February 17, 2010

Kingdom encounters on the streets of a Middle Eastern city

last night two groups of us headed out into different parts of the Middle Eastern city we live in - our goal was to pray for the sick, release the Kingdom see what God would do.

I haven't heard what happened yet with the other group, but the group I went out with (which included 2 Indians, a Syrian, a Lebanese and an Egyptian) saw the Lord break out in many ways. We started with the Lord giving us words of knowledge for people we would see - a number were not right, but it seemed eventually things started to flow. In one shop, while ministering to this one Egyptian muslim's arm, I got a word of knowledge for a problem in the lower right part of another muslim's stomach - he had the problem, and let me pray. The man's whose arm we prayed for at one point said he was exactly my age and married. I looked at him and said, "you've got 2 daughters and a son right"? He did. It's fun when God just says something to get a person's attention. These men heard a lot about the Kingdom as my Lebanese and Syrian friend shared many things with them.

In another place we prayed for an Iranian muslim's stomach - for a problem he has when he walks. He checked it out after prayer - no more problems!

In the next place, my Syrian and Egyptian friend led an Egyptian muslim to Christ whose knees were healed! He experienced the power of the Kingdom and then MET THE KING HIMSELF. They spent a lot of time with this man - it was amazing. He has an Arabic New Testament already.

As we walked across the street, the Lord spoke to two of us about a couple of Filipino women - I got the word 'stomach pain', and my Indian sister got the word 'back pain'. They had BOTH problems. They were Christians and happy to let us pray. God healed them. Also, for the older one, the Lord gave me a word for 'right wrist' - she had that problem too, and we prayed for her and it went. Just a 'drive-by' healing!

Next my Egyptian friend was praying for an Egyptian muslim who had a back problem - he was healed. This friend of mine (a former muslim) shared the Gospel with this man for a long time. It was amazing.

After that a car pulled up with 3 Gulf Arabs muslim men. I asked if they needed prayer for anything after sharing a few healing testimonies with them. They asked if we would pray for a young boy whose father was friend of theirs. We agreed (and will pray today), but while this discussion was going on, I got a word of knowledge for a 'right ear' problem. I asked if any of them had that problem. Sure enough one of them did. I prayed and as we left them he was still filling God touch his ear (it felt cold to him). I explained that God wanted to heal his deafness (more than 50% deaf) as a 'sign' of what He would do for the boy. The Lord was still touching the man as they left so I will have to see tonight exactly how much of the deafness was healed.

Finally, we were ministering to a couple of Palestinian muslims, one man was was completely blind in both eyes (he said he could see 1% out of one of his eyes). We shared testimonies with them of blindness being healed, we shared the Scriptures with them about Jesus healing the blind. To hear my new Egyptian friend share the Gospel with them, was inspiring! We did not see the breakthrough at that time, but he began to feel something unusual in his eyes. He asked us to come back and pray again. Since Jesus said, "The blind SHALL see", we know where we will be going again. Healing blindness was HIS IDEA and we believe HIS WORD - our experience MUST come into alignment with God's Word (not the other way around).

All in all it was just an amazing night - the longer we stayed out, the more doors the Lord opened. Nothing is more fun than watching the Holy Spirit - heal, save and deliver unbelievers!

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