” to those that followed on? Jesus taught the 12 and 70 to preach the kingdom and heal the sick. If we’re to be obedient to Jesus we need to obey His commands.
A woman came in and said she’d just left hospital. She was pregnant and had been suffering pains. They had checked her out for ectopic pregnancy, appendicitis and other things, but found nothing apparently wrong, so sent her off home.
I could see she was still in pain; she said she was, and she was rocking back and forth in her chair trying to manage it. I said “we are Christians and we pray for people. Would you like me to pray in Jesus’ name for the pain to go ?” She said “yes, please”.
I asked if I could hold her hands and she agreed. I thanked the Lord for his healing and basically spoke to the pain and told it to go. I asked how she was. She replied that the pain had started to diminish. I shared the illustration of how, if you go the Doctor and he prescribes two weeks worth of pills, you don’t just take one and throw away the rest. She agreed that was silly, so agreed my suggestion of more prayer. We continued for another minute by which point her food parcel was ready and she had to sign for it. She said the pain was now much improved and, as she went out with her food, she said “thanks very much”.
We provided food parcels for 40 people today, so very hectic! One lady said she had been before and said “you prayed for me”. I then remembered how one of our ladies gave her a word from the Lord, namely: “make me your rock”. She said things had improved since she saw us. She still wasn’t linked up with any church so we gave her some suggestions.
As I was chatting to some other clients, one asked if I was a vicar. I said no, but I enjoyed telling others about the Kingdom of God. I shared two of Jesus’ parables: “the treasure in a field” and “the pearl of great price” to illustrate how valuable God’s Kingdom is and how important it was to seek after it. I also shared some of my testimony how I became a Christian.