We were given 3 students who are in our Advanced Missions Training program to shadow Manon and I for a week. It was fun to have them with us as we connected with some of the families that I have seen God touch in the last 3 years. Due to their geographic location, I don’t often get back out to visit.
First stop was in Chilbule village. God miraculously saved Jonathon’s life and ministered to his mom Janet during his birth at Nsongwe. Their story is here. Last time we visited, all the adults in their family chose to follow in the ways of Jesus. This time we encouraged them to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit and know with confidence that God wants to use them to minister in their own community. After we prayed for them, we asked if anyone was sick and wanted us to pray for them. One older woman said her back, hips and legs hurt and she could barely walk. So our team prayed for her. Nothing drastically improved, but while we were praying I heard the Spirit of God saying that her family needed to pray for her. So I instructed them to pray for her healing. Immediately God healed her and she jumped up stomping her feet and stretching her back.
Soon Janet’s family began yelling for their neighbors to come so we could pray for them. And then four ladies and one man walked with us from house to house, showing us their neighbors who were sick. Five elderly women who had leg and back pain were healed. Another woman asked for prayed because her neighbors were accusing her of being a witch and harming people in her community. Even the children laid their hands on the sick and prayed with us.
Innocent needed prayer for his legs. We found him carving a cane out of wood in front of his tiny mud hut. After we prayed and God miraculously healed him, he started running around his yard showing us how great he felt. Praise God!
One of my favorite testimonies was about two hours later when one lady confessed that she had terrible back pain, but kept quiet and never asked for us to pray for her. Yet she walked around with us praying for her neighbors, and while she was praying for someone else, God miraculously healed her back. What a loving Father we have!
I am so thankful that God uses us to bring His love and peace everywhere we go. As we left we encouraged Janet’s family to continue listening for the voice of God, telling others of His love and salvation, and to pray with confidence to anyone who is sick or oppressed.